Saturday, November 28, 2015

Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn't possibly get any nuttier more despicable...

....he does this:

That's Trump mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski.

Kovaleski suffers from a congenital joint condition that limits movement in his arms.

After Trump was widely criticized for that display, he countered by saying he has no idea who Kovaleski is.

So, let me see if I have this straight: Donald J. Trump - the man who says he has the "world's greatest memory" - and says he "remembers" seeing something that didn't happen (thousands of people in NJ celebrating on 9/11), now says he can't "remember" reporter Serge Kovaleski, although he's met him a dozen times.

Yeah, that makes sense.


Earlier on Random Pixels: Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn't possibly get any nuttier....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Who isn't thankful every day of the year for the bounty of wonderful videos that YouTube provides?


Monday, November 23, 2015

Donald Trump's campaign events are starting to look more like KKK rallies

The video above shows Donald Trump supporters attacking a Black Lives Matter protester at a rally this past weekend in Birmingham, Alabama...while Trump eggs them on from the podium: "Get him the hell out of here."

As I watched the video, I immediately recalled a famous news photo taken on September 23, 1957.

The photo was taken by Will Counts, a photographer for the Arkansas Democrat newspaper in Little Rock.

Counts' photograph shows African-American Memphis newsman L. Alex Wilson, being attacked by a white mob in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he'd been sent to cover the events surrounding the desegregation of Central High School.

Photograph by Will Counts. 
(Click here to enlarge.)

Newspaper editor Alex Wilson is attacked by white mob in 
Little Rock, Sept. 23, 1957.
(Click here to enlarge.)
via LIFE Magazine. 

In a 2000 article, Emory University professor Hank Klibanoff wrote about the events of that day:


Video: Interview with Professor Hank Klibanoff

On the warm Monday morning of Sept. 23, the integration stalemate broke and the story changed. The National Guard, following a federal court edict, had withdrawn. The white crowds stayed, however, leaving the school’s grounds and perimeter beyond the control of authorities. Black students on their way to the school in a station wagon were heading into an unpredictable mob scene.

At the same time, in a separate car, intent on witnessing and covering the moment firsthand, were four seasoned black newsmen. Their leader was the tall, dark-skinned and serious L. Alex Wilson, the editor and general manager of the Tri-State Defender of Memphis, Tennessee—the newspaper that was the southern outpost of the Chicago Defender, one of the foremost black newspapers in the United States.

Wilson, the most honored of the black journalists on the story and, at age 49, the senior member of the group, was behind the wheel. He was accompanied by Jimmy Hicks, editor of the Amsterdam News of New York City, Moses Newson, formerly of the Tri-State Defender and now on his first assignment for the Baltimore Afro-American, and Earl Davy, a commercial photographer carrying a Graflex camera who was taking pictures that day for the local black newspaper, L.C. and Daisy Bates’ Arkansas State Press.

Wilson parked the car and led the way as the four newsmen started walking toward the school. His height, 6-foot-4, and darkness made it impossible for him to enter the scene unnoticed. He carried himself with dignity but without a hint of haughtiness. As tall as he was, he was not imposing. His shoulders were somewhat sloped and he carried himself slightly bent forward, in the manner not of a black man trying to make himself less intimidating to a white world, but of a tall man trying to negotiate a world of shorter people.

Wilson was dressed smartly, but not flamboyantly, in a dark, crisp suit. He kept his coat fastened at the middle button and wore a tan, wide-brimmed hat. As Wilson and the other newsmen walked, he could see they were approaching a crowd of white people that numbered in the hundreds and was growing, it seemed, with each step forward. Within moments, he could feel the angry presence of white men gathering behind him and gaining ground.

Get out of here! Go home, you son of a bitch nigger. Two men jumped in front of the newsmen and spread out their arms. You’ll not pass, one said. We are newspapermen, Wilson responded. We only want to do our jobs, said Hicks. You’ll not pass.

With anger and chaos seething all around him, with racist hatred running wildly out of control and with the possibility that he and his colleagues would die on the streets of Little Rock, Wilson would come face-to-face with a vow he had silently made to himself many years earlier: He would not, under any circumstances, show fear or run. The day would be as fateful for Wilson as it was for the nine Little Rock students and for the nation.

Let's be clear, the protester who interrupted Trump's rally over the weekend is "a well-known activist who said he has been tased at least 30 times and just recently marched heavily-armed through a Birmingham neighborhood to teach people about gun rights," according to

Wilson, on the other hand, was a respected journalist who began his career as a teacher and principal at high schools in north central Florida.

But the larger question is why do Trump's rallies so often degenerate into violence, or spawn thuggish, racist behavior?

But Trump-inspired violence doesn't just take place at his campaign events.

Last August, two Boston brothers were arrested after they urinated on and beat a homeless Mexican immigrant.

Following their arrest, they told police, "Donald Trump was right; all these illegals need to be deported.”

Told of the incident, Trump's reaction was, "I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”

So one doesn't need a very vivid imagination to picture Trump and his supporters joining in with the crowd in Little Rock 57 years ago as Alex Wilson was kicked and beaten.

