You can’t make this stuff up…American spring break students, partying in Cancun, Mexico, chant: “Build the Wall”

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Take a few minutes to process this: American students, enjoying the beauty, great weather and beaches of Cancun, Mexico, begin chanting: “Build the Wall.”  No, seriously; these half-wits, perhaps buzzed on too much Tequila, are a metaphor for the insanity overtaking the populace of the United States.  It is no wonder that when traveling the world, anywhere but the United States, even the mention of that country draws outright anger for what was once such a great country.

What Donald Trump (read: Steve Bannon) has unleashed upon the world, is beyond troubling.  Racism, hatred, disrespect, lying, lying and more lying, has given permission for seemingly all Americans to bring out their most vile behaviour.  When the President of the United States is spewing lies on a regular basis, when anti-semitism is tolerated, when hatred of Muslims and Jews and Mexicans and Gays is cheered, when the President proudly talks about “pussy grabbing”, when Russian operatives control the goings on in Washington…

It is no wonder that the youth of America goes down to the beaches of Mexico and taunts their hosts with chants of “Build the Wall.”  Perhaps next year they will celebrate Spring Break in Fargo, North Dakota.

This is Donald Trump’s America…

MAKE AMERICA HATE AGAIN!! 

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The ugly rise of Anti-Semitism in the United States; synagogues, cemeteries, community centres, all being vandalized…if you say nothing, if you do nothing, you empower the racists. By Chuck Duboff

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Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, married an Orthodox Jewish man; she converted to Judaism.  They have children…and these children are Donald Trump’s grandchildren.  Yet the President of the United States sits idly by, taking instructions from Steve Bannon, and does nothing as the ugly rise of Anti-Semitism emboldens itself.

When you hide your head in the sand and pretend like nothing is happening, the result is Muslims being shot, Mexicans being deported, Jews being targeted, blacks being threatened…this is the reality of Trump’s “Make America Hate Again.”  This is the America which Steve Bannon has dreamed of, an America pitting one group against another and allowing the White Nation to take over.

First they came …” is a poem written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

http://www.jta.org/2017/03/12/news-opinion/united-states/holocaust-is-fake-history-scrawled-on-seattle-synagogue

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Pearl Jam: Jeremy; “…I remember pickin on the boy, seemed a harmless little fuck”

“Jeremy”

At home
Drawing pictures
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V
And the dead lay in pools of maroon belowDaddy didn’t give attention
Oh, to the fact that mommy didn’t care
King Jeremy The Wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Clearly I remember
Pickin’ on the boy
Seemed a harmless little fuck
But we unleashed a lion
Gnashed his teeth
And bit the recess lady’s breast

How could I forget
And he hit me with a surprise left
My jaw left hurting
Dropped wide open
Just like the day
Oh, like the day I heard

Daddy didn’t give affection, no!
And the boy was something that mommy wouldn’t wear
King Jeremy The Wicked
Ruled his world

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today

Try to forget this (try to forget this)
Try to erase this (try to erase this)
From the blackboard

Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in class today
Jeremy spoke in, spoke in
Jeremy spoke in, spoke in
Jeremy spoke in class today

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If the media paid more attention to wonderful stories like this…the world would be in a much more peaceful, kinder, gentler place. Please take a couple of minutes to watch these fine young men…by Chuck Duboff

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Before you read my words, please take the time to first watch the video.

Our media is obsessed with sensationalizing the negative, the hurtful, the racist, the depressing headlines.  CNN has stated their ratings are through the roof covering the disaster known as Donald Trump.

Meanwhile, fine young man as were seen in the video, demonstrate what it is to be a good citizen, to be kind, to give back to your community.  These young men are doing more to “Make America Great Again” than Herr Trump ever will.

Young Black Men in the United States are stereotyped, harassed and never given the benefit of the doubt.  These boys in the video show the world that with good parenting, anybody can turn out to be a fine young man or woman.  Black, Latino, White…it doesn’t matter, good parenting, positive role modelling, enhances every young person’s chance to lead a healthy life.

Perhaps the media should focus on stories like this one.  I would expect that initially there would be little interest in “good stories”; but with persistence and a dedication to improve society in United States…this could make a very positive difference. One would expect though that the bottom line is all that CNN and its sister networks care about and presenting good news stories doesn’t interest them.

There are great young people all across America, and I dare say Canada, attempting to make this a better world to live in…if the media put forth the same effort, respect and decency may return…and “making America Hate again” would disappear.

From ABC news, written by Karma Allen: Muslim activists raise funds for vandalized Jewish cemetery. A VERY IMPORTANT READ.

© CHUCK DUBOFF: IN THESE TROUBLING TIMES, IT IS SO WONDERFUL TO SEE MUSLIMS AND JEWS COMING TOGETHER…AND SETTING AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE HOW DIFFERENT RELIGIONS CAN CO-EXIST.

Muslim activists raise over $70,000 to aid vandalized Jewish cemetery

As of early Wednesday morning, a crowdfunding campaign started by Muslim activists had raised over $70,000 in an effort to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, Missouri.

“Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery,” read the crowdfunding campaign’s website, which was spearheaded by Muslim-American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi. “We also extend our deepest condolences to all those who have been affected and to the Jewish community at large.”

The effort comes after more than 170 headstones were damaged late Sunday or early Monday at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, located in the St. Louis suburb of University City, according to a report by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

As of early Wednesday morning, the LaunchGood-hosted campaign had raised more than $58,000, far surpassing the original $20,000 fundraising goal that the organizers said had been met in just three hours.

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens called the cemetery vandalism a “senseless act of desecration” in a tweet on Monday.

The incident at the cemetery comes amid a spate of threats directed at Jewish centers across the nation this year. The FBI and the Justice Department announced earlier this week that they would investigate the multiple bomb threats directed toward at least 60 Jewish centers, including 11 threats made on Monday alone.

The Anti-Defamation League called the situation “alarming” and “disruptive” in a statement and said that the threats should be taken seriously.

In a speech on Tuesday, President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism after facing criticism that he had not acted strongly enough against the threats.

“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community and community centers are horrible and are painful and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” said Trump after touring the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

The fundraisers for the “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery” campaign said they launched the campaign in an effort to “send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities” and to condemn “hate, desecration, and violence.”

The campaign said the proceeds would go directly to the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, and that any additional funds leftover after the cost of restoration would “assist other vandalized Jewish centres nationwide.”

…and on Day 3 of the Illegitimate President, we are gifted with the Orwellian phrase: “Alternative Facts”…by Chuck Duboff

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“We are at war with the media.”  This has become the go to mantra for the Trump Administration.  They believe that journalists are doing all they can to delegitimize the Trump presidency, when in fact they are presenting the Facts.

Cambridge Dictionary:  something that is known to have happened or to exist,especially something for which proof exists, or about which there is information.

During the Sunday morning political talk shows, a Trump’s spokesperson, Sean Spicer, went off on the media for reporting how small the turnout was for the Inauguration; he in fact stated that the crowds were the largest in inauguration history.  The fact is very clearly shown in pictures and video that the Washington Mall had nowhere near the crowds of the Obama inauguration…yet, the Trump people disputed that.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/22/media/alternative-facts-donald-trump/index.html?iid=ob_lockedrail_topeditorial

Then the “scary one”, KellyAnn Conway, began her tour of all the networks, introducing the populace to the term “alternative facts.”  When questioned about the apparent misleading statements by the Trump regime, Conway stated “we will present Alternative Facts”.

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I would suggest, in non-Orwellian terms, they will present LIES!!  Tell the people the same thing enough times and they will begin to believe that a square really is a circle.

“War is peace / freedom is slavery  and ignorance is strength” Orwell.

This phrase was used by George Orwell in the first chapter of his novel “1984.” The Party believed that they could endlessly engage in a war to keep peace in the country. This slogan describes the reality of accepting two mutually opposing beliefs simultaneously as correct. By presenting their own set of Alternative Facts, the Trump Administration will have the masses shaking their heads in disbelief and confusion.

Tony Goldwyn expressed, “Kellyanne Conway just coined a very dangerous phrase like it’s the most normal thing in the world. #AlternativeFacts.” Sarah Silverman said, “Lies now called ‘alternative facts’ by Trump admin.”

George Takei tweeted, “Kellyanne Conway now refers to their lies as “alternative facts.” We get it. War is peace, freedom is slavery”

As stated by many journalists during the Sunday morning “Alternative Facts” tour, these are very scary times we are living in.

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Putin + WikiLeaks + Fox News + Breitbart: Day 2 of the Illegitimate President. Millions march, while the thin skinned puppet whines…by Chuck Duboff

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The people…standing up for their rights against a Fascist Regime.

Canadians denied entry into US because they are anti-Trump:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/us/canadians-rejected-border-womens-march/index.html

Trump “at war with the media”:
http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/21/media/donald-trump-war-with-the-media/index.html

Ex-CIA chief bashes Trump for his talk to the members of the CIA:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/21/politics/trump-to-cia-i-am-so-behind-you/index.html

The World is worried about President Trump
The World Is Worried About President Trump

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Empty stands at the Inauguration parade.

Trump’s government website takes down Civil Rights, LGBT and Climate Change
Trump’s White House Website Takes Down Official Pages on Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights

In Trump’s mind, drain the swamp means fill top jobs with rich friends:
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-jobs-rich-allies-233975

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“stop remembering Nazi crimes.” The Alternative for Germany party espouses forgetting about Nazi atrocities…by Chuck Duboff

Editors note: I have a follower named the Travelling Panda, who regularly adds comments to my blog; we tend to have a similar political view…and two days ago, when I discussed Trump repeating lies and how similar that was to Hitler, Travelling Panda sent a link to the following article…I felt it necessary to share this with my readers; it is from The Local, Germany’s English news outlet:

 

Fury as AfD politician urges Germany to ‘stop remembering Nazi crimes’

Fury as AfD politician urges Germany to 'stop remembering Nazi crimes'
Björn Höcke. Photo; DPA.
Jewish leaders and politicians have blasted the chair of the AfD’s Thuringia branch after he condemned the country’s ‘culture of remembering Nazi crimes’ and criticized Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.

Björn Höcke of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) was giving a speech to the group “Young Alternative Dresden” on Tuesday when he began discussing how Germany remembers its history.

He urged the country to end its ‘culture of remembering Nazi crimes’, adding that Germany must make a 180-degree change in how it reflects on the past, describing it as a “stupid coping policy”, according to broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

“We Germans, our people, are the only people in the world who planted a memorial of shame in the heart of the capital city,” he said, referring to Berlin’s Holocaust memorial.

He also compared Chancellor Angela Merkel to Erich Honecker – the former socialist leader of East Germany who was put on trial for human rights abuses during the Cold War, including for the killing of people who attempted to flee the country.

When Höcke compared the Allied forces’ bombing of Dresden to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he received a round of applause.

He further described Germany’s frame of mind as “a brutally beaten people”.

“Instead of bringing up the new generation with the great philanthropists, the world famous, groundbreaking philosophers, the musicians, the ingenious explorers and inventors, of which we have many… maybe more than any other people in the world… and instead of exposing our students in schools to this history, the history – German history – is made into something rotten and ridiculous.”

The politician further said that both de-Nazification and the bombing of German cities had “cleared out our roots”.

Höcke also bashed the famous speech in 1985 by then President Richard von Weizsäcker, in which he called for Germany and all Germans to remember their historic responsibility in the crimes of the Nazis, marking 40 years after the end of the Second World War.

The AfD politician said Weizsäcker had made a “speech against his own people”.

The chair of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, said he was shocked by the comments.

“The AfD have shown their true face with these anti-Semitic and extremely inhumane words,” Schuster said.

“I would have never believed that it would be possible for a politician in Germany to make such statements 70 years after the Holocaust.”

Höcke responded on Facebook on Wednesday, saying he was astonished by the media coverage of his speech. He defended his calling the Holocaust memorial a “memorial of shame,” saying he was also acknowledging Germans’ shame over the genocide.

“In my speech in Dresden, I was concerned with the question of how we Germans look back on our history and how this can can help us establish our identity in the 21st century. Undoubtedly, we must be aware in our self-assurance of our immense guilt. It is part of our history. But it is only part of our history,” he wrote.

“Guilt consciousness alone cannot create a healthy identity, but only a broken one. And it must also be clear to us that the integration problems that are all visible to us in this country also result from our broken identity.”

But Höcke did not comment on his other statements about city bombings, Weizsäcker, or “doing a 180” on remembering the Nazis’ crimes.

Opposing politicians have also condemned Höcke’s comments.

“Höcke held a rabble-rousing speech in Dresden, he wants to rewrite history,” wrote Social Democrat Ralf Stegner on Twitter.

More from The Local:

Green party leader Simone Peter said that Höcke’s statements were “unspeakable”.

“The AfD must unmistakably distance themselves from this and apologize to our Jewish friends,” Peter said.

