The Resistance is Amazing, Strong, and Winning

Boston’s ‘Free Speech’ Rally Goes Bust vs. 40,000 Protesters — think about that: they had less than 100 people and we turned out 40,000!  So amazing.  Love wins!!!

One organizer said he’s “definitely” not coming back soon after tens of thousands drowned out 50 people and him in a gazebo.

The Saturday afternoon event was billed as an event to advocate for First Amendment rights, but in wake of the violent Charlottesville meeting of white supremacists, it was widely thought to be another neo-Nazi rally.

That belief drew an estimated 40,000 people out to protest them, a human river that made the gazebo look like a speck by comparison.

The Best Signs From the Massive Counterprotest in Boston

check them out.  My favorite is the one that says “HELLO, my name is: your super-gay Jewish Replacement” LOL

U of A Engineering Students Have Photo Shoot After Rally Picture Surfaces (click the link to see the great picture)

A lot of confusion surrounded a picture of a man in a University of Arkansas Engineering shirt at the recent Charlottesville rally.

Now that the man,  a former U of A student, has been identified. Current engineering students are taking a stand to say this is not representative of what they believe in.

Tyler gathered students, professors and alumni to take a new picture. Though it's just one picture the group hopes it will make an even bigger impact than the one that's already out there.

Jakym Battle is a U of A Engineering alumni. He said, "We have a diverse student body, so we want to make sure that that's accurately reflected. Being a member of that student body, of course you want to make sure you're able to contribute as well."

They said the purpose of this picture was to show that the University of Arkansas is united and does not stand for the violence in Charlottesville. They stand against it.

Amateur sleuths hunt for Trump bombshells 

Resistance members are doing all kinds of great work:

From San Francisco to Belfast, self-assigned Bob Muellers work long hours for no pay to unearth buried secrets.   

Countless amateur sleuths are on the case, from a short-order cook in Belfast, Northern Ireland, whose research was recently cited by The Daily Beast to a Florida art teacher who tells POLITICO he is applying his pattern-recognition skills to Trump’s sprawling business empire. Undaunted by a lack of subpoena power or search warrants, and the government’s vast legal and technical expertise, countless people like these are poring through Trump’s personal and business records, as well as overlooked 2016 campaign clues. They share their findings through email, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and even tips to reporters and the FBI. Most labor in obscurity, but all are motivated by the lottery-like odds of a discovery that has eluded journalists and prosecutors but which just might bring down a president.

And due to all of our great pressure:

Two more charities leave Mar-a-Lago

Today, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society and MorseLife both announced a change of venue for their annual Palm Beach fundraisers, from the Mar-a-Lago Club to – well, not the Mar-a-Lago Club. That brings to 19 the number of charities that have decided to leave Mar-a-Lago in recent months, many in the past week.

Check out this SCATHING statement: Palm Beach chamber head to charities: ‘Have a conscience’ on Mar-a-Lago

Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, minced no words Thursday about whether charities should continue to hold their events at Mar-a-Lago this season following President Donald Trump’sstatements about the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va.

“If you have a conscience, you’re really condoning bad behavior by continuing to be there,” Baker said. “Many say it’s the dollars (raised at the events) that count. Yes. But the integrity of any or organization rests on their sound decisions and stewardship.”

And all the creative people are on our side:

‘Known racist and a nazi sympathizer’: Activist projects message onto Trump’s D.C. hotel

D.C.’s resident projection protest artist did not mince words Thursday night in his latest rebuke to President Trump.

Robin Bell drove his van to Trump International Hotel and projected several slides on the facade of the president’s eponymous hotel that said in all capital letters, “The president of the United States is a known racist and a nazi sympathizer.”

“This is not a drill,” the message continued. “We are all responsible to stand up and end white supremacy. #Resist.”

Even Evangelical students returning university diplomas to protest Trump

Former students at Liberty University are preparing to return their diplomas in a group protest of university president Jerry Falwell Jr.'s support for President Trump's agenda.

In a group letter first reported by NPR, a small group of alumni is criticizing Falwell for supporting the president in the wake of Trump's remarks blaming "many sides" for violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend. The letter slams Falwell for defending Trump's comments, specifically for his saying there were "very fine people" protesting on both sides.

"This is incompatible with Liberty University's stated values, and incompatible with a Christian witness," the letter says.

Duke University removes Robert E. Lee statue from chapel entrance

 Duke University President Vincent E. Price on Saturday morning authorized the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue from the entrance of the Duke University Chapel.

In a statement, Price said the decision to remove the statue, which was vandalized Wednesday night, was done to ensure the safety of students and community members and to express the university’s values

Chapel Hill mayor wants Silent Sam removed from UNC campus

The mayor wants UNC-Chapel Hill’s Silent Sam Confederate statue removed because it “presents a clear and present danger” to the campus and town, according to a letter from the mayor to UNC Chancellor Carol Folt

Trump is increasingly isolated from the mainstream 

this is good — the less support he has, the less likely he will be to get (bad) stuff done.

Here is one example:

Megachurch pastor resigns from Trump’s evangelical council

In a first for his evangelical advisory council, New York City megachurch pastor A.R. Bernard announced Friday that he had stepped down from the unofficial board of evangelical advisers to Trump. Bernard sat at the president’s table on May 3, the night before the National Day of Prayer when Trump gathered several religious leaders to announce an executive order on religious freedom.

