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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 22, 2019, 01:22:23 PM »
Meanwhile, the effluvium rising from the administration just gets thicker....

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Washington (CNN) -- President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen had more than 1,000 contacts with a Russian-linked company, evidence that special counsel Robert Mueller used to quickly intensify his investigation, according to newly unsealed court records.
Mueller was appointed in 2017 to investigate Russian interference in US politics, and the new documents show how Cohen gave Mueller plenty of reasons to aggressively investigate him. That's because Cohen initiated many of his contacts with foreign companies immediately after the 2016 presidential election, and started taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign sources.
The special counsel obtained five search warrants before handing the Cohen investigation over to federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Those warrants were unsealed Wednesday by a federal court in Washington, DC, after CNN and other media outlets sued to make the records public.
The details of Mueller's early work were disclosed as Trump and Attorney General William Barr set their sights on the origins of the Russia investigation. Barr has questioned the legitimacy of how the probe started, while Trump has called it an "illegal" and even "treasonous" endeavor.

But the documents describe how investigators were learning of new and concerning actions, tying Trump's closest associates to powerful Russian interests, even after Trump was elected....

And most citizens couldn't care less about all this.  Their minds are on healthcare, immigration, and affording to have a roof over their heads.  What they forget is that no matter how tasty the fruit looks, if it's dangling from a poison tree, it will be poisoned fruit.  Corrupt leaders tend to produce corrupt legislatures and courts and agencies. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 21, 2019, 12:28:36 PM »
Humorist and National Lampoon alum PJ O'Rourke takes on the billionaire teeshirt....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/its-time-to-make-rich-people-uncomfortable-again/2019/05/20/8f7856b2-71a6-11e9-9f06-5fc2ee80027a_story.html?utm_term=.1c45e7fdbbfe

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There was a time when wealth was distributed far less equitably, but we werenít as resentful of the rich. We resented our poverty, but we were relieved that we didnít have to put on striped pants and spats to have breakfast.

Being rich looked very uncomfortable. Rich peopleís clothes were stiff and starchy, and they wore lots of them. Rich men were choked by tall collars and pinched by high-button shoes. Rich women were corseted to the point of kidney failure, constrained in so much crinoline and brocade that they might as well have been wearing off-the-shoulder burqas, and encumbered by bustles large enough that they couldnít turn sideways without knocking over a footman and the parlor maid.

Now we have Jeff Bezos in a New Kids on the Block bomber jacket, Bill Gates outfitted in Mister Rogersís sweaters and Gloria Steinemís old aviators and cutting his own hair, Elon Musk smoking pot on a live Internet show, and Richard Branson looking like the guy at the end of the bar muttering lines from ďThe Big Lebowski.Ē Thatís not counting the various plutocrats caught in Us and Star magazines wearing nothing much at all....



Wish I shared Larry's conviction that Trump & Co. are toast.  DT is horribly good at running out the clock.  I agree with Maxine Waters, that whatever we do, it's gotta be sooner than later.  And it has to be done with finesse so that Trump doesn't get booted while achieving martyr status among his chromosome-challenged base.   

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:45:52 PM »
From a combat veteran on the topic of the proposed presidential pardons for convicted war criminals:

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"Pardoning convicted war criminals is a slap in the face to everyone who fought honorably. To everyone who didn't commit war crimes. To everyone who chose the harder right over the easier wrong ... It sends the worst possible message from the very top to everyone still fighting - the Rules of Engagement are just annoying suggestions - do whatever you want and the CinC will pardon you because nothing matters anymore. These war crimes weren't close calls .... They weren't protecting their brothers in arms by making tough split second decisions to pull a trigger or to direct mortars/artillery/CAS onto questionable but necessary targets. This wasn't collateral damage. These dudes are just straight up murderers .... When this sort of flippancy comes from the very top, discipline crumbles .... President Trump is telling everyone in uniform to shoot now - get pardoned later."

Apparently one of the men being considered for a pardon had no less than 7 of his fellow Navy Seals testify to his crimes, saying they would mess with the sights on his gun so that he would miss, knowing that he would be targeting women and children.

If Trump is thinking that this pardon is going to ingratiate him with America's servicemen and women then that is an insult to America's servicemen and women.

Is it enough of an insult, one wonders, as one always does at each fresh Trumpian transgression, to sway anyone who votes?

Today's lead editorial in the NYT weighs in on the whole pardoning madness:

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The full pardons of Conrad Black, a wealthy friend of Mr. Trumpís who has written charitably about him, and Patrick Nolan, a former Republican Assembly leader from California who has criticized aspects of the Russia investigation, are the latest examples in what seems to be a new trend in presidential clemency: mercy for lawbreakers in the mold of disgraced politicians, media personalities and political allies who have flattered, defended or curried favor with the president.

