Trump Appoints White Nationalist Icon as Chief Advisor and top White House Political Strategist

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016

 

Steve Bannon

President-Elect Donald Trump appointed the disgusting Steve Bannon as the White House’s Top Political Strategist and the President’s top advisor.

For those of you who don’t know, Steve Bannon is a leading White Nationalist icon and former head of Breitbart media empire – which Bannon personally describes as THE “platform for the Alt-Right.” Of course, the “alt-right” is the cute catch-all name for the loose-knit group of white nationalists, anti-semites, misogynists, xenophobic, anti-government hate-mongers – and shares its cultural DNA with groups like Neo-Nazis and the KKK.

Over the last few years, Bannon led the charge to destroy intelligent, fact-based political dialogue and instead spearheaded the movement to lie-filled, hate-filled, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic propaganda and partisan rancor disguised as news. This man’s sole purpose is to push his white nationalist, anti-government agenda through fear, anger, misinformation – and of course, blaming everyone not white or “real” American (according to whatever his definition of REAL American is that day).

Appointing this man to be White House’s Chief Political Strategist and Trump’s top advisor signals that Trump’s Presidency will be just as hate-filled, fearful, angry and fact-less as his campaign.

This is Trump’s biggest FUCK YOU to America yet.

 

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The Policies You Voted For To Make America Great Again

Posted by on Nov 10, 2016

 

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Donald Trump will be our next president. Let that sink in.

Out of respect for the Office, I’ll pretend the last 70 years of Trump’s life as an unstable, misogynistic, xenophobic, pussy-grabbing, race-bating, bullying, compulsive lying, demagogue who routinely enriched himself at every turn by screwing over others (laborers, contractors, investors, customers) — was all just a phony facade to trick us all into electing him so he’d have a chance to make America great again.

How does a President Trump start all the great-making?

With the rubber stamp of an all-Republican Congress, look for an unchecked President Trump to push some, if not many, of the following campaign promises:

  • Building a HYUGE beautiful wall and threatening a trade war with Mexico when they refuse to pay for it.
  • “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” which means taking insurance away from the 22 million people who got insurance since Obamacare, including the poor who benefited from Medicaid expansion, and those finally able to get healthcare without bankruptcy. Trump could always push Congress for a legislative fix to avoid the unnecessary economic disaster and intentional harm to constituents, but F that! Sorry, not sorry.
  • Reversing Obama’s Executive orders that deal with climate change, protecting the environment, gender equality, LGBT protections, minimum wage increases, civil rights protections, and protection of American-born children of undocumented immigrants (DREAMers).
  • Mass deportation of 11 million undocumented Americans (who make up 6% of the workforce) and those pesky aforementioned DREAMer kids who want us to feel bad that their families are torn apart while parents wait for documentation that ain’t ever coming.
  • “Bringing Jobs Back” by eliminating minimum wage, tearing up international trade deals, and of course, slashing taxes for corporations and the wealthy. It’s easier to think of these measures as “whatever would make Trump stop outsourcing his labor to Asia and finally pay American workers.” Oh, also starting Trade Wars through strong tariffs with China and Mexico, because damaging relationships with our largest trade partners will mean we will stop shipping jobs overseas or something. Trust him, Trump will be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
  • “Law and Order” – increasing police presence in “inner cities,” which means further militarization of Police and expanding stop & frisk (and arrest) of minorities. (As a bonus, this is also Trump’s plan to fix race relations in America. Yay!)
  • Loosening gun control laws because more guns means more safety.
  • Gutting Dodd-Frank and gutting financial and banking regulations that will allow the same negligent practices that led to the most-recent recession and skyrocketed income inequality. At least Trump will get a lot wealthier, bigly.
  • Banning immigrants or refugees from a religion/region we’re scared of, even if they’re escaping war torn countries for a safe place to raise their families – because they hate us, ok?
  • Increasing surveillance of Islamic practitioners, especially at places of prayer whenever we feel they’re “up to something.”
  • Make it easier to punish the Press, because too many nasty journalists say bad things about Trump – they’re ALL lies – and he should be able to stop that, ok? There are no Federal “libel laws” to loosen (as Trump often promises), but at the very least, expect the full weight of the Presidential Bully Pulpit to be brought down on all those who question King Donald.
  • Making us stronger and/or safer overseas by: tearing up the Iran Nuclear Deal, ending international alliances if the other countries “don’t pay their fair share,” isolating America with strong tariffs, taking oil from countries we invade to pay for the invasion — and don’t forget stepping-up torture for terrorists, terrorist-loving family members and mISISpace friends.
  • Tearing up Paris Accords, shuttering the Environmental Protection Agency, cutting off funding to UN climate change efforts, reversing environmental protection laws and Climate Change reform because it’s a Chinese hoax, people.

You bubbled in next to Trump’s name, these are the policies you support.

Most Trump supporters are prepared to defend their Dear Leader from the inevitable bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, and scandal that comes with a President The Donald – but those will likely be short term embarrassments. It’s the policies that most people didn’t realize (or care) they were supporting that will last and take years from which to recover.

Some will pretend the campaign promises were all talk, but Trump’s talk never changed after the primaries. There was no Trump pivot, he instead doubled-down on the same crap he sold to the rabid partisan primaries without watering it down for the general moderate electorate.

These are your policies now, Trump voter. Be prepared to own them and defend them for the next four years and beyond.

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A Reminder of Policies You’re Voting For Because You Hate The Other Candidate

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016

 

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I get it, you hate Crooked Hillary Email Clinton and loathe the Orange Carnival-Barker Con-Man, Donald Trump.

