Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mediacracy

Both the Post and the Wall Street Journal have articles today about how Trump was motivated to attack Syria after seeing images on television. And in fact we do not usually see video of people dying, twitching in agony and fear, gasping for air, heaps of dead children, after a military event. But this time the Internet and television were flooded with these gruesome images.

I think it's because chemical warfare is so much cleaner than the kind of military attacks that happen every day somewhere in the world. When innocent civilians are killed in normal warfare their buildings get destroyed, limbs are blown off, skulls are crushed, there is blood and body parts everywhere. People don't want to see that on television. Assad's chemical attack generated no such repulsive imagery -- people might have vomited but not on camera -- and consequently their suffering was judged appropriate for American mass media.

The President saw what had happened on TV, and the result was that he and his military advisors decided to call for a military attack on a Syrian airport, a hail of rockets. Nobody knows what will happen next. Maybe this was better than nothing, maybe it was the wrong thing to do. At least we didn't kill any Russians.

He was not alone in his shock, of course, all people were horrified by what they saw. But here's a question: who decides what we see?

If you think about what you know, you will quickly realize that your own personal experience accounts for a tiny fraction of your total knowledge. Most of what you know comes from other people, and almost all of what we know about events outside our immediate circle of friends comes through a formless cluster of institutions we call "the media." If a news show is thirty minutes long, then some people in a corporate office meet and decide what stories they will feature in today's narrow time slot, they will identify an event and decide how to portray it, based on the story's potential for selling advertising time, and that's what we will know. Everything else gets left out, and we won't know about it. This isn't any great insight, everyone understands this: the media shape our knowledge about the world.

The WSJ:
Mr. Trump was in the Oval Office Tuesday morning as images of lifeless children who had been gassed in Syria were displayed on the medium he favors most: television.

He decided to respond, but had no clear plan.

What transpired over the next 57 hours was a series of decisions by a new president with no military or elected-office experience, leading to the first U.S. airstrikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the civil war began six years ago. Trump, Jolted by Images, Forged Decision to Launch Airstrikes in Syria
Politically, this is probably a good way to operate. Say, a terrorist killed a bunch of people in a mosque in Quebec, six dead and another eight injured. Based on its commercial value, the media chose not to feature this story; the President remained essentially unaware of it, did not respond to it, and the American people also remained largely unaware of the incident. Due to public ignorance of the incident his inaction did not hurt him politically, and what else matters?

The media are shared by everyone, so by basing his decisions on media reports Trump is sure to play to the popular opinion of the moment. Whatever he learns in his daily security briefings is secret government stuff, nobody knows about it and so nobody cares if he blows it off.

This means that the media, the corporate committees who meet to discuss what will be on TV, are in fact running the country. They are not voted into power, not held accountable by any elected persons or processes, the corporations want to sell ads and so they want to attract viewers in certain lucrative consumer demographic markets and that is how they decide what will determine the President's decision-making.

This is the first time we have had a leader who worked exclusively with publicly-held information, where the issue is not what he believes or what he decides but how he looks on TV. The President could be informed by the very most knowledgeable people on any topic but chooses to watch Fox. The effect is tough to beat politically, a merger of the commercial media and government that controls public knowledge and official decision-making.

268 Comments:

Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The evidence that Trump's completely ineffectual military strike on Syria was just an empty political gesture is now overwhelming.

If Trump was serious about helping Syrians he'd be accepting Syrian refugees into the United States.

In one roughly similar period of time Canada accepted 25,000 Syrian refugees while the U.S. accepted 871 - absolutely pitiful!

Trumps remarks about his sympathy for the Syrian people after this chemical attack can't be squared with his ban on Syrian refugees taking refuge in the States - he's a disgusting hypocrite.

April 08, 2017 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Nasty woman Priya Lynn said...

President Obama took tons of heat from Republicans (and still does to this day) for not sending troops into the civil war in Syria. Republicans have been disgustingly dishonest on this. What he actually did though, is he asked Congress to authorize that. He asked Congress in 2013 to authorize a war in Syria if that is what they really wanted and Congress responded by doing nothing. Obama asked and Congress looked around and whistled and said "Who us? Let's change the subject". The Republicans in Congress much preferred to criticize Obama for the mess in Syria rather than do anything about it. They hammered him for "Drawing a red line" and then not backing it up with force when it was crossed. But it was the Republican congress who wouldn't authorize him to do so because they didn't want to get on the record themselves as to what should be done about it. They didn't want to put any effort into making things better, they wanted there to be a mess so they could loudly blame Obama for it while it was them who prevented him from acting.

But Trump was not shy about it. From the start of the crisis he repeatedly went on record saying the United States should not intervene in Syria. "Not our problem", "Obama don't send in troops", "This is for the Syrians to resolve themselves","We should stay the hell out of Syria", "this is Syria's war" and so on perhaps a dozen or more times.

Now after the recent chemical attack in Syria the whitehouse has issued a response blaming President Obama for not attacking Syria back in the day. The Republican political bullsh*t is stunning! "These heinous actions by Asssad regine are a consequence of the past administration's weaknes and irresolution." Trump put out. How convenient for the hypocrite Trump to blame President Obama for the chemical attacks in Syria because "The president did nothing in Syria".

Trump's strike is far riskier than one would have been under Obama because of the presence of Russian troops and military hardware—including sophisticated anti-aircraft units—in the country. “There obviously needs to be a healthy fear of great powers clashing,” says Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. Moscow doesn’t advertise just how many troops it has now in Syria, but analysts estimate around 10,000, and that includes special forces units, some of whom are now embedded with fighters from Iranian Republican Guard Corps and with Hezbollah.

The chemical attacks in Syria during Obama's presidency were ten times as large as the recent one. Trump and the Republicans refused to allow Obama do anything about it when it would have made more sense because they wanted to blame him for the mess caused by their own unwillingness to act.

April 08, 2017 2:45 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"We cannot in one breath speak of saving Syrian babies and in the next close America's doors to them." - Hillary Clinton.

Hillary nailed it!

In one roughly similar period of time Canada accepted 25,000 Syrian refugees while the U.S. accepted 871. Given that the States has ten times as many people as Canada, Canada is taking in 29,000% more Syrian refuges than the United States is on a per capita basis!

April 08, 2017 3:23 PM  
Anonymous Nasty woman Priya Lynn said...

Encouraged by the success of Obamacare now 60% of Americans say the government should provide universal health care coverage like in Canada

April 08, 2017 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Nasty Woman said...

Hillary had a plan for Combating terrorism and keeping the homeland safe

We Hillary supporters are so glad to see that Trump Reverses Policy on Syrian Airstrikes After Years of Tweeting Disapproval

"Four years ago, Donald Trump tweeted bluntly, "We should stay the hell out of Syria."

That was then, and this is now: The U.S.'s decision to strike a Syrian airfield Thursday in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack this week represents a stark policy reversal for the now president.

Before he ever announced running for the White House, Trump often admonished the Obama administration's handling of Syrian President Bashar Assad, but also warned against American involvement and bombing of the war-torn nation, especially without Congressional approval..."


https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/trumps-most-diehard-media-defenders-end-love-affair-with

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-07/trump-s-syria-strike-turns-populist-fans-in-europe-against-him

April 09, 2017 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Observers Warn That Syria Attack is Trump's "Wag the Dog" Moment
Reports that Russia was warned about strike fuel accusations that military action was taken to distract from mounting domestic problems


...Charles Clymer ✔@cmclymer
To recap:

1. Trump never previously cared about Syria.
2. Gave a heads up to Russia re: bombing.
3. "Attack" didn't hamper Syria.

Hmmm...
12:12 AM - 7 Apr 2017 · Washington, DC...

April 09, 2017 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

‘I’m officially off the Trump Train’: Trump’s online base is furious about the Syria strikes

"...Baked Alaska™ ✔@bakedalaska
We don't want war in Syria!! Don't believe the #SyriaHoax, we need to focus on our own country right now. America First.
7:19 PM - 6 Apr 2017
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Based Monitored ���� @BasedMonitored
From a Vet to @POTUS
1.) No more regime changes
2.) No more American dead
3.) No more nation building
It's what you ran on...#SyriaHoax
7:39 PM - 6 Apr 2017
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“I voted for you, my whole family voted for you,” said Angelo John Gage, a Marine veteran who was once the chairman of the white nationalist National Youth Front. “We all busted our a–es to destroy the fake media news, and now you’re falling for it.” His video reaction to rumors of U.S. military action in Syria was a direct address to Trump, and it went viral. Both WikiLeaks and Infowars reposted it.

Cernovich, meanwhile, livestreamed himself talking about Syria for about 11 hours total on Thursday. Days ago, Cernovich was getting praise from Trump’s son, who suggested he should win a Pulitzer. He spent Thursday rallying his followers to try to change Trump’s mind about intervention in Syria.

Mike Cernovich ���� ✔@Cernovich
The White House comment line for @realDonaldTrump is 202-456-1111. Be sure to call to comment about Syria! 202-456-1111
6:31 PM - 6 Apr 2017
1,413 1,413 Retweets 1,660 1,660 likes

Cernovich was adamant that Trump might actually listen to him and his readers for a decent reason: There’s plenty of evidence that Trump reads and values conspiracy-theory sites like Infowars, and Cernovich himself appears to have some readers in the Trump administration..."

April 09, 2017 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The O'Reilly Factor with Donald Trump - SNL

April 09, 2017 9:51 AM  
Anonymous It's only April said...

An Armada of Icebergs Has Just Invaded The North Atlantic

“I have about a decade of experience with the Ice Patrol, and in my time here, and talking with people who have been here longer, I’ve never seen anything like this or heard of anything like this before,” — Gabrielle McGrath Coast Guard Commander of the US Ice Patrol.

“A Heinrich event is a phenomenon in which large armadas of icebergs break off from glaciers and traverse the North Atlantic.” — Commons

“Consider the situation during past ice sheet disintegrations. In melt-water pulse 1A, about 14,000 years ago, sea level rose about 20 meters in approximately 400 years (Kienast et al., 2003). That is an average of 1 meter of sea level rise every 20 years.” — Dr. James Hansen

This week an unprecedented 481 icebergs swarmed into the shipping lanes of a storm-tossed North Atlantic. Strong hurricane force winds had ripped these bergs from their sea ice moored haven of Baffin Bay and thrust them into the ocean waters off Newfoundland. The week before, there were only 37 such icebergs in the Atlantic’s far northern waters. And the new number this week is nearly 6 times the annual average for this time of year at 83. To be very clear, there is no record, at present, of such a large surge of icebergs entering these waters in so short a period at any time in the modern reckoning.

Likely Precursor to a Heinrich Event

During recent years, rates of iceberg discharge from Greenland have been increasing. More icebergs are calving from great masses of ice like the Jackobshavn Glacier along the west-central coast of Greenland. Speed of ice discharge from Jackobshavn has about doubled during recent years. And new studies indicate that ice mass loss all around coastal Greenland is accelerating even as many glaciers have now reached a point of no return and will inevitably melt into the North Atlantic due to the human-forced warming of our world.

As a result, Greenland is producing more icebergs. And this year, it appears that this glacial melt acceleration combined with a very powerful storm to flood the North Atlantic with the bergs at a hither-to unprecedented rate..."

April 09, 2017 12:23 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous posted Observers Warn That Syria Attack is Trump's "Wag the Dog" Moment
Reports that Russia was warned about strike fuel accusations that military action was taken to distract from mounting domestic problems


I never thought about it until you mentioned it but that does seem very, very likely. Trump tells his buddies the Russians in advance so he doesn't p* them off and this deflects attention from all his problems at home and that he's Putin's puppet.

April 09, 2017 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hillary had a plan for Combating terrorism and keeping the homeland safe"

oh, she didn't win

voters decided she had enough chances to do this when she was Secretary of State

she made the world a more dangerous place

she blew it

she still doesn't realize this

last week, she gave an interview and claimed she lost for three reasons:

1. the Comey letter
2. wikileaks
3. misogyny

if she thinks that, we're all lucky she lost

she has no capacity for realizing her mistakes and adjusting

for all his faults, trump has this capacity

April 09, 2017 9:35 PM  
Anonymous America First? said...

Trump got to play with his new toys -- Tomahawk missiles.

Let hope he doesn't get to play with his other new toys -- nukes.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/03/trump-asks-why-us-cant-use-nukes-msnbcs-joe-scarborough-reports.html



April 10, 2017 9:31 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "last week, she gave an interview and claimed she lost for three reasons:

1. the Comey letter
2. wikileaks
3. misogyny

if she thinks that, we're all lucky she lost".

In the polls just prior to Comey coming forward and saying he was re-opening the investigation into her emails she was ahead by an average of 4 percentage points. In the polls after Comey announced the re-opening of the investigation and the media going nuts over the "bombshell" she led by an average of 2 percentage points which is basically the percentage she won the popular vote by.

Without a doubt if it weren't for the Comey "bombshell" Hillary would be president.

Only delusional fools like Wyatt/bad anonymous think otherwise.

April 10, 2017 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary won the popular vote by nearly 3 million. Due to the unbalanced way the electoral college is set up Trump eked out a win on a technicality due to only 78,000 votes in three states.

There's no doubt that Hillary would have won if it weren't for Comey going public about re-opening the investigation into Hillary's emails but being silent about the investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia.

Republican undertook a vast number of voter suppression efforts like eliminating sunday voting, same day registration and voting, eliminating most or all early voting, eliminating the vast majority of early voting polling stations to create extremely long line-ups for early voting, all of which minority voters who mostly vote Democrat used a great deal more than Republican voters.

Further, they implemented voter ID requirements knowing black people were less likely to have voter IDs and would have far greater difficulty getting them as many older black people weren't given birth certificates, they were too poor and without cars to make the several trips to and from various government offices and the DMV to get voter IDs, and then on top Republican governors closed DMVs in poor black neighborhoods to create further impediments to blacks and poor people getting voter IDs.

Without out a doubt if it weren't for Republican voter suppression attacks Hillary would have won.

Russia paid thousands of trolls to flood social media with fake news discrediting Hillary and targeted the efforts to typical Democratic states Trump needed to flip to win. Without a doubt if it weren't for the Russian interference in the election Hillary would have won.

Republicans needed and got successful efforts on all three of these illegal fronts to allow Trump to win on an electoral college technicality.

Hillary is the rightful president of American. Trump is illegitimate.

April 10, 2017 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Promises of no war in Syria were central to Donald Trump’s anti-Hillary Clinton messaging. Take, for example, to his interview with Reuters on October 26, 2016.

“What we should do is focus on ISIS. We should not be focusing on Syria," said Trump, as he dined on fried eggs and sausage at his Trump National Doral golf resort. "You’re going to end up in World War Three over Syria if we listen to Hillary Clinton. You’re not fighting Syria any more, you’re fighting Syria, Russia and Iran, all right?”

That message—a vote for Clinton is a vote for World War III beginning in Syria—was pounded home by surrogates and by Trump’s social-media troll army.

Not even 100 days into his presidency, Trump has done exactly what he attacked Hillary Clinton for contemplating.

Some have described this reverse as “hypocritical.” This description is not accurate. A hypocrite says one thing while inwardly believing another. The situation with Donald Trump is much more alarming. On October 26, 2016, he surely meant what he said. It’s just that what he meant and said that day was no guide to what he would mean or say on October 27, 2016—much less April 6, 2017.

Voters and citizens can expect literally zero advance warning of what Donald Trump will do or won’t do. Campaign promises, solemn pledges—none are even slightly binding. If he can reverse himself on Syria, he can reverse himself on anything. If you feel betrayed by any of these reversals, you have no right to complain.

April 10, 2017 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hillary won the popular vote by nearly 3 million"

no, she didn't

we didn't have a national popular vote

we had 51 votes to elect representatives to select the next President

Hillary lost most of those

she was never able to establish broad enough support

hence, her strategy was to focus on a few highly populated states

by doing this, she racked huge leads in those places, making it hard for millions to justify the trouble to go to the polls and stand in long lines, when their state wasn't in play

this was especially true in California, where 10% of Americans live

Republicans didn't even have a candidate for Senate

"Due to the unbalanced way the electoral college is set up Trump eked out a win on a technicality due to only 78,000 votes in three states."

so, you disagree with Hillary

because this wasn't one of her three reasons

the electoral college is not a technicality

the Founding Fathers intentionally devised this system to insure that a President had a broad base of support

it's actually quite rich that Democrats would argue that the President should be elected by a national popular vote when just last week they were saying SCOTUS justices should have to have support from 60% of Senators, who aren't distributed by popular vote

every state gets two, regardless of its population

so, do you believe in popular national votes, or not?

"There's no doubt that Hillary would have won if it weren't for Comey going public about re-opening the investigation into Hillary's emails but being silent about the investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia"

it's a good thing he was silent about Trump

because, as the director of national intelligence at the time confirmed, there was never any evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians

and right now, with Putin threatening war over Syria, this whole notion has become laughable

"Republican undertook a vast number of voter suppression efforts like eliminating sunday voting, same day registration and voting, eliminating most or all early voting, eliminating the vast majority of early voting polling stations to create extremely long line-ups for early voting, all of which minority voters who mostly vote Democrat used a great deal more than Republican voters."

early voting should be abolished

lots of things happen over several weeks

everyone should vote on the same day so they are voting on the same set of facts

"Further, they implemented voter ID requirements knowing black people were less likely to have voter IDs and would have far greater difficulty getting them"

well, find a way for them to get IDs

don't just say anyone can vote without proving it

"Without out a doubt if it weren't for Republican voter suppression attacks Hillary would have won."

not one of her three, so you disagree with her

"Russia paid thousands of trolls to flood social media with fake news discrediting Hillary and targeted the efforts to typical Democratic states Trump needed to flip to win."

America is, and always has been, flooded with "fake news". Russia's contribution isn't that significant

"Without a doubt if it weren't for the Russian interference in the election Hillary would have won."

not one of her three, so you disagree with her

amazing you voted for someone you disagree with so much

April 10, 2017 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Promises of no war in Syria were central to Donald Trump’s anti-Hillary Clinton messaging"

Trump hasn't declared war on Syria

they violated the treaty banning chemical weapons

we have the capability to penalize this transgression

we have the support of the entire free world

and Russia is backing Syria, so it hurts their campaign to convince the world they're a great power again

it's them and North Korea against civilization

say, didn't you say Putin controlled Trump?

sounds like you fall for a lot of fake news!!

"Some have described this reverse as “hypocritical.” This description is not accurate. A hypocrite says one thing while inwardly believing another. The situation with Donald Trump is much more alarming. On October 26, 2016, he surely meant what he said. It’s just that what he meant and said that day was no guide to what he would mean or say on October 27, 2016—much less April 6, 2017.

Voters and citizens can expect literally zero advance warning of what Donald Trump will do or won’t do. Campaign promises, solemn pledges—none are even slightly binding. If he can reverse himself on Syria, he can reverse himself on anything."

oh, I completely agree

we are making big gamble, having Trump as president

the problem was,there was no alternative

Trump may turn out to be a disaster

Hillary wasn't a gamble though

she was a guaranteed disaster

April 10, 2017 3:11 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Republicans have forgotten the difference between being conservatives and just being d*cks.

So much of what they have done since Trump tookover isn't moving the party in a more conservative direction, its also not a libertarian move, its just a dick move. Take for example the bizarre decision to remove the ban on lead ammunition. For over a decade the States has been moving away from lead bullets because when a "sportsman" experiences the thrill of blowing the head off an animal and leaving it to rot, bald eagles eat the carcass and when it has lead in it it poisons them to death slowly and painfully. If it doesn't have lead eagles, you know the symbol of our country before they were replaced by a trucker hat, they don't die. Why not leave that rule alone? Because hunting is a sacred "sport"? Is it even a sport when one team doesn't know the game is going on? Were voters in 2016 asking to have eagles poisoned? Does it get anyone a job? Does it save money? Does it do anything conservatism is supposed to be about? No. Its just about some warped idea that the way to show strength is by being a d*ck and that in a nutshell is what Republicanism has become - looking at any problem and saying "What would an d*ck do? [Note Wyatt/bad anonymous's statement that he voted for Trump despite fearing he would destroy the country because he wanted to harm innocent LGBT people - he's a major d*ck]

What would a d*ck do if there was a pesticide that was found to impair cognitive development in children? Use it of course! Last week the new anti-EPA EPA okayed the use of glocperiphous which the Obama administration was in the process of banning because they had a no-tolerance policy on substances that can cause brain damage in children but president Trump says "Whatever! I ate paint chips as a kid and look at me, I is president".

But really? Not even children in the mix stops you from the prime directive of being an a d*ck? No, they see a chance to be an d*ck and they grab it the same way they lost their minds when Michelle Obama tried to get kids to eat vegetables. And school lunch programs? That just encourages a dependency on food. No more free rides you lazy six year olds, you want to eat, you do what kids in China do, sew ties for president Trump.

We thought we understood Republican principles - greed, fear, racism sure but why bring back asbestos another d*ck move on their agenda (The new EPA head remains unconvinced of the dangers of asbestos). Who the hell is in the corner of big asbestos in 2017? When was the last time you heard someone say "Yeah, we just bought a house, can't wait to move in but not until we install the asbestos!"?

Finally, what possible reason other than spite could they have for killing the agreement Obama made with the car companies to get all cars up to an average of 55 mpg in eight years? This was a done deal. An industry that we taxpayers bailed out and is now making record profits already agreed to it! It makes the air cleaner, it makes us more energy independent, it saves people money that they can spend on other things. It was a win-win-win-win - that's called a no-brainer which would lead you to believe even Republicans could get it right. All they had to do was nothing (their specialty). But no, no, no, no - it goes against the prime directive of being a d*ck."

April 10, 2017 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sounds like a case of p*nis envy

which is really ironic when you think on it

April 10, 2017 4:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "the electoral college is not a technicality the Founding Fathers intentionally devised this system to insure that a President had a broad base of support".

Nonsense. First, the electoral college doesn't ensure a broad base of support, in fact it does the exact opposite with Trump being declared president despite having almost 3 million fewer votes. Further the electoral college system means that a vote in some states is worth twice as much as a vote in California - democracy is short-changed.

Finally, the electoral college most certainly wasn't designed by the founding fathers "to ensure a broad base of support" (it in fact does the opposite), it was designed to prevent a popular madman like Trump from becoming president. The electoral college was designed so wise people could override a poor decision by the public. The electoral college voters abdicated the responsibility they were given by not voting for Hillary instead of the dangerous Trump. The electoral college was designed by the founding fathers precisely to prevent someone like Trump from being elected president.

The electoral college didn't do what it was designed for and as Trump said in 2014 "the electoral college is a disaster for democracy" and should be eliminated.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "
it's actually quite rich that Democrats would argue that the President should be elected by a national popular vote when just last week they were saying SCOTUS justices should have to have support from 60% of Senators, who aren't distributed by popular vote every state gets two, regardless of its population so, do you believe in popular national votes, or not?".

Democrats would be thrilled to have elections decided by popular vote and the SCOTUS justices appointed that way. Its crazy that a state the size of California gets 2 senators while states with a tiny fraction of its population like Delaware also get 2 senators. Democrats actually got more total votes for their sentators and house representatives than the Republicans did. If senators and house members were elected by popular vote there wouldn't have been a right wing extremest appointed to the seat vacated by Scalia.

Gorsuch is a partisan who's judicial rulings can't be explained by any consistent theory of constitutional interpretation but were instead driven by his own policy preferences.

Gorsuch is an evil heartless man who has regularly made rulings disgustingly devoid of compassion as was typified by his ruling in the case of the frozen trucker where he voted against the majority and said a trucking company was within its rights to fire a trucker who left his broken trailer behind to go get help because his heater wasn't working and he was going to freeze to death. It takes an incredibly despicable judge to think a trucker is obligated to die for his company rather than seek help to live.

April 10, 2017 4:55 PM  
Anonymous How ironically amusing! said...

Kentucky Coal Museum Goes Solar

The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum will always commemorate the past, but now it’s also looking to the future by switching to solar power.

The museum, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is located in Benham, a once thriving coal town portrayed in the 1976 Oscar-winning documentary Harlan County, USA.

The museum decided to move forward with the solar project after budget cuts pressured the college to reduce operating expenses.

“In the current economic times we’re in, any way to save money is always appreciated and helpful,” Brandon Robinson, museum communications director, said. “Especially when that’s money we put back toward teaching our students.

