Sunday, September 09, 2018

Trolls All the Way Down

Trump is a troll. Everybody understands that. He doesn't stand for anything, he just wants attention. His followers are trolls. They don't have constructive ideas, they criticize decent things and support mean and stupid things, all with the intent of getting attention by offending liberals. Their philosophy, their system of beliefs, is "owning the libs," period. It's like a two-year-old with his tantrums, where the whole point is to get attention without earning it.

Running a country is, actually, hard. There are a lot of details to keep straight, promises to keep, deals to negotiate, allies to cooperate with and enemies to oppose and no clear distinction between them. There is no set of rules for new situations, and almost nothing will be universally agreeable. When you run a country you have to consider the facts and your goals, get advice from experts, weigh the advice against your own principles, you have to consider short-term effects as well as building a strategy into the future. It is just hard, that's all there is to it. It requires rigor.

On the other hand, complaining about how someone else runs the country is super-easy. Anytime the leader does something, your reaction can be that what he or she did was wrong. There is always -- not figuratively, but literally, always -- another way to do things, and you can always make the alternative sound like the better way. Especially if you only talk to people who agree with you.

Most people don't have what it takes to deal with the details, the compromises, the short- and long-term views of a decision. It is too hard. There are very few people with the brains, willpower, and charisma to run a country. It is not a criticism of anyone, to say that running a country is too hard for them -- I sure couldn't do it.

But amazingly there are millions of people who think it is easy to run a country. They don't just have opinions, they actually believe that their ideas are better than those of people who have all the details and understand the implications of every choice option. Their wisdom is never put to the test, so it cannot be validated or disproven. You can say, "We should blow the crap out of ISIS and get it over with," and nobody can prove you wrong, especially when they have no idea what groups are involved, how paramilitary forces are integrated with civilian populations, what local public opinion is in the Middle East, which groups are on our side and which oppose us. You can say, "This president is a coward who is afraid to hurt ISIS's feelings by bombing a few of them," and nobody can prove you wrong. You can say, "This president is actually a Muslim who is on the side of the terrorists against the USA." Nobody else sitting at the bar knows if that is true or not; they are a bunch of losers, too, and don't know how to look something up. So -- maybe it is true.

When Obama was president, Trump criticized him for everything. Great example -- he complained on Twitter about Obama playing golf twenty-seven times. Well, Obama did play golf sometimes, and, once it was pointed out, it might look like he was goofing off instead of working for the taxpayers. Something like Twitter is perfect for this because you can just post a statement without elaboration or explanation. Typical Obama-era Trump tweet: "@BarackObama plays golf to escape work while America goes down the drain." It was easy to say that Obama should get off the golf course and get back to work, and hard to prove that Trump was wrong. Of course the president should work harder and play less.

But obviously Trump cannot live up to this standard. He golfs a lot more than Obama ever did. He has made many objectively terrible policy choices, has offended friends and romanced those who would harm us, appointed the worst people to important positions, profits unapologetically from his position in government. It is a lefty Twitter cliche, whenever Trump does something, to bring back the tweet where he criticized Obama for doing exactly the same thing. I mean: exactly the same thing. But he will tell you, he is doing a great job. And he even still has some Republican fans who agree with that. Lindsey Graham, for one.

Liberals are annoying because they believe that governing is complex and they believe that you have to follow orderly, if sometimes inefficient, processes to reach big goals. Conservatives believe that you should "just do it," a conclusion that follows from the belief that running a government is easier than it looks (this is why they love to talk about "small government"). Liberals are also annoying because of their fancy head-in-the-clouds ideas about equality and fairness and following the Constitution, which only make sense when you realize that liberals hate America. Also they tend not to like ignorant people. Therefore the highest form of pleasure is to annoy liberals.

The easiest way to annoy liberals is to say something stupid and act like you're serious. Say, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." Suggest that there should be more guns in schools. Pretend the Second Amendment is the most important part of the Constitution, and that the flag has blue stripes. Assert that immigrants bring an increase in crime. The stupider the better. And act like you're serious about it.

The great thing about this is that it's so easy. You don't even have to read the news or find out the facts. You already believe that government is rigged and politicians are bought off, and so it doesn't matter how stupid your ideas are, government is just going to do what it's going to do anyway. And the media are in on it, so you don't know what to believe. Conservative troll behavior is based on impotence, on nihilism, they know that nothing they do matters so for kicks they do the dumbest stuff they can think of. Then they can laugh at those suckers who take things seriously.

This all went off the rails in 2016. When Obama was president, and when Hillary was running, the trolls started making up stupid stuff like never before. Even Democrats felt that Hillary might be "untrustworthy," because of ... well there were just a lot of questions. Maybe she had not committed a few of those murders, but still... there were so many. And those emails. And she coughed, see, she's dying. Obama was dignified, poised, intelligent, all the things that conservatives hate in a black person, and so it became a sort of game to make up the craziest stories about him and pretend you believed them. And then you realized other people actually did believe them, and you started believing them yourself.

Next thing you know, enough people believed enough crazy stuff and the US elected a troll for president. It was supposed to be a joke but at the last minute the states stayed red and Trump won. All he knew how to do was complain. He was totally unprepared to govern, and did not have any interest in it.

So he has turned his presidency into the grandest trolling operation ever. He offends liberals every day, enriching himself and his friends, breaking the law left and right and then just not enforcing it. He treats our government like reality TV, which liberals don't even watch and don't understand -- they find it annoying: perfect. (Literally, Kardashians in the White House.)

Trolls are losers, by definition, they are the ones that the world has left behind. They have no power because they don't have any ideas of their own. Their deepest motivation is to feel sorry for themselves, and they try to get even with the world by offending people who are not losers. They call liberals "the elite," and love to suck them into a nonsensical argument, because the troll has no commitment to facts or logic. It is fun to offend liberals, because they think they are better than conservatives, because they foolishly do believe that government is important and also they naively rely on, you know, facts and logic.

But this only works if the trolls are losers. Once they win, they are the ones who get criticized, they are the ones who have to come up with the ideas, and they are not capable of that. A lot of people are going to spend a lot of time in prison at this rate, they are simply in over their heads.

245 Comments:

Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In a huge display of dishonesty Marco Rubio tweeted "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me." That's the exact opposite of Republican behavior!

Republican behavior is "For I was hungry and you cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, I was thirsty and you poisoned my water, a stranger and you tortured my child."

Republicans do the exact opposite of the good they falsely claim to do. And morons like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous fall for it every time.

September 09, 2018 2:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Anomynoush

I have the best words

September 09, 2018 2:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Talk about irony!

Republicans corruptly blocked Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland

The popular vote losing pussy grabber's supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh brought up Merrick Garland again and again and again in his confirmation hearings as an example of what a great judge is. Kavanaugh was trying to gain credibility by implying he's somehow as good a judge as Merrick Garland despite Kavanaugh obfuscating, dodging, and lying repeatedly under oath to try to hide his goal of implementing christian Sharia law in the States.

Kavanaugh isn't fit to lick shine Merrick Garland's boots.

September 09, 2018 2:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Kavanaugh dodged and weaved something shameful on whether he discussed the Mueller investigation with Tяump's lawyer. It went like this:

Harris: Did you take a cookie from the cookie jar?

Kavanaugh: well, it depends...There's lots of cookies to take.

H: Did you take any cookie from the cookie jar?

K: coo-kie..j-a..

H: "cookie jar". Did you take any cookie from the cookie jar?

K: well, I'm just...What flavour cookie are we talking about here? Did you have a specific cookie in mind?

H: I'm asking a simple question here. Did you take a cookie from the cookie jar, yes or no?

K: :dumb look on his face:I...cookies are baked daily and...I'm...It's just that there are a lot of flavours and cookies. I'd be happy to...If you'd like to refresh my memory on a specific cookie...

September 09, 2018 2:18 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The mango Mussolini's supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh referred to contraception as "abortion-inducing drugs."

The minute he said that, everything about his ideology became crystal clear. He's not just anti-abortion. He's fully onboard with the idea no woman should have the means to prevent getting pregnant at all.

That said, his constant lying to Congress alone ought to have ended his nomination. Also:
- His participation in the conspiracy to steal emails and files from Senate Dems
- His decidedly suspicious ability to pay off $200k in debts all of a sudden last year, despite no apparent increase in income or anything else

September 09, 2018 2:19 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Jim described Wyatt and Regina Hardiman to a "T".

Research shows trolls are sadistic and Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous demonstrate their sadism again and again.

They laugh about LGBT children being assaulted in school and advocate for doing that. They praise the imprisonment of people just for being gay and say things like:

"in the U.S., you can be executed for doing nothing in Iran, you have to commit a serious crime, like homosexuality"

They really have nothing to live for other than the pleasure they get out of hurting harmless innocent LGBT people.

September 09, 2018 3:11 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

When conservatives find they can't get elected democratically, they won't abandon conservatism, they'll abandon democracy.


Republicans attacks on democracy really started to ramp up with the 2016 election and are getting more vicious every day.

September 09, 2018 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Steelworkers Vote To Strike If They Don’t Get Piece Of Corporate Windfall said...

Workers seek pay raises and protection of health care and pension benefits.

Workers for U.S. Steel will head back to the bargaining table on Monday, armed with a nationwide strike authorization vote.

With corporations awash in tax cuts and protected from competition by Trump administration tariffs, United Steelworkers (USW) leaders say members want a contract deal that provides them with a portion of that windfall.

“Top company officials have given themselves more than $50 million in pay and bonuses since 2015 while the hourly workforce has not received a wage increase over the same period,” said a union statement.

“Angry USW members conducted strike authorization meetings at each U.S. Steel local over the past week,” the USW said in a statement, noting that there were “overwhelming” or even unanimous yes votes in every local, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, there hasn’t been a work stoppage at U.S. Steel since a six-month lockout of workers in 1986.

“Between the tariffs and the tax break for corporations, they stand to make $2 billion this year,” Don Furko, president of USW Local 1557 in Clairton, Pennsylvania, told the Post-Gazette.

The workers, meanwhile, are struggling to make ends meet and pay for health care, he added.

A three-year U.S. Steel contract for close to 16,000 USW members nationwide ran out September 2 and workers are operating on a rolling temporary contract.

The union is battling for hourly increases and protection of health care and pension benefits.

U.S. Steel said it’s offering profit-sharing, a 4-percent raise in the first year of a six-year contract, 3 percent for each of the next two years, then 1 percent per year for the rest of the contract. Although the company has also offered a one-time payment of $5,000 toward health care costs, it is also demanding that workers cover a larger portion of insurance costs, the union said.

Furko said that even with the one-time payment, workers would have steep out-of-pocket expenses for family coverage...

September 10, 2018 9:57 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So, anti-gay bigot Brian Brown of the National Organization Against Marriage worked with Russia to ban Russian adoptions to countries that allow gays to marry. Two faced people like Brian Brown claim to care about children but actually work to see that children are deprived of loving parents and forced to remain in orphanages. Anti-gay bigots like Brian Brown claim to be moral but instead create more evil in the world. In their eagerness to damage harmless innocent LGBT people they damage many people beyond their immediate target as well.

September 10, 2018 1:24 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Senator who voted for anti-trans ‘bathroom bill’ busted in hotel with underage boy

This Tuesday, an Oklahoma State Senator was charged with child prostitution after being caught in a hotel room with an underage boy.

Three felony charges were filed against Ralph Shortey by Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn. The charges include engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution, according to KFOR.

In the wake of Shortey’s arrest, LGBT advocacy groups pointed out his support for anti-LGBT legislation such as a proposed “bathroom bill” from last year.

"These stigmatizing bills create fear, bias, and discrimination against the LGBTQ community even when they fail. We find it highly ironic that Senator Shortey voted to advance this legislation out of committee, and less than a year later, he was caught in what appears to be actual predatory behavior toward a vulnerable youth. …

There has never been a legitimate recorded incident in Oklahoma of a transgender person harming anyone in a restroom, yet there are numerous accounts of predatory behavior by anti-LGBTQ legislators who have taken bigoted votes akin to the vote Senator Shortey cast last year."
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This above is typical of vocal opponents of LGBT people Wyatt/Regina/bad anonmous - they're the perverts, not the innocent and harmless LGBT people they rail against. They use their vocal bigotry as a facade to hide who they are

September 10, 2018 1:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Why are there enough resources in the States to test poor people for marijuana, but not enough resources to test the huge backlog of rape kits?

Republicans - a horrifically screwed up sense of priorities.

Prison is for rapists, theives and murderers. If you lock somone up for smoking a plant that makes them happy YOU'RE the criminal.
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Another day, another Republican receiving campaign donations from an Oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin.

Republican Lindsey Graham received $800,000 from a Ukrainian born oligarch with ties to two Putin linked oligarchs.

September 11, 2018 2:24 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas admitted at a Federalist Society meeting that he rules according to the wishes of far right groups and Republicans. This "we're umpires calling balls and strikes" line is just bullshit to cover up the truth - the Court’s conservatives’ “votes cannot be explained by any consistent theory of constitutional interpretation” but are instead driven by their own policy preferences.

September 11, 2018 2:25 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases

“An Analysis of Judge Kavanaugh’s Opinions in Split-Decision Cases” and found that during his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh decided or wrote an opinion against the public interest 87 percent of the time in split-decision cases dealing with consumer, environmental and worker rights.
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Everyone knows Tяump is a scumbag, but he actually had the nerve to claim he helped clear rubble and look for survivors on 9/11!

We'd all be absolutely humiliated to be caught in a lie like that, hiding under a bridge for the rest of our lives type shame if we got caught claiming that. Except Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous, they'd have no problem telling such a lie.

September 11, 2018 2:26 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

In the 1990s, a hostile foreign power meddled in our presidential election. There were serious questions about whether one party's candidate -- the beneficiary -- was complicit in the meddling. The candidate fiercely resisted the appointment of a special prosecutor, then known as an independent counsel, to investigate. Finally, amid only moderate media interest and public concern, it all faded away.

The country doing the meddling, of course, was China, and the presidential candidate was Bill Clinton, who was already in the White House and seeking re-election in 1996.

Looking back on press accounts from the era, it's striking how brazen a number of the players were as they went about the task of funneling illegal foreign donations to the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. The names have been mostly forgotten now -- Charlie Trie, John Huang, Johnny Chung -- but the record remains.

Chung, for example, who was born in Taiwan and became a U.S. citizen, was a prolific Democratic fundraiser. Between 1994 and 1996, he gave $366,000 to the DNC and visited the Clinton White House more than 50 times.

In 1995, Chung gave a $50,000 check to First Lady Hillary Clinton's chief of staff at an event on the White House grounds. His memorable explanation: "I see the White House is like a subway -- you have to put in coins to open the gates."

In May 1999, Chung testified before the House Government Oversight Committee. He said that in 1996, during the Clinton re-election campaign, he met with the head of Chinese military intelligence in the basement of a restaurant in Hong Kong. "We really like your president. We hope to see him re-elected," the Chinese spy, Gen. Ji Shengde, told Chung, according to Chung's testimony. Gen. Ji continued: "I will give you 300,000 U.S. dollars. You can give it to the president and the Democratic Party."

"Chung's testimony has provided investigators the first direct link between a senior Chinese government official and illicit foreign contributions that were funneled into Clinton's 1996 re-election effort," the Los Angeles Times reported. "It is the strongest evidence -- in two years of federal investigation -- that the highest levels of the Chinese government sought to influence the U.S. election process."

September 11, 2018 7:21 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

In the great tradition of shady operators, Chung ended up taking a lot of the money for himself. But some of the cash from the head of Chinese military intelligence -- that is, the People's Liberation Army -- made its way into the Clinton re-election campaign and other Democratic efforts.

Earlier, Chung testified before a grand jury that he had also contributed money that came from another officer in the People's Liberation Army and from the son of China's top military commander. Chung pleaded guilty to bank fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy in connection with some of his illegal contributions. He was sentenced to probation.

Then there was Charlie Trie, who raised $1.2 million in foreign dollars for the Clinton legal defense fund and the DNC. In March 1996, Trie dropped off a donation of $460,000 at the Washington offices of the defense fund, with some of the money in sequentially-numbered money orders made out in the same handwriting. He visited the White House 22 times. He pleaded guilty to violating federal election laws and was sentenced to probation.

There was also John Huang, the Democratic fundraiser who raised more than a $1.5 million from illegal foreign sources. He visited the White House 78 times. Huang was an agent for James Riady, an Indonesian businessman with extensive ties to China. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee found that Riady had "a long-term relationship with a Chinese intelligence agency." He pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and was sentenced to probation, plus a multi-million dollar fine.

As the news came out in the year after the election -- with Clinton safely back in the White House -- there were calls for an independent counsel to investigate. (The old independent counsel law was still in effect then.) Then-attorney general Janet Reno steadfastly refused. The Justice Department dawdled for months, and the investigation never reached the level it would have reached had an independent counsel been appointed. Republicans complained and complained, but Reno would not budge.

The scandal was news at the time; indeed, some print outlets, like the Los Angeles Times, led the way in uncovering it. The story received far less coverage on television, where several news outlets appeared distinctly uninterested. Overall, it would probably be fair to call the coverage moderate-to-restrained.

The rhetoric was restrained, too. To use one measure, it did not lead to widespread use of the word "treason" in the public discussion of President Clinton.

There is simply no comparison between the political conversation about the Clinton foreign influence scandal in the 1990s and today's conversation about the Trump-Russia affair. Of course, the circumstances and facts are different, but it seems reasonable to say that for whatever reason, Washington is far more upset about Russia's attempt to influence the election in 2016 than it was about China's attempt to do the same 20 years earlier.

September 11, 2018 7:22 AM  
Anonymous what a difference an election makes said...

Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November's midterm elections.

Jobs in goods-producing industries — mining, construction and manufacturing — grew 3.3 percent in the year preceding July, the best rate since 1984, according to a Washington Post analysis.

Blue-collar jobs, long a small and shrinking part of the U.S. economy, are now growing at a faster clip than those in the nation's much larger service economy.

The rapid hiring in blue-collar sectors is delivering benefits to areas that turned out heavily for Trump in the 2016 election, according to the Brookings Institution, a shift from earlier in this expansion, when large and midsize cities experienced most of the gains.

“I could work from sunup to sundown seven days a week," said Steve Klebenow, 30, who owns and operates Gallatin Valley Welding in Churchill, Mont., a town of fewer than 900 people that had only two roads, one of them dirt, when he was growing up.

As wealthy families flee the socialist states in California, Oregon and Washington and flood into the area looking for mountain views and a lower cost of living, the region is transforming, and Klebenow is helping to build it.

“All I know right now is that we’re all busy. It’s going to stay that way for a couple years, and then it’s going to go back down,” he said at the end of another 12-hour day.

Job gains in smaller towns and rural areas accelerated last year, and continued to build in early 2018.

Rural employment grew at an annualized rate of 5.1 percent in the first quarter. Smaller metro areas grew 5 percent. That's significantly larger than the 4.1 percent growth seen in large urban areas that recovered earlier from the Great Recession, according to an analysis by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program of a separate set of Labor Department data released Wednesday.

In the past year, the economy has added 656,000 blue-collar jobs, compared with 1.7 million added in the services sector. But the rate of growth in blue-collar jobs is speeding up, while service-sector job growth has hovered around 1.3 percent over the past year.

September 11, 2018 9:05 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Racism is so American that when you protest it people think you're protesting the USA
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I Don’t Know How Sanders Keeps a Straight Face

The job of a professional liar like Sarah Huckabee Sanders is to look right at you, right into a camera, and say the most dishonest and ridiculous things with a completely straight face, then feign indignation if anyone dares to laugh at you or question you. Sanders has this down to an art form while saying things like this:

At Monday’s White House briefing, Sanders was asked by ABC’s Jonathan Karl about Trump’s assertion that the Justice Department should not prosecute Republican candidates during an election year.

“The president thinks no one is above the law,” Sanders said. “What he would like to see is a fair playing field, that there also be — there have been a number of concerns raised about individuals both in the FBI and the Department of Justice that have been ignored and we would like to see those looked at as well.”

How anyone could claim that Trump thinks no one is above the law when the evidence clearly, undeniably says otherwise is a mystery to me. She said this while Trump is simultaneously claiming that he can refuse to comply with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury as part of a criminal investigation, something no other American could ever have the right to do. She said this after he has pardoned several of his own supporters and associates without even bothering to go through the long-established process for evaluating their application for a pardon. The only thing that matters to him is that they supported him and that makes them above the law in his view.

She said this even while he demands that the DOJ launch investigations into his critics and political enemies, even when they’ve already done multiple investigations and exonerated the people involved. She said this even while he demands that the DOJ not bring charges against Republicans because that hurts the party politically. If there is one thing we know beyond a shadow of any hypothetical doubt, it’s that Trump believes that he and anyone who supports him is above the law.

September 11, 2018 12:45 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Standard Christian teaching is that, while it would take an eternity of suffering for me to pay the price of just my individual lifetime of sins (most of which appear to be “thought crimes”), Jesus paid for the sins of billions of people’s lifetimes over the span of a single Friday. I’m not sure how the math works out on that, but part of the fun of religion is that things don’t have to make sense.

September 11, 2018 12:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Bob Woodward notes the tragedy of all the Republicans who admit Tяump is dangerous and unfit for office but prop him up anyway instead of helping get rid of him. "They do not even have to give up their irresponsible tax cuts or their far, far right-wing judicial appointments. They don't have to give up rolling back environmental or civil rights protections. They can have all of their policy objectives, but without the insanity—and still they refuse to act. Probably some of it out of cowardice, some out of self-serving greed, and some just believing that now they're so hideously unpopular, they now need the Kremlin to stay in power."

September 11, 2018 12:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

A woman was murdered by a white supremacist in Charlottesville and nearly 20 people were brutally injured. Tяump was FORCED to condemn them.

Bob Woodward just revealed that Tяump later told aides that condemning the white supremacists "Was the biggest fucking mistake I've made."

September 11, 2018 1:39 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Botham Shem Jean was just killed by a Dallas cop when the officer returned home from her shift, entered the wrong apartment, and immediately opened fire on him. He was 26 and a successful businessman who was doing nothing wrong, just hanging out in his apartment, minding his own business.

This is why they kneel.

September 11, 2018 1:41 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Just run the presses - print money," Tяump said according to Bob Woodward.

Yep, he's that stupid when it comes to economics. And everything else.

The USA is the laughingstock of the world for having a leader like this.

September 11, 2018 1:49 PM  
Anonymous He thinks it's all about him said...

Josh Jordan Verified account
@NumbersMuncher

Yes, there's audio of Trump patting himself on the back for having the tallest building in Manhattan after the WTC fell on September 11th.

5:00 AM - 11 Sep 2018

September 11, 2018 3:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Omarosa releases audio tape of Tяump asking: 'Russia seems to have turned around'

In a recording newly released by Omarosa Manigault Newman of a White House communications meeting last October, President Donald Tяump asks staffers if “Russia seems to have turned around.” “Absolutely,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders replied.

Manigault Newman, who appeared on ABC's "The View", claimed Tяump and the administration lied to the American people about the nature of the Robert Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Tяump campaign and Russia. She also claimed she and other White House staffers would back everything the president said. “We’d have to repeat those lies,” she told ABC’s “The View” panel.

Manigault Newman claimed the communications meeting Tяump “crashed” was about tax reform and a trip to North Korea, but the president veered off topic and took the lead. During the meeting, Tяump criticized the Hillary Clinton campaign for allegedly spending $9 million on an anti-Tяump dossier released last year that alleged ties between Tяump and Russia during the presidential election. “I think Hillary is getting killed now with Russia,” Tяump said. “The real Russia story is Hillary and collusion.”

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, hit back at that claim. "Tяump is as delusional behind closed doors as he is in public," Merrill told ABC News.

“Hillary Clinton was robbed and I was a part of co-conspirator in that robbery,” Manigault Newman said. She said she blamed herself for staying with the Tяump administration for as long as she did - admitting she “regrets" she was "so complicit” with their relationship.

“I discovered that Donald Tяump was an arsonist trying to burn down this country and at some way, I was complicit handing him matches and giving him more fuels for his fire,” Manigault Newman said. “At some point, you have to stop a toxic relationship.” She said she was nervous about releasing the tape because Tяump has tried to "silence" her since the last release of a disclosed audio tape and she is currently going through arbitration with the president.

"He has sicked his entire legal team on me to stop any further release of tapes," she said. "He wants to make sure that I'm silenced so I don't talk about the bribe that Laura Tяump tried to offer me for $15,000 per month. They want to shut me down, and so every time like the announcement that I was coming on, my attorney who is backstage got a phone call from his legal team."

September 11, 2018 4:29 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

"Omarosa releases audio tape of Tяump asking: 'Russia seems to have turned around'

In a recording newly released by Omarosa Manigault Newman of a White House communications meeting last October, President Donald Tяump asks staffers if “Russia seems to have turned around.” “Absolutely,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders replied."

as is obvious from the tape, Trump was referring, last October, to the revelations that Hillary actually paid a Russian to create a false narrative about Trump

Hillary actually laundered the money through her lawyer and falsified campaign finance reports, which is why it took so long or everyone to figure it out

Hillary hid her involvement for a year while the country wet wild with speculation abut the lies in the Steele report

like any rational person, Trump assumed that people would realize that it was Hillary, not he, who colluded with the Russians

he must have momentarily forgot that the press no longer follows where ever the facts lead because they are invested in the status quo represented by the Clintons

"Manigault Newman, who appeared on ABC's "The View", claimed Tяump and the administration lied to the American people about the nature of the Robert Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Tяump campaign and Russia."

really?

what lie about the nature of the Robert Mueller investigation did he tell?

this is kind of like the anonymous NY Times op-ed that claims Trump is unstable and unfit bt the only examples are disagreeing with the Dems about policies

"Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, hit back at that claim. "Tяump is as delusional behind closed doors as he is in public," Merrill told ABC News."

so, Clinton's spokesman's response is to insult

that usually indicates he has something to hide

"“Hillary Clinton was robbed and I was a part of co-conspirator in that robbery,” Manigault Newman said."

robbed?

how?

"She said she was nervous about releasing the tape because Tяump has tried to "silence" her since the last release of a disclosed audio tape and she is currently going through arbitration with the president."

why would he object to this release?

the tape has him saying in private what he, and many others, were saying in public

so what?

September 11, 2018 6:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Human Rights Campaign President: We’re Going To Get Our Country Back

“We are going to get our country back. I have never seen in my career the kind of grassroots energy and activism like we see today. I really do believe if you fast forward two years, four years, five years, we will look back at this moment and see it as one of the great awakenings of our democracy. Marginalized communities all across this country are turning out in massive numbers for a host of reasons, but at the forefront of that is who Donald Tяump is, and what Donald Tяump is doing to our communities. I have never seen more coordination and more collaboration across social justice movements to stand up to fight back and to turn resistance.” – Human Rights Campaign head Chad Griffin.

