Thursday, January 30, 2020

Joe is lying and disgracing our ancestors

Joe Biden needs to stop lying.  But he can't stop.  He's a liar by nature and he can't change.  Shaun King reports:

In 1987, when Joe Biden was running for President for the very first time, his campaign got swallowed up in a swarm of lies that Joe Biden told about himself all over the country. First, Biden was caught plagiarizing a famous speech from British Labour Party Leader Neil Kinnock - including parts of the speech that came straight from Kinnock’s personal life that simply were not true for Joe Biden. Then, he plagiarized yet another speech from the late Robert Kennedy and another from JFK and another from Hubert Humphrey. You have to understand - this was pre-Internet, pre-social media, and something in Joe Biden’s mind made him think he could get away with it. He didn’t. And it ultimately tanked his campaign.
Soon, it was discovered that Biden had not just plagiarized those four speeches, but had lied about academic awards, lied about scholarships, lied about his ranking at Syracuse Law School, where he had nearly been kicked out for plagiarizing five entire pages of an essay, and that he also frequently lied about something that he had made a central part not just of his 1988 presidential campaign bid, but of his entire public persona. Temporarily, Joe Biden paid a price for most of those lies, but was never fully held to account for the worst of them all. On the backs of people who actually paid an enormous price for being activists and organizers in the Civil Rights Movement, Joe Biden created a completely false narrative of his work and contributions to the movement that persists to this very day. Instead of plagiarized speeches, he was plagiarizing details about his actual life. He not only told these lies in previous generations, they have now fully returned to his current stump speeches in churches and venues around the country as if he never acknowledged and apologized for them in the past. It’s shameful. Below is a full accounting of every lie Joe Biden has told about his work in the Civil Rights Movement. First, though, we must begin with two truths.
On two very important occasions, Joe Biden actually told the entire truth about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Nearly everything else has been a lie. I’ve counted at least 31 different lies he has told about being an activist, organizer, sit-in demonstrator, boycott leader, voter registration volunteer, Black church trainee and more in the Civil Rights Movement, but every single time I dig, I actually find more interviews, more lies, more fabrications, more tales he told to voters, reporters, historians, and more. First, let’s start with the two truths.
In September of 1987, with his presidential campaign completely consumed by his lies, Biden, with his entire public life in shambles, fell on his sword and told the truth about his lack of work in the Civil Rights Movement. In repeated interviews, campaign events, and national keynote speeches at the Democratic Conventions of both Maine and California, Biden told wild tales of how he marched, sat-in, and boycotted during the Civil Rights Movement and even went so far as to suggest that he had traveled to Selma and Birmingham with such actions, but with his campaign in tatters, he finally said they were all lies.

Truth #1

“During the 1960s, I was in fact very concerned about the civil rights movement. I was not an activist. I worked at an all-black swimming pool in the east side of Wilmington, Delaware. I was involved in what they were thinking, what they were feeling. But I was not out marching. I was not down in Selma. I was not anywhere else. I was a suburbanite kid who got a dose of exposure to what was happening to black Americans.”
When pushed about false claims that he had also been against the Vietnam War, Biden also owned up to that lie and said:
“When I was at Syracuse, I was married, I was in law school, I wore sports coats. You're looking at a middle-class guy. I am who I am. I'm not big on flak jackets and tie-dyed shirts. You know, that's not me.”
Here’s the full C-Span video of these remarks.
Those honest, transparent words from Joe Biden are the single truest words he ever spoke about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. From 1987 until the release of his autobiography, Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics, 20 years later, as he entered yet another presidential race, Biden was actually very careful to never tell another lie about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, that leads us to:

Truth #2

Joe Biden’s autobiography is colorful. He’s a great story teller. When I purchased the book, which is 400 pages long, I was curious how he would frame his “involvement” in the Civil Rights Movement. I read the book from cover to cover. In light of what Joe Biden is now again saying in the 2020 presidential campaign about his work in the Civil Rights Movement, what I found in his autobiography shocked me. He reduces his entire involvement in the Civil Rights Movement to two sentences on page 43. It reads,
I worked there (a swimming pool) back in the early sixties, when freedom rides, sit-ins, and Bull Connor’s dogs and fire hoses were starting to get people’s attention. Like everybody in America in those years, I was getting dramatic lessons about segregation and civil rights from newspapers and television.
Newspapers and television. That’s it. That’s the whole section he wrote in his 400 page autobiography about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.
Newspapers and television. That’s where Joe Biden, like most people, in his own words, admitted that he learned about the Civil Rights Movement. Newspapers and television. Not during trainings in Black churches. Not during sit-ins at segregated restaurants and movie theaters. Not during the deeply organized marches and protests he claimed to be a part of along Route 40.
See, I just wrote a book that comes out this April. The editing and fact-checking process was fierce. It took months. The same was true of Biden’s autobiography. Unlike his campaign speeches and media interviews, Biden, or his aides, knew better than to tell lies about his days as an activist in the Civil Rights Movement in his autobiography - or for that matter in any of his future books. It’s never mentioned - not one single time. And that’s what we call a tell. In every fact-checked publication, speech, and video Joe Biden has ever produced, every mention of his “work” in the Civil Rights Movement is completely omitted. It doesn’t exist. Could you imagine being a 17 year old white boy in Delaware in 1960 who did sit-ins, boycotts, protests, marches, and voter registration drives, while getting trained in Black churches, and not having one single story or memory or recollection to tell about it? It’s fundamentally absurd. Those events would’ve had such a drastic impact on Joe, and on his whole family for that matter, that they would be told non-stop.
That’s why it is so incredibly disturbing, that after Joe Biden admitted in 1987 to telling such egregious lies about his role in the Civil Rights Movement that he has now, under the pressure of the 2020 presidential campaign, resorted to doing it again. If it was a lie in 1987 that he marched and did sit-ins and so much more, it’s a lie today.

Joe needs to stop pretending and we need to stop letting him pretend.  It's racist to let some White man lie about the Civil Rights.

I'm an African-American lesbian, I don't have time for his nonsense.  As a community, we should be calling Joe out for his lying.  It degrades and devalues all the work done by our ancestors.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Thursday, January 30, 2020.  In the US support for War Hawk candidate Joe Biden continues to erode, Joe's lies (captured on video) continue to surface, Iraq remains without a prime minister as the president of Iraq and the United Nations demand action, and much more.

Starting in the United States where Joe Biden continues his ignorant and ill-advised campaign for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Joe made the news most recently for what?  Saying he might have Michelle Obama be his running mate if he got the nomination?

Joe Biden would consider asking Michelle Obama to be his VP ——- Getting desperate there....

No, but that does apply here.  For saying that he might die in office and therefore needed to pick his potential running mate carefully.

Joe Biden says whoever he picks for VP needs to be "capable" because he's old and may die in office:

So we're back to the reality that Joe is telling people he will be a one term president.  That's if he dies in office or not, he would be a one term president

But, more to the point, Michelle Obama?

Joe raising the possibility that he might die in his first term if he were president just put him in 2008 John McCain camp.

Is he pandering when he floats Michelle's name?  If he's serious, we're looking at attacks similar to what Sarah Palin experienced in 2008.  And Sarah was a sitting governor.  Michelle has never held elected office.  And he's talking about putting her on his presidential ticket while talking about he might die in office?

Michelle is not qualified.  Hillary was qualified in 2008 because she'd been a senator.  She also had her law career which did not include denying healthcare to residents of Chicago.  Michelle's record remains largely unknown to this day among most voters.  You can be sure if Joe was the nominee and Michelle was his running mate, the GOP would ensure that her past was much better known -- that does include the corrupt crony system in Chicago that her father and her family benefited from.

Michelle's not qualified.  Strip away Hillary's Senate experience and she still attempted a major proposal -- it failed, yes, but her healthcare proposal was serious business and, even in failure, she might have learned something from it.  Especially in failure.

