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America’s Reputation Drops From #1 to 6th Place in World Reputation Under Chumph

The Russians elected a criminal scumbag as America’s “leader”. Not much different than having elected a Mugabe, Dutarte. or other 3rd world dictator.

Everybody knows what the Chumph is… And it is destroying America’s reputation.

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Germany supplants US as the country with the best global reputation

America’s brand has taken a major hit in the age of Trump.

At least that’s according to a survey that ranks the world’s best nation brands.
The United States lands with an overall No. 6 ranking in the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, which measures 50 nations in multiple categories, including governance, exports, culture, people, tourism and immigration/investment. The United States was the overall No. 1 in 2016, but Germany took the top spot this year.
The source of America’s big drop? President Donald Trump, says Simon Anholt, a political consultant who developed the brand survey more than a decade ago.
“We are witnessing a ‘Trump effect,’ following President Trump’s focused political message of ‘America First,’ ” Anholt said in a statement.
Anholt noted that despite the big drop in the overall ranking, Americans interviewed for the survey actually had a more positive assessment of their country than they did last year.
And this year isn’t the first time that the United States has experienced such a big drop in the survey. Anholt said the nation saw a “similar fall in global perception” after the re-election of President George W. Bush in 2004. The US fell to No. 7 then.
Germany ranked first this year thanks to big gains in the governance, people and culture categories.
The UK, which took a hit last year after the Brexit vote, regained enough ground to hang on to No. 3 in the survey, and Anholt said that showing indicates the United States should be able to bounce back, too.
“Previously, America has never stayed outside the top ranking for more than a year at a time,” he said. “It will be interesting to see whether this holds true in the 2018 ranking.”
France came in at No. 2, while Canada and Japan tied for fourth place. The rest of the Top 10 is Italy at No. 7, Switzerland at No. 8, Australia at No. 9 and Sweden at No. 10.
No non-Western countries managed to crack the Top 10.

Germany replaces US as country with best international image

Nation
2017 Rank
2016 Rank
Score change 2017 vs. 2016
Germany 1 2 +0.99
France 2 5 +1.56
United Kingdon 3 3 +1.27
Canada 4 4 +.096
Japan 4 7 +2.12
United States 6 1 +0.63
Italy 7 6 +0.74
Switzerland 8 8 +1.34
Australia 9 9 +0.76
Sweden 10 10 +1.30
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Republican Tax Cuts for the Rich

The third Tom Steyer Ad –

 

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Planning for Chumph Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Exit

Next on the list of failed Chumph Administration officials…Betsy DeVos. Although unlike a growing list of her fellow appointees, she doesn’t appear to be headed out wearing an Orange Jumpsuit.

She is just quitting because of rank incompetence. I mean she is so bad she can’t even reach over the decidedly low low bar to get fellow Republicans to support her destruction of the public school system and white’s only Charter Schools.

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Education officials expect ‘ineffective’ Betsy DeVos to step down as her agenda collapses: report

resident Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is “one of the most ineffective people ever to hold the job,” say some insiders, and education officials are already starting to plan for a “post-Devos landscape” when she is removed or steps down.

In a comprehensive profile, Politico said billionaire evangelical Christian DeVos has found herself stymied by the bureaucratic restraints on her job, but that bringing about change in Washington requires “time, patience and government savvy — three things she does not have.”

DeVos, said Politico’s Tim Alberta, is on a “religiously infused journey to reimagine the relationship between government, parents, teachers and schools.”

The Secretary wants to allow parents more freedom to withdraw their children from public schools and enroll them in charter schools, religious schools and private schools. What makes DeVos radical is she wants federal tax dollars to follow those children out of the public school system.

One problem with implementing her plan is that public schools receive very little of their funding from the federal government. Another is her overall unpopularity and ineffectiveness.

Her first budget proposal for the department — one which would have slashed funding from multiple school programs and reapportioned that money to DeVos’ pet cause, “school choice” — was rejected by Congress. Now, with her agenda on the rocks and morale at the Education Department cratering, some predict that DeVos may return to the private sector sooner than she’d planned.

“She can talk about bureaucracy and how constraining it is for her, but a Republican-controlled Congress rejected her budget proposals. She can’t fill her senior staff slots. Morale is terrible at the department,” says Thomas Toch of FutureEd — an education think tank affiliated with Georgetown University’s McCord School of Public Policy. “And I’ll tell you, in Washington education circles, the conversation is already about the post-DeVos landscape, because the assumption is she won’t stay long. And for my money, I don’t think it would be a bad thing if she left. I think she’s been probably one of the most ineffective people to ever hold the job.”

 

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Republican Senator Jeff Flake Resigns – Blasts Chumph and Party

Wow! Flake unloads both barrels at Republicans and the Goon in Chief…

Yet another Republican Senator can’t take the hypocrisy anymore.

 

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Every Element of the “Justice” System is Racially Biased

Most minor crimes in the US are “Plea Bargained” instead of prosecuted. Typically defendants admit to crimes, even if they are not guilty, because they can’t afford to defend themselves is cout due to the expense of lawyers.

This means that at any time, possibly as much as half the people accused of crimes…Didn’t do a damn thing and are “convicted” solely on their ability to pay for a defense.

That situation can be exacerbated by the severity of the crime Prosecutors decide tot charge them with. What the defendant is charged with lies largely on the whim of the Prosecutor.

Meaning different people get charged vastly different things for the exact same crime.

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When Race Tips the Scales in Plea Bargaining

 

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The American-American Arms Race

Up until the Chumph, walking around with guns at protest marches was almost exclusively the purview of white wingers. Unable to win an argument based either or the truth of their claims, or their ability to converse intelligently,, the right-white fell back into the KKK history and decided to tout guns at rallies to threaten “evil liberals” who always seemed to win an “argument”.

