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Suddenly Decides NOT To Kill Sick Immigrant Children
Some lunatic said: “If antifa gets to the point where they start killing us, I’m
going to kill them next,” Kohfield, 32, said.
Dubois: What the President secretly did at Sandy Hook Elementary
Bret Stephens is the fellow who's gotten all bent out of shape over bedbugs. But his main claim to fame is his denial of global warming. It's all very fine and well to present "the other side," but not if the other side is complete and utter horse%$#@. Shame on the NY Times for publishing his shoddy work!
At the end of lengthy description of the latest shooting and a summary of the latest insane loosening of gun laws (Texas), %$#@ing Chuck Todd blames "gridlock!" No, Todd!!! Gridlock is when both sides are to blame!!! That's not the case here!!!
Neil Cavuto is definitely what in the English Parliament would be
called a "back-bencher." He's certainly far from a star on
Fox News. But he does some good pushback on the President's
accusation of Fox News being disloyal.
Migrants Undergoing Lifesaving Care Can Now Be Deported"
The NY Times didn't exactly do a single-sourced story.
Peters clearly did only a cursory review of old stories. He didn't interview a single rank-and-file member of the Tea Party, though he did interview several political insiders who were linked to the Tea Party's upper echelons.
It was quickly clear to
people on the left that the Tea Party was an "astroturf"
movement as opposed to a grass-roots movement. A well-funded,
top-down movement with a clear chain of command. The NY Times reporter
comes up with "Misty Watercolor Memories Of The Tea Party Movement."
The President claims that China called him.. China denies it. It's a sign of the times that people (including myself) assume the authoritarian regime that relentlessly controls information and is currently threatening Hong Kong is probably the side that's telling the truth.
President's really shows at the G7 summit he's just an absolutely awful negotiator. In order to be successful in international negotiations, you have to know what both you and the other guy want. That requires detailed knowledge, study, conversations and thought.
"Stephen Miller: Migrant Kids Already Had 'Psychological Damage' Before They Got Here"
Those who oppose pregnancy choice like to pretend their case is simple and just. Babies are good and should live. So when a blck woman tries to point out how racist anti-choicers are, her mic is quickly cut off.
Governor Jay Inslee drops out of the presidential race. He won pretty much universal respect from Democratic candidates, ensuring a good appointed position, probably as head of the EPA.
Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan made it very clear that his heart was in Wisconsin and
went home as much as possible. He just didn't like Washington DC at all. So now that he's retired, he's moving his whole family to Washington DC!
Seems the President really, truly, was serious
about purchasing Geenland from Denmark! This is what minions are for.
You send a minion over to Denmark, make a discreet inquiry, they say
"Oh, hell no!," you withdraw the offcer. It's all done in private and nobody knows.
The real problem with the President's attitude, and the reason we know he's a racist, is that he thinks that all of the Jewish-American people should think and vote in lock-step unanimity. They should all have the same opinions of Palestinians and of Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies towards Palestinians.
Took five years for the killer of Eric Garner to be fired, but it's finally been done!
The President keeps repeating the claim that he was robbed of the
electoral votes of New Hampshire in 2016 by in-person voter fraud.
The Chair of the FEC calls him out yet again to either provide proof or to
stop making wild, baseless charges. Clearly, the President is trying to excuse losing the 2020 election in advance.
Good! The war-hawks of the Trump Administration get slammed and ignored! Britain joins the rest of Europe in refusing to join the US against Iran.
The "1619 Project," a really good magazine-sized supplement from the NY Times, is available outside the paywall!
Link in the piece that reviews it.
And of course there was a right-wing backlash.
It's California vs the Trump Administration. Good news is that CA appears to be winning!
Good! The 9th Circuit Court has absolutely smacked down the Trump Administration's bizarre assertion that detainees don't need basic necessities like soap and toothpaste.
Not that calling her by the name of a famous Native American did her any political harm, but the President is thinking of reviving the slur anyway because he has no imagination. In the meantime, Senator Warren has a plan for that! She's worked out how to mend our broken promises to Native peoples.
Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wants to visit her
grandmother, who is a Palestiian and lives in the West Bank. But
Tlaib's proposed visit became, in Tlaib's view, a political football, so she's dropped it.
The President got very upset
when he learned tha she had been offered the chance to see her
grandmother, but had turned it down. Funny how, in his telling, people
always seem to want something from him and they're always desperate to get it!
Oh, good grief! Some idiot convinced the President that Greenland is for sale!!! He seems pretty serious about buying it!
Our local paper reprinted a WaPo columnist
who agrees with the State Department's assertion that disagreeing with
Israel's policy towards Palestinians equals anti-Semitism. This is a
deeply misguided viewpoint that equate the foreign policy of a state
with how a group of people is viewed.
"How The El Paso Killer Echoed The Incendiary Words Of Conservative Media"
Wealthy guy holds a fund-raiser for the President's re-election in the Hamptons. Hell, YES, we have the right to protest that!!!
Wealthy guy who supports the President appears to think that supporting politicians is like a buffet dinner where you're not ordering the racism, just the tax cuts. Nuh-uh. Doesn't work that way.
A company the rich guy was associated with, Equinox, tried to reassure employees by using jargon and management-speak:
"What we have always done and will
do in this instance is look out for our employees, and that means
understanding the impact, discussing the impact, and then doing the
Problem is, they had just violated this understanding!!! Emplyees werer upset that their company was now asociated with the President.
This is a wholly
predicatble and entirely expected result. "NYC's $15 minimum wage
hasn't brought the restaurant apocalypse — it's helped them thrive"
Woo hoo! The Rachel Maddow Show interviewed House Judiciary
Chairman Jerry Nadler tonight and the
good ship Impeachment has weighed anchor,
the engines are fully steamed up and it's underway!!! With the
documents mentioned in this piece below, Congress is getting the
evidence it's called for. Nadler expects to vote on articles of
impeachment by roughly, approximately the end of this year!
Representative Veronica Escobar was invited to stand with the
President as he visited El Paso. She said fine, but she wanted to speak
with him first. His response made it clear that she
was wanted only as a prop for his visit. What she wanted to say was
that when it comes to mass shootings the President is part of the problem!
Maggie Haberman of the NY Times feigns innocence/indignation over blatant hypocrisy by the Times, documented by MSNBC's Joy Reid and others.
The President maintains that his
"brings people together." I guess that's true, if one reads that in the
same way that der Fuhrer did. He also brought people together against the Jews and other
Whoa! Tardigrades, "'water bears' that can survive pretty much any environment — including space" were spilled out on the Moon! Who needs Sci-Fi?
Important to keep in mind that mass shooters are often
Fox News host Sean Hannity proposes "surrounding" schools and shopping malls to protect them from mass shooters. Doing that would require a force far larger than invaded Iraq back in 2003 as there are about 100k public and 35k private schools, along with 116k shopping malls. And remember, many places that have been attacked had armed guards! Yeah, I'd rather just reduce the number of military-style guns in the hands of the public.
I've always regarded Congress' demand for the President's financial information to be such a simple, straightforward, open-and-shut case, the DOJ just disgraced itself by arguing otherwise.
As expected, the whole "Presidential" and "Above the fray" image the Trump Administration was trying to project didn't last very long. Kellyanne Conway is "hopping mad" that apparent liberal sympathies on the part of the Dayton shooter weren't reported on.
former president tweets that Americans should: “soundly
reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that
feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist
The Senate Majority Leader's campaign team says these
wearing "Team Mitch" t-shirts
and molesting a cardboard imgae of AOC are not affiliated with the
Senator's re-election campaign. The piece notes that the same young men
showed up at a rally with large cardboard heads of Supreme Court
NY Times publishes a stupendously, amazing tone-deaf piece:
It remained unclear whether Mr. Trump’s 10-minute remarks, coming after one of the most violent weekends in recent American history, could position him to unify the nation...
