Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trump Flips Out And Has A Total Sunday Morning Russia Scandal Meltdown

SUN, MAY 20TH, 2018 BY JASON EASLEY

Trump took to Twitter and had himself a Sunday morning meltdown over reports that the Trump campaign was also meeting with Middle Eastern countries about illegal interference in the 2016 election.

Trump tweeted:
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
 Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!
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Donald J. Trump
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 ....At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption...
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 ...in the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabes wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam.
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 Now that the Witch Hunt has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the World, they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party. Don’t worry about Dems FISA Abuse, missing Emails or Fraudulent Dossier!
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 What ever happened to the Server, at the center of so much Corruption, that the Democratic National Committee REFUSED to hand over to the hard charging (except in the case of Democrats) FBI? They broke into homes & offices early in the morning, but were afraid to take the Server?
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Trump didn’t offer a single fact to defend himself in any of these tweets

Trump Twitter tirade was one hundred percent fact-free. The president is obviously very upset that the existence of a meeting an emissary to Middle Eastern princes and the Trump campaign focused on illegally aiding his campaign was revealed. Trump also tried to deflect attention away from his campaign and put it on Hillary Clinton. Of course, there is no evidence to suggest that Hillary Clinton committed a single crime during the election. Trump is ranting about the Cohen raid, which indicates that he is terrified about the evidence that the feds have obtained in that investigation.

Taken together, Trump’s tweets show a scared and cornered potential criminal whose decades of corruption are about to be revealed. Trump offers excuses and deflections, but what is missing is an actual defense of his and his campaign’s actions. Trump is only making himself look more guilty with each tweet.

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https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/20/trump-sunday-morning-russia-scandal-meltdown.html

Trump To Offer Terrific, Christian Plan to End Gun Violence In Our White Schools

MAY 19, 2018 BY DESTEPHENS
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THE WHITE HOUSE

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 6:17 a.m.

Dear Americans Who Are Especially Loyal to Me:

Like you, I am sick and tired of people shooting our children in school. This has been very, very hard on me as you can imagine. Every time I try to get something done like bring piece on earth, a bunch of kids get shot in school. But when I think about it, I suppose I was very lucky nobody ever shot my children, so at least there is that to lean on and help me through my deep time of grief, sorrow and misery. Of course my kids weren’t shot because they were armed to the hilt. People knew my kids would shoot literally anything like giraffes and zebras and lions, so they were very scared of them and knew they better not shoot them because they would shoot back. I think you can say there is a terrific lesson there, besides the fact I was a great, great father. I do think there will be an opportunity for my kids to take a bullet for me soon, though, but that is another story, and I distress …

I know not everybody has kids who are armed with the finest, most lethal weapons available at Walmart and have the terrific opportunity to shoot animals in Africa, but if you ever get the chance to shoot animals in Africa you should take it. Despite all the shithole countries there, Africa is actually a pretty super place. And it is very cheap to do business there. There are also all kinds of animals running around there, and they really don’t mind being shot, despite what you hear from the evil Democrats, who want you to feel sorry for the animals instead of our hardworking gun owners in this country, who just want good jobs in coalmines, safe, clean churches and plenty of guns to protect themselves. It is disgraceful they are being denied these things by the Democrats, folks. Just disgraceful ….

But that’s not the point of this Very, Very Important Letter today. The point is I am going to expose landbreaking legislation to stop children from being shot anymore. I want to make it clear right from the start this will not have anything to do with children in the inner-cities who shouldn’t live in those places to begin with. It is their parent’s fault they put these kids in that awful position, and I can’t help that. Either can you, so don’t bother trying. Remember that. It is really, really sad parents put their kids through all that. These children could be living on farms and shooting deer or something. Instead they spend all their time running around the streets shooting each other. This is all Obama’s fault, who had eight years to fix this and did nothing as you know. Instead he just fake-cried all the time, so people would feel sorry for him. So pathetic …

Because of my Christian values, I was cleaning my golf clubs and praying last night about what to do about all the children being killed in school. After watching Sean’s show, I decided to take bold steps. In the coming days I want to expose a landbreaking proclamation that will take the form of the Ten Commandments. This plan will concentrate on stopping innocent white kids from being shot in our schools. And I know this isn’t politically correct to say, but let’s face it, folks, it mostly is white kids who are being shot and killed in our schools which is so, so unfair to white people, and to me a little bit because as you know, nobody cares for the white people more than I do. How can they expect me to be reelected if my future voting base is being shot in schools before they are even old enough to vote? Think about that one, folks. Think about that one … So, so unfair …

And haven’t our white children put up with enough misery in this country thanks to Obama and Hillary? Now they are being shot in our schools like they lived in our inner-cities?! This is so, so incredibly unfair. Maybe if my groundbreaking legislation is successful in the schools we can try it in the inner-cities, but I doubt it.

