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Posted in: House panel accuses Barr of contempt as Trump invokes executive privilege See in context

With a congressional job approval rating of 18% it looks like Barr isn't the only one held in contempt.

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Posted in: Biden says 'I am a union man,' at first 2020 campaign event See in context

The latest CNN polling data gives Biden a 24 point advantage over Bernie at 39 and 15 respectively. The rest of the field are all in single digits with either stagnant numbers or losses in their ratings.

This just might be an example of the Democratic voter base clutching at a straw, with Biden being that straw. The reality is that the majority of Democratic voters are over 50, the majority of Democratic voters classify themselves as moderate to conservative and the majority of Democratic voters do not have a college degree. Within those specific demographics Biden clearly dominates, with as much as a 37 point lead over Bernie.

This could quite possibly be an indication that the Democratic Socialist agenda espoused by many of the candidates and promoted by a supportive media, is not as universally accepted among the American Democratic Party electorate as was hoped.

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Posted in: 'A good day': Trump claims victory with Mueller report out See in context

Let the games begin!

I think that a lot of Americans are getting tired of the "games". Maybe the Dems should concentrate more on the business of government and less on the "game".

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Posted in: U.S. charges Facebook with racial discrimination in targeted housing ads See in context

Pretty crazy that the Trump administration and Republican Party, which limit their membership to white Christian males of European ancestry

You are aware that Dr. Ben Carson, the current  Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (administration position) and former candidate for the Republican nomination for President, also happens to be black? Or that he traces his ancestry to Kenya? If not, then now you do.

I have to admit that he is guilty as charged for the offense of being a Christian.

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Posted in: U.S. Democrats float 'Green New Deal' to end fossil fuel era See in context

Forget about how much this idea would cost. The real question is who is going to do the work? If you are going to take on an enterprise as ambitious as this, you need people to execute your vision. You will need a skilled workforce with a strong work ethic to get this job done.

Right now in the US there are literally millions of high paying trade positions going unfilled almost entirely because of a lack of interest. Among the demographic that would, necessarily, be a major constituent of this needed workforce, these types of careers are not widely seen as desirable. But if this going to work then somebody, or more like a lot of somebodies, is going to have to get their hands dirty and bust a sweat. It is not going to be enough to take to the streets demanding change, what's going to be needed is hard work.

There better be a very robust job training and skill development program in this plan or it will never have a chance.

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Posted in: Democratic contenders hoping to run on soaking the rich See in context

So what happens when the rich have brought down and their ill gotten gains have been redistributed to the poor? Who's going to pay for all the social programs when the rich are not rich anymore? Who's next? There are always going to be people that are poor. Do we just keep going until everybody is living in the same state of poverty?

It sounds like the Democrats are demonizing the wealthy in America and building the case for what amounts to the confiscation of their wealth and redistributing it to people who have less than them. Kind of like Robin Hood. But it should be noted that Robin Hood was a thief.

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Posted in: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen postpones testimony to Congress, citing 'threats' See in context

I want to hear the exact threats. @Laguna came up with a pretty good one ala "The Sopranos" but of course "came up with" is the crucial operative phrase.

I have to say, that when the Trumpophobe's on this site get going, it can be pretty entertaining. You guys should get together and write a book.

I think a good title could be: "The Trump Prophecies" The complete story of Donald Trump, an exploration of the possibilities as seen through the lens of supposition.

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Posted in: Boys school in Kentucky shuts down amid fallout over videos See in context

 if someone stands right in front of you, in your face, not letting you move, I might be inclined to think its not a friendly action.

@ulysses

If you watch the video I alluded to in my previous post it is clearly visible that, in fact, it was Nathan Phillips, along with other activists, who approached the group of students and not the other way around as reported. It is also clear that Nathan Phillips, along with other activists, interjected himself physically into the group of students while pounding on a drum and loudly chanting. It is also clear that the group of activists accompanying Nathan Phillips were shouting insults and jibes at the group of students which were openly based on the ethnicity of the majority of the students.

The video shows Nathan Phillips progress as he moved into the group of students. Almost all of the students made way for him as he encroached on their personal spaces but one student did not move. The video shows Nathan Phillips continuing to pound his drum and chant as he continued to press his advance, while the student stood his ground and declined to retreat. The student is not seen in the video responding to Nathan Phillips verbally or taking any kind of threatening or physical action against Nathan Phillips. He just stood there.