September 11, 2018 7:20 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Budget Office: 2018 Deficit Soars 32% To $895 Billion


The U.S. budget deficit in August was $211 billion, nearly double the gap during the year-ago month, the Congressional Budget Office estimated late Monday. In the first 11 months of the fiscal year, the deficit was $895 billion, which is $222 billion more than the previous year. Corporate taxes have plummeted by 30% this fiscal year, both because of the lower rate as well as the expanded ability to immediately deduct the full value of equipment purchases.

The CBO now says the deficit will approach $1 trillion by the end of this fiscal year, but in April the agency didn’t expect the deficit to reach $1 trillion until 2020.

"Also, per Woodward book, Cohn was talking to Trump about the increasing U.S. deficit. “What do you mean? Trump asked. Just run the presses — print money.” "[Tяump really is that stupid]
— Tarini Parti (@tparti) September 11, 2018

"The deficit is up 32% so that billionaires who didn’t need a tax break, could get a tax break. We need smart investments in infrastructure & education — NOT a tax giveaway that doesn’t do nearly enough to help hardworking Americans."
— Tim Ryan (@TimRyan) September 11, 2018

"Usually federal deficits soar during a downturn (combination of falling tax receipts and stimulus spending). That it is soaring now – it’ll top $1 trillion late this year – is astonishing. This red ink gets tacked onto the debt – now projected to hit $33 trillion in nine years"
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) September 11, 2018

"It’s simple really: Step 1, cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations to create a budget deficit in the TRILLIONS. Step 2, point to the deficit and say “look, we have to tighten our belts, we can’t afford these programs,” despite what they do to help hardworking Americans."
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) September 11, 2018

"The #GOPTaxScam inflated the deficit and will now look to make up for it with cuts to social security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA. We’re not going to let that happen. #ForThePeople"
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) September 11, 2018

"Reminder: Tax cuts for the rich don't pay for themselves."
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) September 11, 2018

September 11, 2018 7:31 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In bitter irony its worth remembering that the North Carolina legislature literally banned using the latest science on sea level rise for planning and making coastal policies.

Republicans are literally brain damaged.

September 11, 2018 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re-elect President Gore

September 12, 2018 12:30 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"Re-elect President Gore"

yeah, he could invent the internet again

In a brazen attempt to re-write history, President Barack Obama in a speech on Friday blamed “the politics of resentment and paranoia,” which he said had found a home in the Republican Party, for “wild conspiracy theories – like those surrounding Benghazi.”

What a reprehensible way to frame an event that killed four Americans while they waited for rescue and protection they deserved from people Barack Obama never sent. Of course, you only heard about Obama’s characterization of Benghazi if you pay attention to conservative media. By and large the mainstream press excluded references to Benghazi from their reporting of the speech.

With President Trump methodically erasing the Obama legacy, this bizarre attempt to reframe the narratives around Obama’s greatest failures should fool no one.

Kris “Tanto” Paronto, one of the heroes who watched his friends die that night in Benghazi, called Obama’s comments “disgusting,” tweeting:

“Benghazi is a conspiracy @BarackObama?! How bout we do this,let’s put your cowardly ass on the top of a roof with 6 of your buddies&shoot rpg’s&Ak47’s at you while terrorists lob 81mm mortars killing 2 of your buddies all while waiting for US support that you never sent.”

He’s right to be offended. The real conspiracy of Benghazi was the false narrative that the whole thing was the result of an offensive video – an objectively proven lie born from the resentment and paranoia within Obama’s own administration. They didn’t think the truth was compatible with getting Barack Obama re-elected six weeks after the attack.

In reality, Obama himself contradicted this conspiracy narrative before he even left office. Asked him in April 2016 to identify the worst mistake of his presidency. “Probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya.”

At least he got one thing right: Benghazi (or what he euphemistically refers to as the aftermath of his war in Libya) WAS a terrible mistake. What it was not is a conspiracy theory.

With President Trump methodically erasing the Obama legacy, this bizarre attempt to reframe the narratives around Obama’s greatest failures should fool no one.
Barack Obama took us to war with Libya. His State Department refused multiple requests to meet minimum security standards at the Benghazi consulate. President Obama never sent anyone to rescue or protect our ambassador or our own people during the 13 hours they were under attack. Four brave men died as a result and many other heroes had their lives forever altered. That is not a conspiracy. That is fact – no matter how inconvenient Democrats may find it.

This is one part of the Obama legacy that Trump should not erase. We all need to remember the lessons learned from Obama’s worst mistake.

September 12, 2018 6:17 AM  
Anonymous Thanks, Dana said...

Before Donald Trump became president, there was 42 percent unemployment, most of the residents of Chicago had been murdered, the violent gang MS-13, led by Nancy Pelosi, controlled much of the country, President Barack Obama personally tapped Trump’s phones and Ted Cruz’s father assassinated John F. Kennedy.

Then, in November 2016, Trump won a bigger electoral landslide than Ronald Reagan’s, despite millions of fraudulent votes for his opponent. Immediately, American carnage ceased, every African American got a job, the economy became “soooo good, perhaps the best in our country’s history,” and Trump was more popular than Abraham Lincoln.

Despite the fact Trump had Made America Great Again, Democrats, aided by the failing New York Times, the Amazon Washington Post and fake-news CNN, used a phony dossier to start a rigged witch hunt. There was NO COLLUSION, but leaking liar James B. Comey, mentally disabled Jeff Sessions, angry conflicted Democrat Robert S. Mueller III, so-called judges, the corrupt FBI and the “Justice” Department made Joseph McCarthy look like a baby!

Fortunately, Trump summarily declared them all guilty of treason, did the same to the rest of his opponents and then assembled the largest audience ever to witness an execution, period. Now he is president for life and, when he speaks, people sit up at attention.

Preorder today! Or face dire consequences.

September 12, 2018 9:49 AM  
Anonymous zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz said...

poor Dems

they always think hyped mockery will win them points

since this is Teach the Facts, let's consider some

"Donald Trump became president,"

that one's right

"there was 42 percent unemployment,"

no, when Obama became President, unemployment shot up to over 10%, and didn't go below 8% until is second term

further, blue collar workers, women and minorities lost jobs and record numbers gave up on ever finding work

under Trump, this has all reversed

"most of the residents of Chicago had been murdered,"

no, most survived - enough to fuel sky-high violence and murder in the city of tough gun control

"the violent gang MS-13, led by Nancy Pelosi, controlled much of the country,"

no, they controlled certain neighborhoods, and should be tracked down and deported

"President Barack Obama personally tapped Trump’s phones"

no, he had his intelligence agencies do it or him

September 12, 2018 10:37 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Senatro Dick Durbin "It is clear now that not only did Judge Kavanaugh mislead me when it came to his involvement in the Bush Administration's detention and interrogation [torture] policies, but als regarding his role in the controversial Haynes nomination.

This is a theme that we see emerge with Judge Kavanaugh time and time again - he says one thing under oath, and then the documents tell a different story. It is no wonder the White House and Senate Republicans are rushing through this nomination and hiding his record."

September 12, 2018 12:48 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tяump's plan to help eliminate the federal debt was to print money

Its obviously true, he does have the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader.

The comments Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous make show they are just as dumb as the popular vote losing pussy grabber. During the time of the industrial revolution the temperature of the planet has changed 50 times faster than it previously ever had. Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous think its just a coincidence this has happened after all the extra carbon dioxide has been released into the atmosphere by humans burning fossil fuels

Hey Wyatt/Regina, if its not the flood of carbon dioxide people have released into the air that's caused a rate of global temperature change 50 times faster than has ever occurred in nature prior to the industrial revolutions, what natural cause could explain that?

September 12, 2018 12:50 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Republicans face a changing political reality: younger voters are more likely than their older counterparts to say that global warming is happening and must be addressed. Polling from earlier this year released by the Alliance for Market Solutions found that more than half of young Republicans are concerned about the issue. Nearly a quarter of people under 30 who identified as Republican in 2015 have already left the party, according to the Pew Research Centre.

September 12, 2018 12:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Evil Tяump is eliminating regulations that lower methane emissions.

Methane is a 20 times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Tяump would happily destroy the planet out of a desire to spite Obama.

Tяump is a clear and present danger to the world. He should be brought before the international criminal court and convicted of what is a war crime against the world.

September 12, 2018 1:01 PM  
Anonymous flippity-do-dah said...

"It is no wonder the White House and Senate Republicans are rushing through this nomination"

this is a lie

nominations for Kagan and Soto-whatever were considered faster

polls show 62% of Americans wanted a vote on Trump’s nominee before the midterm elections

"and hiding his record."

he has over 300 decisions as a judge that are part of the public record

when he worked at the Bush White House, he was bound to support his employer, he didn't have the freedom to rule on policy independently and wasn't even in an advisory role

the Senate should consider his judicial record

his past administrative work is irrelevant

Kavanaugh will be confirmed and sitting on the Supreme Court when it opens in October

the only interesting thing is how many Dems will vote for him

a poll shows Democrat Joe Manchin with a 29 point lead over his opponent

when the pollsters asked "what he votes against Kavanaugh?", his lead drops to 2

they are about 5 or 6 senators in this position

if they vote against Kavanaugh, their seats flip to the GOP

September 12, 2018 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mitch McConnell "We had to stall Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing in 2016 until "after the people have spoken." But we have to speed up BrettKavanaugh's confirmation hearing in 2018 before the people have spoken."

September 12, 2018 1:52 PM  
Anonymous New polling shows disastrous warning signs for Republicans ahead of the midterm elections said...

Democrats had massive 1o, 12, and 14-point leads over Republicans in the midterm congressional elections, according to three new polls of the generic House ballot released Wednesday.

An NPR/Marist Poll conducted during the second week of September found that 50% of registered voters would cast their ballots for Democrats and 38% would vote for Republicans if congressional elections were held then. Another poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University during roughly the same period, found that Democrats have a 14-point lead over their Republican opponents. And a third Politico/Morning Consult poll found Democrats 10 points ahead of the GOP.

No demographic group approves of the job Congress is doing — and 72% of Americans overall disapprove of the lawmakers, according to the Quinnipiac poll. While 58% of voters say Congress should act as more of a check on President Donald Trump, 56% of all voters don't want the body to begin impeachment proceedings against the president.

A late August Washington Post-ABC News poll also found that Democrats have a 14-point advantage over Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections. Just 38% of registered voters said they would vote for Republican House candidates, while 52% said they'd vote for Democrats.

Many observers pointed to the polling as further evidence of a "blue wave" in the midterms this fall. In the last three midterm elections — 2006, 2010, and 2014 — the party in the White House saw massive losses in Congress. Many analysts believe that if Americans' dissatisfaction with Trump and his party remain high, Democrats will flip the 23 seats they need to take control of the House, and possibly the two US Senate seats they need to control the upper chamber.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,038 voters across the country between September 6-9 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The NPR/Marist poll surveyed 949 adults between September 5-9 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

September 12, 2018 2:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

If a conservative says they want you to back up something you said with facts, they're lying. They want you to waste your time explaining a position they will neither consider nor accept. If they liked facts they wouldn't be conservatives.

September 12, 2018 2:20 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Kamala Harris "I asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh whether he believes President Tяump was correct, that "both sides" were to blame for Charlottesville.

He refused to answer.

This isn't a difficult question. One side was wrong: the one with the torches ans swastikas.

September 12, 2018 2:46 PM  
Anonymous a vote for Dems is a vote or Trumo said...

"Mitch McConnell "We had to stall Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing in 2016 until "after the people have spoken." But we have to speed up BrettKavanaugh's confirmation hearing in 2018 before the people have spoken.""

the Senators who the people elected are planning to confirm Kavanaugh

the sitting Senators in 2016, who had been elected by the people, would have rejected Garland

by putting it off until after the election, McConnell was kindly providing Garland his only realistic chance

that Senate opposed him but if the Dems won the election, they could confirm him

they lost

Garland can thank everyone who voted for Hillary

"Democrats had massive 1o, 12, and 14-point leads over Republicans in the midterm congressional elections, according to three new polls of the generic House ballot released Wednesday."

so what if they win the House?

they can't confirm judges et al

Dem takeover of the House will only bring Congress to a standstill

who cares?

the tax cuts are already done

they can't pass any new legislation without 67 votes

Trump will be happy

he can do nothing and blame Dems in the House

"If a conservative says they want you to back up something you said with facts, they're lying. They want you to waste your time explaining a position they will neither consider nor accept. If they liked facts they wouldn't be conservatives."

if you had any, you'd be presenting them

September 12, 2018 3:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tяump is Furious at Fictional White House Leakers

In response to the Woodward book, we once again see Donald Tяump taking two contradictory positions: It’s all fake news and Woodward just made up all the negative quotes from people around him — but he’s furious at those people who didn’t say those things and is desperate to find out who they are.

"President Donald Tяump has called journalist Bob Woodward’s book on his administration a work of “fiction” and a “scam,” claiming that quotes in the book are “made up” and that the author is a “liar.”

"At the same time, sources familiar with his thinking said he is livid at his former economic adviser, Gary Cohn, and his former staff secretary, Rob Porter, for “leaking” to Woodward.

"It’s difficult to rationally argue that the book could be both: fiction dreamed up by Woodward, and a betrayal by former top stewards of the administration, who shared with the famed journalist alarming details about how the White House functions.

But it’s not hard for Tяump, who often spouts two opposing views intended for different audiences. And his supporters often soak up the contradictory claims just as readily as he spits them out, taking it all in stride."

Bingo. Being the leader of a cult of personality conveys enormous power over people. For a sizable percentage of the population, there is literally nothing Tяump can say or do what would change their minds. Even when he actively works against their own interests, they will follow him off the cliff like lemmings without a moment’s hesitation. Even when the lies could not be any more obvious or brazen, they will make excuses and rationalize it away.

September 12, 2018 4:44 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

The almost unnoticed fact in the latest Democratic assault on the Trump administration is that it is based entirely on charges of confusion, the circus, incoherence, and nastiness. These themes never have to be hammered very long before the faithful take up the incantation about impeachment, but these aren’t impeachable, even if the charges were true. The Resistance has abandoned the accusation of impeachable offenses. The media barely noticed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s acceptance of written answers to questions about collusion, or Rudolph Giuliani’s assertion that there would be no discussion of obstruction of justice, that there has been no obstruction, and that if Mueller thinks he has evidence of any, he should present it. Everyone now knows that the entire Trump–Russian collusion argument was a complete fabrication on the basis of the Steele dossier, which was a pack of lies from A to Z, and, of course, was commissioned and financed by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign, through a law firm and Fusion GPS. In terms of ingenious political treachery, Mrs. Clinton and her entourage scored an immense success in subverting high levels of the intelligence agencies and the Justice Department and FBI to pursue this canard with the zeal they did.

On what has emerged to date, fanatically anti-Trump figures in Justice and the FBI swallowed Steele’s story and invested in it so heavily they severely compromised the institutions that employed them. Once Trump was elected, instead of letting the ruse die quietly, they swallowed harder and set out to claim that the election result was fraudulent because of the illegal Trump–Russian collusion. Former National Intelligence director James Clapper announced just two months ago that he believed the Russians had determined the election result, contradicting James Comey’s view. Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia, proclaimed 18 months ago that a thousand Russian canvassers had swung Wisconsin to Trump. The apparently thoroughly Trump-deranged John Brennan, former CIA director, has been routinely accusing the president of treason for almost two years. The 2016 Democratic vice-presidential candidate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, mused about whether the president’s son, son-in-law, and former campaign manager were guilty of treason because they met with a Russian lawyer who wanted to talk about the Magnitsky Act (nothing to do with the election).


Hillary Clinton must have been serenely confident that the source, quality, and funding of the Steele dossier would never see the light of day. In her memoir of the election, What Happened (not a question), she directly blames former FBI director James Comey for “shivving” her three times (two of the occasions were exonerations of her questionable appropriateness), and Donald Trump’s semi-treasonable collaboration with the Russian government, and she quoted Steele in support of this. When the fact came to light that her campaign had funded this nonsense for about $9 million, she breezily said that it was “campaign information” but accurate anyway. (Treason applies only when collaboration is with a country with which the betrayed country is at war.)

September 12, 2018 5:36 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

It was the dirtiest political trick in American history, but, in fairness to Mrs. Clinton, I doubt if she intended to do more than throw muck at her opponent in the last days of the election, since the Billy Bush tape had not, as had been expected, knock him out. When she lost, as Steele himself was still, with the aid of some officials, padding around the less reputable media pushing his dossier, Mrs. Clinton seized on it to explain her inexplicable defeat and threw in poor old Comey, who had bent his giraffe-like frame over backwards to exonerate her on the emails debacle, where she almost surely lied to a federal official, Comey in particular. Martha Stewart was sent to prison for less, and seems to have violated serious statutes. This was when Peter Strzok had finished whitewashing Clinton for Comey and jumped to trying to inculpate Trump. He wrote, early on to his girlfriend and workmate, Lisa Page, of the collusion argument, that there was “probably no there there.” Yet this purposeless beast of an investigation of something that everyone who knew anything about it knew did not happen is still continuing.

In their desperation to keep the president on his back foot until the midterm elections, the Democrats joined the Never Trump chorus in the McCain obsequies, and the habitually discredited political gossip Bob Woodward, reinforced by anonymous informants recruited or invented by the New York Times, wrote that the Trump White House was in chaos (irrelevant if the Constitution is not being violated and the policies work). Paid plants heckled at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings where Democratic senators reenacted a fictitious movie about a first-century slave revolt to protest the confidentiality of documents that had already been released, and Barack Obama hit the trail to rewrite the history of his broadly unsuccessful presidency. Even sensible and moderate commentators who don’t like Trump went back on autocue to announce that this was “the darkest hour” of Trump’s administration, as they have, every six weeks or so since the executive order about travelers from terrorism-plagued or -sponsoring countries in February 2017: Charlottesville, Helsinki, Manafort and Cohen, etc. Trump is about to declassify what congressional committees have been seeking, and the anti-Trump media will have real problems maintaining their implacable righteousness. By then, former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe may have been indicted, and the charges won’t stop with him.

September 12, 2018 5:43 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces any life. two homosexuals ain't a marriage said...

I recommend clemency. I don’t believe in a deep state, just an arrogant, smothering, bipartisan mindset that easily construed self-defense as service of the national interest, even when it involved criminal conduct. In this respect it does bear some comparison with the conduct of Nixon underlings in the Watergate era. The mystery is why Robert Mueller, for all his experience and vaunted probity, chose a gang of rabid Trump-haters to conduct this operation, and why, when he must have realized it was a wild goose chase, he didn’t fold it up or turn it into an investigation of the sleazy conduct of Trump’s enemies, which, given the Russian connection, would have been within his mandate. There is now evidence that Steele, even after he was fired by the FBI for leaking material, via senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr “and his lovely wife,” as Trump calls Mrs. Ohr (who worked at Fusion with Steele), moved straight to Mueller’s special-counsel team. Mueller may have mishandled this so badly, he ensnares himself in the misconduct of those who commissioned him. Mueller has prolonged this false cloud over the administration while using his authoritarian office to try to terrorize Paul Manafort into a false inculpation of the president, has mouse-trapped a couple of lesser figures (14 days in jail for George Papadopoulos), and purported to indict a number of Russians who will never appear in an American court and whose names could have been taken from the Moscow telephone directory.

The outcome of the midterm elections may depend on how quickly the administration can counter-attack on the legal front. When the Mueller charade is finally out of the way, everyone involved in the false applications for a FISA surveillance warrant against junior Trump campaign helper Carter Page will face the music, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and very prominent members of the Obama administration. Whatever happens in November, all this will unravel. The combination of the jungle ruthlessness of high American politics with the idealism of the Constitution occasionally creates bizarre and sordid dramas. Eventually, just when the pious claptrap about no one being above the law becomes almost insufferable, the puritanical conscience of America rises like a cobra and strikes the wrongdoers. The twist here is that the hunted president, who has broken no laws, will make the kill. It’s reality politics, wending toward a surprising climax.

September 12, 2018 5:45 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

Russia Investigation:

Drip by drip, a pool of incriminating evidence grows almost daily showing that FBI and Justice Department officials worked together to thwart President Trump's presidency just as it got underway. The whole Russia investigation conducted by Robert Mueller must now come under serious question, and it seems likely that key FBI officials will be charged with crimes.

Congress released documents late Monday showing an "apparent systemic culture of media leaking" among top officials at the FBI and Justice Department, according to a letter that North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

In particular, wrote Meadows, two text messages exchanged on April 10 and April 12, 2017, between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his then-lover, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, explicitly discuss the FBI's "media leak strategy."

On April 10, 2017, Strzok texted Page: "I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go."

Just two days later, Meadows noted, Strzok lauded Page's efforts and gave her a heads up that "two articles are coming out, one which is 'worse' than the other about Lisa's 'namesake,' " a reference to Carter Page, the target of a monthslong FBI surveillance effort that began in October 2016. Despite the surveillance, Carter Page has never been charged with any crime.

Just one day after Strzok's text to Page, the Washington Post, on April 11, 2017, ran a piece titled "FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump advisor Carter Page."

But that wasn't all. As Fox News reports, "The leaks involved other outlets in addition to the Washington Post. ... FBI and DOJ officials, including DOJ prosecutor and top Robert Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman, met with several Associated Press reporters in April 2017, according to court filings in the Virginia federal trial of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort."

Moreover, Meadows wrote, "The leaks to the media continued even as FBI attorneys cited the U.S. Attorney's Manual in telling Congress that witnesses could not answer questions about pending probes."

So the FBI was stonewalling Congress' nascent investigation of the FBI's actions, while leaking like a sieve to the media. Leaking secret information to anyone, by the way, is a crime.

It's noteworthy that Strzok was the lead investigator not just for the Russia investigation but for the Hillary Clinton email scandal as well. So Strzok and the others covered all the bases. He was just fired in August for sending anti-Trump messages to Lisa Page, including one that grandiosely said of Trump's presidency, "We'll stop it."

September 12, 2018 6:07 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces any life. two homosexuals ain't a marriage said...

Page, The Patsy

As for poor Carter Page, the Post piece on April 11 claimed that "law enforcement and other U.S. officials" had told them that top Justice and FBI officials convinced a FISA judge that there was "probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia."

Their evidence? The bogus anti-Trump dossier authored by former British spy Christopher Steele, who served as a paid informant for the FBI. When the FBI discovered that he had leaked information to the press, they fired him. As it turns out, Steele compiled his dossier while working for the shady opposition research group Fusion GPS. And the Hillary Clinton-controlled Democratic National Committee and Clinton's own presidential campaign paid for it all.

The FBI, in short, lied to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court about the source of its "probable cause." They used the phony Steele dossier as the basis for their claims to the FISA court, but told the court they didn't. Isn't that perjury? Or don't U.S. officials have to tell the truth to FISA?

Collusion At FBI, Justice?

As for Carter Page, he was a tool, spied upon for entirely spurious reasons. Mainly, it appears, pro-Hillary, anti-Trump officials in the CIA, Justice Department and FBI wanted a pretense for spying on the Trump campaign — and, later, for undermining his presidency. Surveillance of Carter Page gave the FBI a backdoor into the Trump campaign.

The troubling aspect of all this isn't just the media leaks, which are troubling enough. It's why they leaked that is most bothersome.

Given the prevalent and near-total anti-Trump animus that various CIA, FBI and Justice officials exhibited, it seems quite clear that they coordinated their efforts to take down a presidential candidate and, when that failed, to politically damage him once he won the election.

Moreover, it was all collusion on behalf of Hillary Clinton's campaign and against Donald Trump.

This is the stuff of cheap spy novels, and yet it's true. This appears to be a conspiracy to undermine the constitutional government of the U.S. — a crime of the highest order. At the very least, Congress should name a special prosecutor. Mueller's case for Trump-Russia collusion was never strong; the case for FBI-Justice-CIA political interference looks like a slam dunk.

September 12, 2018 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Pass that stuff around said...

"On what has emerged to date, fanatically anti-Trump figures in Justice and the FBI swallowed Steele’s story and invested in it so heavily they severely compromised the institutions that employed them."

There were plenty of people who were "fanatically anti-Trump" both before and after the election - many of them in the Republican party - some may remember they were called "Never Trumpers."

After the election, a number of them turned into obsequious sycophants, kissing his orange @$$ to avoid his wrath. These days we know that people in his own White House don't like him and / or what he is doing to the country.

Given this man's history of not paying people for work they did, bankrupting several corporations - including a fake university, and having to go to the Russian mafia to get more money because US banks learned that hard way that he wasn't a good bet with their money, it is really no surprise he's under investigation, and that a number of the people around him have already pleaded guilty or been indicted.

You really have to be smoking some medical grade stuff to believe that it was the FBI who was out-of-line and fanatical here, and not the dude who has the attention span of a rabid tsetse fly.


September 12, 2018 10:15 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"There were plenty of people who were "fanatically anti-Trump" both before and after the election - many of them in the Republican party - some may remember they were called "Never Trumpers.""

actually, most politicians on either side were in this category

the problem is with those who were in high positions in government investigative who used the agencies to attack a political opponent

this is not how our democracy works

"After the election, a number of them turned into obsequious sycophants, kissing his orange @$$ to avoid his wrath."

maybe they're just trying to serve their constituents by working to influence the individual that voters gave te most power to

the anti-democratic clown show being performed by the "resistance" isn't accomplishing anything

"These days we know that people in his own White House don't like him and / or what he is doing to the country."

those are two very different things

hardly anyone likes him

he's an amoral narcissist with a nasty streak

he is doing much less damage to our country than the "resistance" and the fraudulent Mueller investigation

"Given this man's history of not paying people for work they did, bankrupting several corporations - including a fake university, and having to go to the Russian mafia to get more money because US banks learned that hard way that he wasn't a good bet with their money, it is really no surprise he's under investigation, and that a number of the people around him have already pleaded guilty or been indicted."

it's actually rare for the FBI to investigate someone who has disputes with his vendors or goes bankrupt

as a matter of fact, it never happens unless the said businessman beats Hillary Clinton in an election

"You really have to be smoking some medical grade stuff to believe that it was the FBI who was out-of-line and fanatical here, and not the dude who has the attention span of a rabid tsetse fly."

did you watch the Strzok testimony?

how about Brennan, the CIA director that voted for the Communist party in the 1980 election?

that such people rose to the top of the FBI and CIA is truly frightening?

maybe you can apply for a brain transplant

September 13, 2018 12:13 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Kidnapped rape victim Elizabeth Smart has spoken against purity culture in that it made her (at the time) feel so ashamed for being raped and wondering if it was worth trying to escape because she felt so worthless because she was no longer a virgin.

September 13, 2018 2:03 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tяump administration wants more space to detain immigrant children

Tяump has requested to triple the number of beds for unaccompanied migrant kids at a Texas detention center.

Over 400 migrant children remain separated from their families months after President Donald Tяump announced that he was ending his policy that separated parents from their children at the border.

Kids who were forcibly taken from their parents have reportedly attempted suicide and told officials that they want to die. Employees at multiple shelters have been accused of sexual abuse. A judge ordered the federal government to stop giving psychotropic drugs to migrant children without consent.

