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Trump called his Democratic opponent “a dangerous liar,” ‘‘an unbalanced person,” ‘‘pretty close to unhinged,” ‘‘totally unfit to lead,” and lacking “the judgment, temperament and moral character to lead the country.”

sounds like he's describing himself....

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President Obama had exactly the right response and the right attitude when he was asked about Trump's claim that the election was rigged even though we haven't had the election yet. No one can cut Donald Trump down to size (very small) like Obama. I'm gonna miss that guy!

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Trump called his Democratic opponent “a dangerous liar,” ‘‘an unbalanced person,” ‘‘pretty close to unhinged,” ‘‘totally unfit to lead,” and lacking “the judgment, temperament and moral character to lead the country.”

I think it was Newt Gingrich who said something to the effect of "criticize your opponent for your weaknesses."

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Were the democratic primaries rigged? Then the general can be rigged.

Is main stream media liberal? The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump. Quite the opposite, they will trash him for the slightest comment. The MSM will not publish any negatives on Hillary. Instead they will constantly twist the truth to praise Hillary.

Is the economy as good as Obama claims? Not hardly.

Is ISIL on the decline as Obama claims? Does he think we are a flock of sheep or what? Hell no, they've spread to 4 or 5 continents.

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Mark can you explain MSM? I think there is understanding but Americans tend to abbreviate everything and this leads to misunderstanding. Tell me exactly what is MSM. As for Trump, I understand the purpose and capacities of the American nuclear weapons program better than Trump and am a foreign national.

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The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump

Just let Hillary speak. Even Suzanne Malveaux on CNN just called her email answer at the presser a “rather tortured explanation. Do we really need to keep looking any further. Hillary lies. We’ve known this for years. Wake up and smell the snake oil. At least Trump is candid about his exaggerations. She is so backed into a corner that to admit even the slightest deviance now would be political suicide.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WU3I_CfaEr4

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And there it is again, Trump's "policy" is attack other people. No substance or concrete ideas, just hate spewed towards his "enemies".

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can you explain MSM?

It's an abbreviation for Main Stream Media that is used primarily by right wing ideologues who have problems accepting that a news reporting medium of any kind might have an article that doesn't support their personal weltanschauung. The rightists use it as a pejorative.

Those who use the term think the media are part of a conspiracy led by a cabale (sic) of global elitists to manipulate people not part of the cabale's (sic) inner circle. It could be the reactionaries who use that term so frequently honestly care about their fellow humans, but I think they are mistakenly projecting their own inability to read well, think critically or accept perspectives that differ from theirs.

Many of the posters who use MSM cite sources such as impeachobama.org, trunews, infowars, Breitbart, FOXentertainment among other highly questionable outlets, which suggests they don't have a very firm grasp of reality and will believe anything that supports their skewed view of reality. So any time you see MSM, take the poster's message with a pinch of salt.

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Main Stream Media Yuri.

Mike - I can't totally disagree. He does go overboard on his attacks at timesaver. I do disagree with the substance and idea portion. You must not see much of his interviews or speeches. The MAIN STREAM MEDIA edits and twists them.

Let me enlighten you and others who don't see what's going on. Trump is 1/10 the campaign Hillay's is is staff and spending. Hillary has the wealthy in her pocket including Wall Street while Trump has rejected major donations in the past so he'll owe no 'favors'.

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It's an abbreviation for Main Stream Media that is used primarily by right wing ideologues who have problems accepting that a news reporting medium of any kind might have an article that doesn't support their personal weltanschauung. The rightists use it as a pejorative.

That is an outright lie. I've been with the media for over 25 years and in the States at least, it's predominately 98% left or left leaning, pretty much most of the news paper online and most of the TV local and networks. Where the left have MOST of their strength and influence is in radio and in print as in books, publishing. Liberals because most in the entertainment industry are in the liberal arts, TV is their home and success.

Those who use the term think the media are part of a conspiracy led by a cabale (sic) of global elitists to manipulate people not part of the cabale's (sic) inner circle. It could be the reactionaries who use that term so frequently honestly care about their fellow humans, but I think they are mistakenly projecting their own inability to read well, think critically or accept perspectives that differ from theirs.

Hmmmmm......

Many of the posters who use MSM cite sources such as impeachobama.org, trunews, infowars, Breitbart, FOXentertainment among other highly questionable outlets, which suggests they don't have a very firm grasp of reality and will believe anything that supports their skewed view of reality.

Thank God for FOX, if it weren't for them at least, the MSM would never be challenged, when I was at NBC, back in the late 80's-90's if you were a conservative, good luck if you were given equal or even fair airtime. The ONLY place where you could see A conservative debate was on CNN, the show "Crossfire" with old Bob Novak That was pretty much the extent of listening to the conservative side and since pretty much all the networks are left, there is nothing wrong with a network leaning a little right that allows conservatives and libertarians, also liberals an equal platform to speak and see another perspective. I know liberals want a one-sided point of view, but I don't know how many times when I had a lead on a story or during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal I was told to rewrite, or was told NOT to go on air with anything challenging a liberal stances, policies, conduct, you name it and fast forward, it's gotten a lot worse.

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@Yuri

MSM

More to the point, in 1983, 50 corporations controlled 90 percent of US media.

Today, six giant conglomerates control 90 percent of what most Americans read, watch, and listen to. Here are three:

News Corp owns Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Barrons weekly, the London times, far Eastern Economic review, the New York Post, and hundreds of other large and small city and community newspapers, magazines, and internet properties.

Time-warner owns Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, CNN news group, Turner networks and movies, Warner brothers films, DC Comics, Times online systems, and much more.

Disney owns ABC Television, magazine publishing business, Disney Films, Lucas Films, and a huge number of other media and entertainment enterprises.