“We believe that this project will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars off the energy costs on this building alone, so it’s a very worthy effort and it’s going to save the college money in the long run.

“It is a little ironic,” admitted Robinson. “But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand.”

Work to install the panels began Tuesday by Bluegrass Solar.

“I think everybody knows when we’re talking about attractions like this—these high-volume, low-traffic municipal attractions—something has got to give, to keep their expenses down,” said Tre Sexton, owner of Bluegrass Solar. Sexton told EKB-TV that the panels will generate more power than is needed by the museum, and the surplus will be fed back into the city’s grid.

“Clean energy is cheaper, it saves money, and it reduces pollution,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “So it’s no surprise that communities and institutions around the country are installing it as fast as they can.”

Sexton told Yahoo News that the project was funded by numerous sources, including multiple companies and local philanthropists.

April 10, 2017 5:05 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "sounds like a case of p*nis envy which is really ironic when you think on it".

Remember when he said "yes, you are welcome to mumble to yourself you continue to be subject to shunning"

"it will be a cold day in hell before you get another response to any other of your inane comments"

"no more conversations until we achieve some irreducible standard of civilized discourse".


I keep telling Wyatt he doesn't have the self control not to read my comments and he keeps failing to keep constant promises to ignore them. He's got all the impulse control of a five year old (like Trump).

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 10, 2017 5:06 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "early voting should be abolished".

Wyatt only says that because far more blacks who usually vote Democrat take advantage of early voting than Republican voters.

You can guarantee if it was Republicans who greatly used early voting rather than Democrats he'd be demanding that early voting be expanded, not abolished.

Remember Wyatt/bad anonymous says "there are many situations where its appropriate to lie".

The government should be trying to make voting easier, not harder. Repulbicans want to make voting as hard as possible because they do better when fewer people vote.

Republicans are anti-democratic.

April 10, 2017 5:11 PM  
Anonymous to the boy named sue said...

"Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!"

envy of the superior intelligence is an ugly thing

April 10, 2017 9:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Washington Post reporter wins Pulitzer prize for stories exposing Trump's charity scams

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold remembers being struck by Donald Trump’s pledge to donate $6 million, including $1 million of his personal funds, to veteran groups during a televised fundraiser before the Iowa caucuses early last year. Did Trump follow through, he wondered? So, weeks after the event, Fahrenthold started asking questions.

For several months, he found, the answer was no, despite assurances to the contrary from Trump’s campaign. When Trump finally made the donation in late May the reporter set off on a broader inquiry. In a detailed series of articles, he found that many of Trump’s philanthropic claims over the years had been exaggerated, and often weren’t truly charitable activities at all.

On Monday, Fahrenthold’s investigative digging was rewarded with the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s most prestigious award. His work documenting the future president’s charitable practices won the award for national reporting.

April 10, 2017 10:33 PM  
Anonymous Nasty woman Priya Lynn said...

Chechnya opens world's first concentration camp for gays since Hitler's in the 1930s

After American evangelical christians lost the fight against gays in the U.S. they started making regular trips to Russia and other countries encouraging this sort of thing.

April 10, 2017 11:43 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Media reports link alleged Russian hacker held in Spain to 'Trump's election win'

April 10, 2017 11:45 PM  
Anonymous Nasty woman Priya Lynn said...

TEXAS: Federal Court Rules State’s Voter ID Law Was Written To Intentionally Discriminate Against Minorities

As if that wasn't obvious with all the voter ID laws Republican governors passed. Hell, they even bragged about how voter ID laws were implemented to help Republicans.

April 11, 2017 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Something to warm Peter Spriggs' heart said...

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/10/report-gay-men-detained-tortured-in-concentration-camps-chechnya/22034116/

"In early April, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a story regarding gay men being detained, tortured, and sometimes killed in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

The article claims that over 100 homosexual men in the "traditionally conservative Muslim society" had been rounded up and placed in a newly established and secret prison.

A man identified as one of the individuals held there said he was a victim of violence, which was used in an attempt to get him to reveal the identities of other gay men.

"Countries where it is illegal to be gay: Sudan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Mauritania, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Parts of Nigeria, Parts of Somalia, Parts of Syria, Parts of Iraq"

Other reports of detainees being subjected to electric shock and other forms of brutality emerged as well.

The paper said it had confirmed the deaths of three of them, though many more casualties likely occurred.

Ekaterina Sokirianskaia, a human rights activist with the International Crisis Group, told The Guardian that she has been fielding similar reports.

"It is difficult to overstate just how vulnerable LGBT people are in Chechnya, where homophobia is intense and rampant," Tanya Lokshina, a representative for Human Rights Watch, wrote of the situation. "LGBT people are in danger not only of persecution by the authorities but also of falling victim to 'honor killings' by their own relatives for tarnishing family honor."

Alvi Karimov, a spokesperson for the leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, denied the allegations.

"You cannot arrest or repress people who just don't exist in the republic. If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them since their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return," Karimov told Interfax."

https://sojo.net/articles/family-research-council-homosexual-behavior-should-be-criminalized-america

"Sprigg: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior."

April 11, 2017 8:12 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

What Caused Hitler? Environmentalism, of Course.

The Cornwall Alliance is a conservative Christian non-profit that rails against environmentalism. It is, of course, funded by the oil industry. Now they’re promoting a book that claims that the real cause of Hitler and the Third Reich was concern for the environment. Seriously.

April 11, 2017 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Susan Rice, the hardest working crook in government:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446622/susan-rice-obama-administration-zelig-appearing-many-scandals

April 11, 2017 2:37 PM  
Anonymous I just ate some frosted flakes! said...

the U.S. Senate, America's chosen wisest men in the land to make legislative decisions, were given two choices for the Supreme Court of the United States:

Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch

they chose Neil Gorsuch

he must be truly stellar to receive the endorsement of such an august group of senior statesmen

as for Garland, he was judged and found lacking in potential, an unqualified candidate

America: getting great again, a day at a time!!

April 11, 2017 3:26 PM  
Anonymous ha-ha said...

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April 11, 2017 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"as for Garland, he was judged and found lacking in potential, an unqualified candidate"

No he was not judged or found to be anything by the Senate.

The Grab Our Pussy party's Chief Obstructionist, Bitch McConnell, didn't even give Merrick Garland a hearing.

Instead McConnell did all he could to obstruct Obama's presidency, vowing and failing to deny him a second term and then stole Obama's constitutional right to nominate another justice that was rightfully his to nominate.

April 11, 2017 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Big Win for Voting Rights in Texas and a Big Loss for Trump

"Rebuking Jeff Sessions, a federal court rules that Texas’s voter-ID law intentionally discriminated against minority voters.

On March 10, a federal court in Texas found that the state’s congressional redistricting maps “intentionally diluted minority voting strength in order to gain partisan advantage.”

Exactly a month later, another federal court in Texas ruled that the state’s strict voter-ID law “was passed with a discriminatory purpose in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.”

Notice a pattern here?

Yesterday’s ruling by District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos was a big victory for voting rights and a big loss for Jeff Sessions and the Trump Justice Department, who reversed the Obama administration’s position that the law was intentionally discriminatory.

Ramos’s decision was the fifth time Texas’s voter-ID law has been struck down by the courts..."

April 11, 2017 4:22 PM  
Anonymous history said...

"No he was not judged or found to be anything by the Senate"

yep, they judged the potential judge and decided he had no judge potential

he was there for the taking and they took a pass

it was such an open and shut case, they didn't even need to hold hearings!!

"The Grab Our Pussy party's Chief Obstructionist, Bitch McConnell, didn't even give Merrick Garland a hearing"

maybe they decided he was a pussy and they weren't grabbin'

I mean what kind of a name is MERRRICK GARLAND?

sounds like someone who puts on a gingham dress and sings Over the Rainbow at the sleazyside drag show!!

that would be embarrassing on our top court!

"Instead McConnell did all he could to obstruct Obama's presidency, vowing and failing to deny him a second term"

McConnell is the leader of the Senate, a very august and distinguished group of individuals solemnly selected by the voters of America in a fabled democratic process

you sound like you have authority issues

"and then stole Obama's constitutional right to nominate another justice that was rightfully his to nominate"

actually, Obama was allowed to exercise his constitutional right

he nominated

then, the erudite and esteemed members of the Senate fulfilled their sacred constitutional duty and judged the nominee unfit for our highest judicial post

they ADVISED that Merrick wasn't qualified and awaited a worthy nominee from the White House that they could CONSENT to

finally, the honorable Donald J Trump, a man who was selected as president by a sweeping swath of the mighty heartland in an historic November victory of depth and breadth, sent them a judge of very remarkable quality that the distinguished gentlemen quickly confirmed

April 11, 2017 5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"members of the Senate fulfilled their sacred constitutional duty and judged the nominee unfit for our highest judicial post"

No they didn't.

They obstructed twice-elected Obama yet again.

April 11, 2017 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ABC 7 News - WJLA
@ABC7News

JUST IN: More photos of vandalism, swastika painted at another location in Va. This one at Little River United Church of Christ.

10:13 AM - 11 Apr 2017


"A Jewish community center and a church within a mile of one another in Fairfax County were vandalized with swastikas and derogatory language, authorities said Tuesday.

A Fairfax County police spokeswoman said authorities received a call about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday for a report of graffiti at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in the 8900 block of Little River Turnpike, then a report about 8:50 a.m. of graffiti at Little River United Church of Christ in the 8400 block of Little River Turnpike. The crimes occurred between 1 and 4 a.m., spokeswoman Tawny Wright said. Police are reviewing surveillance footage in both cases.

Jeff Dannick, executive director of the JCC, said the graffiti was to be removed Tuesday. He added that it was “particularly painful” that the incident occurred during Passover.

“We retell that story generation to generation every year so that we never forget,” he said. “It’s a painful reminder of how ugly and dangerous the world can be, but also how we can overcome it.”

At the church, a swastika was painted on the Holy Week schedule, and a sign that read “Say NO to anti-Muslim bigotry” was crossed out. The words “Jesus knows no traitors” also were written on the sign.

Pastor David Lindsey said he wasn’t surprised the church was a target.

He said the “anti-Muslim bigotry” banner was the church’s latest attempt to reach out to its neighbors. Little River was founded in 1955 as a racially integrated church and started performing same-sex weddings 16 years ago, he said.

“The response was overwhelmingly positive, but every once in a while you’re going to get an incident,” he said of the banner.

The graffiti incidents come after threats against Jewish community centers around the country. As of last month, there were 166 threats made in 38 states as well as three Canadian provinces, according to the Anti-Defamation League."


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2017/04/11/a-jewish-community-center-and-a-church-in-virginia-hit-with-swastika-graffiti/?hpid=hp_local-news_graffiti-340pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.31870a893171

April 11, 2017 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Drip, drip, drip said...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-obtained-fisa-warrant-to-monitor-former-trump-adviser-carter-page/2017/04/11/620192ea-1e0e-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html

April 11, 2017 9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"No they didn't.

They obstructed twice-elected Obama yet again."

it was clear this Garland loser had no support

there was no reason to hold hearings and votes

the leader of the Senate, in consultation with other important leaders, ascertained Garland was certain to lose so he prioritized other matters

Garland was deemed unfit by a very sage group of Senators who had the support of the American people

if they didn't, they would have voted them out

indeed, polls show that they opportunity to nominate a qualified alternative to Garland was a key factor in Trump's yuuuuge victory

the American people thought Garland didn't qualify

presidents don't have dictatorial powers

unless they have the support of the people, they have no power

they call it democracy

"April 11, 2017 6:06 PM Anonymous Drip, drip, drip said...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-obtained-fisa-warrant-to-monitor-former-trump-adviser-carter-page/2017/04/11/620192ea-1e0e-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html"

it's no use

no one cares

the Russia-Trump hoax is old news

Americans are bored with it!!

isn't it a hoot though?

isn't it funny how Trump was supposed to be in the Russians' pocket and, yet, he has, with 59 tomahawk missiles, completely halted Russia' geopolitical momentum?

suddenly, the world backs the U.S. and Russia's only buddies are Syria and North Korea

Vlad's not happy at all!!

Neil Gorsuch

Dems aren't happy at all

Vlad and Dems: unhappy losers

April 11, 2017 9:53 PM  
Anonymous bipartisan Bob said...

According to this morning's Post, Elena Kagan is soooo excited to be working with someone of Neil Gorsuch's caliber that she's planning a big, fancy dinner to welcome him to the Supreme Court after he was judged the most brilliant nominee to the court, winning confirmation by a staggering nine vote margin in an otherwise closely divided Senate.

April 12, 2017 6:21 AM  
Anonymous this one's for Neil.. said...

A bill was submitted on Tuesday which aims to make gay marriage illegal in North Carolina, notes WCNC.

Four Republican state lawmakers are behind the proposed legislation, called the "Uphold Historical Marriage Act," or House Bill 780.

The document, which has since been posted online, argues that a majority of the state's voters—61 percent—had supported the Marriage Amendment of 2012 which WNCN explains "prohibited North Carolina from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages or civil unions."

The bill goes on to criticize the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling in 2015 that gay marriage was, in effect, a legal right. In fact, the authors state that the high court's decision "overstepped its constitutional bounds."

They go on to argue that the "ruling of the United States Supreme Court not only exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the State of North Carolina and a vote of the People of the State on an issue pertaining solely to the State of North Carolina but also exceeds the authority of the Court relative to the decree of Almighty God that 'a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh'..."

As such, the representatives want to nullify the court's decision and uphold the state's ban on gay marriage.

April 12, 2017 6:25 AM  
Anonymous Pussy Grabber slinks away said...

Amid the damaging sexual harassment allegations that have emerged against Bill O’Reilly this month, Fox News Channel’s top-rated host announced he is taking a “vacation.”

At the end of his show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” on Tuesday, the host said he had scheduled a trip “last fall,” which would have been long before the New York Times published a story revealing that O’Reilly and his network have paid $13 million to five women as settlements for sexual harassment complaints.

Around this time of year, O’Reilly said on his show, “I grab some vacation, because it’s spring and Easter time. Last fall, I booked a trip that should be terrific.” He will return April 24, Fox News told reporters.

O’Reilly spokesman Mark Fabiani told CNNMoney that O’Reilly will be replaced by rotating substitute hosts during his absence.

The host’s apparent vacation comes after dozens of companies have pulled advertisements from his show, demonstrating a mass exodus from the airwaves in the wake of news of the accusations against O’Reilly. No information was immediately available on how Fox will use his time slot.

Companies’ advertising time on “The O’Reilly Factor” has been cut by more than half since the Times report, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Kantar Media. In the month before the Times report, the “O’Reilly Factor” carried an average of 33 national ads totaling more than 14 minutes in an average broadcast, according to Kantar Media data. On Friday, the show included just seven spots totaling 4 minutes and 40 seconds, leaving free airtime Fox News has filled with extra content on O’Reilly’s show.

Earlier this week, Fox News Channel’s parent company said it is investigating O’Reilly after a Los Angeles radio personality, Wendy Walsh, lodged a sexual harassment complaint against him. Walsh, a former guest on O’Reilly’s show, said she dined with the host at a Los Angeles hotel four years ago and saw the meeting as a virtual job interview. Then O’Reilly invited her to his suite, she recounted to The Washington Post.

Other women who made allegations against O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show and have complained about behavior such as verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if O’Reilly was masturbating, the New York Times reported. O’Reilly has said that he settled the lawsuit to “spare his children the pain of messy public ordeals” and that he was targeted because he is famous.

April 12, 2017 7:26 AM  
Anonymous Drip, drip, drip said...

CNN Exclusive: Classified docs contradict Nunes surveillance claims, GOP and Dem sources say>Washington (CNN)After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump's allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the "unmasking" of US individuals' identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a "massive story."
However, over the last week, several members and staff of the House and Senate intelligence committees have reviewed intelligence reports related to those requests at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.

One congressional intelligence source described the requests made by Rice as "normal and appropriate" for officials who serve in that role to the president.
And another source said there's "absolutely" no smoking gun in the reports, urging the White House to declassify them to make clear there was nothing alarming in the documents...

April 12, 2017 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sean Spicer Claims Hitler Never Used Chemical Weapons

He obviously failed World History and never heard of The "Final Solution"

In its entirety, the "Final Solution" consisted of gassings, shootings, random acts of terror, disease, and starvation that accounted for the deaths of about six million Jews -- two-thirds of European Jewry.

,,,Victims at Chelmno are killed in gas vans (hermetically sealed trucks with engine exhaust diverted to the interior compartments). The Belzec, Sobibor, and Treblinka camps use carbon monoxide gas generated by stationary engines attached to gas chambers. Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the killing centers, has four large gas chambers using Zyklon B (crystalline hydrogen cyanide) as the killing agent. The gas chambers at Majdanek use both carbon monoxide and Zyklon B. Millions of Jews are killed in the gas chambers in the killing centers as part of the "Final Solution."

April 12, 2017 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Homophobic Pastor Convicted said...

Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation
The jury needed only two hours to find him guilty on all eight counts.


"Last June, Georgia pastor Kenneth Adkins made headlines when he tweeted that gay people who died in the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting got what they deserved.

He made headlines of a different sort on Monday when he was found guilty of sexually molesting a teenage girl and boy.

A jury of three men and nine women deliberated for about two hours before finding the 57-year-old pastor guilty of three charges of child molestation, three charges of aggravated child molestation, and two charges of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to FirstCoastNews.com...."

April 12, 2017 7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Earlier this week, Fox News Channel’s parent company said it is investigating O’Reilly after a Los Angeles radio personality, Wendy Walsh, lodged a sexual harassment complaint against him. Walsh, a former guest on O’Reilly’s show, said she dined with the host at a Los Angeles hotel four years ago and saw the meeting as a virtual job interview. Then O’Reilly invited her to his suite, she recounted to The Washington Post.

Other women who made allegations against O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show and have complained about behavior such as verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if O’Reilly was masturbating,"

even if true, so what?

don't go work for him

probably isn't true, however

the problem with settling is that then everyone knows you're open for business

"Drip, drip, drip said...
One congressional intelligence source described the requests made by Rice as "normal and appropriate" for officials who serve in that role to the president.
And another source said there's "absolutely" no smoking gun in the reports, urging the White House to declassify them to make clear there was nothing alarming in the documents..."

not long ago, "intelligence sources" were saying this didn't happen at all

as did Rice, who flat out lied about it

even the mainstream media now concedes she's a liar

"Sean Spicer Claims Hitler Never Used Chemical Weapons"

oh, he probably meant in a battlefield

"Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation"

fascinating

TTF has uncovered that human nature is hypocritical

pretty sure pro-gay pastors have done the same

this just confirms the biblical view that human nature is sinful

April 12, 2017 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

all last week, the media has going wild, saying the GOP would lose the first special election since Trump became President

yesterday, they had it, in Kansas, and the GOP won

April 12, 2017 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A bill was submitted on Tuesday which aims to make gay marriage illegal in North Carolina, notes WCNC."

sounds like they're real scared of that gay boycott

hahaha!!


April 12, 2017 9:37 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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April 12, 2017 12:37 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous posted "Anti-Gay Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "fascinating TTF has uncovered that human nature is hypocritical pretty sure pro-gay pastors have done the same this just confirms the biblical view that human nature is sinful".

If there were any stories of gay affirming pastors molesting children you would have posted them. You haven't because almost all of the time a pastor molests children he is anti-gay.

The bible is the impoverished ideas of bronze age goat herders. While some humans are bad people the vast majority are good people. It is the nature of people to be good and cooperative. The human race has been so successful because of that. There'd be no societies if the nature of humans was "sinful".

Certainly there is no character in the bible that is more sinful than your god - a monster that eternally tortures people for thought crimes.

April 12, 2017 12:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Sessions Gets Rid of Scientific Advisory Panel on Forensic Science

Shows like CSI have convinced everyone that forensic science is foolproof and 100% accurate, but many of the techniques used have little or no scientific grounding whatsoever. Innocent people have been sentenced to death on the basis of laughable science like “bite mark analysis.” Innocent people get arrested, charged and convicted because a drug dog “alerts” when we know that those “alerts” are subjective and usually false. People are coerced into confessions or wrongly identified by eyewitnesses because most of our police departments do not follow a protocol to reduce the influence of the officer working with them. I could literally go on all day.

But Sessions doesn’t care. All he cares about is locking up as many people as he can, and if they have dark skin that’s a big bonus for him. Jeff Sessions: The smiling face of racism, ignorance and demagoguery.

April 12, 2017 12:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "as for Garland, he was judged and found lacking in potential, an unqualified candidate".

As good anonymous pointed out, he was not judged, there were no hearings and no vote.

But prior to his nomination Republicans praised him enthusiastically and criticized Obama for not nominating a great judge like him for the Supreme Court.

Republicans are disgusting hypocrites.

Gorsuch is a partisan who's judicial rulings can't be explained by any consistent theory of constitutional interpretation but were instead driven by his own policy preferences.

Gorsuch is an evil heartless man who has regularly made rulings disgustingly devoid of compassion as was typified by his ruling in the case of the frozen trucker where he voted against the majority and said a trucking company was within its rights to fire a trucker who left his broken trailer behind to go get help because his heater wasn't working and he was going to freeze to death. It takes an incredibly despicable judge to think a trucker is obligated to die for his company rather than seek help to live.

April 12, 2017 1:03 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hungarian Nazis ‘Proud’ of Trump Adviser Gorka

Trump has surrounded himself with a cesspool of bad characters deeply tied to White supremacy, naziism, and Russian Oligarchs, KGB and mobsters.

April 12, 2017 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"all last week, the media has going wild, saying the GOP would lose the first special election since Trump became President

yesterday, they had it, in Kansas, and the GOP won"


DNC didn't spend a dime in the race while the Pussy Grabber's National Committee spent $100K to scrape out a win.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo's old district gave Romney 62 percent in 2012 and Trump 60 percent in 2016.


On Tuesday, this district swung more than 20 points in favor of the Democrat.

This election could be a window into how voters in this deep-red congressional district feel about Trump and Republicans' leadership right now.

Especially in a special election, most voters aren't paying much attention to the candidates, said Stuart Rothenberg, a nonpartisan elections analyst and columnist at The Washington Post. Which means many are voting to send a message to Washington rather than for or against a specific congressional candidate.

“When they think about choices, they tend to think big choices: change versus status quo,” Rothenberg said. “Keep the president, or send a message of dissatisfaction to the president.”

Seen through that lens, Thompson's seven-point loss should have Republicans across the country very worried. Estes performed 20 points worse than Trump did in this district just five months ago. In 2018, Republicans will be defending 23 seats that Clinton won. If Democrats can net 24 seats, they would recapture the majority.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/12/a-republican-won-in-kansas-but-heres-why-the-gop-is-not-celebrating/

April 12, 2017 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"This election could be a window into how voters in this deep-red congressional district feel about Trump and Republicans' leadership right now"

well, it is

but it's significant that he won because this is rock bottom

any new President bringing change has an anti-honeymoon

Dems were raising a ruckus about Reagan at this point too

now, Dems were citing him as their own in 2016

the GOP holds the seat and Trump has nowhere to go but up

his last two weeks have been very good, he has Russia on the defensive, and the campaign collusion stories have lost traction

sorry, Dems

you lose

again!

April 12, 2017 2:57 PM  
Anonymous somewhere, over the rain bow said...

"As good anonymous pointed out, he was not judged, there were no hearings and no vote"

poor Priya

what can you do when you're born without a brain?

Priya, there needn't be a "hearing" and a "vote" for someone to be judged

the esteemed and very wise Senators decided Garland was so unqualified and the President who nominated him so ignorant of constitutional law that they didn't feel it was worth wasting the time on hearings

it was advise and unable to consent

April 12, 2017 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If there were any stories of gay affirming pastors molesting children"

how about all these gays the Catholic Church hires as priests who molest kids?

the pope is very pro-gay

April 12, 2017 3:05 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said " the esteemed and very wise Senators decided Garland was so unqualified and the President who nominated him so ignorant of constitutional law that they didn't feel it was worth wasting the time on hearings it was advise and unable to consent".

LOL! You're so full of it! Prior to Obama nominating Garland Republicans praised him effusively and criticized Obama for not naming someone like him to the supreme court.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!