My father, Fred, used to say to me all the time, “Donny, I’ll say this for you: You never let a lousy idea stop you.” Well, as you can imagine, that always meant a lot to me.

Before I announce my formal legislation, for now, all of the flags will be flown at half staff for about a week and maybe even longer. Obama never flew the flags at half staff for longer than a week which was just awful. I remember the flags waving around and flying high after many of the shootings and all the Muslims cheering about it. I’ll never forget it. And every time the NRA tried to do something about it, Obama would stop them. So sad. So, so sad.

Speaking of the NRA, I will be talking to them behind closed doors with my race-relationship expert Stephen Miller about where we go next. I also hope the brunette will attend, what’s her name — Diane Leash. She’s a sharp one, folks. I know Sean likes her, too, so it will be very important she attends. Very important.

That is all I have to say on this for now, but stay tuned and we’ll see what happens. So for now, I will leave you with a quote from the bible that has helped me get through what has been a terrible time for me:

“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth will carry ye through the Valley of Death.”

Sincerely,

Donald J. Trump

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http://enoughalreadynow.com/trump-to-offer-terrific-christian-plan-to-end-gun-violence-in-our-white-schools/

This is what comes of conservatism, because it is ALWAYS what comes of conservatism

GoBlue08 
Friday May 18, 2018 · 12:58 PM EDT

What does it mean to do the same thing over and over and expect different outcomes?  It means being a conservative.  Across history and across cultures, conservatism always winds up in the same place: violence, xenophobia, cultural division, inequality, societal breakdown, oligarchy, kleptocracy, eroding values, subjugation of truth, concentration of power.

Pick a society or culture, conservatism always serves the interests of a few at the expense of the general populace, always betrays the people in favor of the powerful.  By being a force to preserve the past, conservatism may sound benign and high-minded — tradition, values, merit.  The questions to always be asked, however, are these:

Whose tradition?

What values?

How is merit to be defined?

For the issue of conservatism is always the same: someone is in the position of choosing these things, excluding others — conservatism is, ironically but not, elitist.  Conservatism purports to favor the marketplace of ideas, a sort of intellectual capitalism, but as in all forms of capitalism favored by conservatives  they try to rig the game.  Exclude certain voters, limit rights, control media — because conservatism’s principle is for a powerful few to select certain deserving ideas over undeserving ideas.

As a backward-looking movement, conservatism chooses what tradition, what values, what merit matters.  Orwell’s observation that who controls the past controls the future identifies the ultimate conservative notion.  MY version of tradition, MY version of values, MY version of merit, claiming universality for values that are strictly sectarian.

That is the fundamental of conservatism — to decide what and who deserve to thrive, and to exclude (or worse) the underserving.  Fundamentalist religions determine who believes the right things and determine what the right things are, condemning all alternatives.  Fiscal conservatives aren’t interested in limiting spending, only in the power to select where the money is spent, excluding things they don’t like.  Social conservatives don’t condemn all perverse behaviors, only the ones they get to choose as perverse. 

For conservatives, the principle issue is choose who is deserving.  If some are, then some are not, as simple as that.

Traditional definitions of “right” and “left” make those loaded terms: communism is “leftist”, so Soviet Russia and Red China are said to be leftist.  However, those societies were and are fundamentally conservative  — the “leftist” communism became the banner waved to preserve the extreme conservatism of the powerful elites.  US conservatives like to focus on the communist label, assign it to liberals everywhere, when what they mean is the despotic conservative governments of the USSR, the PRC, DPRK, the old Warsaw Pact, and others.  Those are perfect examples of conservatism — the label doesn’t describe the contents.

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Honoring Police Includes Acknowledging Systemic Reform Is Needed

By Norm Stamper, Chief of Police of Seattle (Ret.), Seattle, Washington
MAY 7, 2018 | 1:30 PM

During the third week of May, tens of thousands of cops from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C., for “Police Week” and its national memorial services, a solemn tradition that dates back to the Kennedy administration. As a former law enforcement officer, I know the importance of this week.

I also know that this is an ideal time to commit to improving the institution from within as well as from without. There is no better time to recognize and appreciate our courageous officers — and make their work safer, more satisfying, and, ultimately, more legitimate in the eyes of the people.

