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Posted in: Trump now says no 'time limit' to denuclearize N Korea See in context

I may start drinking again. Don't forget that Putin has been requesting we cease our war exercises around North Korea for 20 years or so. Are we going to go down as the "nice" country that didn't? Don has turned the U.S. upside down. His dreams of deregulation and power are being sucked into a whirlpool of ancient totalitarian biomass. He is being absorbed. And what's with the uptick in his Zoolander faces? Melania can get away with them; heck she's Melania. But on Don, they look stolen.

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Posted in: Trump tries to calm political storm over Putin summit; says he misspoke See in context

Since we seem to be at a dead end with Don's Denials, how about we try one of those 12 Russians in absentia? Then, if the Russians wanted to, they could offer some kind of evidence to the contrary, (for instance, claiming the hacking really came from North Korea, etc.) Let's hear their take on this, instead of just saying they didn't do it. Our problem, being the same one that Mueller and Rosenstein face with the republicans, is that the republicans want all the intel they have, in order to develop a front against it before it comes out as indictments. With the Ruskies, what we spill to them reveals our own surveillance techniques. But at some point, the defense will get to peek in the door. But timing is everything....So, trial in absentia. Which considering Trump's brain....that's what we're dealing with anyway....what we're living with.

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Posted in: Trump vows 'great' trade deal with UK; has tea with queen See in context

Don't worry, folks. Don's brain will save the day. Nobody does brain like Don. I quote the Don-- "I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I , by the way, I don't have a musical instrument. I don't have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No, we've broken a lot of records. We've broken virtually every record. Because, you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey, and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don't need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical, the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important."

Donald Trump 7/5/2018

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Posted in: U.S. indictments show technical evidence for Russian hacking accusations See in context

Don't worry about Don. We know his brain is up to the task of delivering the right message to Vlad.

"I have broken more Elton John records, he seems to have a lot of records. And I , by the way, I don't have a musical instrument. I don't have a guitar or an organ. No organ. Elton has an organ. And lots of other people helping. No, we've broken a lot of records. We've broken virtually every record. Because, you know, look, I only need this space. They need much more room. For basketball, for hockey, and all of the sports, they need a lot of room. We don't need it. We have people in that space. So we break all of these records. Really we do it without like, the musical instruments. This is the only musical, the mouth. And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth. Right? The brain, more important than the mouth, is the brain. The brain is much more important."

Donald Trump 7/5/2018

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Posted in: Trump, Kim sign agreement; N Korean leader to get White House invitation See in context

I watched Rodman on CNN. (all youtube) I got pretty choked up. He had a real story to tell. But you do need to dry your tears, know your history, and not get taken. We all may have more problems in our future with administrators in public life with ADD then issues with spies and evil plans. Today I read a web headline that said MANAFORT PLEADS GUILTY. Well, that's a big news thing. Then in the smaller text below, it said, Manafort pleads not guilty, etc. I don't want the guy who put that up managing my checking account.

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Posted in: Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow suffers heart attack See in context

Larry has a definite old school quality. There's even a kind of Richard Nixon thing in his DNA. And he's playing ball with a kid who doesn't play ball. I've had my heart attack. A friend down the street said his stopped taking his baby aspirin when he flew off to Sweden for a month. He came back and had a stroke. I've bet you anything that flying had a lot to do with Larry's attack. Oh, here's some info most people don't understand. When you get a block, what's happened is that the sticking presence of cholesterol against the inside of an artery has irritated the artery and caused it to throw a clot. The clot is the blockage. Not somehow the wad of cholesterol blocking the artery. Some people have a web of arterial connections at the heartthat will still supply the heart with nutrients while an artery is blocked, and some people don't. If you don't and have a block, you're pretty much done. Another thing is that aspirin is not a blood thinner. Aspirin, (and it doesn't help to take more than a baby aspirin once a day, ) keeps platelets from sticking to each other. I've read the comments in Japan today for quite a while, and I'm beginning to think we have a lot more to offer each other from our experiences than just knee jerk reactions to murders, death, idiots, etc. We know things. And people who are in their 60's and older know a lot of things about staying alive. There's a lot of quiet devastation that goes on with older people. Skin cancers, etc. By the way, every friend I've had who smoked is dead. Every single one of them. None of them made it to their 60's. All that hard work for years to retire....never made it.