I said "If there were any stories of gay affirming pastors molesting children you would have posted them. You haven't because almost all of the time a pastor molests children he is anti-gay."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "how about all these gays the Catholic Church hires as priests who molest kids? the pope is very pro-gay".

Wow, talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel! The best you've got only proves my point! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!. They don't come much more anti-gay than the pope and the Catholic church who teach that gays are "intrinsically disordered" "sinners" who are going to burn in hell for their harmless actions.

The pope opposes marriage equality, allowing gays to adopt, and transgender people living as they choose. The pope is not "pro-gay" in the slightest, let alone "very". Pro-gay pastors don't molest children, anti-gay pastors and priests do. No, Wyatt, these anti-gay child molestors are all on your side!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Pathetic Wyatt, rants on and on about how under no circumstances will he read or respond to my comments but he is hung up on me. Remember when Wyatt/bad anonymous said:

"yes, you are welcome to mumble to yourself you continue to be subject to shunning"

"it will be a cold day in hell before you get another response to any other of your inane comments"

"no more conversations until we achieve some irreducible standard of civilized discourse".


I keep telling Wyatt he doesn't have the self control not to read my comments and he keeps failing to keep constant promises to ignore them. He's got all the impulse control of a five year old (like Trump).

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 12, 2017 4:36 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous is obsessed with me, he can't stop reading and responding to my comments despite constantly asserting he won't.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 12, 2017 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't blame Priya

Priya can't help it

Priya is an imbecile

April 12, 2017 4:53 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "all last week, the media has going wild, saying the GOP would lose the first special election since Trump became President yesterday, they had it, in Kansas, and the GOP won".

LOL, nice attempt to spin this bad news for the Gay Old Party.

No one thought the Democrat had much of a chance in that election, this was a safe seat in a ruby red district in a ruby red state the Gay Old Party has held for decades - they should have won in a landslide but instead it was far too close for comfort for Republicans!

This is a strong sign of the disfavour Republicans find themselves in.

The fact that Republicans managed to hold onto Kansas’ 4th district in yesterday’s special election is precisely the outcome the GOP wanted to see.


And yet, it’s Democrats who are smiling.

By every possible metric, the GOP candidate should’ve won this race easily, without breaking a sweat. A FiveThirtyEight analysis this week noted, “A Thompson loss of 20 percentage points or less would probably be a good sign for Democrats.”

The Republican Party had to scramble furiously, in ways no one expected, to win by about 8 percentage points. The GOP push included intervention from Donald Trump and Mike Pence, both of whom recorded robo-calls for local voters; in-person campaigning from Ted Cruz; a fundraising push from Paul Ryan; and 11th-hour investments from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Republicans prevailed, but the GOP candidate didn’t win so much as he survived. If Democrats can seriously compete in this Kansas district, they can seriously compete almost anywhere.

McClatchy had a good report yesterday on the direction of the prevailing political winds.

President Trump’s approval ratings are low. Democratic voters are motivated like never before. And the GOP has struggled to put away a trio of special election House races in districts where it won easily just last November. For some Republicans, it all leads to a simple conclusion: The party should start worrying about the 2018 elections.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "but it's significant that he won because this is rock bottom any new President bringing change has an anti-honeymoon".

LOL! I love your desperate attempt to spin! The HONEYMOON occurs immediately after a new president takes office in the first 100 days - Trump's honeymoon has been a disaster! He's just gone through what is the HIGH point for new presidents. Things being this bad for him during his honeymoon mean its only going to get worse!

The Vegas oddsmakers have the probability of him being impeached at 53%!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 12, 2017 4:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

We see these news reports again, and again, and again - an outspoken anti-gay person is found to be gay himself or a child molester. The reason why is that the people who are most outspoken in condemning gays are trying to deflect suspicion about their own gayness (like Wyatt/bad anonymous) or their own immoral acts like molesting children or cheating on their wives.

Its no coincidence that almost all reports like this involve Republicans. Republicans are the most outspoken critics of immorality because they are trying to hide their own immorality.

April 12, 2017 5:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Research backs this up - religious fundamentalists are statistically much more likely to be child molesters than the non-religious.

April 12, 2017 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""A bill was submitted on Tuesday which aims to make gay marriage illegal in North Carolina, notes WCNC."

sounds like they're real scared of that gay boycott

hahaha!!"


The NC pussy grabbers are safe because Governor Cooper will not sign HB780.

Governor Roy Cooper ✔
@NC_Governor

This bill is wrong. We need more LGBT protections, not fewer. - RC https://twitter.com/dominicholden/status/851902651923144706 …
5:50 PM - 11 Apr 2017

April 12, 2017 5:39 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I said "If there were any stories of gay affirming pastors molesting children you would have posted them. You haven't because almost all of the time a pastor molests children he is anti-gay."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "the pope is very pro-gay".

That's something - Wyatt/bad anonymous is suggesting the pope is a child molester.

And again, the pope opposes marriage equality, gay adoption, and has condemned transgender people living as the gender they identify with - he is decidedly anti-gay as is the Catholic church and all its teachings.

April 12, 2017 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And yet, it’s Democrats who are smiling"

sure, those morons don't realize what bad shape they're in

2018?

that's a long time in politics

just a couple of weeks ago, the Russia-Trump story dominated

now, no one cares

no one is impressed by the nervous breakdown Dems are having

"The Republican Party had to scramble furiously, in ways no one expected, to win by about 8 percentage points. The GOP push included intervention from Donald Trump and Mike Pence, both of whom recorded robo-calls for local voters; in-person campaigning from Ted Cruz; a fundraising push from Paul Ryan; and 11th-hour investments from the National Republican Congressional Committee."

well, if the GOP is so unpopular, why would intervention by Trump, Pence, Cruz and Ryan help?

"If Democrats can seriously compete in this Kansas district, they can seriously compete almost anywhere."

oh yeah, they're real competitors

Americans don't like Trump but they despise Dems

they're looking for a new party

looks like it's tea time!

"President Trump’s approval ratings are low."

always have been

still wins

"Democratic voters are motivated like never before."

not saying much

they are a pretty listless group

too much weed, probably

"And the GOP has struggled to put away a trio of special election House races in districts where it won easily just last November. For some Republicans, it all leads to a simple conclusion: The party should start worrying about the 2018 elections."

the House is gerrymandered to the nth degree, the Senate has many more Dems up than Repubs and many in hostile territory

think 22nd century

"I love your desperate attempt to spin! The HONEYMOON occurs immediately after a new president takes office in the first 100 days - Trump's honeymoon has been a disaster!"

you moron

he said anti-honeymoon

Trump is making big changes and the status quo is throwing everything it can to preserve itself

this will eventually die out

look at the Russia-Trump hoax

all gone

no one cares

"He's just gone through what is the HIGH point for new presidents. Things being this bad for him during his honeymoon mean its only going to get worse!"

that would be true if he operated like other Presidents

he's actually a bit odd

"The Vegas oddsmakers have the probability of him being impeached at 53%!"

they're wrong a lot

April 12, 2017 6:10 PM  
Anonymous tossed salads and scrambled eggs said...

"The Republican Party had to scramble furiously, in ways no one expected, to win by about 8 percentage points."

8 points is not exactly a squeaker

Dems were talking last week like they might win

Dems have a fantasy that everyone who responds to them, in any way, is "scrambling"

the GOP probably laughs but it's really sad when you think about it

let's look at what they call "scrambling":

"The GOP push included intervention from Donald Trump and Mike Pence, both of whom recorded robo-calls for local voters"

that's scrambling?

reading a thirty second recording?

if they did less, it would be...nothing

I think this is a pretty standard political procedure, nothing unusual

Trump seem pretty relaxed, of to Florida every weekend to play golf at mar-a-lago

and I've actually encountered Pence a couple of times since the election

the guy is the epitome of placidity

yet, Pretty Stupid Lynn thinks those two are "furiously scrambling"

"in-person campaigning from Ted Cruz;"

and he still won by eight?

Cruz is enough to scare the children into staying inside until after the election

"a fundraising push from Paul Ryan;"

meaning what?

he attended a dinner

that'll raise the buckeroos

what? did they scramble some AF jets to bring him out?

"and 11th-hour investments from the National Republican Congressional Committee."

they're supposed to spend money helping candidates win

nothing strange

April 12, 2017 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most Americans trust President Donald Trump to end the civil war in Syria. And the president's approval rating is rising after he took his first major military action, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll.

They found 57 percent of Americans polled said they're confident Trump can end the conflict. The survey was conducted after Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian military base.

April 13, 2017 5:43 AM  
Anonymous Nasty Woman said...

Oh yeah, the Pussy Grabbers poll numbers remain in the toilet at 40% for the week of April 3-9, 2017, up from the 35% of his Low point, three-day average of 35% March 26-28, 2017.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/203198/presidential-approval-ratings-donald-trump.aspx

You must be so proud of your pussy grabbing president's anemic polling numbers.

North Carolina bill banning same-sex marriage again won’t be heard, House speaker says

"A day after North Carolina lawmakers introduced legislation that would outlaw same-sex marriage and defy a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, a top Republican there said Wednesday that the bill is dead on arrival.

North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore released a curt statement Wednesday shooting down the bill known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act.” Moore said lawmakers would not hear the bill, which prompted a new round of criticism this week for a state already drawing negative attention for its transgender bathroom law.

The new bill, also called House Bill 780, was filed Tuesday, nearly two years after the Supreme Court upheld a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. Sponsored by four Republican members of the state’s House of Representatives, the one-page bill takes direct aim at the Supreme Court’s ruling and calls on lawmakers to declare it “null and void in the State of North Carolina.”

This legislation refers to a line in the North Carolina state constitution saying that only a marriage between a man and a woman “shall be valid or recognized” in the state, which was added through an amendment approved by voters in 2012.

Pointing at times to that amendment, the U.S. Constitution and the Bible, the sponsors of the new legislation argue that “the United States Supreme Court overstepped its constitutional bounds” with its historic 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in that case, concluded that “the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person.”

The proposed bill in North Carolina says that “marriages between persons of the same gender” are invalid, even those performed outside the state. Kennedy wrote in his 2015 opinion that the justices concluded “there is no lawful basis for a State to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another State on the ground of its same-sex character.”

While the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2015 was largely followed by county and state officials, even by those who opposed same-sex marriage, there were pockets of high-profile defiance. Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, was suspended from the bench after he told probate judges in the state not to give same-sex couples marriage licenses. In Kentucky, a county clerk was jailed after refusing to comply with court orders that she begin issuing such marriage licenses.

But in North Carolina this week, the top Republican in the state’s House of Representatives said the new bill there would go nowhere because of the very Supreme Court ruling it sought to declare null and void.

“There are strong constitutional concerns with this legislation given that the U.S. Supreme Court has firmly ruled on the issue, therefore House Bill 780 will be referred to the House Rules Committee and will not be heard,” Moore, the House speaker, said in a statement..."


" this one's for Neil.. said...
A bill was submitted on Tuesday which aims to make gay marriage illegal in North Carolina, notes WCNC."


Neil's never going to see it as the bill "will not be heard."

All if another marriage bill does make it to SCOTUS, all Neil can do is vote the same as Scalia did, for the losing side of homophobes like you.

April 13, 2017 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Homophobic NC pussy grabber said...

Abraham Lincoln’s name is frequently invoked as one the greatest — if not the greatest — leaders ever produced on American soil.

Adolf Hitler’s name is frequently invoked as one of the worst — if not the worst — human beings ever produced on Planet Earth, a man worthy of enough scorn that his name is a colloquial benchmark for what constitutes evil (i.e., “That guy sucks, but he’s no Adolf Hitler”).

Aside from being born in the same century, these two men would seem to have very little in common, unless you’re asking North Carolina lawmaker Larry Pittman.

The Republican General Assembly member from Cabarrus County this week called the 16th president “the same sort (of) tyrant” as Adolf Hitler,” according to the Charlotte Observer.

Pittman made the comparison on Facebook while responding to a commenter who was critical of legislation the lawmaker has introduced that seeks to bring an end to same-sex marriage in North Carolina, the Observer reported.

Pittman’s bill maintains that the “U.S. Supreme Court overstepped with its 2015 ruling that effectively voided an amendment to North Carolina’s constitution forbidding same-sex marriage,” according to the Associated Press.

Pittman appeared to be arguing that the definition of marriage should be left to the states, the Observer reported, when he wrote that North Carolina should ignore same-sex marriage “in spite of the opinion of a federal court.”

“And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it?” he added. “Lincoln was the same sort if (sic) tyrant, and personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans in a war that was unnecessary and unconstitutional.”...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/04/12/a-southern-lawmaker-called-lincoln-a-tyrant-and-compared-him-to-hitler/

April 13, 2017 9:02 AM  
Anonymous Twitter responds to Ben Carson Getting Stuck in a Public Housing Elevator said...

deray mckesson ✔@deray
Ben Carson being stuck in an elevator in a public housing building is God reminding us that she always has the last word.
9:49 AM - 12 Apr 2017

Matt Oswalt ✔@MattOswaltVA
Did Ben Carson really get stuck in an elevator or was that just Sean Spicers way of explaining to the press how slavery happened?
12:46 PM - 12 Apr 2017

#ResistCapitalism @Delo_Taylor
The people who helped Ben Carson out of that elevator are creating a culture of dependency. Let him pull himself up out of this predicament.
11:51 AM 12 Apr 2017

Frederick Douglass @HITEXECUTIVE
Sean Spicer: Ben Carson is stuck in an elevator
Tillerson: Can't. Napping.
United Airlines: We can remove him from the elevator if you want.
11:31 AM - 12 Apr 2017

Rex Huppke ✔@RexHuppke
Ben Carson holding press conference while stuck in public housing building elevator: "PUBLIC HOUSING IS IN GREAT SHAPE. CAN YOU HEAR ME?"
10:56 AM 12 Apr 2017

Rex Huppke ✔@RexHuppke
For all we know, Ben Carson has been stuck in an elevator since January. I mean, there's just no way of knowing.
9:42 AM 12 Apr 2017

Steve Marmel ✔@Marmel
Ben Carson: "I'm stuck!"
(Ten minutes later)
"Press a button, Ben."
(Elevator moves)
Ben Carson: "Its a miracle!"
11:04 AM - 12 Apr 2017

Jess Dweck ✔@TheDweck
When reached for comment about the elevator incident, Ben Carson was trapped in a revolving door.
11:37 AM - 12 Apr 2017

LadyBusiness @LadyBusiness_
Instead of prying Ben Carson out of the elevator, we should just make him Secretary of That Elevator and leave him there
10:49 AM - 12 Apr 2017

Alex Iosiovich @Alex_Iosiovich
Give Ben Carson a break. There are people that push the elevator buttons for him at Trump Tower.
10:25 AM - 12 Apr 2017

April 13, 2017 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh yeah, the Pussy Grabbers poll numbers remain in the toilet at 40% for the week of April 3-9, 2017, up from the 35% of his Low point, three-day average of 35% March 26-28, 2017.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/203198/presidential-approval-ratings-donald-trump.aspx

You must be so proud of your pussy grabbing president's anemic polling numbers"

so, his ratings are going up

I've told you many times, I'd have nothing to be proud of since I didn't support Trump

I did vote for him in the general election because he seemed to be preferable to the pedophile racist pig's good wife but I couldn't vote for him in the primary because I'm a registered Democrat, and, besides, I thought most of the other Republicans would have been better than him

"Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in that case, concluded that “the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person.”

All if another marriage bill does make it to SCOTUS, all Neil can do is vote the same as Scalia did,"

"Abraham Lincoln’s name is frequently invoked as one the greatest — if not the greatest — leaders ever produced on American soil.

Adolf Hitler’s name is frequently invoked as one of the worst — if not the worst — human beings ever produced on Planet Earth, a man worthy of enough scorn that his name is a colloquial benchmark for what constitutes evil (i.e., “That guy sucks, but he’s no Adolf Hitler”).

Aside from being born in the same century, these two men would seem to have very little in common, unless you’re asking North Carolina lawmaker Larry Pittman.

The Republican General Assembly member from Cabarrus County this week called the 16th president “the same sort (of) tyrant” as Adolf Hitler,” according to the Charlotte Observer."

TTFers revel in ignorance

it is nothing new that Southerners have not gotten over Lincoln's actions at the conclusion of the war, sending Sherman to destroy and burn already defeated areas

they don't call it civil war, they call it a war of aggression

"April 13, 2017 9:02 AM Anonymous Twitter responds to Ben Carson Getting Stuck in a Public Housing Elevator said..."

let's face it, liberals hatred for Carson is racist

he believes in a color-blind America, where blacks are equals

not the dependents of Washington

liberals think that is an illegitimate view for blacks to hold

April 13, 2017 9:56 AM  
Anonymous a game of gates said...

Russiagate’s latest celebrity is a former Donald Trump associate named Carter Page. Page, who worked for Merrill Lynch in Moscow and speaks Russian, is a banker and investor who early in 2016 was a part of the amorphous group that was advising Trump on foreign policy. There is no evidence to suggest that he was ever an insider with the Trump campaign—quite the contrary. The Washington Post reports that he made several efforts to meet directly with Donald Trump but that his entreaties were rejected.

So why the fuss? Page appears to have been a target of Russian intelligence for a time, even though he had no sensitive information to give anyone and the presumed relationship appears to have ended long before the 2016 campaign. The possibility that Page might have been some kind of Moscow-controlled agent of influence close to Donald Trump has nevertheless excited Democratic Party critics who have been looking for some solid evidence of Russian government subversion of America’s electoral process. ....

we might someday know what happened or possibly not. But one other thing that is clear is that the Obama administration did not hesitate to go after someone presumed to be close to GOP candidate Donald Trump based on evidence that may or may not have been compelling. Page himself denounced the FISA warrant as “unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance.” Bear in mind that the FISA court tends to approve most surveillance requests, not making much effort to challenge the executive branch.

The arguments that President Obama and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice have been making, asserting that they knew nothing about politically charged and highly sensitive FBI investigations are, of course, nonsense. Rice’s request for the identities of Americans appearing on transcripts of communications intercepts reveals that there was very much a heightened sense of the political dimensions of what was taking place. And she would have undoubtedly conveyed as much to her boss, suggesting yet again that the latest chapter in Russiagate may turn out to be Obamagate after all.

April 13, 2017 12:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hahahahahahahaha! Wyatt/bad anonymous can't control himself and keeps reading and responding to my posts despite repeatedly insisting "it's obvious Priya has nothing worthwhile to say, that Priya's only worth revolves around brilliant anon, who won't read or respond to anything Priya says".

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Here's another one for you to fail to ignore Wyatt:

Nate Silver says the swing from the Republican Candidate in Kansas to the Democratic candidate was over 20 percentage points. If all the house seats swing by the same amount towards the Democrats they'll pick up 122 house seats.

Republican support is in free fall! And this is Trump's honeymoon phase!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 13, 2017 1:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

You know how people say Democrats and Republicans are exactly the same, biased in the same ways for their own party? Well a recent poll question shows that is far from true, its Republicans who change their position on actions based on who's in power, not Democrats.

In 2013 when Obama was president the Washington Post asked "Do you support or oppose the president's decision to launch a missle strike on Syria". Then this week the Washington post asked this same question regarding Trump's decision to launch a missle strike on Syria.

In 2013 under Obama 38% of Democratic voters supported Obama launching missle strikes in Syria. In 2017 under Trump 37% of Democratic voters supported Trump Launching missle strikes in Syria - basically a rounding error, essentially the same support regardless of which party the president belonged to.

In 2013 under Obama 22% of Republican voters supported Obama lauching missle strikes in Syria. In 2017 under Trump 86% of Republican voters support Trump launching missle strikes in Syria - a huge difference on support for the same action based solely on the party of the president in power.

As you can see Democratic voters are morally consistent while Republican voters' morals are based on who's taking the action, not on what the action is itself. For Repulicans "Its moral if I do it, but immoral if you do the same thing".

Democratic voters are intellectually consistent, Republican voters are biased hypocrites.

April 13, 2017 1:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So much for Wyatt/bad anonymous's assertion that all my comments are "inane", "stupid", and "not worthwhile" - if he really thought that he wouldn't be responding to them!

The truth is they are devastating to his B.S. and he desperately wants to try to spin his way out of them but he can't!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 13, 2017 2:02 PM  
Anonymous yawn...zzzzzzzz said...

poor Priya

so overly excited to have someone acknowledge Priya's existence

it's sad

and don't count on it

but, it's a good restraint on the evil Priya to not know when a response is coming

there are many reasons how Obama and Trump differ but the biggest of all is this:

the world mocked Obama and laughed at America, while Russia's influence increased during Obama's term

the world is behind Trump and grateful that America has stepped back into a leadership role, while Russia has been backed into a corner and isolated now

and all of this by firing a barrage of missiles that cost less than the Obamas were paid for their memoirs (those should be a riveting read, yawn)

April 13, 2017 2:17 PM  
Anonymous bye-bye, dummycrats said...


April 13, 2017

During Barack Obama’s administration, Democrat governors became a rarity. In addition to the 1,042 state legislative seats Democrats lost on net, they went from having 28 to only 16 governorships. So with that in mind, it’s probably no surprise that a new poll from the Morning Consult found that the ten most popular governors have one thing in common: they’re all Republicans!!

“More than 85,000 registered voters across America evaluated the job performance of their governors from from January 2017 through March 2017 to determine the latest rankings.

The two most popular governors are Republicans in traditionally blue states: Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland. Both governors have reputations as shrewd, bipartisan dealmakers who value results, and their constituents seem to appreciate that style. Three-fourths (75 percent) of Bay Staters approve of Baker, while 17 percent disapprove. In Maryland, 73 percent approve of Hogan, and 16 percent disapprove.

Part of the reason for such a sparse Democratic showing is the fact that Democrats only control 16 governorships nationwide. Still, even Democratic governors in liberal strongholds such as Delaware have a 14 percent approval deficit when compared to popular Republicans.

Read more: http://www.headlinepolitics.com/ten-popular-governors-one-thing-common/#ixzz4e9tzeFOD

April 13, 2017 3:20 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous finds my posts far too important, compelling, and correct to ignore.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "the world mocked Obama and laughed at America, while Russia's influence increased during Obama's term the world is behind Trump".

Wyatt/bad anonymous continues his lifelong and incredibly brave battle against reality.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Global polls show 90% of the world wanted Obama to be president and the vast majority of it opposed Trump being president. As usual Wyatt/bad anonymous asserts the exact opposite of reality.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 13, 2017 3:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "it will be a cold day in hell before you get another response to any other of your inane comments"

Sure Wyatt, sure.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 13, 2017 3:56 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Isn't that cute?

Wyatt/bad anonymous thinks I actually care whether or not he responds to my posts.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 13, 2017 3:58 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "it's a good restraint on the evil Priya to not know when a response is coming".

LOL, that's not what someone thinks who honestly believes my comments are "inane", "stupid", and "not worthwhile".

Wyatt/bad anonymous is desperate to restrain me because every time I post I utterly destroy his fantasies with facts and irrefutable logic.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 13, 2017 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Nasty Woman denounces the pussy grabbers for harming women again said...

"Pence the tiebreaker: Trump signs GOP bill that weakens protections for women yet again
With no media present, Trump signs legislation that reverses an Obama-era regulation


"President Donald Trump signed legislation Thursday that overturns a rule meant to reinforce protections for those who depend on Title X, a family planning program that serves more than 4 million people.

The bill, which Trump signed in private, is a reversal of an Obama-era regulation. It opens a pathway for states to block health care through Title X at Planned Parenthood and other independent clinics.

This new legislation builds upon a GOP effort to defund 100-year-old Planned Parenthood, the most visible women’s health clinic offering a plethora of care including sex education, birth control and breast cancer screenings. Although a staunch anti-abortion stance dominates much of the Republican Party, it’s a fairly new position for the Trump family.

In 1999, Trump told NBC, “I am pro-choice in every respect as far as it goes, but I just hate it” — this point was underscored in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Committee in 2011. Similarly, Ivanka Trump requested and held a secret meeting with Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, shortly after her father’s inauguration to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the organization’s full scope.

The GOP bill barely made it through the Senate, and Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie for the legislation to pass. All Democrats and two Republican senators opposed the bill.

Back in January, Richards, the same woman Ivanka Trump met with, was quoted in a Planned Parenthood statement. She said:

“Extremists in Congress are trying to make it easier for state politicians to block women from getting birth control and other preventive care . . . For many of our patients, not being able to get care at a Planned Parenthood health center means that they don’t get care.”