All the five major media conglomerates are corporate members of the Council on Foreign relations.

http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

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The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump

The media sells it, you live the role. Clinton's media that it. Don't buy her lemons. She's a liar & a cheat +she's been around the block. HRC ain't no saint either.

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"The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump."

So come up with some positive stories. I'd be happy to hear a few (or one).

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The picture at the start of the article speaks volumes about his state and that of the GOP...

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@yuri

This one is my favorite. Facts, comedy and music all wrapped into one. And this was 1986!

Amazing, 30 years later and SOME adults still don't get it. Quite hilarious actually, I mean, all it takes is an open mind. They will apply the typical labels, Tin Foil Hat, conspiracy theorists; and we feel sorry for them for their low level critical thinking lack of control over their emotive logic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdCfYHNctsc

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@MarG Try othe news sources, you probably don't like what you see though.

I'd really like to hear which news outlets reactionary posters use beyond the ones I listed. If you post them, please be sure I will check them out. And please stop saying those who disagree with you do so because we're being victimized and manipulated by media sources. Some of us have reading skills, are able to sort through mass media articles and think for ourselves. As someone who claims to be a libertarian you should be able to accept that individuals can have perspectives different from yours without being manipulated.

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You can check anything out what you like, liberals have a huge advantage when it comes to the media and once again, last night Hillary called out the media to pile on Trump, I was taken back that a presidential candidate would ask the media to take another presidential candidate on, asking questions, being skeptical, that's their job and they should question anyone in the media spotlight, she can ask them to be fair, but to ask them to literally (in a nutshell) attack him, for a better usage of euphemism is totally outrageous when Hillary herself has barely given a press conference and avoided hard questioning from the media and even know, she's not being pressed hard enough about the lies she told about her being truthful regarding her emails and Comey saying the exact opposite. Had it been Trump, this would be 24 hour non-stop.

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The picture at the start of the article speaks volumes about his state and that of the GOP...

Ur just buying into what the media WANTS you to portray of the GOP by explicitly showing you this photo. Don't buy lemons.

On the other hand, it's amazing that the mainstream media was NOT showing the anarchy outside of the DNC as both HRC & Obama spoke. Or how they did not show the massive walk-out on DNC floor. Or how they did not hype-up the dissary of democratics prior DNC and the stepping down of Debbie W Shultz.

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Ironic coming from GOPers, whose candidate Trump has received more press coverage than any other. He himself has attributed his self-funded primary victories to the press. At the same time, Hillary is often treated quite savagely.

Listen, all press is a product of people,and all people are fallible. Read multiple sources for a variety of viewpoints and maintain a skeptical attitude. Above all, bear in mind that it is facts, not opinions, that matter.

The whole "MSM" kvetch is a cop-out.

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Ironic coming from GOPers, whose candidate Trump has received more press coverage than any other.

Yes, and ALL for the wrong reasons, all of it. So you are 100% right on that.

He himself has attributed his self-funded primary victories to the press. At the same time, Hillary is often treated quite savagely.

Not even close enough, the ONLY one has been FOX, everyone else, snowball questions at the very minimum.

Listen, all press is a product of people,and all people are fallible. Read multiple sources for a variety of viewpoints and maintain a skeptical attitude. Above all, bear in mind that it is facts, not opinions, that matter.

I agree, they should, but it's just interesting how pretty much how most of the majority of news outlets give Hillary a pass on almost everything, Benghazi, emails, her foundation, her gaffes, her speeches with Goldman Sachs and why she refuses to make any of it public.

The whole "MSM" kvetch is a cop-out.

Not at all.

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"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he’d attend an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner instead of appearing with his party’s standard bearer."

Well, heck, you can't beat an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner!

Een if Hillary disavows the $400 million payment to Iran, which even the White House spokesman said supports terrorism, get ready for President Trump, libs.

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Ur just buying into what the media WANTS you to portray of the GOP by explicitly showing you this photo. Don't buy lemons.

Wait. What? Are you saying that JapanToday is in the pocket of Hillary Clinton and the "MSM" because of a photo? I'm amazed....

... as to why you are still reading and posting on this website... Surely there must be a website that portrays the situation DT is in as all sunshine and rainbows, with approval ratings of 100%, Hillary Clinton as the worst person who has ever lived and DT 100% guaranteed to win?

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Had it been Trump, this would be 24 hour non-stop.

I'm detecting a whiny note in the rightwingers' comments lately. I like it. Perhaps the convention didn't provide the expected boost. Is it starting to dawn that a Trump victory is an impossibility?

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MarkGAUG. 06, 2016 - 07:55AM JST

The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump.

I had no idea there were any positive stories to publish.

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This is interesting: "Gold Star mom: My meeting with Donald Trump" ( Fox News )

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I'm detecting a whiny note in the rightwingers' comments lately. I like it. Perhaps the convention didn't provide the expected boost. Is it starting to dawn that a Trump victory is an impossibility?

Not whiny, just stating the facts. As for the RNC, to impress and bring light to the issues, they don't need Hollywood, thousands of balloons, confetti and Woodstock music to try and keep the people awake and Bill Clinton still dozed off. WOW!

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Simon FostonAUG. 06, 2016 - 10:34AM JST I had no idea there were any positive stories to publish.

There aren't, but give the usual suspects enough time and they'll manufacture some. Like that time Trump caught Benghazi and 9/11 running naked through his lawn...

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"Not whiny, just stating the facts. As for the RNC, to impress and bring light to the issues, they don't need Hollywood, thousands of balloons, confetti and Woodstock music to try and keep the people awake and Bill Clinton still dozed off. WOW"

Come on, Bass. The GOP did try to get Justin Beiber. It wasn't through lack of effort.

Scott Bayou or whatever added some glitz.

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last night Hillary called out the media to pile on Trump, I was taken back that a presidential candidate would ask the media to take another presidential candidate on

and I was taken aback when Trump encouraged Russia to spy on Clinton....