So I would pose the question, if someone comes up to you, unbidden, gets right up in your face beating a drum and loudly chanting, and then refuses to go around you but insists on trying to force you to back down before their presence, wouldn't you be inclined to think it's not a friendly action?

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Posted in: Boys school in Kentucky shuts down amid fallout over videos See in context

PlasticMonkey, ulysses

A complete 2 hour live stream of the incident is available for viewing. The video clearly shows that the narrative pushed by the media and the semi famous was wrong. All that is left now, is to attack people based on their religious beliefs and the color of their skin. There are posts all over social media expressing the desire to punch that smirking, white kid in the face. The school's closed because of concerns about safety, the cry for the students death ( their parents,too) has come out, people's lives have been changed forever all because some people are so caught up in their own confirmation biases that they will dive head first into the mob without any real idea about what really occurred.

It seems that what is real doesn't matter anymore, it's what some people want to believe that drives this outpouring of latent anger issues and racism.

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Posted in: Democratic U.S. Sen Kamala Harris jumps into 2020 White House race See in context

Nobody thinks we shouldn't have borders and should allow everyone in. Nobody.

Well, that's not exactly true.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/31/open-borders-help-economy-combat-illegal-immigration-column/862185002/

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Posted in: U.S. troops limited to using only batons on Mexico border See in context

The difference being that the left is afraid of a very real danger, a president who is eroding America’s freedoms and democracy,

Now to really add some punch to that statement you should elaborate with something like "a president who is eroding America’s freedoms and democracy by......" And follow that with a specific list of examples where America's freedom and democracy have been eroded. That would be a slam dunk, as it is the statement begs the question, How?

whereas the right is afraid of a boogeyman created through trump whipping up fear and hysteria to get the people to let him erode America’s freedoms and democracy.

You just might be right on about the right being afraid of something but it ain't the boogeyman. They have a whole bunch of different reasons for their angst. Each one open for dissection and discussion and each one open to be judged on its merit or lack thereof. Offering examples of the right's fears and disputing them if it is warranted makes for a better comparison than just dismissing them as the boogeyman.

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Posted in: U.S. troops limited to using only batons on Mexico border See in context

There's nothing you can say to help Trump fans. They are terrified.

Republican men will feel less fear.

Okay, now that we have determined that the primary motivators for "Trump fans" and in particular "Republican men", are fear and hate. I think it's reasonable to ask what the motivators of the resistance are.

The resistance seems to have a really good hate on for Trump and it is a very popular activity among many of the resisters to imagine a litany of potential injuries and insults that Trump could probably inflict on humanity. You will find a lot of people within marginalized communities like the LGBTQ community and among racial and religious minorities saying that they live in fear of Trump and his policies. Their fear of what Trump might do, drives their acrimony towards him and his regime and that only exacerbates their fear.

Wouldn't that indicate that much of the resistance, just like the other guys, is motivated primarily by fear and hate? A good first step in any negotiation is to look for commonality. If both sides openly embrace their own fear and hate, then their positions and concerns will be more understandable to the general public. Unless the intention is to mislead, an open and honest discussion should be the goal. If both sides however, deny their own fear and hate and only assign that trait to the others, well then we have what we have now, I guess.

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Posted in: U.S. troops limited to using only batons on Mexico border See in context

Mexican TV has been running a news clip of one of the rallies in Tijuana where a guy on a loud hailer is addressing a crowd saying that "Trump was right. This is an invasion".

And? What does that have to do with anything?

What does "that" (what Mexicans think about the situation) have to do with anything? Isn't the sentiment of a significant number of Mexican citizens relevant in this discussion? After all it is their country. Why demean their voices in the matter?

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Posted in: U.S. troops limited to using only batons on Mexico border See in context

The mayor of Tijuana showed up at an anti migrant rally wearing a bright red "Make Tijuana Great Again" hat. Mexican TV has been running a news clip of one of the rallies in Tijuana where a guy on a loud hailer is addressing a crowd saying that "Trump was right. This is an invasion". I guess these guys didn't get the memo.

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Posted in: Interior Department head blames environmentalists for California wildfires See in context

This is an environmental problem that cannot be reduced to politics or a single person.

Exactly! This calamity has been decades in the making and there is plenty of blame to go around. But pointing fingers is not going to make the threat go away. This problem is not insurmountable but politicizing it and competing in a game of dueling diatribes only makes a solution harder to achieve.

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Posted in: Interior Department head blames environmentalists for California wildfires See in context

For millennia prior to the European discovery of what is now known as California, the native people maintained an ecologically balanced relationship with their environment which promoted the availability of useful resources and established a more stable environment. Early Spanish explorers wrote about vast parklike vistas of open grasslands punctuated by stands of oak. The open land was utilized for low intensity agriculture on a rotational basis and the oaks provided acorns which were an essential component of the native people's diet.

What the Europeans found was not a natural environment, what they found was an environment shaped and maintained by the native inhabitants. The native Californians were able to achieve this through their intimate understanding of their environment, it's natural cycles and through the use of controlled burning. By regularly conducting low intensity controlled fires the inhabitants kept the ground free of accumulated dead fall and brush while also benefiting from the temporary soil enrichment provided by the ash. The fires also kept the ground under the oaks clear of litter, this facilitated the gathering of acorns and removed fuel that if allowed to accumulate could feed wildfires that could injure or kill the tree.

Not all that long ago California used controlled burns as a fire abatement policy, and it helped. But in more recent times those kinds of policies have been discontinued. It is estimated that there are well over one hundred million dead trees in California's forests. Large tracts of forest land are littered with years of accumulated deadfall and are a tinderbox awaiting a spark. Recent wildfires in California have been so big because they have so much fuel to burn. That's an undeniable fact and it has nothing to do with Trump. If California doesn't want a repeat of this kind of thing it is going to have to clean up it's forests, simple as that. People can argue about why there is so much deadwood. Global warming, environmental policies, whatever. But the fact remains that the wood is there and if it isn't removed, it will burn.

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Posted in: Tijuana protesters chant 'Out!' at migrants camped in city See in context

 as I look through the lens of facts, rather than the lens of batty conspiracy theories.

Did your "facts" lens happen to pick up the fact that one of the instrumental organizations behind the organizing and facilitation of this caravan was and is Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Pueblo Sin Fronteras makes no secret of the fact that they are a political organization with a specific political agenda. Pueblo Sin Fronteras' stated goal is to create a world without borders or impediments to the free movement of people. "This" caravan, like the ones before it, is part of the effort to achieve that end. What makes this caravan stand out is the sheer size of it and the subsequent political attention it has garnered. But it is still part of an overall political strategy.

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Posted in: Tijuana protesters chant 'Out!' at migrants camped in city See in context

That’s not clear at all.

That depends on the lens you look through.

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Posted in: Tijuana protesters chant 'Out!' at migrants camped in city See in context

I was watching an interview with a young Honduran guy, who was among the folks piled up at the fence in Tijuana. He expressed the opinion that he and his friends felt betrayed. Apparently (according to him) when the caravan recruiters came to his village they assured everyone that if they joined the movement they were certain to get into the US. Now, that the reality of the situation is sinking in this kid and his friends feel they were lied to.

I wonder how many others among the group have a similar tale to tell. I wonder how many have suffered hardship or even paid with their lives for believing the recruitment propaganda and joining in. I'm sure that the organizer's job was made easier by the rhetoric coming out of the US.

This caravan phenomena is about as organic as a polyethylene bucket full of GMO corn. Clearly, this was conceived, planned and executed as part of a political strategy. The sick part is the apparent willingness of the strategists to exploit the hardship of these people, just using them as pawns to advance their political goals.

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Posted in: Migrants won't see armed soldiers on border See in context

Who had been saying the caravan didn't exist?

Well, my old hometown boy Barack Hussein Obama for one. Then there are the towering intellects, Brian Stelter, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. All of them said that the caravan was just a scare tactic on the part of Trump and repubs to effect the mid-term. All of them said that the caravan existed only in the imagination of Trump and his low IQ followers. So that's whos been saying the caravan didn't exist.

@stranger

Calling Obama the boogeyman is not very nice. After all he was the best President, ever!

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Posted in: Migrants won't see armed soldiers on border See in context

If I was a Mexican, I would go to the border and sell tunneling equipment and fake US army uniforms

It might surprise you to learn that, right now, hundreds of Mexican citizens are blocking migrants from getting of their buses, chanting for the migrants to go home and leave Mexico. They are being told, loud and clear that they are not welcome and that they should go home or be arrested and deported back to where ever they came from. Reports from inside Mexico are that migrants have attacked the police and that fighting has broken out between Mexican civilians and migrants.