Portions of the white-right have always been synonymous with violence. Whether the KKK, white nationalist, neo-Nazi, or even some Militia groups – they have left a bloody path wherever they go across America.

Now that they have the full support of the Chumph and his racist lackey Jefferson Davis Sessions, they are emboldened, and the number of hate crimes, and level of domestic terrorism has risen exponentially. By trying to drive a wedge between legitimate Law Enforcement and brutal goons who murder and assault at will, the Chump has created a situation where the citizenry is les sure that the Police will actually be on the side of Law and Order. I think in all but a few areas of the country, that fear is a bit overblown.

However, the white right is spoiling for a fight -as seen with both the murder in Charlottesville, and the attempted murders in Gainesville a few days ago,

This does not bode well.

Left Wing Militia set to defend their communities…Because the Chumph and KKK Sessions won’t

Left-wing groups taking up guns in ‘arms race’ against Trump-backing right-wingers

Left-wing activists are taking up arms in response to increasingly bold actions by white supremacists and other right-wing extremists.

Membership in left-leaning gun groups has jumped under President Donald Trump, just as militia membership dramatically rose during his predecessor’s presidency, reported the New York Daily News.

The National African-American Gun Association added 500 new members within two days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville left a counter-protester dead, and the group went from four chapters to 45 in the past year.

The national Liberal Gun Club has roughly doubled its paid membership since the election, to about 5,500, and the LGBTQ-oriented Pink Pistols groups also added members.

“It’s a way to assert our strength,” said Jake Allen, 27, who helped form the Pink Pistols. “Often, queer people are thought of as being weak, as being defenseless, and I think in many ways this pushes back against that, and I want white supremacists and neo-Nazis to know that queer people are taking steps necessary to protect themselves.”

Mark Bray, author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook” and a visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, said leftists had gained a new perspective since Occupy Wall Street, and he said Trump’s election had emboldened right-wing hate groups.

“Back (during Occupy demonstrations) we were sitting in parks, twinkling our fingers and talking about economic inequality,” Bray said. “Now we’re talking about firearms and self-defense.”

Anti-fascist radicals, including the armed Redneck Revolt group, have clashed with right-wing extremists at public demonstrations around the country, but the trend away from nonviolent protest has worried some veteran activists.

“Is an arms race what we really want?” asked Scott Fearing, executive director of Rochester’s Out Alliance. “What we know in any arms race is that it’s never good for anybody, and death and destruction and harm and hurt can come when so many people have arms and weapons.”

 

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Haaretz (Israel’s Leading Paper) Calls the Chumph a “Racist Moron”

Seems a lot of folks around the world recognize the Chumph is a racist asshole.

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Israeli newspaper Haaretz asks if Trump is a ‘moron’ or ‘just an obnoxious racist’ in searing essay

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a scathing op-ed piece on Thursday asking whether President Donald Trump is — as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly said — a “f*cking moron” or whether he’s “just racist and obnoxious.”

Columnist Chemi Shalev noted — like MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson — that in his Wednesday press conference, Tillerson declined to deny that he’d ever uttered the epithet to describe the president.

“Stupidity is one of the more easily accessible and widespread explanations for Trump’s behavior,” Shalev said. “It’s true that Trump has claimed in the past that his IQ is much higher than that of Obama or of comedian John Stewart, but in that case, he’s doing an excellent job of concealing his intelligence, as his visit this week to Puerto Rico showed.”

“(R)ather than trying to cheer up Puerto Ricans, as he did in Texas, or console them, as he would later do in Las Vegas,” wrote Shalev, “Trump insulted the island’s residents on their own home turf. He told them they should be grateful they weren’t hit with a ‘real catastrophe’ like Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. He didn’t stop complaining about the drain of Puerto Rican recovery on the federal budget, which he didn’t even mention in Texas or Florida. And to cap it all off, Trump was filmed tossing out paper towels to his audience in a scene deemed by one broadcaster as ‘the least presidential ever.’”

Shalev pointed out that many Trump critics argue that stupidity shouldn’t necessarily be blamed when “obnoxious racism” is more likely the culprit.

“Prejudice and racial stereotypes are such a prominent feature of his personality, they maintain, that he just can’t keep them under lock,” he wrote, then noted that the president has provided plenty of evidence to bolster those critics’ assessment.

“He has described himself as ‘the least racist person ever,’ but since he launched his presidential run by describing Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers,” he wrote, “Trump has described Puerto Ricans as lazy, Muslims as wannabe terrorists, African-Americans as thugs, Jews as proficient with money and women as inferior sexual objects. It’s only among neo-Nazis, apparently, that Trump has found ‘some fine people.’”

Some Trump supporters argue that the reality TV game show host turned president is “crazy like a fox,” and using chaos and confusion to always have the upper hand. The problem with that assertion, said Shalev, is that Trump’s loose cannon nature all too often ends up undermining his administration.

“The U.S. president has shot himself in the foot so regularly that it is only natural to assume he may not be the sharpest pencil in the box,” he said. From the Comey firing to the bevy of loud, indiscreet attorneys hired by the White House to Trump’s “ham-handed” attempt to explain away his eldest son’s meeting with Russian operatives, the president can’t — as one conservative pundit said — stop tripping over his own “you-know-what.”

Shalev discussed Josh Marshall’s theory of “Trump’s razor” — a satirical take on “Occam’s razor,” the theory that the simplest explanation is almost always correct. “Trump’s razor” states that when faced with multiple explanations for a Trump phenomenon, “the stupidest is always the right one.”

“But even if we assume that Trump is far from stupid, and definitely not a ‘moron,’” Shalev concluded, “most people would agree that both his election and his presidency are an insult to America’s intelligence, as well as the world’s.”

 

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