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31  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 10, 2018, 06:58:12 PM
Years of therapy for the kids.  I can see the caption...instead of Wikileaks, it would be...whiskyleaks. 
32  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 10, 2018, 11:32:38 AM
My answer to "....prefer to be their own nation" would have been "Who wouldn't, these days?"

Meanwhile, in France, Catherine Deneuve stirs up an orage de merde....

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/10/catherine-deneuve-claim-metoo-witch-hunt-backlash




BTW, offtopic a bit, but Elbans shouldn't let the Utley or the Bambu wind them up to much.  Life is short. 
33  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 10, 2018, 10:07:47 AM

Not a news article so much as a highly biased blogger doing a hatchet job.  Here's a different perspective....

https://www.snopes.com/2017/07/07/gop-lawmaker-allegations-sanders/

Might be something.  Hard to tell.
34  Health / Fitness and Nutrition / Re: Fitness and Nutrition on: January 09, 2018, 12:07:40 PM
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/09/gwyneth-paltrow-goop-coffee-enema-colonic-irrigation

Humorous analysis of Gwynnie's latest pseudoscience promotion by an OB/GYN who blogs in the interest of public safety.  Please don't shoot coffee up your ass!

35  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 09, 2018, 11:57:53 AM
Thomas C. Williams, in his "Oprah, don't do it!" column this a.m. in the NYT:

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I am not immune to Oprah’s charms, but President Winfrey is a terrible idea. It also underscores the extent to which Trumpism — the kowtowing to celebrity and ratings, the repudiation of experience and expertise — has infected our civic life. The ideal post-Trump politician will, at the very least, be a deeply serious figure with a strong record of public service behind her. It would be a devastating, self-inflicted wound for the Democrats to settle for even benevolent mimicry of Mr. Trump’s hallucinatory circus act.

Indeed, the magical thinking fueling the idea of Oprah in 2020 is a worrisome sign about the state of the Democratic Party. That Ms. Winfrey could probably beat those considered likely front-runners — Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand — is testament to how demoralized and devoid of fresh political talent the post-Obama party has become.

I disagree with that last comment.  If anything, the DP has been invigorated and awakened by the 2016 debacle.  Several here have mentioned strong candidates for 2020.  They will put forth the traditional DP vision of government as something that can help those most in need, provide a safety need for those most at risk, promote equality before the law for every citizen, promote protection of precious natural resources and ecosystems, and promote respect for those with different creeds and cultures.  The DP doesn't need a rags-to-riches celebrity, it just needs somone who understands what rags feel like when that's all that's in your closet.  And has done solid work based on that understanding.  Trump is a talker.  Oprah is a talker (an influential one, for sure).  The DP needs a doer.

36  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 09, 2018, 10:00:40 AM
https://thinkprogress.org/kansas-rep-marijuana-african-americans-eff0ace5d0b0/

Kansas Republican legislator says marijuana should be illegal because of African-American genetics and their character make-up.

Such a crock.

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When asked after the talk to clarify his remarks, Alford defended his statements. “There are certain groups of peoples, their genetics, the way their makeup is, the chemicals will affect them differently,” he said. “That’s what I should have said — drugs affect people differently — instead of being more specific.”

When later asked by the Kansas City Star to clarify his remarks, Alford said, “I’m about as far from being a racist as I can get.”q

Spit-take!

37  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 08, 2018, 05:03:27 PM
Fuck Trump and the high horse he rode in on and trained to trample on brown people who do more honest work in a week than the Asshole-in-Chief has done in his entire life.

Trump built a large and financial active company (given the bankruptcies I guess you can't say it was always successful.)  Even with Dad's seed money I'm sure that took a fair amount of work to get started.

Oh, I see now you said "honest" work.  OK. Fair point.

 Cheesy
38  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 08, 2018, 01:17:09 PM
A good way to implode (or further implode) a Latin American economy is to cut the flow of remittance money from immigrants who are working here.  The latest from the team Trump seems consistent with their isolationist and anti-humanitarian gameplan....

