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« Reply #1020 on: Aug 29, 2017, 07:17AM »

Onward...........

Arpaio Pardon

Our President ran on being a “law and order” candidate. An internet meme going around this week states, “All you need to know about President Drumpf’s (my literary license) commitment to “law and order” is, he fired James Comey and pardoned Joe Arpaio”. That does sum it up quite nicely.

Joe Arpaio was a prime example of all of the worst elements of American law enforcement. He, himself, called his tent city jail, in which he dehumanized wide swaths of his constituency, a concentration camp. He was convicted of contempt of court for refusing to cease racially profiling American citizens after being ordered to do so by the court. He is a one man poster child for the necessity of groups like Black Lives Matter in this country today.

That said, it is the President’s Constitutionally granted right to issue the pardon, whether he does it in accordance with long-standing protocol and practice or not. There has been massive voicing of “what-about-ism” from his supporters pointing out questionable pardons issued by previous holders of the office as if somehow previous wrongs make Drumpf’s wrong defensible and right. They don’t. Arpaio is a deplorable human being.

The firing of James Comey may yet be the undoing of this President. It led to the installation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his on-going, far reaching investigation into ties between the Drumpf campaign/ administration and the Russian government. That investigation is picking up momentum, and, virtually everyday, new information is revealed showing the ubiquity of those ties and associations. Today’s revelation is a string of emails from Drumpf business associate Felix Sater to Drumpf attorney Michael Cohen in which he states, “Our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this, I will manage the process”.

Evidence mounts daily exposing the President’s lies about his lack of connections to Russia and the Kremlin. There is little doubt the administration has significant worries about the on-going investigation, and would love to see it go away.

That is why it is unsurprising that one of Drumpf’s lapdog GOP (Government of Putin) Representatives, our own Ron DeSantis, has proposed an amendment to an upcoming spending bill to defund the Special Counsel’s probe.

Ron DeSantis has put party before country, and personal interest ahead of law and justice. We should be ashamed.
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« Reply #1021 on: Sep 05, 2017, 05:24AM »

From the Korea thread, with some fleshing out.......

DPRK

There are not many people on the planet I detest more than Steve Bannon, but in true "broken clock/ Blind squirrel" manner he hit the nail squarely on the head. "There’s no military solution [to North Korea’s nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us."

Indeed.

And, now we hear our sabre-rattling President throwing around words he obviously has no clue as to the meaning of. I truly wish more people had the intellectual capacity to understand the basic etymological difference between the words "appeasement" and "containment" or "deterrence".

Our President, like so many small minded, ignorant people on the right, parrots the "appeasement" argument with NO understanding of what the crap they are actually talking about. What is required in this situation is containment and deterrence.

In every instance of a nation joining the “nuclear club” it has been deterrence and containment that have avoided a nuclear holocaust. Appeasement can not take place until AFTER a hostile act has occurred. Britain “appeased" Germany AFTER it had taken over Austria and Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia.


Since the end of hostilities in the Korean War the DPRK has engaged in exactly ZERO military interventions of any kind anywhere in the world other than right on their own border, and even those have been quite limited. The USA, on the other hand, has had at least one, usually multiple, military intervention going on somewhere in the world in every year, with the exception of the Carter Administration, since 1953.


There is little doubt Kim-Jung-Un is a paranoid narcissist (One of two involved in this story), but just because someone is paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get them. Drumpf worries me far more than Un does. Un is only concerned about his own survival, and 60+ years have shown the DPNK is not a military aggressor.

Drumpf, on the other hand, is a psychotic narcissist in desperate need of a victory, any victory, and is not smart enough to understand the consequences of many of his actions. One can only hope the adults, Mattis, Tillerson, and Kelly, in the administration can keep a lid on, and deter, the true mad man in this equation.

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« Reply #1022 on: Sep 19, 2017, 05:34AM »

Now that Irma has passed, back to the grind........

America IS Great

This last month has been really hard on many of the inhabitants of Florida, Texas, and large parts of the Caribbean. For many, while the emergency period is over, the hardships have just begun. Re-building from Harvey and Irma (and, god forbid, Jose, Lee, and Maria) is going to be a long, slow, tortuous process.

The response to these emergencies has shown a spotlight on all the best, and a few of the worst, aspects of life in America. Yes, there have been a few scattered reports of looting, but they have been few and inconsequential in comparison to the heroics evidenced in the actions of so many ordinary Americans.

