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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 important federal post drops 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 sure.
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 be
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.
Essentially, 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.
As Antifa is in the news, I looked up the ADL definition of it. While all sorts of white supremacists and Trump supporters (including the shooter at the Gilroy Garlic Festival) are responsible for hundreds of murders, Antifa has not been charged with any. As Antifa is not an organized group, whether someone is a member is a highly controversial question.
Bachmann: Trump is without a doubt ‘the most biblical president
I’ve ever seen’"
At around this time (July 29th), the President could very easily have made his signing of the 9/11 First Responders bill a
bipartisan affair. He couldn't find a way to include a single
Democrat, even though the problem in getting the bill through was
mostly due to obstruction by the President's own party. Sorry, but I don't see how this President fits any definition of "Biblical" where it seems to be perfectly okay to snub the opposition party in what should have been a bipartisan celebration!
intelligence director will resign; Trump picks conspiracy-promoting
loyalist as replacement"
dead, including suspect, and at least 15 hurt after shooting at
Gilroy Garlic Festival"
Wow! President's just going full-fledged Nazi on us! Mildly surprised he doesn't just use terms like untermensch.
President Trump tweeted that Rep. Elijah Cummings’ district is a “rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
The President states in his twitter feed on the district of
Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings that Baltimore is "FAR
WORSE and more dangerous" than the US-Mexican border is.
Nota bene: There has never, ever been any requirement or need to wear a flak jacket at the US-Mexico border, and nobody's ever heard of a reporter doing so at any time.
So there appear to be many misconceptions about the state of the US-Mexico border to begin with.
Heh! The former POTUS & FLOTUS make it very clear they do not share the President's low opinion of Baltimore!
Representative Ted Lieu brings out the really essential answers from the Mueller hearing. More on why the House is moving towards impeachment.
The Attorney General has believed, wrongly, for 30 years that the death penalty is a deterrent. This is a long-debunked viewpoint.
a blow to Trump, auto manufacturers reach deal with California"
Judge Napolitano of Fox News gives us much wisdom (!) on hate speech coming from people with authority. The official term is "The fish rots from the head."
Yep! Absolutely perfect encapsulation as to how Warren and Sanders approach problems and suggest solutions!
Warren: “I have a plan to build 3.2 million housing units.”
The NY Tims is actually making the problem of racism worse by continually describing racists as honest, hard-working salt o' the earth types.
Good! Governor of Puerto Rico resigns! This follows many large street protests.
The amazingly tight-lipped and leak-free Special Counsel's office is accused of leaks. The list that was provided to substantiate this accusation is very weak on evidence that any of the alleged leaks actually came from the Special Counsel's office.
Epstein Reportedly Found Injured In Jail Cell"
The Senate Majority Leader demonstrates that he just doesn't give a rat's ass when it comes to, y'know, doing his job!!! His job is to determine whether continuing to mine coal is preferable to moving our energy supplies to renewables (wind, solar, etc.) and he clearly just can't be bothered.
We get live testimony from Rober Meller on his report. Big takeaway of the day so far is that a Republican asked Mueller if the President could be charged after he leave office. Mueller replied that was an affirmative.After Robert Mueller's testimony,
Yells 'Fake News,' Hurls Personal Insults At Female Reporter For
Quoting Mueller Testimony"
Here's yer quick, concise, made-for-sharing clip saying in effect that "Yes, the President is guilty of leading a band of crooks in subverting our elections for the lowest and meanest of motives."
Hard to see why anyone would characterize the hearing as being good for the President.
The fellow who had mailed pipe bombs to 65 liberals last October, claims it's not his fault. He was radicalized by the President and Republican Party.
As the blogger points out, the public does not agree that this President has been good for race relations. Also, the NAACP recently offered a chance for him to speak in front of them. He was under the impression he could show up, give a speech and then leave, but they made it clear they wanted to ask questions. This president who boasts of having great relations with the African-American community, chickened out and refused their invitation.
Hilarious video! A fairly nerdy senator gets questioned a "tracker" and the tracker ends up looking ridiculous.
passes 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, not unanimously"
Britain seized an Iranian oil tanker. European Union didn't offer any words of support. US and UK are on their own when it comes to challenging Iranian naval actions.
This appears to provide an answer as to why the Trump Administration is so dead-set against doing anything about climate change. Doing something about that would require an activist government that would spend lots of money. That's obviously not compatible with slashing expenditures. Of course, the Kansas experiment with slashing government expenditures (2012-2016) was an utter and absolute disaster.
The Kansas disaster, from NPR:
Revenues shrank, and the economy grew more slowly than in neighboring states and the country as a whole. Kansas' bond rating plummeted, and the state cut funding to education and infrastructure.
President endorses an agreemet on a two-year budget deal that raises debt ceiling for two years.