Now the Tяump administration wants even more space to detain migrant children who attempt to cross the border without a parent. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that it wants to expand its detention center in Tornillo, Texas to 3,800 beds, which would triple its current capacity.

The Dallas News reports that there are 12,800 beds for unaccompanied minors at more than 100 government-run shelters, which means the Tяump administration’s proposed expansion to the “tent city” in Tornillo would increase its overall number of beds for migrant kids by 20 percent.

Texas state Rep. Cesar Blanco (D) blasted the Tяump administration over the request for additional space:

“This administration has resorted to putting kids in tents rather than pushing for comprehensive immigration reform while Congress sits complicit with inaction. It’s immoral and un American.”

Despite enacting abusive immigration positions that he referred to as “unpleasant consequences” and attempting to expand the amount of time that migrant children and families can be detained, Tяump’s family separation policy has not deterred border crossings.

September 13, 2018 2:03 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "Given the prevalent and near-total anti-Trump animus that various CIA, FBI and Justice officials exhibited, it seems quite clear that they coordinated their efforts to take down a presidential candidate and, when that failed, to politically damage him once he won the election."

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

If the CIA, FBI, Peter Strzok and Justice Department wanted to prevent Tяump from winning the 2016 election they would have kept secret the reopening of the email investigation into Hillary and made public the FBI investigation into the Tяump campaign's collusion with Russia. That would have certainly and easily ensured a Hillary win.

Instead they broke departmental policy to make public the re-opening of the investigation into Hillary and kept secret the investigation into Tяump and Russia - they did the exact opposite of what people wanting to prevent a Tяump win would have done.

Obviously there was no bias against Tяump, neither Peter Strzok nor anyone in the FBI, CIA, or Justice Department made any attempt to hurt Trump's chances of becoming president.

Obviously the only bias in the FBI, CIA or Justice Department was against Hillary, she was the one wrongly done by, not Tяump.

The deep doo-doo Tяump is in is entirely of his own making. He publicly asked Russia to hack Hillary's emails and less then three hours later they made their first attempt to break into her server. The Tяump campaign had over 70 illicit contacts with Russian government people when they claimed there was no contact whatsoever and they lied about those contacts repeatedly.

Tяump directed his lawyer to commit criminal acts to affect the outcome of the election and has a history of dealing with the Russian mob to launder money through real estate that goes back decades.

Tяump is deeply corrupt from the start of his career and the FBI, CIA, and Justice Department are enforcing the rule of law fairly, honestly, and diligently.

Tяump's legal troubles are entirely of his own crooked making.

September 13, 2018 2:55 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tяump is not a legitimate president.

It was only criminal acts and the corruption of the Republican party that allowed him to squeak out the narrowest of electoral college wins despite massively losing the popular vote by 3 million.

September 13, 2018 2:58 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Outlandish conspiracy theories like Wyatt and Regina are spouting are a symptom of serious mental illness.

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous - you two need to take off your tin foil hats and get psychiatric help.

You both clearly need a high dosage of anti-psychotic medicine.

September 13, 2018 3:09 AM  
Anonymous more brazen violence by the Resistance said...

A man was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and other charges after attempting to stab a Republican congressional candidate with a switchblade over the weekend at in Castro Valley, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sunday, September 9, at approximately 3:45 p.m., deputies working at the Castro Valley Fall Festival were alerted to a possible knife attack at one of the vendor booths.

Deputies arrived at the booth and made contact with the victim, Republican candidate Rudy Peters, who is running against incumbent Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) for the 15th congressional district seat

According to witnesses, 35-year-old Castro Valley resident Farzad Fazeli approached Peters at his booth in an aggressive manner and made disparaging, profanity-laced remarks about the Republican party and President Donald Trump.

September 13, 2018 10:15 AM  
Anonymous here's a law professor emeritus from Harvard with an outlandish conspiracy theory said...

ALAN DERSHOWITZ, LAWYER, AUTHOR, HARVARD LAW PROFESSOR EMERITUS:

I've been bothered by this since J. Edgar Hoover, J. Edgar Hoover who notoriously lived by leaks. He would threaten political enemies that he would leak information about their sex lives and about their private life, and it was wrong. It was wrong then. It's wrong now.

CAnd when an FBI agent or a prosecutor leaks Grand Jury material, it's criminal. What we need now is an objective investigation by the Inspector General, by the Office of Professional Responsibility into these leaks and into what was meant by the email that said that we have a leak strategy.

It's hard to believe that that meant that we have a strategy to stop leaks. It seems much more plausible that he was talking about a strategy designed to leak things selectively to the media in order to achieve the goal he had set out for himself, namely, to have an insurance policy against electing a man who he thought was dangerous to the country. Look, he has a right to his opinion. He had a right to vote anyway he wanted.

He doesn't have a right to try to influence the outcome of an election through leaks. Now, I'm taken by the point that he may not have leaked before the election. We have to look into that. We have to find out about that and that's what the Inspector General is about.

If that email exists and is authentic it should have been in the hands of the people who are asking him the questions. He may have to be called back now to answer questions about what he meant under oath, what he meant by saying we have a leak strategy.

I doubt that he will say under oath "Oh, it was intended to make sure there were no leaks." That just doesn't pass the giggle test.

It is so dangerous - it is so dangerous to every American. Today, its Trump they're after. Tomorrow, it could be Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton and the day after tomorrow it could be you and me. That's why every civil libertarian Democrat and Republican has to be concerned about government by leak. Look, we want full disclosure. We want a lot of information that's now classified to be disclosed. But there are proper ways of disclosing this.

And you know who's at fault for this more than anyone else? Comey, because he leaked information and laundered it through a professor at Columbia Law School. Shame on that professor. And shame on Comey.

If Comey didn't have the courage to stand up in front of a TV camera and say "Look, I feel so strongly about this that I'm going to give you this information." But no. He snuck the information to a law professor who collaborated with him in getting the information and causing the appointment of a Special Counsel without having the courage of his conviction to stand-up .That's what a civil libertarian would do. That's what a patriotic American would do.

September 13, 2018 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Follow the money taken from FEMA just before Florence hits said...

Washington (CNN)As a potentially catastrophic hurricane bears down on the East Coast of the US, the shifting of $10 million from FEMA's operating budget to fund immigration detention and deportations is drawing condemnation from Democrats.

But that's a drop in the bucket.

The Trump administration this summer quietly redirected $200 million from all over the Department of Homeland Security to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, despite repeated congressional warnings of ICE's "lack of fiscal discipline" and "unsustainable" spending.

The Department of Homeland Security asked for the money, according to a document made public this week by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley. Of the $200 million, the document says $93 million will go to immigrant detention, a 3% budget increase that will fund capacity for an additional 2,300 detainees; and $107 million for "transportation and removal," or deportations, a 29% budget increase.

The move comes as the Trump administration has pursued an aggressive immigration agenda, ramping up arrests of undocumented immigrants and deportations.

In addition to this summer's widely condemned move to separate families at the border, the administration has drawn criticism for arresting a far greater rate of noncriminal undocumented immigrants and seeking to detain them much longer. On Tuesday, the administration announced it would tripling the size of an emergency temporary tent facility to house more immigrant children.

The additional $200 million would put ICE's budget for detention and transportation at more than $3.6 billion.

The money came from different parts of DHS, including FEMA, the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, cybersecurity office and Customs and Border Protection.

DHS and ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the overruns...

September 13, 2018 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Sexual abuse is now officially a conservative movement value said...

These people all thought Judge Roy Moore was a good guy too:

"A handful of conservative groups are joining an effort to elect Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a member of the House Freedom Caucus and fierce ally of President Trump, as House speaker or minority leader after the November elections, Politico reported Wednesday.

These groups have rallied around Jordan despite multiple former Ohio State University wrestlers, who Jordan coached, accusing him of ignoring the team doctor’s systematic sexual abuse. The groups include Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, the Conservative Leadership Fund, Tea Party Patriots, and For America, according to the Politico report.

Per Politico, “more than 1,000 conservatives” apparently support Jordan enough to appear at an upcoming Sept. 26 rally in support of his bid for the speakership."

Clearly, Republicans have no problem with powerful men abusing and assaulting women and young girls. Look at the president and the aforementioned Moore. But Jordan is credibly accused of knowing about and turning a blind eye to a male doctor who sexually harassed dozens of male athletes. Obviously, sexual abuse is bad no matter who does it and to whom but public exposure of a Republican associated with gay activity of any kind used to be a deal breaker for the hard core right-wingers. (They've always been fine with it as long as the pol was able to stay in the closet.) Today, anything goes as long as they are loyal to Dear Leader and are willing to win by any means necessary.

It's a weird kind of progress that they are now as willing to ignore gay sexual abuse as they are to ignore straight sexual abuse but I think that might be missing the point.

Jordan, by the way, is a guy who will eagerly start locking up Democrats if he gets the chance. He really is that bad. The worst of the worst. He makes Newt Gingrich look like a statesman. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

September 13, 2018 10:37 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

Barack Obama is trying to take credit for the booming economy under President Trump. “When you hear how great the economy is doing right now,” Obama said on the campaign trail for Democratic candidates a few days ago, “let’s just remember when this recovery started.”

By this logic, the Kingston Trio laid the groundwork for the Beatles.

But the contrast in economic performance between the two presidents is undeniable. Obama’s multitrillion-dollar spend-and-borrow policies produced 2 percent growth. In his final year, Obama handed off to Trump an economy that was limping at 1.6 percent.

After only 18 months in office, Trump has elevated growth to 3 percent on an annual rate and the latest projections are that the growth rate for the second and third quarter (which ends Sept. 30) will be over 4 percent. One might say all it took to get the economy really crackling was getting Obama out of office.

Obama is right that this has been a long recovery — beginning in June 2009. But the real economic boom started almost the day after the election in 2016 with the surge in small business, investor and consumer confidence.

No one on the left, least of all Obama, thought this was remotely possible.

Two years ago, Obama famously ridiculed Trump’s campaign promise of faster growth and a comeback in manufacturing jobs by saying this could only happen if Trump was waving “a magic wand.” Obama’s first chief economist, Larry Summers, proclaimed to the world that 2 percent was the best we could hope for. Other liberal economists were so disdainful of Trump’s tax cuts, deregulation and energy development that they predicted Trump would crash the world economy and the stock market.

It’s a little early to be declaring Trump’s policies a “miracle,” as Trump has boasted. All we can say is whatever he’s doing, it’s working.

And that Obama’s economic experiment of Keynesian economics on steroids was a profound disappointment. It began with the $830 billion stimulus plan, and then cash-for-clunkers, bailouts, ObamaCare, tax hikes on the rich, minimum-wage hikes and a wave of financial and economic regulations. All told, the national debt nearly doubled in eight years.

Meanwhile, the Obama recovery was remarkably flimsy. In 2015, the Joint Economic Committee of Congress found that compared to the eight previous post-recession events, “the Obama recovery was the weakest on record.”

The recovery was so shallow that had Obama merely achieved a normal pace of recovery, personal income in 2014 would have been $3,200 higher. If the economy had matched the Reagan trajectory, GDP in 2016 would have been almost $3 trillion larger (equivalent to the combined GDP of Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania).

Even as measured by the left’s favorite metric, “economic fairness,” the policies failed. The index of income inequality rose nearly every year under Obama.

While Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Washington, DC, Wall Street and the energy states did spectacularly well (thanks to shale oil and gas), in the Rust Belt regions of the country — from upstate New York to Ohio and Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky — family incomes remained flat at best. On the campaign trail, I often asked folks in small towns across the Midwest about the Obama recovery, and their response was: What recovery?

Trump didn’t just run against Hillary Clinton and her closet overflowing with scandals, but the meager Obama economy as well. He ran against the runaway costs of ObamaCare. He ran against the regulatory assault, the tax hikes, unpopular trade deals and climate-change fanaticism. He ran against hopelessness, against opioid addiction, the $10 trillion rise in the national debt and income stagnation.

Advisers during the campaign summarized the game plan to Trump succinctly: “Donald, just look at all the things that Obama has done on the economy over the past eight years, and then do just the opposite.”

Trump has done pretty much just that — which explains why the Trump boom is an everyday reminder of the Obamanomics failure.

September 13, 2018 12:31 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Pence Praises First Responders He Voted Against Helping

How about a little hypocrisy with your 9/11 memorials? Vice President Mike Pence spoke at a memorial on 9/11 at the Pentagon and praised the first responders for their courage. As well he should. But then he also should explain why he voted against a bill that would help them overcome the health problems they had to deal with afterwards.

And today we remember the brave men and women who responded here and in New York City, and in the air over Pennsylvania, and on fields of battle in the 17 years since, who considered our lives more important than their own.

Yes, we remember them. We also remember when you voted against the bill to provide aid to those same people you now praise so highly:

Six years ago, though, when Congress was asked to help those firefighters and other first responders, both Ryan and McCarthy, then members of the Republican minority, voted no. So did Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), now the GOP vice-presidential nominee. In the Senate, McConnell voted to block action on the bill.

They were among the 157 Republicans who voted against the Zadroga Act to provide health care and compensation to police officers, firefighters and other first responders who were injured at the 9/11 attack sites such as the World Trade Center.

The bill was named for James Zadroga of North Arlington, a New York City police officer who died of a respiratory disease attributed to him breathing in dust at the World Trade Center site 9/11.

Only 17 Republicans in the House voted for the bill. A few years later, it came up again but Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell refused to let it get a vote on the floor of either chamber. So I think Republicans really should STFU about the first responders. Then they should choke on their hypocrisy.

September 13, 2018 1:39 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hee Hee Hee!

Polls: Bad News for Tяump, Good News for the Country

A number of new polls show a serious problem for Tяump and Republicans in the midterms, which is of course great news for the country. By large numbers even for midterm elections, voters want Democrats to take control of Congress. And most people want the Mueller investigation to continue until it’s finished.

Three new polls this morning confirm that this anti-Tяump backlash is running strong, with less than two months to go until the midterm elections:

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds that Democrats have opened up a 14-point lead in the battle for the House, 52-38. Voters want Congress to be more of a check on Tяump by 58 percent to 27 percent.

A new CNN poll finds that Americans approve of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation by 50-38 (a new high in CNN polling) compared to only 30% who approve of Tяump's handling of the Mueller Russia investigation. By 61-33, Americans say the Tяumpgate investigation is examining a “serious matter that should be fully investigated,” as opposed to the “witch hunt” that Tяump rage-tweeted about again this morning.

A new NPR-Marist poll finds that Democrats lead by 12 points in the battle for the House, 50-38. Tяump’s approval is at 39-52, making this the fifth recent poll to put Tяump below 40 percent.

Crucially, these polls all dovetail with the basic story we’ve seen throughout this cycle, which is that Tяump has provoked a backlash among minorities, young people and college-educated and suburban whites, especially women — and even seemingly among independents — that has powered Democratic victories in unlikely places.

The key to all of this, though, is turnout. Wanting the Democrats to take control of Congress means nothing if you don’t go out there and vote for the Democrat in your district. And Democrats are historically very lax about showing up for midterm elections. The question is whether they are sufficiently upset over Tяump that it will drive them to the polls. If so, perhaps the damage he’s doing can at least be reined in and prevented from going much further on a range of issues.

Incidentally, that Quinnipiac poll also shows that only 30% believe Tяump over the media. That’s very good news. The anti-media strategy seems to only be working on his most hardcore followers, who will believe anything he says.

September 13, 2018 1:44 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

71% Want the Supreme Court To Leave Roe V Wade Alone

This is yet another example of how Republicans have subverted democracy. They lie, cheat and steal to get elected and then govern in ways that are the exact opposite of what the majority of Americans want.

Its the same with Obamacare. The vast majority of Americans want Obamacare to stay with its protection against insurance companies refusing to cover those with pre-existing conditions but Republicans are doing everything they can to remove the protection for pre-existing conditions

September 13, 2018 1:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Republican politician: Orphanages are better than gay adoption

In an exchange with high school students that was caught on tape, a Republican congressman from New Jersey was tongue-tied over the prospect of same-sex couples adopting children and suggested kids would be better off in orphanages than with LGBT families.

Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) made the remarks May 29 when addressing student constituents in the auditorium of Colts Neck High School.

The toxicity of conservative hate of harmless innocent gays and lesbians is more important to them than providing loving homes for orphaned children. Conservatives will happily hurt orphans in their zeal to hurt gays.

Decades of research overwhelmingly shows the children of same sex parents do as well or better than the children of opposite sex parents.

September 13, 2018 2:09 PM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

a vote for Dems is a vote for Trump

if Dems win the House, Trump can do nothing and then blame the Dems for gridlock in 2020

remember those polls in November 2016?

Hillary read 'em and kicked back with a glass of chardonnay the last weekend before the election

if Dems take the House, the Trump-Senate team can keep filling up the judiciary with originalists to defend the Constitution

they can start investigations about trump but Brett and the SCOTUS will just side with DJT on every issue, regardless

"Wanting the Democrats to take control of Congress means nothing if you don’t go out there and vote for the Democrat in your district"

hypocritically, priya won't do this

September 13, 2018 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the GOP it's alright to put children in cages, so leaving them in orphanages is just fine too.

Making babies isn't hard.
It's RAISING them into decent, productive people that's the real job.

September 13, 2018 2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad parents. Huh.

All you folks have no idea how good you had it.

I was beaten from the age of 2 DAYS old.

Beaten, tortured and raped on a regular basis for the first 9 years of my life.

Then removed from my parents home and placed in a Catholic orphanage where I was sexually abused by the priests and the adult men working there. And I received no education whatsoever the entire time I was there, years. Maryville Academy in Des Plaines Illinois.

Imagine trying to live as an adult after all that. It left me with a bottomless pit of rage.

I would have loved to have been adopted by a LGBT household.

I would have then had a chance to have a successful life.

The day that there are death camps for lgbt folks, I will be the Jew running around Nazi Germany going after the Nazis stealthy.

It will give me a chance to put my bottomless pit of rage to good use.

September 13, 2018 2:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So, the mango Mussolini took $10 million from FEMA and 29 million from the coast guard to fund the needless imprisonment of thousands of more children legally seeking asylum in the United States.

Tяump would happily let people die needlessly in disasters so he can unjustly punish innocent brown people

September 13, 2018 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Republicans Line Up Tax Cut Messaging Bill While Abandoning Tax Cut Message said...

According to data compiled by Kantar Media/CMAG for HuffPost, just under 12 percent of all GOP TV ads have mentioned the new tax bill so far this year. That’s out of 396,607 TV spots that have aired this year ― a total of 1,039 individual ads. The supposed centerpiece of the GOP’s agenda is merely a footnote.

More broadly, taxes are still a top issue for Republicans. Of the nearly 400,000 ads that were analyzed, just under 30 percent mention taxes in some form ― a higher percentage than any other single issue. But candidates seem to be avoiding mentions of the tax bill specifically.

That makes sense in one regard: The legislation has limited popularity. The bill’s approval rating has far more often than not been underwater, with support generally floating in the 30s and 40s, and the bill has become less popular since February, when support for the measure peaked.

Shortly after the GOP tax bill became law, corporate America responded with waves of press releases about how companies would give their workers bonuses. It was an impressive charm offensive that obscured the smallness of the bonuses compared to the huge tax windfall corporations received.

But like the money itself, the news stories about $300 bonuses are long gone, and most voters now sense that they may have gotten a raw deal compared to the corporations that saw their tax burdens fall by 40 percent.

The tax bill Republicans rushed to President Donald Trump’s desk last December paired a deep tax cut for corporations with a modest cut for households. But the household part will expire at the end of 2025, causing most individual taxes to revert to their 2017 setting. Republicans made the individual tax cuts temporary in order to comply with a budget constraint they set for themselves earlier in the year. The budget process allowed them to fast-track their bill through the Senate, but it limited the total cost of the measure to $1.5 trillion over a decade.

The heart of this new tax proposal, which will likely get committee approval in the House on Thursday, is to make the temporary part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent ― even though doing so will add another $631 billion to the national debt in the current 10-year window, according to the independent Tax Policy Center.

September 13, 2018 2:56 PM  
Anonymous resistance is futile said...

TTF's resident dunderhead foreign troll, whose bran is like a sieve, is pretending to be mystified by the facts about FBI and CIA attacks on democracy

let's disabuse the poor mental patient:

"If the CIA, FBI, Peter Strzok and Justice Department wanted to prevent Tяump from winning the 2016 election they would have kept secret the reopening of the email investigation into Hillary"

they couldn't do that because the media had already let the public know about the scandal

the "email investigation" was a fraud designed to convince the public that the FBI had conducted a through investigation and cleared Hillary

Comey did that in summer 2016

we now know how fraudulent the email investigation was.

at that time, Comey was brought to Congress and testified that he would let them know if any more emails surfaced

when the media found out that one of Hillary's sexual pervert friends had her emails on his computer, Comey was forced to reopen the investigation

Comey pretended to have read all the pervert emails and pronounced her clean about a week prior to the election

we now know Comey lied about that

"and made public the FBI investigation into the Tяump campaign's collusion with Russia. That would have certainly and easily ensured a Hillary win."

they didn't want to chance that because, as Strzok admitted, the evidence was non-existent

so a false story was created as "insurance" in case Trump won

the Strzok texts are all in the public domain

"Obviously there was no bias against Tяump,"

funny, the IG report says here was

September 13, 2018 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Trump rebuked after questioning number of deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria said...

President Trump drew widespread rebukes Thursday — including from several fellow Republicans — after falsely claiming that the number of deaths attributable to Hurricane Maria had been inflated by Democrats to “make me look as bad as possible.”

In morning tweets, Trump took issue with the findings of a sweeping report released last month by George Washington University that estimated there were 2,975 “excess deaths” in the six months after the storm made landfall in Puerto Rico in September 2017.

Trump said on Twitter that “they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths” when he visited the island about two weeks after the storm.

“As time went by it did not go up by much,” Trump wrote. “Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000. ... This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

Trump’s tweets — which came as a highly dangerous Hurricane Florence churned toward the Carolinas — misrepresented the nature of the study and were harshly criticized by Democrats in Congress, as well as by some Republicans.

Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.) told reporters she believes the figure of nearly 3,000 is sound.

“What kind of mind twists that statistic into ‘Oh, fake news is trying to hurt my image,’” she said. “How can you be so self-centered and try to distort the truth so much? It’s mind boggling.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), whose Senate bid has been endorsed by Trump, said in a tweet that he disagreed with the president, relaying that “an independent study said thousands were lost” and that he had been to Puerto Rico seven times and “saw the devastation firsthand.”..

During a news conference on Capitol Hill later Thursday morning, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) avoided directly criticizing Trump but said he had no reason to dispute the study’s findings.

“This was a function of a devastating storm hitting an isolated island, and that is really no one’s fault,” Ryan said. “The casualties mounted for a long time, and I have no reason to dispute those numbers.”

September 13, 2018 3:02 PM  
Anonymous JR said...

"...'3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000...
.....This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!

To put it mildly, this is bonkers. There is no plot. Democrats didn’t rig the studies. There is no basis for saying that they did. Democrats quickly denounced his outburst as rubbish, but so far Republicans are, as they are wont to do, hiding under their desks.

When Trump makes palpably false statements, all the insider accounts — Michael Wolff’s book, Bob Woodward’s book, the anonymous op-ed in the New York Times — gain credibility. In fact, when insiders use sweeping generalities (“impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective,” the anonymous insider wrote to describe Trump’s governing style), they fail to convey the depth of Trump’s capacity for self-delusion and his inability to recognize how crazy he sounds to others. (A paranoid but reality-based individual might think the death toll numbers were cooked, but he would recognize that he’d sound like a lunatic if he said so.)

Trump’s outburst should remind us of several troubling facts. First, whether he is lying (or is simply a victim of his own self-delusion that he is incapable of error) is beside the point. He’s not functioning as a president or any other officeholder should. He cannot comprehend facts, process them and take appropriate action. He is, in a word, non-functional.

Second, the “senior officials in his own administration … working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations” (as recounted in the anonymous Times op-ed) are kidding themselves. They are enabling someone with a weak grasp on reality to maintain the pretense of normalcy. Our allies see through the act; our foes do, too. When cogent decision-making is required by the chief executive, we are at the mercy of his whims and factors beyond our control (e.g. the forbearance of aggressors, the vicissitudes of the business cycle).

Third, the problem is getting worse and more cringe-worthy. When the president falsifies the crowd size at his inauguration, no one gets physically or economically harmed. When he denies that his inattentiveness and sloth have contributed to thousands of deaths, problems don’t get fixed, more Americans are put at risk and the danger of future error increases dramatically.

Fourth, Republicans’ inability to check or challenge the president and their insistence on rubber-stamping his decisions while ignoring his outbursts pose more than a constitutional and moral challenge. They, too, are responsible for confirmed Cabinet officials who are incompetent or corrupt, for lack of serious governance, for failure to hold officials accountable, and for the suffering and deaths (e.g. separated families, dead Puerto Ricans) that come about by virtue of a president who is never forced to confront reality.

Finally, Vice President Pence, the only member of the administration that Trump cannot fire, is culpable for this state of affairs as well. His continual apple-polishing, excuse-making and fact-free excuse-mongering only encourage Trump’s behavior. And his dishonest shilling for the president (everything from walking out of a football game to supporting Trump’s conduct of foreign policy) raises real doubts as to whether, if Trump were ever removed or left office early, a trustworthy chief executive would be taking his place..."

September 13, 2018 3:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tin foil hat wearing Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous keep repeating the same outlandish conspiracy theory - that the entire CIA, FBI, and Justice Department, which have largely Republican supporting employees, tried to prevent Tяump from winning the 2016 presidential election.

If anyone, including Peter Strzok, had wanted to keep Tяump from being elected all they had to do was keep secret the investigation into Hillary's emails and make public the investigation into the Tяump campaign's collusion with Russia to hack the election.

Instead every employee in the CIA, FBI, and Justice Department did the exact opposite of that and handed the election to Tяump who eked out an incredibly slim electoral college victory despite losing the popular vote by almost 3 million.

Obviously there was never any bias against Tяump or attempt to prevent him from getting elected.

Wyatt and Regina are showing serious symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia. They need to get psychiatric help and start taking anti-psychotic medication.

September 13, 2018 4:41 PM  
Anonymous resistance is futile said...

"the same outlandish conspiracy theory - that the entire CIA, FBI, and Justice Department, which have largely Republican supporting employees, tried to prevent Tяump from winning the 2016 presidential election"

oh, it wasn't the ENTIRE anything

a handful of people assisted Hillary by pretending to investigate her handling of classified information and then clearing her

"If anyone, including Peter Strzok, had wanted to keep Tяump from being elected all they had to do was keep secret the investigation into Hillary's emails"

as discussed, this was already in the media

so a bogus investigation would counter media reports

"and make public the investigation into the Tяump campaign's collusion with Russia to hack the election."

the Steele report was already in the media and was widely debunked by experts

hence, announcing the investigation would be risky

even Strzok thought the charges were bogus

"Instead every employee in the CIA, FBI, and Justice Department did the exact opposite of that"

anytime you see "every", you know someone is lying


"and handed the election to Tяump who eked out an incredibly slim electoral college victory despite losing the popular vote by almost 3 million."

he probably would have won a popular vote

we didn't hold one

we held fifty popular votes and the sum doesn't add to a whole because people made choices whether to vote based on how far the leader was ahead

hence, if the big states aren't close, this could happen

it's meaningless to what would have happened if a popular vote had been held

"Obviously there was never any bias against Tяump or attempt to prevent him from getting elected. "

there is documented bias against Trump and documented attempts to clear his opponent

wonder how long the foreign troll will continue to lie?

maybe a little rating will help disguise it

September 13, 2018 5:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The Republican party has SHRUNK by 20% this year as people are leaving the party in droves and registering as Democrats.