The MSNBC show tonight, that replacing both Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell, is making it very clear that the President shares a good deal of the blame for the killings of this last weekend. No, his 10-minute speech, read off of a teleprompter, will NOT "position him to unify the nation."
on the NY Times piece.
Archbishop Chaput: ‘Only a fool’ can believe gun control will solve
The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years.
Hmm, so if media coverage of the President is making people
angry, what kind of coverage is he asking for?!?!?! Yeah, I'm trying to
think of my best over-the-top comickal-book style prose that would do
justice to North Korean announcers.
Thinkpiece on the latest shootings:
Claims Deadly El Paso, Dayton Shootings Were Caused By 'Mental
House’s top Republican blames video games for mass shootings"
Politicians Call for Action Following 2 Mass Shootings"
"While we do not know that any one
law or series of laws will eliminate the possibility of a mass
shooting, we know that passing commonsense gun reform can reduce the
likelihood of mass shootings."
Yeah, I spoke with someone in the anti-war movement who wanted
get Trump into office in order to "heighten the contradictions."
Under questioning, he admitted that was a stupid idea.
The President's rhetoric on Baltimore is no slip of the
"invasion" charge is one that he's run in commercials since May of
Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Martinez's post on Sunday evening and declared that by repeatedly using the words "infestation" and "invasion" to address a "specific, targeted group of people," Trump is implying that they are "vermin." "This is the language of white supremacy & it goes all the way to the top," the freshman lawmaker tweeted. "It's not a matter of political stances. This is stoking hatred + endangering the country."
Ronna McDaniel, Chair of the Republican National Committee,
thanks to Democrats..."
a tax credit of an annual $1k per child was raised to $2k.
The tax credit she's
talking about was passed during 2017, a time when Democrats were
effectively shut out of any
control of the government. She also makes a
pretty stupendous claim for the credit "lifting...Americans out of
poverty." The credit would, at best, lift a child out of food
insecurity to where a child could count on regular, nutritious food.
Not trivial, but nowhere near as significant as claimed.
Says Trump Is 'Encouraging' White Supremacist Violence With His
Actually, it can be. The term is "Stochastic Violence." The person who incites the violence is not directing a specific person to commit a specific action, the person committing the violence is not receiving a military-style order. Rather, the person who incites the violence speaks in general terms and the person who commits the violece understands what to do.
It's kind of difficult for the US to make the case in Afghanistan that "We're here to save you" from the Taliban, ISIS, whatever, when the US is actually responsible for more civilian casualties than the "rebel" forces are.
in Saudi Arabia! "Saudi
Arabia will allow women over 21 to travel without permission of male
billion tons of ice melt in Greenland in a single day. Post
includes pictures of seawater coming up through the sewers in Miami
Lengthy, thoughtful piece on the now-discarded INF Treaty.
So, now that the Pesident has attacked Congressman Cummings over urban poverty in Baltimore, what exactly is his policy on urban poverty? Well, developers exactly like him are a big part of the problem and the policies he's proposed are designed with developers like him in mind."Varney: Totally Not Racist Trump Only ‘Describing Reality’ Of Baltimore"
A problem with Stuart Varney's case here. Senator Sanders and Representative Cummings describe Baltimore in bad ways so as to set up their proposed solutions for the city. The President was simply bad-mouthing Baltimore in a way that wasn't simply racist, it was highly reminiscent of der Fuhrer talking about der Juden. The President did not and does not have any proposals to try and resolve Baltimore's urban poverty problems.
The 1991 and 2003 wars against Iraq were the Western powers and Arab allies against that lone state. If the US goes to war with Iran, it'll be the US versus Iran, period!
After a clearly-unqualified candidate for an, what exactly is
his policy on urban poverty? important federal
out of the application process:
Trump says to the press "you vet for me" when he names a candidate for a position, says we save a lot of money that way
See, here's the problem. You really, really need someone with meaningful, relevant experience to run the US Government! It can be as a Representative, Senator or Governor. Lengthy time in the military or as state official works too, but the current President is a cautionary tale of what happens when you move someone who's completely unqualified to the Oval Office. You get someone who believes that it's the media's job to vet the candidates that the President puts forward!!!