The chicken shits hid this despicable stunt to defund healthcare for poor women from the press.

April 13, 2017 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Bill O’Reilly. With his own primetime television program on Fox News, here is a man of extraordinary wealth, fame and power. Yet he uses his authority to coerce women into having sex with him against their will by threatening to destroy their professional careers if they refuse his advances.

What kind of a pathetic sex life is that?

My goodness, what a sad little man.

Unbeknownst to O’Reilly, great sex is all about sharing the experience with your partner. The excitement is not only your sexual desire for your partner, but also your partner’s sexual desire for you in return. Great sex is about mutuality, exploring each other’s passions and having fun together. The highest level of fulfillment is attained only through the magnificent duet of pursuing pleasure both for oneself and for one’s partner.

Of course, none of this magic can ever happen when one person forces another person to have sex against their will.

Poor little Bill O’Reilly. He’ll never experience great sex. He may have a few million anonymous viewers who tune in to his show, and he may have tens of millions of dollars in his bank account, but he certainly is missing out on a whole lot in life.

Worse, however, are the implications about the kind of human being who would seek to coerce another person into having sex. Not only is this an empty sexual experience for the perpetrator, but it also imposes a horrendous experience upon the partner. Who would do such a thing to another person?

Bill O’Reilly, of course. But Bill O’Reilly is not alone. His former boss, Roger Ailes, habitually engaged in this deviant behavior from his powerful perch as head of the entire Fox News network. And we have also seen this sort of behavior from the man who is now the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

What does it take for a person to behave like this?

Well, it takes a complete lack of caring for other human beings. Forcing someone to have sex against their will necessarily means that the perpetrator has no regard for the feelings of the other person. None whatsoever.

So why are these men in positions of such enormous power? Why do we listen to them for even an instant? They clearly possess a deplorable willingness to disregard the plight of other people — yet perversely enough, they are entrusted with the power to shape society in ways that affect great numbers of people.

This is exactly upside down. Instead, we need leaders who care deeply about other people.

Thankfully, ordinary people all across this land possess the power to change all of this. If each of us participates in our own small way, collectively, we will make a difference.

For O’Reilly, this means contacting the companies that advertise their products during his show and expressing our disapproval.

For Trump, this means continuing to resist his presidency and his absurd agenda that threatens to impose enormous suffering upon countless ordinary people. As his public approval erodes, so too will his authority.

These sad little men do not belong in power. It is up to us to take it away from them.

================
Here Are All The Advertisers Fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s Show
The mass exodus continues.

April 13, 2017 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Nasty Woman said...

Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page on Thursday could not say definitively whether he spoke to Russian officials during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year about the possibility of easing U.S. sanctions against Russia.

“Absolutely not,” Page said initially, when asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

But Page, who has repeatedly changed his tune on the extent of his ties to Russia, then claimed that he could not recall.

“I don’t remember. We’ll see what comes out in this [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] transcript. I don’t recall every single word that I ever said. But I would never make any offer or intimate anything,” he said. “Something may have come up in a conversation. I have no recollection, and there’s nothing specifically that I would have done that would have given people that impression.”

When Stephanopoulos pressed him on why he could not give a definitive answer, Page again said that he could not remember.

“Someone may have brought it up. I have no recollection,” Page said.

Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that the FBI obtained a FISA court order last summer to investigate Page, as part of its probe investigating Russian influence in last year’s presidential election and ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.

Page previously denied being part of the investigation, but when asked about the report on Wednesday, he would neither confirm nor deny it....

================

"...RYAN: Thank you… We’ve heard you’re going to be announcing your foreign policy team shortly… Any you can share with us?

TRUMP: Well, I hadn’t thought of doing it, but if you want I can give you some of the names… Walid Phares, who you probably know, PhD, adviser to the House of Representatives caucus, and counter-terrorism expert; Carter Page, PhD; George Papadopoulos, he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joe Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more. But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with. We have many other people in different aspects of what we do, but that’s a representative group...."


https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/03/21/a-transcript-of-donald-trumps-meeting-with-the-washington-post-editorial-board/

April 13, 2017 5:56 PM  
Anonymous https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/04/13/are-there-too-many-russia-connections-to-be-coincidences/ said...

"...Carter Page, Manafort and Flynn have every incentive in the world to cooperate now with the FBI. Investigators will want to know, among other things, how they all came to work for Trump, what Trump knew of their Russian connections, what contacts they and others might have had with Russian officials and how the Republican National Committee platform on Ukraine got changed. It’s hard to imagine a whole lot more won’t come out as cooperative witnesses add to whatever intelligence is already in the FBI’s hands.

Beyond all these threads and the potential for confirming secret collaboration between Trump’s team and the Russians, one uncomfortable truth remains: Overt, blatant and ongoing synchronization between Trump and Russian propagandists seems to have occurred throughout the general election. Ben Wittes, Jordan Brunner and Quinta Jurecic of the Lawfare blog write:

It included open encouragement of the Russians to hack Democratic targets; denial that they had done so; encouragement of Wikileaks, which was publicly known to be effectively a publishing arm of the Russian operation, in publishing the fruits of the hacks; and publicly trumpeting the contents of stolen emails. . . . After the Russian government had already been publicly associated with the hack, Trump urged it to conduct further hacking. . . .

Trump and his associates were collaborating with the operation. That they were doing so publicly and lawfully does not make their activity any less collaboration — just, perhaps, more honest and open. And it doesn’t make it less bad.

As the authors argue, we need to know if “any laws were violated and whether anyone in the Trump orbit may be compromised by Russian intelligence.” The intelligence investigation — which FBI Director James B. Comey says includes examination of potential criminal activity — goes on. However, for those who think accepting help from and working in tandem with a foreign power to undermine U.S. democracy renders the results inherently illegitimate, no smoking gun is needed. All the information necessary to determine the moral legitimacy of this president already is known. That Trump engaged so many people with Russian sympathies doesn’t mean those people were spies or engaged in illegal activity; it simply confirms he was an easy mark, someone willing to accept help from anyone, no matter how shady or tainted.

April 13, 2017 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/13/expert-who-predicted-trump-election-win-impeachment/22038840/

April 13, 2017 8:21 PM  
Anonymous bye-bye dummycrats said...

"Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!"

if anyone wants to see true insanity - just randomly read a post by Priya

I know, most people don't look at them, but they are clinical examples of dementia

"Nasty Woman denounces the pussy grabbers for harming women again"

that oughta scare the hell out of them

denounced by THE Nasty Woman - what a chilling thought!

NW might want to consider that stopping abortion would save millions of female lives a year

yes, the children murdered are often female

"The chicken shits hid this despicable stunt to defund healthcare for poor women from the press."

charmingly said

others will quickly fill any vacuum left by PP

organizations that don't facilitate the murder of children actually provide health services

PP is an amoral organization started by a woman who believed the human race could be improved by aborting the defective and inferior before they are born

"Poor Bill O’Reilly. With his own primetime television program on Fox News, here is a man of extraordinary wealth, fame and power. Yet he uses his authority to coerce women into having sex with him against their will by threatening to destroy their professional careers if they refuse his advances.

What kind of a pathetic sex life is that?"

how pathetic that TTF is so excited by this story

but, I get it

he's been making you so stupid on a nightly basis for years

women said the same about the pedophile rapist pig you love so much when he was president

lots of women

"So why are these men in positions of such enormous power?"

good point

look at all the problems caused by that pedophile rapist big

he even tried to get America to elect his deranged good wife President

"Why do we listen to them for even an instant? They clearly possess a deplorable willingness to disregard the plight of other people"

both Clinton and Trump have demonstrated more empathy than the straight arrow Obama ever did

your argument really doesn't make sense

"Thankfully, ordinary people all across this land possess the power to change all of this. If each of us participates in our own small way, collectively, we will make a difference."

nah, now matter what you say, the pedophile rapist pig, Bill Clinton, will remain free to victimize more women

"For O’Reilly, this means contacting the companies that advertise their products during his show and expressing our disapproval."

remember that time you tried to boycott Chik-Fil-A and their sales went through the roof?

or the time you tried to boycott North Carolina and tourism went through the roof?

you would think you'd learn

"These sad little men do not belong in power. It is up to us to take it away from them."

seems like you tried pretty hard to stop Trump in 2016 and, yet, there he sits in the Oval Office

you're not too good at this, are you?

"Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page on Thursday could not say definitively whether he spoke to Russian officials during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign last year about the possibility of easing U.S. sanctions against Russia."

it really doesn't matter

he wasn't a leader in trump's campaign organization

Russia tried to compromise him and couldn't

"https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/13/expert-who-predicted-trump-election-win-impeachment/22038840/"

what a fool!!

you can find an expert that will say just about anything

April 13, 2017 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Drip, drip, drip said...

British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia

Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.

GCHQ first became aware in late 2015 of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents, a source close to UK intelligence said. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information, they added.

Over the next six months, until summer 2016, a number of western agencies shared further information on contacts between Trump’s inner circle and Russians, sources said.

The European countries that passed on electronic intelligence – known as sigint – included Germany, Estonia and Poland. Australia, a member of the “Five Eyes” spying alliance that also includes the US, UK, Canada and New Zealand, also relayed material, one source said.

Another source suggested the Dutch and the French spy agency, the General Directorate for External Security or DGSE, were contributors.

It is understood that GCHQ was at no point carrying out a targeted operation against Trump or his team or proactively seeking information. The alleged conversations were picked up by chance as part of routine surveillance of Russian intelligence assets. Over several months, different agencies targeting the same people began to see a pattern of connections that were flagged to intelligence officials in the US.

The issue of GCHQ’s role in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into possible cooperation between the Trump campaign and Moscow is highly sensitive. In March Trump tweeted that Barack Obama had illegally “wiretapped” him in Trump Tower.

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, claimed the “British spying agency” GCHQ had carried out the bugging. Spicer cited an unsubstantiated report on Fox News. Fox later distanced itself from the report.

The claims prompted an extremely unusual rebuke from GCHQ, which generally refrains from commenting on all intelligence matters. The agency described the allegations first made by a former judge turned media commentator, Andrew Napolitano, as “nonsense”.

“They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored,” a spokesperson for GCHQ said.

Instead both US and UK intelligence sources acknowledge that GCHQ played an early, prominent role in kickstarting the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, which began in late July 2016.

One source called the British eavesdropping agency the “principal whistleblower”.

The Guardian has been told the FBI and the CIA were slow to appreciate the extensive nature of contacts between Trump’s team and Moscow ahead of the US election. This was in part due to US law that prohibits US agencies from examining the private communications of American citizens without warrants. “They are trained not to do this,” the source stressed.

“It looks like the [US] agencies were asleep,” the source added. “They [the European agencies] were saying: ‘There are contacts going on between people close to Mr Trump and people we believe are Russian intelligence agents. You should be wary of this.’

“The message was: ‘Watch out. There’s something not right here.’”

According to one account, GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, passed material in summer 2016 to the CIA chief, John Brennan. The matter was deemed so sensitive it was handled at “director level”. After an initially slow start, Brennan used GCHQ information and intelligence from other partners to launch a major inter-agency investigation.

In late August and September Brennan gave a series of classified briefings to the Gang of Eight, the top-ranking Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. He told them the agency had evidence the Kremlin might be trying to help Trump to win the presidency, the New York Times reported...

April 14, 2017 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mistaken coalition airstrike in Syria kills 18 U.S.-backed local forces

An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria mistakenly killed 18 soldiers from a U.S.-backed rebel force battling the Islamic State, the military said Thursday.

The latest incident was the fourth time since early March that American-led airstrikes may have killed noncombatants.

The coalition airstrike occurred Tuesday near Tabqah, where U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are engaged in a key battle against the Islamic State over a strategically important dam. Those troops are the main U.S.-backed force battling the Islamic State in Syria.

“The strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an ISIS fighting position,” U.S. Central Command said in a statement, using an acronym for the Islamic State. "The target location was actually a forward Syrian Democratic Forces fighting position."

Civilian and allied deaths resulting from anti-ISIS bombing campaigns are on the rise. According to some estimates, up to 200 people died during a March 17 airstrike in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. It was potentially the largest single loss of innocent lives to U.S.-led coalition strikes since the fight against the Islamic State began in 2014. The U.S. is investigating.

A U.S. airstrike in a rural area of Raqqa province killed more than 20 noncombatants in a school last month. Earlier in March, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said 42 people, most of whom were civilians, died in a U.S. bombing in the town of Al Jinah.

Airwars.org, a non-profit organization, says alleged civilian deaths from coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria rose from 585 in the last quarter of 2016 to 2,580 in the first quarter of 2017. The group acknowledges, however, that many of the reports are unconfirmed.

The U.S. military is supporting Syrian Democratic Forces with airstrikes, helicopter gunships and Marine artillery in the battle around Tabqah, which is part of an overall offensive to isolate and then clear Raqqa of the militants.

“The coalition is in close contact with our SDF partners who have expressed a strong desire to remain focused on the fight against ISIS despite this tragic incident,” the statement said. “The coalition is assessing the cause of the incident and will implement appropriate safeguards to prevent similar incidents in the future.”

April 14, 2017 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOP Candidate Loses Party’s Support After Telling Woman ‘You Should F**k Me’

April 14, 2017 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Te-Ping Chen ✔
@tepingchen

How the news Trump won't label China a currency manipulator plays here:
"Eating his words!"
"Trump slaps self in face, again"

11:05 PM - 12 Apr 2017


https://trumpgrets.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/IRegretVotingForTrump/

https://twitter.com/trump_regrets

April 14, 2017 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Single Payer said...

In case you missed it, this week saw the debut of Trumpcare.

There was no new legislation, and the previous health-care system, Obamacare, wasn’t repealed. It was re-accommodated, United Airlines-style: bloodied, knocked silly and heaved aside.

What has replaced it — a system of confusion and retreat — is entirely the doing of one Donald J. Trump.

President Trump this week threatened not to pay $7 billion to insurers in annual subsidies for giving discounted coverage to low-income Americans. If he follows through, it ends Obamacare as we know it. But even if he’s bluffing, the threat itself is outright sabotage and goes a long way toward dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

In the coming weeks, insurers participating in the individual-market exchanges must set premiums for next year — and they’d have to be daredevils to re-up with Trump’s sword of Damocles over them. The prudent move would be either to quit the exchanges or to impose huge premium increases to offset the risk that the subsidies will disappear — enough to deter people from signing up.

“The evidence is strong that the ACA is not dying of natural causes, but with the president’s recent comments it’s clear that it could die of suspicious causes,” says Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan outfit that studies health care. In the current environment, insurers “are just not going to stick around and take big risks,” Levitt tells me. “They’ll just take their marbles and invest elsewhere. It would be a very rational decision.”

The health-care system Trump is now destroying was healthy. A report this month by Standard & Poor’s, the credit-rating agency, found “marked improvement” in the Five days later, Trump – right on cue – threatened to yank the subsidies, which he can do easily by refusing to defend them in current legal proceedings. “Obamacare is dead next month if it doesn’t get that money,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, predicting his threat to kill the subsidies would bring Democrats to the table. Insurers have to submit their proposals for 2018 by June 21, which means they have to make their decisions in this atmosphere of uncertainty. To protect themselves from the threatened loss of subsidies, they’d have to increase premiums by about an extra 20 percent in 2018.

Trump isn’t fooling many people about his intentions. “The longer I’m behind this desk and you have Obamacare, the more I would own it,” he said to the Journal. But that time is now. A Kaiser poll this month found that 61 percent say Trump and Republicans are responsible for any problems with the ACA from now on, compared with 31 percent who would blame former president Barack Obama and Democrats. I asked Levitt if he thought it fair to call the current system “Trumpcare.” His reply: “Absolutely.”

April 14, 2017 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Single Payer said...

The administration, as I noted last month, had already sabotaged Obamacare by pulling some advertising for enrollment in the crucial period before the sign-up deadline, by signaling, through the IRS, that it would not enforce the individual mandate to buy health insurance and by announcing repeatedly that the ACA was variously imploding, exploding or collapsing.

Not surprisingly, insurers are spooked. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced on April 3 it is pulling out of the Iowa exchanges, saying a lack of clarity “makes it difficult to establish plans for 2018.” Aetna followed a few days later.

Anthem has told securities analysts that it is likely to pull back in 2018, according to Bloomberg News. And Humana on Feb. 14 said it wouldn’t participate in any exchanges in 2018, in a statement also noting the current environment “creates uncertainty for Humana’s businesses.” That could leave 16 Tennessee counties with no ACA insurers.

Trump, if his recent statements are to be believed, is preparing to jettison campaign positions on NATO, China, the Fed, the deficit and more. While he’s at it, he would do well to embrace Obamacare and rebrand it as his own. Trumpcare, as it now stands, is a loser.

April 14, 2017 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"both US and UK intelligence sources acknowledge that GCHQ played an early, prominent role in kickstarting the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, which began in late July 2016"

eliminating the spin, it turns out that, yes, Obama used British intelligence, unencumbered by civil rights, to spy on Trump's campaign

intelligence agencies shouldn't be used for political purposes in America like they are in societies without civil rights

"President Trump this week threatened not to pay $7 billion to insurers in annual subsidies for giving discounted coverage to low-income Americans"

wasn't Obamacare supposed to reduce the deficit?

"sabotaged Obamacare by pulling some advertising for enrollment in the crucial period before the sign-up deadline, by signaling, through the IRS, that it would not enforce the individual mandate to buy health insurance and by announcing repeatedly that the ACA was variously imploding, exploding or collapsing"

so not propagandizing and refusing to violate citizens' rights is "sabotage"?

that says it all

April 14, 2017 10:41 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Yet more research shows marriage improves the healthiness and happiness of gay and lesbian couples

UW researchers found that LGBT study participants who were married reported better physical and mental health, more social support and greater financial resources than those who were single.

There are no rational arguments against same sex marriage, it is a benefit to both the couples and society as a whole.

You self-identified christians like Wyatt/bad anonymous - Do us all a favour and do a random act of charity or kindness in the name of your religion and leave gay people alone.

April 14, 2017 11:41 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt, your beliefs don't determine whether or not you're a good person, your behaviour does...and you are not a good person.

April 15, 2017 12:45 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In a spate of local elections last week in Illinois, Democrats picked up seats in places they’ve never won before

These may seem like relatively small victories ― we’re talking about municipal races in towns with tens of thousands of people ― but they fit with a broader pattern that should have Republicans on edge ahead of the 2018 elections: Progressive grassroots activism, exploding with energy since President Donald Trump’s win in November, is fueling Democratic gains in GOP strongholds.

April 15, 2017 1:03 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Intel source: FBI discovers Kremlin is blackmailing Jason Chaffetz over Donald Trump and Russia

For months, onlookers have wondered why House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has done his best to protect Donald Trump from his Russian collusion scandal. Has it been merely partisan hackery, or has Chaffetz had a more specific reason? According to an intel community source, the FBI has learned that Russia has “kompromat” blackmail material on Chaffetz and has been using it to keep him in line with regard to Trump’s Russia scandal.

April 15, 2017 1:05 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The intel source comes by way of political pundit Louise Mensch, whose inside sources have a history of being correct about FISA warrants and other matters. Here’s how she phrases it: “Sources say there is kompromat on Jason Chaffetzl that this is why he turned and that FBI know it” (link). She does not go on to reveal what that blackmail material is, but the key phrase here is that “he turned.”

Chaffetz is in a powerful position as the chair of one of the committees that should be investigating the Donald Trump campaign’s Russian collusion. But he’s managed to keep that off the table, forcing other Congressional committees to pick up the slack. Mensch is suggesting that Russia has “turned” Chaffetz to the point where it controls him, ostensibly ensuring that his committee will never investigate Trump-Russia. However, with other sources saying the FBI investigation into Trump-Russia is so far along that the first big arrests could come as soon as next week (link), and that Rudy Giuliani’s request for a deal has been denied because his cooperation is no longer even needed (link), Chaffetz doesn’t appear to be in a position to hold up the works.

Palmer Report has previously determined that the largest donor to Jason Chaffetz is an illegal pyramid scheme which does business in Russia (link), but it’s not clear if the two storylines are connected.

Now comes the question of just what the FBI will do with the apparent knowledge that Jason Chaffetz, a sitting Congressman, is a traitor acting on behalf of Russia. Will Chaffetz eventually end up among the arrests?

April 15, 2017 1:07 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "sabotaged Obamacare by pulling some advertising for enrollment in the crucial period before the sign-up deadline, by signaling, through the IRS, that it would not enforce the individual mandate to buy health insurance and by announcing repeatedly that the ACA was variously imploding, exploding or collapsing"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "so not propagandizing and refusing to violate citizens' rights is "sabotage"? that says it all".

That's the spirit of Wyatt/bad anonymous all right - hoping for 24 million Americans to lose health insurance and hundreds of thousands to die as a result".

Remember what I said about your beliefs not determining whether or not you're a good person? Yeah, its actions of yours like those that make you a bad person, a despicable person.

April 15, 2017 1:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"hoping for 24 million Americans to lose health insurance and hundreds of thousands to die as a result"

socialism always seems like a good idea, until tried

Obamacare was a lie

if you think the rich should be subsidizing everyone else's health insurance, Obama could have said so and the Congress could have voted on it

instead, a massively complex system was set up and the American people were told it would pay for itself and reduce the deficit

now, Trump is supposedly "sabotaging" it by not spending 7 billion to subsidize it and not forcing people to buy health insurance and not using government funds to propagandize for it

we already have many entitlements woven into our system that are bankrupting us

other countries can afford it because they have their defense expenses paid by us and they overtax their citizens causing chronic unemployment

April 15, 2017 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

House Democrat Fact-Checks Science Committee’s Climate Nonsense

"WASHINGTON — Fed up with the anti-science nonsense that now dominates hearings of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, vice ranking member Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) has launched a project to make it easier for scientists to set the record straight.

The appropriately named FactCheck Project was sparked in particular by last month’s hearing on climate change, which committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) stacked with three likeminded climate change skeptics. The panel’s Democratic minority got to name one witness: Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Pennsylvania State University who advocates for urgently tackling human-caused climate change.

To no one’s surprise, the hearing’s main focus was not how to tackle the crisis but whether the vast majority of climate scientists — roughly 97 percent — are correct in their consensus that it is real and that humans are the primary cause.

The goal of the FactCheck Project is to provide a venue for credentialed experts to correct inaccurate and misleading statements that might be made at future hearings, Beyers said. Such corrections can be submitted either through a form on Beyer’s website or via Twitter using the hashtag #FactCheckSST and will become part of a hearing’s official record.

“Republicans on the House Science Committee would like to create doubt and confusion on climate change rather than contemplate solutions, but we cannot allow them to succeed,” Beyer said in a statement on Friday. “This project gives scientists and others who are not invited to speak the chance to support their colleagues like Dr. Mann with scientific fact.”

In addition to calling for expert rebuttals, Beyer sent a letter to Smith that includes corrections to several statements made at the March 29 hearing.

Witness John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science and director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, claimed in his written testimony that “consensus ... is a political notion, not a scientific notion.” In response, Scott Mandia, assistant chair of Suffolk County Community College’s Physical Sciences Department, offered a 2016 study that concluded “the finding of 97% consensus in published climate research is robust and consistent with other surveys of climate scientists and peer-reviewed studies.”

Another correction targets Smith’s wild claim that the widely respected Science magazine is not known to be “objective.” The two-paragraph rebuttal comes from an article published in Snopes and written by freelance science writer Alex Kasprak. It says in part:

"Among the numerous monumentally significant papers published in the journal are Albert Einstein’s formulation of gravitational lensing, the complete map of the entire human genome, the first evidence of a link between HIV and AIDS, and numerous Nobel Prize winning discoveries. Based on a combination of factors (including the number of times its papers are cited), Science is consistently ranked (including by the NIH, an organization over which Smith’s committee has jurisdiction) as being among [the] highest-impact journals in all of science."

These examples and additional fact-checking ― including from Harvard professor, science historian and Merchants of Doubt co-author Naomi Oreskes ― will be entered in the hearing record, according to Beyer...."

