Union publisher “calls it like it is” on Trumpism — local wackadoodles go ballistic

Our loud, local wackadoodles/pseudo intellectuals/Trumpsters/global warming deniers/(insert here) went ballistic when The Union publisher stated what the rest of us know in his column “Impeach me, please.” The response reminded me of a a verbal version of the torch-wielding mob in Frankenstein (see video below). Of course, Don is not alone. Here’s more:

–”Trump can hardly run a reelection campaign on policy triumphs. His polling results show him trailing the top four Democrats: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kamala Harris. And so he will sling as much filth as possible and hope his base comes out in sufficient numbers. This is what he knows how to do. This time around he will shout about ‘socialism’ and ‘You can leave.’ He will make ugly caricatures of ‘the Squad’ —the four members of Congress whom he targeted this weekend.” — David Remnick, New Yorker

–”Donald Trump’s tweets, this past weekend, were of vintage racist stock. To tell someone to ‘go back’ to the ‘places from which they came,’ as Trump did, clearly addressing four congresswomen of color—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib—is stereotypical, lowest-common-denominator racism, embedded in familiar scripts and powered by old tropes. ” — Doreen St. Félix, New Yorker

– S&P 500 Has Performed Far Worse Under Trump Than Under Obama “When it comes to talking himself up, Trump in particular has compared himself to Barack Obama. So, how do the two presidents measure up in terms of growth in major indexes, measured between their inauguration and May 31 of their third year in office? The short answer is that Trump has quite a way to go. Under Obama, the S&P 500 grew by 56.4%. The Dow Jones Industrials Average was up 50.6% and the Nasdaq, 92.9%. The numbers under Trump were 21.4% for the S&P 500, 25.2% for the Dow, and 34.2% for Nasdaq.” —Fortune

Credit: Fortune magazine

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

12 thoughts on “Union publisher “calls it like it is” on Trumpism — local wackadoodles go ballistic”

  1. Yep, their anger is hilarious, or it would be if the anger of weak, whiney, historically privileged, insecure, older white men who feel impotent when dealing with any change in society were not such a serious threat to democracy.

    It always makes me chuckle Jeff to see what a target for their vilification you are, and at times I am too, simply because we won’t countenance or ignore their white supremacist and separatist attitudes.

    BTW as an example of their values let’s take a look at the forerunner of the Trumpian state, the Tea Party movement, that they loved.


    Here are your heroes Nevada County “conervatarians,” using deception an unethical and illegal business practices to take money from American active duty service members.

    But then again these local wackadoodles are the same guys who supported a local property rights activist who went to prison for a murder for hire scheme to kill his neighbor over a 2 foot property line dispute.

    Oh, and the same people who supported CABPRO, an organization that for years claimed they were a nonprofit organization and encouraged people to deduct donations from their income tax, that was actually a for profit business.

    Oh, and supported Richard Mack and his Constitutional Sheriffs movement and the Oath Keepers, both recognized as hate groups.

    Oh and they are also the “ law and order” crowd that defended the Bundy’s and their allies pointing high powered weapons at law enforcement agents engaged in the legal execution of their duties.

  2. BTW I really think you should post the Charlottesville torch light parade next to that scene from Young Frankenstein.

  3. Ha! This blog never runs out of material. BTW, I wanted to send kudos to the Sierra Business Council for the Lake Tahoe Water Trail (which we mentioned again in the new issue of our magazine digital.sierraculture.com, along with the new East Shore Trail), as well as this week’s approval from the BOS for a $225K last-mile broadband grant. As Dan Miller said: “I like the project because I think number one it addresses the Board Priority on economic development and broadband, but number two, and most importantly, it addresses the community’s expectation to leverage TOT dollars to bring broadband to the community.” https://yubanet.com/regional/nevada-county-board-approves-partnering-with-sierra-business-council-to-expand-broadband-through-last-mile-broadband-grant/ I hope George Rebane and Russ Steele took note!

  4. I have a recommendation for all of my friends here. If you are into long reads or podcasts the series “Bundyville” is well worth the time.

    Make sure you listen to Season 1 first, which you can find down at the bottom of the first link by clicking on “more episodes.”


    If you prefer to read go to this link at LongReads (one of my favorite sites). Once again, Season 1 can be found down at the bottom of the page.


  5. As a footnote, check out George Rebane’s blog this morning. George likes to tout his PhD, but this doesn’t seem to be very intellectual commentary. I expect this from Todd, but for George to conclude that this “covers it pretty well” shows a small group of locals that put the “d” in deplorable. Thank goodness this small group does not represent the majority of our community.

    Sandbox – 28jul19
    [Was going to intro this sandbox with a comment on the current Trump/Cummings imbroglio, but reader Todd Juvinall’s comment in the last Scattershots covers it pretty well. “Elijah Cummings district is truly a shithole district. Most of the urban blight is contained in the areas represented by the Con Black Caucus. With over 40 members I have watched them most of my political years and they are as impotent and Steve Frisch. Their districts are shitholes. We see the same thing now in LA with the Hispanic Caucus. If they would cast off their leftist robes of failure and embrace Republican values and ideas they could revitalize their shitholes. But they won’t. The press is siding with these failed politicians against Trump. He sure says what is true.” gjr] https://rebaneruminations.typepad.com/rebanes_ruminations/2019/07/sandbox-28jul19.html

      1. A good friend, Ken Hale, posted a remarkable column in the Tea Party Gazette. I knew immediately it was the wrong venue to cast pearls before swine. The comments by the brain dead coterie led by old Todd are a study in both Dunning-Kruger effect and how useless a news source is when it depends on promulgating hate, stupidity and titillation to stay afloat. I’m afraid after writing and extensive comment it said this function was no longer available (it could be global to The Union, or they just don’t like me.) So I had to email the publisher and let him know what a hack he was and that Swift Communications attracts his ilk like flies on sh*t. The Union…same as it ever was. Absolutely no integrity, no self awareness, no journalistic honor. Just another sh*thole news source to feed the underbelly of the community.

      2. I liked Mr. Hale’s column and he did a good job of boxing Todd and groupies’ ears. To date those bullies still have not convinced me to vote and support who they demand I do.

    1. This editorial points out that Cummings district isn’t a “s…hole” but includes landmarks such as Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the nation’s leading medical centers; Fort McHenry and Baltimore’s inner harbor, where American history was made; and more. I notice it includes Owings Mills, home of the popular longrunning “Wall St.Week” program with late financial journalist Louis Rukeyser. http://www.mpt.org/wallstreetweek/. The program is credited with creating the genre of financial television.

      The link to the Baltimore Sun editorial is here: https://sierrafoothillsreport.com/2019/07/28/baltimore-sun-better-to-have-a-few-rats-than-to-be-one/

  6. Focus on strong platform, strong candidates, and getting out all possible voters. Trump thrives on new outrages. Ignore him.

    Maybe the next President will have the sense to pick up a shovel ready, source of national pride, project like reoutfitting this finest ship as a floating emergency hospital and training ship, a true ambassadore to the world. Yes, I returned from Europe on her, July 1956, wonderful memories, from teacakes tossed overboard, to visit to the engine room, and the food!


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