You don’t love the choices, but they’re your only choices.

Rather than add to the year-long debate of who’s the bigger crook, liar, criminal or danger to our country – let’s pretend to care for a moment about the actual policies you’re actually voting for when you fill in the bubble next to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump (assuming either would get anything done with a hyper-partisan Congress):

DOMESTIC POLICIES

Immigration

The Immigration conversation usually centers on how to keep or kick people out, but it should also focus on helping those who want to become American but are stuck “undocumented” for a variety of reasons.

This is Trump’s signature issue, but his thinking boils down to all undocumented immigrants are “illegal” and should be removed because they’re mostly rapists and murders (“although some, I assume are good people”). To fix this problem, Trump will build a wall, make Mexico pay for it (although they 100% won’t), and create deportation forces to remove all undocumented Mexicans from our country, including American-born children of undocumented immigrants. Trump also promises to keep us safe by banning any (Muslim) refugees escaping war-torn Islamic countries because “they hate us.”

Clinton will likely continue the Obama administrations immigration actions, which surprisingly deported more people than 2.5 million people – more than any previous administration. Clinton prefers to give undocumented immigrants a chance to become tax-paying citizens rather than break families apart. Clinton also promises to let in refugees from war torn middle east countries after they pass through rigorous UN and US screening.

Jobs

Presidents shouldn’t really get credit for creating jobs outside of Federal infrastructure and labor projects — but they sure do talk about it a lot.

Clinton will continue whatever Obama’s done for 8 years that led to a record 76 months of job growth. Clinton promises to push for minimum wage increases – some say this could hurt job growth in short term, but others say more money in the market will spur greater growth. Clinton also promises to help women get equal pay as men, and proposes to expand Federal funding into alternate forms of energy to create a flourishing new industry of jobs.

Trump will bring back so many jobs it will make our heads spin, but hasn’t really offered a plan to accomplish the head spinning. Trump promises to  tear up trade deals like NAFTA, although that would likely hurt jobs as American companies would lose the business of trading with other NAFTA nations. Trump promises to keep coal jobs alive, but that should be tough as America works away from coal and towards sustainable clean energy. Trump also promises to kick out all the immigrants so real Americans can get back jobs they lost, like picking fields, manual labor and housekeeping.

Outside of proposals, this is one area where we can look to Trump’s actual experience. Trump made billions through hyuge job-creating real estate projects, but hasn’t stated any real plans for public works projects he’d support as President. Trump’s businesses routinely kept costs down by shipping thousands of jobs overseas for cheap labor, hiring cheap illegals here at home, and screwing contractors out of hard earned money while daring them to sue him or take a lesser payment for their work. Not exactly a career spent looking out for the American worker, and would be foolish to expect this to change.

Income Inequality

There’s little Presidents can do to alleviate income inequality, other than raising wages and using taxpayer dollars to pay for entitlement programs to ease the financial burden for most Americans – in essence re-tilting the board to redistribute money from the 1% to the 99%.

For better or worse, Clinton promises to do all of that, including raising the minimum wage, fixing Obamacare, increasing funding to provide more opportunities to education, fighting for equal pay for women, and fighting for family leave. She hopes to pay for all of this by raising taxes ONLY on those making over $250,000. Although she talks tough about going after Big Business and Big Finance for decades of policies that redistributed wealth upwards from the poor to the rich, don’t count on much action given her coziness (aka taking donations) from those industries.

Trump thinks income inequality is perfectly American, wants to slash taxes for anyone making 6 figures, and gut corporate taxes. His “bring the jobs back” plan will get rid of the minimum wage so job-creating employers can pay bottom dollar to American job-seekers rather than foreign workers. All his ideas reward the employer over the employee and while this please investors, would undeniably exacerbate income inequality.

Guns

Right now there are more guns in America than Americans. Most Americans recognize the dangers and seek simple fixes (like the 88% who support stronger background checks) that make us safer without infringing on our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

Trump proudly boasts his A+ NRA rating, and wants more guns in the hands of as many people as possible. Trump preaches incessantly that the only way for people not to die from guns is to have guns on their person at all times.

Contrary to Trump’s claims that Hillary wants to ban the 2nd Amendment and take away all your guns, Clinton merely seeks to strengthen background checks and ban people on the terrorist watch list(s).

Race Relations

Racial tensions feel like they’re at a recent high, and the next president has to gingerly walk a line that respects all races in this country – after all, they will represent EVERYONE, not just the people who look and pray like them.

Trump is “the least racist person you’ve ever met,” but when asked about race issues he only talks about crime and murder in the inner city. Trump’s big fix to ease race relations is increased police presence and expansion of stop & frisks – even though stop & frisk in NY was found unconstitutional for blatant over-application against African-Americans and Hispanics. After all, “what do you have to lose?” Trump also thinks all Mexicans are bad hombres incapable of weighing his policies without prejudice, and will push to keep an entire religion of people out of our country because “they hate us.”

Clinton will repeatedly remind people that she’s not Trump.

Climate Change

Regardless of your personal feelings on the issue, over 97% of the world’s scientists agree that humans are contributing to undeniable changes in climate.

Trump, for his part, knows climate change is a hoax created/perpetrated by the Chinese to hurt US businesses, and will tear up any treaties like the Paris Accords that hold the US to any climate responsibilities. Keeping corporate profits high is more important to America than requiring “expensive” practices/procedures that would not harm our environment. As a plus, Trump recently promised to slash $100 billion in Federal funding to climate change policies.

