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  # 1702360 13-Jan-2017 06:26
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After the last 24+ hours I hereby unreservedly state that I now believe Donald Trump to be an evil, dangerous ill prepared, dishonest potential tyrant  and the biggest threat to democracy and freedom in the last seven decades. May God help us.


That's a fairly long way from nothing much will happen. I'm curious to know what caused you to move in that unreserved direction. I may have missed something..


Some say a week is a long time in politics. A week in Donald Trumps reality is an eternity, a lot has happened and after revision and reading (wife in China, I was bored) I have come to the realisation that my initial position was wrong.




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  # 1702375 13-Jan-2017 07:11
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Fred99:

 

 

 

Trump's approval rating has plummeted.

 

 

Just wait till the video is released. His popularity amongst his supporers will skyrocket!

 

 

Exactly! Two words that will cement his position and elevate himself to supreme leader - "fake news".





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  # 1702378 13-Jan-2017 07:38
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NPR has a short article on the concept of Kompromat.

http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/01/11/509305088/a-russian-word-americans-need-to-know-kompromat

"Out of nowhere, a shocking video appeared on a Russian TV news program late one evening in March 1999. A surveillance tape showed a naked, middle-aged man who resembled Russia's top prosecutor, Yuri Skuratov, cavorting with two unclothed young women. Neither was his wife. The ensuing scandal included a press conference by the head of Russia's FSB security service at the time, Vladimir Putin, who made clear it was Skuratov in the video."

Apparently prosecutors can be a pain.


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  # 1702403 13-Jan-2017 08:51
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I always believe everything Trump says...after all he will be President in a few days!!


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  # 1702444 13-Jan-2017 09:20
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Pumpedd:

 

I always believe everything Trump says...after all he will be President in a few days!!

 

 

I too, always believe what he says. Problem is, the GOP doesn't, then they wind him back.Hhe isnt in office yet, but so much has been back tracked, diluted, its laughable. And embarrasing for the US


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  # 1702481 13-Jan-2017 09:54
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This would be a serious lol if the"porn" industry saved us from the Orange One - ref http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38589427 :

 

"If a tape exists, the Russians would hardly give it up, though some hope to encourage a disloyal FSB officer who might want to make some serious money. Before the election, Larry Flynt, publisher of the pornographic magazine Hustler, put up a million dollars for incriminating tape of Mr Trump. Penthouse has now followed with its own offer of a million dollars for the Ritz-Carlton tape (if it exists)."


 
 
 
 


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  # 1702534 13-Jan-2017 10:32
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tdgeek:

 

Apparently Marie Osmond will sing at the inauguration. Radio station announced that and clipped her singing Paper Roses. Quite funny.

 

 

I wonder if the Church of LDS knows yet?

 

 


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  # 1702545 13-Jan-2017 10:41
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Christopher Steel has decided to keep a low profile.

 

On the surface a very wise move - given what Putin can arrange with Polonium 210.

 

His report about Trump is either (mainly) true or it's (mainly) untrue.

 

Assume that it's mainly untrue, then WTF could have inspired Steel to "fabricate" such a wild story? My guess is that he probably didn't, but was probably fed what he thought was credible by an informant on the Russian side. Then why would Putin do that? (presuming he was involved - likely IMO). Probably to mock and discredit.

 

Steel will probably know exactly what happened there.  I doubt Putin is a real threat to his safety, Steel has served his purpose and now he's finished, time to write his memoirs (that will have zero credibility).

 

Then again the report could be (mainly) true. 


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  # 1702560 13-Jan-2017 10:53
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I believe Trump is an arrogant fool, but I don't think he is completely stupid. He is crafty enough to know better than to place himself in a compromising position in Russia. Of course he is also impulsive and capable of anything, but I doubt he got up to anything blackmailable of a sexual nature on his visits there. As someone used to backhanded deals in the business world, I just think he would know better, like a rat that knows to avoid a trap. The illegal donations issue sounds much more promising to me. I don't doubt there is dirt there, though whether it can be proved may be another matter. In any case, Trump has already succeeded in significantly lowering the esteem of the USA in the rest of the world. One day historians will say this was the moment when the American empire started to crumble.

 

 





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  # 1702583 13-Jan-2017 11:20
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Fred99:

 

 

 

Assume that it's mainly untrue, then WTF could have inspired Steel to "fabricate" such a wild story? My guess is that he probably didn't, but was probably fed what he thought was credible by an informant on the Russian side. Then why would Putin do that? (presuming he was involved - likely IMO). Probably to mock and discredit.

 

Very plausible that the sources Steel got his information from were in on it with Putin (perhaps well rewarded for doing so) and that it's just another way for Russia to undermine the US public's confidence in their media and democracy. Maybe they feed information they can categorically prove as untrue (like certain people alleged to be in certain places and certain times). Prove some of it as until and the rest will never been seen as credible, and all the media outlets that reported it will be slammed for a long time for talking about a false report, and it will be used at every opportunity by Trump to discredit whatever they say he doesn't like. Just as he has been doing with the IC's conclusions on Russia, continually pointing back to WMDs to discredit what they say he doesn't like.





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  # 1702586 13-Jan-2017 11:29
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One day historians will say this was the moment when the American empire started to crumble.

 

 

I think that statement is "wishful thinking" and explains some of the support for Trump outside the USA, possibly some even within the US.

 

Anti-US sentiment has been around a long time. One needs to be careful to assess motives for that.  Despite serious failings and blunders, the USA has generally worked to protect and promote democracy and freedom. I suspect that despite "Trump" and the rise of the alt:right, half of the world's population (more probably) would choose to emigrate from where they are to the USA - because of the relative freedom and opportunity it offers.

 

Top of my mind in saying that was thinking back to anti-US sentiment at the end of the Vietnam war era, Nixon, recession.  I'm confident that people would have been saying the same "one day historians will say this was the moment when the American Empire started to crumble".  I'm glad it didn't.


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  # 1702603 13-Jan-2017 11:41
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You make a good point but in my view America has been increasingly failing to walk the talk. There seems to be a willingness to compromise its so-called principles whenever it is expedient to do so. I agree that there is no better defender of 'Western values' on the horizon at the moment. I am not at all anti-American. I just wish they would do a better job of living up to their promise.

 

 





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  # 1702606 13-Jan-2017 11:47
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Fred99:

 

Rikkitic:

 

One day historians will say this was the moment when the American empire started to crumble.

 

 

I think that statement is "wishful thinking" and explains some of the support for Trump outside the USA, possibly some even within the US.

 

Anti-US sentiment has been around a long time. One needs to be careful to assess motives for that.  Despite serious failings and blunders, the USA has generally worked to protect and promote democracy and freedom. I suspect that despite "Trump" and the rise of the alt:right, half of the world's population (more probably) would choose to emigrate from where they are to the USA - because of the relative freedom and opportunity it offers.

 

Top of my mind in saying that was thinking back to anti-US sentiment at the end of the Vietnam war era, Nixon, recession.  I'm confident that people would have been saying the same "one day historians will say this was the moment when the American Empire started to crumble".  I'm glad it didn't.

 

 

 

 

Do you really think the Republican Party will allow these lies and BS to continue for 4 years?

 

I cant see it. They are already divided on Trump.


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Trump is somewhat smart. I mean he managed to get himself into the position he is in, beating out others, I mean the way he went about it was absolutely bizzare, however he managed to pull it off. I bet you Michael Bloomberg and a few others are regretting not running for president. 

 

Like I said a few pages back, the democrats are starting to hurl rocks this week, last couple of weeks they been throwing stones. Trump will be inaugurated though. A lot of the claims and news about Trump is untrue. If the GOP is really in control (which I believe they are where most of the power lies), then you may see him impeached in favour of Pence (who the GOP feel they can control/persuade). But they wont jump on the impeachment wagon just yet. They will start steering Trump in directions, and IF they don't like where things are going, they will drop the dirt and impeach him, the GOP knows the democrats will jump on that bandwagon. But if the GOP is getting what they want, then they will keep Trump.

 

 


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