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    A NAKED ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

    I just viewed the most embarrassing Presidential speech of my life today.

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    Are We Still Here?

    I wrote a comment earlier in response to someone with whom I didn’t disagree; a comment that mostly wrote itself:

    People are generally kind and helpful by nature, and it's not just about tribe.  It's about being human at our core - the place that makes us love puppies, kittens, babies and cheese.  The place that makes the country stand still over a child trapped in a well or a bunch of miners slowly dying on the job.  The place in our gut that cries when someone dies and celebrates amazing achievements by those who seem like less yet feel like more somehow.  The place that makes us all worth fighting for.

    Toxic Dump Site

    There are two books called The Wikileaks Files. One is by Jullian Assange. This is about the other one. It has contributions by Dan Beeton, Phyllis Bennis, Michael Busch, Peter Certo, Conn Hallinan, Sarah Harrison, Richard Heydarian, Dahr Jamail, Jake Johnston, Alexander Main, Robert Naiman, Francis Njubi Nesbitt, Linda Pearson, Gareth Porter, Tim Shorrock, Russ Wellen, and Stephen Zunes. Here are reviews at Amazon.

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    Netanyahu: Demographics are destiny (NOT!)

    I suppose it is not a coincidence that demographics and democracy share their first syllable.

     

    Not one day into the carving up of Mandatory Palestine, Deadbeat Donald and Bibi did away with what remained of the 1948 Partition Resolution which gave rise to so many coolmovies of my youth.

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    Netanyahu "Give me some slack to handle Abu Shiksa"

    Speaking in Hebrew (to deceive, no doubt, the prying eyes and ears of the Gentiles...) Netanyahu took leave of his cabinet and massaged their expectations about tomorrow's first meeting with Trump as President.

     

    I might have to give a little, but over all, he said, I got this guy in the palm of my hand.

     

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-lands-in-us-ahead-of-white-house-...

     

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    Martial Law may be on the table.

    Good Afternoon everyone! The issues(s) requiring I be absent have resided ... for the moment.

    I ran across this article on New Eastern Outlook ...

    America’s Civil War Has Begun with Balkanization to Follow
    http://journal-neo.org/2017/02/12/america-s-civil-war-has-begun-with-balkanization-to-follow/

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    Born in East LA

    The ramp up of a program of extreme deportation ( to accompany the extreme vetting regime....) inevitably brings to mind that Cheech Marin tour de force, Born in East LA.

     

    The plot depended, of course, upon the "unlikely" device of a native born American being rounded up mistakenly and dropped in Mexico.

     

     

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    Extreme Vetting? A Terrifying Thought

    We have repeatedly heard Donald Trump, first as a candidate and now as President, say that he is going to apply extreme vetting for immigrants and refugees. This is either for effect, or he has seriously not informed himself about the processes that folks go through (or even spoken to one of his wives), or he is playing on the ignorance of the bulk of the American public on what refugee, in particular, go through to get here. So to clarify, I off er this post that does detail those processes.

    Senator Warren forced not to quote Coretta King

    Around 9 30 pm Senator Warren, speaking  as part of the Democrat's opposition to  Sessions ,  attempted to provide relevant information about the 1986 Senate's  decision to reject him as a federal judge. After reading Senator Kennedy's  86 statement   she attempted to do the same with Coretta Scott King's 86 letter of opposition.

    Richard Day's picture

    DEAR MR. O'REILLY

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    I was quite taken by an interview you undertook the other day.

    Now I understand that you consider yourself an honorable man.

    I am sure that you consider yourself a powerful man.

    And farbeit from me to question the ethics of a giant media celebrity who hosts a cable news program that is viewed by millions of avid fans. Fans who ultimately are counted as members from my age group.

    Millions are interested in what you have to say concerning so many subjects facing Americans today.

    And I recognize that those millions find you to be the most honorable of men.

    Richard Day's picture

    DO YOU KNOW HOW PISSED OFF I AM TODAY?

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    The high was 22.

    And tomorrow the high is six.

    Soon we will have 10 hours of sunlight in the great white north.

    But it is just toooooooooooo damn cold.

    hahahaha

    And forget the goddamn groundhog for chrissakes.

    That's what did it?

    During the campaign I thought Trump's chances would be affected by his "Grab a little pussy"  chat.

    Or by has cheerfully agreeing  to allow Ivanka to be called on national TV " a nice piece of ass".