Clinton will continue Obama’s push to fight and/or adapt to climate change, and honor our commitments across the globe – whether or not the measures can actually reverse or stall drastic change anything is anyone’s guess.

Healthcare

The current uninsured rate of 9.2% for 2015 is the lowest for America in over 50 years. More people are covered, but many Americans are still feeling the harm of increased premiums.

Trump loudly screams that he’ll “repeal and replace Obamacare” but hasn’t mentioned what the “replace” part will be yet. His plan is to kick tens of millions of people off insurance rolls, including the poor and those with preexisting conditions (like myself), because Obamacare is un-American.

After staking her political future on health care reform during her husband’s administration – and failing – Clinton will likely forgo risking new-found political capital on any big health care system changes. She’ll probably ignore calls from progressive followers (aka Team Sanders) for single-payer healthcare, but will push for tweaks and further subsidies to offset Affordable Care Act premium hikes.

Campaign Finance Reform

Most Americans agree that the wealthy too greatly influence campaigns by spending insane amounts of money. Not only does this limit the conversation only to viewpoints shared by those with money to burn, but also leads to corrupt, puppet candidates.

Although Trump pretends to not accept money (he does) and Clinton promises to push for overturning Citizens United (she won’t) – don’t think for one second that either of these candidates will do jack crap to limit their ability to fund-raise and outspend the opposition.

Infrastructure

American infrastructure is crumbling as many new projects (like high-speed rail) have been thwarted by those who don’t think the Haves should pay for transportation projects that help the Have-Nots.

Clinton promises to push for bolstering infrastructure programs as intensive labor projects would create tons of actual jobs. She’s promised to increase Federal efforts to help areas like Flint, MI, repair their crumbling water systems.

Trump calls for investments in infrastructure projects, but no one knows how he’ll accomplish this as slashing taxes obviously leads to less spending money. On the other hand, Trump does plan to let private corporations take over road building and charge tolls to make money, because even roads should be a way for corporations to turn profit.

CIVIL RIGHTS

Civil Rights should never be under attack in this country, but alas, one candidate routinely proposes curtailing some of our most valued freedoms.

Freedom of Press

Trump promises to make it easier to sue horrible journalists who say bad things about him or stupid people who question his policies or claims. A mainstay of the Trump campaign is to demean and seek revenge against members of the mainstream media, so we’re sure to see this continue during a Trump administration.

Clinton will follow Obama’s steady course, act like an adult and respect the freedom of the press – except when it’s in email form.

Freedom of Religion

Trump supports freedom of religion, so long as its Christianity. Jews are ok, so long as they’re not the ones controlling the banks who control the world. Muslims are a definite no-go, and Trump promises to shut down some mosques and religious centers or just increase mosque surveillance because “they’re up to something.” Of course, let’s not forget Trump’s proposed religious tests for entry into the country.

Naturally, Clinton hasn’t spoken about restricting freedom of religion, because its protected in the Constitution, and all – but promises to to nominate Judges that will protect the freedom of everyone to practice their respective religions.

Police Relations/Due Process

A citizenry’s relationship with its Police is probably one of the greatest indicators of its happiness, and right now people are furious that Police seem to be killing a great deal of unarmed Americans — aka taking away right to life and liberty without due process. This certainly requires a nuanced conversation weighing civil rights against legitimate safety concerns for our officers, however, Police are agents of the state and capital punishment should only be doled out by Due Process – not on a whim by an officer on the scene acting as judge/jury/executioner.

Trump supports the Police’s right to kill and/or abuse Americans whenever they’re scared, and knows that Black Lives Matter are just unemployed, criminal thugs out to take down hard-working cops. Trump proposes to fix this by increasing Police presence in “inner cities,” lessening protections against illegal search and seizure, and allowing Police stop and arrest more minorities — all infringements upon due process to allegedly better police relations and save lives. Sure, this makes sense only to Trump, but boy does DJT love him some Law and Order.

Clinton certainly supports the police, but also recognizes the legitimate gripes of systematic miscarriages of justice and mistreatment of minorities. She promotes increased cooperation between Police and their communities, and reforming policies to ensure greater oversight.

FOREIGN POLICY

ISIS/Terrorism

Trump has a grand plan to defeat ISIS, but won’t tell anybody because that would tip ISIS off. He promises to say “Radical Islamic Terror” (pronounced “Terrah”) and that will probably fix almost everything. Trump knows “more about ISIS than the generals do,” and “will be so good at the military, your head will spin,” so there’s that. Trump also promises to kill family members of alleged terrorists and “bomb the shit out of them” which, I guess will make them like us more and stop wanting to kill us.

Based on her years as Secretary of State, Clinton will continue the process of American intervention in the shit-show that is the middle east. Clinton will continue to arm rebels who we’ll later fight, and support government whose practices we find repulsive in an effort to stop terror. She will also continue Obama’s horrendously unconstitutional practice of droning the hell out of terrorist leadership in other countries until fresh America-haters with new life-grudges pop up to fill the void.

Foreign Relations

Trump promises to make sure all of our allies “pay their fair share” or we’ll stop protecting them (Like a good Don does). He’s pro-Russia, praises Putin’s strength in Crimea and Syria, and marvels at how Putin and oligarchs used their power to become some of the richest people in the world. Trump sees China as the big bad (non-Islam) enemy, and blames CHIIIIINA for the hoax of global warming, devaluating currency, and killing American jobs with cheap labor (that he uses for his own companies). Trump also owes the Bank of China a lot of money – but I’m sure that’ll never affect any decision making. Expect a Trump administration to support Russia and fight China at every turn. We certainly can’t ignore Trump’s push to threaten and alienate Mexico, one of our largest trade partners.

