A Little Mayonnaise with my White Supremacist Sentiments Please

There was a particularly pathetic opinion piece published this weekend. Written by Sandy Hingston in Philadelphia Magazine the trash was titled: “How Millennials Killed Mayonnaise.”

One, what an annoying headline. If it starts with “How Millennials Killed,” you can be sure it’s trash unless of course it someday ends with something like Nazis, the KKK, White Supremacy, or the GOP. Framing these generational differences as if generations exist in defined blocks and as if those blocks act together with intention and spite to reject tradition is stupid.

So, is mayo dying? Not really, sales being down 6.7% over the last five years doesn’t quite equate to the sky falling. That doesn’t stop our author though, after all she wouldn’t be a proud conservative without proudly dismissing factual evidence for some good old fashioned anecdote:

Mom’s extraordinary potato salad — fragrant with dill, spiced by celery seed — went untouched on the picnic table. So did her macaroni salad, and her chicken salad, and her deviled eggs. … When I carted home a good three pounds of painstakingly prepared Waldorf salad — all that peeling and coring and slicing! — I was forced to face facts: The family’s tastes had changed.

Ya. Her sides aren’t killing it at the potluck anymore! Shame millennial! Shame!

So people aren’t eating mayo salad suspensions anymore, surely we can’t extrapolate that into anything too weird. Wait a second, it must be this darn PC culture we’re all forced to live in.

My son Jake, who’s 25, eats mayo. He’s a practical young man who works in computers and adores macaroni salad. He’s a good son. I also have a daughter. She was a women’s and gender studies major in college. Naturally, she loathes mayonnaise.

Naturally.

If only we could return to the days when all children uniformly loved salads made of 95% mayo and no one studied stupid things like gender.

Mayonnaise isn’t bland; it’s artfully blended. It’s an evocation of the era I grew up in, of the homogeneity of that old, dead American dream.

So a dog whistle then. Called it. “Homogeneity?” For some reason I don’t think we’re talking about mayonnaise anymore. Perhaps we are talking about another kind of homogeneity, one that’s the same color as mayo?

Oh shit, she goes there. The fake news media controlled by the SJW leftist millennial fringe killed mayonnaise. It was a hit orchestrated by BuzzFeed which featured two articles about why mayo is bad. It’s nothing less than discrimination against a group that that has suffered more than any other since the beginning of time: white baby boomers:

I thought young people today were supposed to be all about inclusion — about kindness and compassion and making other people feel welcome. So how about you include a little mayo in your picnic fare?

Mayo isn’t dying you wretched old white supremacist. That Wall Street Journal story I linked earlier on the decline of mayo, it also points out that mayo is still America’s favorite condiment. Beating ketchup by a good 200 million pounds a year.

One final quote:

This attitude comes to you from young people who willingly slurp down eight kazillion kinds of yogurt, not to mention raw fish and pork belly and, yo, detergent pods, so don’t talk to me about mayonnaise

Oh, fuck off Sandy.

You can’t even read an article about something as harmless as mayo these days without it including a dog whistle to racists.

If I wanted spicy mayo, I’d reach for some of this.

The White Nationalists Are Winning

Recommended reading over at the Atlantic. With Fox News anchors and high-profile Republican politicians openly pushing the racism and talking points of the alt-right. The fringe movement is no longer fringe, it’s just the Republican Party.

A year after white nationalists in Charlottesville chanted, “You will not replace us!” their message has been taken up and amplified by Fox News personalities. Tucker Carlson tells his audience that “Latin American countries are changing election outcomes here by forcing demographic change on this country.” Laura Ingraham says that “the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore” because of “massive demographic changes” as a result of “both illegal and sometimes legal immigration that progressives love.” They echo the white-nationalist claim that America is at risk because the nation is growing more diverse, an argument that treats the mere presence of nonwhite people, citizen or noncitizen, as an existential threat to the country. White nationalists like Cantwell are cheered to hear their beliefs championed on Fox. Cantwell wrote last year that Carlson “is basically telling white America to prepare for war as directly as he can get away with while remaining on Fox News.”

 

Trump Threatens To ‘Suspend’ Protesting NFL Players ‘Without Pay’

Here we go again with more of that NFL distraction, the Manafort trial must really be ruffling feathers.

