Sunday, October 25, 2015
Donn Marten has moved over to titanicbrass.com. I have been doing this for a damned long time now and need a new place to hang my hat. That is why I started Titanic Brass and am in the process of transferring my stuff over there now - new material will be posted daily.
For the time being I have decided to write less about imperial evil, wars of aggression, the surveillance state, the economic rape of America by Wall Street and corporations and just focus on politics from a non-partisan and non-ideological standpoint. For those familiar with my work when I only wrote only from a progressive view you will probably be disappointed but the political system in this country is fucked and is never going back to anything that is remotely functional. The clown car is full to the brim and it is a totally bipartisan vehicle anymore.
I call it like I see it, disdain political correctness - which often got me into trouble with my more liberal friends - and there are no sacred cows. Whether we all agree with each other or not I have come to appreciate at least giving both sides a fair hearing because we are ALL being hosed by the same oligarchy.
The world will burn regardless of who gets elected in this grossly stupid and corrupt star-spangled lemming colony but we may as well just kick back and enjoy the fucking show because that is what it is.
It''s as the late, great George Carlin once so famously put it:
'When you're born into this world, you're given a ticket to the freak show. If you're born in America you get a front row seat.'
Hope to see you all around, I'll be updating Twitter and other feeds as time permits.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Hated insurgent Donald Trump has finally bowed to pressure and signed off on the Stalinist loyalty oath concocted by the Republican party establishment. The pledge was delivered to him by RNC boss Reince Priebus who was under mounting pressure by the big money donors to bring the bombastic billionaire outsider to heel. How the pledge will affect the Donald’s lead in the polls and whether it will give the green light for the entire stable of establishment candidates to go for his throat has yet to be seen. However, to those who ardently supported him due to his independent status, the agreement to not run as a third-party candidate and support the nominee – effectively surrendering his leverage –there has to be more than a bit of a feeling of betrayal.
Trump’s acceptance of the new rules of engagement are reported by CNN in the story “Donald Trump signs RNC loyalty pledge”:
Donald Trump has signed the pledge.
The Republican presidential front-runner met privately with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Thursday afternoon, and soon after, came out to the lobby of Trump Tower to declare that he has signed a loyalty pledge. This means Trump has promised to support the party's eventual nominee -- whoever that may be -- and that he will not run as a third-party candidate.
"The best way for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go directly against whoever they happen to put up. And for that reason, I have signed the pledge," Trump said, holding up the paper. "So I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and for the conservative principles for which it stands."
He added: "We will go out and fight hard, and we will win."
All 17 Republican presidential candidates have now pledged to support the GOP's eventual presidential nominee, Priebus announced Thursday evening in a statement, billing it as a sign of "party unity."
But if Trump's official declaration of allegiance to the party serves to calm the nerves of establishment Republicans -- at least for now -- it could also invite backlash from some of the bombastic candidate's die-hard supporters.
Trump has propelled himself to the top of the polls by casting himself as an anti-establishment, outsider candidate, railing against career politicians and the Washington political class.
Signing an RNC pledge complicates that image.
The enthusiasm that Trump brought to a large segment of the party base struck mortal terror into the hearts of Priebus and the elite who much like the Democrats with Queen Hillary had already decided on their 2016 standard bearer “Jeb!”. Now a lot of those folks are naturally going to feel that they have been sold out again with the memory of the Boehner-McConnell backstabbing of November 2014 still fresh in their minds. While the Trump public relations team talked it up as a victory it may soon prove to the moment when the wave crested and then began to recede as the establishment has reasserted control over the process.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
The Republican National Committee, under increasing pressure from the big money donors has now apparently decided to confront the Trump problem head on. According to multiple media sources the party power brokers have decided to implement a loyalty oath to be taken by every one of the seventeen candidates to swear to not mount an independent bid and to essentially pledge allegiance to Jeb!. The oath is the most serious effort yet to sink the renegade campaign of billionaire Donald Trump and get on with the business of forcing the Bush restoration down the throats of voters.
As reported by Politico “GOP Circulates Loyalty Pledge to Box Trump In”:
The GOP is taking its most aggressive step yet to force Donald Trump's hand.
