Episode 26: Show Notes and Sources

  1. History’s Greatest Monster
    1. Dave – Trump for all of the awful things he did this week, and also the North Carolina KKK Leader Justin Moore who said “I’m sorta glad that them people got hit and I’m glad that girl died” Continuing by saying “I think we’re going to see more stuff like this happening at white nationalist events.” Thing is, he wants to hold his rallies under the guise of “free speech” but as soon as someone speaks against his free speech, he is okay with them being murdered
    2. Travis –  – Donald Trump (Obviously) for refusing to denounce the actual Nazis who killed a person in Charlottesville.  Also for saying there were “very fine people” on both sides.  Bonus points for the ACTUAL GODDAMN NAZI’s commiting terrorist acts on American soil.
    3. Curtis – Trump – What Travis said – I’m doubling down on Trump as a monster, just like he doubled down on his first statement; *again* refusing to denounce Nazis after slightly backtracking with a half-assed attempt to douse an oil fire with water.
    4. Bob – Trump for ^^^^^
  2. The Big List
    1. Steve Bannon out as White House Chief Advisor.
      1. Trump furious that Bannon contradicted him on North Korea.
    2. White Supremacists hold protest in Charlottesville

***(Earlier in the week: Sebastian Gorka,”It’s this constant, ‘Oh, it’s the white man. It’s the white supremacists. That’s the problem…No, it isn’t.””)  ← this guy needs to fuck off

      1. Attended by white nationalist media figures such as Richard Spencer and Mike Enoch and was organized by racist writer Jason Kessler, who has written for The Daily Caller.
      2. 1 dead and 19 injured after car driven by a white supremacist drives into counter-protestors and then drives away. Later caught and arrested. Denied bail
        1. Driver charged with 5 additional felonies
      3. Paypal, Amazon, Discover, Visa, MasterCard Amex have all pulled funding sources from alt-right, white supremacist hate group websites
      4. Trump
        1. Initial official response is a spineless, half-ass budget sympathy card speech, carefully not pinning blame on anyone; claiming violence was “from many sides”
          1. Note: Only one side drove a car into a crowd with the intent to murder. Also, a small group of people from the same side ganged up on a man and attacked him; breaking his wrist and splitting his head open, among other injuries.
        2. refuses to call the White Supremacists a hate group until a few days after the attack as pressure mounts
        3. Due to lack of response, White Supremacist groups called this a week and that Trump has their back
          1. Andrew Anglin, the creator of The Daily Stormer:

“He didn’t attack us…(He) implied that there was hate … on both sides. So he implied the antifa are haters. There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.”

        1. Trump on Tuesday afternoon doubles down on initial response and defends alt-right protesters, saying “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me”
        2. Trump says “there were good people” marching Friday night
          1. Good people always chant “Jew will not replace us” “blood and soil” and walk around with tiki torches giving the nazi salutes
      1. Once again, we have leaders of other countries saying things that Trump should
        1. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter on Sunday to condemn the racially charged violence that engulfed Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday — and to offer Canada’s support.
        2. “We know Canada isn’t immune to racist violence & hate. We condemn it in all its forms & send support to the victims in Charlottesville,” Trudeau said in a tweet.
        3. Theresa May has condemned the “racism and hatred” of white supremacists in Charlottesville after protests descended into violence that left one woman dead.
        4. Mrs May said on Twitter: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlottesville. The UK stands with the US against racism, hatred and violence.”
      2. Justice Department is slow to call this a civil rights violation and to open a civil rights case. FBI is investigating a civil rights violation
      3. David Duke is present at “Unite the Right” rally and says they are taking the country back, has the support of the president and doing this for him
        1. 08/12/17: “We are determined to take our country back,” Duke said. “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump…That’s why we voted for Donald Trump because he said he’s going to take our country back.”
