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1  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 21, 2018, 06:20:36 PM
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Commercial fishermen and environmental groups could file lawsuits against the Trump administration, if it fails to follow a recommendation by one of its own agencies to protect salmon, sturgeon, orca and other endangered species in the Pacific north-west.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently issued a long-awaited opinion on three organophosphate pesticides – chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion.

It did so after a long court fight. Environmental groups sought publication of the opinion while the Trump administration, supported by pesticide manufacturers, pushed for a two-year delay....

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/21/trump-administration-lawsuit-pesticide-orca-salmon

Pruitt and Trump would turn the entire earth's surface into asphalt, strip malls, and hotels, if it was "good for business." 

If a chemical disrupts the reproductive function a higher mammal (which the orca is), what are the chances that we won't find ourselves on that endangered list?  Organophosphates have a way of turning up in all sorts of places.  A lot of people are eating salmon because they are told its a healthy food, rich in omega-3 PUFAs and other nutrients. 
2  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 20, 2018, 12:35:25 PM

And they say the Left hyperventilates.  I did enjoy the video of the rats.  Was that Paul Manafort's dacha?

3  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 20, 2018, 12:27:12 PM
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House Speaker Paul Ryan, speaking on the House floor, said "all this is completely unnecessary," putting 100% of the blame on Senate Democrats.

"We do so many crazy things in Washington, but this is utter madness," Ryan said.

"Here is the simple truth: Senate Democrats refuse to fund the government unless we agree to their demands on something entirely unrelated. They want a deal on immigration. And then they’ll think about reopening the government," the House speaker said.

"It is a shakedown strategy that Senate Democrats have been talked into by their base."
---CNN

Where do you suppose they could have learned such a tactic?  

Teehee.
4  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 20, 2018, 12:05:20 PM

heh

One of the most calm commentators you will ever meet, especially given the shit thrown at him (including death threats)


It's not his demeanor, but his lines that are off the rails.



http://www.politifact.com/personalities/sean-hannity/
5  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 19, 2018, 10:14:07 AM
What continues to  amaze me is how little the standard of "the company you keep" is applied to Trump.  That appointee who just resigned for bigoted talk on the radio - Knicks posted it above - the national attention span will hold on this creep for five minutes and then he will be forgotten.  Most of his appointees have fetid baggage like that, but somehow DT pulls the spotlight back on himself and his tantrum du jour.  The important stories may be reported in national media outlets but somehow there's no national conversation that gets any momentum.  The media moves on to clickbait no. 45237. 

6  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 18, 2018, 10:53:17 PM
Somehow, the Forbes thing makes the whole peepee tape thing seem more plausible.

Well, you know I've always thought the peepee tape was plausible.

Pee plays a plausible part in presidential peccadillos pre-primary.
7  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 18, 2018, 12:12:31 AM
Your point is probably that under the Trump system that family never comes to the US

I don't dispute that.

By the way - you shouldn't make a habit of hijacking someone else's thread.  Better to allow for one v ones.

Utter horseshit.  It's an open forum.  Anyone can chime in.  And I welcome NA's input, especially since obligations called me away and I was tired of the topic anyway.
Guess NA had a similar lame excuse.

Some of us have to work for a living, Lord Fauntleroy.
8  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 11:07:30 PM
Your point is probably that under the Trump system that family never comes to the US

I don't dispute that.

By the way - you shouldn't make a habit of hijacking someone else's thread.  Better to allow for one v ones.

Utter horseshit.  It's an open forum.  Anyone can chime in.  And I welcome NA's input, especially since obligations called me away and I was tired of the topic anyway.
9  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 03:14:57 PM
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is designed solely for the purpose of detecting cognitive decline associated with dementia.  Its results offer no conclusions as to the presence of psychopathologies in anyone.  Nor do I.

Kid:  I look forward to your response on the three points I raised, with you, in my previous post.  Do you think Trump will come to appreciate the contribution that the Lebanese immigrant from a refugee family made to his, Trump's, life this week?



YES.

The President is in favor of skilled immigrants coming over to our shores.

Haven't you been paying attention?


But this Lebanese guy wasn't skilled, nor his family, when they arrived in North America.  He was 15.  His mother was a widow.  They came from a shithole.

Weren't you paying attention?
10  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 12:41:17 PM
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment is designed solely for the purpose of detecting cognitive decline associated with dementia.  Its results offer no conclusions as to the presence of psychopathologies in anyone.  Nor do I.

Kid:  I look forward to your response on the three points I raised, with you, in my previous post.  Do you think Trump will come to appreciate the contribution that the Lebanese immigrant from a refugee family made to his, Trump's, life this week?

11  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 11:57:18 AM
KIDC -

Speaking up against racism, and exposing it wherever it appears, is a sign not of weakness, but of believing in the charter of America. 

The girther movement was not something I was taking too seriously - it's just amusing because it's a little bit of karma for the POTUS.  I thought you could detect the irony there.  The word "girther" was kind of the clue.

Regarding the Lebanese immigrant who designed Trump's cognitive test - I wasn't "chopping away."  I thought it might, as the doctor himself pointed out (I assume you read the piece, there's no Tribune paywall), help Trump to better appreciate the contributions of immigrants.  If Trump can learn and grow while in office, I totally support that.  If that includes discovering the contributions of refugees (the doctor's family were refugees from a "shithole"), I would be the first to stand and applaud the President's mental health and personal growth.



12  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 17, 2018, 10:17:39 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-cognitive-test-20180117-story.html

Trump's cognitive assessment test designed by Lebanese immigrant to Canada.  

Heh.

And I am so glad Trump can tell the difference between a rhinoceros and a camel.  

And I, too, am joining the girther movement.

13  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 11:35:00 PM
This award-winning documentary might be worth a look today. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Not_Your_Negro

Showing on PBS this evening, in most places, on Independent Lens.  Or one can, as always, be smug and confidently assert  that racism is over and Dr. King's work completed.  As one who lives among Lakota people, I am aware that there is still much work and consciousness-raising to be done.  Tribal us-them thinking is deeply ingrained in the human psyche, and casting some illumination into those ancient dark reflexes is the spiritual work of every new generation. 

Great guy for which we have a holiday: http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article182651026.html



You should watch the documentary with an open mind and maybe learn something from someone (James Baldwin) who spent his life observing and understanding people like you, and the cozy fantasy you live in.  Only someone who lives in a fantasy world can spew like the toxic and rotting jism-filled cesspool that you appear to be while you think you're being clever and inspirational.  Nothing really bad has happened to you - but you like to pretend it has, and that you have magical levels of street cred because of it.  You think you can be cynical and call it some kind of wisdom, and know that you will always be comfortable because after all they're not really going to come after you.  Good luck in your happy place.
14  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 08:41:15 PM
Must be a January special on sock puppets.
15  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 15, 2018, 05:21:19 PM
This award-winning documentary might be worth a look today. 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Am_Not_Your_Negro

Showing on PBS this evening, in most places, on Independent Lens.  Or one can, as always, be smug and confidently assert  that racism is over and Dr. King's work completed.  As one who lives among Lakota people, I am aware that there is still much work and consciousness-raising to be done.  Tribal us-them thinking is deeply ingrained in the human psyche, and casting some illumination into those ancient dark reflexes is the spiritual work of every new generation. 
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