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"I thought GWB was the lowest the USA would ever sink politically, but the USA never ceases to sink to new lows!

Really? Then you probably weren't around to live through the Carter years, Ouch!"

GWB wasn't the most disliked president when leaving office. That title belongs to another Republican, Richard Nixon. Carter ranks above these two bottom feeders.

And yes, HillaryBenghaziROFL.

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Really? Then you probably weren't around to live through the Carter years, Ouch!

I remember them. They came between Nixon/Ford - criminal conspiracy president, pardoned by successor - and Reagan/Bush - illegally selling weapons to an enemy regime in Iran and funnelling the proceeds to Latin American death squads, and during the same presidency, providing heavy support to Saddam Hussein. That worked out well.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/14/world/middleeast/us-casualties-of-iraq-chemical-weapons.html

Since the 1970s, criminality seems to come naturally to Republican administrations. GWB was no different. Carter on the other hand, is remembered for his integrity.

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The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump. what positive stories are those, Trump is all about himself , glorifying his image and how much money he can make off the backs of small investors. He says he builds large structures and employs thousand, most of his workers are foreign and all his so called sacrifices are to enrich himself. One of Trumps most memorable quotes, "Society could collapse tomorrow , I wouldn't care I won't lose a penny" LOL that one quote alone says a lot about his intelligence and soul.

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I remember them. They came between Nixon/Ford - criminal conspiracy president, pardoned by successor - and Reagan/Bush - illegally selling weapons to an enemy regime in Iran and funnelling the proceeds to Latin American death squads, and during the same presidency, providing heavy support to Saddam Hussein. That worked out well.

Since the 1970s, criminality seems to come naturally to Republican administrations. GWB was no different. Carter on the other hand, is remembered for his integrity.

And then the Dems took over the torch mantel of crime forward on after that.

But Bill Clinton and his compulsive obsession with interns (as well as women in general) and before we harp on the GOP, what's going on with the ransom money and the secret dealing with Iran and the fast and the furious, Bergdahl, the IRS scandal that took the conservative donors out of the 2012 election cycle, the point is, don't make it as if the Democrats are totally devoid of ANY wrongdoing, in fact, they are the masters of coverups and even watching this election cycle, I was knocked over at how Hillary could go on Chris Wallace's show and boldface lie to the public on LIVE national TV.

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"Then you probably weren't around to live through the Carter years, Ouch!"

I was around and very young but mature enough to recall what was generally happening.

The "malaise" associated with Carter actually overwhelmingly resulted from the Fall of Saigon (Republican president in charge), Watergate (Republican president in charge), prolonged 73 to 75 recession (Republican president in charge), the US abandoning the gold standard because it was bankrupt (Republican president in charge) and the first OPEC oil crisis (Republican president in charge).

Leading up Cater's election, the US had staggered from one soul-destroying crisis to the next. True things didnt improve much during the 4 years, but Carter's conservative predecessors were the ones planted the seeds that started sucking the soul out of the country.

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" He has skipped from one misstep to the next, sparking a fresh wave of Republican defections among longtime party loyalists who refuse to support their presidential nominee — including some who even publicly support for Democrat Clinton."

Some posters on here wont even admit this line exists in the article. You could press it up to their faces and they'd develop blindness (literal and figurative). You could have them read it and they'd say they don't recall. Ultimately, though they know this is true, they will fall back on the newest whining of late: "The media is controlled by liberals!", despite this kind of news even coming from their favourite Faux News.

They are panicking, not only because they KNOW they have already lost the election, but because they are running out of ways to pretend they don't have to admit it to themselves.

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MarkGAUG. 06, 2016 - 07:55AM JST

Were the democratic primaries rigged? Then the general can be rigged. Is main stream media liberal? The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump. Quite the opposite, they will trash him for the slightest comment. The MSM will not publish any negatives on Hillary. Instead they will constantly twist the truth to praise Hillary. Is the economy as good as Obama claims? Not hardly. Is ISIL on the decline as Obama claims? Does he think we are a flock of sheep or what? Hell no, they've spread to 4 or 5 continents.

Trump supporters - they do still exist! The mind boggles. Mark, either you are a troll (doubt it) or you and other Trump supporters are short a few beers of a six pack or are just plain poor judges of character.

Few people love Hillary and most people would agree she lies (name one politician who doesn't), but Trump is no an alternative and that is so plain to see you must be blind to not see it. Experts are pointing out he posses all the traits of a mentally ill person ( narcissistic personality disorder). Sure, he speaks in an appealing straight-shooting way to some people but come on, have you listened, actually listened to what this guy says?!

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bass4funkAUG. 06, 2016 - 10:47AM JST

As for the RNC, to impress and bring light to the issues, they don't need Hollywood, thousands of balloons, confetti and Woodstock music to try and keep the people awake and Bill Clinton still dozed off.

He did at least show up for his party's convention, unlike former Republican presidents.

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Most of the Trump supporters I've met (not all) just seem to be unhappy with their lives.

Because they were promised by a president that swore he would be for the people and that hasn't been the case.

Trump offers a reason to blame minorities and foreigners for their problems. If only other people weren't screwing things up, your life would be better.

No, they just blame the president for his policies, has nothing to do with color another fabrication that the left wants to mislead. Since we have 46 million people on food stamps a low sluggish GDP, a shrinking middle class, it's no wonder people are miserable.

I think they know the danger of electing Trump, but that's part of the appeal.

But they fear a Hillary presidency more and are terrified about that prospect.

Either he saves them or he blows the place up. That means either they win or they take everyone down with them. If they can't have their version of America then who cares what happens to it.

Either way, it would be different and not another Barack 3rd term.

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Those who are willing to dismiss criticism of Trump as just democratic hoopla are putting the potential destruction of this country and much of civilization into the hands of a hothead.