And actually, the law is very clear. the President can't just pick whomever he wants for the position of DNI.
imposes more tariffs on China, but he’s out of ideas. Now China
holds the cards."
*Sigh* The President was asked about the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. It was very clear by his answer he had drawn a complete blank on what that event was. Such an embarrassment to our country!
Democrats are solidly opposed to climate change and Governor
Jay Inslee gets
a lot of credit for that.
Mueller's testimony appears to have really
lit a fire underneath a
lot of Democrats to impeach the President, but Speaker Pelosi isn't so
President completely dismisses the idea that he's a Russian asset, fueling certainty that he's a Russian asset.
Trump denies racism, most Americans don't believe him"
As a rule, those who don’t have a problem with race find it unnecessary to repeatedly tell skeptics that they don’t have a problem with race.
So how much progress have the Trump appointees made in coming up to the standards of regular bureaucrats and politicians? Trump's people try to claim that HUD Secretary Ben Carson is smart. He may be smart in certain areas but he acts like a bull in a china shop here. He arrogantly assumed he could use a property when the property owner hadn't agreed to let him use it and invited a politician to join without having given the politician more than a few hours advance notice.
Striking parallels between how youthful criminals (who know they're guilty) and the President, who denies global warming, justify their actions.
This photo is going viral. A young Russian woman (17) calmly reads the Russian constitution that allows peaceful protest. Police stopped, not sure of what to do.
Ex-Fox News military analyst Ralph Peters has
some really on-point
criticisms to make about the appointment of Representative John
Ratcliffe to the position of DNI.
Update: Good! Ratcliffe clearly wasn't qualified for the post. He was a yes-man and a sycophant and that was all the President cared about. Fortunately, looks like others made it clear that the DNI is supposed to be more than that.
During World War II, the Axis Powers considered themselves to
allies. When Japan declared war on the US, Germany followed
See, here's the problem. Like the President, I'm a white Christian. Are either of us qualified to decide whether we're racist? Of course not. That's like telling a high school student that she's about to take a math test, the test will determine whether she gets into college or not and oh, she gets to grade the test herself. What student in her right mind would not give herself 100%? Of course the President doesn't consider himself racist, he's grading his own test!
A writer at the NY Times admits he made a hash of a statement.
he felt he was qualified to decide who was a "real"
Midwesterner. A blogger agrees that his statement was supremely
arrogant and racist.
I dunno, I have lots and lots of comickal book-type conspiracy theories as to why the President pursues the energy policy he does. Convincing answers here. Also, perhaps it's just that combating climate change will require an activist government and right-wingers prefer small, cheap government.
Senator Elizbeth Warren wonders why John Delaney is even bothering to run if nothing can be done.
"Centrist" in this case appears to mean "right-winger." What real and genuine Democrat goes to Fox News to complain about getting his butt kicked in a debate?
Hmm. Yeah, "Republican-lite" is much better term for Delaney.
Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham think that "failed liberal solutions" are really terrible for the nation's urban poor. Hmm, I fear that the 1968 movie Oliver! shows us the sort of solution they'd prefer.
"Marianne Williamson (aka Jill Stein 2.0)" attracted lots of negative attention by people who compare her to the current President.
Comment from a Daily
Kos blogger: Williamson: [words to the effect of] "we don’t need
political insider game and policy wonk. We need a truth teller."
Blogger: Which, yeah, fine. But we kind of need a person who
knows how to do policy and you know, be a politician, to actually
The President claims that anonymous validators are calling his office and praising him for...well, it's not exactly clear what. But those unknown African-Americans sure do appreciate him and praise him to the skies.
is how America's Afghanistan War ends-- Not with a Bang but with a
shrugs at North Korean missile tests, evidence of growing threat"
A speech by the Senate Majority Leader where he never quite gets around to addressing WHY Democrats and Republicans are so divided on election-security bills. Might be because Republicans do better when there's a light turn-out. Might be because Republicans are counting on Russian interference because they know which party the Russians favor.
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