Michelle's big policy?  Was it 'let's move' or the gardening?  I don't remember.  It's a pity Lady Bird Johnson is dead or Joe could grab her as her running mate.  She had the whole beautification program.

Michelle's not qualified.

That Joe is one minute stating she might be his running mate and the next stating he might die in office?  He's either pandering or he's not taking his own statement seriously.  Is he incapable of serious thought?

And then there's this.

Joe Biden says he would consider picking a Republican running mate then doubles down by saying "There are really some decent Republicans out there, still." Care to name one, Joe? Just one!

So, let's follow this assertion by Joe, he's saying he may die in office and he's thinking about picking a Republican running mate?

He may die in office, he's running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and he's thinking about picking a Republican running mate?

So he's saying, "Democrats vote for me.  I think I'm going to die in office, but don't worry, a Republican would take over as president if I did."

In what Democratic primary is that a promise that garners votes?

Joe has so much baggage and so many problems.

For some reason Joe Biden keeps telling people not to vote for him

Biden's repeated instinct is to urge any critical voter to go vote for someone else. Come on over - we welcome you over here.

So much baggage.

I don't think you've seen ALL of this. In 1987, when ran for President, he didn't get caught in 1 lie, he got caught in at least 9 wildly different lies and acts of plagiarism. It engulfed his campaign and he resigned in disgrace. FULL STORY:

Caught in so many lies, so many times.  And yet he keeps lying.  Let's look at this thread where Sean King's documented the various lies Joe keeps telling potential voters.

For nearly 50 years, has publicly pretended to have been a part of the Civil Rights Movement. He's not "exaggerating" or "embellishing," he is creating entire fictional storylines to impress white liberals & connect w/ Black voters. It must be confronted A thread...
When running for office, does not just have gaffes or embellishments, he creates wildly fictional storylines about his life and work that simply are not true. These are lies. And he tells them to get votes and build a rep he has not earned.
  • Just 3 weeks ago lied to say he protested the Vietnam War. In 1987, he had to admit and apologize that he never protested it. Here he admits that during the war he “wore sports coats” and hated “flak jackets and tie dyed t-shirts”
  • I have counted 31 times from 1975 until THIS WEEK that has lied about leading or participating in sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement. HE NEVER PARTICIPATED IN A SINGLE SIT-IN. Never. Here he lies to a state convention about it.
  • Another time where sat he “sat-in and marched and all of that stuff.” He did not. His campaign admitted in 1987 that this was not true. But over the past 2 months he has started to tell lies just like this again hoping people forgot.
  • Here lied about doing sit-ins in 1960 in Delaware. I spoke to the actual leaders there. HE WAS NEVER THERE. The places he said he did sit-ins DID NOT EVEN HAVE SIT-INS. Leaders in Delaware told me these lies are well known there.
  • This is LAST WEEK in South Carolina. He’s in a church. And it’s abusive for him to do this. And THESE ARE LIES. Complete fabrications. NONE OF THIS HAPPENED. He must be held accountable for telling these lies.
  • This is LAST MONTH in Iowa where AGAIN began flat-out lying about what he did in the Civil Rights Movement. THIS IS NOT TRUE. He did not do the things he is saying he did here. He already admitted this in 1987. It’s not OK.
  • At 12pm today I am releasing new information verifying that has been lying THIS WEEK about marching and protesting and being trained in the Civil Rights Movement. He needs to publicly apologize and immediately stop telling these lies. It’s stolen valor.
  • I need you to see this. In 1987, after getting caught lying about marching and organizing in the Civil Rights Movement, here is what said. THESE ARE HIS WORDS. "I was not marching. I was not an activist. I was not there. I was a suburbanite kid."
  • In 's 400 page autobiography from 2007, let me show you THE ENTIRE SECTION he wrote about his time in the Civil Rights Movement. It's all of 2 sentences long. He says he learned about it FROM NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION.

    A long history of lying, a long pattern of lying.  No wonder he raised a Deadbeat Dad.  No wonder that he still has refused to meet his latest grandchild -- even though the DNA tests were conclusive months ago.

