After a week of negative press surrounding his comments about Mexicans who cross the border illegally being rapists and criminals, billionaire real estate magnate and genius of self-parody Donald Trump appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday to clarify his remarks.

He didn’t mean Mexicans were particularly prone to rape and criminal activity – he meant to say that all the people crossing the Southern border illegally, be they Mexicans or, presumably, nationals of many of the other countries of Central America who find their way to the U.S. border are potential rapists.

“It’s not Mexicans necessarily, they’re coming from all over,” Trump said.

While Trump and his surrogates spent much of last week berating the media for highlighting the comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential announcement, Trump voluntarily waded back into the discussion on Sunday. Answering a question about U.S. trade deals, he said that he believes Mexico has out-negotiated the U.S., particularly when it comes to auto manufacturing, and immediately segued into the immigration debate.

“I respect what they’re doing,” Trump said. “I think it’s great. I like Mexico. I love the Mexican people. I do business with the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border who are from all over. And they’re bad. They’re really bad.

“I’ve spoken to border guards and I said, ‘How bad is it?’ And they said ‘Mr. Trump, you have no idea how bad.’ But you have people coming in and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country.”

Trump also doubled down on his promise not just to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border, but also to get Mexico to pay for it.

“Look, Mexico has not treated us well,” he told host Jake Tapper. “Mexico treats us as though we are stupid people, which of course our leaders are. I don’t blame Mexico. China is even worse.”

“But how do you force a country to build a wall?”

“No, no, you force them because we give Mexico a fortune. Mexico makes a fortune because of us a wall is a tiny little peanut compared to the kind of money…”

“So you would cut off business or impose tariffs unless they built the wall?”

“I would do something very severe unless they contributed or gave us the money to build the wall. I’d build it; I’d build it very nicely. I’m very good at building things.”

Trump is, without doubt, very good at building up controversy. In a very public spat with Spanish-language television giant Univision, Trump threatened to sue the company unless it backed away from its refusal to broadcast the Miss Universe pageant, partly owned by Trump, in reaction to his comments about Mexican immigrants.

Trump wound up banning Univision employees from his golf resort in Miami, which happens to be near a Univision office. Univision, in turn, instructed its employees to avoid using any Trump facilities for hotel stays or events.

Over the weekend, Trump’s relations with Hispanic voters seemed certain to sour further, when the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, an umbrella group representing dozens of organizations with roots in the Hispanic community, issued statements from its members urging others to follow Univision’s lead.
“Aspirants to the highest office in the land must not use a national electoral platform to spew venomous speech about Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans,” said Hector Sanchez, Chair of NHLA and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. “As a Mexican immigrant to this country, I can personally attest to the falsity of Donald Trump’s statements.”

Calling Univision’s move “civil rights leadership in the digital age,” Felix Sanchez, Chairman and Co-founder, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, said, “We implore NBCU to follow Univision’s lead and take a similar stance and sever their financial relationship with Mr. Trump, in light of the bigoted way he has denigrated Mexicans and Mexican-Americans.”

“Trump’s arrogance has never been questioned, but his disgusting views on Latinos and Mexicans in particular will forever mark him as the arrogant bigot that he is,” said Alex Nogales, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. “Our country deserves much more from its Presidential candidates.”

The Republican National Committee was already worried about Trump. The Party is facing the very real possibility that the reality TV star will use a combination of high name recognition and the ability to spend large amounts of money to qualify for Republican primary debates. Once there, his penchant for off-the-cuff zingers and a willingness to tack far to the right on hot button issues could create a repeat of the 2012 “clown car” debates that drove the entire field rightward and damaged the eventual candidate, Mitt Romney.


Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson tackled the recent controversy over Memories Pizza, which became Indiana’s first business to publicly declare that they won’t cater to same-sex weddings in the wake of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week.
“Most gays, if they’re having a wedding, don’t want pizzas — they want cake,” Robertson told “700 Club” viewers, according to Right Wing Watch. “It’s the cake-makers that are having a problem.”
Still, he warned Christian business owners of all types that gay customers will eventually “make you conform to them.”
“You’re gonna say that you like anal sex, you like oral sex, you like bestiality,” he added. “Sooner or later, you’re going to have to conform your religious beliefs to the group of some abhorrent thing. It won’t stop at homosexuality.”
Noting that Christian beliefs will “come under assault” until polyamory and polygamy are acceptable, too, Robertson lamented, “It’s a weird world we’re living in.”
The comments aren’t too surprising, particularly given Robertson’s recent history of anti-gay sentiments. In Febuary, he argued that a Washington state judge’s ruling that a florist had discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to provide flowers for their wedding was also indicative of society’s eventual embrace of bestiality.
He asked, “To tell a florist that she’s got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding? What if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She’s got to have flowers for that?”


Three Marriages, countless bankruptcies, an ego bigger than the Empire State building, and this Asshole is telling us that the American Dream is dead?

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Donald Trump, the real estate mogul, reality television star and hair icon, today announced he is taking his first run at the White House.

From the iconic Trump Tower in New York City, the Donald told his supporters he is “officially running for president of the United States.”

“We are going to make our country great again,” Trump, who turned 69 on Saturday, declared.

He added, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

In 2012, Trump launched a Presidential exploratory committee and visited key battleground states before bowing out in May 2011. This time though, Trump says he’s in it for the long haul; he plans to step away from the day to day management of The Trump Organization, and hand the reigns over to his children: Ivanka, Donald Jr, and Eric. He has also chosen to step aside from his hit reality show, “The Apprentice.”

“They all said, a lot of the pundits on television, well, Donald will never run, and one of the main reasons is he’s private and he’s probably not as successful as everybody thinks,” said Trump, who has never held public office before. “So I said to myself, you know, nobody is ever going to know unless I run because I’m really proud of my success.”

Sadly the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back, bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before,” Trump said today to a packed room of supporters.

Last month, Trump told ABC’s Rick Klein, “Politicians are all talk, no action. They do a terrible job; a tremendous disservice to the country. And I know them better than anybody, and I love them – I think they’re great. It’s easy to make money with politicians. But, the fact is that it’s all talk and no action…and the country’s going to hell.”

Trump entered the real estate business started by his father, the late Fred C. Trump. Today, the kid from Queens is worth just over $9 billion, he claims. The name Trump can be found on countless Manhattan buildings along with hotels and golf courses across the globe.

“I’m really rich,” Trump said after declaring his candidacy today.

Trump made many promises throughout his speech: “I would do various things very quickly. I would repeal and replace the big lie, Obamacare.”

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”

“Nobody would be tougher on ISIS than Donald Trump, nobody.”

“I will stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” said Trump, who also said that he wouldn’t allow Secretary Kerry to spearhead the negotiations.

“And I promise I will never be in a bicycle race,” said Trump, referring to Sec. Kerry’s biking accident in May.

Trump has been married three times, his longest marriage to Ivana Zelnícková ended in divorce in 1992, he married actress Marla Maples a year later until they called it quits in 1999. His current wife, Melania Knauss married the Donald in 2005. Trump has three children from his first marriage – Donald Jr, Ivanka and Eric, a daughter Tiffany from his second marriage, and a son Barron with wife Melania. Ivanka had the pleasure of introducing her father, whose grand entrance to his announcement event was a ride down an escalator.

“Our country needs a truly great leader,” Trump said Tuesday. “And we need a truly great leader now. We need a leader that wrote the art of the deal, we need a leader that can bring back our jobs, can bring back our manufacturing, can bring back our military, and take care of our vets.”

The Democrat National Committee responded to Trump’s announcement with a statement: “Today, Donald Trump became the second major Republican candidate to announce for president in two days. He adds some much-needed seriousness that has previously been lacking from the GOP field, and we look forward hearing more about his ideas for the nation.“



All of this year, our correspondents from Canada have been telling us what an asshole Stephen Harper is…What he has done to Paul Watson (Nature’s great friend) one of the great conservationists of our time is inexcusable….Here is Paul’s letter to the world…..