The Republican National Committee on Wednesday privately reached out to GOP presidential candidates to ask whether they’d be willing to sign a pledge stating they would not run as an independent candidate in the event they fail to win the Republican nomination in 2016.
The move is an implicit challenge to Trump, who pointedly refused to rule out a third-party run during the first GOP debate. He was the only candidate who declined.
The language of the draft pledge speaks directly to the issue vexing Republicans – the possibility that the billionaire could choose to wage a third party bid if he fails to win the GOP nomination, a prospect that could seriously damage the GOP’s prospects of reclaiming the White House. Tapping into deep anti-establishment animosity among the conservative grassroots, Trump has surged to the lead of the deepest presidential field in recent memory. If Trump were to pull just a fraction of the vote as an independent, write-in or third party candidate, it could be enough to sink the eventual Republican nominee.
“I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” the pledge reads. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
It is a damning indictment of our already dysfunctional democracy when it has come to the establishment demanding loyalty oaths to prevent any serious outsider from challenging the existing racket. According to some sources, Trump will agree to the demands of RNC boss Reince Priebus and the paymasters which would represent an enormous tactical blunder on his part. He may be leading the pack now, but signing off on such a deal would make it far easier for him to be Bushwhacked. There is an old saying that one should never give an enemy the knife that they will use to cut your throat with and by taking the pledge the Donald is doing exactly that.
Responding to jellyfish Jeb! who has gone all negative this week and who blasted him to an adoring Miami audience en español, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump had a simple message: if you are in America you should be speaking English. While the establishment continues to bemoan the sullying of their entitled golden boy who represents the Bush restoration by a vulgarian the likes of Trump, El Jebbo is testing Newton’s law of gravity with his free fall in the polls. Perhaps his castigating of the Donald to a crowd peppered with those who are sympathetic to illegal aliens makes him feel like a man but he will continue to be flogged like a dog with mange by the insurgent billionaire.
Trump’s counterattack came during an exclusive interview with the conservative website Breitbart News and is detailed in the story “Donald Trump Fires Back at Jeb Bush: He Should Lead by ‘Speaking English’ While in the United States” from which I excerpt the following:
2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told Breitbart News that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should be speaking English—not the Spanish he spoke to attack Trump in Miami this week—on the campaign trail.
Trump had harsh words for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in this interview as well and lit into the donor class, all while saying that the “silent majority” in America is waking up and fighting to take back the country from the political class.
Trump also predicted that he will not only win the White House in 2016, but that he will be re-elected in 2020–predicting he will be a two-term president–and that at the end of his eventual eight years in the White House he will be known to all as a “great conservative” just like Ronald Reagan.
“I like Jeb,” Trump said. “He’s a nice man. But he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States.”
Trump continues to pummel the former Sunshine State Governor who may be a “nice man” but he lacks the cojones of his older brother who could fuck up a two car funeral but never came across as a eunuch. It is pretty damned obvious that Columba is the one who wears the pants in the John Ellis Bush hacienda. Trump however saved some of his sharpest rhetoric for the neocon’s favorite cabana boy Marco Rubio who he referred to as “Jeb’s plebe”.
“If Marco thinks that the country is great now, he’ll never be elected president because it’s not what it was and it’s not great enough—and we will make the country great again,” Trump said. “But if Marco is satisfied—I like Marco, but that means he’s satisfied. You can’t be satisfied [with where the country is now]. You have to use the word ‘again.’ It’s very important, because if he’s saying that, then that means there’s no room for improvement. That means he’s satisfied, that means he’s unelectable.”
Trump thinks that no matter who the establishment puts forward as the donor class candidate—whether it be Bush, or if Bush continues failing then Rubio, or Ohio Gov. John Kasich, for instance—that “they are all controlled” by the paymasters funding their campaigns.
“They are controlling the politicians—and I used to be one of those people, at the highest level, I was one of them,” Trump said. “Nobody knows the game better than I do. I think part of the reason I’m resonating with the public is that I don’t want money. I feel oftentimes foolish when people want to give me millions and millions of dollars that I’m turning them down. I feel foolish. I just hope the public appreciates what I’m doing.”