I’m going to go ahead and guess that Trump doesn’t realize that NFL players are not government employees that he can personally fire or reprimand. Nor, would I imagine that Trump knows he just violated the First Amendment.

18 U.S. Code § 227 – Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch

**(a)Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—(1)**takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or**(2)**influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another,shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.

**(b)In this section, the term “covered government person” means—(1)**a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress;**(2)**an employee of either House of Congress; or**(3)**the President, Vice President, an employee of the United StatesPostal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).

What Trump is doing is illegal. The protests are a partisan issue, only Republicans are taking issue. Suspension/termination/etc… are employment decisions, and the NFL is a private entity.

Issuing a statement is an official act. In the past, he has threatened to change tax law regarding NFL teams unless they changed their employment practices, which is undeniably a threat to take an official act.

Add it to the pile…

It’s continually amazing to me just how many laws this administration can break in plain view and in public record and how there are no consequences.

Robert Mueller requests Trump-related portion of Manafort’s trial be kept secret because it revealed ‘substantive’ evidence

While the FoxNews crowd celebrates Manafort trial Judge TS Elilis’ taunts toward the Mueller team, ignoring the fact that he today apologized, those of us in the land of reality got an interesting tidbit today. From CNN:

In a filing Thursday, Mueller’s team said it wanted to keep a discussion between trial attorneys and Judge T.S. Ellis regarding a question to Gates secret because the transcript of the conversation would “reveal details of the ongoing investigation.”

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Defense attorney Kevin Downing had asked Gates, “Were you interviewed on several occasions about your time at the Trump campaign?”

Prosecutor Greg Andres objected to the question before Gates could answer.

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“Disclosing the identified transcript portions would reveal substantive evidence pertaining to an ongoing investigation … In addition, sealing will minimize any risk of prejudice from the disclosure of new information relating to that ongoing investigation,” the special counsel’s team wrote in a court filing Thursday. “The government’s concerns would continue until the relevant aspect of the investigation is revealed publicly, if that were to occur.”

That request was just granted.

Well, isn’t that all juicy. It’s reminding me an interview on Pod Save America a few weeks back with a journalist saying that the information she provided, which could be traced directly back to President Trump, will be a huge surprise to the public when it comes out, and is unrelated to Russia/the other collusion stories we have been hearing.

There is a LOT of information out there relevant to the case that we don’t know about yet.

Journalist reveals she provided source’s identity to the FBI:

But Wheeler, the publisher of the Empty Wheel blog, wrote that she felt compelled to talk to authorities about an individual she was convinced “played a significant role in the Russian election attack on the US.” Wheeler has not publicly named her source, but she told CNN in a Monday phone interview that the person “definitely did not want me to go to the FBI” and cautioned her in a text message against doing so.

“On its face, I broke one of the cardinal rules of journalism,” Wheeler told The Washington Post in a story published Sunday, “but what he was doing should cause a source to lose protection.”

more:

Her blog post centers on a text message she says she got from the source on Nov. 9, 2016 — about 14 hours after the polls closed — predicting that Michael Flynn, who would be Trump’s appointee for national security adviser, would be meeting with “Team Al-Assad” within 48 hours. Russia has been perhaps the Assad regime’s staunchest ally.

As she noted: “The substance of the text — that the Trump team started focusing on Syria right after the election — has been corroborated and tied to their discussions with Russia at least twice since then.”

Wheeler won’t say when she went to the FBI other than that it was in 2017. In December 2017, Flynn flipped, pleading guilty to one count of lying to the FBI about his contact with the Russian government during the presidential transition; Trump had fired him in February.

In addition to the knowledge of her source’s inside information, Wheeler said, she had reason to believe that the source was involved with efforts to compromise her website and other communications. And perhaps most important, that he was involved in cyberattacks — past and future — that had done and could do real harm to innocent people.

This party is just getting started.

Rand Paul says he delivered Trump letter to Putin

We still have essentially no details regarding Trump’s summit with Putin, which should be a scandal in and of itself, but here’s something new to wonder about. Senator Rand Paul says he delivered a letter on behalf of President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in person.

Congratulation Senator, now your a mailman traitor!

