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  # 2181285 16-Feb-2019 16:54
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 Ms. Coulter fired back shortly afterward. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot,” she said on KABC radio in Los Angeles.

 

 

The scariest thing is that a large portion of the American population won't agree with her.


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The scariest thing is she doesn't think
he's tough enough or nasty enough.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2181302 16-Feb-2019 17:32
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The Washington Post - Trump declares his presidency to be a National Eternity

 

February 15 at 8:43 AM

 

Behind a paywall, so quoted in full ...

 


Does it seem like forever that Donald Trump has been president?

 

Just you wait.

 

He doesn’t spend 32 hours each and every day in “executive time” doing nothing, you know.

 

He reclines on a large, reinforced divan with his snacks and thinks of new ways to drive the American public insane.

 

He has had lots of executive time already to devote to this project, and frankly, has nothing better to do.

 

He has concluded that a calm, reasonable, educated citizenry is going to vote him promptly out of office at the first opportunity.

 

So he is doing the obvious thing: getting rid of the calm, reasonable, educated part.

 

This week’s episode consisted of negotiating with Congress on border security funding, then promptly going around Congress to build a wall its members deemed a waste of money.

 

This usurpation of congressional power could be declared a constitutional emergency, but instead Trump declared a different emergency: that Congress insisted on performing its constitutionally mandated duty of budgeting.

 

Now he will use this state of emergency to both subvert Congress AND use government (not Mexico’s, by the way) money to build the world’s tallest, longest campaign poster. Are you crazy yet?

 

Trump said he would do worse than waterboarding, and he is - on us.

 

Waterboarding eventually stops.

 

Trump never stops.

 

He knows that his relentlessness can break an opponent - he has broken his White House staff and the Republican Party as a whole.

 

It’s almost as though he read and remembered these lines from George Orwell’s 1984:

 

“But always - do not forget this, Winston - always there will be the intoxication of power, constantly increasing and constantly growing subtler.
Always, at every moment, there will be the thrill of victory, the sensation of trampling on an enemy who is helpless.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - for ever.”

 

All that is left standing between Trump and Trumpism Forever is the rest of us.

 

He is never going to rest.

 

We can’t either.

 

 


 

 

 

EDIT:

 

The good news - I doubt that Trump has ever read 1984 -
too long and too many big words.





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  # 2181303 16-Feb-2019 17:41
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 Ms. Coulter fired back shortly afterward. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot,” she said on KABC radio in Los Angeles.

 

The scariest thing is that a large portion of the American population won't agree with her.

 

 

Yep.  Plenty will think it's ok for the president to declare an emergency, comment "I didn't need to do this", then rush off to spend the weekend golfing.


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  # 2181304 16-Feb-2019 17:48
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linw:

 

 Ms. Coulter fired back shortly afterward. “The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot,” she said on KABC radio in Los Angeles.

 

The scariest thing is that a large portion of the American population won't agree with her.

 

 

Yep.  Plenty will think it's ok for the president to declare an emergency, comment "I didn't need to do this", then rush off to spend the weekend golfing.

 

 

 

 

Did President Donald Trump Install a ‘Golf Simulator’ in the White House?

 

On 13 February the Washington Post reported that the president had sought to keep his golf game sharp even while he was ensconced in the West Wing:

 

 

President Trump has installed a room-sized ‘golf simulator’ game at the White House, which allows him to play virtual rounds at courses all over the world by hitting a ball into a large video screen  ...

 

Trump’s system cost about $50,000, and was put in during the last few weeks in a room in his personal quarters, a White House official said.

 

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the president’s private residence, said Trump had paid for the new system and the installation personally.

 





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  # 2181309 16-Feb-2019 18:14
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"New Zealand Photographer Shows Trump Without Fake Tan And Fake Hair And It's Hilarious"


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  # 2181310 16-Feb-2019 18:24
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Trump tweets - and it gets taken down.  LOL - what a loser. Breach of IP rights, because, you know, Conservatives/Republicans are the guardians of "private property".

 

Edit : Oh FFS - the video in the tweet has been switched, to the world's greatest liar's lies at the SOTU.

 

[link deleted]

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2181312 16-Feb-2019 18:43
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A second broadside in one day from the Editorial Board of The Times:

 

The New York Times - Phony Wall, Phony Emergency

 

The president plans to manage the border crisis from the golf course at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.

 

By The Editorial Board

 

The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

 

Feb. 15, 2019

 


“I didn’t need to do this,” President Trump insisted at a Rose Garden appearance on Friday, as he declared a national emergency aimed at shaking loose a few billion dollars in financing for his beloved border wall.

 

The president’s assertion was both ludicrous and self-defeating.

 

If a declaration was unnecessary and the wall on track (the wall is “very very on its way,” the president said earlier in the week), how could he claim to be addressing an emergency?

 

As Mr. Trump explained it, “But I’d rather do it much faster.”

 

A presidential desire for speed does not constitute a crisis - no matter how eager a president is to camouflage his failures.

 

In reality, the wall is not a done deal, and Mr. Trump has spent the past few months - the past two years, really - failing to convince either Congress or Mexico to pay for it.