April 15, 2017 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that Kansas seat that the Republican "only" own by 8 points and the media acts like is such a rejection of Trump?

that's actually a higher margin than the Republican governor won the district by in the last election

here's a good description of how grim things are for Dems in 2018:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446695/

April 15, 2017 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama campaign worker CHRIS MATTHEWS:

"The problem is, I don't like it, first of all I'm rather dovish, I don't like what I'm going to say but it's true. If you basically put down a red line and say don't use chemical weapons, and it's been enforced in the Western community, around the world -- international community for decades. Don't use chemical weapons. We didn't use them in World War II, Hitler didn't use them, we don't use chemical weapons, that's no deal."

April 15, 2017 8:45 AM  
Anonymous Protect American Women, Betsy said...

TV: You've mentioned Title IX a couple of times now. People believe Betsy DeVos may be severely limiting Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors.

JB: Let me tell you, it bothers me most if Secretary DeVos is going to really dumb down Title IX enforcement. The real message, the real frightening message you're going to send out is, our culture says it's OK. You know, the major reason why women drop out of college when they're a freshman is because of sexual assault. Not their grades, sexual assault. And so, it would be devastating.

No father or mother should drop their kid off this late August, early September at their first day at college and drive away worried [if she is] going to be safe. Most parents don't drive away saying, Is she going to do all right in school? Is she academically qualified? Will she show up for class? How well is she going to do? That's not the conversation going on. The conversation that's going on is, is she going to be safe? That is an obligation of the school, and Title IX is the vehicle, and when Secretary DeVos by her silence didn't affirm that rape and sexual assault are forms of sexual discrimination ... God, if anything is sexual discrimination, it's rape and assault. And that's why schools have an obligation under Title IX to prevent this from happening.

I'm often asked over the years, because I'm so passionate about this, "OK, Senator, Mr. Vice President, when will you say you've succeeded?" There's always going to be violence, but we will have succeeded when no young woman in a high school or college campus who is sexually assaulted or raped ever ask[s] herself, “What did I do to deserve this?” It is never, never, never, never her fault. She could be drop-dead drunk. She could walk across the campus naked. Nobody, nobody, has a right to touch her. Nobody. And it will be a success when no young man actually believes [it] when he says to himself, “Well, she deserved it” or “I had a right to do that.”

April 15, 2017 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Pussy Grabber President said...

DONALD TRUMP, R-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. I'm automatically attracted to beautiful -- I just start kissing them. Like a magnet. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

BILLY BUSH, FORMER "ACCESS HOLLYWOOD" HOST: Whatever you want.

TRUMP: You can do anything. Grab them by the (bleep). You can do anything.

(LAUGHTER)

http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2016/10/07/trump-recorded-having-lewd-conversation-about-women-in-2005.html

April 15, 2017 9:10 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonoymous said "socialism always seems like a good idea, until tried Obamacare was a lie"

Remember when Wyatt/bad anonymous said "it will be a cold day in hell before I respond to another one of your inane comments"?

Wyatt/bad anonymous can't control himself, he has all the impulse control of a five year old.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

24 million more people having health insurance is definitely a good idea! That's a fact, its Wyatt/bad anonymous who is lying. Remember Wyatt/bad anonymous said "there are many situations where its appropriate to lie".

As I said Wyatt, its not what you believe that determines whether or not you're a good person, its your actions. And your actions show you're a bad person...a very bad person.

There's no doubt that Obamacare is a good thing and the Republican's attempt to sabotage it is evil. Hundreds of thousands will die as a result of Republicans sabotaging Obamacare. Evil Wyatt/bad anonymous likes that idea.

April 15, 2017 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Betsy DeVos may be severely limiting Title IX protections for sexual assault survivors"

oh, is Title IX protecting against sexual assault?

do you KNOW what percentage of girls say they are sexually assaulted during their college years?

whatever Title IX is doing, doesn't seem to work

why would we preserve that or do even more of it?

it's against the law to assault girls and that didn't start with Title IX

this is more propagandistic bullcrap from the Bullcrap Party that has been thoroughly rejected by the American voter, and is going the way of the Bull Moose Party

"it bothers me most if Secretary DeVos is going to really dumb down Title IX enforcement. The real message, the real frightening message you're going to send out is, our culture says it's OK. You know, the major reason why women drop out of college when they're a freshman is because of sexual assault. And so, it would be devastating."

really? please be specific and tell us how Title IX protects women against sexual assault

because it doesn't seem to be working

"No father or mother should drop their kid off this late August, early September at their first day at college and drive away worried [if she is] going to be safe."

if they really cared, the first thing to do is find a college without coed dorms

"is she going to be safe? That is an obligation of the school, and Title IX is the vehicle,"

what the deuce does that mean? it is their obligation, and it's got nothing to do with Title IX

"and when Secretary DeVos by her silence didn't affirm that rape and sexual assault are forms of sexual discrimination ... God, if anything is sexual discrimination, it's rape and assault. And that's why schools have an obligation under Title IX to prevent this from happening."

oh, so this is where you're going with this

yeah, this is definitely a great example of why Dems no longer have any power in our political process

"I'm often asked over the years, because I'm so passionate about this, "OK, Senator, Mr. Vice President, when will you say you've succeeded?" There's always going to be violence, but we will have succeeded when no young woman in a high school or college campus who is sexually assaulted or raped ever ask[s] herself, “What did I do to deserve this?” It is never, never, never, never her fault. She could be drop-dead drunk. She could walk across the campus naked. Nobody, nobody, has a right to touch her. Nobody. And it will be a success when no young man actually believes [it] when he says to himself, “Well, she deserved it” or “I had a right to do that.”"

all of which is true and has nothing to do with Title IX

society needs to protect women and it used to take sensible precautions like avoiding situations where rape could occur

now, we have genders sleeping together in the same dorm and guys using the girls' restroom

the preoccupation of the left with discrimination laws is preposterous

April 15, 2017 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alt-Right Ringleader Mike Cernovich Threatens to Drop ‘Motherlode’ If Steve Bannon Is Ousted
The Pizzagate conspiracy theorist claims to have a cache of dirty secrets that he’s willing to deploy.


"A week after President Donald Trump began to publicly distance himself from White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, alt-right ringleader Mike Cernovich threatened to release a “motherlode” of stories that could “destroy marriages” if Bannon is formally let go from the administration.

Cernovich made the claims that he’d release a series of “scoops” if Bannon is officially pushed out of the White House on an eleven-minute, self-recorded Periscope Thursday night.

“If they get rid of Bannon, you know what’s gonna happen? The motherlode. If Bannon is removed, there are gonna be divorces, because I know about the mistresses, the sugar babies, the drugs, the pill popping, the orgies. I know everything,” said Cernovich.

“If they go after Bannon, the mother of all stories is gonna drop, and we’re just gonna destroy marriages, relationships—it’s gonna get personal.”

The Daily Beast reached out to Cernovich, asking who he meant by “they” and if he had documentation for the claims. He was on InfoWars’ radio show and livestream most of Friday afternoon, and did not respond at press time.

Alt-right leaders have spent the week pushing a #KeepBannon hashtag on Twitter, less than a week after a #FireKushner hashtag prominently amplified by Cernovich became the No. 1 trend in the United States on Twitter.

The hashtags refer to the falling out between Bannon and Jared Kushner that played out through planted quotes in websites like Breitbart, where Bannon previously worked as its CEO, after Trump’s son-in-law began to take over more responsibilities inside the Trump White House...."





April 15, 2017 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Nasty woman Priya Lynn said...

SO MUCH WINNING: Federal Appeals Court Upholds $335K Award To Miami Painters Stiffed By Trump

April 15, 2017 1:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "the preoccupation of the left with discrimination laws is preposterous".

Its the right that's preoccupied with discrimination laws - they insist christians be protected by discrimination laws but refuse to give gays the same protection they demand for themselves. The right is a disgusting bunch of hypocrites.

April 15, 2017 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the job of government is not to make very nice to other, or to make every one pay together

choosing who to associate with and who to do business with is a right

gays are not a bunch of pansies who need special protection from the government

they are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves

"Christians" is broad category whose population composition not everyone agrees with

most religious people, however, want nothing more than to be free from governmental harassment

April 15, 2017 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Drip, drip, drip said...

"the campaign collusion stories have lost traction"

You pussy grabbers wish!

However, more and more evidence of "collusion between Trump and Russia" leaks out almost every day.

Apparently these leaks are not published at the right wing rags you read.

Here's today's latest.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/15/source-claims-concrete-evidence-of-collusion-between-trump-russia/22041057/

It's been an interesting couple of days.

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/14/watch-roger-stone-is-hiding-something-when-it-comes-to-trumps-alleged-collusion-with-russia/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/former-trump-adviser-carter-page-shifting-accounts-russia-ties

April 15, 2017 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You pussy grabbers wish!"

you collection of hags and miscreants, should get together and decide which malicious fiction you want to perpetrate

your idol, lazy stranded-in-Canada Priya says I'm gay

now, you say I'm a pussy grabber

c'mon, propaganda lies should be coordinate

"However, more and more evidence of "collusion between Trump and Russia" leaks out almost every day."

nothing from nothing leaves nothing

"Apparently these leaks are not published at the right wing rags you read."

as I've informed you, I read broadly and am usually very interested in contrary views

why else would I read TTF

"Here's today's latest.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/15/source-claims-concrete-evidence-of-collusion-between-trump-russia/22041057/

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/14/watch-roger-stone-is-hiding-something-when-it-comes-to-trumps-alleged-collusion-with-russia/

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/former-trump-adviser-carter-page-shifting-accounts-russia-ties"

the fact that the media keeps finding ways to wildly extrapolate is not traction

traction would be if the American public was concerned

they aren't, and the foreign policy stories of the last couple of weeks has made the whole theory basically obselete

April 15, 2017 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Proceeding to trial, yes a president can be sued said...

A week later, when protesters interrupted Trump in Louisville, the candidate responded with scattered commands: “Get them out,” “Get him the hell out,” “Don't hurt them.”

“If I say, ‘Don’t hurt them,’ then the press says, ‘Well, Trump isn’t as tough as he used to be,' " he said at one point.

Somewhere in the midst of this, a video shows Bamberger, 75, and a man named Matthew Heimbach jostling Nwanguma — a black woman in a sea of white men.

Shortly after the incident, Bamberger wrote an apologetic letter to a radio station, recalling the rally as orderly until “Trump kept saying 'get them out, get them out,' ” and chaos ensued.

Weeks later, Nwanguma and two other protesters sued Trump, Bamberger and Heimbach.

The latter two had assaulted them, they claimed. Trump — through his words that day and at previous rallies — had allegedly ordered them to do so.

Trump's lawyers denied all this and sought to have the lawsuit tossed out — claiming the candidate had not been talking to the crowd when he said “get them out.”

Bamberger, who faces a claim of assault and battery, also sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. But after a federal judge allowed it to proceed earlier this month, he countered Trump's claims that the candidate was not responsible for what his supporters did.

“At the Louisville political rally at issue in this lawsuit, Trump and/or the Trump Campaign urged people attending the rally to remove the protesters,” Bamberger's lawyers wrote. He “had no prior intention to act as he did.”

“That is extremely significant,” said Greg Belzley, a lawyer for the plaintiffs. “It is fairly unusual to have a person who is engaged in violent misconduct ... actually point the finger at the person and identify the person who caused him to do what he did.”

He laughed out loud when asked about Trump's claim of presidential immunity, pointing to a 1997 Supreme Court ruling that held President Bill Clinton could be sued over events that occurred before he took office.

While the judge has not yet set a timetable for the expected trial, Belzley said his team would begin requesting campaign documents and other evidence they hope will show that Trump knew his words could provoke violence.

And they are preparing to put the president under oath as the lawsuit moves toward trial.

“The key is going to be his deposition,” Belzley said, “which we intend to pursue.”

April 16, 2017 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"why else would I read TTF"

Because you are a self-loathing homophobe as your various obsessions with who LGBT folks may marry, what jobs they might hold, who can and cannot deny them service, and where they might close the door to pee clearly demonstrates.

April 16, 2017 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Another Great Nasty Woman said...

Maxine Waters, Donald Trump and impeachment: One Democrat is ready — her party and the American people may follow

A California Democrat calls for impeachment, and the world says it's too early. That might change — and quickly
HEATHER DIGBY PARTON

Over the weekend tens of thousands of Americans once more took to the streets to protest Donald Trump. In major cities and small towns across the country, citizens demanded that their president do what every president for the past 40 years has done: Release his tax returns. Trump’s response was to petulantly tweet that he did the impossible for a Republican by winning the Electoral College (the opposite is true; just ask George W. Bush) and suggesting that someone “look into” who paid the protesters because “the election is over.”

Evidently he thought that winning the election meant everyone would march in lockstep singing “We love you, President Trump!” like they do in North Korea. He’d better get used to protests because they aren’t going to stop. (The March for Science next weekend should really make him mad.)

The anti-Trump resistance is very much a grassroots effort, but there are leaders emerging. One of the most vocal is Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat who represents Los Angeles. Appearing at the Washington Tax Day march on Saturday, Waters put it bluntly: “I don’t respect this president. I don’t trust this president. He’s not working in the best interests of the American people. I will fight every day until he is impeached!” Then she led the crowd in a chant of “Impeach 45!” It doesn’t get any more resistant than that.

Waters has always been a tough and forceful politician, unafraid to take a position and speak her mind. She first came to national attention after the Rodney King riots when she went on TV and explained to America through gritted teeth that the African-American community in L.A. hadn’t just exploded out of nowhere. It was a message a lot of people didn’t want to hear, but she made sure they got it anyway. She’s been a thorn in the side of conservatives ever since then, once inspiring Ann Coulter to venomously spew that without affirmative action Waters “wouldn’t have a job that didn’t involve wearing a paper hat.” Right-wingers often lose their composure when confronted with such a strong, unapologetic African-American woman who is unafraid of getting right up in their faces.

Waters has been appearing on TV again lately, and she has plenty to say about all the various Trump scandals. Her message is very simple: Trump must be impeached. Obviously Republicans are outraged (as usual) insisting that such talk is downright seditious. Very few Democrats are ready to join her at this point either. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes such talk is premature at best; she has said that Trump is “incoherent,” “incompetent” and “reckless,” but insists those aren’t grounds for impeachment. According to Clare Malone at 538, Waters understands that Pelosi has an obligation to stay above the fray but says, “I don’t have the same responsibility.” She sees herself in a completely different role.

It may seem that Waters just has a pugilistic personality and is out front because it’s her political style to mix it up. But there is a strategy at work in this. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that a president was impeached for only the second time in history and it was over a “crime” that seems laughably insubstantial compared to the possibilities Donald Trump could face. Just for starters, Trump’s presidential campaign is being investigated in a counter-intelligence probe, and his conflicts of interest are so wide and so deep that almost anything could implicate him in a corruption scandal. Impeachment is really not a far-fetched proposition...

April 17, 2017 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Another Great Nasty Woman said...

...Back in the 1990s, President Bill Clinton’s administration was under siege from almost the moment he took office. There was one small-bore, semi-fictitious scandal after another, from Filegate to Travelgate to Haircutgate to Vince Foster’s suicide and of course the ancient Arkansas land deal known as Whitewater, from years before Clinton ran for president. The media lapped them up, reporting each new development with breathless excitement, piling them on top of each other until it seemed as though there wasn’t anything else happening in the world.

Some of the motivation for all this was simple partisan payback. Richard Nixon was a crook who’d been run out of Washington and Republicans were yearning to return the favor. Beating Jimmy Carter in 1980 was nice but it wasn’t enough. They wanted to rub the Democrats’ smug, self-righteous faces in the dirt and the Southern Gothic fever swamp that accompanied Clinton to Washington offered an excellent opportunity. But in spite of the Republicans’ deep desire to get Clinton, their primary game plan was merely to force his resignation (as had happened with Nixon). There was very little discussion of impeachment through all those years of endless scandal-mongering.

Only one man, Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., kept bringing it up despite strong pushback from House Speaker Newt Gingrich and every other member of the GOP leadership. Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, said at the time, “I don’t think we have the kind of evidentiary basis to be talking about impeachment at this time. I don’t really think you should, when it’s such an important matter and it’s frankly still in the abstract.”

Barr kept at it. Before anyone had heard the name Monica Lewinsky or had read the salacious report ultimately produced by independent counsel Ken Starr, Barr had introduced H.R 304, directing the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether grounds existed to impeach the president. When the Lewinsky scandal broke, unanticipated by anyone (including Barr), the groundwork had been laid.

Waters is following the Barr model. Impeachment is the nuclear option of nuclear options, when it comes to Congress confronting the president. It’s the only means by which a president can be removed from office for cause and it isn’t easy to do, especially when the president’s party holds the majority. (Only two presidents have ever been impeached by the House — Clinton and Andrew Johnson — and neither was convicted in the Senate, where a two-thirds majority is required.) But if one of Trump’s many scandals should end up implicating him in a crime, it’s important that the Democrats and the American people be ready for it. Waters is getting the I-word out there into the atmosphere and priming Trump’s political opposition. It’s a job that takes guts and foresight and she’s good at it.

If the Democrats can pull off a wave election in 2018 and take back the House, they will be ready to follow an impeachment investigation wherever it leads. That will largely be thanks to Maxine Waters.

April 17, 2017 10:59 AM  
Anonymous ROFL said...

"He laughed out loud when asked about Trump's claim of presidential immunity"

I hadn't heard Trump claim that. If anything, he erroneously seems to think the President should engage with the legal and business arenas in the same manner as all other citizens. Please provide the quote so we can laugh too.

"Because you are a self-loathing homophobe"

Talk about laughable assertions. Sometimes, I'm supposedly ignorant I only read right-wing propaganda. Now, you say because I do keep up with the other side, I'm "self-loathing".

You collection of hags and miscreants, should get together and decide which malicious fiction you want to perpetrate.

"as your various obsessions"

my only obsession is with liberty

"with who LGBT folks may marry,"

I'm fine with them "folks" marrying anyone they want as long as they don't demand governmental recognition

terms like "folks", btw, used to propagandize, are similar to fascist propaganda terms

ever hear of Volkswagen?

what would you think if someone said KKK folks?

drop the games

"what jobs they might hold,"

I couldn't care less what jobs they hold as long as their employer has not been forced to hire them

"who can and cannot deny them service,"

I couldn't care less what services they receive as long as businesses have not been forced to work for them

"and where they might close the door to pee"

I couldn't care less where they urinate as long as owners of rest rooms are free to set their own policies on gender use


April 17, 2017 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"that Kansas seat that the Republican "only" own by 8 points and the media acts like is such a rejection of Trump?

that's actually a higher margin than the Republican governor won the district by in the last election"


Great pick for noting how badly the GOP is tanking, Gov. Brownback and his failed tax cutting experiment Trump wants to foist off on the rest of us.

Gov. Sam Brownback retains his title as ‘America’s most unpopular governor’ as he fucks over poor people living in Kansas and gives huge tax breaks for rich folks like the Kochs.

In each successive election, 2014, 2016 and 2017, GOP candidates have won a lesser percentage of the vote in Kansas' Fourth Congressional District even as Governor Bankrupter continues to scrape by in office.

Estes’s underperformance in Kansas 4 should worry Republicans because special elections as a group have done a decent job of predicting midterm results over the past few cycles. Kansas’s result comes on top of Democrats’ doing 18 points better than the past presidential vote suggested in California’s 34th special election last week. In no midterm cycle since 2002, except for 2006 when Democrats took back the House, did Democrats outperform the past presidential vote in at least two districts as much as they did in California 34 and Kansas 4. Those outcomes are potentially indicative of a wave large enough for Democrats to take back the House in 2018.

April 17, 2017 11:35 AM  
Anonymous too soon to forget said...

"Estes’s underperformance in Kansas 4 should worry Republicans because special elections as a group have done a decent job of predicting midterm results over the past few cycles"

except he didn't underperform

he did better in that district than the Republican governor did in November

and while Brownback is unpopular, Kansas is not typical enough to indicate a trend

the ten most popular governors in America are GOP

face it, America's rising to reject Trump is a story the mainstream media wants to tell, and sell, so they will find evidence for it any way they can

they just can't accept the idea that they should just report events

they imagine their role to be starting movements

it's just like how Maxine Waters wants Trump impeached

she doesn't care if there are valid charges

worry about that later

"Those outcomes are potentially indicative of a wave large enough for Democrats to take back the House in 2018."

not really

but, dream on

dreaming is what America is all about

unfortunately for you, Americans didn't like Obama and didn't like Obama's era

two years is too soon to forget that

April 17, 2017 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Grounds for Impeachment said...

Trump Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp, Giving Them Ethics Waivers
Some new Trump officials are working on policies likely to benefit clients they recently served.


"Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, President Donald Trump appears to be filling it with former lobbyists and consultants.

The president has relaxed ethics regulations, eliminating a requirement barring lobbyists from joining agencies that they lobbied up to two years prior. Trump does require that former lobbyists not work on specific issues linked to a past client. But it appears that regulation is not always followed.

The New York Times and ProPublica have highlighted some especially worrisome hires in the executive branch, including White House energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a former oil and gas company lobbyist, and Geoff Burr, a former construction industry lobbyist now working at the Department of Labor.

A lobbyist may “de-register on Monday and enter the Trump Administration on Tuesday,” Craig Holman of the watchdog group Public Citizen told ProPublica — and could also quickly return to the private sector.

Just last week, Bloomberg revealed that Marcus Peacock, a top Trump aide who worked briefly in the Office of Management and Budget, will join the lobbying group the Business Roundtable. Peacock has recused himself from lobbying the OMB for just six months — even though he agreed not to lobby his former agency for five years, according to Bloomberg.

Trump may also be issuing other ethics waivers, but that’s difficult to determine because granted waivers are generally kept secret, the Times reports. The president is also keeping White House visitor logs secret, making it difficult to track corporate representatives’ meetings with federal officials as they create new policy.

The White House told the Times that it “takes its ethics pledge and federal conflict of interest rules very seriously,” and is complying with the law."


The Pro-Putin Pussy Grabber White House is clueless as to how to conduct itself ethically. It even tarnished the House Intelligence Committee's investigation, forcing Pussy-Grabber Transition Team Member Nunes to compromise himself with White House insiders feeding him worthless information, which he then paraded to everyone BUT his committee and in the end had to recuse himself.


April 17, 2017 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the Kansas 4th Congressional district contest, Republican Ron Estes beat Democrat James Thompson by 6 points last week in a district where then-Rep. Mike Pompeo — now Trump's CIA director — won by more than 30 points just last fall.

The comparison to the unpopular governor Brownback who has nearly bankrupted the state of Kansas gives you some comfort because it is meaningless, but the actual GOP candidate in the 4th Congressional district race did 24 points worse than Pompeo did 6 months ago.

The trend is clear to those who see reality unfiltered.

April 17, 2017 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/17/poll-majority-of-americans-disapprove-of-president-trump/22042115/

President Donald Trump's approval rating continues to slide as his base grapples with his shifting positions on major campaign promises.

According to the latest polling data from Gallup, 53 percent of Americans now disapprove the job Trump is doing in the White House.

The president's disapproval numbers shot up 3 percentage points to 55 percent and stood at two week high over the weekend before dipping down to 53 percent on Sunday.

To put Trump's historically high disapproval number into perspective: President Obama held a 28 percent disapproval rating at the same point in his first term. In the middle of George W. Bush's first April as president he held a 30 percent disapprove, and only 19 percent of U.S. citizens disapproved of President Reagan in April 1981.

Trump's approval rating is at a mere 40 percent according to the same Gallup data. No president in the last six decades had approval ratings so low at this point in his presidency. Former President Bill Clinton had the lowest approval rating in his first April in office prior to Trump. Only 55 percent approved of his job performance at that point.

Trump's job approval numbers are still low across the majority of major polling surveys. The latest McClatchy/Marist polls shows the president at a 39 percent approval rating, while a new SurveyMonkey survey has him at 44 percent...

April 17, 2017 1:40 PM  
Anonymous maxine, the flying pig said...

"Right-wingers often lose their composure when confronted with such a strong, unapologetic African-American woman who is unafraid of getting right up in their faces"

actually, right-wingers usually hire such a person

ask Condeleeza Rice

Dems usually use them as an opportunity to score a few political points

ask Sister Soulja and Bill Clinton

"Her message is very simple: Trump must be impeached."

any time you say we need to impeach someone and we'll figure out the grounds later, you're suggesting the use of law enforcement for political puposes

kind of like Obama using the IRS to attack his opposition in 2012 and using the "incidental interception" to spy on the Trump campaign in 2016

let's face it, Dems don't believe in our democratic system

"Obviously Republicans are outraged (as usual) insisting that such talk is downright seditious"

that anyone takes this seriously enough to be "outraged" is a fantasy you're having

Dems always think people take them very seriously

I guess they're also "scrambling" to respond

haha!