Time for a little trip back to March of 2017 when Senator McCain said Rand Paul is I quote, “working for Vladimir Putin.

“I was honored to deliver a letter from President Donald J. Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration,” Paul said, “The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges.”

So why a letter? Trump has the answer on that:

“It’s very important, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old fashioned way because I’ll tell you what, no computer is safe,” Trump responded when asked about the importance of cybersecurity, according to pool reporters.

Trump, 12/31/16

Clearly, Trump didn’t want the State Department or the Intelligence Community to know what was in the letter.

But, I’m sure that letter was about “countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges.” The same way the Trump Tower meeting was about “Adopting Russian Children“.

That should, if our legal system was working in any way, make Paul an accessory to violating the presidential records act. I won’t hold my breath.

Between this and that sketchy as hell July 4th trip, things certainly seem to be getting worse. Just how many republicans are wrapped up in this mess?

Hot take on the issue:

“Many folks think that Rand Paul can’t be beat, they’re worried he might be too well-liked. I don’t buy that. Just ask his neighbor. He can be beaten.”

— Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes (D)

Jon Stewart Tried to Warn us of the GOP’s love affair with Vladimir Putin back in 2014

So this is a thing that is happening, but maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising. After all, Jon Stewart warned us back in 2014.

The GOP has a love affair with Vladimir Putin.

Stewart makes a great point, among many. It’s funny how Republicans just love Putin’s dictatorial style, while they accuse Obama of wearing “mommy jeans.” But then whenever Obama actually does something, like pass health care reform, the President suddenly becomes “Dictator Obama” who jams unconstitutional legislation down the throats of the American public (by letting the Congress vote on it 50 times).

Where have I heard that before?

“Thus, by a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.”

Umberto Eco, from Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt

A story told a thousand times. Just like Schrodinger’s Immigrant — simultaneously a lazy welfare leech, and a job hoarder at the same time. How the Jews are, at once, a degenerate, filthy, inferior race, and the menacingly powerful puppetmasters controlling the world through the banking, media, and delicatessen industries. Obama the pansy-ass pussy bitch atheist, and also a dictatorial, menacing, all-powerful muslim! And Hillary the brain damaged feeble grandmother who can’t get into a van without help who is also controlling elements of the deep state within DOJ, SCOTUS, FBI, NSA and the DOD to overthrow Trump.

Mike Pence Once Wrote that a President Should Be Impeached for Moral Failings

Mike Pence used to document his opinions on the website for his old radio show. In one of his columns, Pence argued that the president should be held to a higher moral standard than your average American. These writings were recently brought to light by CNN’s KFile and by Splinter in 2016. They were originally posted in the late 1990s.

Mike Pence wrote:

On the second count, that the President is ‘just like the rest of us’, he is the most powerful man in the world. If you and I fall into bad moral habits, we can harm our families, our employers and our friends. The President of the United States can incinerate the planet. Seriously, the very idea that we ought to have at or less than the same moral demands placed on the Chief Executive that we place on our next door neighbor is ludicrous and dangerous. Throughout our history, we have seen the presidency as the repository of all of our highest hopes and ideals and values. To demand less is to do an injustice to the blood that bought our freedom

http://web.archive.org/web/19990821083429/http:/www.hublergroup.com:80/pence/clinton2.html

Mike Pence also wrote:

Further, the Presidents repeated lies to the American people in this matter compound the case against him as they demonstrate his failure to protect the institution of the presidency as the ‘inspiring supreme symbol of all that is highest in our American ideals’.

If the President does not resign, the Republican Congress must impeach him even if it costs them their majority because the laws of this republic charge them with the duty to so act. Absent an uncharacteristic act of selflessness by the President, it is left to the Republicans to live up to their label and defend the laws and institutions of this Republic. If our leaders flinch at this responsibility, they would do well to heed the Proverb “if a ruler listens to lies, all his officials become wicked”. Our leaders must either act to restore the luster and dignity of the institution of the Presidency or we can be certain that this is only the beginning of an even more difficult time for our land. For the nation to move on, the President must move out.

http://web.archive.org/web/20010306205858fw_/http:/www.cybertext.net/pence/pres.html

Pence has been radio silent on the allegations Trump currently faces.