      4. 5 CEOs have left one of his commissions
        1. Kevin Plank, Under Armour, Inc
        2. Brian Krzanich, Intel Corp
        3. Kenneth Frazier, Merck CEO
        4. Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing
        5. Elon Musk Tesla
        6. Both Commissions (President’s Strategic and Policy Forum and Manufacturing Council) have been disbanded.  Trump tweeted that it was his decision buuut it doesn’t really look that way.
      1. North Carolina legislatures were considering a bill that would protect people driving cars into protesting crowds
        1. Bill is in question now. Lawmakers said that what happened in Charolettesville would not have been protected by this law
      2. US Joint Chiefs took to Twitter to independently – and clearly – condemn racism, hatred, extremism, etc
        1. Adm. John Richardson
        2. Gen. Robert B. Neller
        3. Gen. Mark A. Milley
        4. Gen. Dave Goldfein
        5. Gen. Joseph Lengyel
        6. McMaster, National Security Advisor, “this meets the definition of terrorism”
      3. Shep Smith, Fox News says that no Republican would come on camera to defend Trump
        1. Fox News host Shepard Smith said Wednesday that the network tried and failed to get a Republican on-air to defend President Trump’s controversial comments on violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend
        2. “Our booking team — and they’re good — reached out to Republicans of all stripes across the country today,” Smith said on his show “Shepard Smith Reporting.”
        3. “Let’s be honest, Republicans don’t often really mind coming on Fox News Channel. We couldn’t get anyone to come and defend him here because we thought, in balance, someone should do that,” he continued.
      4. A Massachusetts police officer mocked counter-demonstrators on Facebook
        1. Mocking the anti-racism demonstrators who were run down during a fatal incident Saturday at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
        2. “Hahahaha love this, maybe people shouldn’t block roads,” wrote Springfield officer Conrad Lariviere in a comment on a news article about the crash.
        3. Lariviere in a Facebook conversation with MassLive.com confirmed that he is a patrolman, and he expressed remorse for what he described as “a stupid comment about people blocking streets.”
        4. “Never would I want someone to get murdered. I am not a racist and don’t believe in what any of those protesters are doing,” Lariviere told MassLive.com. “I’m a good man who made a stupid comment and would just like to be left alone.”
      5. Slightly related note: American tourist gives Nazi salute
        1. And is promptly beaten up
        2. An American tourist in Germany was beaten up by a passer-by after he began giving the Nazi salute outside a cafe in Dresden, police said Sunday.
        3. The incident occurred about 8:15 a.m. Saturday as the man left a cafe called Europe in the Neustadt district of Dresden, police said in a statement. The district is known to be a liberal part of the town and a popular meeting spot for students.
        4. The tourist was identified only as a 41-year-old American man who was “severely drunk,” according to police. He suffered minor injuries, while the stranger who assailed him fled the scene, police said.
        5. Police said the U.S. national is under investigation for violating German laws prohibiting Nazi symbols and that they are still seeking the passer-by for causing personal injury, according to the Associated Press.
      6. Georgia denies KKK permit to burn cross atop symbolic mountain
        1. Georgia’s Stone Mountain park has denied the Ku Klux Klan’s request to burn a cross at the top of the mountain, where the second KKK was founded in 1915.
        2. Joey Hobbs, of the Sacred Knights’ Ku Klux Klan, submitted a permit application request for 20 people to attend a cross-burning on top of the mountain, which is notorious for being tied to the KKK.
        3. “We will light our cross and 20 minutes later we will be gone,” Hobbs wrote on the permit.
        4. The Stone Mountain Memorial Association this week denied the request for a 21 October cross-burning and said in a statement that it “condemns the beliefs and actions of the Ku Klux Klan and believes the denial of this Public Assembly request is in the best interest of all parties”.
