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Posted in: Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post See in context

"Nobody wants to be Trump's chief of staff," the Democratic Party said in a statement. "And why would they?

@bas4 To be accused by the Democrats want to accuse you of, to go after you, your family, follow you and your family to restaurants, go to your homes, verbally undermine and attack your actions or credibility.

By using the old Soviet era 'otherguys are worse' defense, you're indicating you can't defend Trump. Which is understandable.

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Posted in: 'We're still in the war': Chicagoans battle flow of firearms See in context

Donald Trump has, at various times, blamed the Democratic leadership, threatened to send in federal troops and breezily called the problem "very easily fixable."

Trump as always blaming someone else. 'Otherguys did it.'

'...very easily fixable...'

Then why hasn't he done anything about it? Most likely he and his followers will blame Obamahillarylibsleftdems, the 'media' and of course apparitions in the deep state.

Trump the politician knows any attempt to take on gun problems in Chicago or anywhere else would incur the wrath of some of his staunchest supporters, the NRA, the guns and ammo industries, gun hobbyists, and the terminally scared gun carriers.

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Posted in: Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post See in context

Trump said the opposition Democrats had taken "a simple transaction" and proceeded to "wrongly call it a campaign contribution."

That reminds me of an old Steve Martin skit:

Let's say you're on trial for armed robbery. You say to the judge, "I forgot armed robbery was illegal." Let's suppose he says back to you, "You have committed a foul crime. You have stolen hundreds and thousands of dollars from people at random, and you say, 'I forgot'?" Two simple words: "Excuuuuuse me!!" 

Except Trump's not funny and would never apologize for any of his evergrowing list of wrongdoings - and crimes.

"Lawyer's liability if he made a mistake, not me," the president added,

As usual, the 'otherguy did it' defense. Unlike HST, the buck only stops in his bank account.

He's incapable of taking responsibilities for any of the wrongdoings - and crimes - he's committed throughout his life.

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Posted in: Top Democrats say Trump may face impeachment, jail over hush money See in context

The **majority** of Americans called the sham from the day Trump announced his candidacy. 

@bas4 In the coastal States that’s true.

Yet another example of Trumpistanian identity politics: those who don't support Trump are not Americans. Another example was the poster who joked about North Korea nuking California.

Trump's divide and conquer approach, a tactic used by despots throughout history, is doing just that: further dividing American people.

The 'coastal people' should be lauded for having better economies than their fellow Americans living between the coasts. Those living in coastal states with stronger economies are subsidizing their 'non-coastal' fellow Americans.

How much welfare have soy bean farmers in the midwest been given under Trump and the GOP?

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Posted in: Top Democrats say Trump may face impeachment, jail over hush money See in context

Americans will have finally realised the sham 

The majority of Americans called the sham from the day Trump announced his candidacy.

However, included in the broad spectrum of the US population are those who for whatever reasons are convinced that Trumpistan partnered with Russia and Saudi Arabia (to take even greater control over the world's oil and gas for the benefit of the oil-igarchs and their money backers) is preferable to the USA's historic form of democracy, or what remains of it.

Most Americans are human, after all, and given there are 330+ million of us expect a large number to be ... different.

https://www.toptenz.net/10-bizarre-things-americans-believe-according-studies.php

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Posted in: Paris under siege: Tear gas, fury on the Champs-Elysees See in context

@proxy Nobody likes a carbon tax.

Nobody? 100% of the world opposes carbon taxes? Only partisan extremists (and those paid to push their agendas) think in all or nothing terms.

Only supporters of big oil and gas corporations and governments that control oil and gas, and of course their money backers, want to allow big oil to continue to dictate world policies and continue to pollute.

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Posted in: Trump calls for end to Mueller probe despite Russian campaign bid findings See in context

Geraldo Rivera, a Trump friend, 

Two proven liars and fake news pushers.

"at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the U.S. presidential election."

Many GoTrumpers (American and 'foreign') have said all along they wanted Trump to bring down American systems. They echo Trump's disdain for the balance and separation of powers, they echo his disdain for the judiciary, for the intelligence agencies, for a free, for-profit press, i.e. for cornerstone elements of US democracy. They cheer on his attempts to further weaken the US. (Which countries are US allies today?)

And many GoTrumpers (American and 'foreign') claim Trump's dealings with the Russian government (oligarchs and gangs - as if there's a difference between them and the government) are perfectly acceptable because A. Trump's a businessman just trying to make a buck, B. He's trolling the libs, C. Hannity/Alex Jones/Bannon and their favorite youtube star said no problem.

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Posted in: Paris under siege: Tear gas, fury on the Champs-Elysees See in context

Complex sets of issues at play here. Good luck to the French people. Alternatives to burning so much oil and gas must be found. French oil companies like Total have too much 'power'.

If Macron needs to tear gas his citizens to stay in power he's lost the right to govern.

Is this another 'the 'west' is worse than Russia' argument? Extending that lost-ther-right-to-govern principle to Russia, Putin (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/03/23/here-are-ten-critics-of-vladimir-putin-who-died-violently-or-in-suspicious-ways/?utm_term=.0d5fe4bcc89f

should have long lost his right to govern. Although given his popularity in Russia, perhaps the majority of Russians want a return to the days of Stalin and the czars when the state murdered millions of their feloow citizens. In addition to Putin, your same principle can be applied to dictators like Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Xi, Kim, Duterte and so many others.

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

@bas4 No wonder no one trusts these nimrods.

By 'no one', do you mean no one in Trump's camp?

I trust them - but I'm not in Trump's (aka Individual 1) camp.

And given how many lies Trump's told and how many lies his employees, advisors and those in his family have told only the most zealous of Trump's followers would trust a single word he says.

Nimrods? They're among the most highly educated and trained employees found anywhere, public or private sector. Would you post your CV to compare?

They said the same thing about Clinton. And the recent election results. And ..

@bas4 ...decided to look the other way.

Please provide evidence they had a solid case to pursue. If you understand the US judicial system, you'd know prosecution is costly. If there's no solid case, it would waste time, resources and money.

I thought people who call themselves 'conservatives' didn't like to see government waste money. Think how much the multiple Benghazi investigations cost. What was their result?

the tangible evidence that Mueller chooses to ignore,

Such as?

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Posted in: 1 Marine killed, 5 others missing after 2 aircraft collide during mid-air refueling exercise See in context

@burninbush Another Navy accident in the Pacific ?!?!?

There do seem to be problems, but maybe when you consider how dangerous and difficult many of these operations are, and how many are conducted error free, that's understandable.

It would be interesting to read about accidents had by Chinese and Russian navies for comparison. But given both nations are run by totalitarian regimes that control their media it's probably impossible to get accurate - and honest - information.

Hoping for good news.

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Posted in: Brazilian consul: Ghosn is healthy, wants thrillers See in context

Japanese government or politicians involved in this issue. It seems to me there was not sufficient reason to arrest Ghosn.

In Japan, as well as other nations where corporations can dictate policies, I don't think there's a clear delineation between government and big business.

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Posted in: CO2 emissions up 2.7%; world 'off course' to curb warming: study See in context

A single degree of warming to date has seen a rise in deadly heatwaves, droughts, floods, and superstorms made worse by rising seas.

But the deniers, financed by the globe's oil and gas corporations, will say their faith in those corporations (and the dividends they get from them) trumps the research findings of the majority of the world's scientists. Another faith v. science scenario.

It's worrying that Trump's US is making the problems even worse by subsidizing America's oil, gas and coal industries, by doing nothing to support alternatives to burning so much oil and gas, by reducing air pollution control requirements, by appeasing Russia, Saudi Arabia and other oil and gas producers, among other tactics that keep the US stuck in the past and prevent progress (a dirty word to Trump and his aging GOP enablers).

It's worrying that Russia is another leader of the deniers. But when Russia's global expansion requires financing from its various state owned oil companies, that's to be expected.

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Posted in: OPEC, Russia move closer to cutting oil output See in context

Like Russia, most OPEC states are run by authoritarian regimes.

Alternatives to burning so much oil and gas (and coal) need greater support from all nations, especially those dependent on oil and gas exporting nations.

If not, these authoritarian states will take even greater control.

If not, expect to breathe more polluted air and expect climate change related problems to increase. Also expect more wars over control of oil and gas and their shipment.

Worrying that Trump's US is making the problems even worse by subsidizing America's oil, gas and coal industries, by doing nothing to support alternatives to burning so much oil and gas, by reducing air pollution control requirements, by appeasing Russia, Saudi Arabia and other oil and gas producers, among other tactics that keep the US stuck in the past and prevent progress (a dirty word to Trump and his aging GOP enablers).

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

@serrano Oh, any evidence of collusion yet? Hint: There isn't any.

And you know this because...? Pure speculation on your part. You have no idea what Mueller knows.

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

@serrano General Flynn is a Three Star General. Mueller is a fraud. Any questions?

Which one sold his services to Turkey's dictator and then lied about it?

Which one had to resign his appointment because he was caught out lying?

Which one was secretly meeting with Russians and then lied about it?

I know you've posted you're pro-Russian, but as an American I think when liars like Flynn are secretly meeting with people from a country that's meddling in US affairs it makes me think Flynn is a genuine, real threat to American security.

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

Bob Mueller. There's an American.

It's been interesting reading so many Trump supporting Americans attack Mueller. Mueller's spent his entire life upholding the cornerstones of American democracy. Trump has given little if anything (even cheats on his taxes http://time.com/5416649/trump-tax-lessons/) and daily tries to undermine the country's ever weakening foundations of democracy, attacking the intelligence agencies, Congress, the judiciary, and any outlet in the free, for-profit press that questions his decisions. While kissing up to despots that want to bring down the US.

But somehow some in Trump's base claim Mueller's the problem, to them Mueller's the one who's un-American. While Mueller and the intelligence agencies try to protect the US from Russian 'meddling', these same Trump supporters want to stop any investigation that might show Trump to be the slimy politician he is.

Mueller's story is interesting: https://www.wired.com/story/robert-mueller-vietnam/

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

@bas4  let’s say a few Democrats or someone other than the President, you’d still be equally as satisfied with the results of the investigation, right?

Any person, regardless of political affiliation, regardless of position, regardless of their family, found having committed a crime of any sort needs to be brought to justice.

Get some Mueller! Clean the swamp!

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

@cla68 Hopefully President Trump will pardon General Flynn and give him a job in his administration. Perhaps Secretary of Homeland Security

Because Flynn has so many Russian friends, do you think he'd make it easier for y'all to get into and stay in the US were he head of Homeland Security?

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Posted in: Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn; calls his cooperation 'substantial' See in context

which Flynn appeared to be trying to undermine the policy of then-President Barack Obama.

Obama at the time was planning sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 election.

More examples, as if any more were needed, of a Trump backing, me-centric, money uber alles, country-be-damned WITCH.

Hunted down, but I still think they should LOCK FLYNN UP!

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Posted in: Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. border See in context

@bas4 A wall would help,

Spend spend spend. Trump backers are anything but 'conservative'. What's the deficit now under Trump? After his taxcut for the richest, what's the revenue shortfall forecast to be? And he wants MORE MONEY FOR THE MILITARY AND MORE MONEY FOR MORE NUKES!

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Posted in: U.S. gives Russia 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty See in context

@blacklabe Gotta keep “Russia” in the news at all costs

I fully agree! The world needs to hear the truth about Trump's connections to Russia and other foreign powers.

And also about the numerous other criminal activities various factions of the Trump syndicate are alleged to have been involved in.

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Posted in: Macron makes U-turn on fuel-tax increases in face of protests See in context

France's prime minister on Tuesday suspended planned increases to fuel taxes 

@burngbush The young people of Europe are wising up to fact that all the climate change nonsense

How closely connected is Macron's government to French oil giant Total and others in the oil and gas industries.

I know Total is partnering with different Russian oil companies, so if that's the case it's more likely those who think climate change is nonsense are employed by the oil industry or are employees of one of Russia's armies of paid trolls pushing the Russian oil and gas agenda.

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Posted in: Tired of waiting for asylum, migrants from caravan breach U.S. border See in context

Oh, and build that wall 10 feet higher.

Perhaps GoTrumpers around the globe could join forces with America's GoTrumpers and others among America's most easily frightened citizens and crowdfund the wall and any extensions.

I would assume the many employees of the Internet Research agency could use social media to push for funding while they're pushing to further undermine the remaining bits of US democracy.

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Posted in: Macron makes U-turn on fuel-tax increases in face of protests See in context

@burningbuh Looks like the Globalists plan to enslave the citizenry with their climate change scam tax have hit a roadblock.

Looks like the oil and gas cabal plans to enslave citizens around the globe keeping their nation's economies dependent on burning ever larger amounts of oil and gas, breathing pollutants and contributing to climate change.

@cla68 Apparently, Europeans no longer believe in global warming 

All Europeans? That's probably true for the Russians, some of whom, including those in St. Petersburg and the 'western' parts of the country, who know their country's future depends on selling more gas and oil. But the rest of Europe? Your source?

And did you mean climate change?

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Posted in: 'Zero' doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators See in context

'Individual 1' once again won't accept the findings of the US intelligence agencies, even though his appointments are leading them.

Trump watched Putin high fiving Mohammed bin Salman in front of his nose.

Curious that Trump is alleged (go Mueller!) to have business dealings with both murdering despots. (Curious that both are leaders of oil and gas cabals.)

If Trump would release his most current tax info, the world might learn whether he's beholden to Putin and MbS, among other global syndicate leaders, in any way.

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

@bas4 t seems like fresh meat for the socialists,

What? SMH

but if you look at LA and SF County and how radical their progressive policies have destroyed those cities and up until the midterms OC that was reliably red is a County was was clean, well run, prosperous, affluent.

Once again Trumpitarians have to distort reality to make it fit their blinkered world view. Once again they attack democratic processes and their fellow Americans. But that's consistent when so many claim they'd rather be Russian than Democrat, which again is consistent with the anti-American beliefs they've espoused since the election. They're parroting Bannon, Putin and Alex Jones.

I doubt anyone wants to look like the other 2 radical counties.

Hmmmm...LOL

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Posted in: Sanders eyes 'bigger' 2020 bid despite some warning signs See in context

It's past time for all these old, entrenched politicians to step aside.

I agree, but don't think Sanders is entrenched in the Democratic Party, which would probably stiff him again were he to get serious consideration.

It's time for Gen X, even Y to make their moves. The world's seeing how farther whack the US has got while its aging baby boomer executive continues to decline mentally and emotionally.

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Posted in: A high-five from Putin and that awkward photograph - Saudi prince's G20 summit See in context

Russian President Vladimir Putin walked up to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a summit of G20 world leaders, high-fived him and then shook his hand heartily.

Masters of oil and gas. Both are aware they can get away with murder and just about anything they want.

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Posted in: Comey makes deal over House subpoena; backs off legal fight See in context

As part of a deal with legislators, Comey has been told that he is free to speak about the questioning afterward and that a transcript would be released 24 hours after he testifies, his attorney, David Kelley, said.

That requires a mighty big 'trust me'. 'Individual 1' and the GOP have shown little if anything they say can be believed. Time will tell.

@burningbhs The Mueller show is in shambles.

Russians (and Chinese, Saudis, Iranians and others from totalitarian states) are accustomed to quick show trials. The land of Potemkin Villages, after all.

It must be baffling to see a legitimate investigation. One of the many benefits of access to free, for-profit media is the ability to follow events like this.

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Posted in: Name your 7 favorite TV comedies of all time. See in context

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Monty Python

Seinfeld

The Office (UK, then US)

Taxi

MASH

Larry Sanders Show

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