Wednesday, November 16, 2016

More Controversy Surrounding Bannon. Dearborn! Republicans United. Democrats In Disarray

With Trump Elected, Frank Gehry Wants to Move to France

Gehry and Trump have a long standing dispute.

Frank Gehry has revealed that French president Francois Hollande has given him his word that he could self-exile to France now that Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States.
The 87-year-old Canadian-born, American architect spoke to the French paper La Croix on November 4—prior to the US elections—discussing in a lengthy interview why, having created some of the world’s most recognizable museums, such as the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, it still irks him that some critics don’t consider him an artist.
Winner of the 1989 Pritzker Prize, Gehry also offered his insights on the approaching election warning that, much like politicians, “Most buildings built in the world are not interesting. And people do not care. They seem to be in denial. It is the same type of behavior that can elect Donald Trump…”.
With the bleak prognostic becoming a reality, the starchitect might see himself emigrating to a new country, with a big welcome from its leader.
But, as the paper Le Figaro points out, Gehry might have good reason to leave the US (beyond the urge to show resistance, that is). Gehry has a long standing dispute with the president-elect, going back to 2010, when the Beekman Tower in Manhattan, designed by Gehry, surpassed the Trump Building located just next to it by a few centimeters, thus becoming the tallest residential building in New York.
In a frightening campaign that saw one debate devolve into a discussion about the size of his manhood, it is safe to assume that those few centimeters hurt Trump.

In a recap of the feud published on Curbed in November 2010, Gehry claimed that Trump was holding a grudge, and revealed that he had once turned down a project by Trump, adding a comment about his hairdo.
It remains to be seen whether he will act on his promise following the result of the election.
(As a recipient of The Pritzker Award it is understandable Gehry may also feel it incumbent to leave to show loyalty because most of the Pritzker's prostrated themselves on behalf of Obama.)
More eruptions over Bannon.  When foul mouthed Pocahontas gets on your case you know you are going to win because the mud will dry, fall off eventually and her arrows will miss their target.

On the other hand, if Ben Shapiro is correct about Bannon, then Trump is getting in bed with someone who can do great harm and will bring him and his opportunity to turn matters around down and that would be tragic. The Mercer family does have their hooks into Trump and their funding has been significant.  This bears watching.
Meanwhile, the mass media attacked Romney, who was unable to defend himself, unlike Trump who knew how to turn their swords around on them.
Is Bannon the Conservative's equivalent of the Left's Soros? Is he a Svengali? (a person who completely dominates another, usually with selfish or sinister motives.) Time will tell. 
Wanting to bring the establishment down is a good thing if it means America returns to Constitutional governance, politicians begin listening to those they are sworn to serve, pays its bills as incurred, allows workers to retain more of the sweat from their brow and government becomes smaller, less intrusive and actually friendly and effective.

Would it not be nice to have a government whose agencies and managers respect and uphold the law?
I can understand why this frightens the Left because it means their wings are rightfully going to be clipped, their power, over our lives, diminished and their mistaken views and policies finally challenged and hopefully, reversed where needed.
I had to wait til I was 83 to see PC'ism challenged. I hope I live long enough to see it put in its rightful place and buried.
The WSJ editorial below is excellent and should be read by all.  It is measured and throws the gauntlet down most appropriately. 
Truman said if you want a friend in D.C buy a dog.

Everyone has a personal agenda and are not always truthful.  Politics is a very nasty and despicable business.  Most of the mass media have their own biased agenda and no longer can be trusted.

How does a citizen, trying to remain informed and desirous of making sound judgments and decisions based on their own ideals, wade through the mine fields?

During the campaign Trump articulated his hopes and what he wanted to do and he won the electoral vote in a decisive manner.  There are a number of outstanding people with vast  experience ready to help accomplish his worthy goals.

I sincerely hope and pray the truth about Trump, Bannon etc. is eventually revealed by what happens and not by what has been and is being said. I remain observant and believing until proven otherwise and that our nation will no longer be abused by those who govern from the top.

Meanwhile, Obama is currently touring Europe and warning against a rise in nationalism after he did everything to divide the nation he governed for eight years. There is nothing wrong with balanced nationalism. Pride in one's nation is critical and positive and leads to cohesion. Obama continues to be caught up in and driven by a blind and selfish need to defend his legacy which is in the gun sights of those who have been burned by his policies.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party appears more unified than ever and the Democrats are in disarray. I hope Democrats eventually sort out who they are and how they hope to govern given a future opportunity and move away from their current flirtation with Socialism, misguided liberalism and progressivism and disregard of those they profess to care for because, unless they get their act together, they will be out of office for a long time and that is not productive for America.