September 13, 2018 6:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So, I started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Wyatt and Regina to get psychiatric help and the anti-psychotic medication they need.

They would have had this paid for by Obamacare but Tяump and the Republicans sabotaged it and now Wyatt and Regina can't afford to get the mental health care they so desperately need.

Wyatt and Regina have been running around and frantically telling everyone they can about their outlandish conspiracy theories about how the entire CIA, FBI, and Justice Department, despite being overwhelmingly Republican, are out to get Tяump.

The goal is $15,000 so they can each get 50 hours of pyschiatric help and the prescriptions for anti-psychotic medication.

People are so eager to help this poor mentally disturbed couple we are already halfway to the goal!

September 13, 2018 7:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tяump totally f'd up the disaster response in Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria and like the mentally deranged person he is, he's complaining that his gigantic mess (even bigger than Bush's Katrina f-up) is an "A+ unsung great success).

3000 people died needlessly in the aftermath of the hurricane in Puerto Rico, power hasn't fully been restored to the island a year later and a large portion of the population are still homeless.

It is a testament to how radically out of touch with reality Tяump is that he somehow, against all sanity and reality, thinks his utterly disastrous failure to respond is a "great success"!

September 13, 2018 7:17 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Top Democrat refers confidential 'information' about Kavanaugh to FBI


A bizarre new twist has emerged in the confirmation process for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the president's pick to be the next Supreme Court Justice.

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, says she has received "information" about Brett Kavanaugh and has passed it on to the FBI.

"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities," Feinstein said in a statement Thursday.


No one should be surprised by this development - Kavanaugh has a long history of lying under oath and engaging in many suspicious activities and financial dealings. Kavanaugh is corrupt to the core and Tяump nominated him because he knows Kavanaugh will greenlight all Tяump's criminal activities.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Republicans will ignore this and do everything they can to rush through the confirmation of the corrupt and terribly unqualified nominee to the Supreme Court.

The vast majority of Americans oppose Kavanaugh being appointed to the Supreme Court, but as per Republican policy they are ignoring the overwhelming will of the people.

September 13, 2018 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Feinstein ain't exactly Einstein said...

"No one should be surprised by this development - Kavanaugh has a long history of lying under oath and engaging in many suspicious activities and financial dealings. Kavanaugh is corrupt to the core and Tяump nominated him because he knows Kavanaugh will greenlight all Tяump's criminal activities."

Kavanaugh has been vetted several times before without incident. He has no history of "lying under oath and engaging in many suspicious activities and financial dealings". If he did, the desperate Dems would have brought it up.

The allegation that Feinstein has saved for a last ditch effort at delay is about "sexual misconduct" when he was a minor and a student at Georgetown Prep. Despite Feinstein's grand gesture of referring it to the FBI, it would be a local matter if any proof existed. It's way past the statute limitations and would now be pursued anyway because of his age.

We're going back to high school now?

Looking forward to October 1, the day the final shovelful of dirt goes on the grave of the gay agenda.

September 14, 2018 7:41 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

Senate Democrats disgrace themselves again.

Every time a conservative jurist is nominated to the Supreme Court, he’s accused of perpetrating some heinous deed or harboring some reprehensible opinion. Neil Gorsuch was a plagiarist. Sam Alito was a racist and a sexist. John Roberts supported abortion clinic bombers. Clarence Thomas liked to talk about weird sex to female subordinates. Robert Bork was one of the worst people who ever lived.

Brett Kavanaugh was subjected to some of the most mindlessly tendentious treatment we’ve ever witnessed in a Senate confirmation hearing. Particularly memorable was Cory Booker’s demand that Kavanaugh explain a 16-year-old email on racial profiling without telling Kavanaugh what the email said (Booker claimed he couldn’t release the email although he had been cleared to do so—then released it as though he were breaking Senate rules). Kamala Harris cleverly edited a video to make it sound as though he considered birth control and abortion-inducing drugs the same thing, then posted the video on Twitter and claimed Kavanaugh was “going after birth control.”

We thought, though, that Kavanaugh would escape the confirmation process without a full-on smear of his personal character. We should have known better.

On Thursday Senator Dianne Feinstein of California released a cryptic statement that she had “received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigation.” The “confidential” accusation originally came in the form a letter to Rep. Anna Eschoo (D-Calif.) who passed it to Feinstein. The senator has not revealed the contents of the allegation, but the New York Times reports that “two officials familiar with the matter” say the alleged encounter “involved possible sexual misconduct between Judge Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school.” Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Preparatory School in the early 1980s.

Of course, this has nothing to do with truth or concern for the accuser. It’s part of Democrats’ strategy of delaying Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterm elections. Feinstein received the letter in July and so could have made her elliptical statement at any time during the nomination process, but for some reason waited till the hearings were over and other attempts to delay the process had failed. The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to schedule the vote for September 20. Democrats have one week to darken the judge’s reputation sufficiently to delay the vote yet again.

Good luck. The FBI says that it has no plans to investigate the claim.

September 14, 2018 8:20 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces any life. two homosexuals ain't a marriage said...

But Kavanaugh doesn’t need anybody’s defense against this allegation. It is an achingly obvious attempt to libel a good man for rank political ends. Kavanaugh has undergone six lengthy FBI background investigations, and many former colleagues and law clerks—male and female—have testified to his character. An anonymous accuser claiming he behaved badly more than 30 years ago means nothing.

That won’t stop the shameless hacks at left-wing clickbait sites from repeating the smear and pretending to be “troubled” by it. Already Ian Millhiser, “justice editor” at ThinkProgress, has posted a column headlined “Brett Kavanaugh has a mysterious #MeToo problem.” That’s right—“a #MeToo problem”; you know, like Harvey Weinstein and Les Moonves. “Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” Millhiser writes, “may have committed a very serious crime—possibly even a sex crime. Or maybe he didn’t. That’s what we just learned from an extraordinarily vague press statement by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.”

Nope. That’s not what we “learned” from Feinstein’s statement, because you can’t “learn” that maybe a thing happened and maybe it didn’t. All we learned from the stunt—and all we’ll learn about the mendacious commentary on it from hitmen like Millhiser—is that Senate Democrats are willing to disgrace themselves and defame a good man in order to propitiate their most vicious supporters.

September 14, 2018 8:20 AM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

from Harvard Professors to US Senators, America is awash in outlandish conspiracy theories

these kooks actually think the FBI would sabotage a presidential candidate

THE FBI!!

what nut jobs!!!!!

Senator Lindsey Graham said that he plans to send a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today requesting that an independent counsel be commissioned to investigate the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Graham’s request comes in response to the latest text messages to surface between former FBI officials Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page, which revealed the pair’s strategy of leaking anti-Trump stories to the media in the months leading up to the Trump-Russia probe.

“These new text messages from Sztrok and Page about leaking information about the FISA warrant process to the media is just one of a series of events that scream for a Special Counsel,” Graham told Ingraham.

“What I can’t get over is how much more has to be uncovered at the Department of Justice regarding a political agenda. The Department of Justice and the FBI were political operatives when it came to Trump, they weren't investigators."

Graham also said he wished Attorney General Jeff Sessions would talk more about the reported abuses that have taken place in DOJ and FBI, but fingered Rosenstein as the party responsible for investigating those agencies.

“I don't know why Rosenstein, who’s in charge of this process, doesn't see what I see: an out of control Department Justice and FBI,” Graham said.

The Senator noted that he has spoken to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein several times, and expressed concern over the origin of the Russia investigation and communications between Stzrok and Page that demonstrate political bias against the president in US intelligence agencies.

“What do I tell people in South Carolina? Look at these emails! They were in the tank for Clinton, they hated Trump, this investigation of the Clinton email Scandal was a joke, the FISA application process was based on a warrant obtained from a foreign agent on a dossier paid for by a political party. If the shoe were on the other foot they’d be blowing up the media all over the country.”

“What's good for the goose is good for the for the gander. Let's have a DOJ investigated by somebody outside the Department of Justice.”

September 14, 2018 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Manafort will cooperate with Mueller as part of guilty plea, prosecutor says said...

"“I don't know why Rosenstein, who’s in charge of this process, doesn't see what I see: an out of control Department Justice and FBI,” Graham said."

Because Rosenstein is not hallucinating while hoping for a cabinet post like Graham is.

Trump hates the FBI and now Manafort is cooperating with Mueller.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/14/paul-manafort-plea-deal-muellers-team/1288931002/

September 14, 2018 12:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Debra Messing: "This CATASTROPHE of a President is ripping children away from parents seeking asylum, holding children INDEFINITELY in internment camps with their new policy, DESTROYING all attempts to protect our environment (yes the water you properted to care about), endangered animals, taking away women’s ACCESS to health care and legal abortion, trying to block POC from Voting with extreme Judges who will support jerrymandering efforts, not to mention destroying ALL good will and allied relationships across the Globe. Oh, and lest you forget Syria, Crimea, and putting PRO-RUSSIA agenda BEFORE the United States best interests. YES, do go on And LAUD the effect Tяump has had."

September 14, 2018 1:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Consider the brutal clarity of Paul Weyrich, a founder of the right wing Heritage foundation and the anti-democratic American Legislative Exchange Council which eventually helped write voter suppression legislation that spread like a cancer across the country:

"I don't want everybody to vote. Our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down."

September 14, 2018 1:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

24 years ago President Clinton signed our Assault Weapons Ban into law. Over the next 10 years there were 37% fewer gun massacres and 43% fewer gun massacre deaths. But in the 10 years after the ban expired in 2004 gun massacre deaths rose by 239%

September 14, 2018 1:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Right Wing Pastor: Hurricanes Are Caused By Sin

“I read where The Washington Post is blaming the storm on President Tяump. You gotta be kidding me. How crazy can you be? They were literally saying, ‘He has to take the blame for this storm because of his belief on climate change, or lack of belief in climate change.’ All this does is make the climate change people look like bigger nuts than ever. More than dumping too much CO2 into the air or anything else, the scripture makes it clear what causes these things.

“It is sin. Sin, which is clearly defined in scripture.

There's so much about such christian beliefs that are irreconcilable because christians need to try to pretend there's something, anything that is evidence for their god's existence. So, they pick natural disasters because there is not a single example of anything happening on the earth that would clearly show their god exists.

The problem with the idea that natural disasters are "god's punishment for sin" is that the idea is preposterous even from the perspective of christian theology. Christians claim that their god can't stop evil in the world because he wants to allow people free will and thus they must have the free will to do evil (free will isn't now absolute so their god could prevent people from doing evil and people would still have non-absolute free will but that's a lesson for another time). So, if their god must allow people to choose to do evil so people can have (limited) free will then their god causing natural disasters to punish people for doing what he doesn't like is preventing people from exercising their free will - something they claim their god won't and shouldn't do!

If god can punish people with natural disasters to prevent sinning then he can prevent sinning in the first place. You can't logically argue god must allow evil to allow free will and then argue god is interfering with people's free will to prevent sinning.

And of course, if god wants to punish people for sinning, it makes no sense that he would do so in an indiscriminate massive way that punishes both sinners and non-sinners alike. If god wants to encourage good behavior its counterproductive to punish indiscriminately. Again, the christian theology of their god is contradictory and nonsensical. If christian's god is omnipotent and wants to punish sin and reward good behavior it defies logic that he can't administer punishment only to the wrong-doers, he's supposed to be omnipotent!

Christianity - filled with tons of irreconcilable internal contradictions. Believers don't critically examine their christianity rationally but when you do its really crazy!

September 14, 2018 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Senate boys club said...

Some Republicans Stick By Brett Kavanaugh In Face Of Attempted Sexual Assault Accusation

Sens. Chuck Grassley and John Cornyn, two members of the Judiciary Committee, leaped to defend the Supreme Court nominee.

After news broke on Friday that President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court has been accused of attempted sexual assault while in high school, some Republican lawmakers hoping to confirm Brett Kavanaugh rushed to his defense.

As The New Yorker first reported, Kavanaugh allegedly held a woman down as a high school student in the 1980s and tried to assault her. From that publication:

The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school. In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement to The New Yorker. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, acknowledged she had received a letter from the accuser and shared it with the FBI.

Top Republican lawmakers are already jumping to Kavanaugh’s defense. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, released a letter signed by more than 60 women who have known the nominee.

“We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983,” the letter said. “For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect. We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time.”

The women describe the young Kavanaugh as an “outstanding student and athlete with a wide circle of friends.”

As the Me Too movement has repeatedly pointed out, treating some people well does not mean an individual did not sexually abuse another.

The sheer number of signatures also led some observers to question whether Grassley’s office had known of the accusation before reports about the letter to Feinstein surfaced...

September 14, 2018 1:40 PM  
Anonymous John Rogers said...

"1/ This. Regardless of how all this falls out, the fact Grassley had a list of 65 women from Kavanaugh's high school as character witnesses LINED UP is literally the biggest, dumbest tell that they knew this was coming down the pike. Even wait until Monday, for chrissake.

2/ If I went on *my own goddam facebook account* right now (which I admittedly barely use) I could not find, in 24 hours, sixty-five women from high school to testify to my character, I don't think I KNEW 65 women in high school well enough to be character witnesses.

3/ Which leads us further down the road - McConnell infamously said Kavanaugh's paper trail would make him too difficult to confirm. *This* came up in the background check. THERE ARE A DOZEN OTHER CONSERVATIVE JUDGES WHO WOULD ROLL BACK ROE v WADE WHO ARE SQUEAKY CLEAN.

4/ So why pick Kavanaugh, who has written extensively on the immunity of Presidents to legal consequences? Because of his giant legal mind? There are better conservative judges. Because of his easy confirmation? His paper trail's a nightmare.

5/ Trump's superpower is attracting other people venal enough to do whatever he tells them to do in order to advance themselves. It's his one genuine talent.

6/6 Today only confirms - Kavanaugh was the hardest possible confirmation choice on that list. There can only be one reason you choose the guy who makes the process that much harder. One. So ... sleep fucking tight, I guess, because the gutless GOP is going to confirm him anyway."

Yeah, the GOP adores pussy grabbers.

September 14, 2018 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Just the facts said...

Senator Susan Collins will not be bribed! … mainly because no one has bribed her. Upset that progressive groups in her state have collected money to give to a 2020 opponent of Collins in the event that she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Collins labeled the fundraising “an attempt to bribe” her.

Actually that’s democratic participation, not a bribe. Assuming that groups that support reproductive rights aren’t happy with a senator who backs a Supreme Court nominee with some worrisome writing on abortion, of course they should use their collective energy to support a candidate that better reflects their views next election.

It’s not like they’re paying Collins to vote no on Kavanaugh – maybe that could be construed as a bribe. If Collins votes no, the money is simply refunded electronically to the donors, whereas she votes yes, the money stays in the account and goes to a Democratic challenger in 2020.

If anything, her constituents are giving her a fair warning to live up to her own pledge. Collins promotes herself as someone who votes to protect the right to choose, but now says she’s satisfied that Kavanaugh considers Roe v. Wade settled precedent. That’s at odds with Kavanaugh’s previous record, though, and an email of his carves out a lot of room for the Supreme Court to overturn the precedent, indicating which way he’s really leaning.

Collins is being willfully obtuse on this issue, so cheers to the Maine voters who have raised $1.3 million to challenge her in the next cycle. They’re doing the best they can to protect liberties and a woman’s control over her body, and if Collins wants to smear such an action as a “bribe,” all the more reason to put someone better in office.

Does she consider the millions she’s received in donations from private industries to be considered bribes? She wound up voting for the Republican tax cut to the cheers of American corporations, so I’m sure they considered their investment in her money well spent. That seems more like bribery to me.

September 14, 2018 1:53 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So, Tяump the sexual predator nominated a sexual predator to the Supreme Court.

Figures.

But somehow innocent gays who harm no one are immoral but forcing yourself on women isn't. There's your Republican "morality" for you.

September 14, 2018 2:19 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

"As the Me Too movement has repeatedly pointed out, treating some people well does not mean an individual did not sexually abuse another."

obviously, it doesn't

but it makes less likely

Feinstein has known about his since July and said nothing

that also doesn't mean an individual did not sexually abuse another

but it makes less likely

everyone's invited to the big wake for the gay agenda on Oct 1!

September 14, 2018 2:54 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

If you could stop someone from raping a child would you?

If you answered "Yes" then you're more moral than your god.

September 14, 2018 3:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

What god thinks of abortion:

Even pregnant women can be slaughtered (Hosea 13:16, Genesis 38:24).
The fetus can be killed too (Hosea 9:16).
It is permissible to induce a miscarriage (Numbers 5:21)

A child less than one month old has no value (Leviticus 27:6).
When conducting a census, ignore children under a month old (Numbers 3:15-16).

Live children can be disposed of by stoning, drowning, starvation, cannibalism, burning, stabbing, and poison (Matthew 18:6, Deuteronomy 21:21, Ezekiel 5:10, Genesis 19:24, Joshua 10:36, Deuteronomy 32:24)

So, the bible and christianity is fine with it - your objection to abortion is purely personal.

September 14, 2018 3:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Japan:

Word's second largest population of atheists.

One of the lowest crime and murder rates in the world.

The conclusion is clear, not only is life in a godless world possible, it may be vastly preferable.

September 14, 2018 3:16 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt, you self-loathing homosexual you, here's a picture of Justin for you to fantasize about after you get into bed tonight

September 14, 2018 3:19 PM  
Anonymous #ChurchToo said...

The #ChurchToo movement, which started as a offshoot of Me Too, has become a powerful force in its own right ― toppling prominent pastors, sweeping out church leaders who failed to believe victims, and forcing Christian denominations to re-evaluate how they treat allegations of sexual abuse.

As churches struggle to find footing in this new era of reckoning, some Christians are wondering: Is there something about the way faith communities are set up that make them especially susceptible to mishandling abuse allegations?

Rachael Denhollander, an abuse survivor and activist, certainly thinks so.

Denhollander was the first woman to publicly accuse former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Since Nassar’s conviction, the Kentucky lawyer has emerged as a prominent advocate for abuse survivors. And as an evangelical Christian, Denhollander has also turned a critical eye on how sexual abuse allegations are handled within evangelical church communities.

Denhollander opened up about her thoughts on sexual abuse and evangelical churches during a talk at the W83 Ministry Center in New York City on Wednesday.

“Unfortunately, faith communities can be breeding grounds for abusers,” she said, in part because of imbalances in authority structures that can exist in these spaces.

Power imbalances can take root in athletic organizations when coaches are given ultimate authority over athletes, she said. But this can also happen in sacred institutions, when the leader attains the status of a celebrity preacher and becomes “untouchable.” This status helps insulate the abusive person from criticism.

Churches are also spaces where congregants can develop a strong emotional attachment to the person who is an abuser.

“Abusers look for communities they can ingratiate themselves into, they look for dynamics to make people emotionally attached to them because that is their greatest safeguard,” Denhollander said. “That keeps victims silent and keeps abusers in power.”...

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/larry-nassar-rachael-denhollander-church-abuse_us_5b9ae442e4b04e6067eb2cb8

September 14, 2018 4:03 PM  
Anonymous 8. Cooperation said...

Your client [Paul Manafort] shall cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly with the Government and other law enforcement authorities identified by the Governmant in any and all matters as to which the Government deems the cooperation relevant. This cooperation will include, but is not limited to, the following:

(a) The defendant agrees to be fully debriefed and to attend all meetings at which his presence is requested, concerning his participation in and knoewledge of all criminal act ivities.

(b) The defendant agrees to furnish to the Government all documents and other material that may be relevant to the investigation and that are in the defendant's possession or control and to participate in unercover activities pursuant to the specific instructions of law enforcement agents of the Government.

(c) The defendant agrees to testify at any proceeding in the District of Columbia or elsewhere as requested by the Government.

(d) The defendant consents to adjournments of his sentences as requested by the Government.

(e) The defendant agrees that all of the defendant's obligations under this agreement continue after the defendant is sentenced here and in the Eastern District of Virginia; and

(f) The defendant must at all times give complete, truthful, and accurate information and testimony, and most not commit, or attempt to commit, any further crimes.

Your client acknowledges and understands that, during the course of the cooperation outlined in this Agreement, your client will be interviewed by law enforcement agents and/or Government attorneys. Your client waives any right to have counsel present during these interviews and agrees to meet with law enforcement agents and Government attorneys outside of the presence of counsel. If, at some future point, you or your client desire to have counsel present during interviews by law enforcement agents and/or Government attorneys, and you communicate this decision in writing to this Office, this Office will honor this request, and this change will have no effect on any other terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Your client shall testify fully, completely and truthfully before any and all Grand Juries in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, and at any and all trials of cases or other court proceedings in the District of Columbia and elsewhere, at which your client's testimony may be deemed relevant by the Government.

Your client understands and acknowledges that nothing in this Agreement allows your client to commit any criminal violation of local, state or federal law during the period of your client's cooperation with law enforcement authorities or at any time prior to the sentencing in this case. The commission of a criminal offense during the period of your client's cooperation or at any time prior to sentencing will constitute a breach of this Agreement, including, but not limited to, its obligation to inform the Court of any assistance your client has provided. However, your client acknowledges and agrees that such a breach of this Agreement will not entitle your client to withdraw your client's plea of guilty or relieve your client of the obligations under this Agreement.

Your client agrees that the sentencing in this case and in the Eastern District of Virginia may be delayed until your client's efforts to cooperate have been completed, as determined by the Government, so that the Courts will have the benefit of all relevant information before a sentence is imposed.

September 14, 2018 4:38 PM  
Anonymous LeBron James Gloats As Nike Shares Hit Record High After Colin Kaepernick Ad said...

The Lakers star joyfully tweets after Trump claimed that Nike was “getting absolutely killed” over its campaign featuring the former NFL player.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James couldn’t help gloating on Twitter after Nike’s shares hit an all-time high in the wake of the company’s ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick.

Nike stocks closed at $83.47 Thursday for the first time ever just eight days after President Donald Trump declared that the company was “getting absolutely killed” because of “anger and boycotts” over its ad campaign. On Friday, shares closed in regular trading at $83.49, although the stock price slipped a bit in after-hours trading.

The ad honors the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and the movement he launched by taking a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to protest racial injustice.

“Well I mean I guess WE’RE on [fire],” gushed James, adding the hashtag ”#JokesOnYou.” James, who has signed a lifelong contract with Nike, also appears in the ad campaign.

Nike’s online sales also jumped nearly a third as the ad was launched...

Kaepernick celebrated the Nike news by retweeting a Complex video about the sportswear company’s rising fortunes.

September 15, 2018 8:52 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"So, the bible and christianity is fine with it - your objection to abortion is purely personal"

well, this interpretation of scripture is twisted and out of context

one could do he same with any piece of writing, no one is impressed by Priya's expression of hatred

I do however agree that opposition to abortion is not religious, it is moral

"Word's second largest population of atheists.

One of the lowest crime and murder rates in the world.

The conclusion is clear, not only is life in a godless world possible, it may be vastly preferable."

interestingly, there's not a flood of people moving there

it has a high suicide rate and women are treated like crap

we don't even need to mention the horrible things they did conquered nations like China and Korea when they allied with the Nazis

they actually worship material success

"you self-loathing homosexual you, here's a picture of Justin for you to fantasize about after you get into bed tonight"

I would imagine even self-loathing homosexuals would not find the humiliated baby Justin appealing

"The #ChurchToo movement, which started as a offshoot of Me Too, has become a powerful force in its own right ― toppling prominent pastors, sweeping out church leaders who failed to believe victims, and forcing Christian denominations to re-evaluate how they treat allegations of sexual abuse."

sounds like a good group

I fully support it

"Your client [Paul Manafort] shall cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly with the Government and other law enforcement authorities identified by the Governmant in any and all matters as to which the Government deems the cooperation relevant."

this might be a problem if Trump had anything to hide

other than personally interview, Trump has completely cooperated with Mueller's probe

he even told his WH lawyer to fully cooperate

and....nothing

Hillary and Obama will be investigated

September 15, 2018 11:10 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

‘Coach’ Dave: God Makes People Gay to Punish Us

Most Christian right bigots argue that God is going to destroy us because we tolerate gayness, but “Coach” Dave Daubenmire says that’s true, but that gayness itself IS God’s punishment. The line from the Princess Bride comes to mind: “Truly you have a dizzying intellect.”

Daubenmire said that “the devil has seized control of most of our churches” so that they now tolerate gayness, which has caused God to wash his hands of this nation and allow his judgment to fall on us.

“Those homos are without excuse,” Daubenmire bellowed, “[but] we give them an excuse. We say, ‘Yeah, well, maybe God did make them that way.’ See folks, that’s the judgment of God … God isn’t going to judge America because of gayness, gayness is the judgement of God on America.”

So God makes people gay to punish other people for something, then sends those people to hell for being gay? Nice deity you got there, buddy. A moral monster is more like it.

September 15, 2018 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, what? God made people gay to punish the rest of us? How is having to live and work with perfectly ordinary folks who are attracted to people of their own gender supposed to be punishment? And then he sends the people he created gay to hell for being gay? Who would worship a god who did that?

September 15, 2018 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Mueller's progress on the investigation includes covering the cost of it said...


Manafort, whose role in the Trump campaign and ties to a Russian-aligned strongman and a suspected Russian intelligence agent make him an enticing cooperator, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. As part of his agreement with prosecutors, he said he would tell the special counsel’s office all that he knows...

“I think Robert Mueller’s real quest here is for the truth, and Paul Manafort can get him closer to knowing the truth,” former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade said...

Manafort was a participant in the now-infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, sat down with a Russian lawyer thinking they would get damaging information on Hillary Clinton. He also was a part of the Trump campaign when the Republican Party platform was changed in a way viewed as more favorable to Russia because it did not include support for arming Ukraine.

“I think he potentially knows a lot of information, just in light of his role as the campaign chairman during that crucial time during the summer of 2016,” said McQuade, who watched much of Manafort’s first trial.

Manafort’s plea agreement short-circuited a trial in the District that was scheduled to begin in coming days with jury selection. He instead agreed to admit wrongdoing and cooperate fully with Mueller, turning over any documents that may be relevant to the special counsel’s investigation and testifying in any proceedings where that might be necessary. He also agreed to give up five properties and a handful of financial accounts.
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Manafort properties that are being forfeited include:

Union Street, Brooklyn
$4.1 million

Howard Street, Manhattan
$3 million

Jobs Lane, Water Mill
$7.3 milion

Baxter Street, Manhattan
$4.1 million

Trump Tower, Manhattan
%3.7 million

The combined value of those properties, according to estimates at Zillow.com and assigning the 2006 sale price to his Trump Tower property, is about $22.2 million. If those were sold at the values identified above and the money returned to the government, that alone nearly covers our estimated costs of the investigation to date.