And Friends Very Upset Sunday Talk Shows Discussed Racist 'Send Her
Brags He'd Win Afghanistan War In A Week If It Was 'Wiped Off The
Face Of The Earth'"
At the 5:55 mark, Stephen Miller says that the Republican Party under this president is a believer in the rule of law. I mean...whu-u-uut?!?!?! This president has done everything possible not to respect the rule of law!!! Ever single day, we're hearing about things like Kellyannne Conway flipping off people for trying to enforce the Hatch Act, former aide Hope Hicks declaring that she can't testify about whole areas under some made-up theory of "absolute immunity" from having to testify to Congress, all kinds of questions about how the Trump Administration has tried to jam a plainly discriminatory question into the 2020 Census, etc., etc.
Represntative Nadler, Chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee, says the President had “'violated the law six ways from
Sunday' before and during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia
A look back at the Moon landing of 50 years ago (July 18th).
Cool group photo of surviving Apollo astronauts. More, including some NSFW references at the end.
See, this is what amazes me. Followers of the President talk about his "accomplishments in office." I was a history major in college and a sailor for about a decade. He has zero foreign policy accomplishments! His North Korea policy consists of splashy photo-ops and...that's it! His Iran policy has moved the US backwards to where we're less safe than before, etc.
Aww! The poor President! [/snark] He wanted to just come onto the stage, give a speech and leave. The audience wanted to [shudder] ask him questions!!! What do they think? He's the president of all the people or just of white, straight evangelicals?
*Sigh* Does the President have any idea what the "debt ceiling" is?
says the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone, Iran says it didn't, and
the whole mess … is a mess"
So much news, the blog just does a "News Dump" piece.
More on Ivanka: She keeps trying to put herself into the news as a hidden voice of reason or brave (undercover) voice of dissent. Problem is, she's about the most useless, meaningless flyweight irrelevancy ever! Whenever a tough issue comes up, she goes invisible.
Ah, poor Senator Rand Paul! So misunderstood about the appropriation for 9-11 First Responders! [/snark] Hmm, funny, but Senator Paul says there was a Pay-For in the initial draft of the big tax-cut-for-the-rich bill. Never knew that, probably because everyone knew it was a complete joke that we'd find some way to pay for a $1.5 trillion tax cut.
Representative Elijah Cummings made it very clear that he was very disappointed with how the Department of Homeland Security cares for the people it detains.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell comments on the
Presidents' accusation against four Congresswomen of color. McConnell
takes issue with the idea that Trump made a racist attack on them. McConnell
presents the attack as a mere political disagreement. Problem is,
the President's attack was so clearly racist, it's
spelled out in discrimination law.
Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person’s foreign accent or comments like, “Go back to where you came from.”
Which is pretty much exactly what the President said.
"The Mythical Moderating Influence"
Well, for a little while the President at least pretended he was against people chanting about sending a sitting Congresswoman "back."
Representative Ilhan Omar gives us words of wisdom about what true patriotism really means.
Epstein Denied Bail in Child Sex-Trafficking Case"
At the time of his arrest, investigators found piles of cash, dozens of diamonds and an expired Austrian passport, with Epstein’s picture and a different name, in a safe in his Manhattan home.
Hmm, yeah, I think so.
Describing the President at a
Trump, alluding to Democratic congresswoman of color, says they "want to demolish our constitution, weaken our military, eliminate the values that built this magnificent country." The crowd boos them loudly.
Trump fans eventually break out in "send her back!" chants directed toward Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee who serves in Congress who Trump viciously smeared.
Soledad O'Brien weighs
This is racist. If you’re chanting this, you’re a racist. If you’re a journalist asking white people if this is racist—you’re an idiot.
Tries To Distance Himself From 'Send Her Back' Chant At Rally"
agency relocation slammed as attack on science by lawmakers,
Thanks to Jon Stewart and company for responding to Senator Paul's game-playing today and gotta give kudos to Fox News for giving him a platform from which to speak! As for Senator Paul, I just have no words that are adequate to convey my deep disgust for him.
Senator Paul attempts
to defend himself.
The comedian Jon Stewart used to run an occasional segment "Evil
continues racist attacks on non-white congresswomen: 'If they want to
leave, they can leave'"
says he’s not concerned about being racist because "many
people agree" with him"
draws Republican fire for calling Trump's racist tweets racist"
Representative Liz Cheney demonstrates the strength of the Democratic case by saying a number of false things about Democrats.
US criticizes how China treats Uighurs. Problem is, US has such a small and degraded moral profile these days that Chinese is easily able to push back.
The President's Twitter account is declared a public forum and not his personal property, which limits what he can do with it. Removing people from it is one thing he can't do.
Update: Apparently, he's
still blocking people from it.