Pretty amazing when you take into consideration that Americans have been told for weeks that the caravan didn't exist.

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Posted in: 56,800 dead and missing: The hidden toll of migration worldwide See in context

There's nothing bleeding heart about wanting to save your family from death squads, religious pesecution, rape and genocide.

So maybe the headline should be "56,800 saved"

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Posted in: Investigators focus on Florida in hunt for sender of bombs mailed to Trump critics See in context

So it turns out this guy a is rabid trump supporter, had a van covered in pro-Trump stickers and posters, also had images of prominent democratic political figures and liberal personalities with crosshairs over their faces.

He also has a substantial online presence which was pretty much pro Trump, anti Democrat/media. He has an extensive criminal record including allegations of making bomb threats. In a 2012 bankruptcy proceeding he stated that he lived with his Mom (he would have been around 50 at that time). He was busted for illegal steroid possession ( he is also a bodybuilder).

He identifies himself as a member of the Seminole tribe and has promoted his native heritage in a number of businesses he has owned including a Native American catering company as well as a dry cleaning firm. He also worked as a road manager for a traveling male exotic dancer troupe.

This guy reminds me of the crazy chick that shot up You Tube. Same kind of narcissism, same kind of crazy.

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Posted in: Trump says — without evidence — that Democrats are behind migrant 'caravan' See in context

Just a friendly reminder, the deplorables don't like being called stupid. And a very predictable deplorable reaction to being demeaned and belittled is to go out and vote. Better hope that more deplorables don't read Japan Today comments because the level of self righteous "othering" here would almost certainly add a good tail wind to the red wave coming next month.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to send military, shut border as migrants head for Mexico See in context

 but is at the ready to call in the military to gun down women and children on our southern border. God help us all.

Do you honestly believe that the US military would gun down women and children for attempting to cross the border illegally? Do you honestly believe that Trump would order them to?

If the Mexican government is unable or unwilling to address this issue, the potential for a humanitarian crisis at the US border becomes a serious concern, for everybody. If it remains unchecked, this influx of people at the border will definitely overwhelm the already strained resources available and there is probably no organization better suited to handle the logistics of a humanitarian relief effort than the US military.

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Posted in: After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world See in context

Not a chance. Drugs are drugs; they are banned.

Yes, but a relevant question might be, why is cannabis banned in Japan?

The Japanese people had a long history with the plant's cultivation and use. I had a childhood friend who's grandmother had a beautiful antique kimono that was decorated with cannabis themed embroidery.

The laws enacted to criminalize cannabis were forced on the Japanese people, by the occupational forces of the U.S., not for public health reasons but because of the Americans anti cannabis bias.

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Posted in: Trump hails trade pact with Canada, Mexico as win for U.S. workers See in context

*In other words, nothing much has changed. But Trump wants his base to believe otherwise. *And they will.

Which only raises the possibility of another red letter day for the deplorables. If you want to really raise the odds keep calling them rubes and yokels, nothing gets the base fired up like being called names. For some reason it really gets them to go out and vote, go figure.

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Posted in: Next battle in war over Kavanaugh: FBI probe See in context

I think the leftists have overestimated the the strength of their cards and may have overplayed their hand. Maybe the biggest miscalculation they have made is in reading the American public's sense of fair play and decency. The leftists like to think that they are the voice of America and only truly evil people disagree with them. But it might come as a surprise to some of you that there are a lot of Americans who don't agree with the rush to the left. And after the leftists let America see just how despicable they can be, there are a lot of Americans who no longer want to be associated an organization that is as sleazy as the Dems have become.

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Posted in: Trump says he and Kim Jong Un 'in love' See in context

but it's funny to watch you guys try and spin what Trump says into what you WANT it to mean

Yo Smith! Get a mirror.

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Posted in: Republicans fear political fallout from Kavanaugh turmoil See in context

Wow! It's amazing how technology has changed our lives. Back in Jim Crow days the Dems would need at least a day to round up a lynch mob. Now with a couple of hyperbolic talking points, a twitter army on tap and a lot of eager participants they can string a guy up in a matter of hours. I guess that's progress.

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