Clinton will continue to play cat and mouse with Russia just like Obama, for better or worse. Clinton has voiced displeasure with Obama’s TPP, which aims to unite the US with Asian countries to stand against China, but will likely “forget” about those complaints once she’s in office. Other than that, Clinton will continue to foster relationships she started as Secretary of State and will uphold agreements and alliances with allies.

 

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Donald Trump, WTF Was That?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2016

 

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“SO THIS IS HOW LIBERTY DIES…WITH THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE.” SIGH

 

I tried hard to hope that Donald Trump would use his convention speech to come out as a more moderate, centrist candidate representing ALL Americans. That an inkling of an idea, policy or detailed plan might slip through the hateful cracks. That a optimistic, unifying vision would be presented to voters.

Alas, it was not meant to be.

Instead, America got: “Be afraid white people. VERY afraid. Only Trump Can Save You.”

It was 75 minutes of angry and intimidating political theater (my first time hearing blatant Fascism sold in English!) Trump painted a dystopian nightmare version of America where immigrants, terrorists and cop-killers are lurking around every corner plotting to kill you – and bad trade deals and Hillary Clinton are conspiring to destroy your life.

Trump’s entire red-faced speech was a never-ending merry-go-round of yelling about something bad, telling us who to blame for it, and then promising he’s the only one to end it or fix it with an accompanying superlative. Repeat.

There was no talk about American history, our culture(s), or what differentiates us from the rest of the world. No hint of what actually makes America exceptional, no talk of lofty American ideals and no mention of coming together to achieve great things.

Only anger and fear.

Even if you give Trump the benefit of the doubt that he can/will make America great, The Donald didn’t offer one single way to achieve greatness. Sure, he promised to end crime, blow up separation of church and state, rip up trade deals, and force the world bend their knee to the alter of America – but not a hint of how to accomplish any of it, or how/why it would make America better.

To his “credit”, Trump did offer details on Immigration (build a wall, ban Muslims, end catch & release, kick out people on overstayed Visas), but otherwise not a single plan or coherent policy whatsoever. Midway through the fear-mongering Trump actually teased that he’d outline his Economic plan later in his address, but he somehow never got around to it during the longest nomination acceptance speech in recent history.

Trump did ram one message down our throats: “I am the Law and Order candidate!” At one point, Trump screamed “Law and Order” four times in a row as if he was reading aloud the afternoon lineup for the USA Network. People cheered for this man blatantly selling himself as a future Dictator, and they gave fascism a thunderous standing ovation. Gulp.

Fighting terror, keeping out/kicking out immigrants, stomping out protests, and negotiating/enforcing trade deals. That’s it. That’s how Trump makes America great again.

We’re at the point where Republicans barely even talk about the economy anymore. America’s economy is leaps and bounds better since they last occupied the White House, so Republicans can only scream about bad shit happening in other countries and threaten the same will happen here without “True Conservatives” in power.

In Trump’s America, the only thing families should worry about are terrorists, political correctness, cop-killers, and Hillary Clinton. Not low paychecks, putting food on the table, affording school or medical care, climbing out of debt, fixing crumbling infrastructure, or poisoning of city water-systems. Not a single acknowledgement of the systematic injustices facing minorities, nor even a slight concern about police shooting unarmed Americans. No mention of inequality or a changing climate. Not even a pretend care about any issues that concern the majority of America’s youth, women, gays, blacks or Latinos.

It’s as if the only Americans he ever meets are in the Fox News studio.

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The one area Trump excelled was blaming Hillary Clinton for every bad thing happening in every country in the world. Obviously, Trump has yet to learn what the Secretary of State actually does, but ain’t nobody got time for that when screaming “Lock Her Up!” is so much fun!

Admittedly, my favorite part of the speech came when Trump bragged about making billions by abusing a rigged system, but then spun this scumbaggery as the main reason why he’s the guy with the experience to fix the broken system that made him billions. That really happened.

Another unintentionally hilarious moment came when Trump proudly commended his Republican audience for applauding his promise to protect the LGBTQ community from Islamic terrorists. I guess previous GOP audiences were cool with terrorists killing The Gays, but thanks to Trump’s wisdom and guidance, this Cleveland audience was saved.

The scariest thing is that Trump isn’t even trying to court non-Republicans into his camp with ideas or even a positive outlook. He’s doubling down on the divisive anger and paranoia, and hoping the scared white right-wing vote will outnumber Democrats, Liberals, minorities and women. By repeating crap like: “Were going to win with Terrorism. We’re going to win fast!”  Trump is clearly hedging his entire campaign on betting that terrorists attack America before the election to prove him right. He’ll scream (and tweet) that only the omniscient Donnie-with-the-Good-Brain warned against an attack, so obviously he should be King, ok!?!

I know, I’m too hard on the guy when I say he’s a con-man running a sham campaign. After all, Trump is Our Voice! The guy who bilked the system for his fortune will fix the system so no one else can make a fortune the way he did! The guy who made billions abusing workers and screwing contractors out of pay will suddenly look out for the working man! The guy who ships his production jobs to Asia will suddenly protect American jobs and keep employers from abusing cheap labor the way he does! The thrice-married philanderer is the moral compass of the nation! The most elitist candidate to ever run for President is suddenly THE man of the people!

