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« Reply #1040 on: Oct 31, 2017, 01:53PM »

Problem is, many of the crimes also have state crime counterparts.  A presidential pardon is only good for federal crimes. 
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« Reply #1041 on: Nov 07, 2017, 06:04AM »

IT's been a year. God help us.......

Illegitimate Presidency

It’s been a year since the “shock heard ‘round the world” marked the most significant attack on the USA by a foreign government since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. And, thanks to the Free Press our enlightened Founders gave us, we are finally starting to understand the magnitude and depth of that attack.

Because of the diligence of reporters in our free press we now know that Russian propaganda supporting the candidacy of Donald Drumpf and aiming to undermine the candidacy of Hillary Clinton was “liked and shared” over 126 MILLION times on Facebook. It was almost certainly seen by a great many more than that because a lot of us were smart enough to recognize it for the lies it projected. We didn’t “like” it, and we sure as heck didn’t share it.

And, that’s just on Facebook. The number grows almost exponentially when one considers the Russians were also active on many other social networking platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Even Republicans admit Russia made extensive efforts to influence the outcome of the election, but claim there is no way to quantify the effect they achieved. I call “Scatological Debris of Bovine Origin” on that. Let’s just look at Facebook.

126 Million is roughly half the number of Americans who voted in the last election. Drumpf won the Electoral College vote by a total margin of less than 75,000 in the three states that swung the election. We don’t yet know the degree to which the Russians were able to target their attacks, or how they knew where to target them, but they needed to affect a total of only .0006% of the overall vote in the right places to change the outcome of the election.

It takes a massive degree of willful, intellectual dishonesty to summarily dismiss the possibility (PROBABILITY) that Russian propaganda and lies was able to suppress or change the vote of 1 in 15,000 people who were exposed to it. The Drumpf Presidency is the least legitimate since, at least, Reconstruction, if not in our history.

Of course, Drumpf, and his enablers in the GOP (Government of Putin until they respond to the attack) deny this vehemently, and are doing everything they can to impede investigations into what really happened in the 2016 elections.

Fortunately we still have that Free Press our Founders bestowed on us. And, we have Robert Mueller.

IT’S MUELLER TIME!
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« Reply #1042 on: Nov 14, 2017, 06:01AM »

Could write these things daily there is so much absurdity going on......

"Our Little Donnie.........."

I was the drum major of the marching band when I was in high school. We had a joke about the new kids in the band who couldn’t quite yet get the hang of marching, and how oblivious their parents were about it. “Oh look. Can you believe everybody in the band is marching out of step except our little Donnie?”

There’s a lot of that kind of willful refusal to recognize reality going on in this country today, starting at the top. David Corn of Mother Jones described it this way,
“CIA Chief Mike Pompeo – Putin attacked the 2016 election,
DNI Dan Coats – Putin attacked the 2016 election,
FBI Director Christopher Wray – Putin attacked the 2016 election,
NSA head Mike Rogers – Putin attacked the 2016 election,
 Putin – I did not attack the 2016 election,
Drumpf – I believe Putin”.

“Everyone’s out of step but my little Vlad.”

 These are all heads of intelligence agencies appointed by Drumpf, and they are unanimous in their convictions.  He later walked it back, somewhat, by saying “As to whether I believe it, I’m with our agencies. As currently led by fine people, I believe very much in our intelligence agencies.”

Of course, these agencies “currently led by fine people” are reporting the exact same information they have been reporting since before those “fine people” (Drumpf has a thing for “fine people”, doesn’t he?) took the helms at their respective agencies. But, those previous leaders were “political hacks” performing a “Democratic hit job”. Same exact information, completely different take. “Everybody is out of step…..”

The willful refusal to recognize reality is not limited to our President. The fish may rot from the head down, but close to a third of our fellow countrymen subscribe to the same distorted views as their leader.

In addition to the agencies listed above, it is a commonly held belief among Drumpf supporters that:
Main Stream Media? – Lying
Mueller? – Lying
Papadopoulos? - Lying
McCain? – Lying
Corker? – Lying
Flake? – Lying
McConnell? - Lying
Clinton? - Lying
GHW and GW Bush? – Lying
Democrats? – Lying
Gold Star Parents? – Lying
Gold Star Widow? – Lying
Puerto Rico? – Lying
14 Women accusing Drumpf of sexual abuse? – Lying
Etc., Etc., Etc.? - Lying
Drumpf? – The first President in the history of this country, well, at least since St. Ronnie, to tell the truth to the American people.

“Everyone’s out of step except our little Donnie”

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« Reply #1043 on: Nov 14, 2017, 02:58PM »

I have to admit, if nothing else, this past year or two has really made me appreciate the impacts of prolonged propaganda efforts.

Seriously. Apparently I dramatically underestimated it before.

Watching the trump base... utterly reject reality and cling to the words of a chronic liar as if they are the only truth... wow.

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« Reply #1044 on: Nov 21, 2017, 05:55AM »

And, the latest outrage........

Republican Tax Plan

It is rare to get unvarnished truth from a Republican member of Congress, but that is exactly what we got recently from Rep. Chris Collins of NY. When asked why he supports the Republican tax plan that has less than 25% support from the American people, he said, “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again’”. Several other GOP (currently the Government of Putin) Reps and Senators have reported the same thing.

Make no mistake, the tax plan being railroaded through Congress with few or no hearings and discussion is an overt act of class warfare. It is a Robin Hood in reverse, massive transfer of wealth from those in the middle and lower quintiles of American economic status into the pockets and offshore accounts of those at the very top. And Republicans are not even trying to hide those facts.

They understand even though it might cost them their majority in Congress in 2018, and maybe the Presidency in 2020, it will drive the American economy into the ditch just at the time they can blame the Democrats for the problems it creates. It happened with the Bush tax cuts and with the Reagan trickle-down debacle before that. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

This plan will blow an even bigger hole in the deficit than already exists. This will allow them to continue their assault on the New Deal and Great Society programs that created the American middle class. “Starve the Beast” has been the GOP (you know) mantra for generations.

They have included some provisions that on first perusal look as if they are aimed to help middle and lower class Americans, but deeper scrutiny shows them to be blatantly intended to fool non-critical thinkers in their base. All one needs to know about that is, small tax breaks to the middle class are temporary but massive tax breaks to corporations and the rich are permanent.

Here are just a couple, among thousands, of the reverse Robin Hood provisions in this monstrosity:
Interest on student loans is not deductible, but tuition for private schooling is.
Teacher’s costs for supplies they buy out of their own pockets (how screwed up is that to begin with?) are not deductible, but expenses for private jets are.
Etc., etc., etc.

It has never been more obvious who Republicans really represent.
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