AfD politicians have stirred controversy before with statements seemingly sympathizing with Nazis or downplaying the Holocaust. It was revealed in September that one then newly elected member of the Berlin parliament had referred to civilian victims of the Nazis as “guerilla fighters” and said that killing them was “legal”.

Another politician described the Holocaust, in a book, as “certain infamous actions” and Holocaust deniers as dissidents.

Cuba: A tale of two countries: paradise & oppression; by Chuck Duboff

My take on Cuba’s dual personality…the island paradise, a facade for an oppressive regime.

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“Chuck quiet, secret police everywhere.”  I remember those words like they were five minutes ago.

I had visited Cuba many, many times as a tourist.  I was taken in by the beauty, the culture, the wonderful people.  It seemed idyllic through the eyes of a traveler.  A health care system second to none, free education right through University, beautiful beaches, hot sun…what could be wrong with this island paradise?  And so I returned, time after time after time.  This led to a relationship with a wonderful Cuban women, whom I met on one of my visits.  Yosadania is tattooed on my left arm…as a reminder of the life that the Cuban people are “forced to live”…we had a wonderful relationship, but given the overbearing government, Yosdania was not free to come back home to Canada with me.

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Cuba: A tale of two countries: paradise & oppression; by Chuck Duboff

“Chuck quiet, secret police everywhere.”  I remember those words like they were five minutes ago.

I had visited Cuba many, many times as a tourist.  I was taken in by the beauty, the culture, the wonderful people.  It seemed idyllic through the eyes of a traveler.  A health care system second to none, free education right through University, beautiful beaches, hot sun…what could be wrong with this island paradise?  And so I returned, time after time after time.  This led to a relationship with a wonderful Cuban women, whom I met on one of my visits.  Yosadania is tattooed on my left arm…as a reminder of the life that the Cuban people are “forced to live”…we had a wonderful relationship, but given the overbearing government, Yosdania was not free to come back home to Canada with me.

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I decided that I wanted to go down to Cuba and live the life that “the people” did.  Yosdania was thrilled that I would be coming down and living with her for a few weeks; I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but was eagerly looking forward to the adventure.

Little did I know what I was in for, the reality of Cuba was about to dramatically change.

It’s difficult to put into words the level of government control over the people.  The first day I was living in Havana with my friend, we went for a walk.  Everywhere we went, there were soldiers with machine guns; when I said something to Yosdania about this, she said to me: “Chuck quiet, secret police everywhere.”  So, we walked the beautiful beaches and parks, rather quietly.  I wasn’t used to not saying what I was thinking.  Yosdania told me that there were spies in every little six block radius…people who would report to the government anybody who spoke out against the country.  Even in the apartment we lived in, we were very careful as to what we said.  I learned a lesson one evening, when all the lights and electricity went out.  I was told this was common (however this did not occur in the resorts in which the tourists stayed).  This was the governments way of maintaining control and power over the people.  Wanting to get in touch with my family back home in Winnipeg, I was hoping to find a computer.  I was allowed to go into a tourist hotel and rent a computer for a few minutes…however, Yosdania was not allowed to join me.  In fact, the citizens of Cuba at that time had little opportunity to use the internet and had a very limited understanding of the rest of the world.  In the hotel, I was able to rent a computer for a while in an air conditioned room…amenities which the people were not able to access.

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46th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution; the only billboards you see in Cuba.

One morning we decided to go for a walk to get some food.  However, it’s nothing like we have here in Canada.  Families are given little notebooks each month which indicate their food allotment; 1 bag of rice a certain amount of bread, chicken, etc.  Literally limits to the bland food which was available to the people.  Now remember, if you are a tourist, you are treated like royalty…and your Canadian dollars go a very long way to helping the government maintain control.

However, if you are a Cuban citizen, life is much different than the all-inclusive resorts Canadians fly to each winter.  Your freedoms are limited, your voice muted, your opportunities minimal…an individual working as a server in restaurant would be making the same amount of money as a doctor.

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Then again, Cuba is noted around the world for one of the best health care systems; additionally, the education system is free right through university.  The weather is beautiful, the beaches magnificent, and there is baseball every where you go.

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Though he was a revolutionary, I sat for hours to have this picture of myself and Che drawn.

It’s not an easy life.  Many Cubans have died trying to escape the oppression, while others made it safely to Little Havana in Florida.

Fidel Castro has died…what awaits the people of Cuba?