Yeah...it's really that serious. The Republicans have the ultimate control over him. They can renounce their support. That might splinter their party but it is time for Republicans to put the security of America above the political goals of their party.

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Were the democratic primaries rigged?

No, they weren't

Then the general can be rigged.

No, it can't

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Because they were promised by a president that swore he would be for the people and that hasn't been the case.

Obama's approval rating just hit 55%, I believe. Congressional Republicans are around 22%. If the reports are true, me saying this will only harden your position.

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Because they were promised by a president that swore he would be for the people and that hasn't been the case.

No, they just blame the president for his policies, has nothing to do with color another fabrication that the left wants to mislead. Since we have 46 million people on food stamps a low sluggish GDP, a shrinking middle class, it's no wonder people are miserable.

The president will leave office with approval numbers that blow his predecessor away, and for good reason. "They," that is the sizable minority of voters who support Trump, are indeed motivated by the president's skin tone. Trump became a candidate in no small part to the attention he generated with his ridiculous, failed attempt to show that the president was not born in the US. Birtherism was born out of racial antipathy, it's just silly to deny it. Tell me: How was the middle class doing on January 19, 2009? Do you remember? Leading up to election day 2008, the economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. This weeks employment report shows a significant growth in jobs, some 255, 000, and Obama's two terms have seen us climbing out of the hole.

Here's who is "miserable": Fragile, fossilizing, racially aggrieved, historically illiterate white men, aka, the GOP base. Trump's strategy has been to capture all of their votes, and to that end he was wildly successful. Thing is, that is pretty close every vote he's going to get, and it's not nearly enough.

In November, he's going to get squashed like a bug.

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I understand the purpose and capacities of the American nuclear weapons program better than Trump and am a foreign national.

You can thank Hillary for that.

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You cannot insult your way into the Presidency Mr Trump. And Hillary is not the evil person you currently pretend she is but a stateswoman with a long career of public service.

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Trump will go down as the worst Presidential candidate in History.

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capacities of the American nuclear weapons

Trump wants to use nuclear weapons to threaten people he has disagreements with.

He told MSNBC's Chris Matthews he'd be willing to drop a nuclear weapon on Europe and would never take the use of nukes off the table in any situation; in an interview with Bloomberg, he said the key to making other countries respect us to is to be "unpredictable" with our use of nuclear weapons.

Also, who on earth would invest their money in a Trump business and kiss it good bye. Then why vote for him if he fails for his investors so much- which means he will fail the American people. If you wanted a real businessperson with a proven track record (including for his investors) then nominate Bill Gates.

This proves that Clinton is the clear good choice.

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This is interesting: "Gold Star mom: I plan to vote for Donald Trump" ( Fox News )

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Gold Star Mom: If You’re Outraged By Trump, Be Outraged That Obama Ignored Requests To Keep Media Away From Son’s Casket

This started under GWB

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Trump wants to use nuclear weapons to threaten people he has disagreements with.

His comments simply reflected current nuclear doctrine. The United States reserves the right to use nuclear weapons under certain conditions, such as retaliation for a nuclear attack, anywhere it deems necessary. That is the logic of nuclear deterrence.The British PM has made the same point about being willing to use weapons whose power comes in not being used. I doesn't mean that they are not taking seriously how terrible such a situation would be but the dangers of the nuclear world leave no other obvious option.

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Trump called his Democratic opponent “a dangerous liar,” ‘‘an unbalanced person,” ‘‘pretty close to unhinged,” ‘‘totally unfit to lead,” and lacking “the judgment, temperament and moral character to lead the country like me"

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Here's an interesting excerpt from a The New American article ( following 5 paragraphs ):

"Consider columnist Byron York’s analysis of Khan’s DNC speech: Khan “suggested that Trump's Muslim ban and Mexican border wall proposals are unconstitutional. Specifically, Khan cited the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of the law' in suggesting that Trump's policies violate the Constitution."

Ironically, Khan claimed in his speech that Trump was ignorant of the Constitution, yet the above is silly beyond words. As York pointed out, “There's simply no sense in which a border wall violates the Constitution” nor is there anything “unconstitutional about deporting people who are in the United States illegally.”

Then there’s Khan’s implication that Trump’s proposal to temporarily ban or limit Muslim immigration is a violation of the 14th Amendment’s “equal protection” clause. Stating the obvious, York writes that this amendment “makes clear that its protections apply to ‘all persons born or naturalized’ in the U.S.; persons ‘subject to the jurisdiction thereof’; and persons ‘within its jurisdiction.’ None refers to foreign persons in foreign countries.”

And of course, the norm for nations — the U.S. being no exception — is to pick and choose among immigrants. For more than 40 years American immigration was governed by the National Origins Act, which, as the name suggest, limited or excluded certain prospective immigrants based on national origin. And WWII-era liberal icon Franklin Roosevelt was “Trump on Steroids,” wrote the American Spectator last December, “using his presidential powers to declare Germans, Italians, and Japanese in America ‘enemy aliens,’ slapping curfews on them, registering them, taking away everything from their guns to their binoculars to their right to travel to their jobs.” In fact, controlling who enters our nation is so vital for national security that the idea we must be forbidden from doing so could be considered treasonous.

As for confused statements, Khan also told CNN that Muslim terrorists “have nothing to do with Islam,” but also said that Muslims “are the solution to terrorism." If they’re not the problem, however, why should they be the solution? Why didn’t Khan rather say, “You can’t expect Muslims to be the solution because terrorism has nothing to do with us”? Moreover, if today’s terrorists “have nothing to do with Islam,” why do they all happen to claim Islamic status? If they’re co-opting the faith, why do they choose only Islam to co-opt?"

Khaaaaaan!

And I hope Gold Star mom Karen Vaughn, who is voting for Trump, can talk some sense into Khan.