And don’t forget, Trump will protect the Constitution by strongly enforcing the rule of law against immigrants, Muslims, political opponents, protesters, pesky journalists, and any country that dare defy him.

This is what passes as “leadership” these days.

Authoritarianism and fear-mongering is how we become great.

Prepare for a HYUGE, terrifying few months of terror campaigning.

 

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Messy Breakup Ends Epic Era for Dwyane Wade and Miami Heat

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016

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HEAT LIFER

 

13 amazing years. 12 All Star seasons. 5 Finals. 3 rings.

We watched him grow from Flash to WoW. We watched the superstar emerge while almost singlehandedly carrying the Heat to greatness in 2006 (Game 3, anyone?). He convinced his super-friends to take their talents to South Beach, and we watched four of the most thrilling NBA seasons in recent memory.

But now Dwyane Wade is leaving Miami and going home to Chicago – not to chase rings, but to chase respect.

Since being drafted with 5th pick in 2003, Wade has been the face of the Miami Heat franchise, and the club’s all-time leader in games played, minutes, points, field goals, assists, steals and 2nd all time in blocks. Wade accounts for over 9% of the TOTAL points in Miami Heat history – and 100% of its championships.

Somehow, the expression “End of an Era” seems small.

From Dwyane Wade to Heat Nation:

Dear Miami,

This has been an extremely emotional and tough decision to come to. After 13 years, I have decided to embark on a new journey with the Chicago Bulls. This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice for myself and my family.

I started my NBA career with the Miami Heat in 2003 and it has been an honor to have played with them and help build a winning franchise with three NBA championships. I look back with pride and amazement at all we have accomplished together. I want to express my gratitude to the Arison family, Pat Riley, Coach Erik Spoelstra, the coaching staff, and the entire Miami Heat organization.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Miami community and especially #HEATNATION for all of their love and support over the years. It has been truly incredible. I am deeply moved and appreciative of the positive messages from my fans expressing that they want what’s best for me and I know they will support my decision. The memories including championship parades and five conference titles are incredible moments we have shared that will always remain close to my heart as I begin the next chapter of my life.

Growing up in Robbins, Ill., I never dreamed that an NBA career could have even been possible and that one day I would wear a Chicago Bulls jersey. Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player. My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game. Many of my family members still live in Chicago and I am excited to return home to a city very close to my heart.

I look forward to returning to my roots and to what lies ahead.

Much Love and Respect,

D. Wade

Although Heat Nation is certainly still reeling from the news, we can’t begrudge the man for wanting to work for a different company after 13 years in the same office, especially after things got acrimonious.

It has to suck to be the top employee in the company’s history but never treated as such, and especially not this summer. There was no “We Want Wade” campaign, no Miami-Wade County push, no sending Heat players to NY to woo him, no attention even paid to him until after Whiteside and KD did their thing. Pat Riley didn’t even call or meet with Wade during the offseason.

Wade was the personal embodiment of “Heat Lifer” and an unselfish player who sacrificed time and again for the betterment of his team. Imagine just how disrespected he must have felt to leave the city where he built his legacy.

The Heat, for their part, pride themselves on family, loyalty and taking care of its own, but apparently those ideals have a sell-by date.

It didn’t have to be this way, but breakups always suck. Now our favorite player leaves town to return “home” and play for the Bulls, the team he grew up idolizing.

Here’s Riley’s initial statement to Dan Le Batard:

“SADDDDDDD!!!! SO saddddddd! I will never forget the sixth game in Dallas in 2006. DW rebounded the ball, and threw it to the heavens and the Heat universe was perfect for that moment. Our first world championship. Our universe is not perfect today. It will be fraught with anger, judgment, blame instead of THANK YOU!!! Ten years ago. Ten years older. Ten years wiser. Ten years changed. All of us. Dwyane had a choice, and he made it. He went home. Bad, bad summer for us. But there will be another 10 years, and it will be someone or something else in 2026. Move on with no blood or tears. Just thanks. I truly loved Dwyane, but families grow, change and get on with another life. He will always be a part of us. ALWAYS! And no more bruises and enough fighting. Let’s just fly above it if we can and never forget. I feel his pain and pride for what pushed him over the ledge. Been there. Forever, for always, your coach I will be. FOREVER!”

It’s easy to play the blame game or scream about “Loyalty!” – but it’s obvious things got too ugly between Wade, Riley and the Arisons. Basketball might be entertainment to us fans, but to players and teams, it’s work and business. Riley’s words acknowledge the Heat know they insulted their superstar, but they felt that a mid-30s guard wasn’t worth tying up max dollars for multiple years.

Riley and the Arisons made a business decision – it’s that simple. Cold and practical, but simple. Wade still feels he’s a respect-demanding star (rightly so) and left for a club that will treat him accordingly.

The Heat (albeit passive-aggressively) were ready to move on. Dwyane Wade reluctantly moved on. Heat Nation isn’t there yet.

We have plenty of time to figure out if all parties made the correct decision in ending the relationship, but there is no denying it was a helluva historic HOF-worthy run for the 13 years the marriage lasted.

Dwyane Wade, the Heat Lifer, is a class act and will be missed.

Today is a sad day for Heat Nation, but I know I’m not alone in looking forward to the day when #3 is retired proudly and respectfully in the rafters of the AAA where it belongs.

This is, and always will be, Wade County.

Source: Dwyane Wade’s epic Miami story ends in messy breakup, says Dan Le Batard | Miami Herald

Source: Dwyane Wade writes letter to Miami fans after leaving Heat for Bulls | SI.com

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Presidential Primary Recap

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016

 

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VICTORY SPEECH OR TRUMP SHOPPING NETWORK? 

