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  # 2290669 6-Aug-2019 07:36
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sir1963: DarthKermit:The ONLY emotion Trump understands is "lust", the rest are just word salad to him.



Trump should be the poster child for the seven deadly sins



https://aleteia.org/2018/05/01/heres-what-the-7-deadly-sins-look-like-in-the-modern-world/

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  # 2290689 6-Aug-2019 08:41
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The New York Times - Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Doesn’t Propose Gun Laws After Shootings

 

Aug. 5, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — President Trump forcefully denounced white supremacy in the wake of twin mass shootings over the weekend, citing the threat of “racist hate” with no acknowledgment that his own anti-immigrant rhetoric has become part of a national debate.

 

“In one voice our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated.”

 

But he stopped well short of endorsing the kind of broad gun control measures that activists and Democrats have sought for years, instead falling back on longtime Republican remedies, such as stronger action to address mental illness, violence in the media and violent video games.

 

He warned of “the perils of the internet and social media,” but offered no recognition of his own use of those platforms to promote his brand of divisive politics. ...

 

He took no responsibility for the atmosphere of division, nor did he recognize his own reluctance to warn of the rise of white nationalism until now. ...

 

“Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,” Mr. Trump said.

 

Calling mass shooters “mentally ill monsters,” he also said he was directing the Department of Justice to propose legislation calling for the death penalty for “those who commit hate crimes and mass murders.”

 

 

From the "manifesto" of the El Paso gunman, page 4, paragraph 3 :

 


My death is likely inevitable.

 

If I’m not killed by the police, then I’ll probably be gunned down by one of the invaders.

 

Capture in this case if far worse than dying during the shooting because I’ll get the death penalty anyway.

 

Worse still is that I would live knowing that my family despises me.

 

This is why I’m not going to surrender even if I run out of ammo. ...

 

 

He did surrender, uninjured - before he ran out of ammo ...





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  # 2290691 6-Aug-2019 08:47
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marmel: The US government last passed a gun control law 25 years ago, that's a lot of presidents who have failed to do anything about gun control. Obama had the house and Senate for a couple of years, why no gun control measures then? The Daytona shooter was apparently a Democrat and Elizabeth Warren fan.

People trying to politicise mass shootings without acknowledging the history in the US are basically just grandstanding on the victims to score points.

Trump, Obama, neither have achieved anything with regards to gun control.

Spin all the BS you like but the fact is unless both sides of the house come together and seriously look at repealing the 2A nothing will change, ever. Doesnt matter who is in the White House or who controls the house/Senate.

Personally I think we will be having this same discussion in 10 years because Americans love their guns, Republicans AND democrats.

 

The most comprehensive gun control was passed by Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California. This was pushed through and passed because the Black Panthers started to exercise their second amendment rights. The way to get gun control passed in the US is to get a minority focused political organisation to embrace guns and the 2nd amendment.


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  # 2290716 6-Aug-2019 09:11
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Varkk:

 

The way to get gun control passed in the US is to get a (non-white) minority focused political organisation to embrace guns and the 2nd amendment.

 

 

You missed something - without that you defined the NRA.


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  # 2290782 6-Aug-2019 10:29
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The Washington Post - In wake of El Paso shooting, Obama calls on country to reject words ‘of any of our leaders’ that feed fear and hatred

 

August 5 at 4:17 PM

 


Former president Barack Obama called on the country Monday to reject words “coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders” that feed fear and hatred and normalize racist sentiments, a tacit rebuke of President Trump in the wake of the Texas and Ohio shootings. ...

 

 

 

 

Obama did not mention Trump by name in his statement, although he sharply criticized the type of inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants and ethnic minorities that has become a staple of Trump’s reelection campaign. ...

 





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  # 2290810 6-Aug-2019 11:07
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  # 2290831 6-Aug-2019 11:37
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https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/05/economy/trade-war-china-yuan/index.html

Trump's trade war with China is starting to get out of hand

By Matt Egan, CNN

The US-China trade war has always been serious. Now it's starting to get scary.

China allowed its currency to drop sharply on Monday to the weakest level in more than a decade. And China announced its companies have halted purchases of American agricultural goods.

The Trump administration escalated tensions even further late Monday by taking the historic step of labeling China a currency manipulator. This comes after US President Donald Trump vowed last week to impose tariffs for the first time on a wide swath of US consumer goods from China.

The trade conflict has reached a new level of seriousness that will be difficult to reverse. The risk is that the trade war is approaching the point at which it causes a severe economic slowdown or even a recession.