Furthermore, the new shtick the mass media seem to be on is heightening the fear Trump is failing to act swiftly enough in putting a team together and the lunacy of anti-Trump mayors who are pledging to defend illegal refugees who commit crimes in their cities like de Blasio and that sad mayor who presides over the grave yard Chicago has become and who are doing so by setting up questionable straw men arguments. Watching de Blasio praise the police is nauseating.

Stay tuned. (See , 1a  and 1b below.)
Oberlin reacts. (See 2 below.)


We have China Town in San Francisco, Little Italy in New York, The Jewish Orthodox neighborhoods in The Bronx, Harlem in New York etc.  I see nothing wrong with Muslims wanting to congregate in Dearborn. I do believe those who come to America "legally" have two moral obligations and legal responsibilities:
a) They must want to be integrated into our society even while retaining their culture and they must become loyal to their new country and obey its laws.
b) They must not abuse benefits available and offered by their new country.

Hillary, it ain't over til it over or at least that is what Yogi warned. (See 3 below.)
Now for some political humor:








The wonderful thing abut this election is that the rural folks spoke to the urbanites through the voting booth and their message was clear and decisive.

Hopefully, a greater re-balancing in whose voices are heard will occur.


Who Is Steve Bannon?

The left erupts over the Trump aide who called himself a ‘Leninist.’

One post-election question is whether Democrats plan to treat defeat as an education in the limits of personal destruction as a political tool, and the early evidence isn’t promising. Witness the Chernobyl over Steve Bannon, who will be President-elect Trump’s “chief strategist” as liberals assail him as a white supremacist and anti-Semite.

Mr. Bannon is the former chairman of the incendiary Breitbart News website, as well as a Goldman Sachs alum, Navy veteran and early investor in “Seinfeld.” He kept a low profile at Donald Trump’s elbow for the final campaign stretch, but according to Senator Elizabeth Warren at the Journal’s CEO Council on Tuesday, “This is a man who says, by his very presence, that this is a White House that will embrace bigotry.”
We’ve never met Mr. Bannon, and we don’t presume to know his character, but maybe one lesson of 2016 is that deciding that Americans who disagree with you are bigots is a losing strategy. Politics would be healthier if accusations of racism in the country that twice elected the first black President were reserved for more serious use.

We can comment more confidently on Breitbart, whose political priorities and journalistic ethics aren’t ours. Before Mr. Trump’s rise, the site was a hub for 120-decibel screeds against President Obama plus assaults on “the Republican establishment” over immigration, trade and “globalism.” (These columns were a frequent target.) Breitbart became Mr. Trump’s de facto media arm, like much of the mainstream media was Hillary Clinton’s.

“I’m a Leninist,” Mr. Bannon told a profiler for the Daily Beast in 2014. “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.”
He also called Breitbart “the platform for the alt-right” in July, referring to the online movement that sometimes trafficks in racism and anti-Semitism. Breitbart continues to prosecute an especially ugly campaign against the Chobani yogurt company and founder Hamdi Ulukaya for employing Iraqi and Afghan refugees who have qualified to live in the U.S.

Then again, a yellow press is not a new phenomenon and the obligation of the mainstream media is to maintain credibility so readers don’t turn to other options. That so many reporters and editors treated Trump voters like Martian invaders hasn’t helped. But the key point is that Mr. Trump’s political opponents have an interest in exaggerating the alt-right’s influence—which is marginal at best—for the purposes of guilt-by-association. Breitbart publishes offensive items, but we doubt the site will inform the State of the Union address. Internet trolls yearn for their targets to respond so they seem influential, but the best response is usually not to take the bait.

The recent media habit of searching out neo-Nazis, Confederacy nostalgists and other undesirables to opine about Mr. Trump is also a mistake. These voices have long been relegated to the fringes of politics and there’s no reason to give them a soapbox now. Nobody credible was poring over the Daily Stormer until the left found it politically useful.

Mr. Trump’s obligation is to avoid lending the prestige of the White House to this political underbelly. About the worst thing for U.S. democracy would be the legitimization of a white-identity grievance politics, mirroring how the left has polarized racial and sexual tensions to motivate voters. The President must represent all Americans, as Mr. Trump has promised to do.

The political tendency Mr. Bannon represents—and some of the unsavory customers he isn’t responsible for—deserves a watchful eye. Indulging these forces would doom the Trump Presidency, as we hope incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus understands.