Then came news that the president may mark this Memorial Day with pardons for outlaws in a category all their own ó war criminals. The Times reported on Saturday that Mr. Trump has asked the Justice Departmentís pardon unit to begin processing paperwork for what could be serial pardons for service members accused or convicted of war crimes. This month, Mr. Trump already pardoned Michael Behenna, a former Army lieutenant who was court-martialed and convicted of killing a detained Iraqi man whom he was interrogating. The American Civil Liberties Union said the pardon represented ďa presidential endorsement of murder.Ē

This may leave you asking: What have these people done to merit a presidential pardon?

Really good question.  Rightwingers of Elba?  Thoughts? 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:34:35 PM »
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Ian Samuel has pointed out the remarkable fact that, thanks to the way the Senate is structured, the senators who voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the court received represent 38 million fewer people than the senators who voted against him.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/20/rich-white-men-rule-america-minority-rule

Yes, the court will occasionally manage to uphold democracy, but for the most part it has been packed with people who will interpret "democracy" as maintaining a structure of white male conservative hegemony.  As the quote points out, that structure is maintained by a Senate at demographic odds with the nation, whose majority represents a minority of the people.  God forbid we have the "tyranny of the majority" AKA POPULAR DEMOCRACY. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 17, 2019, 01:24:23 PM »
Evan Rachel Wood makes a good point with the mandatory vasectomy meme.  She's the second smartest robot at Westworld (sorry, but Thandie Newton is the smartest).  Like Ms. Steinem (IIRC) said, if men got pregnant abortion wouldn't be a hot button issue, it would be a sacrament. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 15, 2019, 12:21:58 PM »
Reminds me of the West Wing episode where...

Wow.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 13, 2019, 12:11:20 PM »
Not a binary choice.  Your question is front-loaded with assumptions.  Fact is, school shootings are almost entirely by native-born.  Fact is, the influx of illegal immigrants has dropped precipitously since 2007.  The recent uptick is legitimate asylum seekers, not the violent gangs who have driven them out of their homes in C. America. 

Should we have deported Jewish people fleeing Nazi Germany?  What about Cambodians fleeing Pol Pot?  Russians fleeing Stalin?  They were desperate, and they came from a violent dyfunctional situation.  Did their arrival make us less safe?

My best guess is that people fleeing violent situations are seeking the most peaceful way to live. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 12, 2019, 10:28:24 AM »
The Australian solution to everything is always sex robots. Why is that?

Because sex robots don't cry and then call the cops after you beat them.  Duh.

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:43:41 PM »
Also, Rasmussen is STILL doing just landlines and then attempting to interpolate the sentiments of cellular-only people with a method that is considered questionable by some polling experts.  Their weighting system (which supposedly compensates for the fact that rural and elderly people tend to answer their landline phones more) has also been questioned, especially since their results are often 3 - 10 points off from other major polling organizations, and always in a direction that favors the current administration. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 10, 2019, 12:37:52 PM »

---For Voters, Illegal Immigration Remains Big Problem, But Not for Democrats---

Polls do not agree. See Dems blocking a stricter immigration policy.


You need to look at Rasmussen's style of asking questions.  It doesn't separate out those who, like me, seeing immigration as a big problem because of how the GOP's policies are being enforced at the border, especially in regard to asylum-seeking refugees.  To an ambiguous question, I would have to answer "Yes" that it's a big problem, even though I felt it was a problem for reasons quite different from those of Trumpistas.  Democrats have favored strict immigration policies - notably Obama.  Just because most Dems don't want a ginormous 2000 miles wall doesn't mean they don't want strict immigration controls.  Or strong action in helping countries like Honduras re-establish social order and law and reduce the corruption.  Republicans want to punish people for fleeing a nightmare, Democrats want to help them and end the nightmare.  I'm an Independent, but my choice is starkly clear of which party has the real solutions in its platform. 

https://www.factcheck.org/2018/06/illegal-immigration-statistics/


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 09, 2019, 12:48:47 PM »
Just dropped in to see what condition the nation's condition was in.  Two words:

Fuck Alabama

In Alabama, this is what freedom of religion means:  the freedom to force everyone to obey my religion. 

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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 06, 2019, 08:14:45 PM »
https://twitter.com/HikindDov/status/1125138237805273091

Lies and partisan propaganda.  Contains not a speck of news:  news here defined as all the relevant facts, coherently presented.  Best not to get news from a gossip network.


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Comedy / Re: Comedy
« on: May 06, 2019, 07:56:18 PM »
Why did Annie Barlett cross the road?


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Trump Administration / Re: Trump Administration
« on: May 05, 2019, 05:38:10 PM »
If Trump is going to criticize the Kentucky Derby, he should learn to spell Kentucky.  It's a state in the union of which he is President.


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Movies / Re: Movies
« on: May 03, 2019, 09:11:34 AM »
"Still" is a 2018 indie film shot in Georgia and set on a remote farm near the Appalachian Trail.  Very atmospheric but you can see the "mystery" of the farmer couple coming a mile away.  Diverting bit of allegory, but sort of clunky and annoying in the way characters decline to ask obvious questions that real people ask in those situations. 

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