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MarkGAUG. 06, 2016 - 07:55AM JST

Were the democratic primaries rigged? Then the general can be rigged. Is main stream media liberal? The MSM will not publish any positive stories on Trump. Quite the opposite, they will trash him for the slightest comment. The MSM will not publish any negatives on Hillary. Instead they will constantly twist the truth to praise Hillary. Is the economy as good as Obama claims? Not hardly. Is ISIL on the decline as Obama claims? Does he think we are a flock of sheep or what? Hell no, they've spread to 4 or 5 continents.

Trump supporters - they do still exist! The mind boggles. Mark, either you are a troll (doubt it) or you and other Trump supporters are a bit low on IQ or are just plain poor judges of character.

Few people love Hillary and most people would agree she lies (name one politician who doesn't), but Trump is no an alternative and that is so plain to see you must be blind to not see it. Experts are pointing out he posses all the traits of a mentally ill person ( narcissistic personality disorder). Sure, he speaks in an appealing straight-shooting way to some people but come on, have you listened, actually listened to what this guy says?!

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This Navy Vet is glad Trump's campaign is such a dumpster fire, because he is not fit to lead the honorable men and women who serve. And Hillary, flawed as she is, should be thankful the GOP nominated the worst candidate in generations. Any other election and she looses in a landslide, though she is clearly way more qualified to serve than Trump. This election is a comedy of errors.

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How is it that Hillary can go 7 months without holding a press conference? You would think the MSM would be holding her feet to the fire about this. Nope! So, she finally held a "sort of, kind of" press conference at the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (no whites allowed), "but many reporters who frequently cover the Democratic nominee pointed out that fielding a few pre-selected questions doesn't really count as a press conference."

I guess Hillary doesn't need to hold a press conference when the MSM are answering all her questions for her and attacking Trump for her as well. Talk about one big dysfunctional family!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/08/05/hillary-clinton-holds-half-way-press-conference/88303254/

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Hillary isn't saying anything for a reason. Trump has his foot in his mouth every day now. And then shoots himself in the foot (thank-you Mr Colbert).

The Democrats dangle bait and narcissistic fool goes for it every time. And then doubles down on his gaffes. You could call it dirty politics but I call it Darwinism.

The Trump campaign is going down in a ball of flames. And he's taking the Republican party with him. They will not be missed.

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I guess Hillary doesn't need to hold a press conference when the MSM are answering all her questions for her and attacking Trump for her as well.

I dunno. Sounds kinda whiny. Is it the prospect of a 3rd defeat?

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NorthernLife: "Trump will go down as the worst Presidential candidate in History."

For now, yes, but the Republicans are on a real roll when it comes to outdoing themselves with stupidity. They can probably dredge up someone worse while promising to 'learn from the loss to appeal to more people'; it's all HIllary's/Obama's/the Libs' fault anyway, not theirs.

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>Trump supporters - they do still exist! The mind boggles. Mark, either you are a troll (doubt it) or you and other Trump supporters are a bit low on IQ or are just plain poor judges of character

Oh.....labels, labels, labels. Nothing but insults from the left.

Contrary to the belief of the limited knowledge crowd many Trump supporters support the lesser of two evils. Cause Hillary is that bad!!! I would vote my party usually but the stakes are high in this election. Hillary will not be elected, 'believe me' (plagerized from Trump).

And, no the media spin and clips of Trump don't make me think he is racist or evil. Just look at his family...it says a lot.

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badmanAug. 06, 2016 - 08:41PM JST -

"This Navy Vet is glad Trump's campaign is such a dumpster fire, because he is not fit to lead the honorable men and women who serve."

Perhaps Gold Star mom Karen Vaughn can straighten you out. Check out her interview on Fox News.

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Does she explain why Trump attacks the parents of dead soldiers and POWs? If so then it's probably worth a read.

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Contrary to the belief of the limited knowledge crowd many Trump supporters support the lesser of two evils.

Mmm. Not quite Make America Great Again, is it?

Talking of lesser of two evils, have you noticed yet that a lot of people who would normally be diehard Republicans or who would simply stay silent during an election campaign have come out against Trump?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/02/easy-choice-us-military-vote-for-hillary-clinton

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-cia-chief-mike-morell-donald-trump-is-already-damaging-our-national-security/

Some political candidates have credibility problems. Trump's problem is that he has no credibility. And most people, like Morell in the link above, fully realize that they (and their organization/department/whatever) would be unable to work with him.

He's charmless, incompetent, overconfident, and unstable.

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And Hillary is not the evil person you currently pretend she is but a stateswoman with a long career of public service.

http://www.politifact.com/personalities/hillary-clinton/statements/byruling/false/

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/9168938

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"Trump has his foot in his mouth every day now. And then shoots himself in the foot (thank-you Mr Colbert)."

Did Colbert get this from me? I used it about four days ago on JapanToday, and I don't watch Colbert, so I certainly did not get it from him. Hmm. Great minds... and words to that effect.

So what is going to happen that is going to surprise everyone, but shouldn't? I think the story that is not being covered is the number of GOP people who are talking about not voting at all. I am hearing here and there of moderates who are worried that if they vote, their Trumpy friends will accuse them of sneaking in a Quisling vote for Hillary. So they will just boycott the election to show their party purity. Naturally, the moderate GOP is going to try to mend fences, but if Donald makes America grate one more time, all bets are off.

Which brings up the next possible surprise. Donald drops out. He does this a lot in his business ventures when he cannot get his own way, and does it sometimes even when he does get his own way. Why be president when you can just flake out and point your finger at the other guy? Besides, his ground game is bad, he has very little help and GOP funding, and he is spending way too much time in states where he has no chance. If he has a choice between losing badly and quitting, what do you think he will pick? Deadlines for changing the ballots vary state by state, but the first deadlines come up on Aug. 8.