Judge Blocks DOJ Legal Team Shake Up In New York Census Case"
The President wonders why the judge in the census question case "won’t let the Justice Department use the lawyers that it wants to use. Could this be a first?" Erm, the judge won't permit the Justice Department to do a wholesale replacement of their legal team in the middle of the case. Not the same thing at all."Why Trump's census surrender is such a 'humiliating defeat'"
It didn't have to be. Back during 2005, the younger George Bush undertook a project that he didn't have an electoral mandate for, to re-do Social Security. It was a political disaster for him. Y'know why no one remembers it as a disaster for him? Because when it was clear that it was going nowhere, he said "(eff) it!" and moved to the next project. The current President isn't that smart and turns a setback into a major cluster%$@#.
from the Press Secretary | The White House"
*Sigh* No, it was a mistake to violate the 2015 nuclear
agreement with Iran and to then insist on unrealistic conditions to
reinstate it. The new Pres Secretary isn't any improvement over the old
one. This one just couldn't care less about even trying to make a
logical case. "There is little doubt that even before the deal’s
existence, Iran was violating its terms." My head hurts trying
to even guess what that's
supposed to mean!
It would certainly have been nice to have gotten Congressional approval for the nuclear deal with Iran back in 2015, but getting that approval at that time simply wasn't possible as Republicans were opposing everything the Obama Administration did, period.
Rashida Tlaib On Detention Centers: 'Traumatic' And 'Inhumane'"
The President and his people push back strongly on reports of horrendous conditions, but they're pitting their word against very considerable evidence.
As prt of his July 4th speech, the President described the military situation in 1775: "Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket's red glare it had nothing but victory."
Many years ago, President Bill Clinton was giving a speech and realized that the wrong speech had been loaded into the TelePrompTer. He said "Oh, okay" and winged it, He knew enough about the subject to give a reasonable approximation of what he was going to say anyway. No, it is absolutely NO excuse to say it's the fault of anybody but the person giving the speech.
President Trump is considering an executive order to try to move forward with the citizenship question on the 2020 census. Says a senior administration official: "We didn’t come this far just to throw in the towel."
But that's exactly what you're supposed to do! When you've litigated a question all the way to the Supreme Court and tell them that the absolute drop-dead deadline was last Friday and then you lost your case, you're supposed to "throw in the towel"! These people have no idea what "rules" and "deadlines" mean.
Israelis are actively hiding archives about the Nakba (Arabic for "catastrophe") of 1948, when Palestinians were expelled from what is now Israel.
Lou "Never heard a shot fired in anger" Dobbs calls
generals "Snowflakes" because they were unenthusiastic
about moving military equipment for an obvious campaign stunt.
Sounds as though nobody missed very much by not watching the President's rally. The stations that skipped live coverage of it appear to have made a sound financial decision. Up in Philadelphia? I had an umbrella with me and opened it up twice, but the rain was never all that heavy.
The blogger details the complete and utter cluster$%#@ that was this President's July 4th. Bonus: Bette Midler adds a few words plus several responses to critics.
Cool video here! As the blogger says: "This was a nice, if brief, reminder of how America was built, spoiler alert, it wasn’t all white dudes…this museum is on my list of places to see."
From Fox News: "Harry
Kazianis: Trump haters wrong to criticize him for Fourth of July
In some extremely good news today, the Census will forward without the question that the Trump Administration was trying to add to it!
Posts Cryptic Tweet On Citizenship Question Just As DOJ Backs Down
*Sigh* The President has no idea
how to lose gracefully!
Extensive thinkpiece on what it means that strip clubs are going cashless. One of the problems is then the establishment gets a cut of the tips that customers used to offer directly to the dancers.
Not that I've ever personally known someone from Alabama, but if anyone from there ever tells you that Alabamans aren't all stupid, point this law out to them. Thankfully, it's now been repealed, but we've known for a few years now that Alabama had a law that gave sheriffs the ability to set the food budget for prison inmates and to profit from any excess! Can you imagine a more blatant conflict of interest that's more explicitly designed to lead to hungry inmates?!?!!?
More idiocy from the same state: A woman who was shot was being held legally responsible for the death of her fetus. I gues the theory was that she said to herself "Hey, I think I'll get myself an abortion via getting shot!
John Bolton, the National Security Adviser, was left to fume and sputter in Mongolia while Jared, Ivanka and Tucker Carlson of Fox News went along to the North Korean border. These visits usually take weeks to plan, this one was clearly put together very rapidly. Not surprisingly, it didn't produce much in the way of actual diplomacy.
Street Journal asks: “Democrats march in lockstep with the
left. What are they offering voters who backed Trump in 2016?"
Blew Up The Iran Nuclear Deal. Now He Wants Allies To Help Him Get An
Iran Nuclear Deal"
Not surprisingly, "US
gets no commitment from NATO for help on Iran threat"
When the DNC tweets out the RNC's interview, you
know it didn't go well. RNC Chairwoman tried to suggest that
On the Democratic debate, I have to say I was very impressed by Senator Warren's wonkish command of the details of the issues, but Senator Harris can really do the face-to-face confrontations really well.
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