Trump said that the donor class paymasters who he says are controlling the politicians like Bush and Rubio “are looking to benefit themselves or their company, whereas I’m looking only to benefit the people of the United States.”
While giving both the master and the plebe a deserved thumping, it is Trump’s comments about the big donors who are the “paymasters” bankrolling the dynamic duo from Florida that should resonate. The high-rollers and wheeler-dealers who shovel money into the coffers of career politicians who have the morals of pederasts, whores and used car salesmen are going to want favors once their candidates get elected. Trump understands this because he was one of the guys shelling out the dough before he decided to run for the presidency.
It is a big reason why many Americans are snatching up pitchforks and joining the Trump revolution, they are sick of being dicked over by the professional liars and flim-flam men who lie to them every election cycle and then sell them out once the votes have been counted. Mr. Trump isn’t beholden to the “paymasters” which is why they are getting ready to go to war with him in September although with a feckless pussy like Jeb! leading the charge they stand a good chance of being slaughtered on the beach.
Looking to prove that he isn’t a spineless, whishy-washy marshmallow candidate, John Ellis Bush aka “Jeb!” has gone into attack mode against Donald Trump. Following the launching of a new negative advertising campaign, Bush V.3 made an appearance in heavily Hispanic Miami where he tore into the Donald en español. The big donors were getting restive about the inability of Jeb! to be running away with the Republican race despite his famous family brand name and must have put the cattle prod to his ass because he is now in full attack mode. When it comes to pandering to Latinos Bush has no peer with the exception of neocon favorite Marco Rubio, and he was preaching to the choir at the La Progresiva Presbyterian School on Tuesday.
As reported by the Washington Post in the story “Jeb Bush slams Donald Trump in Spanish over his ‘barbarities’”:
Jeb Bush is "en el ataque."
That's Spanish for "on the attack" -- and the former Florida governor certainly is, as he confronted and mocked businessman Donald Trump in English and Spanish on Tuesday.
Trump now enjoys a commanding lead over rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, while recent polls suggest that Bush is on a precipitous decline in Iowa -- where he sits in the single digits -- and in New Hampshire. A Granite State poll released on Tuesday showed Bush slipping into the single digits there for the first time.
The Bush campaign released a new 80-second Web video on Tuesday that strings together clips from interviews Trump has done over several decades that show him praising Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and voicing support for abortion rights, tax increases on wealthy Americans and the 2009 economic stimulus program.
After a town hall meeting at a Presbyterian school here, Bush explained his decision to go on the offensive, using explanations he's voiced before in English. But in Spanish, in response to questions from Spanish-speaking reporters, his tone and choice of words was sharper.
"He attacks me every day. He attacks me every day with barbarities," Bush said in Spanish in response to a question. "They’re not true. What we did today was to put out in his words to show that he’s not conservative. He supports people like Nancy Pelosi. He’s given money to Hillary Clinton. He was a Democrat longer than Republican. He’s said that he’s more comfortable being a Democrat. He doesn’t have a record, because he hasn’t been a person who has served like me, who served for eight years as governor. He’s not a conservative. That’s my point."
"He’s not conservative. He doesn’t have a career that you could say is conservative," Bush said later in Spanish.
But El Busho is hardly a “conservative” either. Rather he is just one more RINO who has hijacked the word conservatism as a vehicle for his own political ambitions and when it really comes down to it, the only substantive difference between himself and Hillary is a set of cojones.
The Republican establishment seems to have settled on attacking Trump as not being a conservative and putting together clips of past statements to show that he is more closely aligned with Nancy Pelosi than Ronald Reagan. This is very hazardous because people do evolve in their views, hell Reagan himself was once a Democrat and even campaigned for Harry Truman and trashed Republicans. Focusing too much on Trump's past statements could not only alienate his supporters and force him into running as an independent but could ultimately attract those Democrats who would rather drink turpentine than line up behind Mrs. Clinton. It is playing with fire or as Jeb! would put it mucho caliente.