    Deadbeat Dad Hunter is still not paying what he should (he begins child support payments -- finally -- next month).  That's because Hunter won't turn over his financial documents to the court and continues to lie that he's broke.  And that's okay with Joe.  The same way it was okay with Joe that Hunter went over a year without paying child support.  The same way it was okay with Joe that Hunter lied he never had sex with the mother of his child.  Hmm.  Where did Hunter learn to lie?

    "As a Biden," Joe loves to say.  But exactly what values do the Bidens have that anyone would want to share?

    On this week's DECONSTRUCTED WITH MEHDI HASAN, he and Zephyr Teachout discuss Joe's corruption problemMeanwhile SLATE asks "Who's Excited About Joe Biden?" on their latest podcast and they explain that you attend a Bernie campaign event and the place is crowded.  Biden?  "And then the next day you go to Biden and it’s you know, the crowds are a little bit smaller."  Where's the excitement?  No-mentum Joe.  Doubt it?  This morning, Julie Terroso (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) reports:

      Joe Biden’s lead in the Democratic presidential race in Pennsylvania has fallen by 8 percentage points since October, according to a new poll of registered Democrats in the state.

    The poll was released Thursday, five days before the Iowa caucuses begin the party’s nomination process and three months before the Pennsylvania primary.

    In Iraq, they need a new leader as well.  The current prime minister turned in his resignation in December.  The ongoing protests have demanded an end to corruption.  They have demanded a representative government.  Their demands are ongoing.

    Is the likely candidate to become , to end months of anti corruption protests and violence . He will head the post for six month to supervise a new parliamentary election, before choosing a permanent government
  • Iraqi Leaders agree Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi as new Prime Minister, Muqtada al-Sadr Shiite Leader, Hadi al-Amiri, head of the Fatah Alliance, the second-largest political party, Amair Al-Hakim and Haider AlAbadi have informed President Barham Salih nominating Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi
    : Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is assigned for the PM position of Iraq reportedly, due to a political consensus from four parties! He was( and still) rejected by the people.Needless to say, that all authority is granted by the people!
    Sadr, Amiri, Hakim and Abadi have informed Barham Salih about nomination of Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi for the prime minister — via Sharqiya News.
    Interesting choice for 's prime minister, if true. Worth noting Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is a former communications minister, who resigned to protest political meddling during the prime ministership of Nouri al-Maliki.

    The above is speculation at this point.  "Unconfirmed reports," as Lawk Ghafuri notes.  AP reports:

    Iraq’s president has given rival political blocs a deadline to select a prime minister nearly two months after the outgoing premier resigned under pressure from mass demonstrations, his office said in a statement Wednesday.
    Violence continued for a second week in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the popular protests, with security forces using pellet guns to disperse protesters. It was the first time the weapon has been used in the four-month movement in which police have killed demonstrators with live rounds and tear gas canisters.
    President Barham Saleh asked parliamentary blocs to select a candidate to replace outgoing premier Adel Abdul-Mahdi by Saturday.

    If they don’t, he said, he will select a candidate himself.

    The protests continue, as they have for months now.

    The wave of anti-government protests across Iraq entered its new phase. on Thursday Students of Karbala University protested against government corruption and a lack of basic services, among other grievances.
    : Chaotic scenes emerge from ’s freedom square as youth continue anti-government protests (via social media).
    With 600 people killed since protests began in October, 's President gives Shia blocs until Saturday to choose the next PM who would also be acceptable to , & protesters. Otherwise will put forward an independent candidate.

    In addition to the country's president calling for action on the issue of the prime minister, the United Nations is making that call as well.

