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WATCH: Rick Santorum Blames Obama for Trump's Racism

June 3, 2018 in Blogs

By Media Matters

The ultimate victim-blaming.


From the June 3 edition of CNN’s State of the Union:

DANA BASH (GUEST HOST): President Obama said something, according to a new book by his former adviser Ben Rhodes, that really is interesting because it’s really about this whole notion of a culture war. He said the following, “maybe we pushed too far. Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe. Sometimes I wonder whether I was ten or 20 years too early.” For him, you know, he’s talking about culture, he’s talking about identity politics. Do you agree?

KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I can understand that the president, President Obama, is now reflecting. Especially what we’ve seen in the last two years. Look when I was in the White House the first two years, I worked on both elections, and what we saw was pretty horrific. You elect the first black president and there was an uproar. You saw the Tea Party, you saw the obstruction by Republicans time and time again. And I would say it was swung. We get the first black president and then we swung and elected Donald Trump. And it is kind of problematic. There is something — it says a lot about this country. And what Donald Trump did is he tapped into it. Let’s not forget, he started his political career talking about birtherism, being the first person of birtherism and so he saw something as well and tapped into that, tapped into that racism that we have been seeing for the last, in particular very heavily so, the last ten years. And so this is where we are. He’s taking that, Donald Trump is taking that, and ran with it. And let’s not forget how he capped off his first year, we saw neo-Nazis marching in [Charlottesville] and what does he say? There are fine people on both sides. This is the president of the United States that we’re talking about.       

RICK SANTORUM: What is being ignored here is the way that Barack Obama played into all this. I mean we just can’t go from, oh …read more

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Here's What Happened When I Went Undercover at a Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp

June 3, 2018 in Blogs

By Ted Cox, Stinque

My weekend was filled with crying, singing, and wrestling, as 30 men struggled to overcome their attraction to other men. It was also the first time I felt another man's erection.


I don’t remember exactly when I felt his erection pressing into my back. It might have been while he whispered in my ear, “Long ago, you were the Golden Child. But, somehow, that Golden Child was hurt, and you put up a wall to protect yourself.” Or it might have been when other men in the room broke out in song:

How could anyone ever tell you

That you’re anything less than beautiful?

How could anyone ever tell you

That you’re less than whole?

I sat on the floor between the outstretched legs of a camp guide, my head leaning back against his shoulder. The guide sat behind me, his arms wrapped around my chest. This hold was called “The Motorcycle.” Five men surrounded the two of us, their hands resting gently on my arms, legs and chest.

There were about ten other groups like this sitting on the floor in the darkened room: one guide giving “healing-touch therapy” while the surrounding men rested their hands on the receiver. Some men were held in the Motorcycle position. Others were turned towards their guide, cradled the way a parent would hold a sobbing child who had just scraped her knee on the sidewalk.

In one corner of the room, a portable stereo played Shaina Noll’s song. At one point, the staff members all sang out in unison, their voices filling the high walls of the camp lodge. Somewhere in the room, a man sobbed over the sound of the music.

It was the first night of “Journey into Manhood,” a 48-hour weekend retreat designed to help gay men become straight. In that room, about fifty men — some thirty “Journeyers” and fifteen staff members — sat on the carpeted floor of a ranch lodge two hours outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Most of the men, except for a few of the staff members, struggled to overcome their attraction to other men.

Sometime during all that holding and touching …read more

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Renowned Economist Turns Psychologist on Donald Trump: 'He's a Delusional, Psychopathic Threat'

June 3, 2018 in Blogs

By Hal Brown , Daily Kos

Jeffrey Sachs wants to remove the president using the 25th Amendment


The word is getting out. Finally. After numerous psychotherapists weighed in on assessing Trump as being not only psychologically unfit to be president, but alarmingly (as the expert contributors to a best selling book put it in their title) a dangerous case. 

Jeffrey Sachs is an “ American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor, the highest rank Columbia bestows on its faculty. He is known as one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.” (Wikipedia).

Renowned Economist Jeffrey Sachs Rips Trump As A Gibbering, ‘Delusional’ ThreatHe calls forremovalof the president using the 25th Amendment.

 

American economist Jeffrey Sachs has written a scathing takedown of President Donald Trump, calling him a delusional, psychopathic “threat to the nation and the world.”

He might be a “Manchurian Candidate” who is working as a “stooge” for some foreign power to destroy the U.S., Sachs wrote on CCN’s website Friday, referring to the spy movie thriller.

“Much more likely, Trump is just mentally unstable and narcissistic,” he added, calling the new announcement of tariffs on exports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union part of a “psychopath’s trade war.”