"Nancy Pelosi believes that Trump is “incoherent,” “incompetent” and “reckless,” but insists those aren’t grounds for impeachment"

wow, a Dem who sees the obvious

"it wasn’t that long ago that a president was impeached for only the second time in history and it was over a “crime” that seems laughably insubstantial compared to the possibilities Donald Trump could face"

yeah, when Bill Clinton grabs a female employee the age of his daughter, it's all just laughable

of course, many other women said he grabbed them

yikes, Dems are hyopcritical

"Just for starters, Trump’s presidential campaign is being investigated in a counter-intelligence probe,"

so far, no activities that would cause any suspicion have been uncovered

"and his conflicts of interest are so wide and so deep that almost anything could implicate him in a corruption scandal"

we aren't used to having a successful businessman as President

get used to it

it's not grounds for impeachment

"Impeachment is really not a far-fetched proposition"

Americans would never tolerate it as a political tool

"If the Democrats can pull off a wave election in 2018 and take back the House,"

well, if pigs could fly, Pink Floyd wouldn't need those inflatables for their concerts


April 17, 2017 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/gun-advocates-fear-armed-trump-supporters-as-they-escalate-threats-of-violence-against-progressives/

April 17, 2017 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/17/poll-majority-of-americans-do-not-trust-trump-to-keep-his-campaign-promises/22043352/

A majority of Americans do not think President Donald Trump will keep his promises, marking a significant shift in how much voters trust him on this issue.

A new Gallup poll released on Monday finds only 45 percent of Americans agree with the statement that the president keeps his promises. Back in February, 62 percent of people agreed that he was a man of his word -- a 17 point drop over two months.

Trump recently formally reversed his position on labeling China a currency manipulator, one of his campaign promises and a key part of his own agenda for his first 100 days in office.

According to the poll, women fueled a significant chunk of the drop of perception of Trump's promise keeping habits. In February, 65 percent of women surveyed said they thought he kept his promises. Now that number is at 40%.

The poll revealed dips in public perception of Trump on other qualities as well.

While a majority of people still say Trump is a "strong and decisive leader" that number is down seven points since February when 59% agreed with that statement.

In February, a majority (53 percent) said Trump can bring about the changes this country needs. Now, only 46 percent of respondents agree with that assessment.

The poll also found yet another drop in the percentage of people who think Trump is an "honest and trustworthy person" overall -- with only 36 percent of people agreeing with that statement, down 6 percent since February.

April 17, 2017 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White supremacist leader and Trump supporter caught on video 'allegedly' punching woman in face

No Nathan Damigo, Trump supporter, didn't grab her by the pussy, he smashed her right in the face.

Cal State Stanislaus to investigate white supremacist student who punched woman in Berkeley melee

"...Damigo, who was profiled by The Times in December, is an Iraq War veteran who was convicted of armed robbery after drunkenly pulling a gun on a La Mesa cabdriver he thought was Iraqi.

In November 2007, he had been home for a month after his second tour of duty and was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol abuse and paranoia, according to San Diego County court records. A few days after the anniversary of a friend’s combat death, he spent a night drinking and went for a walk with a gun. He came across the cabdriver, put a gun to his head and robbed the man of $43, records show.

He started reading books about race and identity in prison, he told The Times. He was greatly influenced, he said, by “My Awakening,” the book by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

Richard B. Spencer, one of America’s most prominent white nationalists, has come to Damigo’s defense. Spencer was punched in the head by a black-clad person while being interviewed on Inauguration Day..."



April 17, 2017 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Donald Trump will turn to ignorant generals whom he’s smarter than to destroy ISIS said...

Alex Jones’ ‘performance artist’ claim leaves Trump in awkward spot

Alex Jones has earned a reputation for being a bellicose conspiracy theorist who routinely shares some deeply odd ideas with his broadcast audience. For most of the American mainstream, watching Jones push some of his most offensive theories – the idea that the Sandy Hook massacre was a staged “false flag” event, for example – gives the impression that he may not be altogether stable.

It’s against this backdrop that Jones finds himself in a legal fight with Kelly Jones, the host’s ex-wife who is seeking custody of their children. Not surprisingly, she and her attorney are pointing to Alex Jones’ InfoWars content as proof of his unsuitability as a parent.

The Austin American Statesman reported over the weekend, however, that the host’s lawyer has a specific defense in mind to explain away his client’s over-the-top tirades.
At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”

“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”
The family’s legal dispute will apparently be decided by a Travis County jury in Texas, and as best as I can tell, it’s a private family matter.

That said, Jones has become a notable figure in conservative media, and if his own attorney describes his client as “a performance artist” – effectively characterizing Jones’ bizarre persona as a fictional “character” – that’s an important acknowledgement for the public to be aware of.

Indeed, not only have Jones’ outlandish conspiracy theories been taken seriously by Republican members of Congress, there’s also Donald Trump’s praise for Jones to consider.

Let’s not forget, for example, that during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Trump appeared on Jones’ show as if the conspiracy theorist were a legitimate broadcaster. Trump specifically told Jones at the time, “Your reputation’s amazing.”

Now that Jones’ own lawyer has described the host as “a performance artist,” does the president stand by this praise?

April 18, 2017 7:08 AM  
Anonymous Fox: #DropOReilly, The Sexual Predator said...

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2017/04/17/bill-oreilly-protest-fox-news-hq/22043329/

April 18, 2017 7:30 AM  
Anonymous The performance artist said...

Alex Jones has earned a reputation for being a bellicose conspiracy theorist who routinely shares some deeply odd ideas with his broadcast audience. For most of the American mainstream, watching Jones push some of his most offensive theories – the idea that the Sandy Hook massacre was a staged “false flag” event, for example – gives the impression that he may not be altogether stable.

It’s against this backdrop that Jones finds himself in a legal fight with Kelly Jones, the host’s ex-wife who is seeking custody of their children. Not surprisingly, she and her attorney are pointing to Alex Jones’ InfoWars content as proof of his unsuitability as a parent.

The Austin American Statesman reported over the weekend, however, that the host’s lawyer has a specific defense in mind to explain away his client’s over-the-top tirades.

"At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”

“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”"


The family’s legal dispute will apparently be decided by a Travis County jury in Texas, and as best as I can tell, it’s a private family matter.

That said, Jones has become a notable figure in conservative media, and if his own attorney describes his client as “a performance artist” – effectively characterizing Jones’ bizarre persona as a fictional “character” – that’s an important acknowledgement for the public to be aware of.

Indeed, not only have Jones’ outlandish conspiracy theories been taken seriously by Republican members of Congress, there’s also Donald Trump’s praise for Jones to consider.

Let’s not forget, for example, that during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries, Trump appeared on Jones’ show as if the conspiracy theorist were a legitimate broadcaster. Trump specifically told Jones at the time, “Your reputation’s amazing.”

Now that Jones’ own lawyer has described the host as “a performance artist,” does the president stand by this praise?

April 18, 2017 12:35 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Great posts Good anonymous, thanks for keeping it up!

April 18, 2017 2:17 PM  
Anonymous good anonymous said...

it ain't mutual

April 18, 2017 4:53 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The president of Turkey held a referendum granting him sweeping new powers turning him into a dictator. And surprise, surprise, surprise, Donald Trump phoned him up and congratulated him on his success at becoming a dictator.

Trump is a wannabe dictator who is envious of the president of Turkey succeeding at what Trump hopes to do for himself.

He truly is an evil illegitimate president.

April 18, 2017 4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Great posts Good anonymous, thanks for keeping it up!"

Thanks Priya Lynn. There's more trump trash to report every day.

And to the lying TTF troll, shut up.

April 18, 2017 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Trump is a wannabe dictator who is envious of the president of Turkey succeeding at what Trump hopes to do for himself.

Brian Klaas agrees with you and so do I.

On Sunday, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a rigged vote to take a wrecking ball to the remaining ruins of Turkish liberal democracy. On Monday, President Trump called Erdogan, a long-standing NATO ally, and congratulated him for entrenching and formalizing his role as an authoritarian despot.

A shockingly misguided move, the call sent precisely the wrong signal to leaders around the world. Every leader from Caracas to Moscow will see Trump’s seemingly unfettered enthusiasm for the death of a democracy. And they’ll take note of a key lesson: Trump is happy to cheerlead for despots across the globe who abuse their people, so long as they work with him on counterterrorism and avoid weapons of mass destruction.

Everything else, from barrel bombs to beating protesters, seems to be fair game.

Since a failed coup attempt last July, Erdogan has purged more than 100,000 Turkish civil servants, judges, teachers, soldiers and police officers. In addition, Turkey has jailed more journalists than any other country. Erdogan has been using a near-permanent “state of emergency” to rule with an iron fist. Democracy has been dying a slow death in Turkey for years...

...The White House readout of Trump’s call with Erdogan mentions nothing about human rights. It fails to mention that independent observers said the election was manipulated in the regime’s favor. It doesn’t chastise Erdogan for jailing journalists or harassing the opposition. It is silent on mass purges of civil society. Instead, the White House summary of the call amounts to “Congratulations! Looking forward to working with you on terrorism.”

The State Department issued a weak statement that lightly chided the vote’s irregularities, but that message was immediately and severely undercut by Trump’s congratulatory phone call.

American presidents have always had to balance hard-nosed foreign policy interests with respect for democracy and human rights. Yet Trump, in a stark break with the past, has shown utter contempt for the second part of that equation. His dealings with despots in the first 90 days of his presidency have been marked by the absence of any references to democracy in his statements on foreign policy.

This is in keeping with Trump’s long-standing adoration for strongmen. At various times, he has praised Saddam Hussein, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Moammar Gaddafi, Kim Jong Un and the anti-democracy leaders of China for their strength. In recent state visits to Washington, he showed more affection for Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fatah al-Sissi than for democratic NATO allies Theresa May or Angela Merkel...

...It’s unclear whether Trump’s phone call arose because he genuinely believes that strongman rule is worth embracing, or because he is acting to promote the regime that protects Trump Towers Istanbul. But either way, power-hungry aspiring despots around the world got the message: They can let the champagne flow in their palaces as they roll back democracy. The American president doesn’t really care.

April 18, 2017 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How climate change dried up a Canadian glacier river in a matter of days

"In only four days, the retreat of the Kaskawulsh Glacier caused the Slims River to suddenly and unexpectedly disappear in an unusual phenomenon known as 'river piracy.'

APRIL 18, 2017 —Last August, a small group of scientists set out for some routine fieldwork at Slims River, which feeds Kluane Lake, the largest glacially fed body of water in northwest Canada's Yukon Territory. When they arrived at the site of the fieldwork, however, the 15-mile long river had all but vanished, with only a thin trickle of water remaining where 10-foot depths had been common only a month before.

The scientists reviewed satellite data and other measurements and found that the river had vanished over a stunningly fast four days – between May 26 and 29 – in an unprecedented modern example of a geological phenomenon known as "river piracy."

The scientists determined that the climate-change related receding of the Kaskawulsh Glacier, the source of Slims River, was responsible for the sudden disappearance. In a study released Tuesday, the researchers noted that the glacier had shrunk to a point where its water was entirely redirected towards the Kaskawulsh River, which was usually fed by the glacier along with Slims.

"River piracy in this context means one river taking water from another in some unplanned sort of way," Mark Davis, senior research fellow and director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy in New Orleans, tells The Christian Science Monitor via email. "It is a metaphor," he adds.

Mr. Davis tells the Monitor that this kind of sudden shift is probably not unprecedented, since glaciers and rivers are naturally dynamic, responding to the ebb and flow of weather patterns and temperatures. Still, the disappearance of a whole river in less than a week took the researchers by surprise.

"Geologists have seen river piracy, but nobody to our knowledge has documented it happening in our lifetimes," said lead author Dan Shugar in a statement from the University of Washington Tacoma. "People had looked at the geological record – thousands or millions of years ago – not the 21st century, where it's happening under our noses."

At its widest points, Slims River spanned 150 meters (492 feet), carrying water from the glacier into the Kluane Lake, which then eventually flowed into the Yukon River toward the Bering Sea. This pattern remained unchanged for centuries, until Kaskawulsh Glacier retreated under a period of intense melting during the record-breaking temperatures of 2016...."

April 18, 2017 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Full Interview with disillusioned former Trump District Chair

April 18, 2017 6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Georgia's 6th District, Jon Ossoff scored a stunning primary election victory last night with 48% of the vote.

Make no mistake. This one is important to Donald Trump. How do we know? Well, he tweets. Here's what he said just last night:

"Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

Despite major outside money, FAKE media support and eleven Republican candidates, BIG "R" win with runoff in Georgia. Glad to be of help!

9:09 PM - 18 Apr 2017"


A "big win?" Who is he kidding? The vote was 48% for Ossoff and 20% for the Pussy Grabber's "big winner."

April 19, 2017 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/the-continuing-fallout-from-trump-and-nuness-fake-scandal

"Recently, several members and staffers on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia’s role in the Presidential election, visited the National Security Agency, in Fort Meade, Maryland. Inside the enormous black glass headquarters of America’s largest spy agency, the congressmen and their aides were shown a binder of two to three dozen pages of highly classified intercepts, mostly transcripts of conversations between foreign government officials that took place during the Presidential transition. These intercepts were not related to the heart of the committee’s Russia investigation. In fact, only one of the documents had anything to do with Russia, according to an official who reviewed them.

What the intercepts all had in common is that the people being spied on made references to Donald Trump or to Trump officials. That wasn’t even clear, though, from reading the transcripts. The names of any Americans were concealed, or “masked,” the intelligence community’s term for redacting references to Americans who are not the legal targets of surveillance when such intelligence reports are distributed to policy makers.

The binder of secret documents is at the center of the bizarre scandal created by what may be the most reckless lie President Trump has ever told. On March 4th, he tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” The White House made several efforts to justify Trump’s claim, including using Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, as a conduit for the documents, which allegedly offered some substantiation. A former Nunes staffer now working for the White House dug up the transcripts and shared them with Nunes. As Bloomberg View reported, earlier this month, Susan Rice, Obama’s national-security adviser, had used a process that allowed her to request that the masked names be revealed to her. Rice had to log her unmasking requests on a White House computer, which is how Trump’s aides knew about them. Nunes and the White House presented this as a major scandal. “I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story,” Trump told the Times, adding, while offering no evidence, that Rice may have committed a crime.

It is now clear that the scandal was not Rice’s normal review of the intelligence reports but the coördinated effort between the Trump Administration and Nunes to sift through classified information and computer logs that recorded Rice’s unmasking requests, and then leak a highly misleading characterization of those documents, all in an apparent effort to turn Rice, a longtime target of Republicans, into the face of alleged spying against Trump. It was a series of lies to manufacture a fake scandal. Last week, CNN was the first to report that both Democrats and Republicans who reviewed the Nunes material at the N.S.A. said that the documents provided “no evidence that Obama Administration officials did anything unusual or illegal.”

I spoke to two intelligence sources, one who read the entire binder of intercepts and one who was briefed on their contents. “There’s absolutely nothing there,” one source said. The Trump names remain masked in the documents, and Rice would not have been able to know in all cases that she was asking the N.S.A. to unmask the names of Trump officials.

Nunes is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee because, in talking about the documents, he may have leaked classified information. But this is like getting Al Capone for tax evasion..."

April 19, 2017 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...The bigger scandal is the coördinated effort to use the American intelligence services to manufacture an excuse for Trump’s original tweet.

The intelligence source told me that he knows, “from talking to people in the intelligence community,” that “the White House said, ‘We are going to mobilize to find something to justify the President’s tweet that he was being surveilled.’ They put out an all-points bulletin”—a call to sift through intelligence reports—“and said, ‘We need to find something that justifies the President’s crazy tweet about surveillance at Trump Tower.’ And I’m telling you there is no way you get that from those transcripts, which are about as plain vanilla as can be.” (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.)

The fallout from Trump’s tweet could have grave consequences for national security. The law governing the N.S.A.’s collection of the content of communications of foreign targets is up for renewal this summer. Known as Section 702, part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, it is perhaps the most important intelligence tool that America’s spy agencies have to gather information about potential terrorist attacks and about the intentions of regimes around the world. There are legitimate privacy concerns about allowing the N.S.A. to vacuum up such an enormous amount of communications. A report from 2014 by the Obama Administration’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board identified several areas that might be changed to increase the privacy protections for Americans, but the board also “found no evidence of intentional abuse” of the program.

Some American intelligence officials are now concerned that Trump and Nunes’s wild claims about intercepts and Rice have made Section 702 look like a rogue program that can be easily abused for political purposes. The intelligence source said, “In defense of the President, Devin Nunes and some other partisans have created a huge political problem by casting doubt, in the service of Donald Trump, on these intercepts.” Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky, a leading critic of Section 702, has been using the episode to rally libertarians. He recently tweeted, “Smoking gun found! Obama pal and noted dissembler Susan Rice said to have been spying on Trump campaign.” Democratic critics of Section 702 have also been emboldened. “Section 702 of FISA allows warrantless searches on Americans. That’s unconstitutional & must be changed,” Representative Ted Lieu, the Democrat from California, tweeted last month, during the controversy.

“They manufactured a scandal to distract from a serious investigation,” Eric Swalwell, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, who would not comment on the N.S.A. documents, said. “And the collateral damage is the public confidence in our intelligence community when we need to count on them now more than ever. Considering the threats we are facing right now from North Korea and isis, it’s a pretty dangerous time to undermine the I.C.’s credibility to make a five-yard sack in the Russia investigation.”

Even though there is now some bipartisan agreement that Nunes’s description of the intercepts was wildly inaccurate, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are still preparing to focus on Obama’s national-security team, rather than on Vladimir Putin’s. Last week, Democrats and Republicans finalized their witness lists, and the names tell a tale of two separate investigations. The intelligence source said, “The Democratic list involves all of the characters that you would think it would: Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Carter Page,” speaking of the three Trump campaign officials who have been most closely tied to the Russia investigation. “The Republican list is almost entirely people from the Obama Administration.”

The fake scandal created by Trump and Nunes is not over yet. The first name on the Republican list is Susan Rice...."

April 19, 2017 11:03 AM  
Anonymous FOX cuts loose another Pussy Grabber said...

Gabriel Sherman, a journalist for New York Magazine who literally wrote the book on Fox News, reported on Wednesday morning that the Murdoch family has decided to dump O’Reilly.

“The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end,” Sherman reported. “According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.”

April 19, 2017 1:05 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous posted "good anonymous said...

it ain't mutual"

Oooo, look, its Wyatt/bad anonymous responding to one of my posts after he repeatedly said things like "It will be a cold day in hell before I ever respond to another one of your inane posts"

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

And as he often does he's pretending to be someone he isn't (good anonymous never posts under the name "good anonymous"). Wyatt, you say "there are many situations where its appropriate to lie". Tell us how it was appropriate to lie in this situation by pretending to be someone you're not?

April 19, 2017 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pew Research Center: Public Dissatisfaction With Washington Weighs on the GOP



April 19, 2017 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Confirmed: Another one bites the dust said...

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/04/19/fox-news-drops-bill-oreilly-in-wake-harassment-allegations.html

April 19, 2017 3:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Its good to see O'reilly finally go. It would have been nice if it had been ten years ago, but better late than never.

April 19, 2017 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Nasty woman Priya Lynn said...



Okay... here's what we have so far:

- Donald with hundreds of millions in loans, investments and what looks like real-estate money laundering from Russian backers
- A dossier which thus far has not been proven wrong in any significant detail (save one name misspelled) alleging Russian intelligence turned Donald through their usual means of bribes, inducements, and blackmail
- Russians named in said dossier being murdered by the dozen after its release...and not at all coincidentally taking place almost immediately after Trump began receiving the classified transition briefings
- An entire network of direct connections between Donald, his businesses, and both Russian oligarchs and the Kremlin itself
- Several resignations already because some of those connections were too frickin' obvious -- like Page, Manafort, and Flynn...but now we're learning just about every close Trump confidante met directly with Russian officials and spies, including Giuliani, Stone, Kushner, Sessions, and more
- A Russian oligarch who kept following Donald, 'coincidentally' landing repeatedly at cities where Donald was doing rallies & having events
- A Commerce secretary who is part owner of a Cyprus bank known for Russian money-laundering
- Donald inviting the Russians to hack the Dems and Clinton, for his benefit
- Donald and his people repeatedly publicizing Russia-produced anti-US, anti-Dem, and anti-Clinton propaganda
- Donald repeatedly praising the Russians and steering the party platform to their benefit
- Donald repeatedly denying the Russians did ANYTHING at all during the last year to try to affect our election in his favor, defying the unanimous consensus of both the U.S. and U.S.-allies' intelligence communities
- Exxon & Russia now asking the WH to pay up on their 2016 campaign debt in the form of granting sanctions exemptions for oil deals

And now we have this: Which is basically the outline, from Russia, of exactly what transpired over the last year or two.

How many dots is it going to take before this exercise in extreme pointillism results in the obvious conclusion that Trump and his people engaged in multiple acts of still-ongoing treason?

April 20, 2017 2:06 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

If the people investigating Trump's collusion with Russia could hurry the f up before he starts World War III that would be GREAT.

April 20, 2017 2:08 AM  
Anonymous Sweet Irony said...

Back in 2002, Bill O’Reilly asked his viewers to boycott Pepsi because the company was working with the hip-hop artist Ludacris.

“I’m calling for all responsible Americans to fight back and punish Pepsi for using a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse, and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor in our society,” the Fox News host said on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

It worked. Soon after O’Reilly’s call to arms, Pepsi pulled all of its ads featuring Ludacris and stopped working with him entirely ― for what reason is still difficult to discern.

Flash forward 15 years, and the situation not only seems particularly ridiculous, but just drips with irony.

The beverage company recently found itself embroiled in yet another ad-related controversy. This time, however, the ad was actually offensive, making light of political protests depicting Kendall Jenner walking through a protest to deliver a can of Pepsi to a police officer and receive cheers all around. On April 5, Pepsi pulled the ad and apologized.

Just days earlier, on April 1, The New York Times published an investigation that found it was, in fact, O’Reilly who had been degrading women, not Ludacris. All told, Fox News and O’Reilly had paid out $13 million to five women because of his allegedly inappropriate behavior toward them, The Times found.

The revelation would lead to calls for O’Reilly’s ouster at Fox News. Asked about the controversy a little over a week later, Ludacris only said that he hoped O’Reilly could learn from the controversy.

“It’s not my place to judge Bill O’Reilly the same way he judged me,” he said during an appearance on radio show “The Breakfast Club.” “I’m thriving in life right now. All I can do is hope that Bill O’Reilly settles these issues and learns from whatever mistakes he may have made ― and also thrives.”

“But,” he added, “it is definitely ironic that Pepsi and Bill O’Reilly are under fire right now.”

O’Reilly was never able to settle his issues. On Wednesday, Fox News announced that “The O’Reilly Factor” host would not return to the network as a result of his treatment of women, leaving him with all the time in the world to go catch the No. 1 movie in America right now: “The Fate of the Furious,” featuring who else but Ludacris.

Ludacris appeared to subtly address the news Wednesday, just 30 minutes after it came out that O’Reilly was gone.

Ludacris ✔
@Ludacris

HATE MAY WIN SOME BATTLES, BUT LOVE WINS IN THE END. YOURS TRULY, LUDA

3:01 PM - 19 Apr 2017

April 20, 2017 10:40 AM  
Anonymous You go girl! said...

Kicker set to become 1st woman on scholarship at Div. II level or higher

At a signing ceremony at her Arizona high school Wednesday, Becca Longo was caught off guard when she heard what her football coach told those in attendance: To the best of his knowledge, Gerald Todd said, Longo was the first woman to ever sign a letter of intent to play college football at the Division II level or higher.

Todd's research appears to be spot on. There have been about a dozen documented women who have played college football, but none of those who played for NCAA-affiliated programs were on scholarship.

"I didn't know that until today," Longo said. "I'm still in shock from it. I'm just amazed."

Longo, 18, said she signed with Division II Adams State in Colorado several weeks ago -- after the Grizzlies announced their 2017 recruiting class -- and will also play basketball at the school.