    Amid ongoing protests and violence, UN urges stepped up efforts to break political deadlock
    Baghdad, 30 January 2020 – With ongoing violence and rising casualties in the context of protests and ahead of further planned demonstrations, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, is urging stepped up efforts to break the political deadlock and press ahead with substantial reforms, warning that the use of force costs precious lives and will not end the crisis.
    “The continuing loss of young lives and the daily bloodshed is intolerable. At least 467 protesters have been killed and over 9,000 injured since 1 October,” lamented the Special Representative.
    “A recent increase in the use of live ammunition by security forces, reported shootings by unidentified gunmen at protesters and the continued targeted killing of demonstrators and human rights defenders are alarming. It is imperative that the Iraqi authorities protect the rights of peaceful protesters and ensure that all use of force complies with international standards. Equally important is full accountability: the perpetrators of unlawful killings and attacks must be brought to justice.”
    A climate of fear and distrust will bring nothing but further damage. Political action and progress in the search for solutions must replace indecisiveness to deliver on the many promises and intentions. Building resilience at the state and societal levels is the only way forward to draw the people out of despair and into renewed hope, the Special Representative emphasized.
    “Many have sacrificed everything to have their voices heard. Solutions are urgently needed. Iraq cannot afford the ongoing violent oppression nor the political and economic paralysis.”
    The Human Rights Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has consistently monitored the human rights situation in the context of the demonstrations. Since the beginning of the protests in October, it issued three reports* documenting human rights violations in the periods from 1 October to 9 December and presenting recommendations to the authorities. Since 17 January, UNAMI has recorded at least 19 demonstrators killed and over 400 injured by security forces in Baghdad, Basra, Dhi Qar, Diyala, Diwaniya, Karbala and Wassit. Preliminary information attributes most deaths and injuries to the use of live ammunition and the impact of tear gas canisters, while additional injuries occurred as a result of security forces beating demonstrators with sticks. Most violence used by security forces occurred in the context of attempts to clear roadblocks or disperse demonstrators.
    In Baghdad, efforts by security forces to clear the Mohamed Qassem highway and areas in the vicinity of Tahrir Square using live ammunition and tear gas resulted in at least 11 deaths and 53 injuries. In Nasiriya, Dhi Qar on 25 and 26 January, security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas canisters causing at least three deaths and injuring over 100 protesters. Similarly, in Basra, in the early morning of 25 January, security forces demolished more than 20 tents set up by protesters as part of a sit-in and forced the protesters out of the area. In Karbala, security forces also used violence against protesters, resulting in at least 4 deaths and injury to over 150 others. In Diyala, the use of live ammunition by security forces resulted in the first death attributed to this cause and context in the governorate and injured at least four others.
    There were cases of unidentified armed men shooting protesters. This happened on four consecutive nights in Basra from 21 to 25 January, killing two protesters and injuring nine others. In Nasiriya, on the night of 26 to 27 January, a group of armed men of unclear affiliation shot live ammunition at protesters in Haboubi Square, killing at least one protester and injuring four more, and set fire to several protestor tents.
    Targeted killings continue against demonstrators and activists. Since 1 October, at least 28 incidents have taken place in which persons associated with demonstrations, either as participants, journalists covering the protests or prominent activists, have been targeted by armed men or improvised explosive devices, resulting in 18 deaths and the injury of at least 13 others. The cases include the targeted killing of two Dijlah Television reporters in Basra on 10 January. In Missan alone, credible reports indicate seven incidents in which civil society activists were shot at by armed men, resulting in two deaths and the injury of five others.
    UNAMI also continues to track and monitor reports of physical attacks against demonstrators, including stabbings, cases of missing demonstrators and activists, and incidents of threat and intimidation.
    Stressing the futility of violence in responding to the protests, Special Representative Hennis-Plasschaert said all efforts should instead focus on how to fully implement reforms and initiate a constructive dialogue to tackle the country’s problems in a spirit of unity.
    “It is high time to restore confidence by setting aside partisanship, acting in the interest of the country and its people. Hard work and goodwill gestures will resonate with the people, and will be met in kind, strengthening the country’s resilience as it seeks to emerge stronger from this crisis.”
    *links to the three previous reports:

    Again, the protests are ongoing.

    Demonstrators run from tear gas thrown at them during ongoing anti-government protests in Baghdad, Iraq

    The following sites updated: