Friday, February 24, 2017

President Stephen K. Bannon Lays It All Down At CPAC

Mod: Some misinformed people are mistakenly defending the current administration because they believe it is "conservative." Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather it is now the most extreme and radical this country has ever seen. Steve Bannon, the puppet master many have come to believe is the actual functioning president these days, has been getting some highly focused attention due to his outsized role at the CPAC confab taking place as we type outside of Washington DC. Much of it similar to the kinds of cites I'm posting below. 

Bannon vows a daily fight for ‘deconstruction of the administrative state’ (Washington Post link): The reclusive mastermind behind President Trump’s nationalist ideology and combative tactics made his public debut Thursday, delivering a fiery rebuke of the media and declaring that the new administration is in an unending battle for “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

Stephen K. Bannon, the White House chief strategist and intellectual force behind Trump’s agenda, used his first speaking appearance since Trump took office to vow that the president would honor all of the hard-line pledges of his campaign.

Appearing at a gathering of conservative activists alongside Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Bannon dismissed the idea that Trump might moderate his positions or seek consensus with political opponents. Rather, he said, the White House is digging in for a long period of conflict to transform Washington and upend the world order.

“If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken,” Bannon said in reference to the media and opposition forces. “Every day, it is going to be a fight.”

Bannon has emerged in the minds of many Trump opponents as a mysterious and menacing puppeteer, portrayed as a harrowing Grim Reaper on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” He is best known for being the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, a conservative news site. Bannon once called Breitbart a “platform” for the alt-right, a small movement whose adherents are known for espousing racist, anti-Semitic and sexist points of view.

Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland said Bannon is a “dangerous person driven by an authoritarian ideology who, I fear, has more influence than anyone in the administration.”

“This is a mean, vicious, intolerant group,” Strickland continued. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my political life.”

Stephen Bannon molded Breitbart into a far-right sledgehammer. How it will be wielded in the Trump era? (Denver Post link): A few days after Stephen Bannon was named chief strategist in President Donald Trump’s White House, one of his best-known proteges praised him on British television.

“I am a gay Jew and he made me a star,” Milo Yiannopoulos, the frequently profane Breitbart.com columnist and cyber provocateur, told a Channel 4 interviewer in November.

While Bannon oversaw the Breitbart News Network, Yiannopoulos built an enthusiastic fan base for his caustic writings. One article proclaimed that birth control makes women “stupid and unattractive” and argued against contraception because “we need the kids if we’re to breed enough to keep the Muslim invaders at bay.” To him, most women are “hysterical hypercritical harpies towards their boyfriends and husbands the vast majority of the time.”

He co-wrote a column that praised the intelligence of white supremacists, and he got banned from Twitter after taunting African-American actress Leslie Jones, who he said looks like “a black dude.”

Bannon, however, has never wavered in his support for Yiannopoulos. “Bannon believes in Milo,” the site’s editor in chief, Alexander Marlow, said in an interview earlier this month. “He dedicated time and resources – both personally and with his businesses – to expanding Milo’s brand.”

The White House’s Various Connections to Newly Infamous Pedophilia Advocate Milo Yiannopoulos (Slate link): There's an argument to be made that the best way to respond to Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-consciously provocative right-wing figure who just lost his speaking slot at the country's most prominent conservative conference because he once suggested it's acceptable for adult men to have sex with 13-year-olds, is to ignore him.

The various white-nationalist, anti-Semitic, misogynist, and transphobic rhetoric that Yiannopoulos emits is transparently crafted to "get attention" and provoke backlash, the thinking goes—so why give him the satisfaction? One answer to that is that unlike truly fringe figures like David Duke, Yiannopoulos does have a constituency—his Facebook page has 2 million followers—and his supporters include the president of the U.S. and some of the president's top advisers.

To wit: Before joining the Trump campaign, White House senior adviser Steve Bannon was the publisher of Breitbart, the far-right site on which Yiannopoulos posted much of his most infamous work, e.g. the column in which he wrote that American women should stop taking birth control because they need to "breed" in order to "keep the Muslim invaders at bay."

Said Yiannopoulos of Bannon in a Washington Post piece: "He made me a star." Bannon has praised Yiannopoulos' work as "valuable." (Yiannopoulos resigned from Breitbart on Tuesday.)

In July, the Trump campaign held a Reddit AMA that was exclusively open to members of The_Donald, a subforum rife with anti-Semitism, white supremacist ranting, and various other forms of hate-speech garbage. (At the time, I noted that the word c*** had been used on The_Donald 458 times.)

The_Donald's most prominent member was Milo Yiannopoulos, who'd just been banned from Twitter for inciting harassment of black actress Leslie Jones. Trump answered questions from only 12 users of the many who submitted comments; one of them was Yiannopoulos.

Just-ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn called Yiannopoulos "brave" and said he was a "phenomenal individual" at a November conference for young conservatives.

In February of this year, Trump tweeted a threat to revoke the University of California–Berkeley's federal funding because it had canceled Yiannopoulos' appearance on campus when protests against him turned violent.

With all these fans at the top levels of government, it seems like this Milo guy might just land on his feet!

Incidentally, some of the other users from whom Trump took questions during the Reddit AMA had previously used the The_Donald forum to refer to a high-profile victim of an alleged sexual assault as a "little whore," to refer to multiracial Daily Show host Trevor Noah as "filth from South Africa," and to refer to Black Lives Matter marches as "chimp outs." Again—these are the people Trump made time to take questions from during an exclusive campaign Q&A event.

We dumped about 2,000 tons of sewage in the White House on Jan. 20, and it's going to take a long time to clean it all out.

Steve Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists (The New York Times link): Those trying to divine the roots of Stephen K. Bannon’s dark and at times apocalyptic worldview have repeatedly combed over a speech that Mr. Bannon, President Trump’s ideological guru, made in 2014 to a Vatican conference, where he expounded on Islam, populism and capitalism.

But for all the examination of those remarks, a passing reference by Mr. Bannon to an esoteric Italian philosopher has gone little noticed, except perhaps by scholars and followers of the deeply taboo, Nazi-affiliated thinker, Julius Evola.

“The fact that Bannon even knows Evola is significant,” said Mark Sedgwick, a leading scholar of Traditionalists at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Evola, who died in 1974, wrote on everything from Eastern religions to the metaphysics of sex to alchemy. But he is best known as a leading proponent of Traditionalism, a worldview popular in far-right and alternative religious circles that believes progress and equality are poisonous illusions.

Evola became a darling of Italian Fascists, and Italy’s post-Fascist terrorists of the 1960s and 1970s looked to him as a spiritual and intellectual godfather.

They called themselves Children of the Sun after Evola’s vision of a bourgeoisie-smashing new order that he called the Solar Civilization. Today, the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn includes his works on its suggested reading list, and the leader of Jobbik, the Hungarian nationalist party, admires Evola and wrote an introduction to his works.

More important for the current American administration, Evola also caught on in the United States with leaders of the alt-right movement, which Mr. Bannon nurtured as the head of Breitbart News and then helped harness for Mr. Trump.

Julius Evola is one of the most fascinating men of the 20th century,” said Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader who is a top figure in the alt-right movement, which has attracted white supremacists, racists and anti-immigrant elements.

Mod: I think it is time that some of our conservative friends opened their eyes and took a good hard look at what they are defending. 

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52 comments:

  1. "I never once listened to any of Obama's speeches in eight years, I sleep with a gun under my pillow every night, and trump promised me a job."

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    1. I guess that is almost as good as having one.

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  2. I do miss Andrew. Hey lefty, google him. Educate yourself and your blog administrator.
    Pretty please; with sugar on top; don't say, Andrew who?

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    1. Andrew Breitbart
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      Andrew Breitbart
      Andrew Breitbart by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
      Breitbart at CPAC in 2012
      Born February 1, 1969
      Los Angeles, California, U.S.
      Died March 1, 2012 (aged 43)
      Los Angeles, California, U.S.
      Nationality American
      Alma mater Tulane University
      Occupation Writer, columnist, journalist, publisher
      Spouse(s) Susannah Bean (m. 1997–2012)
      Children 4
      Andrew James Breitbart (/ˈbraɪtbɑːrt/; February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012) was an American conservative publisher,[1] commentator for The Washington Times, journalist, author,[2] and television and radio personality[3][4][5] on various news programs, who served as an editor for the Drudge Report website.[6] He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, and he helped create the early version of the The Huffington Post, as he was a close friend of Arianna.[7]

      Breitbart owned Breitbart.com, a news and opinion website. He played central roles in the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, the firing of Shirley Sherrod, and the ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy. Commenters such as Nick Gillespie and Conor Friedersdorf have credited Breitbart with changing how people wrote about politics.

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  3. Bannon is a genius and very effective which is why he is public enemy no 1 for the left. The left with their Saul Alinsky tactics has never faced people who stand up to them like Trump and Bannon have.

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    1. If a high official in a Hilary Clinton administration had been exposed for promoting the career of someone who advocated for pedophilia and cild molesting, you'd be howling and pissing the carpet. The creep factor oozing from the alt.right radicals is overpowering. You should be ashamed of yourself. You owe civilization an apology.

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    2. John Boehner has all but admitted that all the repeal and replace talk from Republicans is a fraud on Republican voters.

      https://egbertowillies.com/2017/02/24/john-boehner-obamacare-repeal-fraud/

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    3. Making America Great Again?
      J.C. Penney to close up to 140 stores, offer buyouts
      http://www.postcrescent.com/story/money/2017/02/24/jc-penney-store-closures/98344540/

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    4. Again, and it's said here every day, one doesn't have to be 'left' to legitimately resist Trump an unelected anti-American extremist like Bannon.

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  4. The far left hates America and will do anything to destroy it. Bannon and Trump are fighting back and every good American needs to support them. The lefts policies don't work wherever they've been tried. That's why they have to resort to threats, intimidation and violence. In the marketplace of ideas the left loses every time.

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    1. I cannot see how Trump's sucking up to Vladimir Putin constitutes patriotism. Many, including Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham, believe that trump is a functioning and blackmailed agent of a hostile foreign power. America's enemies have never had so highly placed an agent. It's called treason, and you are its enabler.