As chief White House strategist, Mr. Bannon will have to decide how he relates to Breitbart from the West Wing. Will Mr. Bannon now direct the site from afar in a command and enforcement role, like the Kremlin’s RT, and attempt to sow more division within the GOP? Like it or not, Mr. Bannon will need the establishment in Congress to pass Mr. Trump’s agenda, persuade the public and govern successfully. Things didn’t turn out so well for Lenin.

The abiding truth is that partisan propaganda is not a reliable guide to reality, on the right or left. Democrats are now reeling in part because the New York Times, Think Progress, MSNBC, Vox and all the rest told them Mr. Trump could never win. Republicans don’t need a right-wing version.


I Know Trump's New Campaign Chairman, Steve Bannon. Here's What You Need To Know.

By Ben Shapiro

On November 13, President-Elect Donald Trump named Bannon his White House Chief Strategist. He will serve alongside White House Chief of Staff and former RNC Chairman Reince Preibus as co-equals, reportedly.

ORIGINAL: On Wednesday, the Trump campaign shifted top campaign staff: the new CEO of the campaign is, predictably and hilariously, Steven K. Bannon, the current chairman of Breitbart News. I have a bit of experience with Bannon, given that I was the editor-at-large of Breitbart News for four years, and worked closely with Breitbart and Bannon. 
Here’s what you need to know about Bannon, as well as new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
1. Steve Bannon Turned Breitbart Into Trump Pravda For His Own Personal Gain. Back in March, I quit Breitbart News when it became clear to me that they had decided that loyalty to Donald Trump outweighed loyalty to their own employees, helping Trump smear one of their own reporters, Michelle Fields, by essentially calling her a liar for saying that she had been grabbed by then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Here’s what I wrote at the time:
Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies. But Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed. Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda…the facts are undeniable: Breitbart News has become precisely the reverse of what Andrew would have wanted. Steve Bannon and those who follow his lead should be ashamed of themselves.
Not to say "I told you so," but I did tell you so.
2. Bannon Uses Celebrity Conservatives To Elevate His Personal Profile. Bannon began receiving conservative media attention for his documentary Generation Zero. And he began elevating his profile by latching onto Michele Bachmann with his documentary Fire From The Heartland. But he truly insinuated himself into the circles of conservative power by making a 2011 documentary about Sarah Palin, The Undefeated. His connection with Palin upped his brand in the movement significantly. He soon began appearing on Fox News with Sean Hannity fairly regularly, became personal friends with Hannity, and met Andrew Breitbart. He insinuated himself into Breitbart’s business by lending him office space, then made a documentary starring Breitbart, Occupy Unmasked. When Breitbart died, his business partner Larry Solov offered Bannon chairmanship of the company. Bannon then turned Breitbart into his personal domain, making himself a regularly bylined columnist (certainly rare for a major media company) and installing himself as a radio host on Breitbart Radio on Sirius XM. Finally, he used his role as Breitbart CEO to turn the outlet into Trump Pravda, creating a stepping stone to close connection with Trump. Breitbart publicly burned bridges with everyone to maintain its Trump loyalty. That was Bannon, a scorched-earth personal opportunist.
3. Bannon Took At Least One Major Breitbart Investor For A Serious Ride. One of the main investors in Breitbart News is Robert Mercer. The Mercer family put millions of dollars into a Ted Cruz super PAC during this election cycle, even as Bannon manipulated Breitbart News into a Cruz-bashing Trump propaganda outlet. The spokesperson for the Mercer family was Kellyanne Conway, who has now been installed as Trump’s campaign manager. I have been reliably informed by sources associated with the pro-Cruz super PAC that for months, as Bannon was using Breitbart News to promote Trump, the Mercers were defending Bannon’s neutrality to other Cruz supporters worried about Breitbart’s dishonest coverage about Cruz.