        5. “We don’t want any of these groups at the park, quite frankly,” John Bankhead, a spokesman for the association, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
    1. North Korea
      1. South Korean president, Moon Jae-in said any military action requires their approval
        1. Vowing to prevent war at all costs, the President said any military action requires his nation’s approval
        2. “There will be no war repeated on the Korean Peninsula,” Moon said in a speech on Tuesday marking the anniversary of the end of Japanese occupation in the 1940s. Military action against North Korea should be decided by “ourselves and not by anyone else,” he said.
        3. While Moon said that South Korea would work with the U.S. to counter security threats, he emphasized the need to focus on diplomatic efforts. Sanctions were designed to bring North Korea to the negotiating table over its nuclear and missile weapons programs, he said.
        4. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Monday that it would be “game on” for war if North Korea fired missiles that hit the U.S. or its territories, including the Pacific island of Guam.
        5. “It could escalate into war very quickly — yes, that’s called war,” Mattis told reporter at the Pentagon. “If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they hit the United States — if they do that, then it’s ‘game on’.” Asked if he considers Guam part of the U.S., he said, “Yeah, it sure is.”
      2. U.S. satellites observe North Korea moving missiles into position
        1. Officials have told US media that satellites have observed DPRK mobile missile launcher movement, indicating an intermediate-ballistic missile may be being prepared as part of North Korea’s holiday celebrations.
        2. The move comes as the United States and South Korea plan to start annual defensive military drills that the North asserts are a severe provocation and a possible preparation for invasion.
      3. China also trying to calm the children
        1. According to Chinese state media, Mr Xi told Mr Trump in a phone call that “all relevant parties” should stop “words and deeds” that would exacerbate the situation.
        2. Mr Xi also stressed China and the US shared “common interests” over denuclearisation and maintaining peace on the Korean peninsula.
        3. A White House statement on the phone call did not mention the apparent plea to the US president.
    2. Russia
      1. Trump Campaign Emails shows repeated attempts to set up Russia meeting
        1. Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: “Meeting with Russian Leadership – Including Putin.”
        2. The adviser, George Papadopoulos, offered to set up “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” telling them his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity, according to internal campaign emails read to The Washington Post.
        3. The proposal sent a ripple of concern through campaign headquarters in Trump Tower. Campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis wrote that he thought NATO allies should be consulted before any plans were made. Another Trump adviser, retired Navy Rear Adm. Charles Kubic, cited legal concerns, including a possible violation of U.S. sanctions against Russia and of the Logan Act, which prohibits U.S. citizens from unauthorized negotiation with foreign governments.
        4. But Papadopoulos, a campaign volunteer with scant foreign policy experience, persisted.
        5. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman and a current subject in the Russia investigation, also expressed concerns about the proposal and rejected Papadopoulos’ request for a meeting between Trump and Russian officials in May 2016, according to The Post.
        6. Could be an issue for Manafort who expressed reservations against meeting with Putin, indicating that he was aware of the legal issues surrounding the meeting. This means that he can not claim he wasn’t aware of any legal issues when he attended a meeting with the Russians a few weeks later
      2. Mueller is seeking interviews with West Wing staff
        1. In a sign that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election will remain a continuing distraction for the White House, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is in talks with the West Wing about interviewing current and former senior administration officials, including the recently ousted White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to three people briefed on the discussions.
        2. Mr. Mueller has asked the White House about specific meetings, who attended them and whether there are any notes, transcripts or documents about them, two of the people said. Among the matters Mr. Mueller wants to ask the officials about is President Trump’s decision in May to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, the two people said.
      3. Investigation also looking at Trump’s longtime personal secretary
    3. Justice Department has requested information on Trump protest website
      1. Wants IP addresses (unique internet identifier ) of 1.3 million people who visited site
      2. The search warrant is part of an investigation into Inauguration Day rioting, which has already resulted in the indictment of 200 people in the District of Columbia. DreamHost, the Web host of the disruptj20.org site that helped organize the January 20 protests, is challenging the warrant it was served as being an “unfocused search” and declared that it was a “clear abuse of government authority.”