I am a Canadian.
Je suis Canadien.
I don’t often take sides politically because for the most part political parties everywhere are pretty much all the same when it comes to environmental and conservation issues. Of course many of you will disagree but that’s my opinion from a biocentric perspective.
But in Canada’s case it is very personal.
I don’t have a Canadian Passport.
Because Stephen Harper took it away from me.
Is it because I’m wanted for a crime in Canada or did I commit a crime in Canada?
There is no Canadian warrant for me in Canada.
Stephen Harper took away my Canadian passport because Japan asked him to take it away.
Because we opposed illegal Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean, a whaling operation that has been condemned as illegal by the International Court of Justice.
Stephen Harper decided that supporting illegal Japanese whaling was more important than defending the rights of one of his own citizens.
Now this would have caused me some very serious problems if not for one important consideration.
I hold two passports.
I am both a citizen of Canada where I was born, and I am a naturalized American citizen.The United States allows me to keep my passport and to travel and live in the United States.
I can still travel because I have the benefit of U.S. citizenship.
But I can’t go to Canada.
Without a Canadian passport I am not allowed to enter Canada because dual citizens may not enter the country with the passport of their alternative citizenship.
I was born in Toronto in 1950. My mother was born in Toronto in 1930. My father was born in Atholville, New Brunswick in 1928.
My father served in the Korean War as an Army cook and a Sergeant. (The Blackwatch) His father served in World War I in the infantry. My great uncle whom I am named after, served in the Canadian Navy during World War II. He died from his war injuries.
My mother’s father served in the Canadian Army as an officer in the Boer War in South Africa.I served in the Canadian Coast Guard between 1969 and 1974.
My great grandfather was born in Prince Edward Island. His father, my great great grandfather was born in Nova Scotia.
My father’s family came from Brittany, France on my Acadian side in 1587, first to St. Pierre Miquelon then onto Acadia. On the Scottish side, the first one to arrive was a soldier under the command of General James Wolfe in 1759. He married a French woman and that is why today on my father’s side Watson is the only Anglo name in a huge clan of Canadian relatives bearing the names Maillet, Boudreau, Babineau, Dorion and Arsenault.
My mother’s father was born in Copenhagen, but her mother, my grandmother was born in Ontario. Her parents were from Louisville, Kentucky. They emigrated to Canada in 1908 from California after her older brother was killed in the San Francisco earthquake when he was 6. My roots go back at least to 1850 in the USA.
Today I have family, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Also in New York, Washington, and South Carolina. I have no relatives that I’m aware of in Europe.
I am saying this to demonstrate that as a Canadian going back fourteen generations to 1587 I feel I am qualified to express my opinion on the current state of political affairs in Canada.
My position is quite simple.
In supporting and voting for Bill C-51 and making it law, both Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau have betrayed all past generations of Canadians.
Bill C-51 makes the Patriot Act looks fascistically shallow by comparison.
My family did not fight in five wars for Canada (Quebec 1759, Boer War, WW I, WWI and Korea) so that an authoritarian leader like Stephen Harper could convert our democracy into a police state for the benefit of the resource extraction companies.
There is no Islamic threat to Canada. There never has been. C-51 has been designed to oppose environmentalists and First Nations and to benefit the interests of corporations both domestic and foreign.
Canada has absolutely no business sending men and women off to Afghanistan. They are not being sent to defend freedom. They are being sent to defend corporate profits.
Canada used to be a peace-keeping nation under Prime Ministers like Lester Pearson and John Diefenbaker and the greatest Canadian politician of all was Tommy Douglas who gave the nation Medicare.
The next Canadian Federal Election is in October and if Canadians are to have a secure and free future the Conservative Party under Stephen Harper must be ousted. And the Liberals under Justin Trudeau are not the answer. Canada has been led down the smelly path to corporate whoredom by both the Liberals and the Conservatives.