Everyone pitch in on the next one. If Trump gets cut off by the GOP and quits, whom does the GOP choose/draft to run for president? The quick answer is nobody. The longer answer is Pence or Romney. And that is about it. Cruz anyone?

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The president will leave office with approval numbers that blow his predecessor away, and for good reason

But, the main and MOST important thing is, he will be finally gone, finally! Even with those high poll numbers, he can take them and enjoy him, but at least, he's not here to bother the rest of us anymore.

"They," that is the sizable minority of voters who support Trump, are indeed motivated by the president's skin tone.

What a bunch of garbage! Many of those people that hate Obama voted for him. It was his policies that people hated, not his skin color. Sure there may be a few racist idiots that dislike him because he's Black, but the majority of Americans couldn't care less.The left just can't resist to use race every chance they get, they have nothing to ever support their arguments and to give it some measure of validity, add in the race card, it's their only ace in the hole!

Trump became a candidate in no small part to the attention he generated with his ridiculous, failed attempt to show that the president was not born in the US. Birtherism was born out of racial antipathy, it's just silly to deny it. Tell me: How was the middle class doing on January 19, 2009? Do you remember? Leading up to election day 2008, the economy was shedding hundreds of thousands of jobs a month.

You can thank "Chris Dodd" and "Barney Frank" for that as well as the Clinton administration saw a big portion and the reason for that fallout. By the way, under Obama, the middle class is almost non-existent.

This weeks employment report shows a significant growth in jobs, some 255, 000, and Obama's two terms have seen us climbing out of the hole.

The growth of the US economy keeps falling short of expectations. On Friday, we learned that the US economy grew at an inflation-adjusted rate of 1 percent in the first half of 2016. That’s the slowest six-month growth rate since 2012, and it continues the slow growth that has characterized the recovery since 2009. The weakness of the recovery has been surprising because conventional economic theory says that the bigger an economic downturn is, the bigger the subsequent boom will be. And the 2009 recession was the worst in decades, so post-2009 growth should have been massive

Here's who is "miserable": Fragile, fossilizing, racially aggrieved, historically illiterate white men, aka, the GOP base. Trump's strategy has been to capture all of their votes, and to that end he was wildly successful. Thing is, that is pretty close every vote he's going to get, and it's not nearly enough.

Actually, Blacks and Hispanics are mostly unhappy with the highest unemployment records and they vote surprisingly democratic and have been and it seems like, their living and social and economic status is worsening under the Democrats, particularly, this president.

http://journalistsresource.org/studies/economics/jobs/welfare-reform-jobs-men-unemployed

In November, he's going to get squashed like a bug.

They said the same thing about Jimmy Carter as well in 1980

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Perhaps bass4funk and the other Trump supporters and Republicans can pay for those Bush Wars before we get into the Trump Wars

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And that might not be a bad thing. Trump was always since the early 90's against war, wants to make friends with Russia or at least try to come to some form of understanding, Hillary vote for the war in Iraq, supported the war in Kosovo, is more hawkish, always has been, I would personally be more weary of Hillary with her finger on the button.

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Actually, Blacks and Hispanics

Quoted sources:

WASHINGTON ― Rounding out one of the worst weeks in his presidential campaign, Donald Trump faces yet another sad reality. According to new NBC/Wall Street Journal polling released Thursday, only 1 percent of black voters nationally support the Republican nominee.

According to the Latino Voice survey, less than 13 percent of Latinos plan to vote for the Republican nominee in November. This is a dismal number in a state (Florida) where nearly 2 million Hispanic voters make up 18 percent of the total electorate.

Ha ha ha, Blacks and Hispanics hate Obama so much they are taking their anger out on Trump for some reason. 1% black vote. How low can you go. What were you Republicans thinking choosing this joker to be the nominee for the WH? Rand Paul, Christ Christie. Those are normal people- and why didn't you chose one of those people? Really?. You chose a real freak Really. What were you Republicans thinking because Trump has a very high chance of screwing up the Republican party royally and losing in a major landslide. At least if you had chosen someone normal like the two individuals mentioned above the Republicans would have a better chance and a voting rate that is a big above 1% for the blacks.

Again, black (1%) and Hispanic (13%). Again, what were you republicans thinking putting Trump in charge?

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Again, . . anyone you can bait with a tweet has no business making decisions regarding life and death.

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Hillary with her finger on the button. Like what scenario would her finger be on the button?

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"Like what scenario would her finger be on the button?"

Having been burned by one Bush War, I think she will be much more circumspect with power. Her experience in international matters gives her great advantages over the ignorant Trump.

"Baited with a tweet": Sounds like a forlorn song of total loss.

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Ha ha ha, Blacks and Hispanics hate Obama so much they are taking their anger out on Trump for some reason. 1% black vote. How low can you go. What were you Republicans thinking choosing this joker to be the nominee for the WH? Rand Paul, Christ Christie. Those are normal people- and why didn't you chose one of those people? Really?. You chose a real freak Really.

And that's their choice, it amazes me how Blacks and some Hispanics keep voting for the same economical policies that have kept them in the bottom of the economic and social bracket for a very, very, very long time. It doesn't matter to me if they vote for Trump or not, but Blacks haven't done well with Obama and pretty much over the last 50 years, if they are content with the current conditions, then don't complain about the system never changing.

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Wait until the House changes, and we get some Jobs Bills, a Transportation Bill, and an Infrastructure Bill through Congress. Republicans were stopping all bills except for anti-Obama bills for eight years, hoping to make him a failure.

But who failed?

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And that's their choice, it amazes me how Blacks and some Hispanics keep voting for the same economical policies that have kept them in the bottom Then why do my eyes hurt from all the white I see at Trump conventions. Are the white people not happy about something that non-whites are not so bothered about? Could it be these whites are losing their grip of being exceptional just because they feel entitled to it from being born white?