Todd's brother, Everett Todd, who is now the defensive coordinator at Grambling State, was an assistant coach at New Mexico in 2002 when Katie Hnida, a kicker for the Lobos, became the first woman to appear in a Division I college football game.

While she is still trying to grasp the historic significance of her scholarship, Longo has been fascinated with kicking for years. Her brother, Bobby, was high school teammates with Heidi Garrett, who in 2004 hit a 48-yard field goal for King High in Riverside, California. It is believed to be the longest field goal ever converted by a girl in a competitive football game.

"I looked up to her kind of how some girls look up to me now," Longo said.

Still, it took Longo until the spring of her freshman year of high school to give it a go herself. In 2014, she was the junior varsity kicker at Queen Creek High in Arizona but was forced to sit out her junior year after transferring to Basha High. During that time, she also suffered from a back injury that initially led doctors to believe she would never play sports again, but Longo made it out for spring football at Basha in 2016.

After winning the starting job on field goals and extra points -- she did not handle kickoff duties -- Longo converted 35 of 38 extra-point attempts last season and was good on her lone field goal attempt (30 yards). She said she feels comfortable on field goals from 45 yards and in, but her team usually went for it on fourth down because they had quarterback Ryan Kelley, an Arizona State signee, who was ESPN's No. 11-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country....

April 21, 2017 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We found all of those paid protestors — they work for the GOP

"One of President Donald Trump’s favorite lies — that the thousands of people who have taken to the streets in protest against him are being paid by Democrats to do so — just became quite ironic.

According to a report by the Arizona Republic, the state’s Republican party plotted to pay for protesters to flood a Democratic congresswoman’s constituents meeting. A political coordinator in Arizona named Kyle Pierce sent an email to Republican party officials in the state urging ordinary GOPers to attend a “Coffee Club” hosted by Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Republicans planned to target Sinema for accepting political donations from the founders of Backpage.com, a website that has been accused of engaging in child sex trafficking. Pierce’s email offered to reimburse Republicans for the Coffee Club’s $25 membership fee if they asked Sinema about the donations.

The email said, “It would be absolutely wonderful if we had as many of her Republican consituents (sic) as possible attend this event to ask her why she accepted thousands of dollars from the creator of Backpage.com. I’m sure most of you have been keeping up with the news on this. It’s pretty bad, and we’re trying to hold her accountable for it.”

The email added, “If someone does have to pay, the Party is willing to reimburse the expense.”...

April 21, 2017 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Maryland must do better said...

Rapists Can Still Seek Parental Rights in Maryland, Thanks to a Group of All-Male Lawmakers

"A group of entirely male lawmakers in Maryland’s General Assembly failed to pass a bill —for the ninth time — that would have protected women from having to share parental rights with her rapist.

The Rape Survivor Family Protection Act sought to allow courts to terminate the parental rights of someone convicted of or “found to have committed” rape, which resulted in a child. Basically, rapists would lose parental rights over children conceived during rape. This is the most commonsense law to protect women and children, which must be why it didn’t pass.

Because two slightly different versions of the bill were submitted to the state House and Senate respectively, a committee was created on the last day of the session to finalize the bill. No women were on the committee and the bill failed to pass.

This is the second time the bill has failed to pass on the last day of the session.

Senator Cheryl Kagan said that despite great respect for her colleagues, the decision not to appoint any women to the committee was “tone-deaf.” (Irresponsible, negligent and sexist seem like apt descriptors, too.)

Senator Bobby Zirkin cited a printing issue as the reason for the failure. Maybe one thing we can all agree on is that the excuse college freshman pull out when they’re too irresponsible to complete a major assignment on time isn’t good enough to explain why women and children are still being forced to interact with rapists.

Rather than “printing issues,” Lisae Jordan, executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, says the real issue may be Sen. Zirkin’s continued “opposition to the fundamental idea of the bill” and the roadblocks he puts in the way.

Despite GOP claims that “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down,” studies suggest between 7,750-12,500 pregnancies result from rape each year, and about 38 percent of these pregnancies are carried to term.

Most states have at least some protections for women who become pregnant as a result of rape, but seven—including Maryland—do not. Eight other states only passed such laws in 2016.

Even the basic protections in some states may not be enough. Twenty states and Washington, D.C. require a rape conviction before parental rights can be terminated, and any victim who’s tried to pursue a conviction can tell you how difficult they are to get.

Rapists know these loopholes and use them to their advantage. Jamie Melendez raped and impregnated a 14-year-old in 2009 and was sentenced to probation and to pay child support. He demanded visitation rights of the child (his, not the one he raped) and said he would stop seeking visitation if he no longer had to pay child support.

In another case, a woman tried to place a child up for adoption and had to get permission from the father, who was awaiting trial for raping her. He agreed to the adoption only if she would drop charges against him.

According to Salon, “rape victims are often forced to consult with their assailants on matters such as schools, summer camps and religious practices, and also to share custody.”

There is certainly room for states with these laws to improve them, but to have no protections for women whatsoever is just cruel.

Failing nine times to pass such a commonsense law isn’t just incompetent, it’s an inhumane disregard for the safety of women and children."

April 23, 2017 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 100 Days, Obama Approval Broad as Well as Deep

"PRINCETON, NJ -- As President Barack Obama concludes his first 100 days on the job, Gallup Poll Daily tracking for the week of April 20-26 finds 65% of Americans approving of how he is doing and only 29% disapproving. Obama's average weekly job ratings have varied only slightly thus far, ranging from 61% to 67%.

The new president's approval rating at the 100-day mark is notable in that nearly all major demographic categories of Americans are pleased with his job performance, as evidenced by approval ratings above the majority level. Only in terms of political and ideological categories does Obama have a significant proportion of detractors; a majority of Republicans and self-described "conservatives" disapprove of his job performance.

Obama's strongest backers are blacks, with 96% saying they approve of the job he is doing. However, Hispanics are nearly as supportive, with 85% approving. Approval is a much lower 57% among whites -- but still a solid majority.

Obama generates little in the way of a gender gap, with nearly as many men as women approving of the job he is doing, 62% vs. 67%..."

Nearing 100 days, Trump’s approval at record lows but his base is holding

"President Trump nears the 100-day mark of his administration as the least popular chief executive in modern times, a president whose voters remain largely satisfied with his performance, but one whose base of support has not expanded since he took the oath of office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Trump’s first months in office have produced some tangible successes. Beyond the continued enthusiasm of his most loyal supporters, a small majority of Americans see him as a strong leader. A bigger majority approves of his efforts to pressure U.S. companies to keep jobs in this country. Those who say the economy is getting better outnumber those who say it’s getting worse by the biggest margin in 15 years in Post-ABC polling.

But the president’s balance sheet overall tilts toward the negative. Majorities of Americans say Trump has not accomplished much during his first months as president. Meanwhile, he shows little improvement on his temperament and honesty, and while he’s gained ground on empathy, over 6 in 10 still say he does not understand the problems of people like them.

With a week remaining before his 100th day in office, Trump has yet to achieve a major legislative accomplishment, having been dealt a major setback when Republicans in Congress decided not to proceed with a vote on a health-care bill supported by the White House..."

April 23, 2017 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Continued drips cause Chaffetz to pirouette said...

How the Resistance and Donald Trump’s Russia scandal took down Jason Chaffetz

"As the Trump-Russia scandal has progressed, there have been a number of casualties along the way, and all of them have been Donald Trump’s allies. Michael Flynn was forced to resign. Jeff Sessions and Devin Nunes have been forced to recuse themselves from the investigation. But now comes the demise of House Oversight Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, who had been tacitly trying to protect Trump by refusing to use his committee to investigate the Trump-Russia scandal. Chaffetz isn’t merely recusing himself; he’s abandoning what had been a rising political career in Congress. This appears to be a result of how he got himself tangled up in the Trump-Russia scandal. And his demise paints a roadmap for how the other co-conspirators can be expected to fall.

Make no mistake: Jason Chaffetz isn’t abruptly abandoning Congress for no reason. As we’ve previously documented (link), a week before he made his announcement, there was intel community buzz that Russia has been blackmailing him and the FBI knows it. And now he’s suddenly announcing that he won’t run again, a full twenty months before he would have been up for reelection. This kind of thing never happens mid career unless it’s due to scandal. And since making his announcement, even more intel community buzz has pointed to Chaffetz being caught up financially in the Trump-Russia scandal (link and link). With this much smoke, there is little doubt that there’s fire.

So the demise of Jason Chaffetz from Congress is a step forward for those who are seeking to take down Donald Trump over his Russia scandal. And it’s at least partially because of the fierceness of the anti-Trump sentiment. And as we’ve previously reported on (link) ongoing protests have prompted the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee to put pressure on FBI Director James Comey to take the investigation more seriously.

Would we still have ended up seeing Chaffetz’s downfall in this scandal if not for all these months of protest? Perhaps. But the Resistance against Trump is having an impact on how swiftly the Trump-Russia scandal unfolds. And the demise of Jason Chaffetz is the most significant victory for the Resistance to date. More of Trump’s allies will end up resigning in a desperate attempt at trying to dodge the scandal that’s about to fall on them. And as Trump continues to lose key allies, he’ll be weaker than ever. This is a major step forward. "

April 23, 2017 1:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Its unforgiveable that any man would allow a rapists to have parental rights to a child he conceived.

But that's Republicans for you.

April 23, 2017 4:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good news on the Chaffetz pirouette Good anonymous!

April 23, 2017 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Putin's puppet said...

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

Read it and understand why

Dozens of psychiatry experts claim Trump has 'dangerous mental illness' at controversial conference

April 24, 2017 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Trump entered the White House with the lowest approval rating in history, and with his numbers dropping once again over the weekend, it looks increasingly likely that he will end his first 100 days in office with record low support.

The latest Gallup survey data released on Saturday shows that 40 percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing -- with 54 percent saying that they disapprove.

Trump's 40 percent rating is the result of a three-point drop after climbing to 43 percent last Thursday -- which at the time was a month-long high for the president's rating.

Not only did Trump's approval number take a hit in the latest poll, but the president's disapproval rating, which stood at 50 percent last week, shot up four percentage points in just a few days.

Trump now has the lowest rating of any president at this point in his first term in the history of Gallup tracking presidential approval -- which dates back to President Harry S. Truman's administration.

For comparison, the second lowest rating for a president nearing the 100-day mark is 48 perfect for President Gerald Ford, who had taken office following the resignation of President Richard Nixon and had never been elected either to the presidency or vice presidency.

At the 100-day mark President Barack Obama enjoyed a 65 percent approval rating. President George W. Bush sat at 62 percent 92 days into his first term, and President Ronald Reagan enjoyed the approval of 68 percent of voters as he crossed the 100-day milestone.

In recent history, President Bill Clinton's numbers are the closest to Trump's at this point in their respective first terms. In April of 1993, 55 percent of Americans approved of the job President Clinton was doing in the White House -– that prior record low is still 15 points higher than Trump's current 40 percent rating.

On Sunday, President Trump praised a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, while simultaneously criticizing them for being "wrong big on election," which showed 96 percent of Trump voters saying it was the right decision to vote for the billionaire, with just two percent saying they regret it.

That same poll, however, also showed that just 42 percent of Americans say they approve of what Trump is doing as president.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/04/24/poll-trumps-approval-rating-historically-low-days-before-100-day-mark/22052172/

April 24, 2017 8:05 AM  
Anonymous 410+ parts per million said...

The level of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere just keeps going up and up, in an ominous trend that suggests the ravages of climate change are only going to get worse.

Last Tuesday, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii recorded its first carbon dioxide reading above 410 parts per million — specifically, 410.28 ppm. In 1958, when the observatory first measured atmospheric CO2, the level stood at a mere 280 ppm. The planet breached the scary 400 ppm limit in 2013, and now we’re already past 410. The atmosphere hasn’t had similar levels of carbon dioxide in it for about 3 million years.

President Donald Trump has dismissed climate change as a “hoax,” despite the nearly universal scientific consensus that it represents a looming threat to the planet. Meanwhile, the ever-growing load of CO2 in the atmosphere is pushing the goals of the Paris climate accords further and further out of reach — regardless of whether Trump chooses to stay in the fight.

As the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere keeps rising, scientists are already warning that we could soon surpass records set 50 million years ago.

Carbon dioxide spewed into the air by burning fossil fuels is the key greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. CO2 levels in our planet’s atmosphere are rising 100 times faster than at the end of the last ice age, according to NASA. “This is a real shock to the atmosphere,” Pieter Tans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said last month.

Nearly 200 nations around the world have agreed to cut carbon emissions in an effort to hold the average temperature increase to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degress Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

The U.S., however, likely won’t be part of that battle. Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, isn’t convinced that CO2 is a “primary contributor” to increasing temperatures, and thinks we need more precise measurements before we can know exactly what role fossil fuels play in climate change.

Earlier this month, Pruitt said the U.S. should “exit” the Paris agreement because it’s a “bad deal” for the country...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/410-ppm-co2-limit_us_58fd8e77e4b018a9ce5c4463?dy9&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

April 24, 2017 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Making America hate again said...

...The first significant growth in anti-Semitism occurred in March 2016, based on the ADL’s tally. Monthly records peaked in November last year and have remained elevated through March.

Massachusetts and Colorado witnessed some of the sharpest increases in rates of incidents among U.S. states. The ADL counted 125 cases in Massachusetts last year, compared to 50 in 2015 while they climbed from 18 to 45 in Colorado. Florida, with a large Jewish population, experienced 137 incidents, a 50 percent increase. California had 211 cases, the most of any state in 2016, while New York is on pace to have nearly 400 this year.

Despite the clear increase in incidents, it’s difficult to explain what’s causing the upswing.

Greenblatt said the ADL has tracked a resurgence of neo-Nazi and other hate groups in recent years and noticed that extremists felt emboldened during the presidential election. Trolls on social media, for instance, relentlessly battered Jewish journalists.

In many bigoted incidents since the Election Day, alleged perpetrators have mentioned Donald Trump.

“Anti-Semitism is horrible, and it’s going to stop and has to stop,” Trump said in January after pressure mounted for him to address the rising tide of acts targeting Jewish people.

“As so often before, rising antisemitism is a symptom of a much larger social pathology,” said Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University, in an email to HuffPost. “Leaders model behavior for the general public, and therefore when our leaders speak insensitively, when they seem to generalize about religious and racial groups, when they ignore or brush aside hate speech, it comes as no surprise that members of the public follow their example.”

The unease felt by in Jewish communities perhaps could relent if recent law enforcement investigations prove to have rooted out the culprits. Authorities charged a Jewish teenager in Israel on Thursday for allegedly making an unspecified number of bomb threats against sites in the U.S. A former journalist was accused last month of threatening eight Jewish institutions.

The uptick in anti-Jewish incidents fits into a pattern of increased hostility towards other minorities in the U.S.

The FBI found that there had been a 67 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims in 2015, the most recent year that data is available. Hate crimes against African-Americans, who are most frequently the victims of such crimes according to the FBI’s report, rose by 7.6 percent that year.

More recent FBI stats aren’t available but there have been a series of high-profile crimes against minorities this year. A man in a Kansas bar shot two Indian men, one fatally, after yelling “Get out of my country.” There have been 35 threats against mosques this year, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and arsonists started fires at three Islamic places of worship.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anti-semitic-acts-jump-34-in-2016-study_us_58fa6fc9e4b00fa7de1460f5

April 24, 2017 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TRUMP: I have great relationships with Congress. I think we're doing very well and I think we have a great foundation for future things. We're going to be applying — I shouldn't tell you this, but we're going to be announcing, probably on Wednesday, tax reform. ... We've worked on it long and hard. And you gotta understand, I've only been here now 93 days, 92 days. President Obama took 17 months to do "Obamacare." I've been here 92 days, but I've only been working on the health care, you know, I had to get like a little bit of grounding, right? Health care started after 30 day(s), so I've been working on health care for 60 days. ... we're very close. And it's a great plan ... we have to get it approved.

AP: Is it this deal that's between the Tuesday Group and the Freedom Caucus? Is that the deal you're looking at?

TRUMP: So the Republican Party has various groups, all great people. They're great people. But some are moderate, some are very conservative. The Democrats don't seem to have that nearly as much. You know the Democrats have, they don't have that. The Republicans do have that. And I think it's fine. But you know there's a pretty vast area in there. And I have a great relationship with all of 'em. Now, we have government not closing. I think we'll be in great shape on that, it's going very well. Obviously that takes precedent.

AP: That takes precedent over health care? For next week?

TRUMP: Yeah, sure. Next week. Because the 100 days is just an artificial barrier. The press keeps talking about the 100 days. But we've done a lot. You have a list of things. I don't have to read it.


Trump's speech at Gettysburg last October 22nd was called "The 100 Day Plan to Make America Great Again for Everyone"

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/donald-j.-trump-delivers-groundbreaking-contract-for-the-american-vote1

April 24, 2017 4:31 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The Trump scumbag said "Canada has made business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult. We will not stand for this. Watch!".

The reality is that the United States exports five times as much milk into Canada as Canada exports into the United States. As usual, reality is the opposite of what Trump claims.

April 25, 2017 2:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Ivanka Trump idiotically claims her father empowers women and rightfully gets booed by German audience.

And idiot Wyatt/bad anonymous absurdly claims Trump is liked around the world.

April 25, 2017 2:49 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...



Grab women by the pussy.
If Ivanka wasn't my daughter I'd be dating her.
I never date anyone less than an 8.
I go after married women...

Yeah, real empowering.

Ivanka, you are a disgrace to your entire gender.

April 25, 2017 2:54 PM  
Anonymous She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persists said...

Sally Yates Will Testify Before Senate On Russian Election Interference
Her testimony is set for May 8.


"The former acting Attorney General who was let go after reported clashes with President Donald Trump will testify in the Senate probe on Russian election interference.

Sally Yates, who was fired in January after she refused to defend the president’s controversial executive order on immigration, will appear before the Senate on May 8.

Multiple members of the Trump campaign, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, are accused of having improper contact with Russia. The FBI, as well as the House and the Senate, are probing those allegations, which first emerged last year.

Yates had previously been scheduled to testify on the topic in front of the House Intelligence Committee in a public hearing on March 28. That event was abruptly canceled by committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who Democrats accused of trying to “choke off public info.” Nunes later stepped aside from the investigation over reports that he mishandled classified information.

A January report from U.S. intelligence agencies found that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered hackers to intervene in the U.S. election to help Trump win.

According to The Washington Post, the Trump administration sought to block Yates’ testimony altogether: According to the letters, the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers her possible testimony — including on the ouster of former national security adviser Michael Flynn for his contacts with the Russian ambassador — to be off-limits in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by attorney-client privilege or the presidential communication privilege."

April 25, 2017 3:06 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Lying Trump tried to blame Hillary for Bill's philandering but Ivanka is the true enabler. She's evil as well, willingly providing cover for Trump's misogyny and war on women by putting a pretty face on it.

April 25, 2017 3:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Ivanka Trump:

"Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true."

Like father like daughter.

April 25, 2017 3:21 PM  
Anonymous the grabber won said...

"Ivanka, you are a disgrace to your entire gender"

Priya is a little envious of those who actually have a gender

"Sally Yates Will Testify Before Senate On Russian Election Interference
Her testimony is set for May 8"

why wait? she should let us know now what she has to say

but that would ruin the whole drama that some are trying to create

give it up

no one cares anymore, and the whole Russia-Trump hoax has been made ridiculous by the current tension between Russia and America

"Multiple members of the Trump campaign, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, are accused of having improper contact with Russia"

accused by who?

the only accusation is that there was contact

no one has established anything "improper"

or, even, out of the ordinary

"The FBI,"

the FBI director, who should apply for admission to St Elizabeth's, has contradicted the Director of National Intelligence

and he hasn't made any accusation

"as well as the House and the Senate, are probing those allegations,"

they are probing whether Russia tried to interfere, not whether Trump's campaign had "improper" contact

"A January report from U.S. intelligence agencies found that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered hackers to intervene in the U.S. election to help Trump win"

"intervene" is a strange euphemism for reveal truth

if a U.S. media outlet did the same, no one would call it "intervention"

when someone stole tapes of off-the-record comments Trump made about women, how is that less of an "intervention"?

truth is, freedom of speech and press extends to all

Russia is free to say what it wants, Hillary is free to counter

hacking is technically illegal but it is clear that both American corporations and the Federal government do it routinely, as well as many other actors in our society

there were no secrets revealed that Hillary didn't have a chance to address and plenty of secrets about Trump were revealed by those who favored Hillary

Hillary paid the price because when the truth was told, there was a truth to tell - namely, that she is a hypocrite and more self-interested than committed to America

April 25, 2017 9:56 PM  
Anonymous Special Prosecutor said...

Only a complete Trump suck up thinks Hillary has anything to do with Trump's current troubles.

The campaign is long over.

You got your flip-flopping pro-Putin pussy grabbing GOP president just exactly like you wanted.

Flynn who led pussy-grabber campaign cheers of "lock her up" is seeking immunity for his crimes against America and soon Ms. Yates will tell the American public what she knows.

House Oversight Committee members Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) say former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have broken the law by not disclosing payments from Russia and could be subject to time in prison.

Even FOX News is reporting this fact.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/25/lawmakers-say-flynn-may-have-broken-law-by-not-disclosing-russia-payments.html


April 26, 2017 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Only a complete Trump suck up thinks Hillary has anything to do with Trump's current troubles.

The campaign is long over."

yes, it is

Americans rejected Hillary

you're right that Trump's current troubles have nothing to do with Hillary

but that's because the Russia-Trump hoax is not a current trouble

no one cares- and the basic premise has been rendered a joke by current events

but if you are indulged and the hoax is discussed, it can't be done without bringing up the alleged victim, Hillary, who recently claimed the Russian hacks were why she lost

the Clintons are part of our history

they will, thus, continue to be discussed and assessed

and history will not regard their legacy postively

"You got your flip-flopping pro-Putin pussy grabbing GOP president just exactly like you wanted."

I preferred him to the good wife of the Oval Office pedophile rapist pig

but, it's not what I wanted

I wanted Americans to choose between Scott Walker and Jerry Brown

"Flynn who led pussy-grabber campaign cheers of "lock her up" is seeking immunity for his crimes against America"

he sought immunity because there is a political witch hunt mentality going on

"and soon Ms. Yates will tell the American public what she knows."

there are plenty of available media outlets

why hasn't she said what she knows already?

if she believes a crime was committed, why isn't she speaking to law enforcement?

she's testifying to Congress because her goal is political

"House Oversight Committee members Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD) say former national security adviser Michael Flynn may have broken the law by not disclosing payments from Russia and could be subject to time in prison."

if so, they should refer it to the justice dept

the case would probably be thrown out because evidence against him was obtained illegally

"Even FOX News is reporting this fact."

wtf do you mean "even"?

FOX News reports most facts before any other media outlet

April 26, 2017 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Special Prosecutor said...

Poll: 73% Back Independent Probe of Russian Election Interference

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they want an independent, non-partisan commission instead of Congress to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

Seventy-three percent of respondents prefer the independent investigation, versus 16 percent who pick Congress.

Still, a majority of Americans — 54 percent — believe that Congress should investigate whether there was contact between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, which is essentially unchanged from February's NBC/WSJ poll.

That includes 84 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of independents who want to see this congressional investigation, but just 21 percent of Republican respondents who want it.

Yet a combined 61 percent of Americans say they have little to no confidence in Congress conducting a fair and impartial investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

Only a combined 39 percent say they have "some" or a "great deal" of confidence in Congress conducting a fair and impartial investigation.

These numbers come as committees in both the House and Senate are looking into Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. But the House investigation erupted in controversy after House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., suggested that Trump and his associates may have been monitored by U.S. intelligence officials during the transition.

Nunes stepped aside from the investigation earlier this month.

April 26, 2017 12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"why isn't she speaking to law enforcement?"

Because the Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia

"The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s campaign, according to letters provided to The Washington Post. The effort to keep Yates from testifying has further angered Democrats, who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry..."

Which explains why seventy-three percent of Americans prefer the independent investigation, versus 16 percent who pick Congress to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 US Presidential election.

April 26, 2017 12:13 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "Only a complete Trump suck up thinks Hillary has anything to do with Trump's current troubles.

The campaign is long over."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "yes, it is Americans rejected Hillary...there are many situations where its appropriate to lie".