 

With the nation’s attention focused on Trump’s hand/dong-size, or on Ben Carson bowing out and Mitt Romney bowing in (but failing), it’s easy to forget that actual voting took place in 9 states that held primaries/caucuses since last Tuesday.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump continued to Make America Hate Great Again by winning Kentucky (36%) Louisiana (41%) Hawaii (42%), Michigan (37%), and Mississippi (47%).

Trump increased his delegate lead to almost 100, but not nearly by as much as he hoped, thanks to Sen. Ted Cruz stealing a good share of delegates with 2nd place finishes in Kentucky, Louisiana and Michigan. Cruz also racked up actual victories in Kansas (48%) Maine (46%), Idaho (45%).

Interestingly enough, exit polls showed that “recently decided” voters backed Cruz and Gov. John Kasich way more than Trump – which means that some of the Trump bashing has worked. Well, it worked for everyone except Basher-In-Chief, Sen. Marco Rubio, who mostly finished dead last despite altering his campaign to match Trump’s sophomoric buffoonery.

Florida is the first winner-take-all state of the primary season (March 15), and Rubio drastically needs all 99 to even be mentioned after next week. Polls show Trump with a commanding lead in the sunshine state, so it would behoove the #NeverTrump Republicans to put all their huevos in Rubio’s basket to keep Trump from getting those 99 delegates, but Cruz (who is all but out of it in Florida) will never let that happen.

On the Democrat side, Sen. Bernie Sanders had himself a helluva week as he won handily in Kansas (67%), Nebraska (57%), and Maine (64%); and eked out a surprising victory in Michigan (49.8%).

Sec. Hillary Clinton continued her southern dominance, and won by huge margins in Louisiana (71%) and Mississippi (82%)

Michigan’s results were certainly shocking, as almost every poll had Clinton destroying Sanders by over 20 points.

Sanders has struggled to convince African Americans to Feel The Bern, particularly in the south, where he’s only around 15% of that demo – but Sanders took over 30% of Michigan’s African American vote and it clearly pushed him over the top. On the flip side, African Americans make up 69% of Mississippi’s Democratic voters – and 89% voted for Hillary.

Clinton’s lead is now over 200 delegates, but with “superdelegates” it’s around 700. However, even though almost every “news” organization in the country insists on adding the “super delegates” to Clinton’s corner, they’re not set in stone and can be changed at any time. Unfortunately, it seems that ALL outlets, ‘Liberal’ or ‘Conservative’, have an interest in convincing you that Clinton owns the nomination before it’s actually won.

For those already looking towards the general election, take note of these two interesting facts about the frontrunners:

Clinton is dominating in Red states, but losing the traditional Blue states (except Massachusetts). Democrats will lose the south regardless, but will her apparent unpopularity in the north hurt her in the general election? Will Bernie supporters in the north stay home on general election day – and give their states to Republicans by default?

On the GOP side, is Trump really the unbeatable force the media (and Trump) keep telling us he is? Don’t forget, Trump still polls an average national disapproval rating around 64% – that is YUGE. He might be getting all the press, but Americans HATE Trump in a way they haven’t for any politician running for office in recent memory.

Up next we got Washington DC for Republicans (March 12), and then both parties take on Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina on March 15. In those states Democrats have almost 700 delegates in play and Republicans have just over 400 – so the Noms are still up for grabs…for everyone not named Marco.

 

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Trump and Clinton feel Super! (Thanks for Asking)

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016

 
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12 states held primary votes on Tuesday, and things worked out quite Super for Donald Trump and Sec. Hillary Clinton – who both won 7 states apiece.

On the Democratic side, Clinton swept the south, easily winning Georgia (71%), Virginia (64%), Alabama (77%), Tennessee (66%), Texas (65%), and Arkansas (66%) – and won by a slim margin in Massachusetts (50%).

Sen. Bernie Sanders was certainly deflated by the loss in super-liberal Mass, but is still Berning away thanks to strong wins in home-state Vermont (86%), Oklahoma (51%), Minnesota (61%) and Colorado (58%).

Easily the most striking statistic of the night was that in the 6 southern states she won, Clinton was supported by over 80% of the African-Americans.

On the GOP side, Trump convinced Georgia (38%), Vermont (32%), Virginia (34%), Alabama (43%), Massachusetts (49%), Arkansas (32%) and Tennessee (38%) that he’s the right salesman to sell their angry platform.

Sarah Palin’s endorsement did jack-crap in Alaska, as Trump lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (36%). Unsurprisingly, Cruz also won his home state of Texas (43%), but that was all for the most disgusting politician in America guy who claims he’s the only “True Conservative” to beat the billionaire blowhard.

Sen. Marco Rubio took Minnesota (36%), scoring his first win yet this primary season. According to exit polls, many of the Florida Senator’s voters recently made up their mind, meaning Rubio’s new Trump-mocking routine might actually be working.

Gov. John Kasich and Dr. Ben Carson are still hanging around and making a difference. Kasich’s supporters in Vermont (30%) and Virginia (9%), could have taken victories from Trump, while Carson’s in Alaska (11%) could have possibly given Trump another win to make your head spin.

The biggest takeaway from the night is the HYUGE Republican voter turnout compared to lame Democrat turnout. Republican Super Tuesday turnout was up 70%, but down 28% for Democrats compared to 2008.