By digging into their positions, both the United States and China increase the risk of breaking an economy that is already starting to crack. Each round of escalation gets them closer to a recession — and to a point of no return.

The escalating US-China trade war will certainly be bad for the US economy. How bad is almost impossible to calculate."

"We have a trade situation that is going off the rails," Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group, wrote in a note to clients on Monday. "The policy of using tariffs as a tool to address our legitimate beefs with the Chinese has failed miserably."

David Kotok, co-founder and chief investment officer of investment firm Cumberland Advisors, told CNN Business that "this stupid tariff war we're having" is raising the risk of a recession.

"Things are escalating and the escalation is not over," Kotok said.

The sense that the trade war has entered a new and more dangerous phase was confirmed when the US Treasury Department officially designated China as a currency manipulator. The news prompted further selling in global financial markets and raised speculation that China could take even more aggressive steps to devalue its currency.

"It makes things worse," said Ian Winer, advisory board member at Drexel Hamilton. "If people thought they kept the yuan from weakening to avoid being labeled a currency manipulator, that just went out the window."

Trade war fatigue

Investors around the world are spooked.

The Dow plunged 767 points, or 2.9%, on Monday. The Nasdaq tumbled 3.5%, suffering its longest daily losing streak since just before Trump's 2016 election. The VIX (VIX) volatility index spiked 40% to a seven-month high.

Investors piled into government bonds, driving the 10-year Treasury yield to 1.75%, the lowest level in nearly three years.

"The escalating US-China trade war will certainly be bad for the US economy. How bad is almost impossible to calculate," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities Corporation.

Hogan said that the worse the trade war gets, the faster a recession could arrive in the United States.

"Historically, recessions occur in reaction to a monetary policy mistake. This is the first time we may have to deal with a trade policy miscalculation," he said.

Many investors and business executives broadly agree with the Trump administration's desire to get China to play fair on trade. Beijing's non-tariff trade barriers, including forced technology transfers, have long hurt American businesses.

However, there is growing concern about Trump's use of tariffs as a way of getting concessions.
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  # 2290863 6-Aug-2019 12:22
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"Made in China"





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  # 2290880 6-Aug-2019 12:45
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+1. Great cartoon.

 

 





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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  # 2290929 6-Aug-2019 13:46
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Just to keep things in balance, here is today's dose of dumb, courtesy of Ohio Republican state representative Candice Keller, who blames those who favour drag queens, along with many other things, for the shooting deaths.

 

 





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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  # 2291034 6-Aug-2019 16:17
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Sideface:

 

 

"Made in China"

 

 

I think the Chinese just played Trump perfectly.

 

They've now acted to stabilise the Yuan.  They just sent a warning shot to Trump, wiped some hundreds of billions out of US markets.  I expect they'll do it again too - unless Trump pulls his head in and comes to the negotiating table in good faith. Maybe not in the same way (allowing the yuan to drop) - they have other options.

 

Bizarrely, Trump's reaction was to accuse them of political interference of central bank action, true probably because that's what they do, but exactly what he's trying to do in the US - undermining the US federal reserve's independence by repeatedly threatening them and tweeting like a lunatic.

 

American investors and business folks in denial of the harm that China could inflict are in la la land. Yes - the actions they could take would hurt Chinese consumers and investors too, but as a one-party totalitarian regime, they don't have to try to win a popularity contest with the Chinese population. 

 

 


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  # 2291158 6-Aug-2019 19:43
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America's Gun Culture Is Melting Down

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

With Americans once again crying out for sensible gun control legislation, leaders like Mitch McConnell are standing firmly in the way of changes that could save lives.


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  # 2291162 6-Aug-2019 19:50
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The New York Times - How the Trump Campaign Used Facebook Ads to Amplify His ‘Invasion’ Claim

 

Aug. 5, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — President Trump’s re-election campaign has harnessed Facebook advertising to push the idea of an “invasion” at the southern border, amplifying the fear-inducing language about immigrants that he has also voiced at campaign rallies and on Twitter.

 

Since January, Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign has posted more than 2,000 ads on Facebook that include the word “invasion” - part of a barrage of advertising focused on immigration, a dominant theme of his re-election messaging. ...

 





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  # 2291171 6-Aug-2019 19:59
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Jimmy Kimmel on Mass Shootings in El Paso & Dayton

Jimmy responds to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Democrats and Republicans agreeing on background checks, soulless Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to do anything about it, Donald Trump failing to read from his teleprompter correctly while giving remarks about the tragedies, and his ridiculous tweet 14 minutes after he tweeted about the shooting in Texas.


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