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  #2421302 15-Feb-2020 09:13
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Removed one post which, despite being a comedy song, implied the use of violence against one segment of the voters (no, not the Nazis).





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  #2421335 15-Feb-2020 10:34
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MikeB4:

I am okay with having a go at the leadership but insulting the country is going too far.

 

Just a note that I have been seeing the term 'banana republic' used quite a lot recently in reference to America. It is being used by former officials, journalists, citizens and others in reference to Donald Trump and members of his administration. Last night it was used on MSNBC by people on a panel discussing the state of American democracy. Just now I saw this reference while browsing the news:

 

“I just think it’s a banana republic when we go down that road and we have those type of statements being made that are conceivably, even if not, influencing the ultimate decision,” Judge Reggie Walton said.

 

I am by no means the only person saying this. Most who are seem to be worried citizens and people in positions of responsibility who see what is happening to their country.

 

 

 

 





I don't think there is ever a bad time to talk about how absurd war is, how old men make decisions and young people die. - George Clooney
 


 
 
 
 


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  #2421362 15-Feb-2020 11:40
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I see Barr is going to be looking for a new job by Monday. He effectively just told DT to stop tweeting.


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  #2421381 15-Feb-2020 11:56
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SJB:

 

I see Barr is going to be looking for a new job by Monday. He effectively just told DT to stop tweeting.

 

 

There two theories about that. Some think Barr is just telling Trump that he (Barr) can do a better job of corrupting the justice department and serving Trump's interests if Trump stops publicly announcing everything they are doing. "I can serve you better, Master, if you just stay quiet."

 

 





I don't think there is ever a bad time to talk about how absurd war is, how old men make decisions and young people die. - George Clooney
 


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  #2421407 15-Feb-2020 13:30
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Rikkitic:

 

There two theories about that. Some think Barr is just telling Trump that he (Barr) can do a better job of corrupting the justice department and serving Trump's interests if Trump stops publicly announcing everything they are doing. "I can serve you better, Master, if you just stay quiet."

 

 

My theory is that this is all orchestrated directly from the White House, in an attempt to gaslight Americans into thinking the DOJ is acting impartially. It is the only thing that makes sense, based on AG Barr's recent and past behaviour.

It also explains why Trump's response to this was so subdued. Have you ever known Trump to be subdued when someone criticizes his behaviour?


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  #2421415 15-Feb-2020 14:20
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I don't like Bloomberg, but he could teach a thing or two to other democratic opponents about how to get under Trump's orange skin.

I think he may have started a trend with "carnival barking clown".

For you youngsters, a carnival barker is an employee in cheap showy clothes, yelling in front of decrepit attractions, such as freak shows and erotic dance shows. "Clown" is just a typical New York put-down.


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  #2421436 15-Feb-2020 15:56
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Donald Trump is Drunk with Power

Jimmy Kimmel Live

The polls closed for the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump fired up a crowd a rally and called Mike Bloomberg a racist, Roger Stone's nine year prison sentence was reduced to something far less severe after Trump's tweet, we checked in with recently fired Gordon Sondland (Jeff Ross), and the 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog show kicked off with an unlikely duo.


 
 
 
 


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  #2421768 16-Feb-2020 11:40
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Best explanation I have read in this opinion piece as to why Trump will win again:

 

https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/joe-hildebrand-why-no-one-stands-in-the-way-of-another-donald-trump-win/news-story/a634c4d58157dadb42b70b5327882532

 

An extract:

 

Already the Democratic field of candidates looked about as appealing to voters as the buffet breakfast on the Diamond Princess. After nearly four years of frenzied hashtags and cries of “resistance”, all they could produce were an almost octogenarian socialist senator, a white Harvard professor who thought she was Native American and a white former vice-president who was the closest they could get to a black man.

 

...and...

 

You honestly could not write this sh*t and be believed. By this stage the Democrats were no ordinary lemmings; they were building a ladder to climb over the fence at the Gap.


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  #2421874 16-Feb-2020 17:31
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So much for Mexico paying for Trump's wall.

Trump diverts billions in defense funding for border wall

DW News


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  #2421880 16-Feb-2020 17:47
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Trump: "Left my wallet at home. Get that, will you."

city in Arizona still out $64,000 after Trump rally in 2018

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With President Trump headed to Phoenix for a rally next week, the City of Mesa is still out more than $60,000 after his last visit to the Valley.


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  #2421881 16-Feb-2020 17:52
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Wisconsin Dairy Farmer Outraged By Trump Admin's Cuts to the Affordable Care Act

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‘[Trump] continually lies for something that is as critical as my health care.’ — Obamacare "Affordable Care Act" saved this Wisconsin farmer’s life and she’s outraged by Trump's lies about health care.


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  #2422718 17-Feb-2020 20:18
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This book seems more favoured by the "young and hip" than "old and serious", but you may enjoy it.

Basically its premise is Trump and his cronies are at the least strange, and at the extreme insane.



Amazon: Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington

Daily Beast reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng

An eyewitness account of Donald Trump's clown car of lieutenants and lackeys who have polluted the corridors of power with their unprecedented awfulness.

Two of Washington's most meddlesome reporters take readers on a deep dive into the murky underworld of President Trump's Washington, dishing the hilarious and frightening dirt on the charlatans, conspiracy theorists, ideologues, and run-of-the-mill con artists who have infected the highest echelons of American political power.

For the past three years, reporting from the White House, the Trump hotel, and other dens of intrigue and influence, Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng have revealed the sordid shenanigans of a rogue's gallery of Trumpworld incompetents and improbable A-listers -- earning them angry denunciations (or at least some vexed side-eye) from Trumpists such as the actor Jon Voight and Trump's former campaign czar and renowned obfuscator Corey Lewandowski as well as requisite threats of physical violence and ruin. Sinking in the Swamp will similarly pull no punches. Everyone from assorted Trump family members to Stephen Miller, Sean Hannity, and Diamond & Silk to Trumpworld's even more obscure accomplices will be plumbed, prodded, and exposed for their roles in the most shambolic moment in modern American political history. When they go low, Swin and Lachlan are right there with them, recorders running and notebooks at the ready.

Sinking in the Swamp is an uncompromising account of the financial and moral degradation of our capital, told with righteous indignation and through the lens of key power players and foot soldiers whose own antics have often escaped the notice of the overworked press corps.

As the 2020 election approaches, this page-turning, letting-it-all-hang-out narrative shows how the nation got to this nadir, tracing the story back to years before Trump's improbable run for the White House and cataloguing the stomach-turning moments that followed.


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  #2423256 18-Feb-2020 15:04
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Trump is expected to appoint a record 25% of federal judges by the end of his term:

The Economist: ON ALMOST ANY measure, Donald Trump ranks himself among the most successful presidents in history. In one area—making appointments to America’s federal court system—he may actually be right. In a little over three years, Mr Trump has nominated and won Senate confirmation for 192 federal judges, including 137 district-court judges, 51 appellate judges and two Supreme Court justices. No president since at least Ronald Reagan has racked up judicial appointments so quickly (the closest was Bill Clinton with 189 at this point in his presidency: see chart). By the end of the year, on current trends, a quarter of federal judges will be Mr Trump’s appointees. They may prove his most enduring legacy.

Is this a 1 in 4 chance of a get out of jail card? Mitch McConnell is making this top priority apparently ; ).

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  #2423270 18-Feb-2020 15:45
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gzt: Trump is expected to appoint a record 25% of federal judges by the end of his term:

The Economist: ON ALMOST ANY measure, Donald Trump ranks himself among the most successful presidents in history. In one area—making appointments to America’s federal court system—he may actually be right. In a little over three years, Mr Trump has nominated and won Senate confirmation for 192 federal judges, including 137 district-court judges, 51 appellate judges and two Supreme Court justices. No president since at least Ronald Reagan has racked up judicial appointments so quickly (the closest was Bill Clinton with 189 at this point in his presidency: see chart). By the end of the year, on current trends, a quarter of federal judges will be Mr Trump’s appointees. They may prove his most enduring legacy.

Is this a 1 in 4 chance of a get out of jail card? Mitch McConnell is making this top priority apparently ; ).

 

 

 

Trump is a darn good reason why judges should not be political appointments.

 

These should be legal appointments based on merit and merit only.


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  #2423323 18-Feb-2020 16:28
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