September 15, 2018 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Put your money where your mouth is said...

Ohio billionaire and longtime Republican donor Les Wexner says he is officially done with the party, and was prompted to leave after former President Barack Obama visited the state.

Wexner, the CEO of retail conglomerate L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, announced at a leadership summit in Columbus on Thursday that he “won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party” anymore, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

The announcement, made at a panel discussion, came the same day Obama visited Columbus before heading to a rally in Cleveland to support Democrat Richard Cordray’s run for governor.

“I was struck by the genuineness of the man; his candor, humility and empathy for others,” Wexner said of Obama.

Wexner said he’s been telling lawmakers that he is now an independent.

“I just decided I’m no longer a Republican,” he said.

Last year, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Wexner condemned the racists in a speech to his employees. He said Trump’s tepid response to the violence ― in which a white supremacist killed counterprotester Heather Heyer ― made him feel “dirty” and “ashamed,” the Dispatch reported.

In a speech in Illinois earlier this month, Obama also called out Trump’s lukewarm response to the violence, in which the current president said there were “very fine people” on both sides.

“How hard is it to say Nazis are bad?” Obama said.

Wexner has long donated to Republican causes, including cutting a check to Jeb Bush for $500,000 in 2015 during Bush’s presidential run. The billionaire philanthropist has also donated $2.8 million to With Honor, a super PAC that endorses both Republican and Democratic candidates.

During the panel discussion Thursday, former Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman praised Wexner for standing up to his former party, the Dispatch reported.

“If you don’t think things are right, open your mouth,” Wexner responded

September 15, 2018 4:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Big Trouble For Tяump, Manafort Will Cooperate with Mueller Investigation

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has reached a plea deal with the Mueller team, pleading guilty to two charges and asking for a lenient sentence in exchange for cooperating — that means providing evidence on Trump — with the prosecutors. This is a potentially huge development that could dramatically change the trajectory of the investigation.

The decision by Manafort to provide evidence in hopes of leniency on sentencing is a stunning development in the long-running probe into whether any Trump associates may have conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

“I plead guilty,” Manafort told U.S. District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson, who accepted his plea.

Kevin Downing, an attorney for Manafort, gave a brief statement outside the courthouse after the hearing. “He wanted to make sure his family remained safe and live a good life,” Downing said of Manafort. “He has accepted responsibility.”

When asked if the deal with Mueller’s team is a full cooperation agreement, Downing replied “it is.” He did not respond to questions about whether Manafort has been interviewed by Mueller’s team or if Manafort’s defense team remains in a joint defense agreement with Trump’s attorneys.

If he hasn’t been interviewed, he has at least given them a proffer of the evidence he has and what he is willing to testify to regarding Trump. They don’t make this deal without knowing exactly what he’s going to give them and if they’re going to drop all the other charges, it has to be something big. This could, in fact, bust open the investigation on Russian collusion, for two reasons:

1. No one in the Trump camp was as deeply involved with Russian oligarchs close to Putin than Manafort. Remember, he actually offered updates to Oleg Deripaska on how the campaign was going, after getting a $10 million loan from Deripaska, who is very close to Putin. That offer didn’t happen in a vacuum.

2. Manafort was present at the infamous Trump Tower meeting. If he testifies that Donald, Jr. is lying when he claims that nothing came from the meeting and that they did, in fact, discuss lifting sanctions in exchange for Putin’s help in the election, that’s the smoking gun for both Russian collusion charges and another strong piece of evidence for obstruction of justice.

Trump has to be beside himself over this. You can bet that Manafort will now suddenly become the most horrible person in the world according to Trump and his lickspittles. “He’s a liar, always has been” will be the refrain, just like it was with Cohen. Never mind that just a week or so ago Trump was praising him as an honorable man being railroaded. For Trump fans, the truth changes every time Trump says something. The past does not exist, only what he says right this minute is the unvarnished, undeniable truth. Until it changes, then the opposite will be equally true.

September 15, 2018 7:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

It's more likely than not that the popular vote losing pussy grabber won't finish out a complete 4 year presidential term.

And Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous and the rest of the tin-foil hat wearing crowd will be still absurdly asserting its because the whole Republican dominated civil service was out to get him.

Hee Hee Hee!

September 15, 2018 8:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Homophobic Utah lawmaker Chris Buttars, who once said gays are the greatest threat to the USA, is dead.


YaaaaaaaHOOOOO!

September 15, 2018 8:36 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

One thing pathological narcissists like Tяump hate more than almost anything else in the universe is shame.

~3k deaths in Puerto Rico being laid at his fetid doorstep is one hell of a lot of shame, and even he has to know that number dwarfs the deaths in Katrina, which was one of Dubya's worst moments.

So avoiding blame for that takes precedence over everything else. Honestly, right now I'm guessing Donald's family and his closest advisors (the same thing in several cases) and his attorneys are pulling their hair out by the handful because they *need* him to focus on Manafort and Cohen both cooperating.

But the shame is more immediate. More intensely felt than the continued personal betrayals of those he thought he could trust.

This is going to be a very bad weekend, because it seems evident he's decompensating *hard* right now.

September 15, 2018 8:55 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"Most Christian right bigots argue that God is going to destroy us because we tolerate gayness,"

I have no idea if this is true because that is a very small group

most people on the Christian rights aren't bigots

most on the "Christian right", whatever that means, don't think God is going to destroy us because we "tolerate gayness", whatever that means

orthodox Christians believe man is condemned because of sin, of which homosexuality is only one of many

"but “Coach” Dave Daubenmire says that’s true, but that gayness itself IS God’s punishment"

actually, that would be scriptural

there is a passage that says that homosexual feelings are a consequence of materialism

"Daubenmire said"

so what? who is this guy

"“I think Robert Mueller’s real quest here is for the truth, and Paul Manafort can get him closer to knowing the truth,” former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade said..."

that's fascinating, Barbara, but the truth is that Mueller doesn't really know it if Trump is innocent

if he can think of way to frame Trump for crimes he didn't commit, Mueller would love to do it

Mueller has a history of destroying the lives of innocent people

"Manafort was a participant in the now-infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, sat down with a Russian lawyer thinking they would get damaging information on Hillary Clinton"

Mueller already knows what happened in that meeting, which wasn't infamous in any sense

"He also was a part of the Trump campaign when the Republican Party platform was changed in a way viewed as more favorable to Russia because it did not include support for arming Ukraine"

you do know that Trump has furnished weapons to the rebels in the Ukraine, something Obama would never do, right?

September 16, 2018 12:59 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"Manafort’s plea agreement short-circuited a trial in the District that was scheduled to begin in coming days with jury selection. He instead agreed to admit wrongdoing and cooperate fully with Mueller"

he was already obligated to cooperate

the plea bargain is more to avoid a trial that seem to have a forgone conclusion

also, Mueller just wants to make the point that he could break Manafort

"Ohio billionaire and longtime Republican donor Les Wexner says he is officially done with the party,"

so what?

people change parties all the time

"He said Trump’s tepid response to the violence"

this is a typical game of the modern media morons

they make up what they think someone is supposed to say

and then condemn them for not saying

there is no compelling reason to condemn Nazis when no one has any sympathy at all for them

the public really doesn't need the President to tell them how to think

they already have a proper view of Nazis

"“How hard is it to say Nazis are bad?” Obama said."

how hard is it for Obama to stay out of politics

like every other former President?

did Obama say "Nazis are bad"?

when?

we do know he wouldn't say "Islamic terrorism"

how hard could that be?

"Wexner has long donated to Republican causes, including cutting a check to Jeb Bush for $500,000 in 2015 during Bush’s presidential run"

Jeb Bush, huh?

doesn't sound he was ever a Trump supporter

"Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has reached a plea deal with the Mueller team, pleading guilty to two charges and asking for a lenient sentence in exchange for cooperating — that means providing evidence on Trump"

no, it doesn't, liar

"— with the prosecutors. This is a potentially huge development that could dramatically change the trajectory of the investigation."

you hear that about every other week about someone or another

Trump's personal lawyer

the CFO of his company

yada, yada, there's nothing to learn

the whole thing has been ridiculous from the beginning

"If he hasn’t been interviewed, he has at least given them a proffer of the evidence he has and what he is willing to testify to regarding Trump. They don’t make this deal without knowing exactly what he’s going to give them and if they’re going to drop all the other charges, it has to be something big."

not really

"Manafort was present at the infamous Trump Tower meeting. If he testifies that Donald, Jr. is lying when he claims that nothing came from the meeting and that they did, in fact, discuss lifting sanctions in exchange for Putin’s help in the election,"

part of what's so ridiculous about all this is:

what did Putin do that someone domestically couldn't do?

hack Tony Podesta's email and leak it?

run a bunch of divisive facebook ads?

anyone could do that

who needs Putin?

"It's more likely than not that the popular vote losing pussy grabber won't finish out a complete 4 year presidential term.'

don't know who that is

the person who won the last election will likely serve eight years

especially if Dems take the House in November

"the whole Republican dominated civil service was out to get him.

Hee Hee Hee!"

look at the fool go

everyone here in Washington knows people in the civil service

they live next door

very few are repulicans

the few that are, aren't the type that support Trump

indeed, round here, where most of the civil servants live, people are afraid to say they voted for Trump

literally afraid

"Homophobic Utah lawmaker Chris Buttars, who once said gays are the greatest threat to the USA, is dead.

YaaaaaaaHOOOOO!"

ever read the sermon on the mount?

check it out sometime

September 16, 2018 1:00 AM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

"sat down with a Russian lawyer thinking they would get damaging information on Hillary Clinton"

you do know it's not unconstitutional to obtain damaging information about Hillary, right?

you do know that the American people have a right to know if there's damaging information about a presidential candidate, right?

"Manafort’s plea agreement short-circuited a trial in the District that was scheduled to begin in coming days with jury selection. He instead agreed to admit wrongdoing"

and none of that "wrongdoing" happened in the two months that he was Trump's campaign chairman

I remember well Manafort was hired

the press was all saying finally Trump has hired a professional campaign manager with experience

he was basically brought on to work with securing unpledged delegates

he was fired when Trump learned about his involvement in the stuff he was indicted for

"If he hasn’t been interviewed, he has at least given them a proffer of the evidence he has and what he is willing to testify to regarding Trump. They don’t make this deal without knowing exactly what he’s going to give them and if they’re going to drop all the other charges, it has to be something big."

oh, please

Mueller has been humiliated that Manafort has been so defiant up to this point

Mueller would take any deal like this, regardless of what Manafort knew

Mueller needed to preserve his rep for being able to break anyone

"Homophobic Utah lawmaker Chris Buttars, who once said gays are the greatest threat to the USA, is dead.

YaaaaaaaHOOOOO!"

this is a perfect snapshot of the vicious lack of magnanimity that is part of the homosexual mindset

homosexuals have been granted virtually unlimited tolerance in our society

yet, they want to hound to the grave everyone who ever said anything negative about homosexuals

they hypocritically condemn the weirdos at Westboro Baptist

Priya is the homosexual equivalent of that group that celebrates at funerals

perhaps it's not possible to tolerate homosexuals without a negative effect on society

their mindset doesn't allow them to live in harmony with anyone who disagrees with them

Kavanaugh is coming and he will set them straight

you guys better be nice to him

September 16, 2018 8:48 AM  
Anonymous LMAO said...

The TTF troll is not the only tЯump supporter who is willfully ignorant of simple facts.

A few dozen Texas conservatives this week apparently decided they hated Willie Nelson because the country music star is planning to appear at a rally with Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat who is running against Sen. Ted Cruz in November’s elections.

This isn’t good so much as it is deeply rich and hilarious ― the idea of people finding out, after all these years, that Willie Effing Nelson might not be a dyed-in-the-wool Texas Republican like them. Willie, of course, is a hero of the pro-weed legalization movement and sits on the board of an animal welfare organization. He’s friends with the Clintons and the Obamas, and he’s recorded Iraq War protest songs and tunes about gay cowboys: In 2005, Willie made an appearance on the “Brokeback Mountain” soundtrack. The next year, he recorded a cover of Ned Sublette’s “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other,” which begins with these lyrics:

Well, there’s many a strange impulse out on the plains of West Texas.

There’s many a young boy who feels things he can’t comprehend.

And a small town don’t like it when somebody falls between sexes.

No, a small town don’t like it when a cowboy has feelings for men.

September 16, 2018 8:55 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"The TTF troll is not the only tЯump supporter who is willfully ignorant of simple facts."

it's amazing that any TTFer could accuse anyone else of being willfully ignorant of simple facts

To date, Lisa Page’s infamy has been driven mostly by the anti-Donald Trump text messages she exchanged with fellow FBI agent Peter Strzok as the two engaged in an affair while investigating the president for alleged election collusion with Russia.

Yet, when history judges the former FBI lawyer years from now, her most consequential pronouncement may not have been typed on her bureau-issued Samsung smartphone to her colleague and lover.

Rather, it might be eight simple words she uttered behind closed doors during a congressional interview a few weeks ago.

“It’s a reflection of us still not knowing,” Page told Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) when questioned about texts she and Strzok exchanged in May 2017 as Robert Mueller was being named a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation.

With that statement, Page acknowledged a momentous fact: After nine months of using some of the most awesome surveillance powers afforded to U.S. intelligence, the FBI still had not made a case connecting Trump or his campaign to Russia’s election meddling.

Page opined further, acknowledging “it still existed in the scope of possibility that there would be literally nothing” to connect Trump and Russia, no matter what Mueller or the FBI did.

“As far as May of 2017, we still couldn’t answer the question,” she said at another point.

Page's lawyer, Amy Jeffress, has declined to answer questions about her client’s cooperation with Congress.

It might take a few seconds for the enormity of Page’s statements to sink in. After all, she isn’t just any FBI lawyer. She was a lead on the Russia case when it started in summer 2016, and she helped it transition to Mueller through summer 2017.

For those who might cast doubt on the word of a single FBI lawyer, there’s more.

Shortly after he was fired, ex-FBI Director James Comey told the Senate there was not yet evidence to justify investigating Trump for colluding with Russia. “When I left, we did not have an investigation focused on President Trump,” Comey testified.

And Strzok, the counterintelligence boss and leader of the Russia probe, texted Page in May 2017 that he was reluctant to join Mueller’s probe and leave his senior FBI post because he feared “there’s no big there, there.”

The Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general asked Strzok shortly before he was fired from the FBI what he meant by that text, and he offered a most insightful answer.

Strzok said he wasn’t certain there was a “broad, coordinated effort” to hijack the election and that the evidence of Trump campaign aides talking about getting Hillary Clinton dirt from Russians might have been just a “bunch of opportunists” talking to heighten their importance.

Strzok added that, while he raised the idea of impeachment in some of his texts to Page, “I am, again, was not, am not convinced or certain that it will,” he told the IG.

So, by the words of Comey, Strzok and Page, we now know that the Trump Justice Department — through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — unleashed the Mueller special prosecutor probe before the FBI could validate a connection between Trump and Russia.

Which raises the question: If there was no concrete evidence of collusion, why did we need a special prosecutor?

September 16, 2018 9:02 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

Page’s comments also mean FBI and Justice officials likely leaked a barrage of media stories just before and after Mueller’s appointment that made the evidence of collusion look far stronger than the frontline investigators knew it to be. Text messages show contacts between key FBI and DOJ players and the Washington Post, the Associated Press and the New York Times during the ramp-up to Mueller’s probe.

And that means the news media — perhaps longing to find a new Watergate, to revive sagging fortunes — were far too willing to be manipulated by players in a case that began as a political opposition research project funded by Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and led by a former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, who despised Trump.

Finally, Page’s statement signals that the nation’s premier intelligence court may not have been given a complete picture of the evidence — or lack thereof — as it approved an extraordinary surveillance intrusion into an American presidential nominee’s campaign just weeks before Election Day.

There was no fault to the FBI checking whether Trump was compromised by Russia; that is a classic counterintelligence responsibility.

The real fault lies in those leaders who allowed a secret investigation to mushroom into a media maelstrom driven by official leaks that created a story that far exceeded the evidence, and then used that false narrative to set a special prosecutor flying downhill ahead of his skis.

No matter where Mueller ends his probe, it is now clear the actions that preceded his appointment turned justice on its head, imposing the presumption of guilt upon a probe whose own originators had reason to doubt the strength of their evidence.

September 16, 2018 9:03 AM  
Anonymous some thoughts from a well-known anti-Trumper said...

After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh: a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school.

There are no words — except, perhaps, desperate, scurrilous, and embarrassing to anyone with a conscience and a grown-up brain.

The letter apparently has been in the custody of Judiciary Committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) since July, but it only recently surfaced. Feinstein says she didn’t mention it sooner out of concern for the accuser’s privacy and because the events were too far in the past to merit discussion, according to a source close to the senator. Under pressure from colleagues, however, she turned it over to the FBI.

Democrats surely were hoping the letter would prompt a federal inquiry and stall Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the midterm elections, when they hope to take over the Senate. But the bureau didn’t take the bait. It added the letter to Kavanaugh’s file but has not opened a criminal investigation. The allegations, which Kavanaugh vehemently denies, refer to when he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda in the 1980s. During a party, he allegedly held down and tried to force himself on a student from another school.

As awful as the allegation about Kavanaugh is (and one is justified in questioning its veracity under the circumstances), the use of an anonymous document to undermine him at a time when he’s poised to become a Supreme Court justice is dreadful. Equally terrible was the recent unnamed op-ed from a White House insider underscoring President Trump’s incompetence. No regular reader of this column would mistake me for a Trump supporter, but fairness and journalistic integrity took a hit with the New York Times’s publication of the op-ed. In the newspaper world I inhabit, Anonymous doesn’t get a byline.

Nor should Kavanaugh’s accuser get a public hearing, especially under such clearly political circumstances. In today’s #MeToo environment, a mere suggestion can be treated as an indictment — and little imagination is required to make the leap to guilty. A letter of this sort by itself is of no value to the public other than to confirm that the Senate now traffics in gossip. And at a time when journalists are concerned with “alternative facts” and Trump’s war on truth, how much faith can we put in the facts and truth of an anonymous letter or op-ed?

In the meantime, 65 women who have known Kavanaugh since his high school years signed a letter addressed to both Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Feinstein affirming Kavanaugh’s good character.

“In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect,” the letter said. “That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”

So here we are debating an adolescent boy’s qualifications to become a Supreme Court justice. What’s next, his potty training?

September 16, 2018 9:12 AM  
Anonymous some thoughts from a well-known anti-Trumper said...

Even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is displeased with the way Kavanaugh has been treated by the Senate. Speaking Wednesday at George Washington University Law School, a day before Feinstein disclosed the letter, Ginsburg called the Kavanaugh hearings “a highly partisan show.” She recalled both her own and Justice Antonin Scalia’s “truly bipartisan” hearings in better days.

After she was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Ginsburg was confirmed in two months by a vote of 96 to 3 . Scalia, whom she described as “certainly a known character,” was confirmed unanimously. “Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him,” she said.

“That’s the way it should be. . . . The Republicans move in lockstep, and so do the Democrats. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was,” said the 85-year-old jurist.

Brava, Madam Justice, brava.

Clearly, both political parties are responsible for the highly partisan show now taking place, but Democrats currently lead what appears to be a race to outdo the other in bad form. A lower point is hard to imagine.

Bipartisanship (and fairness) may be forever beyond our reach, but we should at least be aware of our participation in this dismal prospect. There is a way back to the better times of which Ginsburg spoke, though it will require great courage and character to confirm the highly qualified Kavanaugh with a bipartisan vote.

Alas, there’s no such thing as a magic wand.

September 16, 2018 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the demise of the filibuster for judicial nominations, the Senate has become a more partisan body. Many expected, therefore, that Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings would tempt Democrats to engage in theatrics and hyperbole. Few, however, foresaw just how recklessly the Judiciary Committee’s Democratic members would behave.

The sordid performance to which Americans were privy was not the harmless kind that can be chalked up to presidential ambitions. Right from the start, Democratic committee members took a sledgehammer to the foundations of the institution in which they are privileged to serve.

Sen. Cory Booker made national headlines by declaring himself “Spartacus,” but the actions he undertook deserved closer attention than did the scenery he chewed. Booker insisted that it was his deliberate intention to violate longstanding Senate confidentiality rules supposedly in service to transparency. It turns out that the documents Booker tried to release to the public had already been exempted from confidentiality. Booker was adamant, though, that he had undermined the Senate’s integrity. You see, that, not transparency, was his true objective. It was what he believed his constituents wanted from him.

Booker wasn’t alone. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse appeared to share his colleague’s political instincts. “I want to make it absolutely clear that I do not accept the process,” he said of the committee’s vetting of Kavanaugh’s documents. “Because I do not accept its legitimacy or validity,” Whitehouse added, he did not have to abide by the rules and conventions that governed Senate conduct.

When the committee’s Democratic members were not trying to subvert the Senate’s credibility, they were attempting to impugn Judge Kavanaugh’s character via innuendo or outright fabrications.

Sen. Kamala Harris managed to secure a rare rebuke from the fact-checking institution PolitiFact, which is charitably inclined toward Democratic claims. “Kavanaugh chooses his words very carefully, and this is a dog whistle for going after birth control,” read her comments on Twitter accompanying an 11-second clip in which Kavanaugh characterized certain forms of birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs.” “Make no mistake,” Harris wrote, “this is about punishing women.” But the senator had failed to include mitigating context in that clip, which would have made it clear that Kavanaugh was simply restating the arguments made by the plaintiffs in the case in question.

Later, Harris probed Kavanaugh as to whether he believed the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which has never been explicitly ruled unconstitutional, was wrongly upheld by the Supreme Court. Despite calling the decisions of this period “discriminatory,” Kavanaugh declined to elaborate on a case that could theoretically come before the Supreme Court. This, the judge’s detractors insisted, was “alarming” and perhaps evidence of latent racial hostility. In fact, it was an unremarkable example of how Supreme Court nominees tend to avoid offering “forecasts” of how they will decide cases without having heard the arguments—a routine deemed “the Ginsburg Rule” after Ruth Bader, who perfected the practice.

September 16, 2018 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Democrats gaze into the abyss said...

In a particularly self-serving display, Harris let loose with an eight-minute cascade of insinuations involving something unsaid but probably untoward regarding Kavanaugh and Robert Mueller’s special counsel’s office. “Have you had any conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at” Donald Trump’s personal attorneys at the law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres, Harris asked. Kavanaugh requested that Harris elaborate, which did not seem an unwarranted request. That law firm has over 300 employees, and the Mueller probe is perhaps the most talked-about body in Washington. But Harris not only declined the appeal, she suggested that it was tantamount to an admission of guilt. “I think you are thinking of someone, and you don’t want to tell us,” she accused. “Clearly you’re not going to answer the question.”

Over a week later, Harris had still not explained what she was getting at. But she doesn’t have to. The vagueness of her claim was designed to allow Kavanaugh’s opponents’ imaginations to run wild, leading them to draw the worst possible conclusions about this likely Supreme Court justice and to conclude that the process by which he was confirmed was a sham.

Harris may not have been alone in appealing to this shameful tactic. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein shocked observers when she released a cryptic statement revealing that she had “referred” to “federal investigative authorities” a letter involving Kavanaugh’s conduct. It’s human nature to arrive at the worst imaginable conclusion as to what these unstated claims might be, and that’s precisely what Kavanaugh’s opponents did. It turned out that the 35-year-old accusations involve an anonymous woman who was allegedly cornered in a bedroom by Kavanaugh and a friend during a high-school party. Kavanaugh, the letter alleged, put a hand over her mouth, but the woman removed herself from the situation before anything else occurred. All were minors at the time of this alleged episode, and Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

Some thought it was odd for Feinstein to refer these potentially serious allegations to the FBI this week and in such a public fashion when the allegations contained in a letter were known to Democrats for months. The letter was, after all, obtained by Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo in July. But it doesn’t seem confusing when considering the facts that the FBI all but dismissed the referral off-hand and reporting on the episode lacks any corroboration to substantiate the claims made by the alleged victim here. It is hard not to conclude that this is an attempt to affix an asterisk to Brett Kavanaugh’s name. Democrats will not only claim that this confirmation process was tainted but may now contend that Kavanaugh cannot be an impartial arbitrator—not with unresolved clouds of suspicion involving sexual assault hanging over his head.

Ultimately, as public polling suggests, the Democratic Party’s effort to tarnish Kavanaugh’s reputation through insinuation and theatrics has had the intended effect. Support for this nominee now falls squarely along party lines. But the collateral damage Senate Democrats have done to America’s governing institutions amid this scorched-earth campaign could have lasting and terrible consequences for the country.

September 16, 2018 9:23 AM  
Anonymous more outlandish facts said...

A couple of observations about Paul Manafort’s plea bargain deal. First, the nitty gritty: Manafort was convicted last month of failing to report some $16 million in income from consulting work in the Ukraine in the early 2000s. That conviction will earn the 69-year-old Manafort a sentence of eight to ten years in the slammer.

Today, he agreed to plead guilty to two additional criminal charges. In exchange, he will avoid a second trial.

Most reports of the plea bargain duly note that Manafort is ‘the fifth associate of President Trump to plead guilty in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.’

‘In connection with,’ eh?

The main thing to bear in mind about all of those guilty pleas is that none of the pleas have anything to do with collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, the putative reason for Mueller’s investigation in the first place.

In the case of Flynn and Papadopoulos, it is now abundantly clear that both were set up by the FBI as part of a deliberate attempt to delegitimise Trump’s presidency.

In the case of Manafort, Mueller uncovered real wrongdoing, but, again, it long pre-dated the 2016 campaign and had nothing to do with the Donald Trump or Russians.

Altogether, Robert Mueller has brought indictments against some 30 people ‘in connection with’ his wholesale fishing expedition into the lives of anyone remotely connected with Donald Trump. What in heavens name does Stormy Daniels or her sleazy lawyer have to do with the ostensible purpose of Mueller’s investigation?

Here’s another question: would any of the people indicted by Robert Mueller have been subjected to his meticulously methodical madness had they not been in Trump’s orbit? The answer is No, though Manafort and Gates, like Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale, seem to have been ambitious ‘snappers up of unconsidered trifles’ (to say the least).

September 16, 2018 9:32 AM  
Anonymous more outlandish facts said...

Stepping back and looking at Mueller’s campaign against the President as a whole, it is clear that Mueller’s activities are meant primarily to intimidate, pressure, and co-opt associates of Donald Trump in order to convince them to bear witness against him.

This is part of the biggest political scandal in US history. It involves the mobilization of deep state actors in the Obama administration and the weaponization of the FBI and other parts of the Department of Justice.