Virginia posted its highest Republican primary turnout in state history – and those folks supported the Donald in a big way. Trump is bringing in a ton of new voters, and that has to be scaring the shit out of Democrats and sane Americans.

Trump’s rise is especially frightening considering that in six of the Super Tuesday states, large majorities of GOP voters said they supported a ban on non-citizen Muslims from entering the US, as well as 2 of 3 in Texas, Virginia and Georgia, 7 of 10 in Tennessee, and nearly 8 of 10 in Alabama.

As Yoda wisely warned: Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to Republicans.

What’s next? The next two weeks see a dozen Democratic and seventeen GOP primaries/caucuses in states and territories, and contrary to popular opinion, things are far from over.

For Democrats, Sanders will likely stay in until the convention, and continues to rack up money and challenge Clinton. Although Clinton has the overwhelming edge in un-pledged superdelegates (457-22), a good showing over the next couple weeks could significantly close the pledged delegate gap (577-386) and keep things interesting. To have any chance though, Sanders needs to convince African-Americans to #FellTheBern.

For Republicans, it all comes down to who will drop out and when. Kasich and Carson will almost assuredly call it quits soon, although Carson loves his fund-raising scams. When they do drop, one would think Carson’s “evangelicals” would go to Cruz, while his “we want an outsider” supporters will turn to Trump. Kasich is courting the “responsible official” vote, and those supporters would likely go to Rubio – hilariously America thinks the Senate no-show is the most responsible guy left on stage.

But WTF are Rubio and/or Cruz going to do? Neither has enough support on their own, but their Conservatives & Party-first supporters NEED to band together ASAP if they want any hope of beating the fake Conservative billionaire. Unfortunately, both Cruz and Rubio have been running for President for over 4 years, always putting their own Presidential ambitions above their Senatorial duties – and neither will step away when they are so “close.”

It’s becoming more likely that Trump, Rubio AND Cruz will all march into the GOP Convention begging the Party to use their undemocratic power to pick their own candidate over the voices of the voters. Can the GOP afford to lose the new Trump support and put Rubio or Cruz on the ticket instead? Unlikely, but who the F knows?

Many Americans (and news networks) are excited for how entertaining this campaign is, which sucks because government should NOT be an entertaining reality show.

That might be why Google reported that searches for “moving to Canada” were up as much as 1120% on Tuesday.

Read: Super Tuesday election results – CNNPolitics.com

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Voter ID Laws and Voter Suppression

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016

 

 

John Oliver gave a great breakdown on ridiculous Voter ID laws enacted by Republicans to suppress millions of votes around the country.

After the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, 15 Republican-led states instituted new voting laws pretending to fight “voter fraud” (a statistically non-existent crime) but in reality will suppress votes of democrat-leaning voters.

It’s not just as simple as requiring an ID like Republicans pretend, but rather systematically making it harder for people to get IDs, not allowing certain photo IDs used mostly by Democrats (student IDs, Union cards, etc), closing polling places and limiting hours for voting in Democratic polling areas…the list goes on and on.

Its not conspiracy that Republicans are using these laws to cheat to try to win elections, they admit it all the time (watch here or video above).

Don’t forget, the 2016 Election will be the first Presidential election with the new voting laws, so expect to see HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS Americans unable to vote in many states.

If you can’t beat em, cheat em.

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Watch: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Voting (Youtube)

Watch: Republicans admitting Voter ID laws are for winning elections (Youtube)

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Bernie and Donald Take New Hampshire

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016

 

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To no one’s surprise, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump dominated their pretend-Party’s New Hampshire primaries.

New Hampshirites came out strong to support two candidates (Sanders: 60% Dems, Trump: 35.2% Reps) with differing views of how to make America great again. One promises to give government back to the People, end American oligarchy, raise wages, strengthen entitlements, protect the climate, fix infrastructure, lessen income inequality, repair racial disparities, end American prison-dominance and put people to work. The other promises to build a wall, kick out immigrants, put Muslims in their place, eschew political correctness (aka say whatever he wants about women, minorities and handicapped) and beat Mexico & China into submission.

New voters accounted for 15% of each Party’s haul, with most of those supporting The Bern and The Donald.

A bit of history was made last night as Sen. Sanders became the first Jew to ever win a US Presidential primary. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, became the first ever candidate to lose to a Jew in a US Presidential primary. Mazel Tov to both!

Sanders slaughtered Clinton in every demographic, winning all age groups: 18-29 (83%), 30-44 (66%), and 45-64 (53 %); as well as both men (66%), and women (55%). Clinton did win two demos: ages 65+ (55%) and people with incomes over $200k.

Interesting tidbit: Hillary “dishonest” reputation, whether deserved or not, is a huge issue. 34% of New Hampshire Democrats listed “honesty” as one of the most important candidate traits, and 92% of those people voted for Sanders. Guess it just ain’t Republicans who don’t trust Hillary.

On the Republican side, Trump took around 30-40% in every age/gender demo – but the biggest surprise of New Hampshire was Gov. John Kasich, who finished 2nd with 16%. Congrats to New Hampshire for taking their responsibility as first official vote of the nation seriously, and raising the profile of the sanest candidate in the GOP field.

Three Republicans are all vying for scraps, relevance, 3rd thru 5th place with around 11-12% each, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Jeb! Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.

Iowa “winner” Ted Cruz’s shtick was never expected to play well with “Live Free or Die” voters, and Cruz certainly didn’t help his cause getting caught playing multiple dirty election-day tricks in Iowa.