      3. Chris Ghazarian, DreamHost’s general counsel, said (PDF) in a legal filing that the July 12 search warrant “not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website.”
      4. In a related development, Facebook is fighting a gag order prohibiting it from telling users about search warrants connected to the January 20 rioting.
    4. FCC under fire for a few things this week
      1. First is that the FCC is using an obsolete loophole to help pro-trump media buy stations
        1. Earlier this year, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest television station operator by coverage, announced plans to buy Tribune Media, another large TV station operator, in a $3.9 billion deal that would create a national broadcasting juggernaut with more than 230 stations reaching 72 percent of households across the country.
        2. Until recently, such a merger would have faced long odds, because the deal would have violated federal media ownership rules that prohibit a single company from owning TV stations that reach more than 39 percent of the nation’s audience.
        3. Those rules are designed to advance federally mandated goals of media diversity, localism, and competition, and to prevent any one media company from becoming too powerful.
        4. But in April, Trump’s Federal Communications Commission chief, Republican Ajit Pai, pushed through a measure that will allow the Sinclair-Tribune merger to proceed. Pai accomplished this by reinstating an obsolete loophole called the “UHF discount,” which allows broadcasters to discount by 50 percent the reach of local stations that use ultra-high-frequency (UHF) TV signals.
      2. Second is because the FCC is saying that Americans do not need fast home Internet
        1. This week, the FCC kicked off its annual analysis of broadband deployment and signaled that it might determine that smartphone access is a proper substitute for cable or fiber Internet. In doing so, the FCC could conclude that broadband is already being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion, and thus the commission could take fewer steps to promote deployment and competition.
        2. The commission proposed a mobile broadband speed standard of 10Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream, less than half as fast as the FCC’s home broadband speed standard of 25Mbps/3Mbps.
  1. Lightning Round
    1. Arkansas – Federal Appeals Court rules to allow Asa Richardson block Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood
      • First, in 2015, citing a debunked video created by anti-abortion activists, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson terminated the state’s Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood’s local affiliate. Then, a district court blocked the state from cutting off payments to Planned Parenthood, which was expanded to an entire class of Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas who used Planned Parenthood, by a second injunction.
      • In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated those injunctions, noting that their ruling, “does not mean that state officials have unfettered authority to terminate providers,” and providers whose contracts are cancelled have the right to appeal.
      1. Trump’s questionable tweets of the week
        1. Retweets a gif of a train running over CNN
          1. Incredibly tone-deaf considering a protester was killed by being run over by a car just days before.
        2. Retweets someone calling him a facist
        3. Retweets a fox news tweet about him “seriously considering” pardoning Joe Arpaio


  • Nazi website catches some fallout from their own bullshit


*** it posted an article celebrating the alleged murder of protester Heather Heyer during this weekend’s white supremacist rally

      1. GoDaddy kicks Daily Stormer to the curb
      2. The site tries Google, and Google pushes them out a window too…
      3. The Daily Stormer has moved to…the “dark web”
      4. They obtain a .ru address, Russia then shuts them down
    1. Affordable Care Act insurers would hike premiums if subsidies stop
      1. Per CBO, up to 20% increase if Trump stops funding key subsidies
    2. Spain – Not wanting to be outdone (by facists west of the atlantic), an asshole murdered 13 people and injured 50 by driving a van into a crowd
    3. Leaders of 4 minority House caucus groups have asked Trump to fire some staff members
      1. Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, Sebastian Gorka
        1. The heads of the black, Hispanic, Asian and progressive caucuses are calling in the letter for the firings of the Trump administration officials in the wake of a violent, racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The letter asserts their continuing presence in the White House is emboldening a resurgent white supremacist movement in America.
    4. Trump’s Washington hotel raised room rates after inauguration
      1. President Trump’s Washington hotel raised its room rate after Trump took office, according to documents obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
      2. The documents reportedly show that the Trump International Hotel raised its room rates, resulting in an increase in revenue.