    Or by the video of him in Australia humiliating Miss Australia  for not meeting his plane.

    I was right,  It probably got him elected.

    This is not a rehearsal

    It’s the way things are going to be from now on. Theoretically two minority members are supposed to be present when a senate committee forwards a Presidential cabinet nominee to the full senate.Except when they aren’t. This past week.

    Supposedly it takes  60 votes to stop a filibuster.   Think a Democrats filibuster will prevent  the approval of about- -to- be Justice Gorsuch?  Along with believing in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.

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    How "Don the Dick-tator" Has Bamboozled His Way To The Top

     

    It is a simple plan...

    ... to an autocratic position of power...

     

    See: How to Build an Autocracy - David Frum - January 30, 2017 - The Atlantic

    Richard Day's picture

    WE MUST INVADE MEXICO

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    And my best friend the doctor won't even tell me what it is I got.

    (BD)

     

    I have problems with the South.

    I mean I do not appreciate the politics of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, or Texas for chrissakes.

    (Oh and fuck Sessions!)

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    Post Truth In A Dystopian Present

    We are in a time when things are so insane that there is a background refrain of "you can't make this stuff up." Unfortunately, at least two authors have. One is so well known that there are periods (like now) when his name-cum-description is frequently invoked: "Orwellian." The other is Max Barry, who is the author of Jennifer Government - a world where you are born into a corporation or government, and assume your positions at the appropriate time. It is the ideal of the corporatist state on a global scale.1 For me, there is an eerie echo of it as I watch businessman Trump, with zero knowledge (or interest) in the functions nor purpose of government, ride roughshod over the Constitution as he reshapes it to his comfort level.

    Scalia Rises from the Grave, Age 49

    Only took less than 2 weeks and the Republicans have risen Scalia from the grave.

    Not only alive, but 25 years younger. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Son of Anne Gorsuch Burford who tried under Reagan to gut the EPA.

    Gorsuch, ready and eager to guide America to the right for 30 or more years.

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    How the Media Can Cut Through the Bullshit and Do Their Job

    Like him or loathe him... He nails it!

    "...a lunatic president and his amoral flying monkeys ..."

     



    Pretty simple when you think about it...

     

    DHS Border Agents Defy Court Orders

    The spineless one, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), as might be expected, tweeted everything is OK.  He talked to DHS head John Kelly and Kelly said so.

    Senator Schumer needs to get out to JFK or Dulles airport and start taking names, specifically the name of who is in command of border control.

    Apparently court orders are NOT being followed. 'Official resistance' to court orders is reported across the nation and in NYC.

    The situation is described as 'Kafkaesque'.

    barefooted's picture

    Enough

    Enough.

    Our president calls those who oppose his policies, executive orders and general theatrics his enemies while his spokespeople who hold positions of unwarranted power declare the media corrupt.

    That one sentence scared me as I wrote it – and it’s extremely benign compared to what has been and will be written … or not.  Where even the internet and our freedom to use it goes from here is under attack; at this point opening our mouths to speak may be.

    How long do we wait?  How long do we laugh at the joke that hurts?

     

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    Trump Starts Running and So Many Troublesome Issues

    I am finding the beginning of the Trump Presidency frightening in both its content and lack of consideration for the humans involved. From calling all those not with him his 'enemies', to gagging a number of agencies and having them suspend contracts and grants (putting who knows how many out of work), to targeting the Dreamers (and one assumes their families) for ejection from the country; to banning Muslim refugees from entering the country. It is a slash and burn approach that is largely embedded in a perception of 'reality' which frankly is not reality.

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    We Are Legion

    I had a little surgery on my left on Monday, can I just say, OW! I had a Pterygium. But here I am the youngest person in the Cataract and Eye Surgery Center in Bellevue Washington. So I am sitting waiting in an area where you get your eye put to sleep. I'd tell you how this is done, but as you can imagine, it's isn't pain-free! LOL. A woman is sitting directly across from me, she is reading her phone, but she is sitting right next to her mom and dad. I know because she called them, mom and dad! LOL.  

    Trump, Franken vs. Senate GOP

    Forget for a moment all the issues surrounding the Keystone pipeline legality, that it will likely create few permanent jobs or that it may serve solely as a way to export Canadian oil and is not moving dirty tar sand oil for US use.

    Look at the hypocrisy of the Senate GOP in 2015 on where the steel would come from, and how Trump takes the 'not rocket science' use US steel side of Democrats on this today. 

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