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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: Today at 05:52 AM »

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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