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Posted in: U.S. trade policy deplorable, says Japan See in context

The U.S. congress has been slowly selling the American public out. What's been the strategy to keep steel and other manufacturing healthy there? It's been a sell out. Have you seen pictures of Detroit? Congress has been borrowing money from social security for decades, and not asking the people if they could. The system, especially now under Trump, isn't about supporting industries, it's about industries supporting congress. Remember what Don said to our Panama ambassador. "What's in Panama for us?" It's the same attitude Don has toward the American public. Depositors of cash in the U.S. casino. Yesterday I watch two multimillionaire American televangelists on youtube. Both own private jets, and huge gated mansions. One of them wants his flock to pay for for a new jet, costing 54 Million bucks. As he says, "If Jesus were around today, he wouldn't be traveling on a donkey." It was extraordinary to see the both of them together in a kitchen, while the other one said, (I paraphrase) "I can't fly on a public airplane...it's a long tube...filled with....demons!" I really see no difference between these jokers and the big boys in congress. Here's the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiHghDYvpBU

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Posted in: Trump can probably pardon himself, but has no plan to: Giuliani See in context

If all these government people like Brennan, Clapper, and Comey, are liars, as you know who above implies, then I'm the guy who kickstarted the Kilauea eruptions. And by the way, next month Cohen's going to court, and soon after that so is Manafort. Does anyone here have any doubt about the deep trouble these guys are in? Doesn't anyone want to see what the evidence is in this cases? Does anyone have any doubt that the evidence is going to be extremely serious? Giuliani's job is to keep the cinders of doubt warmed before the public. Don needs to spread the message thru more than his tweets. I really don't understand this argument against an investigation that is looking for corruption. Where ever it may be. It certainly is staying within it's legal boundaries. The fact that there are multiple indictments makes it obvious that it is worth the effort. Does anyone doubt the content of Cohen's tapes are going to very revealing of the way Don plays the world? The American public is a means to Don's ends. As Sam Nunberg said, it's a game. That's the nightmare of Washington D.C. Any means to get your ends. Hey, that's politics. We've all seen the ads. But after the elections, it's time for politics to end and work to begin. That hasn't happened. The game is still going on. Trump Casino. The problem is, The Means Is The End.

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Posted in: Anti-nuclear Nobel winner ICAN offers to pay for Trump-Kim summit See in context

Feel free to donate to pay for Mueller's investigation, while you're at it. Actually, I figured this out. The population in the U.S. is around 324 million. Let's say half of that would support Muller. If 160 million people each donated a quarter, that would be 40 million bucks. That would be plenty to pay for the investigation for quite a while. Plus, set up the payment system. Got a quarter?

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Posted in: Gov't eyes stripping ownership rights to unattended land See in context

Fight The Blight. With all the issues of space in Japan, it's an odd story for a foreigner to hear. My question would be, if there is no structure on the land, and the government takes it, should the government have a specific goal for the property before it can absorb it? Otherwise, what's the purpose of taking it?

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Posted in: Roger Daltrey aces set of soulful covers, originals See in context

Of course the Who is finished. It's the Them now. Funny, though I anticipate the next Tom Waits recording just as much as I did in the 70's and 80's, and beyond. But then, he's Tom Waits.

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Posted in: In Asia, Mattis to face allies seeking answers on N Korea See in context

Tonight, I'll be trying some "back channel diplomacy" on my dog. It's about time we caught Mattis in action to see how he operates, and how he handles the same kind of white house communications issues Tillerson did.

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Posted in: Morgan Freeman accused of sexual harassment: CNN See in context

If it was only that last group of accusations, we all know goofballs like that. Well, the twirling part left me a bit baffled... Makes me think of a Tom Waits line on Real Gone..."Like a preacher waving a gun around.."

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Posted in: Trump threat of tariffs opposed by auto industry, Republicans See in context

The only reason Don is playing the tariff game is to encourage favors in his own business interests. It's the same old Don. That's why he seems to be bouncing around. Almost like Kim is. I have to say this, though, I'm thinking his sunlamp is going to nail him before Avenatti does. I'm starting to see the Oreo cookie pattern in his cheeks....

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Posted in: Jury tells Samsung to pay big for copying iPhone design See in context

We all remember the first Iphones, the first Ipads. And we knew the technology would not stand alone with Apple, and it didn't. But Apple still came up with these great features before anyone else did. What I'd like to see with the win Apple got here, (you wonder how much lawyers get in something like this..) is that Apple put some serious monies into the communities in North California where people are unable to collect insurance on their homes, because the units are still standing, but are also unable to move back in due to the fire damage in the areas the homes are in. Anyway, these people have been torn up by the fires, and the state, even with it's 18 billion dollar surplus, well, it's kind like the House of Representatives...things don't go so well for the middle class when the state senate gets together....