As Lee Smith noted in a superb summary of the case so far in RealClearInvestigations, this sprawling campaign had two phases, an offensive phase to discredit Trump and help elect Hillary Clinton during the campaign of 2016 and then the ongoing defensive phase, which is intended to discredit the Congressional investigation into criminal misconduct by people in the Obama administration, the Department of Justice, and the FBI.

‘Initially,’ Smith writes, ‘the leaking was an offensive operation aimed at disrupting Trump’s agenda, especially through leaks alleging connections between his campaign and the Russians. Its early successes included leaks of highly classified material that led to the firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from overseeing that probe.’

When the impossible happened and Trump won, the operation went into defensive mode. ‘The second phase,’ Smith notes, ‘which began roughly a year into the Trump administration – has been more defensive, pushing back against congressional oversight committees that had uncovered irregularities in the FBI’s investigation of Trump. This phase has been marked by the willingness of press outlets to run stories backing off earlier reported leaks that proved to be deeply misleading – including the roots of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and the relationship between Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr and the opposition research firm that produced a central document of that probe, the largely discredited “Steele dossier.”’

September 16, 2018 9:36 AM  
Anonymous more outlandish facts said...

Someday, this complex and sordid tale of the abuse of power by the deep state will occupy a prominent place in the history books. How ever did we allow the state to run roughshod over constitutional protections in order try to overturn a free, open, and democratic elections?

Again, remember that, had Hillary won, as she was supposed to do, the public would have known nothing about this whole sorry show. There would have been no special counsel Mueller, and therefore no indictments. No one would have heard of Fusion GPS, or Christopher Steele, or Bruce or Nellie Ohr, or Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, or Andrew McCabe, or Stefan Halper, or Joseph Mifsud. It all would have been swept under rug, and we would have been none the wiser.

It will be a long time before we can take the full measure of this stupendous miscarriage of justice and abuse of power. For now, we should all thank God for investigative reporters like Lee Smith and Andy McCarthy and Chuck Ross and Sara Carter who are beavering away and, layer by layer, peeling back this sodden and diseased onion.

We should also thank God for the tireless work of Congressmen like Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, who, in the face of hysterical opposition and wild calumny, are dragging fact after disreputable fact out from the track-covering clutches of the FBI and DOJ. That would all come to a screeching halt should the Democrats take the House, of course, but, despite prognostications to the contrary, that is not going to happen.

One final comment regarding the recent craze for plea bargains. They are a bad idea, custom-made instruments for encouraging prosecutorial abuse, which is Robert Mueller’s (but not only Robert Mueller’s) stock-in-trade. Instead of charging someone with a specific crime, you inflate and multiply the charges as tool of intimidation and then allow the squirming victim to plead guilty to a lesser offense, even if (as is often the case) he has done nothing wrong. No wonder government prosecutors ‘win’ something like 97 per cent of the cases they bring. It’s a disgusting and unfair practice and should be abolished, Paul Manafort’s imperfect appreciation of the distinction between meum and tuum notwithstanding.

September 16, 2018 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Welcome to tЯumplandia said...

Nine tЯoll comments in about half an hour.

September 16, 2018 11:04 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"Nine tЯoll comments in about half an hour.".

LOL, Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous can't support their position with truth and good arguments so they try to win by flooding TTF with bullsh*t.

September 16, 2018 1:19 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Value of assets Paul Manafort will forfeit to the government:

$46 million

Length of Mueller probe:

16 months

Cost of Mueller probe:

$8.5 million

Cost per month of Mueller probe:

$530K

Manafort just funded the Mueller probe for another 70 months!

September 16, 2018 1:20 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Pat Robertson’s Vile Claims About the Hurricane

Pat Robertson prayed that God would put a “shield of protection” over his area of Virginia so it wouldn’t sustain major damage from Hurricane Florence and is now taking credit for the worst of the hurricane staying to the south and hitting the Carolinas the hardest. That proves how powerful his prayers are and how wonderful God is, he says.

“We asked the Lord to take it out of here and he did,” Robertson crowed. “It’s like a shield that God has put around us.”

“God’s people prayed,” he added. “This is a miracle, ladies and gentlemen.”

“We’ve had a hand of protection over this area,” Robertson said, “and when we pray, God does miracles.”

So you think you’re God intervened to keep you safe specifically, but let the hurricane hit another area with devastating results? And you think this shows how wonderful this God is? Then you’re a morally bankrupt moron. Was no one in the Carolinas praying that the hurricane wouldn’t hit there? I bet millions and millions of people from those states were praying that the hurricane wouldn’t hit there. Why didn’t God answer their prayers? Does God just like you better than them? Does God just really love con artists like you? Did they forget to say the magic words?

A million people are without power. Whole cities have been virtually destroyed by flooding from the hurricane. Many people are dead. And you think that God is worthy of praise because he intervened to make sure that would happen as long as it didn’t hurt you at all? That is utterly perverse and immoral.

September 16, 2018 1:20 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Mark Judge says of the sexual assault claim about Kavanaugh "It's absolutely nuts, I never saw Brett act that way.

Mark Judge is accused of being present during the alleged Kavanaugh assault and previously wrote that all-boys Georgetown Preparatory school "was a viper's nest of sin where alcoholism was rampant and church mores were ignored."

Mark Judge's and Brett Kavanaugh's denials aren't worth the air they inhaled to state them.

September 16, 2018 1:21 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tяump is the first president that I know of who spends more time reading his Twitter ‘likes’ than his briefing books or the constitution of the United States,” Kerry told Maher.

“Unfortunately, we have a president, literally, for whom the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is three different things, and you don’t even know what they are,” said Kerry. “He’s got the maturity of an eight-year-old boy with the insecurity of a teenage girl. That’s just who he is.”

September 16, 2018 1:32 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Do lesbians have better sex than straight women?

"According to several studies, the answer is a resounding ‘yes'."

Poor poor Regina, in a facade of a marriage with a homosexual who can never please her.

Wyatt/Regina, research resoundingly shows those gays and lesbians who positively accept their sexual orientation are happier and better adjusted than those who do not.

September 16, 2018 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for "complementarity".

September 16, 2018 1:50 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Breaking: The anonymous woman who says Tяump's nominee for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her has come forward.

Her name is Christine Blasey-Ford, a 51 year old psychological research scientist.

Kavanaugh in a pathetic attempt to deflect from the accusation presented a letter from 65 women saying he never assaulted them. The false logic of that argument is the same as someone saying "Ted Bundy was innocent. I know this because he never killed me.".

Notably, the letter in Kavanaugh's defence sidesteps the accusation altogether while attempting to bolster his reputation. It basically argues that he was a popular guy in high school, which does not actually bar the possibility of him being guilty.

Kavanaugh is woefully unqualified, lied repeatedly under oath and is facing a serious accusation of attempted rape, that needs to be examined before he is voted on for confirmation to the Supreme Court.

It was widely assumed his confirmation was a sure thing but there is now a possibility that he will be rejected.

Christine Blasey-Ford has taken a lie detector test on her claims and it has shown she is telling the truth.

September 16, 2018 2:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the appointment of the severely tainted Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

That Republicans are trying to rush through his confirmation while turning a blind eye to all the serious problems with Kavanaugh is yet another example of them subverting democracy in their blind lust for power.

September 16, 2018 2:24 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"Nine tЯoll comments in about half an hour"

a troll commented nine times in a row

wow!!

you'd never see a TTFer do that!!

how does it feel to be a hypocrite?

September 16, 2018 8:06 PM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

"can't support their position with truth and good arguments so they try to win by flooding TTF with bullsh*t"

Randy, you wouldn't know truth if it smacked you in your reprehensible face

September 16, 2018 8:08 PM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

"Value of assets Paul Manafort will forfeit to the government:

$46 million

Length of Mueller probe:

16 months

Cost of Mueller probe:

$8.5 million

Cost per month of Mueller probe:

$530K

Manafort just funded the Mueller probe for another 70 months!"

Randy, this comment has already been made

is there some psychological reason why you keep posting the same thing over and over again?

September 16, 2018 8:10 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"Pat Robertson prayed that God would put a “shield of protection” over his area of Virginia so it wouldn’t sustain major damage from Hurricane Florence and is now taking credit for the worst of the hurricane staying to the south and hitting the Carolinas the hardest. That proves how powerful his prayers are and how wonderful God is, he says.

“We asked the Lord to take it out of here and he did,” Robertson crowed. “It’s like a shield that God has put around us.”

“God’s people prayed,” he added. “This is a miracle, ladies and gentlemen.”

“We’ve had a hand of protection over this area,” Robertson said, “and when we pray, God does miracles.”

So you think you’re God intervened to keep you safe specifically, but let the hurricane hit another area with devastating results? And you think this shows how wonderful this God is? Then you’re a morally bankrupt moron. Was no one in the Carolinas praying that the hurricane wouldn’t hit there? I bet millions and millions of people from those states were praying that the hurricane wouldn’t hit there. Why didn’t God answer their prayers? Does God just like you better than them? Does God just really love con artists like you? Did they forget to say the magic words?

A million people are without power. Whole cities have been virtually destroyed by flooding from the hurricane. Many people are dead. And you think that God is worthy of praise because he intervened to make sure that would happen as long as it didn’t hurt you at all? That is utterly perverse and immoral."

Randy, you're pathetic

September 16, 2018 8:15 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"Mark Judge says of the sexual assault claim about Kavanaugh "It's absolutely nuts, I never saw Brett act that way.

Mark Judge is accused of being present during the alleged Kavanaugh assault and previously wrote that all-boys Georgetown Preparatory school "was a viper's nest of sin where alcoholism was rampant and church mores were ignored."

Mark Judge's and Brett Kavanaugh's denials aren't worth the air they inhaled to state them."

sounds like pretty much any statement by Randy Schimosky-or-whatever

September 16, 2018 8:17 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"Tяump is the first president that I know of who spends more time reading his Twitter ‘likes’ than his briefing books or the constitution of the United States,” Kerry told Maher."

really, Kerry

how much time do you spend reading the Constitution?

just give average hours a week so we can figure how complete a liar you are

here's a trip down memory lane:

Bush-Kerry debate

W: freedom is a gift from

Mr Heinz, after a solemn pause: EVERYTHING IS A GIFT FROM GOD

September 16, 2018 8:23 PM  
Anonymous bye-bye homosexual agenda, bye-bye, gaiety said...

"Her name is Christine Blasey-Ford, a 51 year old psychological research scientist."

and why did she wait for days before the vote before making this accusation from decades ago

"Kavanaugh in a pathetic attempt to deflect from the accusation presented a letter from 65 women saying he never assaulted them."

OK, so now the whole concept of character witnesses is pathetic

"The false logic of that argument is the same as someone saying "Ted Bundy was innocent. I know this because he never killed me."."

the false logic of this statement is that the case against Ted Bundy wasn't word against word and the arrest of Bundy wasn't an last-minute political attempt to save Dems from the consequences of their loss in the 2016 election

see the difference, now?

"Notably, the letter in Kavanaugh's defence sidesteps the accusation altogether while attempting to bolster his reputation."

the letter doesn't address the current allegation because it precedes it

it was obtained when it was clear the Dems would try to smear Kavanaugh as anti-women in a pathetic attempt to stop the inevitable: the demise of the gay agenda

"It basically argues that he was a popular guy in high school,"

it does?

show us where

"which does not actually bar the possibility of him being guilty."

it make it much less likely

"Kavanaugh is woefully unqualified,"

even Senate Dems don't tell this lie

how sad to think Priya has less integrity than a Dem Senator, the most distrusted people in America

"lied repeatedly under oath"

nah..

"and is facing a serious accusation of attempted rape, that needs to be examined before he is voted on for confirmation to the Supreme Court."

actually, the allegation is quite dubious, considering

if this women wants to come and testify this week, we can still confirm before Oct 1

bring her on

"It was widely assumed his confirmation was a sure thing but there is now a possibility that he will be rejected."

no such possibility exists

if this is allowed, basically any women who has ever known a SCOTUS nominee would have to power to stop a nomination at any time

and it would happen every time

if people can't make allegations in a timely manner, they should be ignored

"Christine Blasey-Ford has taken a lie detector test on her claims and it has shown she is telling the truth."

when, and who administered it?

was Mark Judge given a lie detector test too?

lie detector tests don't show anyone is telling the truth

if they did, they'd be allowed as evidence in court

"The overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the appointment of the severely tainted Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.'

really? give us a link to this poll

"That Republicans are trying to rush through his confirmation"

a lie, other SCOTUS justices have been confirmed faster

"while turning a blind eye to all the serious problems with Kavanaugh"

no such problems exist

"is yet another example of them subverting democracy in their blind lust for power."

the GOP was elected

Dems weren't

Dems are trying to find a way to override democracy

no one if impressed with their screaming antics and fakery

September 16, 2018 8:58 PM  
Anonymous We won't forget said...

Republicans already found a way to override democracy. Just refuse to have a confirmation hearing at all for the next justice until the next election.

Dems shouldn't approve ANY SC nomination until Garland gets a fair hearing.

Republicans have all sorts of ways to "excuse" their inexcusable behavior on this, but if any Dem had tried to do the same thing McConnell did, Republicans would be out in the streets with "2nd amendment solutions."

All this sanctimonious blather (SB) about bipartisanship SC nominations is total BS. Democrats should have never let republicans' lust for power steal an SC justice from them.


September 16, 2018 10:01 PM  
Anonymous smithereens said...

"Republicans already found a way to override democracy. Just refuse to have a confirmation hearing at all for the next justice until the next election."

what you don't understand is that Garland would not have been approved

Garland's view of the Constitution was faulty

delaying simply allowed Garland a chance by letting the voters decide

they decided

in Kavanaugh's case, he will be approved

that's the difference, the elected legislature didn't approve of Garland

they approve of Kavanaugh

"Dems shouldn't approve ANY SC nomination until Garland gets a fair hearing."

he got a hearing

in the election

the SC was a key issue

"Republicans have all sorts of ways to "excuse" their inexcusable behavior on this,"

they don't need an excuse

they had been elected and were exercising their constitutionally given powers

"but if any Dem had tried to do the same thing McConnell did, Republicans would be out in the streets with "2nd amendment solutions.""

LOL, hardly

"All this sanctimonious blather (SB) about bipartisanship SC nominations is total BS. Democrats should have never let republicans' lust for power steal an SC justice from them."

other than armed insurrection, they had no options

democracy had spoken

before and after Garland's nomination

accept reality

the gay agenda has been blown to smithereens!!

September 16, 2018 10:44 PM  
Anonymous gamechanger: #Walkaway said...

The growing positive attitude of black voters towards President Trump is the wildcard in the coming midterm elections. It is real and it is expanding. Polls are showing anywhere from 20 percent to 36 percent of blacks approve of President Trump. The Democrats even may have lost 11 percent of black women.

The cracks in the black Democrat bloc voting are one of the most consequential results of Barack Obama’s presidency and the phenomenal effectiveness of President Trump’s pro-business policies. This could be a historic turning point.

Trump’s economic policies have improved the lives of black Americans, just as he promised they would during the election. Unlike Obama’s media hype, Trump’s progress is as real and as solid as his buildings. Black unemployment continues to fall. Good manufacturing jobs are coming back. Paychecks are rising, too.

The roots of this political watershed in the black community are more complex than job figures and will last beyond Trump’s tenure. I have been listening for hours to ordinary black Americans on the #Walkaway movement’s YouTube channel. This is a movement of former Democrats explaining why they are leaving their party. While each face, voice, and story is unique and fascinating, there are some striking recurring themes.

Ironically, the change seems to have started with President Obama’s election.

https://amgreatness.com/2018/09/14/why-black-voters-are-turning-to-trump/

September 16, 2018 10:58 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Twitler posted "The illegal Mueller Witch Hunt continues in search of a crime. There was never Collusion with Russia, except by the Clinton campaign, so the 17 Angry Democrats are looking at anything they can find. Very unfair and BAD for the country. ALSO, not allowed under the LAW!".

Hee Hee Hee!

He's close to full-on panic. Good. This is when he will make the most inadvisable mistakes that really will nail him.

September 17, 2018 12:09 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Justice Kennedy was not planning to resign next term. We know because he had already appointed his clerks for that term. He suddenly resigned BECAUSE his son, worked for Deutsche Bank - indicted in the EU for being a conduit for money laundering for Russian Oligarchs. He resigned because his son's client had been Donald Tяump for whom he had arranged up to $1 billion in Deutsche Bank "loans". These funds likely were monies originating from Russian oligarchs connected to Putin, being laundered through the bank, with the knowledge of Justice Kennedy's son. In other words Kennedy's son could be ensnared in the Mueller investigation, perhaps vulnerable to indictment himself. In this eventuality you can be certain that there will be appeals to the Supreme Court to dissipate the the threat posed by the investigation - Kennedy would have been forced to recuse himself leaving his son's fate to a split court. He knows that whomever Tяump brings to the court will come with the intention of mitigating the effects of the certain revealations to come. This would imply that the administration knows that something is going to break in the investigation - and soon. It also puts all of Kennedy's judicial decisions relating to Tяump under a dark cloud of conflict of interest.

September 17, 2018 12:09 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Mueller would only give a plea deal to Manafort if he had a bigger fish to reveal evidence about.

The only fish bigger than Manafort is the mango Mussolini. It would be no big surprise if sometime over the next few months Manafort ends up dying under suspicious circumstances.

It would also be no big surprise if at some time over the next few months Tяump jumps on his plane and makes an unscheduled one-way trip to Moscow.

Hee Hee Hee!

September 17, 2018 12:14 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

It must be killing Tяump to know that lawyers capable of handling his case won't because of 1) what a bad client Trump is 2) Trump's history of not paying people.

Hee Hee Hee!

Few things highlight Tяump's stupidity than his lame attempts to claim he didn't collude with the Russians, HILLARY DID!

Hillary colluded with the Russians to help Tяump win the presidential election?

Putin has said publicly many times he wanted the mango Mussonlini to win. The idea that it was Hillary and not Tяump that colluded with the Russians is the sort of deflection a four year old would up with, lol!

Mom: "Johnny, did you steal that chocolate bar?"

Four year old Johnny with chocolate all over his face "I didn't steal it, you did!" - that's Tяump for you :)

September 17, 2018 12:41 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous and the rest of the Fox "News" tin-foil hat crowd trying desperately to defend the popular vote losing pussy grabber have cranked up the conspiracy theory generator to 11.

These attacks have strayed into the comically overwrought

Obviously if Strzok, Page, and the rest of the FBI and Justice Department wanted to prevent Tяump from becoming president, during the 2016 election they would have kept secret the investigation into Hillary's emails and made public the FBI investigation into Tяump campaign collusion with Russia. Instead they did the exact opposite.

Clearly no one in the Justice Department was ever "out to get Tяump" - he's in trouble with the law because he's broken it...frequently and severely.

September 17, 2018 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Ends don't justify means said...

"what you don't understand is that Garland would not have been approved"

If that were actually the case, then there was absolutely no reason to stop him from completing the nomination process. You undermine your own argument, idiot.

"delaying simply allowed Garland a chance by letting the voters decide"

There is nothing in the constitution that says the congress should wait until the voters have the next election before SC justice hearings are held. You should know that, given how much you like to throw the word "Constitution" around. You keep using that word, but it doesn't mean what you think it means.

Many of the votes for Rump were a desperate act of nihilism. People frustrated by how poorly our corporate owned government takes care of the people. They were ready to blow it up to see if something better would rise out of the ashes. That is not a good way to save the Constitution.

"they had been elected and were exercising their constitutionally given powers"

By conveniently ignoring the fact that voters had constitutionally elected Barack Obama TWICE - both by the popular vote and the electoral college - to give HIM the responsibility of choosing all of the justices that came up during his two terms.

It was congress' responsibility to VOTE on Garland. McConnell abdicated that responsibility and should have been taken to court for it.

"the gay agenda has been blown to smithereens!!"

Keep praying; maybe one day your wet dreams will come true.

While the most radical, rabid conservatives are salivating over having another chance to force religion over the Constitution, and don't care that they had to go to bed with the Orange Devil to get what they wanted, normal people on both sides of the aisle are looking at the fascism, narcissism, and international corruption that has taken over the Republican party and come November, many of them are going to say "Oh HELL NO" to what Rumplethinskin and his toadies are doing to this country.

"democracy has spoken" isn't going to be a line you say much anymore once Democrats turn a lot of red areas blue. Maybe then, the adults will take control back of the Republican party, and they can find some sane people to put into office.

September 17, 2018 1:34 AM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

"Hee Hee Hee!

He's close to full-on panic. Good. This is when he will make the most inadvisable mistakes that really will nail him."

welcome, folks, to Dem fantasy central

here's more:

"Justice Kennedy was not planning to resign next term. We know because he had already appointed his clerks for that term. He suddenly resigned BECAUSE his son, worked for Deutsche Bank - indicted in the EU for being a conduit for money laundering for Russian Oligarchs. He resigned because his son's client had been Donald Tяump for whom he had arranged up to $1 billion in Deutsche Bank "loans". These funds likely were monies originating from Russian oligarchs connected to Putin, being laundered through the bank, with the knowledge of Justice Kennedy's son. In other words Kennedy's son could be ensnared in the Mueller investigation, perhaps vulnerable to indictment himself. In this eventuality you can be certain that there will be appeals to the Supreme Court to dissipate the the threat posed by the investigation - Kennedy would have been forced to recuse himself leaving his son's fate to a split court. He knows that whomever Tяump brings to the court will come with the intention of mitigating the effects of the certain revealations to come. This would imply that the administration knows that something is going to break in the investigation - and soon. It also puts all of Kennedy's judicial decisions relating to Tяump under a dark cloud of conflict of interest."

"Mueller would only give a plea deal to Manafort if he had a bigger fish to reveal evidence about."

preposterous

Mueller was furious that Manafort was defying him

he'd make any deal to save face

"The only fish bigger than Manafort is the mango Mussolini."

that's what you've said about scores of others

do you ever bore yourself?

meanwhile, back to Dem fantasy central

"It would be no big surprise if sometime over the next few months Manafort ends up dying under suspicious circumstances.

It would also be no big surprise if at some time over the next few months Tяump jumps on his plane and makes an unscheduled one-way trip to Moscow."

and a word from the nuthouse:

"Hee Hee Hee!"

Dem fantasy central, again:

"It must be killing Tяump to know that lawyers capable of handling his case won't because of 1) what a bad client Trump is 2) Trump's history of not paying people."

and the nuthouse:

"Hee Hee Hee!

Few things highlight Tяump's stupidity than his lame attempts to claim he didn't collude with the Russians, HILLARY DID!"

in topsy-turvy nuthouseland, facts are stupid

"Hillary colluded with the Russians to help Tяump win the presidential election?"

oh, I see what you mean

if the Russians had helped Hillary, she would have automatically won

hahahahahahaha!!!

in topsy-turvy nuthouseland, Russians are omnipotent

"Putin has said publicly many times he wanted the mango Mussonlini to win."

and, just this once, we're going to assume the former KGB agent always is candid and forthright

he's like a Russian Mountie

"The idea that it was Hillary and not Tяump that colluded with the Russians is the sort of deflection a four year old would up with, lol!

Mom: "Johnny, did you steal that chocolate bar?"

Four year old Johnny with chocolate all over his face "I didn't steal it, you did!""

and, amazingly, after two years, there's still not a sliver of evidence that there was ever any chocolate on Johnny's face

September 17, 2018 5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"brilliant anonymous and the rest of the Fox "News" tin-foil hat crowd trying desperately to defend the popular vote losing pussy grabber have cranked up the conspiracy theory generator to 11."

yeah, the very idea that Hillary would do anything to be President is such an outlandish conspiracy theory

"Obviously if Strzok, Page, and the rest of the FBI and Justice Department wanted to prevent Tяump from becoming president, during the 2016 election they would have kept secret the investigation into Hillary's emails and made public the FBI investigation into Tяump campaign collusion with Russia. Instead they did the exact opposite."

now Priya is getting lazy and just reposting verbatim

Hillary email scandal was already public

the FBI pretended to investigate so they could pronounce her innocent at the right moment

"Clearly no one in the Justice Department was ever "out to get Tяump" - he's in trouble with the law because he's broken it...frequently and severely."

two years and not a single charge

Trump must be a genius at covering his tracks

frequently and severely and skating away even while everyone he's ever known is "cooperating" and the full investigative force of the media, Congress, and 17 intelligence agencies turn full focus on his entire life

talk about nutty theories

September 17, 2018 5:41 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't marriage said...

"If that were actually the case, then there was absolutely no reason to stop him from completing the nomination process. You undermine your own argument, idiot."

the GOP had the Senate

facts are facts, Mr Village Idiot

"There is nothing in the constitution that says the congress should wait until the voters have the next election before SC justice hearings are held."

it was clearly constitutional to do this

if it wasn't, Obama would have sued

"You should know that, given how much you like to throw the word "Constitution" around. You keep using that word, but it doesn't mean what you think it means."

I know liberals feel very threatened when they hear someone say "Constitution"

you should be more like your hero, Mr Heinz

he sits around reading the Constitution all the time

unlike Trump, who doesn't

hahahahahahahahaha!!

"Many of the votes for Trump were a desperate act of nihilism. People frustrated by how poorly our corporate owned government takes care of the people. They were ready to blow it up to see if something better would rise out of the ashes."

actually, that's sounds about right

"That is not a good way to save the Constitution."

leaving everything in the hands of an unelected deep state wasn't really working well

"By conveniently ignoring the fact that voters had constitutionally elected Barack Obama TWICE - both by the popular vote and the electoral college - to give HIM the responsibility of choosing all of the justices that came up during his two terms."

he had the responsibility to nominate, not "choose"

Congress chose to reject his choice but also to suspend the final decision to allow the voters to override their decision

they didn't override it

indeed, the SCOTUS was a key issue in the election

"It was congress' responsibility to VOTE on Garland. McConnell abdicated that responsibility and should have been taken to court for it."

so, why wasn't he?

are you saying Obama was incompetent?

he had Ivy League training in constitutional law, you know

the gay agenda has been blown to smithereens!!

"While the most radical, rabid conservatives are salivating over having another chance to force religion over the Constitution, and don't care that they had to go to bed with the Orange Devil to get what they wanted, normal people on both sides of the aisle are looking at the fascism, narcissism, and international corruption that has taken over the Republican party and come November, many of them are going to say "Oh HELL NO" to what Rumplethinskin and his toadies are doing to this country."

you're quite an angry elf!

could you give us an example of the fascism, narcissism, and international corruption that has taken over the Republican party

come on, here's your chance

September 17, 2018 5:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s uncanny how closely the Democrats are following the Anita Hill playbook as they try to “Anita” Brett Kavanaugh, looking to prevent his confirmation as a Supreme Court Justice. Like Hill, Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is a professor who made her accusation in the expectation of anonymity, never dreaming that newspapers from coast to coast would blazon her name across Page One. Hill had received assurances from a Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee staffer that, in all likelihood, Clarence Thomas would quietly withdraw his name from consideration, to spare himself and his family embarrassment. After all, Hill’s friend, administrative law judge Susan Hoerchner, had reportedly sprung a similar surprise on a fellow judge, with complete success, and it may well have been she who urged Hill to try the same tactic with Thomas. But there’s nothing leakier than a politician’s office, and Senate Democrats plainly considered Hill as a mere tool to derail Thomas’s confirmation without any concern about what would happen to her.