From the members of the “Cajun Navy”, to the photos of neighbors carrying neighbors, or strangers carrying strangers, out of flooded neighborhoods, to the crews of tree cutters and linesmen from all over this country converging on the decimated areas, we have seen America at its finest. And, at its realest.

For over two years now our national debate has been taken hostage by a reality TV show host (you do realize they ARE NOT reality, don’t you?) telling us that America is a hellhole, and only HE can “make America great again”. This last month has proven that America IS great, and the carnival barking, snake oil salesman is merely a symptom of a loud, cornered, shrinking minority in fear of losing their privilege in an ever more diverse society.

Americans helping Americans on an individual, personal basis is what has been front and center in the media. BUT, Americans helping Americans through our “We, the People” government on a societal scale is what has the power to truly show the greatness of this country.

The “Deep State” bureaucrats so brilliantly running the Emergency Management agencies in this country through these catastrophes because the President hasn’t gotten around to making his political appointments (no “good job, Brownie” from this President. He hasn’t bothered to appoint a Brownie.) are a perfect example.

Other examples include everything from Social Security to Unemployment Insurance to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts to the Affordable Care Act to DACA. Everyone of these cases shows an effort by the elected representatives of “We, the People”, to provide the kind of “All men are created equal” support on a national scale that we have witnessed on the individual scale this month.

America IS great!
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« Reply #1023 on: Sep 26, 2017, 05:52AM »

WOW, what a week........

Kaepernick

Our President is a disgrace. Puerto Rico is in ruins, the Senate is in shambles trying to take health care away from millions of Americans, and the ongoing middle-school bullying contest with No. Korea is getting ever more ridiculously serious (I do have to say “Dotard” [Doh!-Tard’] is the word of the decade, and a perfect description of the man in the Oval Office). So, where is Drumpf’s focus? Insulting black NFL players for exercising their 1st Amendment right to free speech.

The best response to the protest initiated by Colin Kaepernick I have seen was penned over a year ago by veteran of the Iraq war, Jim Wright. Here are excerpts:


"The very first thing I learned in the military is this: Respect is a two-way street. If you want respect, true respect, sincere respect, then you have to GIVE IT.
"If you want respect, you have to do the things necessary to earn it each and every single day. There are no short cuts and no exceptions.
"Respect cannot be compelled.
"Respect cannot be bought.
"Respect cannot be inherited...Respect has to be earned.
"Respect. Has. To. Be. Earned."……………


"IF Kaepernick doesn't feel his country respects him enough for him to respect it in return, well, then you can't MAKE him respect it……..”

"If America wants the world's respect, it must be worthy of respect.
"America must be worthy of respect. Torture, rendition, indefinite detention, unarmed black men shot down in the street every day, poverty, inequality, voter suppression, racism, bigotry in every form, obstructionism, blind patriotism, NONE of those things are worthy of respect from anybody -- least of all an American………..”


"To you the National Anthem means one thing, to Kaepernick it means something else…………That's liberty……………The right to believe your country can BE better, that it can live up to its sacred ideals, and the right to loudly note that it has NOT. The right to use your voice, your actions, to bring attention to the things you believe in. The right to want more for others, freedom, liberty, justice, equality, and RESPECT.
"A true veteran might not agree with Colin Kaepernick, but a true veteran would fight to the death to protect his right to say what he believes.
"You don't like what Kaepernick has to say? Then prove him wrong, BE the nation he can respect.”

"It's really just that simple."

Well, it should be……
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« Reply #1024 on: Sep 26, 2017, 07:44AM »

We have been confusing symbols with actuality.  The men who fought our wars a died for our country did not do so for a flag or a song.  They fought for a country.  For us.  And to an extent for a couple of pieces of paper called the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  We should realize that whether you stand for the Star Spangled Banner or instead use it to take a bathroom break doesn't prove or disprove your patriotism.  It's your actions and thoughts that are your patriotism.  If you treat all people here with courtesy and deference you are following the precepts of this country.  Not if you act belligerently.  Theodore Roosevelt used to say "Speak softly and carry a big stick".  By this he meant have the arms ready to be used, but not waving them around.  Instead we have a saber rattling President who wants to strike out in every direction if he is insulted.


I am definitely afraid of what we have done.
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« Reply #1025 on: Oct 10, 2017, 01:37PM »

Shouldn't write during the second bottle........
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« Reply #1026 on: Oct 16, 2017, 08:03AM »

In France this week. .......

Bomb Throwing

It seems as if our President has no guiding agenda of his own except to destroy everything the black guy who came before him did. This week saw him throwing more grenades into Obama era programs with apparent disregard for the devastating effects they will have on Americans and the standing of our country in the world.