Besides, if someone called me a criminal rapist piece of garbage like what Trump calls Hispanics I would not vote for him either.

that have kept them in the bottom of the economic and social bracket (Reiterating first point) No- 100% not true, they are rising against whites and the whites don't like that and that is why you see all the white people at Trump rallies. There is the evidence. Non whites are gaining on whites like they should.

And that's their choice 1 and 13 percentages? Do you think nominating Trump was a mistake? He's a clown. Don't you wish there was someone different? He's both a political (1% and 3%) and a business loser. You have no

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Perhaps bass4funk and the other Trump supporters and Republicans can pay for those Bush Wars before we get into the Trump Wars.

Since Hillary is known on the Hill as a hawk, I think she can pay for it since she voted for it, I mean, it's not like she doesn't have the money....

Wait until the House changes, and we get some Jobs Bills, a Transportation Bill, and an Infrastructure Bill through Congress. Republicans were stopping all bills except for anti-Obama bills for eight years, hoping to make him a failure.

But who failed?

To be fair, both parties failed, but when Hillary was Senator, NYC was is still in desperate need of having its entire infrastructure throughout the State and other States in the East Coast need drastic overhauls, and yet, nothing from the left or the right and Hilary didn't do a darn thing when she was Secretary of State. By the way, the House in all likelihood will stay Republican (Dems are horrible at math) the Senate may be up for grabs and why on Earth would the GOP go along with ANY bill from Obama, especially when they know it's bad or could lead to a disaster, like Obamacare.

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especially when they know it's bad or could lead to a disaster, like Obamacare What's wrong with ObamaCare- more specifically expanding public universal healthcare? You are in Japan as a Japanese citizen right? Do you like universal healthcare? Then why not in the USA? I don't understand how you can slam universal healthcare in the USA but accept it as a Japanese citizen in Japan. It's puzzling.

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I'm starting to wonder if this whole CIA created ISIS evolved specifically to elect Hillary. Watched her ISIS speech today, it really reminded me, and I've never said this before of anyone, it reminded me of Hitler, the rise in tone and anger.

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Nishikat, you're a nut case and I will never address you again.

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Besides, if someone called me a criminal rapist piece of garbage like what Trump calls Hispanics I would not vote for him either.

Imagine a Latino politician running on a platform that includes comments about "blue eyed devils." I'm sure Trump supporters would flock to him because of his straight talk.

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SpeedRacer : Did Colbert get this from me? I used it about four days ago on JapanToday, and I don't watch Colbert

I quite possibly got it from you here to be fair. Apologies if thats the case. Colbert makes me laugh but I'll never forgive Jon Stewart for retiring St this moment in time. Especially not as Trump gives so much comedy.

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What's wrong with ObamaCare- more specifically expanding public universal healthcare?

I was specifically talking about Blacks being worse off financially, socially,highest unemployment rate, highest incarceration rate, highest mirder rate of any ethnic group and Obama and the ?Democrats NEVEf talk about how they'll solve this issue.

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I was specifically talking about Blacks being worse off financially, socially,highest unemployment rate, highest No, this is getting better for blacks (more specifically getting worse for whites) and that's why the white people like Bundies are looking to Trump to rescue them (really, why else do you see so many white people at Trump rallies?). The black/white happiness gap is wide, yes, it's a fact. But it's also narrowing.

incarceration rate, highest mirder rate of any ethnic group and Obama and the ?Democrats NEVEf talk about how they'll solve this issue. This is being addressed now on both political sides. Remember the war on drugs was really the war on blacks (like powder vs crack cocaine) and this has been a big cause of this and above point.

Again, what 's wrong with Obamacare? You use public healthcare in Japan, don't you?

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That wasn't the issue, but as in typical liberal deflection, I understand why people are tired of them and of Hillary especially.

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That wasn't the issue, but as in typical liberal deflection, I understand why people are tired of them and of Hillary especially. So ObamaCare is a good thing? What?

Also, why are just about everyone at Trump rallies black. And why is the black vote for Trump just about zero percent?

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Because they're misinformed. The Blacks that I know that left the Democratic Party well better off, better educated, made a lot more money and were smarter about their political choices.

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it amazes me how Blacks and some Hispanics keep voting for the same economical policies that have kept them in the bottom of the economic and social bracket for a very, very, very long time.

Yeah, man, who in their right mind would ever vote against discriminatory redistricting and disenfranchisement. Outright rejection of living wage legislation. Disempowering people who have been historically crapped on. How could minorities ever vote against THOSE POLICIES? Not to mention the rhetoric by people like Trump that figuratively spits on minorities and anyone he considers 'losers'.

You're amazed because you live in a Fox bubble.

they're misinformed. The Blacks that I know that left the Democratic Party well better off, better educated, made a lot more money and were smarter about their political choices.

Anecdotal evidence is the best facts.

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But, the main and MOST important thing is, he will be finally gone, finally! Even with those high poll numbers, he can take them and enjoy him, but at least, he's not here to bother the rest of us anymore.

He will be missed by most, at least most who have a clue about the state of American governance.

Many of those people that hate Obama voted for him. It was his policies that people hated, not his skin color.

Nope. Again, he will leave office with the highest approval ratings of any president in our lifetimes. The vast majority of the hate for president Obama comes from white people who never voted for him. Certainly Trump supporters are for the most part very unlikely to have voted for president Obama.

You can thank "Chris Dodd" and "Barney Frank" for that as well.

Do tell, what did Chris Dodd and Barney Frank have to do with the state of the economy in January of 2009. Be sure to be very specific about that. WHen you're done, explain why their names need quotation marks.

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Yeah, man, who in their right mind would ever vote against discriminatory redistricting and disenfranchisement. Outright rejection of living wage legislation. Disempowering people who have been historically crapped on. How could minorities ever vote against THOSE POLICIES?