 

Sachs uses the word gibbering in his title which is an unfortunate choice in my opinion because the crucial word in the title is delusional. This is a psychiatric term. Addressing trade policy and tariffs, the economist says Trump is  “mentally unstable and narcissistic.”  Exactly! He could just as easily be trying to make sense of Trump’s approach to N. Korea. 

On CNN Sachs said that we  “probably never before had a delusional president, one who speaks gibberish, insults those around him including his closest associates, and baffles the world. We strive to make sense of Trump’s nonsense, implicitly assuming some hidden strategy. There is none.”

There’s no reason for an educated person to …read more

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Ivanka Lied: Donald Trump is the Most Anti-LGBT President in History

June 3, 2018 in Blogs

By David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

When It Comes to Attacks on LGBT People No U.S. President Has Been Worse Than Trump.


“I will fight for you,” then-candidate Donald Trump infamously promised the LGBT community during the 2016 election.

“If the best person for the job happens to be gay, I would certainly appoint them,” he also claimed before winning the White House. (Out of hundreds of appointments apparently there is only one best person for the job who is also openly-gay.)

When a reporter, a lesbian, asked candidate Trump if LGBT people can ”look for more forward motion on equality for gays and lesbians,” he responded, ”Well, you can,” and promised “to bring people together.”

And after the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Trump even proclaimed that “who we are as a nation,” our “heart and soul,” is being pro-LGBT.

Those were just words – which all turned out to be lies. There were more. But Trump's actions have been far, far worse and far more damaging than many ever imagined.

Remember these?

Rescinding Obama-era guidance to protect the civil rights of transgender children in schools. Calling for (and still fighting to enact) a total ban on transgender service members in the armed forces – including kicking out existing trans people effectively and proudly serving their country. And rescinding Obama-era regulations that ban discrimination against LGBT people in a variety of arenas. Among them, rescinding an Obama-era policy that protects transgender workers, and reversing an Obama-era rule banning health care discrimination against transgender people.

President Trump also instituted an extraordinary policy reversal, prioritizing the rights of people of faith over the rights of LGBT people.

Those are just a few. There are countless other ways President Trump has actively or passively been the most anti-LGBT president in history.

He rejected a rule proposed by the Obama administration requiring “that same-sex spouses are recognized and afforded equal rights in certain Medicare and Medicaid-participating facilities.” He has placed a virulently anti-LGBT justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, and flooded the federal courts with equally (or worse) anti-LGBT judges. One Trump nominee for a lifetime position as a U.S. District Court judge proudly admitted he discriminates against gay people, because they're gay.

Trump has endorsed several …read more

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AMC's 'Dietland': New Revenge Fantasy Takes on Violence Against Women in All its Forms

June 3, 2018 in Blogs

By Melanie McFarland, Salon

The central mystery feels messy, but the real dramatic sustenance is in the cruelties its heroine visits on herself


Being a fat person in this culture tends to translate into being expected to treat one’s own body like a hostile entity to be brought under control, tamed. The morbidly obese person's flesh is a prison for some never-before seen thin person dying to get out, the permanent before holding us back from the happy after.

Plum Kettle, the heroine at the heart of AMC’s “Dietland,” lives her life in a holding pattern, convinced that if she can only get a dangerous gastric bypass procedure and drop immense amounts of weight, she’ll finally be ready to claim the big, sexy life that’s been waiting for her.

“Dietland,” premiering at 9 p.m. on Monday, is actually a series about violence. You might not notice that right away, given the focus on Plum, played with fatigued sensitivity by Joy Nash. That said, series creator Marti Noxon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “UnREAL“) sounds that alarm soon enough: Bodies begin dropping all over New York City, and the cops soon realize the common thread linking the victims is that each is an accused rapist or sexual abuser.

Until their fatal reckonings, rendered by a mysterious entity that goes by the name Jennifer, the system had allowed them to run free. As subplots go, this one obviously is meant to serve as a revenge fantasy tailored to fit #MeToo and the modern feminist movement.

But the greater violence tearing through “Dietland,” one women like Plum have been subjected to for decades, despite the mainstream messaging of body positivity, is a variety women inflict upon themselves and other women. She’s pummeled daily with messages about beauty standards as well as commercials selling butter-soaked, delicious fast food options she’s forbidden from eating.

Plum, however, has chosen a special hell for herself as the ghostwriter responsible for writing the “Dear Kitty” advice column in Daisy Chain magazine, where she answers letters sent by teenage readers seeking life advice. The real Kitty Montgomery (Julianna Margulies in full …read more

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