On the Sunday shows, representatives of the administration attempted to rationalize the actions by saying the President is "unconventional" (no kidding), and that he is just trying to force actions by Congress and our allies and opponents around the world. That may actually be true, but the odds are quite high that any actions that result will not be of a positive nature for the good of this country.

By ending subsidies for ACA premiums and de-certifying the Iran nuclear agreement this President is apparently trying to pressure Congress into actually doing their job. Not an unworthy goal, but this is a Congress whose only two actions since the inauguration were a bill which made it easier for the mentally ill to purchase firearms and another which imposed sanctions on Russia for its interference in our elections, taking away the President's capacity to take any action in that area.

With an upcoming battle royale over tax reform and the budget process, putting more pressure on this do-nothing Congress seems somewhat counter-productive at best. And, by blowing up the insurance exchanges and stripping health coverage from millions of Americans he is taking full and complete ownership of the healthcare issue for himself and his party going forward. Democrats must be pinching themselves over what this means for heir prospects in 2018 and 2020.

We know from his history in business this President has never had qualms about reneging on a deal he has entered into, or of leaving others holding a bag full of his mistakes. He claims Iran has not lived up to the "spirit" of the nuclear deal, but there is nothing anywhere in the agreement defining what the "spirit" of the deal is. There is unanimous accord, even among the administration's own cabinet, that Iran is in 100% compliance with the commitments it made in the agreement. How is "spirit" enforced?

This de-certification will make the world wonder if the USA, whose word was once her bond, is now no more trustworthy than it's President. Why would No Korea, or anyone, enter into an agreement with this administration?




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« Reply #1027 on: Oct 16, 2017, 08:19AM »

This de-certification will make the world wonder if the USA, whose word was once her bond, is now no more trustworthy than it's President. Why would No Korea, or anyone, enter into an agreement with this administration?
Unfortunately the last part seems quite accurate. If we aren't willing to abide by an agreement that we pressed for just because the next person in line thinks it could have been done better...


And we have elections every 4 years...


There is no reason to enter a binding agreement with us.



Per the Trump side, I really have to wonder... what is the possible upside of leaving this?
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« Reply #1028 on: Oct 16, 2017, 10:16AM »

Their contention is that they are not leaving, just putting pressure on Congress to push for new negotiations around the edges. ICBM's and terrorism things. At least, that's what it sounds like to me. It also seems completely disingenuous.
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« Reply #1029 on: Oct 16, 2017, 02:37PM »

He has to reverse everything that uppity n***** did so he can save rich white Americans
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« Reply #1030 on: Oct 17, 2017, 01:28AM »

Russ, I believe 'dotard' rhymes with 'motored', so it's not 'Doh-Tard'.

The word refers to someone in his dotage, which essentially refers to senility. The -ard suffix is pronounce in the usual way--laggard, bastard, drunkard, coward, etc.

When I first saw this word pop up in the news I thought--everyone's going to say it wrong. I would too, if I hadn't already heard of it.
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« Reply #1031 on: Oct 17, 2017, 05:37AM »

Russ, I believe 'dotard' rhymes with 'motored', so it's not 'Doh-Tard'.
 
The word refers to someone in his dotage, which essentially refers to senility. The -ard suffix is pronounce in the usual way--laggard, bastard, drunkard, coward, etc.
 
When I first saw this word pop up in the news I thought--everyone's going to say it wrong. I would too, if I hadn't already heard of it.

Yup--it's a mispronunciation that appropriates the context. The term is being used in a unique way for this specific purpose.
 
We'll just have to see if any dictionaries add the usage to honor the cartoon president.
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« Reply #1032 on: Oct 17, 2017, 07:36AM »

Russ, I believe 'dotard' rhymes with 'motored', so it's not 'Doh-Tard'.

The word refers to someone in his dotage, which essentially refers to senility. The -ard suffix is pronounce in the usual way--laggard, bastard, drunkard, coward, etc.

When I first saw this word pop up in the news I thought--everyone's going to say it wrong. I would too, if I hadn't already heard of it.

You say potato...... I nderstand how it was used when it was colloquial, however, in its revival, I believe having it rhyme with re-tard is not inappropriate.
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« Reply #1033 on: Oct 17, 2017, 03:37PM »

You say potato...... I nderstand how it was used when it was colloquial, however, in its revival, I believe having it rhyme with re-tard is not inappropriate.