Policies that Democrats instituted and stood for.

Not to mention the rhetoric by people like Trump that figuratively spits on minorities and anyone he considers 'losers'.

Democrats have been spitting on Blacks for over 50 years now, they're not upfront about it, they're more subtle about it.

You're amazed because you live in a Fox bubble.

Sigh, has nothing to do with Fox and everything to do with knowing how liberals operate, coming from a person who lives in a Blue Swamp.

He will be missed by most, at least most who have a clue about the state of American governance. Nope. Again, he will leave office with the highest approval ratings of any president in our lifetimes. The vast majority of the hate for president Obama comes from white people who never voted for him. Certainly Trump supporters are for the most part very unlikely to have voted for president Obama.

No, Obama will be missed by his supporters, that's not the majority of the country and that's fine, for those people, but with Hillary's untrustworthy numbers in the 70% is a clear indication and a repudiation of Obama and his polices.

Do tell, what did Chris Dodd and Barney Frank have to do with the state of the economy in January of 2009. Be sure to be very specific about that. WHen you're done, explain why their names need quotation marks.

They had a big part in now reigning in Fannie Mae. wanting to give people more access to homes thinking it was everyone's right to own a home and NOT pushing the banks to stop writing them, sure, it was idiotic for people to sign a contract and to buy a house thinking they can afford one, but they couldn't. So yes, Bush was for a large part responsible, but Dodd and Frank equally complicit in bringing down the economy or better yet, the housing collapse.

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The Blacks that I know that left the Democratic Party well better off, better educated, made a lot more money and were smarter about their political choices.

Wow, that might be one of the the most horrible things you've said on here.

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They had a big part in now reigning in Fannie Mae. wanting to give people more access to homes thinking it was everyone's right to own a home and NOT pushing the banks to stop writing them, sure, it was idiotic for people to sign a contract and to buy a house thinking they can afford one, but they couldn't.

This is gibberish, sorry. Fannie Mae bought loans to provide liquidity to banks, not to "give people more access to homes," and at first they did not buy the subprime loans that were at the heart of the crisis, but did so well after the collapse was already well under way.

Also: It's "reining in," not "reigning in," and you are using it incorrectly in any case. You are actually accusing them of not reining in Fannie Mae.

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Trump is a Democrat, of course he is dividing Republicans.

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Wow, that might be one of the the most horrible things you've said on here.

Yeah, I know most Dems and liberals hate the truth being told to them.

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/262726/how-liberal-welfare-state-destroyed-black-america-john-perazzo

This is gibberish, sorry. Fannie Mae bought loans to provide liquidity to banks, not to "give people more access to homes," and at first they did not buy the subprime loans that were at the heart of the crisis, but did so well after the collapse was already well under way.

Gibberish? Yeah, we know liberals always say that. LOL. Dodd and Frank were told numerous times to begin them in because many economists saw the writing on the wall and saw what was happening both didn't listen.

Also: It's "reining in," not "reigning in," and you are using it incorrectly in any case. You are actually accusing them of not reining in Fannie Mae.

Hey, mistakes do happen, none of us are perfect.

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Dodd and Frank were told numerous times to begin them in because many economists saw the writing on the wall and saw what was happening both didn't listen.

More gibberish I'm afraid, could you put some actual, specific details? What are "them" "begin...in" what exactly?

Subprime loans of various flavors were being given out not because of liberal do gooding, but rather because the originators were making huge money off of doing so. Any involvement by Fannie Mae followed other entities' purchase of the securities created from those crap loans, and was done for profit, not some liberal plot to help poor people buy homes. Nobody forced originators to make those loans, nobody forced investors to buy them. What government did, and this was not some liberal plot, was grease the skids by deregulating banking.

Up until the moment the bubble burst the right-wingo economic geniuses who taught you every thing you think you know were telling America that housing was strong as a bull.

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I know liberals just can't stand to be wrong about anything. Fact is, the economy tanked under GWB, the fact is, the Democrats were in charge of the Housing Financial Service Committee, all played in a role and Democrats were complicit in bring down the economy on a Republicans Presidents watch, No spin, No partisanship.

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Yeah, I know most Dems and liberals hate the truth being told to them.

Actually the problem is that I don't particularly like BS being told to me while pretending it's truth. I mean, how many black former Democrats do you know? And they're all rich and smart and successful after becoming Republicans? That sounds more like a man who has little to no interaction with African-Americans making stuff up. Or maybe you can share with us some of their thoughts and ideas on politics.

Mikidugway: . Fannie Mae bought loans to provide liquidity to banks, not to "give people more access to homes,"

Technically the banks originate the loans, but they use criteria that matches the criteria set by the secondary market for buying. Banks don't want to create a lot of loans they can't sell so if Fannie Mae says they're only going to buy loans that have 10% down then banks start making loans requiring 10% down. Banks want to be a fee generating middle man between the home owners and the secondary market.

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I know liberals just can't stand to be wrong about anything.

I've noticed that most right-wingo dullards take for factual any claim that they find emotionally comforting or exciting.

Fact is, the economy tanked under GWB, the fact is, the Democrats were in charge of the Housing Financial Service Committee, ...

If that's a fact it's not an important one. You clearly don't know much about the financial collapse in 2007/2008, clearly have no interest in learning about it either. You've collected some irrelevant or false info -bites and re-tell them whenever called upon

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Thanks for calling me a "right-wing dullard", MOKI. That is very thoughtful of you. I am Japanese, by the way. The Democrats pushed for lax rules for loans to the poor so they could own homes. In California, Countrywide was dishing out loans to young people who were not really stable - and that is why the whole thing collapsed. The people were not stable enough. They also took risks, buying up multiple properties at age 22. Do not blame conservatives for that. Canada never allowed the same lending rules and so, consequently, never had the housing bubble.

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