Twenty-three years ago, as Seattle’s police chief, I traveled to our nation’s capital to join the family of a gifted, compassionate police officer, Antonio Terry. On June 4, 1994, Detective Terry was shot dead by a motorist he had stopped to assist. Police Week is meant to honor the men and women, like Terry, who are gutsy enough to do this critical, often dangerous work.

But a proper tribute starts by accepting what is for some a painful truth: Much of the criticism of American policing — rudeness, bigotry, and discrimination; unlawful stop and frisk; false arrests; sexual predation; corruption; excessive force — is valid. And another truth: Airing these criticisms is but a first step. Communities must have a meaningful role in improving the system — which includes reform-minded people joining the ranks.

Many officers accused of unlawful acts, including the use of excessive and deadly force, are playing out what the system of policing has taught them. Whether that learning takes place in the academy or in the locker room or the front seat of a squad car, it must be addressed, checked, and countered by proper training and a supportive culture that will more effectively protect everyone.

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Trump, Pence and the GOP Have Declared War On Birth Control

SAT, MAY 19TH, 2018 BY LEO VIDAL

They say they are fighting abortion, but recent actions by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers make clear that they in fact have declared war on birth control itself.  In doing so they have taken the “war on women” to a new extreme level because they are challenging the right of women to have access to contraceptives, which are used by 60% of women of reproductive age.

On Friday we reported that:

“U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday issued a proposal that would effectively stop giving government funds that subsidize birth control for low-income women to Planned Parenthood and other clinics. The plan is aimed at fulfilling Trump’s campaign pledge to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides abortions and other health services for women.”

“Congress provided $286 million in Title X grants in 2017 to Planned Parenthood and other health centers to provide birth control, screening for diseases and cancer, and other reproductive counseling to low-income women. The funding cannot be used for abortions, but abortion opponents have long complained that the money subsidizes Planned Parenthood.”

The press reports are very misleading.  They say that Trump’s actions will take funds away from abortion providers.  But as the above passage makes clear they are taking funds away from necessary women’s health services such as “birth control, screening for diseases and cancer, and other reproductive counseling to low-income women.”

To say Republicans are being sneaky is an understatement. Right-wing evangelicals like Mike Pence and Mike Huckabee have been using Christianity as a cover for decades to take reproductive rights away from women in the United States.  Title X money can’t be used for abortions but they want to cut it anyway.

Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted about this issue, making clear that Trump and the GOP are not fooling everybody:

“Title X provides birth control, cancer screenings & HIV tests to over 4M Americans. It doesn’t fund abortions & never has. But today, @realdonaldtrump will issue a “gag” rule that will stop Title X doctors from even talking to their patients about abortion-related services.”
Elizabeth Warren
@SenWarren
 Title X provides birth control, cancer screenings & HIV tests to over 4M Americans. It doesn’t fund abortions & never has. But today, @realdonaldtrump will issue a “gag” rule that will stop Title X doctors from even talking to their patients about abortion-related services. https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/997469377959165952 …
11:00 AM - May 18, 2018
She also had this to say

@realdonaldtrump‘s gag rule is designed to kick providers like Planned Parenthood out of Title X & hold women hostage to the GOP’s agenda. Title X patients won’t be able to learn about all their reproductive options – worsening health care disparities & reducing access to care.

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https://www.politicususa.com/2018/05/19/trump-pence-and-the-gop-have-declared-war-on-birth-control.html

NYT: Trump Jr. Responded ‘Approvingly’ To Gulf Princes’ Offer To Help Campaign

Talking Points Memo

Donald Trump Jr. reportedly met with an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes three months before his father won the 2016 presidential election.

The New York Times reported Saturday that the small group who met with Trump Jr. Aug. 3, 2016 at Trump Tower included Arab princes’ emissary George Nader, Israeli social media specialist Joel Zamel and former Blackwater head Erik Prince.

The meeting “convened primarily to offer help to the Trump team” was arranged by Prince. Nader reportedly told Trump Jr. that the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates crown princes were “eager” to help his father win the election. Zamel also boasted about his firm after it had already “drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort” to help elect Trump.

Although it’s “unclear whether such a proposal was executed” and “the details of who commissioned it remain in dispute,” Trump Jr. reportedly “responded approvingly” and Nader was quickly embraced as a Trump ally who began meeting frequently with Jared Kushner and Michael Flynn. NYT notes that Nader at the time was also “promoting a secret plan to use private contractors to destabilize Iran, the regional nemesis of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.”

After the election, Nader reportedly paid Zamel up to $2 million for unclear reasons, but NYT notes that a Zamel-tied company provided Nader with an “elaborate” presentation about the significance of social media campaigning to Trump’s win.

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