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  #2122701 9-Nov-2018 13:30
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In contrast to previous shootings Trump got the flags to half mast pretty quick after the Thousand Oaks bar shooting. He's improving.. or something..

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  #2122717 9-Nov-2018 13:49
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IMO he will also win the trade war with China (possible new trade agreement already announced) and he will force Iran back to the table.

 

 

 

 

The Europeans are moving ahead with a special arrangement to protect companies who do business with Iran from US secondary sanctions. As far as China goes he may get some concessions but I very much doubt he will unequivocally "win" a trade war with China. Apple can't just start building iPhones in California tomorrow - I mean, sure, there's nothing stopping them from doing so again eventually, but it would take literal years to setup the supply chains to cut out China. China's in there all the way from digging rocks out of the ground to shipping the finished product.

 

And it's worth remembering that half of these companies whining about China stealing their IP gave it to China. You can't expect Foxconn to build a million iPhones a year and not pick up some knowledge along the way. There are also the rules China has about local partnerships and so on, which again, is something a company agrees to do.

 

In other words, this IP is given to China because the companies that made it make more profit that way. At any time, a company could just decide not to sell things in China.





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  #2122784 9-Nov-2018 14:56
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SaltyNZ:

 

Bluntj:

 

IMO he will also win the trade war with China (possible new trade agreement already announced) and he will force Iran back to the table.

 

 

 

 

The Europeans are moving ahead with a special arrangement to protect companies who do business with Iran from US secondary sanctions. As far as China goes he may get some concessions but I very much doubt he will unequivocally "win" a trade war with China. Apple can't just start building iPhones in California tomorrow - I mean, sure, there's nothing stopping them from doing so again eventually, but it would take literal years to setup the supply chains to cut out China. China's in there all the way from digging rocks out of the ground to shipping the finished product.

 

And it's worth remembering that half of these companies whining about China stealing their IP gave it to China. You can't expect Foxconn to build a million iPhones a year and not pick up some knowledge along the way. There are also the rules China has about local partnerships and so on, which again, is something a company agrees to do.

 

In other words, this IP is given to China because the companies that made it make more profit that way. At any time, a company could just decide not to sell things in China.

 

 

Apple gained an exemption months ago....as did other large Companies that Trump seems to like.


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  #2122869 9-Nov-2018 16:33
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The Washington Post - Trump takes aggressive moves he resisted before elections

 

 

"Following this week’s midterm elections, President Trump ousted his attorney general, seized control of the Russia investigation for a partisan loyalist and suspended the credentials for a journalist he deemed too adversarial.

 

And that was just the first 24 hours. ..."

 

 





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  #2122908 9-Nov-2018 18:38
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The Washington Post - The Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats the Senate

 

a challenging opinion piece ...

 

 

Brett M. Kavanaugh must have been smiling as the returns came in on Election Day, because it is now clear that the Democrats’ campaign to destroy him will go down as a massive blunder.

It failed to keep Kavanaugh off the court. It cost Democrats their chance to regain control of the Senate.

 

And it gave Republicans an expanded Senate majority that will allow them to confirm an even more conservative justice next time around.

 

Today, Kavanaugh sits on the Supreme Court hearing cases.

 

Meanwhile, [three Democratic Senators] ... have been thrown out by voters furious over their party’s brutal campaign of character assassination against Kavanaugh. ...

 

The lesson for Democrats should be clear: Character assassination does not pay. Quite the opposite, it backfired - big-time.

 

 

 





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  #2122913 9-Nov-2018 18:49
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Rikkitic:

 

The riots will happen when he suspends the constitution and orders the army into the streets.

 

 

The kind of stuff the gun-nuts have been crying out Obama would do. It will be funny when the idiot-in-chief they support do these on them.





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  #2122914 9-Nov-2018 18:51
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gzt: In contrast to previous shootings Trump got the flags to half mast pretty quick after the Thousand Oaks bar shooting. He's improving.. or something..

 

 

They should remain half-mast all the time, going by the speed of the shootings happenings. Also, why not upside down? I am pretty sure if he flies it upside down and cries out he is under attack more people will support his idiocracy.





 
 
 
 


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  #2123111 10-Nov-2018 08:42
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So, Trump has gone to Paris to celebrate the WW1 100th anniversary

 

Quote from CNN

 

"Officials say the President will use the moment to underscore the essential role the United States played in restoring European peace and security -- and continues to play now, despite Trump's complaints that it costs too much."

 

Should have added "and removing the US from many organisations he has alliances with"

 

Have you cake and eat it too mentality


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  #2123350 10-Nov-2018 16:40
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The Washington Post - There is no way this man should be running the Justice Department

 

An important opinion piece behind a paywall - so extracts are quoted at length

 

 

IS MATTHEW G. WHITAKER the legitimate acting attorney general?

 

From approximately the second President Trump ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and tapped Mr. Whitaker to temporarily exercise the office’s vast authority, legal experts have sparred over whether Mr. Trump can unilaterally elevate someone from a role that does not require Senate confirmation to one that does.

 

But regardless of whether the promotion is legal, it is very clear that it is unwise. Mr. Whitaker is unfit for the job.

 

Several prominent legal scholars point out that the Constitution demands that “principal officers” of the United States must undergo Senate confirmation.

 

A 19th-century Supreme Court case suggests there may be limited room for temporary fill-ins, but Mr. Whitaker’s appointment is hardly so temporary; he could serve for most of the rest of Mr. Trump’s first term.