 

This week’s bipartisan spending bill, which contained no more wall money than the one over which Mr. Trump shut down the government in December, was a particularly humiliating defeat.

 

Desperate to save face, the president and his team cooked up a non-emergency emergency with the aim of seizing funds already appropriated for other purposes.

 

Currently, the plan is to pull $2.5 billion from the military’s drug interdiction program, $3.6 billion from its construction budget and $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund.

 

The White House plans to “backfill” the money it is taking from the Pentagon in future budgets.

 

And so, in a breathtaking display of executive disregard for the separation of powers, the White House is thumbing its nose at Congress, the Constitution and the will of the American people, the majority of whom oppose a border wall. ...

 

 

 





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  # 2181326 16-Feb-2019 19:18
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Sideface:

 

 

 

The good news - I doubt that Trump has ever read 1984 -
too long and too many big words.

 

 

Thats mean!  It's not his fault it wasn't published on Twitter!  :-)  Just 140 words works for him


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  # 2181352 16-Feb-2019 21:55
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Kellyanne Conway's Husband Thinks Trump Sounds Like Jar Jar Binks

https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1096545600735232000

Even the modern tyrants whom the president ... praises demonstrate more facility with language and more attention to governing detail than does he.

To borrow from popular culture, Trump looks less like the sinister Emperor Palpatine and more like the hapless Jar Jar Binks.

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https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tax-refunds-gop-law_n_5c671dcee4b033a799429900

Tax Refund Fiasco Is Political Payback For Republicans

They stepped on this rake last year and now it’s hitting them in the face.

Republicans boasted all last year that their new tax law boosted paychecks and showered bonuses on several million workers.

But now that tax season is upon us, several million Americans are getting a nasty surprise: a bill from the Internal Revenue Service that they never expected.

Beth Callori of Long Island, New York, said she was thrilled to receive about $90 more in each paycheck last year. Thanks to the new lower federal income tax rates, Callori’s employer, a financial services firm, was withholding less from her paycheck for federal tax purposes.

“I thought, ‘Wow, Trump is great, I love him,’” Callori said.

But last week Callori heard from her tax preparer that she owes the federal government more than $5,000 ― almost five times as much as she had to pay in previous years.

“I almost fell out of my chair. I could not believe it,” she said. “I voted for Trump. I thought he was going to be good for this country, but when I got that phone call, that’s it, I’m done.”

Callori’s tax bill went up for two reasons. One is that the law directly disadvantaged her by limiting deductions for state and local taxes, which increased the amount of Callori’s income subject to tax and added an extra grand to her bill.

The bigger reason is that her employer withheld too little from her paycheck. The extra $90 she received should have been added to the amount that gets automatically socked away to cover the federal income tax. Like most people, however, Callori did not fill out a worksheet and submit a new Form W-4 to her employer at the beginning of last year.

After all, at that time Republicans kept bragging about the bigger paychecks they had given the American people.

“I thought because I was getting that, I’m entitled to it,” Callori said.
...
“It looks like the Trump Treasury Department spent 2018, an election year, goosing people’s paychecks by under-withholding, and it should have been obvious that the bill would come due eventually,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said in a statement Friday.

The IRS did try to warn people to check their withholding. The agency told the Government Accountability Office that it put out press releases and sent emails to listservs with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. It promoted a “paycheck checkup” campaign on Twitter and Facebook, and officials talked to the media.

The “make sure you’re not underwithheld” messaging may have been drowned out by congressional Republicans bragging that their law had turbocharged the economy and directly benefited millions of workers. They kept a running tally of the hundreds of firms that had announced bonuses for their employees, trumpeting each announcement in a series of press releases. Fox News worked overtime to remind people that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi previously called the bonuses “crumbs,” as though that weren’t a perfectly accurate description.

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  # 2181367 16-Feb-2019 22:12
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Tax Refund Fiasco Is Political Payback For Republicans

They stepped on this rake last year and now it’s hitting them in the face.



 





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  # 2181487 17-Feb-2019 12:48
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I have no sympathy for Trumpers that now owe money to the IRS. They should have to pay a Dumb Tax too.

I feel for all those who didn't vote for him.




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  # 2181493 17-Feb-2019 13:37
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Meanwhile, Amazon (which Trump hates of course) got a tax rebate of US$ 129 million - paid no tax on profits of US$11.2 billion.

 

Trump is a fool, but also a tool of the mega-rich, some of whom (like Bezos) might like to be seen to be critical of Trumpism (and vice-versa), but are looting and plundering together regardless.

 

 


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  # 2181534 17-Feb-2019 15:49
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The freak and self proclaimed dirty trickster Roger Stone always give the Nixon peace salute, even when leaving a courthouse

I'm not exaggerating. When he leaves any event, and sees cameras he gives the Nixon peace salute.

It's not a coincidence; he literally has a large Nixon tattoo on his back, and an extensive collection of Nixon.

Perhaps it'll be a turn-on for his fellow Republican prisoners on lonely nights.

Some background on Roger Stone

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6632949/How-Roger-Stone-one-colorful-people-politics.html

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