Just like always, Wyatt/bad anonymous repeats an obvious lie. Americans didn't reject Hillary, they CHOSE her by almost 3 million votes. Trump lost the popular vote and is only president due to a technicality - combine that with the Russia and FBI collusion to elect trump and trump is the most illegitimate president ever.

April 26, 2017 12:40 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Pastor who said victims of gay nightclub massacre "got what they deserved" Sentenced To 35 Years For Child Molestation

We see this all the time, the most vocal proponents of gay oppression (like Wyatt/bad anonymous) are merely trying to deflect suspicion of their own gayness or perversion.

April 26, 2017 12:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "Even FOX News is reporting this fact."

Wyatt/bad anonymous with feigned incredulity said "wtf do you mean "even"?

FOX News reports most facts before any other media outlet".

LOL studies have shown Fox "News" is a prolific liar and promoter of "alternative facts" (they're lies people). People who watch Fox "News" are more ignorant of what's going on in the world than people who watch no news at all. Fox is notoriously biased in favour of Republicans and generally doesn't cover news damaging to Republicans at all - that's what Good anonymous meant by "Even FOX News is reporting this fact." (as if you didn't know).

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

So, of course Wyatt/bad anonymous has told another whopper of a(n obvious) lie and that's not even including his occasional claims that he doesn't watch Fox "News".

Now show us what a liar you are again Wyatt and respond to this comment even though you've said "it will be a cold day in hell before I ever respond to another one of your inane comments".

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 26, 2017 12:55 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

There's always something behind the homophobia. The more more extreme the homophobia, the darker the skeleton in the closet.
Any any priest, of any religion, that espouses anti-LGBTQ sentiment should be viewed as a threat to children.

Rule #1: Right-wingers always project.
Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1.

April 26, 2017 1:00 PM  
Anonymous good anonymous said...

"But the House investigation erupted in controversy after House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes, R-Calif., suggested that Trump and his associates may have been monitored by U.S. intelligence officials during the transition"

"erupted in controversy" is a euphemism for Dems raise a ruckus

they do that whenever the integrity of their golden idol, Obama, is questioned

Trump and his associates WERE monitored by U.S. intelligence officials during the transition

they've confirmed that

indeed, the FBI director confirmed he's been investigating the Trump campaign since last summer, in spite of the fact that the Director of National Intelligence said there was no indication of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia

good anon said: "why isn't she speaking to law enforcement?"

moron said: "Because the Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia"

news flash: Congress isn't the enforcement branch of the government

"Americans didn't reject Hillary, they CHOSE her by almost 3 million votes"

no, they didn't

most of them didn't vote because the electoral college system made their vote irrelevant

"Trump lost the popular vote and is only president due to a technicality"

actually, only a Canadian would think the Constitution is a technicality

we've been doing this for 250 years and we have a more responsive government than anything going on up north

"combine that with the Russia and FBI collusion to elect trump and trump is the most illegitimate president ever"

"Pastor who said victims of gay nightclub massacre "got what they deserved" Sentenced To 35 Years For Child Molestation"

oh, I'm pretty sure you could find someone who "horrified" by the shootings that has molested children

"We see this all the time, the most vocal proponents of gay oppression are merely trying to deflect suspicion of their own gayness or perversion"

glad to see you admit that child molestors who prey on kids their own gender are gay

the usual line here is that gays don't do that and that child molestors, by definition, are not gay

now, we can discuss how gay child molestors infiltrated the Catholic church and used celibacy to hide their perverted homosexuality

it shows why religious groups should be permitted to exclude homosexuals from employment

"Fox "News" is a prolific liar and promoter of "alternative facts" (they're lies people). People who watch Fox "News" are more ignorant of what's going on in the world than people who watch no news at all. Fox is notoriously biased in favour of Republicans and generally doesn't cover news damaging to Republicans at all - that's what Good anonymous meant by "Even FOX News is reporting this fact.""

we all know what the moron meant

the moron is wrong

"respond to this comment even though you've said "it will be a cold day in hell before I ever respond to another one of your inane comments"

won't work, Priya

"Any any priest, of any religion, that espouses anti-LGBTQ sentiment should be viewed as a threat to children"

actually, based on the pattern of gays trying to infiltrate religious groups as a cover for their pedophilia, they should be banned from such employment

April 26, 2017 1:38 PM  
Anonymous good anonymous said...

"combine that with the Russia and FBI collusion to elect trump and trump is the most illegitimate president ever"

could you people be any more inconsistent?

the FBI says it has been investigating Russian collusion

and, yet, you say they were a part of it

if they were, why would they choose to investigate it

they could easily say, as all other intelligence agencies have, that there is no collusion

April 26, 2017 2:06 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So much for Wyatt/bad anonymous's claim that "it's obvious Priya has nothing worthwhile to say, that Priya's only worth revolves around brilliant anon, who won't read or respond to anything Priya says"

Wyatt was too stupid to refrain from repeatedly making such comments when it was clear to all he couldn't restrain himself from reading and responding to comments he obviously finds very worthwhile.

Hahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahaahahahaha!

Wyatt/bad anonymous said ""Americans didn't reject Hillary, they CHOSE her by almost 3 million votes"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "no, they didn't".

They most certainly did. You're a prolifigate liar.l

I said"Trump lost the popular vote and is only president due to a technicality"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "actually, only a Canadian would think the Constitution is a technicality".

I never said any such thing - you lie as usual. Noting that one tiny part of your constitution is an ill-conceived technicality is in no way a suggestion that the whole thing is - some of it is very well done. But this is standard dishonesty on your part and no surprise from someone who says "there are many situations where its appropriate to lie".

April 26, 2017 2:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I posted "Pastor who said victims of gay nightclub massacre "got what they deserved" Sentenced To 35 Years For Child Molestation"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "oh, I'm pretty sure you could find someone who "horrified" by the shootings that has molested children".

And yet you haven't been able to do so. Although such a person might exist for every one of those there are ten anti-gay bigots who are child molesters.

I said"We see this all the time, the most vocal proponents of gay oppression are merely trying to deflect suspicion of their own gayness or perversion"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "glad to see you admit that child molestors who prey on kids their own gender are gay".

Wyatt doesn't know what the word "or" means - he's very stupid. To anyone with half a brain its clear I said no such thing.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "now, we can discuss how gay child molestors infiltrated the Catholic church and used celibacy to hide their perverted homosexuality it shows why religious groups should be permitted to exclude homosexuals from employment".

Oh, gays didn't infiltrate the church, they were recruited by it. The church fills gays with guilt and self-loathing and then offers them what appears to be a way to deal with their inner turmoil through being a priest that doesn't have sex. On the surface it appears to be a way to live respectably and solve their "problem" of same sex attractions. Of course in reality sexual attractions aren't so easily shelved and so some succumb to initiating sexual relationships with what is readily at hand - adolescent boys. In reality if the church allowed them to have monogamous relationships with men they wouldn't be seeking to fulfill their sexual attractions in unacceptable ways. So, it is the Catholic church that creates the problem of gay priests molesting adolescent boys by setting unrealistic boundaries for gays that are inevitably crossed. Its the suppression of gays by the Catholic church that is ultimately responsible for the child molestation.

April 26, 2017 2:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I said "Now Wyatt/bad anonymous respond to this comment even though you've said "it will be a cold day in hell before I ever respond to another one of your inane comments"."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "won't work, Priya".

Oh, but it has Blanche, it has! You've exposed yourself as a liar who has all the self restraint of a five year old - you look like the pathetic person you are which is what I was after.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

I said "Any any priest, of any religion, that espouses anti-LGBTQ sentiment should be viewed as a threat to children"

Wyatt/bad anonymous "actually, based on the pattern of gays trying to infiltrate religious groups as a cover for their pedophilia, they should be banned from such employment".

Funny how this almost exclusively happened with the Catholic church that doesn't allow priests to marry - NOT! Its the not allowing priests to marry that makes the Catholic priesthood look like a good way to deal with gayness one can't accept, gives a person a reason to not marry a woman and plausible deniability that one is gay. Gays go into the priesthood with good intentions. They unfortunately find after years off being there they can't suppress who they are and assault the most available target they hope to keep secret, a target the priesthood provides to them. If it weren't for the Catholic church denying marriage to priests and condemning gayness priests would get involved in monogamous relationships with adult men. This is entirely the Catholic churches fault. And the Catholic church conspired to cover up all this child molestation and allow it to continue. Both the child molesters and the child molestees are the victims of the anti-gayness of the Catholic church.

It is the oppression of gays by the Catholic church that is ultimately responsible for the child molestation it tried so hard to cover up and allow to continue.

April 26, 2017 2:16 PM  
Anonymous svelte_brunette said...

Here is an article with a lot of interesting tidbits, including this one:

"Since September 11, 2001, there have been 85 deadly extremist attacks in the United States, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report — *73* percent of the attacks were carried out by far-right extremist groups, compared to *27* percent by radical Islamist extremists."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/life-after-hate-christian-picciolini-white-supremacist-exit-skinhead_us_58fa36cee4b018a9ce5ace1a

"For [ex white supremacist] Picciolini, if there’s one thing that holds true when thinking of how to best tackle white supremacist hate, it’s this: The responsibility falls on white people.

“White people need to solve the problem of white supremacy,” Picciolini said. “It’s white people’s problem, we created it, and it’s a problem we need to fix.”

Enjoy.

Cynthia

April 26, 2017 2:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I said "combine that with the Russia and FBI collusion to elect trump and trump is the most illegitimate president ever"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "could you people be any more inconsistent?

the FBI says it has been investigating Russian collusion

and, yet, you say they were a part of it

if they were, why would they choose to investigate it".

Comey was investigation both Trump and Hillary. He chose to publicly reveal the investigation into Hillary at a critical time that dropped her polling numbers by 2 percentage points which would have certainly allowed her to win. He didn't reveal the investigation into Trump which would have been the fair thing to do. Comey was a partisan who tipped the election to Trump.

Comey now realizes how bad that made him look and is now trying to pretend he's impartial. But of course that is in question and is why an independent special prosecutor should be appointed.

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "they could easily say, as all other intelligence agencies have, that there is no collusion".

Another lie. No intelligence agency has said there was no collusion. Some (one to my knowledge) individual(s) have said that they didn't see any evidence of collusion during the brief time between the election and Trump taking office but that is in no way a statement that collusion didn't take place. If what Wyatt/bad anonymous claimed was true there wouldn't be three investigations into possible Trump collusion with Russia.

As Adam Schiff said, there is not just vast volumes of circumstantial evidence that collusion took place, there is direct evidence that collusion took place.

April 26, 2017 2:23 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Gee Wyatt/bad anonymous, for someone who "won't read or respond to anything Priya says" you sure are reading and responding a lot.

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

April 26, 2017 2:24 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous, you can post under "Good anonymous" but everyone can tell from the hate, bigotry, misogyny, racism, and dishonesty in your comments you're not Good anonymous.

April 26, 2017 2:43 PM  
Anonymous How soon they forget said...

Clinton Watts informed us all a few weeks ago that Russian bots still interfering in U.S. politics after election, says expert witness

"Russia had the capacity to influence key precincts in swing states with fake news-disseminating bots during the 2016 presidential election, and could still be disrupting American politics, experts said Thursday in the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s first public Russia hearing.

Russia had every ability to create fake social media accounts by mimicking profiles of voters in key election states and precincts in the 2016 election, and use a mix of bots and real people to push propaganda from state-controlled media outlets like Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, cybersecurity experts told the Senate panel Thursday. Clinton Watts, a senior fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at The George Washington University, said many social accounts during the election pushing questionable news looked just like real voters in states like Wisconsin and Michigan.

“Part of the reason those bios had conservative, Christian, you know, America, all those terms in it, (is) those are the most common ones,” Watts said. “If you inhale all of the accounts of the people in Wisconsin, you identify the most common terms in it, you just recreate accounts that look exactly like people from Wisconsin.”

“So that way, whenever you’re trying to socially engineer them and convince them that the information is true, it’s much more simple, because you see somebody and they look exactly like you,” Watts added. Even down to the pictures. When you look at the pictures, it looks like an American from the Midwest or the South or Wisconsin or whatever the location is.”

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the committee’s vice chairman, asked if Russia could target voters without having help from people on the ground in the U.S., to which Watts said Russia can wage that kind of campaign with technological tools alone.

“Most of this influence came online,” and “without setting foot” in the U.S., Watts said. When it comes to open-source threats, “we miss what’s right in front of our nose,” he said.

Warner told reporters Wednesday there were “upwards of 1,000 paid internet trolls working out of a facility in Russia, in effect, taking over series of computers, which is then called a botnet.”

Democrats for months have called for a probe into any Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but the Republican-controlled intelligence committees are just now beginning to hold public hearings.

But Russia is just getting started using this new warfare tactic to influence American politics, cybersecurity experts said.

“I think what we see today is going to be with us for a long time,” said witness Eugene Rumer, director of the Russia and Eurasia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace....

April 26, 2017 2:49 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

As you may have heard (and Wyatt/bad anonymous has praised) gays are being imprisoned and murdered in Chechnya.

There is an organization, the Canadian Rainbow Railroad, helping gays to escape religious persecution and you can donate to them here.

Again, Canada leads instead of the U.S.

April 26, 2017 3:29 PM  
Anonymous good anonymous said...

"Clinton Watts informed us all a few weeks ago that Russian bots still interfering in U.S. politics after election, says expert witness"

oh no, they're on to us

the Russians have been doing this for decades

Ronald Reagan, the Bushes, Ann Coulter, Ted Cruz, Captain America, Bill O'Reilly, et al et al

all Russian spies!!

April 26, 2017 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Botnets are not spies nor have they existed for decades.

Internet trolls like you, however, have been around for decades.

"Gee Wyatt/bad anonymous, for someone who "won't read or respond to anything Priya says" you sure are reading and responding a lot."

He sure is!

He's as internet troll and can't resist his hateful urges.

Fortunately we've got Priya Lynn here to straighten him out!

Oh, and BTW, troll, Bill Orally is not a Russian spy.

He's a divorcee who has lost custody of his children.

Why?

"...The preference of McPhilmy and O’Reilly’s 17-year-old daughter is not particularly difficult to guess: As we noted last year, she told a court-appointed forensic examiner that she witnessed O’Reilly drag her mother down a staircase by the neck. (According to court transcripts obtained by Gawker, she also viewed O’Reilly as a temperamental, absentee parent who was uninterested in developing a relationship with her.) At a January 22 hearing, the children’s court-appointed lawyer, Barbara Kopman, told the appellate court that both the daughter and son strongly preferred living with their mother over their father..."

And then there's this:

http://www.today.com/video/trump-bill-o-reilly-is-a-good-person-despite-sexual-harassment-allegations-915284035543

That's two pussy grabbers in a pod, both adored by their little TTF troll.

April 26, 2017 5:09 PM  
Anonymous good anonymous said...

"Botnets are not spies nor have they existed for decades"

that's just their latest tool

they have been controlling our politics forever

the GOP is just a branch of the KGB

ask any TTFer ya happen to see!!

"Internet trolls like you, however, have been around for decades"

troll: person who angers liberals by pointing out that their emperor has no clothes

lazy Priya: "you sure are reading and responding a lot."

moron-anon: "He sure is!

He's as internet troll and can't resist his hateful urges"

hmmm...I commented once yesterday and a couple of times today

before that? I think my previous comment was a week ago

compare that to the number of posts lazy Priya makes

it must just seem like a lot because I cause you morons such distress by making you look stupid

"Fortunately we've got Priya Lynn here to straighten him out!"

hate to break this to you, but the last thing lazy Priya wants is for anyone to be straight

"Oh, and BTW, troll, Bill Orally is not a Russian spy.

He's a divorcee who has lost custody of his children.

Why?"

the more interesting question: why do you care?

oh that's right!: with the weakness of your positions, character attacks are your only hope

"That's two pussy grabbers in a pod,"

I know the idea of heterosexuality really offends you but have you ever heard of Bill Clinton?

April 26, 2017 5:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts Members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan.

The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesday night, would allow states to waive out of Obamacare’s ban on pre-existing conditions. This means that insurers could once again, under certain circumstances, charge sick people higher premiums than healthy people.

Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff. A spokesperson for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) who authored this amendment confirmed this was the case: members of Congress and their staff would get the guarantee of keeping this Obamacare regulations. Health law expert Tim Jost flagged me to this particular issue.

A bit of background is helpful here. Obamacare requires all members of Congress and their staff to purchase coverage on the individual market, just like Obamacare enrollees. The politics of that plank were simple enough, meant to demonstrate that if the coverage in this law were good enough for Americans than it should be good enough for their representations in Washington.

That’s been happening for the past four years now. Fast-forward to this new amendment, which would allow states to waive out of key Obamacare protections like the ban on pre-existing conditions or the requirement to cover things like maternity care and mental health services.

If Congressional aides lived in a state that decided to waive these protections, the aides who were sick could be vulnerable to higher premiums than the aides that are healthy. Their benefits package could get skimpier as Obamacare’s essential health benefits requirement may no longer apply either.

This apparently does not sound appealing because the Republican amendment includes the members of Congress and their staff as a protected group who cannot be affected by this amendment.

http://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2017/4/25/15429982/gop-exemption-ahca-amendment

April 26, 2017 6:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "Multiple members of the Trump campaign, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, are accused of having improper contact with Russia"

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "accused by who? the only accusation is that there was contact no one has established anything "improper" or, even, out of the ordinary".

The tremendous volume of meetings between the Trump admin and Russia is most certainly well out of the ordinary. Now let's get to "improper".

Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador immediately after Obama imposed them and then denied that he had done so. That was improper. And given that Russia suddenly backed off from responding and did nothing he likely promised to remove the sanctions once Trump was in power. That was not only improper but illegal.

Flynn took money from the Russian government to sit at the right hand of Putin and celebrate the anniversary of the Russian government owned propaganda outlet - that was improper.

Flynn was being paid by the Turkish government to lobby on behalf of Turkey and hadn't registered as a foreign agent - that was improper and illegal. Flynn met with a Turkish official and discussed kidnapping an American and illegally taking him to Turkey because he was a critic of the Turkish president. That was improper and illegal.

Jeff Sessions lied under oath about not having had meetings with the Russians. That was illegal and certainly if the meetings weren't improper he would have acknowledged them and given an innocuous reason for them rather than trying to hide them.

April 26, 2017 6:04 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Paul Manifort took money from a Russian oligarch to promote Russian interests in the American media and government and to portray Russia in an unearned positive light which was improper He also did not register as a foreign agent as he was required by law to do and that was illegal and improper.

Jared Kushner lied on his security clearance questionairre about meetings with Russian officials. That was improper and illegal. He also lied about meeting with the former KGB spy school trained head of that bank when it was under sanctions for the invasion of Crimea and being a government institution doing Putin's work of laundering money, and funding bribes.

Trump called on Russia to conduct espionage on Clinton, that was improper and illegal. Trump refused to release his tax returns as has been customary for all presidents back to Nixon. This allows him to hide his connections with Russia and who he is in debt too. That's extremely improper and probably illegal but we won't know because Trump isn't going to release his tax returns and show he's been breaking the law.

Carter Page also met with Russian espionage agents and lied about it. He claimed to be an unwitting dupe but prior statements by him showed he knew what he was doing. That was improper.

Roger Stone admitted to being in contact with and having a "back door" communications with Wikileaks which was doing the bidding of Russia in trying to tip the election to Russia. That was improper and illegal.

Most of this is well documented fact and as to who accused Trump, it was the media (even Fox "News" on occasion!), Democrats, Republicans, global intelligence agents, American intelligence agents. There's no shortage of people who've recognized all the improper contact of Trump and his people with Russia.

And that's just off the top of my head. If I was to dig into news reports on this I could fill pages with improper contacts between Trump's people and Russia.

April 26, 2017 6:04 PM  
Anonymous How soon they forget, even their own words said...

"Ronald Reagan, the Bushes, Ann Coulter, Ted Cruz, Captain America, Bill O'Reilly, et al et al

all Russian spies!!"

April 26, 2017 6:05 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "the Russians have been doing this for decades".

First, as good anonymous said, no they haven't, not to anywhere near the same degree or with the encouragement of a presidential candidate (and probably with his and his team's cooperation).

Never before has Russia had a serious impact on a U.S. presidential election and taken such broad and intensive efforts to get their puppet elected. Given that Hillary won the popular vote by nearly 3 million and Trump barely eked out a "win" by 78,000 votes in three states due to the undemocratic electoral college system it is a virtual certainty that without Russian espionage aimed at helping Trump and hurting Hillary, Hillary would be president today.

April 26, 2017 6:13 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Good anonymous said "That's two pussy grabbers in a pod, both adored by their little TTF troll."

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "I know the idea of heterosexuality really offends you...hate to break this to you, but the last thing Priya wants is for anyone to be straight".

Wyatt keeps asserting his rebutted points are winning the argument. Obviously if he really believed that he wouldn't need to lie so obviously as he's done here.

Neither I nor good anonymous are offended by heterosexuality and we are both appalled at the idea of any heterosexual feeling pressured to be gay or any gay being pressured to be heterosexual - we want people to accept their orientation whatever that may be as research shows those who positively accept their orientation are happier and better adjusted than those who do not.

It is Wyatt/bad anonymous who wants people to reject their sexual orientation to that person's detriment.

It is Wyatt/bad anonymous who's cheered on the imprisonment and murder of innocent LGBT people.

It is Wyatt/bad anonymous who said he feared Trump would destroy the Republic but said he voted for him anyway solely because he would appoint anti-gay supreme court judges.

It is Wyatt/bad anonymous who thinks destroying the Republic as a good trade-off if it harms innocent LGBT people in return.

He is a deeply disturbed, evil child.

April 26, 2017 6:28 PM  
Anonymous good anonymous said...

"no they haven't, not to anywhere near the same degree"

yes, they have

it's just that they have traditionally favored Dems

now, that they support the GOP, it's nefarious in extreme

please...get over yourself

"Never before has Russia had a serious impact on a U.S. presidential election"

nor did they on this one

Hillary f'ed up all on her lonesome

"and taken such broad and intensive efforts to get their puppet elected"

Trump a puppet? doesn't look like Putin considers him one at this point

they favored Trump, mainly because he advocated that America ignore the internal conditions of other countries and only act politically

that sounded wunnerful to them

they've had a rude awakening now

they didn't know you can't rely on anything Trump says

"Given that Hillary won the popular vote by nearly 3 million"

Hillary lost

she focused on running up the tally in a few populous states, rather than try to appeal to constituents across the country

if we had had a popular election, Trump would still have won because his supporters in places like California and New York would have come out

under an electoral college system they had no reason to

"and Trump barely eked out a "win" by 78,000 votes in three states due to the undemocratic electoral college system"

this from a moron who thinks Neil Goresuch is illegit because he won with a majority vote instead of 60 votes

"it is a virtual certainty that without Russian espionage aimed at helping Trump and hurting Hillary, Hillary would be president today."

actually, even if you think the turning point was wikileaks, Julian Assange said the source was someone in Clinton's campaign staff, not the Russians

whatever else you think of him, he's never been found to be untruthful

but wikileaks didn't turn the election

Hillary did

she lost in 2008, she lost in 2016

America doesn't like her

if she's not smart and energetic enough to navigate the electoral system, she's unfit for the presidency

April 26, 2017 6:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I posted "Gee Wyatt/bad anonymous, for someone who "won't read or respond to anything Priya says" you sure are reading and responding a lot.

Good anonymous said "He sure is!

He's as internet troll and can't resist his hateful urges.

Fortunately we've got Priya Lynn here to straighten him out!".

Wyatt/bad anonymous said "I commented once yesterday and a couple of times today before that? I think my previous comment was a week ago compare that to the number of posts Priya makes".

Actually it was four times you addressed me today and as far as the week before yesterday goes I never addressed you in any of my posts other than the one post where you responded to one I made that wasn't to you. So, yeah, it wasn't that you were restraining yourself from responding to my posts, it was that I didn't address any to you or respond to any of yours during that week.

Face it, you didn't say you'd not respond to some of my posts, you repeatedly claimed it would be a cold day in hell before you'd ever respond to any of my posts again. How incredibly un-selfaware does Wyatt/bad anonymous have to be to not realize he doesn't have that kind of self control? I saw that coming a mile away!

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaha!

April 26, 2017 7:01 PM  

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