 

Even if Mr. Whitaker’s promotion is constitutional, Congress passed a law governing Justice Department succession that also seems to prohibit Mr. Whitaker’s ascent.

 

The department has a capable, Senate-confirmed deputy attorney general in Rod J. Rosenstein; he should be running the department in the absence of a permanent replacement.

 

The Senate above all should be offended by the president’s end run around its authority. ...

 

It took less than 24 hours for material to emerge suggesting that [Whitaker] could not survive even a rudimentary vetting:

 

     

  1. First, there are Mr. Whitaker’s statements criticizing the Russia probe of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. ...

  2. Then there is Mr. Whitaker’s connection to a defunct patent promotion company that the Federal Trade Commission called “an invention-promotion scam that has bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars.” ...

  3. Finally, and fundamentally most damning, is Mr. Whitaker’s expressed hostility to Marbury v. Madison, a central case - the central case - in the American constitutional system.
    It established an indispensable principle: The courts decide what is and is not constitutional.
    Without Marbury, there would be no effective judicial check on the political branches, no matter how egregious their actions.

 

If the Senate were consulted, it is impossible to imagine Mr. Whitaker getting close to the attorney general’s office. He should not be there now.

 

 





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  #2123404 10-Nov-2018 18:13
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  #2123410 10-Nov-2018 18:36
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https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a24669577/chckpeas-twitter-gofundme-maga/

Inside the Twitter Scam That Bagged One Woman Big MAGA Bucks

A black college student in the Midwest who pretended to be a Trump supporter shunned by her family for her beliefs says she ended up collecting 150,000 MAGA bucks before being exposed as someone with good sense and moral character. Call it Operation Let’s Get That Stale Bread.

he woman, who gave the name Karen, posted her fictional plight under her Twitter handle, @chckpeas, with a picture of herself in a MAGA hat that she says she found outside. “I snapped a couple of pictures in it, before my head started burning... and threw it away,” she told ELLE.com.

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I will not hide any longer,, the left has made us feel as if us black republicans should hide!! but not anymore!! #BlacksForTrump #WalkAway #maga


Like many online tales of woe, Karen's story came with a link to a GoFundMe, which quickly collected what she reports as in the neighborhood of $150,000 from folks who thought they were paying an early adopter of the Blexit. While this is certainly the scam of the year, according to the woman it started as a joke. “I saw that other black girl that posted about being a black Trump supporter,” she said, “and I wanted to make fun of her.” Her tweet was shared over a thousand times throughout Unseasoned Twitter. Watching the GoFundMe explode with Confederate dollars, she says, was just an unexpected bonus.

[The Republican Party] needs black faces,” the Twitter prankster reasoned, “so they throw money at any black person that says they support Trump so that people stop thinking of them as the 'racist party' But it’s never going to happen.” Who needs coffee to wake up when there’s tea this hot? “They also fail to realize that they don’t have to outwardly hate black people to be racist, because they still create policies and laws that keep black people poor and unsupported. Especially the three strikes law that they love to uphold, and it does nothing but send poor black and brown people to jail for the rest of their lives. But we’re supposed to ignore that and say that suddenly they’re not racist because they paid a black girl’s tuition? It’s laughable.”

When Dog Whistle Twitter started to suspect the Elizabeth Jennings of Resistance was not who she seemed, the GoFundMe was shut down, but not before she could cha-cha slide away with the loot like the Hamburglar at a drive-through. “The Trumpies saw my old tweets about Obama and realized maybe I might have been lying. But I was faster and took everything before it could be taken from me.” We stan a hasty check-cashing legend.

But just as quickly as the coins jumped in, the racism jumped out.

Another tweet

Trump is a racist, homophobic, transphobic, bigot AND YOU THINK MY BLACK ASS WOULD SUPPORT THAT ROTTING CARROT?? ridiculous. any black person can put on that ugly ass hat and say #MAGA and yall will instantly be up their ass cuz you wanna prove so hard you’re not racist


note: after trolling the Republicans, she admitted it was only $97 in GoFundMe donations. Also she returned all the money, so no crime commited. Nice to see so much finesse in trolling.

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  #2123418 10-Nov-2018 18:57
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  #2123433 10-Nov-2018 20:13
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The Washington Post - There is no way this man should be running the Justice Department

 

 

It took less than 24 hours for material to emerge suggesting that [Whitaker] could not survive even a rudimentary vetting:

 

     

  1. First, there are Mr. Whitaker’s statements criticizing the Russia probe of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. ...

  2. Then there is Mr. Whitaker’s connection to a defunct patent promotion company that the Federal Trade Commission called “an invention-promotion scam that has bilked thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars.” ...

  3. Finally, and fundamentally most damning, is Mr. Whitaker’s expressed hostility to Marbury v. Madison, a central case - the central case - in the American constitutional system. ...

 

An update on item 2: 

Now it turns out that the Miami office of the F.B.I. is conducting a criminal investigation of World Patent Marketing (the defunct patent promotion company).

 

This would be the same F.B.I. that Whitaker oversees in his new job.

 

 

"only the best people" ...  undecided





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  #2123449 10-Nov-2018 22:34
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The New York Times:

 


 

 

 

The Guardian:

 


 

 

 

The Wall Street Journal:

 


 

 

 

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  #2123490 11-Nov-2018 08:01
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I get the feeling Trump is going to snap in the next few months, it is going to be messy and make the last two years look like a non event. God help the US, in God they trust and they will need that trust repaid, but hmmm that's another story.





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