I remember Pierre Trudeau’s detestable War Measures Act. I was detained for writing a history article and questioned by the police as to why I wrote an article about the Quebec Insurrection of 1837?
My answer was that it was because it was a part of our history, to which they asked me how long I had been a member of the FLQ to which I responded that I did not speak French so I would not even be accepted into the FLQ if I even desired to join. To which they replied, that I should prove that I could not speak French, at which point I said they were being ridiculous and we were in Vancouver and a few thousand miles from Quebec and to stop being so mindlessly silly.
They finally let me go. That was in 1971, the year that I reckon that Canada began to slide down the slippery slope to corporate control.
C-51 has negated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
We now have freedom of speech until we open our mouth. Harper now has a right to revoke citizenship without explanation something that he already effectively did with me.
The only parties that opposed C-51 it were the Green Party and the New Democratic Party.
And thus these are the only two parties that any freedom loving Canadian can vote for in good conscience.
And the most exciting thing is that for the first time in Canadian history the New Democratic Party is leading the other two major parties in the polls.
Last month the NDP threw out the Alberta Conservatives who have been in power in Alberta since 1972.
Albertans had enough. Canadians have had enough.
I can’t go to Canada but I do intend to vote through my Embassy here in Paris and I will be voting for the NDP.
You see Harper can keep me as a Canadian out of Canada but he can’t take Canada away from me.
I swam with beavers as a child. I’ve trudged in snow shows at 49 below in the Peace River Valley to protect wolves. I led eight campaigns to the ice floes to defend harp seals. I drove the Spanish trawlers off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland in 1993. My greatest honour was receiving a shirt and a flag from the Mohawks and being received at their campfire in their longhouse in Kahnawake. I’ve canoed down the Fraser River and swam across the Georgia Strait in 1982. I supplied lighthouses on Vancouver Island and served on the Rescue hovercraft at Vancouver Airport. I’ve swum with Orcas in the Strait of Bella Bella. I helped build the seawall at Stanley Park. I worked at Expo 67 in Montreal and hitch hiked across the country 14 times and rode the rails across 6 times. I shook hands with John Diefenbaker as a child and Farley Mowat, Robert Hunter, Elizabeth May and David Suzuki have all been close friends. I co-founded Greenpeace in Vancouver in 1972 and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society also in Vancouver in 1977. I attended Simon Fraser University and High School in London and Markham, Ontario. I planted trees in British Columbia. I am an honourary citizen of St. Anne du Belleville, Quebec. I have publicly debated former Newfoundland Premiers Tobin and Peckford and former Speaker of the House John Fraser. I ran for Member of Parliment twice for the Green Party and ran for the office of Mayor of Vancouver. My daughter was born in Vancouver and I’ve read everything Leacock, Mowat, Burton, Atwood, Grey Owl, and Richler ever wrote. My favorite music is Tyson, McKennitt, St. Marie, Lightfoot, and Stan Rogers. My favorite poets are Robert Service and Leonard Cohen. OK, I hate hockey although I played it as a kid, but I love maple syrup on snow, steamed fiddleheads, habitat pea soup and dulse.
In other words I’m just as much a Canadian as that sanctimonious petro-ass kissing corrupt, scofflaw, smug, on-the-take, holier than thou, climate change denying embarrassment of a Prime Minister who needs to be kicked out of Ottawa on his dictatorial pseudo-Tory ass come October.
It’s not only time for a change it’s essential that there be a change and it’s time for us to return Canada to what we once were – a freedom loving, peace loving, beautifully wild nation, and what we need to be, a nation rich with First Nation heritage, true conservatives as in nature conservationists, instead of pseudo-conservative eco-terrorist right wing radicals, hell bent on selling the nation out to corporate marauders.
As a writer, I just donated my entire annual Canadian Public Lending Rights cheque to the NDP and come October they will have my vote.
Hopefully someday I will be able to return home to a nation that has not been enslaved to the oil companies, where I will be free to speak, to a place where I can once again proudly call myself a Canadian.