Via "Donald Trump's white fascist brigade: His rallies are now 
a safe space for racism."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

How to stop crazy right-wing talk at your house this Thanksgiving

Adele's 'Hello' saves a feuding Thanksgiving family in this 'Saturday Night Live' skit.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Republicans are plotting to sabotage Donald's Trump's presidential bid...and their secret weapon is Rosie O'Donnell

In case you haven't been following political news all that closely, let me bring you up to speed in 9 words: Donald Trump said some more stupid sh*t this week.

The good news is The Donald only says dumb sh*t on days that end with the letter "y."

This week he said something about establishing a database to keep track of Muslims...or maybe he didn't. Who knows with this clown?

In the five plus months since Trump announced he was running for president, he's said enough stupid sh*t that in years past would have disqualified him 10 times over.

But Trump is the Teflon Don. No matter how much stupid sh*t he says, he continues to lead the pack.

And that's starting to make some Republicans very nervous.

GOP Operative Plans ‘Guerrilla Campaign’ Against Donald Trump


The Republican establishment, increasingly alarmed by the enduring strength of Donald Trump’s presidential bid, is ratcheting up efforts to knock him out of the race, including the first attempt to unite donors from rival camps into a single anti-Trump force.

A well-connected GOP operative is planning a “guerrilla campaign” backed by secret donors to “defeat and destroy” the celebrity businessman’s candidacy, according to a memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal. A super PAC supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich is airing a series of ads attacking him. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is striking out with his bluntest attacks yet.

The sense of urgency has mounted in part because Mr. Trump continues at or near the top of GOP polls, even after many predicted that the Paris terrorist attacks would lead voters to turn to a more seasoned candidate.

The most-concerted effort yet is Trump Card LLC, the guerilla campaign being launched by Liz Mair, former online communications director of the Republican National Committee.

“In the absence of our efforts, Trump is exceedingly unlikely to implode or be forced out of the race,” according to the Trump Card memo. “The stark reality is that unless something dramatic and unconventional is done, Trump will be the Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton will become president.”

Opposition research, grass-roots organizing and donor outreach has been going on for weeks, Ms. Mair said, while declining to name any backers. “It’s loosely organized and highly confidential,” she said. “I certainly know donors who are very happy that their fingerprints will be kept off things.”
Ms. Mair’s anti-Trump effort is planning an especially blunt and direct approach. The group’s memo said it would be pitching opposition research to media in early-voting states, as well as radio and television ads and Web videos that attract media attention based on their “outrageousness and boundary-breaking or bizarre nature.”

One possible ad would link Mr. Trump’s views and style to his celebrity foe, Rosie O’Donnell, in hopes of provoking a reaction from Mr. Trump, according to the memo.

Other possible tactics include fake pro-Trump ads that show him supporting socialized medicine, seizing property through eminent domain and taking other positions that stray from GOP orthodoxy; using a Trump impersonator to show him insulting people; and attacking his business record in “stark, nasty terms.”


Fake ads and ads that compare Trump to Rosie O'Donnell....

Who wants popcorn?

 ....and a "guerrilla campaign" against The Donald? What could possibly go wrong?

But how ironic is it that Republicans now want to destroy the Frankenstein monster they created all by themselves?

As one Internet commenter wrote yesterday, it's time for Republicans to "take a bow."

  • You fought for unlimited money in elections, since money = free speech.

  • You mocked community organizers and yearned for a businessman who would run government like a business.

  • You detest civility and "political correctness" in favor of crudely and obnoxiously "telling it like it is."

  • You reject the spirit of compromise in favor of misleading attack ads and the politics of personal destruction.

  • You want a president you can have a beer with, and who doesn't talk like he's smarter than you.

  • You attack public education, teacher's unions, the arts and humanities, academics and the "cultural elites" in favor of dumbed-down and simplistic "common sense."

  • You attack mainstream media and public broadcasting in favor of ratings-driven hate radio shock jocks and Fox News.

  • You reject cultural and ethnic diversity in favor of "real Americans." and demonized immigrants as violent disease-infected marauders who steal jobs from Americans.

  • You celebrate intolerance, bigotry and hatred as "religious freedom" and "traditional family values."

  • You elect clueless, unaccountable anti-government motormouths with no loyalty to their constituents in a misguided effort to rein in the "government overreach" of "career politicians."

  • With each new iteration and election cycle you have managed to further coarsen and debase the level of civic discourse and political participation.

  • Having made "liberal" a slur, you now have made "moderate" an epithet worthy of derision.

  • And now, as your party leaders cringe powerlessly, you cheer on the unprecedented spectacle of a yahoo and vulgarian, a cartoonish reality TV "boss" with national name recognition, notoriety and multi-billions at his disposal making a mockery of not only your primaries but the country's entire electoral process.

    Congratulations, Republicans, on the fulfillment and culmination of your efforts.

    At long last, take a bow.