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/us/salvadorans-tps-end.html

Fuck Trump and the high horse he rode in on and trained to trample on brown people who do more honest work in a week than the Asshole-in-Chief has done in his entire life.





39  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 07, 2018, 11:17:15 PM

40  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 07, 2018, 06:20:26 PM
Donald Trump starred in 'Home Alone'.

A businessman, then an actor/entertainment guru, then very rich businessman, then became President of the United States at his first attempt.
Sure looks like 'stable genius' to me.

Dont you know Trump only got rich by

a)  Borrowing and the borrowing again from daddy
b)  Ripping off all of his contractors/partners
c)  Disallowing housing to minority families
d)  Cheating on his taxes
e)  Aligning with foreign nations not always friendly to our own
f)  Creating new law to boost his and his friend's bottom line

In between all that nothing "brilliant" or even wise occurred.

Congratulations on finding a smart pill that works! 
41  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 06, 2018, 12:59:36 PM
Some of the talk is always posturing.  The thing is, it wasn't that big an issue, but now Trump has called everyone's attention to it with his defensive tweeting.  Nothing intensifies scrutiny of a man's mental health like his loud protestations of....mental health.  Trump sabotages every opportunity to ride above the fray - not a presidential quality.

42  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 06, 2018, 10:10:12 AM
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/06/donald-trump-tweets-mental-stability-fire-and-fury-michael-wolff

Kid, RSWard....can this at least further your awareness of why so many are looking at the 25th right now?  It may not go anywhere, the American attention span will lapse in a few days, but ask yourselves honestly: what kind of person tweets like this?
43  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 05, 2018, 10:30:40 PM
Lizard Warning in effect in Florida:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/frozen-iguanas-falling-from-trees-during-cold-snap-in-florida/

I know there's a metaphor in there somewhere for the Trump Administration...

Iguana Trump will run in 2024.

44  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 05, 2018, 02:08:01 PM
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I keep on hoping there are a few principled voices on the right who understand and can no longer abide Trump's indecency and anti-democratic demeanor, or at least a few with a strong sense of self-preservation, to turn away from the fascist path they seem determined to travel.
. -- bank shot

Romney might turn out to be a strange bedfellow, too.  Might step into Flake's shoes, if he gets the open seat in Utah.
45  National / Bush Administration / Re: Bush Administration on: January 05, 2018, 02:03:54 PM
I'm as skeptical of the stuffed presented in "Fire and Fury" as I was of any of the stuff presented in Ed Klein's garbage. These guys are gossip columnists with their own agenda. Why do I need somebody like Wolff to prove Trump is a fool?

No reason, if you have been paying attention to White House reporting this year.  But too many people don't, and important stories (like how the President doesn't read, needs pictures, watches TV for 4 hours a day, has the temperament of a child) get too little attention and/or get their 15 minutes then disappear. 

Wolff isn't saying much that hasn't been said elsewhere.  But his inside access gives more detail.  And the fact that the WH is pushing so hard against it gives him credibility and media attention (how often did Obama address Ed Klein's garbage?)

I appreciate it for a simple reason; the danger of Trump is that he normalizes this behavior in the most important elected position in the United States of America, and the World.  We need all the stories we can get, whatever the problems with sourcing, that say TRUMP IS NOT NORMAL.



I'm OK with the book so long as its gossip doesn't distract from the admin's dismantling of the social and ecological safety nets.  Trump is a figurehead, the Bernie in "Weekend at Bernie's"  kept propped up as his brain rots away.  It's the handlers and stringpullers who are engineering the triumph of oligarchy.  To pay too much attention to Trump is to validate the fiction that he is a leader rather than a rotting puppet.  The people who buy Wolff's book already are aware of what he is.  The focus in 2018 should be on congress and supporting insurrection and regime change.  Hopefully indictments will start coming down before next fall.  
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