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Posted in: Japanese film 'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes See in context

This is huge! I just watched the preview on youtube. I remember last year's winner, The Square,and caught that in San Francisco. Man, it felt like Kubrick had made another film. I was pretty pleased about the special showing of 2001 A Space Odyssey there also. I caught that in 1968 in CInerama. A few times. Met Douglas Trumbull in San Francisco two years ago. You guys ever see the film, Sparrow? That's a favorite of mine...

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Posted in: Ex-U.S. serviceman's tours near base drawing U.S. military personnel in Japan See in context

I'm not reading that a victory has been claimed. Except for the ocassional accidents and idiot G.I.'s breaking the law, it seems the U.S. presence is not the real problem in Japan. The U.S. could do a hell of a lot better public relations with Japan. It has too. Future generations aren't going to get why the U.S. is still there. But it's not an occupation. So, what percentage of Japan's gross is tourism? How many Japanese work for the U.S. military?

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Posted in: Few calls for reform after shooting in gun-loving Texas See in context

I think we should all measure our responses before knee jerking them onto this forum. They have this kid in custody, and have a chance to learn from him. Why he created his own tunnel vision to give himself only one way to handle his issues. Kids in schools know more about why this is happening than anyone else. But they don't really want their parents to know how they think in 2018. It was back in the 80's where you started to get a feel about the cynicism in students. Mass cheating. Poor respect for teachers. Many knew their school would pass them anyway, even if their grades weer low, to maintain the school's status. This isn't only about video game training. It's about psychic darkness. If you think lives don't matter, then you're not a part of life. Ask the students what is going on. Ask them what is missing.

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Posted in: 'Girl from Ipanema' singer Gilberto suffers the blues See in context

Legend of the country. You take care of legends. By the way, check out Guinga on youtube. He's quite the master. Also Brazilian.

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Posted in: To melt younger minds, Nolan 'unrestores' Kubrick's '2001' See in context

I saw the first release in Cinerama in 1968 at the Golden Gate theater in San Francisco. Went back a few times over the year before it left town. You can't explain this film's experience in that time to anyone, unless they have seen a film that opened them up. You see, it's not just the film, it's also what you bring to it. So, go, sit a little close...get that perfect seat. Five years in the making. And enjoy all that great upholstery in the movie. And that certain British touch. The set designs alone are mind altering. Thanks, Chris. And that other Chris, it would still be better at the Imax than the Castro.

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Posted in: British scientist Stephen Hawking dies at 76 See in context

If you mentioned above that you did'nt agree with Stephen's thoughts and feelings, perhaps you could explain. I for one feel that Stephen's mind was so extraordinary that were quibbling about generalities is pretty useless. Also, the comment about how Stephen's beliefs were somehow liberal has to be one of the most naive statements I've ever heard. You really think only conservatives are religious people? We could go on for days.

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Posted in: Trump rejects author's accusations; calls himself a 'stable genius' See in context

Mr. Ed called himself a stable genius too.

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Posted in: Ski jumper Kasai set to break Olympic record See in context

We got cable one winter decades ago just to watch the Winter Olympics. That winter ended, and we never paid for tv again. Now, Youtube.

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Posted in: Under fire, Bannon backs off explosive comments about Trump's son See in context

Bannon apologizing actually strengthened the book's legitimacy. Like a Catch 22. Something just got well played. Front Line is going to do a piece on Trumps Roy Cohn. Check it out. Quite the checkered past. But also an insight. Well, Don now has Don McGahn as his legal muscle. You may want to read what the Ex-Chief of Ethics, Walter Schaub, has to say about this man. http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/05/politics/don-mcgahn-walter-shaub-cnntv/index.html

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Posted in: As Globes mark cinema's successes, audiences shy away See in context

If Mark Hamill had been nominated for best actor, The Globes ratings would have been ten times what they were tonight. Doesn't matter if Mark hadn't won. Gary's win was pretty obvious. Now let the Oscars think about this.