That was kind if my thought--that mispronouncing it to sound like '******' seems a little off to me, because I don't use that word. But it's probably inevitable.
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« Reply #1034 on: Oct 31, 2017, 06:18AM »

That was kind if my thought--that mispronouncing it to sound like '******' seems a little off to me, because I don't use that word. But it's probably inevitable.

I don't use it either, at least, not since middle school, but DOTARD Don is just too good not to use, and he has abundantly earned it.
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« Reply #1035 on: Oct 31, 2017, 06:19AM »

Longer vacation than usual...... Back to the grind.

#MAGA – Men Are Getting Arrested!! ***

And, so it starts. The first dominos have been tipped in the Mueller investigation with the indictment of two high level members of the Drumpf campaign staff and the guilty plea of a lower level political consultant to charges of lying to the FBI.

The indictments were issued against Drumpf campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates. There are 12 charges in the indictments ranging from money-laundering, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, and false statements on, or failing to file, foreign bank and financial accounts all the way up to Conspiracy Against the United States of America.

These indictments significantly up the ante in the high stakes poker game this administration has been playing with this investigation. They move the investigation clearly into the inner circle of this White House, and the financial focus of them must be truly horrifying to the President and his inner circle.   

There have to be some players in that circle who are feeling the heat. That includes the President, whose panic was made clear in his “DO SOMETHING” tweet over the weekend.

As incendiary as the indictments are, it was the release of the documents concerning the guilty plea deal reached with George Papadopoulos that may be the more telling of where the investigation is, and where it is heading. The Foreign Policy Advisor plead guilty to “Providing False Statements to the FBI”, but that was after several months of his being  “proactively cooperative” with the investigation. Who can say what charges he faced when he was arrested in July.

Papadopoulos’ testimony shows solid evidence of attempts by the Russian government to gain access and provide assistance to the Drumpf campaign. Only time, and further indictments, will tell to what degree folks higher in the campaign hierarchy were also involved.

I suspect there are some who are now considering their options going forward. Do they stonewall, like Manafort and Gates, and wait for the hammer to fall, or do they “proactively cooperate” and hope to extricate themselves from this failing criminal enterprise?

The manner in which Special Counsel Mueller unsealed these cases was done masterfully to show the depth and breadth of where his investigation is. Will it get to the President and his family? My bet is it does.

As they say……”It’s Mueller time!!” ***

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« Reply #1036 on: Oct 31, 2017, 10:59AM »

I can just see the complaints: "It doesn't have  anything to do with Russians and the Election!".  Well, it's like when the cop pulls you over for speeding and you are smoking a joint.  Now he's got you on drug charges.  Same thing with Manafort.  They found he's money laundering.  It's also a crime.  And shows him for the sleaze he is (wow, does he make good company for The Donald! Evil ).

I think we will find lots of evidence that the Russkis are trying to influence the election and they found an interesting way in: through Social Media.  We are so gullible that we'll accept any statement as long as it reinforces our worldview.  So suck us in with small statements and then hit us with The Big Lie.  We'll eat it up.

I hope they separate Trump from Mar-A-Lago AND the Trump Tower.
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« Reply #1037 on: Oct 31, 2017, 12:02PM »

The things we know about Manafort--the admitted facts--make it very unlikely he is free of wrongdoing, inside the campaign and out.

Manafort made a living working against US interests in Ukraine, taking millions from the anti-Nato Russian puppet. He did this illegally without registering as a foreign agent. When he joined Trump's campaign, Trump started spouting Russian talking points--criticizing NATO, hinting at legitimizing Russia's Crimean invasion. During the convention, Trump's team showed very little interest in the party platform (and why would they care, since he was essentially running against the GOP establishment). The one change they insisted on was softening a resolution to arm Ukraine against the Russians.

Just given what we knew about Manafort prior to this investigation, he's up to his eyeballs in it, and certainly part of it bled over into the activities and behavior of the campaign and of Trump himself.

Manafort strikes me as too much of a sleazebag to go to big people's jail out of loyalty to anyone. I think he'll flip.
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« Reply #1038 on: Oct 31, 2017, 12:26PM »

This is why smart mobsters avoid high profile situations.
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« Reply #1039 on: Oct 31, 2017, 12:39PM »

One thing I was thinking:

If the main threat to Trump and his family is from lower-level members of the gang 'flipping' on him, can he preemptively pardon them one by one before they provide any information?

On one hand, he has unlimited power to pardon. On the other hand, it seems like a form of witness tampering if it's done for that reason.
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