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    2. That was idiotic.

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    3. There really is no 'far left' movement of any true politcal strength in America. Fanatical zealots of your ilk are really just railing against mainstream centrists.

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    4. Compared to those folks everybody is to the left of their political persuasion.

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  5. Bannon is helping implement the billionaires' dreams of no government restrictions on their God given right to increase and protect their money.
    It's just business.

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  6. Why the FBI ratted out Reince Priebus for obstructing justice in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal
    http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/fbi-rats-out-reince-priebus-for-obstructing-justice-over-donald-trumps-russia-scandal/1643/

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  7. CPAC scrambles to control damage after attendees wave Russian flags during Trump speech.

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    1. Hilarious. There is a big article up on Raw Story.com. How stupid can these idiots be?

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    2. I know and it was loyal sheep, not demonstrators.

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    3. They thought they were obeying orders.

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    4. How embarrassing for them.

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  8. Top Trump aide Gorka worked with anti-Semitic and racist groups in Hungary.

    Former Breitbart.com editor turned senior White House aide Sebastian Gorka worked with anti-Semitic and openly racist far-right political groups in Hungary before becoming a U.S. citizen.

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    1. In the Trump era a skill set like that would be a fast track to citizenship.

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  9. The time and day will come when slowly the light bulb in your minds will shed light on your understanding of how this broken government is finally being repaired.
    All Politicians, understand that a non political, background strength in the business sector President is want the people want.
    The media, if they want to stay solvent, had better take a refresher 101 course and stop the "Fake" news.
    Either that, or the Oscars are in town, both sectors of entertainment can salivate over themselves.

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    1. Trump's numbers are historically low for a president at so early a stage. I am not sure what people you are talking about.

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    2. Daily reminder to the trump troll- he lost the popular vote.

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  10. 4:32am. Are you attempting to make a point? I am healthier for never listening to any words uttered by President Obama. I keep my guns oiled and clean. I have a "job" that I enjoy, and my dividends in my stocks continue soaring.

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    1. Make sure the safety lock is on.

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    2. I'm sure you 'oil your gun' every night while hannity is on.

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    3. You ARE the point.

      Unable to think freely because of your self-imposed fanatical blindness. You can only think about you.


      God save the Queen
      A fascist regime
      They made you a moron
      Potential H-bomb


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    4. Thanks for admitting that your approach is to limit your intake of information to what you already think.

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  11. At Fox and Fox News, 10 percent of the claims PunditFact has rated have been True, 11 percent Mostly True, 18 percent Half True, 21 percent Mostly False, 31 percent False and nine percent Pants on Fire.

    That means about 60 percent of the claims checked have been rated Mostly False or worse.

    At MSNBC and NBC, 44 percent of claims have received a rating of Mostly False or worse.

    CNN has the best record among the cable networks, as 80 percent of of the claims rated are Half True or better.



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  12. From the Trump Troll: a daily reminder, that no matter how "popular" that vote was, it didn't do a bit of good!

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    1. Funny, because Trump can't stop whining about it.

      Did you get your Trump Russian flag yet?

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  13. Two Polls Show Highest Support Of Affordable Care Act Since 2010
    Source: Talking Points Memo
    By MATT SHUHAM Published FEBRUARY 24, 2017, 12:16 PM EDT

    Two new polls released this week show that support of the Affordable Care Act is at its highest level since 2010.

    A tracking poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, released Friday, said 48 percent of respondents felt favorably toward the health care law, as opposed to 42 percent who felt unfavorably. A poll from the Pew Research Center, released Thursday, found that 54 percent of respondents approved of the law, and 43 percent disapproved, the highest approval the poll had ever recorded for the law.

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    1. So what is the approval/disapproval percentages of those who couldn't get health insurance for themselves and their children prior to Romney-Obamacare?

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  14. You’ll Never Believe What Happened at CPAC: Trump Attacked the Media and Lied a Bunch
    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/02/24/you_might_want_to_sit_down_for_this_one_trump_lied_at_cpac.html

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  15. 11:36am. Fake Polls. Fake News.

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    1. Fake president.

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    2. Worthless anonymous post.

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    3. Don't be so hard on yourself.

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    4. It's ok, the gun oil helps.

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  16. Your not suppose to drink the gun oil! But you can drink the juice box and eat the cookies, being offered to protesters at town hall meetings!!! They are given hand-outs on updates from their representatives offices and snacks. Just like the good old 60's protests; they are offered time out and naps if the sugar high kicks in!!!

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    1. Did you wave your little Russian flag for Donnie today?

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    2. Since Trump supporters don't want or need Obamacare, here's a compromise everyone can live with:

      Repeal Obamacare for Trump supporters.

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    3. #whitetrashhumor

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  17. Clinton Foundation quietly buys U.S. stockpile of Russian Flags. The DNC forcasted, that this sales market would be one of the biggest money makers for reinvestment into Hillary 's future campaign run as New York City's Mayor.

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    1. You're an idiot, Trump guy.

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