Rubio personally acknowledged his brain-fart debate meltdown stalled his mojo, and with opponents like Gov. Chris Christie pounding the “inexperienced robot” theme, Republicans seem less enamored with the guy who was their “savior” just a week prior.

Jeb! and his “Please Clap” supporters will claim victory given they didn’t disappear into oblivion, and Camp Christie is surely disappointed Rubio-bashing didn’t earn him any more (Wall) street-cred.

Although the top dogs have enough money to hang around for a bit and wait for the other guys to F up, look for a couple GOP also-rans to start dropping out and endorsing anybody-but-Trump.

South Carolina is up next for Republicans, and we’re surely in for a scorched-Earth blood-bath. Trump supporters will NEVER turn, so expect the other candidates to go full Hunger Games in hopes of capturing each other’s supporters to overcome the Trumpeters. Jeb! and Kasich will pummel Rubio, while Marco and Cruz will out-Conservative each other for the “I’m the only one who can save Christians from scary Liberals and ISIS!” vote.

Gov. Kasich would like to keep momentum, but his sane/positive campaign won’t play well in ultra-Conservative South Carolina. Expect the other guys to mostly ignore him, but Camp Kasich will try to stay positive and push for a big win in Nevada a few days later on the 23rd. Trump might be dominating the disaffected voter demo, but Kasich will continue to sell himself as the Anti-Trump alternative also sick of Washington disfunction.

The Democrats bring their election gambling to Nevada, and Clinton will dig deep into her 3 decade bag-of-tricks to stop the Sanders surge. After losing many areas of NH she won in 2008 against Obama, Clinton has to deliver a better message than “It’s my turn.” It will be interesting if the no-negative campaign Sanders can sustain a full blown Clinton attack the likes of which he’s never experienced.

Expect some fireworks – and duds – between now and South Carolina/Nevada primaries on February 20.

Update: Gov. Christie and Carly Fiorina suspended their Presidential fundraising scams campaigns Wednesday.

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Iowa Caucused – Now What?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016

 

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“GO HOME IOWA, YOU’RE DRUNK.”


 

The first official voting for 2016 is in the books. So what do we know?

Iowa Democrats split down the middle between Sec. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The Democratic race ended in a virtual tie, with Hillary given the slight edge over Sanders (49.8% – 49.6%). Interestingly, 3 districts were so close that they were decided by coin-flips – and Hillary won all 3 coin-flips. Bernie needs a better coin-flip consultant.

(Update: Later reports say 7 districts came down to coin-flips and Hillary won 6 of 7.)

Both candidates are claiming victory, but everyone must be shocked how well the atheist, democratic-socialist Jew did in middle America. Bernie absolutely dominated the under-30 vote (84%) and took 54% of 30-45 year olds. On the other hand, Clinton took 58% of 45-64 year olds and 69% of those over 65. As the youth vote isn’t particularly reliable when it comes to actually showing up (youth vote down 4% from when Obama won Iowa in 2008), Clinton is still poised to be the more electable of the two.

As far as Republicans are concerned, they got themselves a genuine 3 horse race: Sen. Ted Cruz (26%), Donald Trump (24%) and Sen. Marco Rubio (21%).

Cruz declared this “a victory for courageous Conservatives,” but someone forgot to tell him over 70% of Iowan Republicans voted against him. Also, the last two Republican Iowa winners were Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Mike Huckabee – how did they fare again?

As far as numbers go, 64% of Republican Iowans are evangelical Christian, so it’s no surprise that Pastor Cruz led the way. Team Trump might be disappointed with a 2nd place finish, but with tens of thousands of more Iowans showing up than in 2012, it’s clear the Donald’s draws out previous non-voters (40% of total caucusers were first-timers) whether they’re motivated to vote for him or against him (only 3 of 10 new voters sided with Trump). Bronze-medal winning Team Rubio declared “victory!” to anyone that’ll listen, but Marco’s hoping to ride this 3rd place momentum to a 2nd (or higher) place finish in the less evangelical state of New Hampshire next week.

Gov. Bush won’t be bragging about his pathetic 6th place showing.  Jeb! was backed a mere 2.8% of Iowan Republicans, which means his campaign spent about $2,884 per Hawkeye voter. Someone take away the checkbook.

With the top 3 sewn up, the question becomes: as the others start drop out, who do their supporters back?

Dr. Carson’s supporters pride themselves on being outsiders, and would likely back Trump. Gov. Bush and Gov. Christie supporters would probably back the establishment wunderkind, Rubio. Sen. Rand’s libertarian backers probably go with anti-establishment Trump. Gov. Kasich’s supporter(s) would pick the “saner” choice in Rubio. Gov. Huckabee’s and Sen. Santorum’s supporters (aka their families) would probably back the evangelical Cruz.

Still anybody’s race(s). Let’s see what happens now that the next leg of the Tour de Presidency reaches New Hampshire.

Also, for a good chuckle, check out what 2013 Trump had to say about 2016 Iowa Trump:

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On a sad note, there are two candidates who won’t be reveling in celebration-sex today: Gov. Martin O’Malley and Gov. Huckabee both ended their Presidential campaigns after Iowans totally forgot they were running.

Read: 3 Iowa Democratic Caucus districts decided by coin-flip. – The Des Moines Register

Read: Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders too close to call – Star Tribune.

Read: Iowa Caucuses: Ted Cruz Wins, Clinton declares victory – CNN. 

Read: How Iowa Voted – FiveThirtyEight.

Read: How Ted Cruz Won Iowa – Washington Post. 

Read: Iowa Caucus Results: 6 Things That Explain How It Happened – NPR.org.

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