      3. The average daily room rate in the Trump hotel was $660.28 from January to April, while similar hotels charged $495.91, according to the Journal.
      4. The report said Trump International Hotel, which opened in October 2016 after a length renovation in the historic Old Post Office Pavilion, had originally projected that its daily room rate would be $416.
      5. The higher rates helped lead to the hotel garnering roughly $18 million in revenue during the first four months of 2017.
    5. Trump achievements over the past 4 weeks, courtesy of CNN
      1. Fires Steve Bannon
      2. Fires Reince Priebus
      3. Hires John Kelly
      4. Hires the Mooch
      5. Fires the Mooch
      6. Hires his 4th Communications Director
      7. Publicly shames AG Sessions
      8. Repeal & replace of Obamacare fails
      9. Publically shames the 3 GOP members who voted ‘no’
      10. Banning transfolk from the military
      11. His speech with the Boy Scouts
      12. Making up a call from the Boy Scouts leader
      13. Makes up a call from the President of Mexico
      14. Thanks Putin for expelling American diplomats
      15. Begrudgingly signs Russian sanction bill
      16. Condemns, then endorses White House leaks
      17. Later says he likes leaks because it shows “people love him”
      18. Encourages police brutality
      19. Publically shames Mitch McConnell
      20. Embraces failing immigration plan
      21. Threatens North Korea with nukes
      22. Tells Guam the threat of nuclear war will help tourism
      23. Despite Trump’s tough talk, Bannon says we won’t attack NK
      24. Threatens military action in Venezuela
      25. Blames “both sides” for Charlottesville
      26. After backlash, he denounces white supremacists
      27. Then walks back denouncement of white supremacists
      28. Says “fine people” at rally
      29. Suggests Washington was the same as Robert E Lee
      30. Shames CEOs who ditched his councils
      31. Disbands council a little over a day later
      32. Considers pardoning Sheriff Joe Arpaio
      33. Promotes his Charlottesville winery
      34. Pushes pig myth about Gen. Pershing
      35. Receives condemnation from Dems, GOP, former presidents, world leaders, allies, his home state, his staff, and the Pope
  1. Kentucky
    1. Matt Bevin parrots Trump.  Claims that both white supremacists and counter-protestors are to blame for Charlottesville violence.
      1. “The fact that people … were encouraged to come in and counter protest and be just as violent and angry as the hateful people that came in in the first place ― people knew what was gonna happen, and it’s unfortunate.” – Matt Bevin
    2. Lexington to move two Confederate statues from outside of the Lexington courthouse to Veteran’s Park.  
      1. “When you see the tension, when you see the violence that we saw… in Charlottesville, then you know that we must act.” – Mayor Jim Grey
      2. Statues are located on a site that was once a large slave auction location.
      3. White Supremacists are already planning a protest in Lexington
    3. White Nationalist plan to hold rally in Lexington to oppose moving statues
      1. White nationalists are planning a rally in Lexington to oppose the planned removal of two Confederate statues from the lawn of the former Fayette County Courthouse, and they’re considering a lawsuit aimed at blocking the move, a leader in the movement said Tuesday.
      2. Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, said his group is discussing plans for the rally with others allied under an umbrella organization called the Nationalist Front.
      3. No Date at this time
  2. General Quarters
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  3. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. Dave –
    2. Travis – German town Wunseidel had sponsers donate money for each step taken by Nazis in the town which then went to anti-Nazi groups.
      1. Each year, Neo-Nazis held a parade to honor Rudolph Hess, who was born in the town.
      2. Organizers of the “Most involuntary walk-a-thon ever” posted mocking signs along the parade route to encourage Nazis to continue walking and raising money.
      3. The town raised about $12,000 for EXIT Deutschland, an organization that helps people leave Nazi groups.  Other towns have since emulated this idea.
    3. Curtis – Obama has the most liked tweet ever. Eat your desiccated, narcissistic heart out, Trump.
    4. Bob –