Scapegoats as Strategy: The GOP Disinformation Machine

Screen Shot from a Political Ad Released by National Republican Senatorial Cmte on February 25th 2016. It is of a young Middle Eastern Male Described as an attackers disguised as a refugee
This is a screen shot from political ad released February 25, 2016 by the RNC. If this accusation looks familiar it’s because Donald Trump used it as a talking point in the second debate: “At Sunday night’s presidential debate with the former secretary of state, he warned that admitting more Syrian refugees “is going to be the great Trojan horse of all time.”” The Huffington post

 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is the Republican Hill committee for the United States Senate, working to elect Republicans to that body.

The NRSC was founded in 1916 as the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee.

It was reorganized in 1948, and renamed the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The NRSC helps elect Republican incumbents and challengers primarily through fundraising.  Other services include campaign activities using media and communications, as well as research and strategy planning.
Wiki Entry NRSC

These are the messages the GOP leadership feed its base.

 

A screen shot from a GOP Senate campaign ad of an armed militant in front of a sign written in a middle eastern language
Screenshot from an Islamophobic political ad released by the RNSC

Voice-over: Tragedy in Paris. Troubling reports of attackers sneaking into the country disguised as refugees. Catherine Cortez Masto’s plan? I do think we should be opening ourselves up. Opening ourselves up to attack. We are looking to accept refugees. You support that? I do support it. Tell Cortez Masto that we need a common-sense plan to defend the country. NRSC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

If you feel unsafe going to the polls this year remember these ads.

Donald Trump didn’t make this mess by himself and the GOP Leadership
silently enables him.

It’s not enough to simply withdraw their support.

The GOP leadership approved the rhetoric that made Trump and his
movement possible.

They’ve fed their base nothing but hatred for our government and our
Democracy.

Screenshot of various news items regarding Donald Trumps call for sedition
Trump supporters are promising to intimidate nonwhite voters. http://www.vox.com

 

Screenshot from a political ad released by the GOP in September of 206 that blame President Obama and Democrats for our divided politics
How does one comprehend the calculated cynicism of a GOP that blames President Obama and Democrats for our divisive politics in such a divisive ad?

Voice over: There was a time when we could trust our leaders but today politicians are only serving themselves, resulting in a rigged economy,  weakened National Security, and a divided Nation.

Screenshot of a Trump Tweet alleging that the Election is rigged
Screenshot of a Trump Tweet

Now is the time for the GOP Leadership to take a stand for American
Democracy by affirming the rule of law.

It can start by apologizing to its victims.

 

that Hillary Clinton attacked the women who made accusations against her husband.
Screenshot from a 2016 political ad released by the NRSC that promotes the well debunked lie that Hillary Clinton attacked the women who made accusations against her husband.

 

(c) Rob Goldstein 2016 videos found at the Internet Archives
Screenshots made from videos.

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#ExcerptWeek – Linda Bethea @Nutsrok1

Excerpt from Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad by Linda Bethea

The Write Stuff

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We are wrapping up our extended #ExcerptWeek with a contribution from  popular blogger Linda Bethea, which I know you’re going to enjoy! Thanks for taking part, Linda. The floor is yours!

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Everything Smells Just Like Poke Salad

Excerpt from Chapter Twelve
Special Times

Most farm business was conducted in Cuthand, but Daddy would sometimes catch a ride with the mailman or hire a ride to go to Clarksville by himself to take care of things. However, on a few, glorious occasions I would awaken before daybreak to find Mama putting breakfast on the table and hurriedly packing food in the blue-banded, enamel water bucket. This could only mean one thing. We were all going to Clarksville! It didn’t matter what went in the bucket. The occasion made everything special.

A family trip to Clarksville was rare and logistics had to line up just so. The weather had to be right, conditions perfect…

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Donald Trump’s Not So Amorous Adventures

from Gronda Morin

Gronda Morin

 (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP) (Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP)

As of the of evening 10/15/16, at least nine women have come forward to affirm that Donald Trump’s interactions with them reflected the lewd and vulgar scenarios that he had detailed with women, in the 2005 “Hollywood Access” video tapes, made public in October 2016. Then during the 2nd presidential debate on 10/9/16, Mr. Trump stated for the record that he never acted with women in a similar manner as he described in the tapes. It was this denial along with what was said on the tapes which propelled these women to risk public censure by coming forward with their memories of how Mr. Trump had treated them with disrespect. He didn’t endear himself when he trotted out women from Clintons’ past onto the debate space in order to bully and humiliate our future, First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Kathleen Willey, from left, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathy Shelton sit Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg (Women invited by Donald Trump to 2nd debate)

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Shrouded Screen

SOC from Daisy in the Willows

Daisy in the Willows

*photocredit Francesca Woodman, Space2, Providence, Rhode Island, 1977, © George and Betty Woodman*

‘Always wear sunscreen’ – comes from a song .

Wisest life advice I’ve ever heard?

‘Don’t read beauty magazines they will only make you feel ugly. ‘

Quoting like I’m toting.

Screens -Scenes. Teams. Streams.

Rhyme it out until I get an inspiration to scream.

I Love screens. What to watch ?

Birthday party. 35 years old. I never wore sunscreen.

I went under the artificial  tan beams when I hit the isle of  Blighty. Cancer, I probably have.

The world is full of it. Boasting in its insidious arrogant fashion. We can’t slip away from any malady.

Life is a parody.

Stage screens. Projections. People hustling and bustling about in the form of shadows.

Cue: Audio – people chattering, laughing, Christmas jingles pop out like a pack of Pringles.

‘Once you pop you can’t stop’

Stream of…

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