4. Breitbart’s Staff Lusts After Trump Involvement. Long before the billionaire officially entered the presidential race, Bannon was close to him; in April 2014, the Trump offices described Bannon thusly: “MAJOR SUPPORTER OF MR. TRUMP.” The new team at Trump headquarters will undoubtedly include all the Breitbart staffers who openly lusted after power within the Trump campaign: Joel Pollak, the Breitbart lawyer who desperately wanted to be a Trump speechwriter, and wrote a disgusting hit piece about me personally when I left and accurately accused the website of becoming an adjunct to the campaign; Matthew Boyle, the pseudo-journalist who reportedly bragged about becoming Trump’s press secretary; Milo Yiannopoulos, the Trump-worshipping alt-right droog stooge. They’re all in with their Godking, now.
5. Under Bannon’s Leadership, Breitbart Openly Embraced The White Supremacist Alt-Right. Andrew Breitbart despised racism. Truly despised it. He used to brag regularly about helping to integrate his fraternity at Tulane University. He insisted that racial stories be treated with special care to avoid even the whiff of racism. With Bannon embracing Trump, all that changed. Now Breitbart has become the alt-right go-to website, with Yiannopoulos pushing white ethno-nationalism as a legitimate response to political correctness, and the comment section turning into a cesspool for white supremacist mememakers.
6. This Is Precisely The Sort of Corrupt Media Relationship Breitbart Used To Abhor. Andrew Breitbart used his memoir, Righteous Indignation, to target one thing above all else: what he called the Democrat-Media Complex. He hated the merger of the Democrats and the media, and particularly despised their lie of objectivity. Breitbart News never claimed to be objective. But until Trump won the nomination, leadership at Breitbart News maintained that they had not become a loudspeaker for Trumpism. That was obviously a lie, and one Breitbart would hate. HATE. Now, it’s clear that Breitbart News is indeed and Trumpbart News. That’s pathetic and disgusting.
7. Trump’s Campaign Strategy Could Be The Launch Of A New Media Outlet. Because Bannon’s ambitions extend to Steve Bannon, he’ll tell Trump he’s doing a fantastic job even if he isn’t. That’s how Bannon Svengalis political figures and investors – by investing them in his personal genius, then hollowing them out from the inside. There’s a reason Sarah Palin went from legitimate political figure to parody artist to Trump endorser, with Steve Bannon standing alongside her every step of the way. There’s a reason Breitbart News went from hard-charging news outlet to drooling Trump mouthpiece. Bannon emerges from all of this unscathed. So what’s next on his agenda? If Trump wins, he’s in a position of high power; if Trump loses, Bannon could head up a new media empire with Trump’s support and the involvement of new Trump supporter and ousted former Fox News head Roger Ailes. Look for Sean Hannity to be a part of any such endeavor.
8. Bannon Is A Legitimately Sinister Figure. Many former employees of Breitbart News are afraid of Steve Bannon. He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies. Bannon is a smarter version of Trump: he’s an aggressive self-promoter who name-drops to heighten his profile and woo bigger names, and then uses those bigger names as stepping stools to his next destination. Trump may be his final destination. Or it may not. He will attempt to ruin anyone who impedes his unending ambition, and he will use anyone bigger than he is – for example, Donald Trump – to get where he wants to go. Bannon knows that in the game of thrones, you win or die. And he certainly doesn’t intend to die. He’ll kill everyone else before he goes.
Bannon’s ascension is the predictable consummation of a romance he ardently pursued. I joked with friends months ago that by the end of the campaign, Steve Bannon would be running Trump’s campaign from a bunker. That’s now reality. Every nightmare for actual conservatives has come true in this campaign. Why not this one, too?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++2) Oberlin Fires Professor Over Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts

Oberlin College’s board of trustees fired Professor Joy Karega over a series of social media posts linking Israel and Islamic State, blaming the Mossad for the Charlie Hebdo and 9/11 attacks, and more.
The college initially affirmed Karega’s right to academic freedom when her inflammatory statements surfaced earlier this year, but placed her on leave in August, pending an investigation into her conduct. Beyond concerns about anti-Semitism, which fit into larger complaints about escalating anti-Jewish rhetoric on campus, Karega’s case has raised questions about whether academic freedom covers statements that have no basis in fact.

Oberlin’s Board of Trustees ultimately voted to dismiss Karega for “failing to meet the academic standards that Oberlin requires of its faculty and failing to demonstrate intellectual honesty,” the college said in a statement released late Tuesday.
3)Jason Chaffetz: We Aren't Done With Hillary Yet
Katie Pavlich

President-elect Donald Trump indicated in an interview with 60-Minutes last weekend that he may be done pursuing the Clintons, backing off campaign statements that the former Secretary of State should be in jail. 

"She did some bad things, I mean she did some bad things," Trump said. "They’re good people. I don't want to hurt them."
But although Trump might be done with the Clintons, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is not, telling Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson Tuesday investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and pay-to-play allegations between the State Department and Clinton Foundation will continue. 
"We have to get to the truth. It was was never about a political targeting of Hillary Clinton. She created one of the biggest security breaches in the history of the State Department. We still have tens-of-thousands of documents we still haven't seen, there's more than Hillary Clinton involved in this, you have dozens of people within the bowels of the organization," Chaffetz said. 
Meanwhile, government watchdog Judicial Watch is also continuing its pursuit of investigations into the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's private server.

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