I didn’t believe Hill’s accusations back then, and now, having a clear picture of Justice Thomas’s sterling character, and having just reread the transcript of the Hill-Thomas hearings, I believe them still less. What, then, would have been her motivation in accusing the judge? her supporters ask. Though Hoerchner and many of Hill’s allies wanted to bar Thomas from the High Court to ward off any threat to the Roe v. Wade abortion decision, Hill’s own motive may have been her strong disagreement with Thomas’s opposition to affirmative action, about which the Supreme Court would have much to say in the years ahead. Also, those who believe her ask, how would such a prim-seeming young lady know some of the very concrete salacious details of what she claimed Thomas had said to her a decade earlier? The answer: the most graphic detail, complete with photograph, is in a federal appellate case whose transcript was in the library of the federal agency where Hill had worked as a Thomas employee. The other lurid detail comes from The Exorcist, a bestselling book and hit movie during the 1970s. But even supposing that Hill was telling the truth—which I do not—the most you could say, as Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch commented, is that Thomas talked dirty to her. He never touched her.

Having watched Kavanaugh’s testimony and having heard the encomia on his character from the many women whose careers he has fostered as a judge and professor, as well as from his colleagues, I strongly doubt that he did what Ford alleges, and what her allegation suggests was a rape attempt was, by her own description, nothing of the kind—though, following the Hill playbook, she has already taken a lie-detector test and hired a well-known lawyer. But again, supposing it were true—as I do not suppose—he was 17 years old at the time. Do the Democrats really think that a single teenage indiscretion should have a place in confirmation hearings?

But ever since their savaging of Robert Bork, no dirty trick is too dirty for the Democrats when it comes to the Supreme Court. After all, so many of the policy victories they have won in the past half-century have been won from the Court, in its era of interpreting the fictitious “living Constitution,” with all its “emanations, formed by penumbras.” So dedicated were they to preserving what they called “settled law” during the Thomas hearings that they didn’t even blush to have committee member Edward Kennedy—responsible for the gruesome death of a young woman staffer when he was allegedly driving drunk—question Thomas about this charge of sexual harassment.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley should treat this character assassination with the contempt it deserves and hold the committee vote this week, as planned. As even Karl Marx knew, history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.

September 17, 2018 8:12 AM  
Anonymous Let's vote on Kavanaugh! said...

"could you give us an example of the fascism, narcissism, and international corruption that has taken over the Republican party"

Yeah, I call them Bannon and Trump for the first two. The third one takes a few charts - but they can be found here:

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/connections-trump-putin-russia-ties-chart-flynn-page-manafort-sessions-214868

Since you're so happy with voters getting a choice on Garland, I'm sure you'd be happy with voters getting a choice on Kavanaugh - after all we are only a few weeks away from the election. Sounds like the perfect time for electorate to vote on him.

September 17, 2018 10:40 AM  
Anonymous This could explain a lot said...

At many workplaces across the country, employees are required to submit to random drug screenings. And now, one Republican lawmaker wants members of Congress to be mandated to do the same.

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) introduced a resolution last week requiring senators and representatives to undergo random drug tests once every term.

“Elected officials in Washington, D.C. should be subject to the same kind of random drug screenings that blue-collar, working-class Americans have to endure,” Higgins said in a statement.

“Congress shouldn’t get to live by a different set of rules,” he said. “This effort is about maintaining accountability and ensuring sober service to We, the People.”

Higgins, a first-term congressman who’s up for re-election this November, joked in a Thursday interview with USA Today Network that his proposal was prompted by things he’s personally witnessed on Capitol Hill.

“I have observed some behavior that would cause one to wonder,” he quipped without elaboration.

Under Higgins’ new bill, which has no cosponsors, members of Congress would have to pay for their own drug screenings and would be reported to the House or Senate Committee on Ethics if they test positive for illicit substances.

If a lawmaker refuses to get tested, their name would be made public.

September 17, 2018 10:51 AM  
Anonymous bye-bye, gay agenda said...

"Yeah, I call them Bannon and Trump for the first two. The third one takes a few charts - but they can be found here"

you said "ism"

"ism" needs to be established before you can move on to alleged "ists"

you can't handle much, let's start off slow

give us an example of fascism that has "taken over the Republican party"

"Since you're so happy with voters getting a choice on Garland,"

i didn't say I was happy with that

i was just explaining it to you

you seemed confused

I would have prefered they had just sent a rejection notice straight back to Obama, with instructions to send over a qualified originalist

"I'm sure you'd be happy with voters getting a choice on Kavanaugh - after all we are only a few weeks away from the election. Sounds like the perfect time for electorate to vote on him."

no need

the voters set up a President and Congress

September 17, 2018 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If a lawmaker refuses to get tested, their name would be made public"

that oughta scare the hell outta 'em!

September 17, 2018 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Frogs in warm fascist waters don't recognize when it's getting too hot. said...

No, I didn't say "ism." You seem confused.

I did start off slow, so you could keep up. Apparently that wasn't slow enough.

This article has some big words - see if you can follow along:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-how-fascism-comes-to-america/2016/05/17/c4e32c58-1c47-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html?utm_term=.73b5fbe8a279

And here are a couple more:

https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article191364629.html

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/trump-continues-cultivating-republican-alliance-with-fascism.html

This article is long, but summarizes several studies - leading to a rather uncomfortable conclusion:

https://www.lavocedinewyork.com/en/news/2018/06/15/the-state-of-denial-trump-the-republicans-and-the-quiet-slide-from-democracy/

This excerpt should be disturbing to everyone:

"A chief safeguard of democracy lies close to the potential dictator. Crucial to the maintenance of democracy, according to the regimes studied by Levitsky and Ziblatt, was the behavior of the potential dictator’s own party, reining him in from the most extreme breaches of the democratic norms of his country. In the US we have a solid history of this barrier against fasc ism. Democrats helped kill FDR’s court-packing move. And Republicans refused to rally behind Nixon when he was in trouble.

Can we expect comparable zeal to protect democratic institutions and practices from today’s Republican and their supporters? A June 2017 survey (cited in Levitsky and Ziblatt) asked:

“If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country could make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support postponing the election?” 52% of Republicans said yes. Undermining faith in the electoral process is a prominent element of slides from democracy to dictatorship."


On another item, there was "no need" to wait for voters on Garland either - they had set up a President and Congress. Congress didn't do their job. It's no wonder Congress' approval rating was lower than Obama's during his term.

September 17, 2018 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Meriick Garland is the Pete Best of the Supreme Court said...

so, finally, you give us an example of what you call "Fascism" and its completely hypothetical

to simplify the questions for you, what has Trump done that is fascist?

Trump follows court orders

Obama railed against Citizens United and corrupted the IRS in response

Trump seeks Congressional approval for actions

Obama would issue Executive orders whenever he didn't get his way

give it some thought

we'll wait for you to come up with something

"On another item, there was "no need" to wait for voters on Garland either - they had set up a President and Congress."

the difference is this Congress and President agree

back then, the nominee was unacceptable to Congress

they could have just rejected him but gave him a break and said "let's see if the voters want to vote us out and then maybe the new Congress will confirm"

the voters, in an election where the Supreme Court was a clear issue, decided to keep the same group that rejected Garland

"Congress didn't do their job."

the leadership's job is to decide what has enough support to bring before Congress

they have to do that to keep from wasting time

the decision was Garland didn't have enough support

sorry Charlie

gay agenda lost

"It's no wonder Congress' approval rating was lower than Obama's during his term."

no matter which party controls Congress, they always have a poor approval rating

it's because they act like they think they're royalty

"Sen. Susan Collins is knocking Senate Democrats for their handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Collins, a key swing vote in the Supreme Court fight, questioned why Democrats had waited for weeks to come forward with the allegation, arguing it wasn't "fair" to either Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s.

“What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge,” Collins said.

Collins asked if Democrats believed Ford, "why didn't they surface this information earlier," and if they didn't believe Ford, "why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it?"

"It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled," Collins said.

Collins's comments come after Ford spoke publicly about the alleged incident for the first time during an interview with The Washington Post that was published on Sunday.

Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it."

Kavanaugh has denied the alleged incident, which Ford says took place when they were both in high school.

Democrats need to win over two Republican senators, and keep their own caucus united, if they want to sink Kavanaugh.

September 17, 2018 12:50 PM  
Anonymous Those who forget the past... said...

"to simplify the questions for you, what has Trump done that is fascist?"

Two words:

Muslim Ban

He tried to do it by executive order, without any regard to the existing laws regarding immigration into the United States.

Fortunately, that got bogged down in the courts until he could work out an excuse that could at least be a less flagrant violation of American laws and history.

If he had made it a "Jewish Ban" the historical parallels would have been undeniably obvious. But it's quite fashionable for Christians to hate Muslims these days so they all jumped on board the Hate Train. Christians are easy to manipulate if you can find someone to despise for them.

September 17, 2018 1:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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September 17, 2018 2:04 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "democracy has spoken"

No it has not.

Hillary got nearly 3 million more votes than Tяump, Tяump only won on an electoral college technicality.

And he wouldn't even have managed that if it weren't for his illegal collusion with Russia, the FBI making public the Hillary investigation, but not the Tяump investigation, Tяump illegally directing Cohen to commit crimes to hide information damaging to Tяump's campaign, and Republican dirty tricks to prevent millions of typical Democrat voters from voting. Any ONE of those would have prevented Tяump from eking out the incredibly thin electoral college win, let alone the effect of all of them.

Hillary was the overwhelming choice of American democracy for president - Tяump was a distant second.


Tяump is not legitimately president and every action he undertakes is illegitimate, including the appointment of Supreme Court Justices.

September 17, 2018 2:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Joyner: Hurricane Florence Will Be a Good Thing

Hey, all you people who have lost everything due to Hurricane Florence, including loved ones, just relax. Don’t worry about a thing. Because Christian con man Rick Joyner is here to assure you that even though this is God’s judgment for sin (yours?), it’s all going to turn out to be a huge blessing when the Holy Spirit shows up.

“This is going to turn into a major blessing,” he said. “I don’t care what it looks like right after the storm, we have to trust the Lord. He makes all things work together for good.”

“If this is judgement from God, which, I assure you, it is, it’s because he still loves us,” Joyner added. “I don’t care what happens in the next few days and a lot of it is going to look terrible on the news and it’s going to be bad for a lot of folks, when you’re going through it, it is bad. It’s going to work out to be a major, major blessing to this area. The Lord showed me a few years ago, ‘Watch where the floods come,’ he said, because the natural first and then the spiritual. There will be a flood of the Holy Spirit in those same places.”

Well i’m sure that will make the dead people feel so much better. Christian con artists, selling idiotic claims to the ignorant and the credulous for fun and profit. Mostly profit.

September 17, 2018 2:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

North Korea Displays Tяump’s Total Cluelessness on Foreign Policy

The New Yorker reports that virtually everyone around Tяump thinks he’s being naive at best about the prospects for denuclearization by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. The whole situation has put on stark display Tяump’s utter cluelessness when it comes to foreign policy matters, a cluelessness created by his massive personality flaws.

It appears to be the embattled President against the world these days. There is, however, at least one notable exception: the increasingly warm public words he reserves for the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. Over the weekend, Tяump praised Kim for sending him an encouraging letter. On Monday, the White House announced that, in response to the “very warm, very positive” note from Kim, Tяump was now ordering his staff to plan for a second Tяump-Kim summit meeting. “Thank you to Chairman Kim,” Tяump wrote in a tweet. “We will both prove everyone wrong!”

But Tяump’s faith in the North Korean dictator is not shared by his top advisers. In recent days, I spoke with a half-dozen former U.S. government officials and Allied diplomats who have been briefed by Tяump Administration officials on the state of play with North Korea since Tяump’s Singapore summit with Kim. All acknowledged what one called the “frustratingly slow” progress with the post-Singapore discussions, and described a Tяump Administration whose top officials remain deeply skeptical of the course being pursued by the President, with even the usual bureaucratic turf battles being subordinated to the shared concern over Tяump’s very public embrace of Kim.

Bruce Klingner, who for years served as the C.I.A. branch chief for Korea called the President’s current strategy “the beatification of Kim Jong Un.” He and other former officials described the hallmarks of Tяump-era foreign policy: conflicting signals, a lack of clear information and process, and distrust of allies. “Their view is that North Korea is not serious about denuclearizing. The President, however, thinks history began when he became President.” The former official said he had personally spoken to most of Tяump’s key advisers on North Korea in recent days and that “none of them is where the President is.”

That last sentence is important. Tяump believes that history began anew with his election as president because he genuinely considers himself to be the greatest negotiator ever and that he never has anything to learn from anyone with more knowledge than him (because there is no such thing, him being omniscient in his own mind). History does not apply to him because he is so amazing at everything that he can change the entire course of history through sheer force of personality. That’s the first massive character flaw that creates this disconnect.

The second is his crying need for praise. He has no strategy more complicated than “if you say something nice about me, I’ll say nice things about you; if you say bad things about me, I’ll say bad things about you.” He falls for empty flattery without fail. There is no thoughtfulness, no goal-setting, no evaluation of history or evidence that a rational person would use to inform their policy choices, it’s as simple as that for him. And no matter what happens, he will declare it a victory. We have simply never had a president so completely immune to reason and evidence. He can’t entertain such thoughts because they puncture his staggeringly narcissistic self-image.

September 17, 2018 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Congress wastes most of its time. said...

"the leadership's job is to decide what has enough support to bring before Congress

they have to do that to keep from wasting time"

Look the the Congressional record. Congress spends most of its time wasting time. Much of their record consists of giving new names to post offices. Yeah, our country is really suffering because it lacks good names for our post offices.

They didn't bring Garland to the floor because they didn't have dirt on him and couldn't see a viable path to stopping him through the normal voting process - and they didn't want to justly lose a conservative on the bench.

If they didn't want to waste time, they could have forgone the usual hearing process and put him straight through for an up or down vote. 5 minutes and done.

When the rules didn't suit them Republicans just didn't follow them and said "whudda gonna do 'bout it."

September 17, 2018 2:13 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

You're right Good Anonymous, the corruption of Republicans knows no bounds.

They are totally unconcerned with right and wrong, what's legal and what is good for the country, they are only concerned with their naked lust for power.

They're modern day Caligulas

September 17, 2018 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Bob Woodward....LOL said...

"When the rules didn't suit them Republicans just didn't follow them and said "whudda gonna do 'bout it." "

there's no rule that they have to vote on any slob the President sends over

Garland wasn't acceptable to they didn't consider him

Obama was free to try again

"in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Friday, Bob Woodward said that in his two years of investigating for his new book, 'Fear,' he found no evidence of collusion or espionage between Trump and Russia. Woodward said he looked for it "hard" and yet turned up nothing.

"Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research in your interviews that sounded like espionage or collusion?" Hugh Hewitt asked Woodward.

"I did not, and of course, I looked for it, looked for it hard," Woodward answered. "And so you know, there we are."

"But you’ve seen no collusion?" Hewitt asked again to confirm.

"I have not," Woodward affirmed.

Hewitt would once again ask Woodward about collusion at the conclusion of the interview.

"Very last question, Bob Woodward, I just want to confirm, at the end of two years of writing this book, this intensive effort, you saw no effort, you, personally, had no evidence of collusion or espionage by the president presented to you?" Hewitt asked.

"That is correct," Woodward said.

September 17, 2018 2:43 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Why the Kavanaugh allegations come at the worst possible time for Republicans

(CNN)The decision by Christine Blasey Ford to reveal her identity, days after reports that an anonymous woman had alleged she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in high school, is a total game-changer, not just for Kavanaugh's chances of making it to the nation's highest court but also for Republicans looking for some way -- any way -- to preserve their congressional majorities in exactly 50 days' time.

Until Sunday, when Ford, a college professor in California, went public with her identity in an interview in The Washington Post, the White House and congressional Republicans seemed convinced the then-anonymous allegations were simply a final bump on the road to Kavanaugh's confirmation. Not ideal, obviously, given the #MeToo moment in our broader culture, but survivable for sure.

Then Ford came forward. And the story she told -- Kavanaugh, while in high school at Georgetown Preparatory School and "stumbling drunk," had forced himself on her and tried to take off her swimsuit. She said that she first told someone of the incident, which happened in the early 1980s, in couples' therapy in 2012. Notes from the therapist obtained by the Post show that Ford mentioned an incident with boys from "from an elitist boys' school," but do not single out Kavanaugh by name. Ford's husband, Russell, confirmed that his wife had told him of the alleged attack in 2012.

Then came the news Monday morning -- via Ford's attorney -- that she would be willing to not only testify before the Judiciary Committee but to do so publicly. And the floodgates opened.

Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), both of whom are retiring and neither of whom is a big fan of President Donald Tяump, insisted that no vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation could happen unless and until the Senate Judiciary Committee got a chance to hear from Ford directly. Within hours, critical moderates Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) were expressing their own concerns about their party pushing forward on a planned Thursday vote to get Kavanaugh out of committee. "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee," tweeted Collins just after noon on Monday.

September 17, 2018 2:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Suddenly Kavanaugh, who had released a terse statement on Friday in which he "categorically and unequivocally" denied Ford's account, was revamping that statement. Considerably. Here's what he said on Monday:

"This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity."

What happened here is simple: Ford called Republicans' bluff. As an anonymous accuser, her allegations weren't going to change Kavanaugh's glide path to the Supreme Court. As a named accuser, she complicated that path. As a named accuser who has now expressed a willingness to tell her story -- and in public -- there is no longer a clear path to Kavanaugh's confirmation. (That's not to say he can't make it. It is to say that there is no clear path by which he makes it.)

The reason Kavanaugh's path is now so fraught is a unique combination of the moment in which we are currently living, the man in the White House and the onrushing midterm elections. Let's go through each one.

The #MeToo moment

The story of powerful men abusing their positions to intimidate, assault and, in some cases, rape women is the dominant cultural narrative of 2018. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Les Moonves to Matt Lauer to John Conyers, a cavalcade of some of the most powerful people in media, entertainment and politics have been exposed for their inappropriate actions around women. Now we are talking about a public allegation of sexual assault directed at someone who is on the doorstep of securing a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court. Simply saying -- as the White House and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley have tried to over the past 96 hours -- that the allegations made no difference in the planned committee vote on Kavanaugh is simply untenable in this climate. Grassley bowed to that reality Monday afternoon, releasing a statement that said in part: "Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner."

Kellyanne Conway also acknowledged the reality, saying Monday, "She should not be ignored or insulted, she should be heard."

September 17, 2018 2:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Donald Tяump

When Tяump won the 2016 election, more than a dozen women had made allegations against him ranging from forcible groping to sexual assault. (Tяump denied all of the allegations and pledged that he would sue each and every one of the women for defamation; he has brought a total of zero of those cases to date.) In the final weeks of that campaign, a tape made during a Tяump appearance on "Access Hollywood" in the 2000s was released. In the tape, Tяump can be heard telling "Access" host Billy Bush that "when you're a star," women let you do anything to them. Tяump apologized for the comments in the moment, insisting it was "locker room talk." Within the past year, Tяump has raised questions about the authenticity of his voice on the tape. Then there's this: Longtime Tяump lawyer Michael Cohen has told authorities that at Tяump's direction, he coordinated hush payments -- to a porn star and a former Playboy Playmate -- in order to keep their stories of alleged affairs with Tяump from going public in the course of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The midterms

Kavanaugh's confirmation was, until Sunday afternoon, going to be a major talking point for Republican candidates to rev up their base. "We got two conservatives on the court!" Now that argument is either moot or a political negative. Sure, there are likely some within the GOP who believe that Ford's allegations are nothing more than Democrats saying and doing absolutely anything to thwart Tяump. But poll after poll suggests that Tяump is deeply unpopular nationally -- just 36% approved of the job he was doing in CNN's newest poll. Even more troubling for Republicans is that just 28% of women approved of the job Tяump is doing in office while 64% disapproved. Even more troubling than that? (Yes, it gets worse). Fully 57% of women said they disapproved strongly of the job Tяump is doing. In an election that Republicans are beginning to acknowledge will be a referendum on Tяump, numbers like those were already bad. To throw this Kavanaugh bomb into the middle of all of that presents the possibility of historically large losses for Republicans if this whole thing is perceived by the public as being mishandled or handled callously.

Republicans have already begun to move on the Ford accusations. The combination of Collin's tweet and Grassley's statement means that it is now a near-certainty that both Ford and Kavanaugh will testify about this incident -- perhaps as soon as this week. Where it goes from there is anyone's guess, but remember that time is not Republicans' friend here. The longer the Ford accusation stays in the news, the more likely it is to impact the midterms. And if Kavanaugh's confirmation is either postponed or scrapped entirely, it raises the very real prospect that the Supreme Court stays open through the election, opening up the possibility that Democrats retake the Senate in 50 days' time and force Tяump to nominate someone more to their liking.

In short: This is a massive moment in Washington politics -- with legal and political implications that could long outlast the Tяump presidency.

September 17, 2018 2:52 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


If Republicans continue to mock the woman Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape and ram through his confirmation to the court this will only further cement the party's image amongst the public as evil people willing to do anything in their naked lust for power.

September 17, 2018 2:52 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "there's no rule that they have to vote on any slob the President sends over Garland wasn't acceptable to [sic] they didn't consider him".

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!


Prior to Obama nominating Garland Republicans repeatedly and vociferously praised Garland and many of them including McConnell, who refused to bring up Garland for a vote, criticized Obama for not nominating "a moderate like Judge Garland" to the Supreme Court, saying he would be a fine Supreme Court Justice.

So to their surprise Obama didn't nominate a liberal judge, he nominated the moderate Garland and then suddenly all the Republican calls for Obama to nominate "an excellent man like Judge Garland" went out the window because Republicans are corrupt and dishonest.

And in an attempt to gain undeserved legitimacy by association, throughout his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh repeatedly referred to Merrick Garland as the ideal example of an honest and eminently qualified judge.

So, yeah, this tin-foil hat idea by Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous that somehow Merrick Garland "wasn't qualified", was "a slob" or "wasn't acceptable" to Republicans is obviously a lie as shown by the consensus of statements about Garland by Republicans before Obama nominated Garland to the Supreme Court.

Further, if as Republicans bullshitted after the Garland nomination that he shouldn't be voted on over a year out from an election "so the public can have a say" then it necessarily follows that S.C. nominee Kavanaugh also shouldn't be voted on 50 days out from an election so the public can have a say. But, as always, for hypocritical Republicans, the rules are for Democrats and not them.

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous love Republicans because Republicans are corrupt and dishonest like they are.

September 17, 2018 3:08 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In 2015 Republicans wouldn't bring their own highly praised Supreme Court suggestion moderate Merrick Garland for a vote because they thought no way would Obama nominate him and they desperately wanted Right wing Nazis like Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

September 17, 2018 3:27 PM  
Anonymous the Walrus said...

if you are saying Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are Nazis now

you ain't gonna make a case for anything anyhow

hey, does anyone else out there agree with Priya that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are Nazis?

September 17, 2018 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Welcome to tЯumplandia said...

Kavanaugh has retained Beth Wilkinson of the law firm Wilkinson Walsh and Eskovitz. Why does a federal appeals court judge need a lawyer? Well, there is the adage that any man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client. But, more to the point, what’s the lawyering that is required here?

One possibility is an attempt to intimidate Ford by holding the threat of slander and/or perjury claims over her head. If so, that’s just dumb. She knows very well the risks she has taken in choosing to come forward. Another possibility is that Kavanaugh needs help with the “I don’t remember” vs. the “it didn’t happen” defenses, which are not exactly the same. Moreover, if he is going to be put under oath, perhaps he wants advice as to what he can say without fear of contradiction and the resulting claims that he was untruthful under oath.

Honestly, I cannot figure out exactly why he wants or needs a lawyer. From a PR perspective, it’s not a smart move.

At this point, public testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford seems obligatory. The longer that Senate Republicans delay, the longer this will take to resolve. And the passage of time seems to be the thing Republicans have most wanted to avoid throughout this process. They didn’t want to wait for all the documents from Kavanaugh’s tenure to be revealed. They didn’t want to wait until after the midterms. They didn’t want to slow down the train when Ford’s complaint first surfaced. Now they have no choice — which reminds us why lifetime confirmations for the Supreme Court should not be rushed in the first place. At some point, it’s all going to need to come out.

September 17, 2018 4:56 PM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

"The decision by Christine Blasey Ford to reveal her identity, days after reports that an anonymous woman had alleged she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in high school, is a total game-changer, not just for Kavanaugh's chances of making it to the nation's highest court but also for Republicans looking for some way -- any way -- to preserve their congressional majorities in exactly 50 days' time."

well, now that someone is taking credit for the allegations, they deserve to ave their say

this is likely not a game changer

if it's a word against word thing, Kav will be confirmed

if it turns out that either Kav or his friend remembers the incident after hearing the woman speak, he may still be confirmed

if he is rejected, Trump has time to nominate someone Dems will like even more before the new Congress is sworn in

"Until Sunday, when Ford, a college professor in California, went public with her identity, the White House and congressional Republicans seemed convinced the then-anonymous allegations were survivable."

they were right

"Ford's husband, Russell, confirmed that his wife had told him of the alleged attack in 2012"

it's worth noting that that was the first time she had told anyone, thirty years later

also worth noting that she doesn't actually know Kav so she may be mistaken about who it was

it's also possible it happened and Kav was so drunk he didn't remember it

"Then came the news Monday morning -- via Ford's attorney -- that she would be willing to not only testify before the Judiciary Committee but to do so publicly. And the floodgates opened."

floodgates? what excessive melodrama

"Suddenly Kavanaugh, who had released a terse statement on Friday in which he "categorically and unequivocally" denied Ford's account, was revamping that statement. Considerably."

of course he did, you ass

there was now a specific allegation

"What happened here is simple: Ford called Republicans' bluff"

CNN is really the worst journalism in America

no one was "bluffing"

this is not a poker game

when an anonymous letter contains secret allegations, it deserves no consideration

no bluffing


As an anonymous accuser, her allegations weren't going to

"The reason Kavanaugh's path is now so fraught is a unique combination"

I guess this will Anderson Cooper's moron roundtable something to talk about but Kav is still almost certain to be nominated

"The story of powerful men abusing their positions to intimidate, assault and, in some cases, rape women is the dominant cultural narrative of 2018. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Les Moonves to Matt Lauer to John Conyers, a cavalcade of some of the most powerful people in media, entertainment and politics have been exposed for their inappropriate actions around women."

mostly Dems

don't forget the chief clown, AL FRANKEN!!!

"Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck bowed to that reality Monday afternoon, releasing a statement that said in part: "Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner.""

nobody bowed to anything

Grassley has acted honorably as always

unlike the sleazy Diane Feinstein

she had this letter since July

i she thought it true, why didn't she let it out then?

if she didn't think it true, why did she let it out now?