Also, on capital hill: Senate Republicans getting fed up with Trump

President Trump’s relationship with Senate Republicans is deteriorating by the day.

Senate Republicans are getting fed up with what they see as Trump’s lack of discipline and chaotic leadership style. Several are criticizing him more openly than ever before.

Also, don’t let anyone fool you with “now that Bannon’s gone, things will work more smoothly for Trump” because:

Bannon’s departure is unlikely to calm the turmoil in Trump’s White House

President Trump’s most unconventional senior adviser, Stephen K. Bannon, may have left the White House, but the political turbulence that has characterized the first seven months of Trump’s presidency doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

James Murdoch’s Rebuke of Trump May Signal a Shift (which would be huge — even a small shift would be amazing!)

With the note, James Murdoch joined a number of other chief executives this week in rebuking the president for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and denouncing racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy and neo-Nazis. Most chief executives released public statements in their roles as business leaders, although some invoked personal terms in their messages.

The email also raises questions about whether it is a harbinger of change at the Murdoch-controlled conservative-leaning media outlets — including Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post — and the political direction of the company under a new generation of Murdoch leaders, James and his brother, Lachlan, the company’s executive chairman.

Kennedy Center thanks Trump for 'gesture' of not attending annual honors (don’t worry, the ACA will cover that burn...)

“In choosing not to participate in this year’s Honors activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the honorees. We are grateful for this gesture," they said.

The Kennedy Center also confirmed that the annual reception held at the White House would not take place this year.

this is more evidence that Trump has been pushed to the margins — right where he belongs.

Another Advisory Council To Trump Is Falling Apart

The co-chairs of the Department of Commerce's Digital Economy Board of Advisors have resigned. "There must never be equivocation in denouncing hate, bigotry, violence and racism."

According to The Register, other members of the Digital Economy Board have also resigned, including Karen Bartleson, president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Sonia Katyal, a professor of law at the University of California; and Corey Thomas, CEO of Rapid7.

The economic board would be the fourth advisory group to the president to fall apart this week after a cascade of CEOs quit the American Manufacturing Council, and the Strategic and Policy Forum decided to disband on Wednesday. In response, the president said on Twitter that he was "ending both" groups.

Good Political News

Even in red states, liberal candidates are climbing into power in the nation’s cities

Randall Woodfin is not going to talk about “change.” The 36-year old Democrat, a candidate for mayor of Birmingham, is running to unseat a two-term incumbent — and he is selling a vision of how his city, which had lost one-third of its population since the 1960s, could be economically transformed.

In May, Philadelphia’s progressives helped civil rights attorney Larry Klasner win the Democratic primary for district attorney; if he wins a full term this November, the city’s top legal job will be held by a lawyer who defended members of Black Lives Matter and will refuse to seek the death penalty. In Jackson, Miss., progressive-backed candidate Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the mayor’s office, promising to make Mississippi’s capital “the most radical city on the planet.”

The trend is continuing. Birmingham’s August 22 primary is one of dozens of 2017 races where progressive candidates are trying to climb into power, knitting together community organizers, new activists and the remnants of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) presidential bid to form new left-wing majorities.

More GOP lawmakers bucking their party on climate change

The House Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan backwater when it formed early last year, has more than tripled in size since January, driven in part by Trump’s decision in June to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.

And last month, 46 Republicans joined Democrats to defeat an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill that would have deleted a requirement that the Defense Department prepare for the effects of climate change.

Polls: Trump slumping in Midwest

Trump’s approval is below 40 percent in Michigan (36 percent), Pennsylvania (35 percent) and Wisconsin (34 percent), according to the surveys, conducted in the four days after a violent white supremacist march last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Bannon is a pathetic loser

And finally, just a couple of articles to (hopefully) calm anyone freaking out about how leaving the WH will make Bannon into a giant, terrifying, nuclear version of his WH self!!!!  No.  Just no.  Bannon is an over-rated loser running a website that lost 80% of its advertisers because of *US*.  He is an asshole who failed as a WH adviser in a HUGE way.  Here are two articles that agree with me.  One from the NYT and one from Politico:  

Steve Bannon Is Overrated

Mr. Bannon is the latest in a long line of political advisers whose reputations are inflated after an election victory. 

Mr. Bannon’s reputation is overrated. Yes, he transformed Breitbart from an irreverent blog into the iconoclastic tribune of nation-state populism, the anti-elitist ideology of border walls, travel bans and political incorrectness.

he is a terrible colleague. His unprompted interview last week with the editor of a liberal magazine not only demonstrated a naïve willingness to forge alliances with the economic left on trade and infrastructure. It also confirmed everything that has been said about Mr. Bannon: He disparages his co-workers behind their backs; he postures as the force behind personnel decisions; and he pretends to know more about national security than James Mattis, John Kelly, H. R. McMaster and Joseph Dunford (not to mention Donald Trump).

Bannon talked a big game. But he got outmaneuvered and outsmarted by his enemies at nearly every turn.

In a White House fond of superlatives, it would be insulting to call any of its mistakes “little.” Bannon’s mistakes were huge, and they not only led to his ouster, but also the collapse of his grandiose dream: a realigned American political map centered on economic populism.