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Posted in: Mayor ready to apologize for telling reporter 'I'll kill you' See in context

Provoked? Probably. Some antagonism on the reporters part of this equation. But let's take this on a personal level. We all know the strategy. Push, push, no one else notices you doing anything, and then boom! You've made the other guy look bad when he responds. What...this is first year debate classroom strategy. I keep poking the side of your head with my finger, then you punch me. We all need classes on how we all get set up by certain types of people. And politicians should either know better, or be more creative in their buffer zones. Ultimately, the best solution is staying closer to the people you represent. In the neighborhoods. In the streets. What phrase do you use when you're pushed? Is it from a movie, or your father? Or Margret Mitchell?

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Posted in: Trump White House setting turnover records, bracing for more See in context

Bass4Funk, I left you a comment on the other Trump thing today..I appreciated your comment about keeping guns out of idiots hands. When credit is due... I don't see the press as Trump hating, however. Don has brought this on himself. And his Roy Cohn wish? Of all people. I'm not interested in the small talk in the book. I am interested in whether of not there is obstruction of justice, or an attempt at it by trying to keep Sessions around for Trump to be protected. That is not the attorney general's job. We are learning that Don Mcgahn was pressuring Sessions to not recuse himself. As an attorney, the president is not McGahn's client, the office of the presidency is his client. That's a huge difference. Mcgahn drove the Federal Election Commission into a ditch to undermine our election laws, he did a direct assault on the ethics program, and now we're learning he attacked the department of justice. If you think Walter Schaub, who was the last Senior Director of Ethics has an understanding of proper prcedures and behavior, see what he has to say about Don McGahn. If anything, I think the big issue the left and the press has with Trump is his ethics. That's not "hating". Maybe it's just bigshotits billionaire hotshot style, but if it breaks the law, and or weakens our government, it has consequences. It ain't any means to get the end you want. The Means Is The End.

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Posted in: Trump book author says his revelations will bring down U.S. president See in context

Where's Basstofunk? I'm finally on a later model computer that will let me comment..I thought for sure...anyway, I was going to say it was good to hear what he had to say about crazy people and guns. When credit is due... Here's my thoughts about the latest Trump data. With Trump's call out to a Real Gone Roy Cohn, for his succor in his time of need when Sessions recused himself, he gave us a real 3-D shot of his mind and ethos. Roy Cohn was disbarred after a history of bad behavior, that included his defense of John Gotti, and also working with Joe McCarthy. Some track record. If Trump wants to know where his "Roy Cohn" has gone when he needs him the most, this is a very telling direct line to a mode of thinking that comes from a very dark part of American life. It's about manipulation, any means to an end, (Trump and Cohn were so close that he testified as a character witness in Cohn's trial) After a four-year legal battle, he was later disbarred from the New York bar for "dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation". In his disbarment hearings, a panel found that Cohn went to visit multimillionaire Lewis Rosenstiel as he lay in a Florida hospital room “drugged” and “semi-comatose” and held his hand to sign a document that made Cohn the co-executor of his will, according to the Post. So this is the type of person Trump aligns himself with. This tells me that the next book that comes out in five years will include all the back deals, money laundering, mob connections, casinos, debts, off shore shadow corporations, everything that has made this man who he is today. Completely ruthless, and dangerous. He's much worse than you could ever imagine a man coming into the office. And, he's not alone. A whole machine of energy is behind his strategy. Of course Don doesn't need to know the constitution. His game plan has nothing to do with it. I believe Melania's tears when he was elected was her realizing the dream was coming to an end. Freakin' Lincoln is going to break free of his stone pedestal and stomp down on this whole charade.

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Posted in: Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting See in context

Lotta comments. Wouldn't it be good if someone like the shooter knew he could tell a person that he's losing it...that this access was readily available...you have to wonder about gun advertisements. Maybe they should be like cigarette advertisements. Special notices on them for misused. Hot lines, etc. And also, I bet a number of vets have a good idea about this guy's mind. Fried on video games, and then placed into the machine himself. But never becoming a adult. Sound familiar...like to talk about it with a sociopath near you?

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Posted in: One girl dead, another injured after leaping from 5th floor of condo See in context

Thanks, Disillusioned, for giving us a bit of the picture in Japan. I read Japan Today, mostly from my first edition Ipad which no longer lets me leave comments. back on my desktop, and really want to understand the insanity going on in Japan. I think some visits to schools by local leaders to encourage kids, to make them feel that they're not alone, that it's ok to flake once in a while, instead of this heavy drama they appear to me going through. Is it because of the younger years of fantasy and now it's erosion cause this malaise? What about overcrowding? Best...the guy from San Francisco...

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