"Kellyanne Conway also acknowledged the reality, saying Monday, "She should not be ignored or insulted, she should be heard.""

again, a negative CNN slant that implies the WH hesitated

when the actual woman stepped forward, everyone agreed to give her her say

September 17, 2018 7:23 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Tяump Joins Dictators in Condemning the International Criminal Court

The Tяump administration has joined some of the world’s most vicious and brutal dictators in condemning the International Criminal Court in The Hague. National Security Adviser John Bolton delivered a scathing and utterly irrational rant against the ICC last week that echoed the claims of genocidal thugs like Omar Hassan al-Bashir of the Sudan.

But Burundi’s position got a powerful voice of support this week from President Tяump, whose national security adviser, John R. Bolton, declared the international court “ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous,” and threatened sanctions against the court’s prosecutors and judges who pursued cases against Americans…

For the Tяump administration, Mr. Bolton’s speech was the latest example of disdain for global organizations and — in this case — taking the same side as strongmen and dictators. But for the International Criminal Court, a relatively young institution, the new White House policy of open hostility comes at a perilous time…

“This bombastic threat against an institution’s operation, no matter what the circumstances, only serves to cut our ties further with our allies,” said Patricia M. Wald, a retired American judge who served as a judge on a separate war crimes tribunal here.

The United States has always regarded the court warily, fearing that it would be used against American troops as a way to subvert Washington’s foreign policy decisions.

And therein lies the problem. What that idiotic phrase “American exceptionalism” really means is that we think we are the exception to every rule, that we can do anything we want and never be held accountable for it. That’s why not a single person has spent a moment in jail for the torture regime put in place under George W. Bush despite the fact that it was blatantly illegal under the UN Convention Against Torture, which Ronald Reagan helped push through at the United Nations. The Obama administration did nothing to hold anyone accountable, and in fact threatened other countries who hinted at the possibility of trying American officials under the universal jurisdiction provisions of that treaty.

We think we are off-limits to the rules we demand for everyone else because we’re the most powerful country in the world, but that power is precisely why we should not be immune to one of the few remedies for war crimes and crimes against humanity. We condemn other nations for their human rights abuses but demand total immunity for our own. It’s morally bankrupt.

September 17, 2018 7:35 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The Tяump tax hikes are coming

President Tяump’s biggest political win, so far, is the tax-cut legislation he signed into law late last year. But Tяump is now taking action that is essentially a tax hike on American consumers, and will offset a portion of the tax cuts he has been crowing about for nine months. And in typical renegade fashion, Tяump is dismissing political orthodoxy by daring to hit voters with new taxes just weeks before a crucial election.

Tяump is now poised to declare a 10% tariff on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, in addition to a 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports he imposed during the summer. So by Election Day in November, Tяump will have placed new tariffs on $250 billion worth of stuff Americans buy every day.

A tariff is a tax collected when imported goods enter the country. It raises the cost of the good by the amount of the tariff. So a 10% tariff on a $100 product would raise its cost to $110. Producers typically try to pass the added cost onto consumers, and as the cost of certain imported goods rises, the cost of similar products not subject to tariffs can also rise, since there’s less competitive pressure pushing prices down.

The new tariffs will raise the cost of thousands of everyday items, including electronics, appliances, bicycles, tires, toys, clothing and footwear. Based on last year’s level of imports, the new China tariffs amount to a tax hike of $32.5 billion per year. The Tяump tax cuts, by contrast, lowered tax payments by about $130 billion per year. The trouble for Tяump is that the tax cuts applied almost exclusively to the very weatlthy whereas the tax hike is almost exclusively on lower wage earners who make up the vast majority of voters.

China shows no signs of capitulating, and it’s not even clear they know how to appease Tяump, were they willing to do that. “The President’s experience with negotiations is centered on real estate where if you don’t get the property, you move on with another property,” analyst Tom Block of Fundstrat wrote in a recent note to clients. “The trade war with China is more complex, and an exit strategy may not be as simple as looking for another location for a casino or golf course.”

Tяump, in fact, has been the one to moderate his demands, suggesting his hand isn’t as strong as he thinks. Tяump initially planned tariffs of 25% on the next $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, but has reportedly scaled that back to 10%—perhaps out of fear of rattling stock markets.

Tяump, meanwhile, is now raising taxes on consumers with the midterm elections just a few weeks away—a bold political gambit, to put it mildly. Tяump’s trade policy is already unpopular, with 61% of Americans saying they disapprove on how he has negotiated with other countries, in one poll. Anecdotal reports of collateral damage, such as farmers losing access to foreign markets or U.S. companies hurting from higher costs related to tariffs, already seem to be hurting Republicans as they fight to keep control of Congress. New taxes that hit consumers’ wallets can only make that worse.

September 17, 2018 7:37 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Kavanaugh has gotten a lawyer.

Now that sounds like something an innocent man would do she said sarcastically.

Hee Hee Hee!

September 17, 2018 7:40 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never ever produces life. two homosexuals never produce a marriage said...

"If Republicans continue to mock the woman"

they never have

"Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape"

actually, he says he didn't do that

"and ram through his confirmation to the court"

if you mean by voting to confirm after giin the woman a chance to speak, that's what will happen

"this will only further cement the party's image amongst the public as evil people willing to do anything in their naked lust for power."

hate to break it to you, but that's the public perception of the Clintons

"Why does a federal appeals court judge need a lawyer?"

because someone has accused him of a crime

duh!!!!

"Well, there is the adage that any man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client"

hey, look

they throw in a complete non sequitur to up the word count

"One possibility is an attempt to intimidate Ford by holding the threat of slander and/or perjury claims over her head."

hey stoooooopid!

are you really Priya?

because only a foreigner would be unaware of NY Times v Sullivan

"The longer that Senate Republicans delay, the longer this will take to resolve."

what could this possibly mean?

no one is trying to delay anything

"And the passage of time seems to be the thing Republicans have most wanted to avoid throughout this process. They didn’t want to wait for all the documents from Kavanaugh’s tenure to be revealed. They didn’t want to wait until after the midterms. They didn’t want to slow down the train when Ford’s complaint first surfaced. Now they have no choice — which reminds us why lifetime confirmations for the Supreme Court should not be rushed in the first place. At some point, it’s all going to need to come out."

you really love to hear yourself talk, don't you?

September 17, 2018 7:41 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Republicans are now attacking Kavanaugh's accuser and its going to get a lot more vicious as they lose their tempers over what they thought was a sure thing confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Christine Blasey Ford is a very credible accuser who spoke to people about Kavanaugh's attempted rape of her years ago long before it was known Kavanaugh would be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Her testimony that he held his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming and she feared he'd accidentally kill her is powerful and deeply concerning.


Christine Blasey Ford has no reason to lie and with the flood of attacks on her character and threats she's receiving for coming forward she clearly had strong motivation just to keep quiet.


Now with Republicans and Kavanaugh attacking and making veiled threats against a very credible woman who has gone through a terrible ordeal its going to reflect very badly on Republicans if they ramp up the attacks on her to ram through an unqualified candidate for the Supreme Court who is under a cloud of suspicion. They will pay a severe price for that in the court of public opinion which will harm the party's reputation for many years to come.

September 17, 2018 7:52 PM  
Anonymous hey stoooopid!! said...

"Republicans are now attacking Kavanaugh's accuser"

funny, I'm pretty well read and I haven't heard any attacks on the accuser

I've heard some nasty things about Feinstein

she deserves it

she had relevant information about someone being considered for the Supreme Court and withheld it?

after this is over she needs to be referred to the ethics committee

"and its going to get a lot more vicious as they lose their tempers over what they thought was a sure thing confirmation to the Supreme Court"

oh, it's still sure

on the off chance it turns out Kav has done something, there's plenty of time to confirm another justice before the new Congress is sworn in

Trump has a file full of names

"Christine Blasey Ford is a very credible accuser"

don't really know anything about her but I doubt she's a candidate for sainthood

probably just an ordinary professor

part of the liberal agenda is to highly exalt anyone who is helpful to their cause

but the truth is, everyone has their virtues and vices

"who spoke to people about Kavanaugh's attempted rape of her years ago"

not really

the first time she mentioned it to anyone else was 2012 during a marriage counseling session

decades after this alleged incident

"long before it was known Kavanaugh would be nominated to the Supreme Court."

she may have already known about him

he had contentious hearings before Congress when he was nominated for Circuit Court, which was long before she told anyone about this

"Her testimony that he held his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming and she feared he'd accidentally kill her is powerful and deeply concerning."

oh yeah, who would even think of something like that

"Christine Blasey Ford has no reason to lie"

how would you know that?

maybe she's deeply committed to protecting the right to kill unborn children

"and with the flood of attacks on her character and threats she's receiving for coming forward she clearly had strong motivation just to keep quiet."

well, she wanted to but the despicable Diane Feinstein blew her cover

"Now with Republicans and Kavanaugh attacking and making veiled threats"

no one is doing that

although plenty of liberals are turning her into the next American hero

"attacking" is what you do to Brett Kavanaugh on a daily basis

"against a very credible woman"

what's very credible about her?

other than the fact that you hope she was sexually assaulted

"who has gone through a terrible ordeal"

if the worst thing that ever happened to her was that a drunk teenager tried to force himself on her, she's been luckier than most

"its going to reflect very badly on Republicans if they ramp up the attacks on her"

why would they do that?

we can find another candidate that Dems will love just as much!!

"to ram through an unqualified candidate for the Supreme Court"

actually, he may be the most qualified nominee in history!!!

"who is under a cloud of suspicion."

no more than you

a foreign troll who hates America and spends a great deal of the day obsessing about a country you don't live and you post divisive lies in massive quantities

that's someone under a cloud of suspicion

"They will pay a severe price for that in the court of public opinion which will harm the party's reputation for many years to come."

oh brother

what a load of crap

September 17, 2018 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, to summarize, a confessed serial sexual predator nominated a man who is credibly accused of attempted rapte to be the hey vote to strip women of reproductive freedom.

September 18, 2018 1:00 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The Mississippi Department of Safety has banned the purchase of any Nike products. It doesn't surprise me at all. It's still the most racist and conservative Christian state in America. It's also the poorest, least educated, and has the worst health care in America. It ranks dead last in so many categories it's not even funny. If you want to see the results of a thoroughly Republican governed state, take a look at Mississippi. It's what the Republicans have in store for the rest of the USA.

September 18, 2018 1:48 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend who was in the room when Christine Blasey Ford says she was sexually assaulted has some pretty telling views on masculinity:

"Obama lacks courage when it comes to politics, but his real lack of spunk is evident in his abject terror of his wife Micfhelle. It's not uncommon for a husband to joke about his wife being angry at him, but Obama obsessively returns to the theme in speech after speech: "Now, I don't wanna get Michelle angry at me...". On their first date the couple saw the violent black rage film "Do the Right Thing" so that Michelle could make sure Barrack "was down with the struggle." With her love of violent movies, her fixation on fitness, and death glare that appears when she doesn't like what she's hearing, Michelle is actually more man than her husband. Oh for the days when president George W. Bush gave his wife Laura a loving but firm pat on the backside in public. The man knew who was boss.

In a creepy right wing convergence, Brett Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge has written pieces attacking rape victims for Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson's blog. One was gang-raped for three hours.

How many times were Judge and Kavanaugh co-conspirators in sexual assault?

He was totally That Guy - Mark Judge writes:

"We've all climbed up windowsills, driven all night, and gotten into fights over a girl. Of course a man must be able to read a woman's signals, and it's a good thing that feminism is teaching your men that no means no and yes means yes. But there's also that ambiguous middle ground, where the woman seems interested and indicates, whether verbally or not, that the man needs to prove himself to her. And if that man is any kind of man, he'll allow himself to feel the awesome power, the wonderful beauty, of uncontrollable male passion...Hard Case Crime, and pulp fiction ingeneral is not about controlling and hurting women, although there's some of that. It's an expression of authentic male passion, of sweaty sexiness, in a world of pajama boys and government-mandated health food."

One year after the alleged sexual assault, Kavanaugh's friend and alleged accomplice Mark Judge thought it great to associeat himself with this quote in their high school yearbook 1983:

"Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs".

September 18, 2018 1:49 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

And no surprise here:

Republican Congress allowing the landmark Violence Against Women Act to expire because they're too busy passing new tax cuts for their rich friends is unconscionable

September 18, 2018 1:49 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Christine Blasey-Ford has no reason to lie about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempting to rape her. And becoming a target for abuse was tremendous disincentive against coming forward.

Brett Kavanaugh has powerful motivation to lie about trying to rape her.

And Kavanaugh repeatedly coached judicial nominees to lie about their records in order to get confirmed.

September 18, 2018 1:59 AM  
Anonymous sayanora, gay agenda said...

"So, to summarize,"

that is, to propagandize

"a confessed serial sexual predator"

Trump bragged that women would, consensually allow him to grab

no women has credibly accused him of assault

"nominated a man who is credibly accused of attempted rapte"

"credibly" is going too far

basically, you're saying anyone who encountered someone three and a half decades who makes an accusation that they told no one of for thirty years is "credible"?

sounds incredible to me

probably no attempted rapte

"to be the hey vote to strip women of reproductive freedom."

they would be the hey vote to protect the life of the defenseless

"The Mississippi Department of Safety has banned the purchase of any Nike products."

how pathetic do you have to be to find Colin Kapernik stories interesting?

"Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend who was in the room when Christine Blasey Ford says she was sexually assaulted"

when she says he was there

you might want to wait to hear her speak

"has some pretty telling views on masculinity"

he hads some mildly sexist views

that's proof right there

he must be an accomplice to attempted rapte

"How many times were Judge and Kavanaugh co-conspirators in sexual assault?"

you mean this week?

they probably haven't had time

"Republican Congress allowing the landmark Violence Against Women Act to expire because they're too busy passing new tax cuts for their rich friends is unconscionable"

"landmark"?

probably a piece of legislative overkill that violates civil rights

how much time have they spent passing tax cuts in the last six months?

probably as much time as John Kerry has spent reading the Constitution

hahahahahahahaha!!

"Christine Blasey-Ford has no reason to lie about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempting to rape her."

every liberal in America has a motive to slander Kavanaugh

he represents the final nail in the coffin of the gay agenda

she is a Sanders supporter from the nutso Bay area of California

"And becoming a target for abuse"

you have yet show any example of this

despite her dubiously timed allegation, everyone has bent over backward to be courteous to her

her accusations have ramifications, people should discuss the merits of them

on the face of it, they don't seem credible

"Brett Kavanaugh has powerful motivation to lie about trying to rape her."

you could say that about anyone accused of anything

you are basically saying if you are accused of something, you have motive to deny it

duh!

barring some unexpected confession among these three, it's likely no one will know for certain

it's also possible they all think they're telling the truth

but, based on what is publicly known now, Kavanaugh is probably telling the truth

and, in October, it's likely he'll be sitting in a building across the street from the Senate deciding what gays can and cannot do

you might want to be nice to him


September 18, 2018 5:30 AM  
Anonymous you can't handle the truth! said...

Trump is releasing some facts and TTF is furious:

President Trump on Monday ordered the declassification of a trove of records relating to the early days of the Russia investigation, including text messages from former FBI Director James Comey and the surveillance application that permitted the bureau to monitor the Trump campaign.

The extraordinary move, which the President said he ordered for “reasons of transparency,” comes in response to repeated calls for declassification from Congressmen who say that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was plagued by an anti-Trump bias.

In addition to the Page FISA warrant, Trump ordered the Director of National Intelligence to release, without any redaction, text messages relating to the Russia probe from Comey, ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

Ohr, a longtime Justice Department investigator, has ties to Fusion GPS, the firm that funded the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele. The dossier, which has not been verified by U.S. intelligence, alleges the Russian government has compromising information about Trump, including video tapes of his directing prostitutes to perform a lewd sex act in a Moscow hotel suite.

September 18, 2018 5:40 AM  
Anonymous good ol' anonymous said...

Just when observers had concluded the desperate progressive opposition to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could not stoop much lower, it most certainly did.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in the news recently for somehow unknowingly employing a Chinese spy as her gofer and chauffeur for 20 years, passed on information to federal investigators that weeks ago had come to her attention from an unnamed, unidentified, and anonymous female who claimed she was a high school acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s. Apparently, we were to believe that the once-anonymous informant had harbored a long-simmering, but heretofore never-voiced complaint of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, which coincidentally reached a peak of unsustainable resentment at the time of his nomination to the highest court in the land.

After days of gossip and innuendo to the effect that the likely next Supreme Court Justice might just be some sort of pervert, Anonymous finally came forward and identified herself as a victim of a then 17-year-old inebriated Brett Kavanaugh who (she says) sexually manhandled her in 1982 when she was 15. More specifically, the woman now alleges that Kavanaugh and another student at a high-school party entered a room inebriated, pinned her to a bed, and then groped her while she was clothed. Young Kavanaugh then allegedly attempted to take her clothes off her while he and his classmate, Mark Judge, both laughed “maniacally.” She adds that she had sought “medical treatment” for her unspecified injuries.

Anonymous identified herself in the Washington Post on Sunday as Christine Blasey Ford, a registered Democrat, Bernie Sanders supporter, and psychology professor at Palo Alto University, who otherwise had no recollection exactly where or when the supposed assault occurred some 36 years ago. Nor did she offer any clear reason why she had never then, or in the more than three decades since, contacted authorities to report the purported assault, other than claiming in 2012 that the incident then 30 years earlier still troubled her and contributed to her own sense of unease.

September 18, 2018 6:14 AM  
Anonymous good ol' anonymous said...

Ford will now have to prove to the court of public opinion that her narrative is believable, and neither timed nor crafted for the higher progressive objective of destroying a conservative Republican Supreme Court nominee.

Feinstein, in raising these initially anonymous allegations, was trafficking in the world of the English Star Chamber Court, the Inquisition, and the whispers and initial innuendos that prompted the hysteria of the Salem witch trials. Or rather she had a finger in the wind: if the 36-year-old charges created an Anita Hill-like hysteria, Feinstein was to be seen as heroic and on the barricades of the #NeverKavanaugh resistance. But even if her the charge proved absurd, then she could have retreated into something like “Just Sayin’.”

We will no longer have a free country or enjoy civil liberties and the safety of a Bill of Rights, if any American, at any time, can be ruined by an allegation of unproven sexual assault of some 36 years past, when the accused was a 17-year-old teenager, by an accuser who initially trafficked anonymously in such allegations, came forward only as part of a wider, more intensified and collective last-ditch effort to destroy the reputation of the accused, and yet has no clear memory of exactly where she was at 15, or the approximate date, when she claims that she was assaulted, or why she made no such accusation for 30 years—or when she raised the issue some six years ago privately during counseling, why her therapist’s notes of such revelations do not now match her current version of the incident.

Most would assume that when Blasey Ford wrote in her allegation, “I have received medical treatment regarding the assault,” she would produce proof of a confirmable visit to an emergency room or doctor fairly soon after the alleged attack—not subsequently refer to a couples therapy session 30 years later, during which the therapist took notes that now do not, six additional years later, synchronize with the current allegations

September 18, 2018 6:14 AM  
Anonymous Kafka Congress said...

Brett Kavanaugh, who the day before yesterday was an unimpeachable pillar of the legal establishment, stands accused of a heinous offense that it is almost impossible to definitively rebut.

Even if he is completely innocent of the charge that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at a high-school party 35 years ago, he will be forever considered guilty of it by some portion of the public. This is not due process, or any kind of decent process at all, but how the Senate conducts its business, especially if you are a conservative jurist on the cusp of confirmation to the Supreme Court.

A 51-year-old research psychologist named Christine Blasey Ford went public with the accusation in a Washington Post interview over the weekend, saying she feared for her life when the teenage Kavanaugh attacked her.

The charge was inevitably viewed through the prism of #MeToo. But it lacked the credibility of allegations that have felled powerful men over the last two years. There is no contemporaneous corroboration. There is no pattern of conduct on the part of Kavanaugh. There is no weaselly, “Well, I don’t reminder it that way, but I’m sorry if she was offended” denial; Kavanaugh rejects the charge categorically.

Contrast the allegations against, to take a Republican from another moral universe, the Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore. A key accuser from decades ago told friends about her relationship with Moore at the time. There was more than one allegation — indeed, Moore had a reputation for unsavory interest in teenage girls. When he first reacted to the stories, Moore gave a mealy-mouthed denial.

Ford’s memory is so fuzzy that there is very little in her story that can be corroborated or debunked. She doesn’t know what year it happened, although she thinks 1982. She doesn’t know who owned the house where the party took place, or how she got there or how she got home.

It is impossible to disentangle with certainty what may or may not have happened in the early 1980s. Maybe Ford fabricated the entire story, although she told a therapist in 2012 about such an incident. Maybe her memory is faulty, as happens more than we realize. Maybe there was a drunken encounter that she only later came to consider a trauma. Or maybe what she alleges really took place.

What Ford describes is monstrous behavior, by any account. She says that Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom and onto a bed, held her down and tried to rape her and put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. He and a friend were laughing, before his friend stopped Kavanaugh (the friend denies the incident took place). This is not a drunken escapade, but a callous, calculated criminal assault.

If someone is capable of such a thing, even as a teenager, it’s is a black mark against his character. And character is usually destiny. It is no accident that the men taken down by #MeToo are invariably repeat offenders.

Not only is there no other allegation against Kavanaugh, the assault charge runs against everything we know about his personal and professional life, as attested by everyone who has known him. His exemplary reputation, earned over the course of decades and a matter of public record, should outweigh a charge that is unproven and, as far we know, unprovable.

The confirmation process for the Supreme Court has long been badly broken, a forum for sheer bloodsport. If, based on what we know now, and this accusation keeps Kavanaugh from the court, it will be a new low. The Senate will have embraced a new world where the existence of an allegation, regardless of whether it can be proven, is enough to stop a nominee and destroy his good name.

September 18, 2018 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Welcome to tЯumplandia said...

"Trump is releasing some facts and TTF is furious:"

Trump is trying to divert attention from his failure as President, but he's only proving his "poor leadership."

"If you've ever paid even the smallest bit of attention, you know the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid."

That line entered our political lexicon during the 1992 presidential campaign, when James Carville, a strategist for the presidential bid of then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, scrawled it on a whiteboard in Clinton's campaign headquarters.

The message was simple -- and right: Voters care first, second and third about the economy, as understood by how they were feeling about their own financial well-being. Everything else was just noise.

And for the next three decades or so, that mantra has ruled electoral politics. How the economy is doing -- or is perceived to be doing -- will tell you everything you need to know about a candidate or a party's chances of winning.

Which brings us to the current moment -- and the current President: Donald Trump.

All economic indicators suggest things are roaring in the country. The unemployment rate in August was 3.9%. The Gross Domestic Product increased 4.2% in the second quarter of 2018. And yet Trump's job approval has dipped of late; in a new CNN-SSRS poll released earlier this month, just 36% approved of how Trump was handling the gig. (Trump's overall job approval was just over 40% in the Real Clear Politics average of polls.)

What's replaced the economy as the most important issue? According to Gallup, it's "dissatisfaction with government/poor leadership." In the latest Gallup survey, 29% cited unhappiness with the government and its leaders as the country's most pressing problem.

That data comes amid increasingly public concerns from smart Republican strategists that the party isn't getting the credit on the economy it needs to head off a potentially disastrous result at the ballot box in 50 days.

"People think the economy is doing well, but that's not what they're voting on -- they're voting on the chaos of the guy in the White House," GOP pollster Glen Bolger told The New York Times over the weekend.

It doesn't take a political genius to see the writing on the wall here for Republicans..."


September 18, 2018 11:07 AM  
Anonymous making facts great again said...

"Trump is trying to divert attention from his failure as President, but he's only proving his "poor leadership.""

he's actually doing what he can to resolve the whole Mueller investigation

Mueller has now flipped virtually everyone

he's been given access to every document requested

so let's see what, if anything, he has

if Dems think they can get away with it, they'll stretch this out until the 2020 election

Trump had the worst approval rating of any presidential candidate in history in 2020 but enough people, when they got in the voting booth, especially in the midwest, decided to go with someone who would focus on restoring America's economic dominance

right now, certain groups are so jazzed about the economic upgrade in the lives that they are now trumpsters: that would be blacks and laborers

pollsters oten falter because their models assume certain patterns persist

we'll see who shows up in November

September 18, 2018 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Marriage gay or not has never required children and never will said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "Tяump
is releasing some facts and TTF is furious"

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

That's a hilarious assertion about someone who has told over 4000 lies since being elected, averaging around 7 or 8 lies a day!

September 18, 2018 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Marriage gay or not has never required children and never will said...

You must get the consent of an organ donor to save lives. So if we give a fetus the right to a pregnant woman's body, not only are we giving it more rights than a born person, we are giving pregnant women less rights than a corpse.

September 18, 2018 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Marriage gay or not has never required children and never will said...

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Tяump’s Battering Ram

What does the press secretary believe in—other than defending the President’s every word?

"Sanders often appears to mistake journalism for stenography or cheerleading - she sometimes tells the media what to 'celebrate,' such as the state of the economy," Williams writes. "Sometimes, when confronted with the fact that reporting is often adversarial, she reflexively mentions courtesy, seemingly not understanding that journalism is an exercise in democracy, not etiquette."

September 18, 2018 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Marriage gay or not has never required children and never will said...

The president Americans overwhelmingly voted for:

Hillary: My Fears About Tяump Were Not Overblown

American Democracy Is in Crisis

Our democratic institutions and traditions are under siege. We need to do everything we can to fight back.


It’s been nearly two years since Donald Tяump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” I hoped that my fears for our future were overblown.

They were not. In the roughly 21 months since he took the oath of office, Tяump has sunk far below the already-low bar he set for himself in his ugly campaign.

Tяump and his cronies do so many despicable things that it can be hard to keep track. I think that may be the point—to confound us, so it’s harder to keep our eye on the ball. The ball, of course, is protecting American democracy. As citizens, that’s our most important charge. And right now, our democracy is in crisis.

September 18, 2018 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Marriage gay or not has never required children and never will said...


The ability or desire to have children has never been a requirement for marriage and never will be.

In fact, in some States, it is a requirement for marriage between first cousins that they be unable to have children.

In a world with finite resources that is under threat of mass extinction from human overpopulation its time society stopped encouraging and rewarding couples for having children society doesn't need and is harmed by.

September 18, 2018 1:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


My husband is my hero! :)

My husband and I are devote members of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Like other churches, we have our tenets and traditions, on of which is our sacred head covering.

My husband got his drivers license picture taken a couple of days ago wearing his sacred head covering. For those unfamiliar with the traditions of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, our sacred head covering is a colander.

September 18, 2018 2:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has backed same-sex marriage.

The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice. :)

September 18, 2018 2:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Christine Blasey-Ford has no reason to lie about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempting to rape her. And becoming a target for abuse was tremendous disincentive against coming forward.

Brett Kavanaugh has powerful motivation to lie about trying to rape her.

And Kavanaugh repeatedly coached judicial nominees to lie about their records in order to get confirmed.

September 18, 2018 2:01 PM  

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