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Our Self-Serving Emperor Has No Clothes


By JohnRussell, 2017-08-11
Last week I saw an article about Trump's obsessions. I seeded it here, to little or no effect as I recall. The article contained a graphic which displayed how many times President* Trump mentions the election , the vote, the electoral college , Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama in his interviews with media outlets. He mentions all of these items except "electoral" in 75% of his interviews. I think it is a simple curioisity to wonder why this is, but we don't see this line of wonderment displayed all that much outside of op/eds by the usual (liberal) beltway media figures. Where is the curiosity into this bizarre fact from "regular" Americans , even those who have supported Trump so far? President* Trump is an empty shell of a leader. All his space is filled up...
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AFTER Donald Trump said that he believed that the shooting of the Republicans, including House #3 Steve Scalise,  on Wednesday morning had brought "unity" to the country Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country. We've had a very, very divided country for many years. And I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country. Donald Trump said these things through Twitter,   Donald J. Trump ‏ Verified account   @realDonaldTrump    6h 6 hours ago More Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, 'bleached' emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?...
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REPUBLICANS HATE THE POOR


By JohnRussell, 2017-05-07
      by JR   Republicans have been fighting against minimum wage hikes for as long as I can remember. They are , for all intents and purposes, the reason that , adjusted for inflation, the current minimum wage is worth less than it was 50 years ago. Republicans have generally felt that people who make minimum wage need to improve themselves, and if they improve themselves they will make more money.  This "logic" completely ignores the fact that someone will always be making the lowest wage in a society. That is the point of a minimum wage. Since the concept of a "lowest" wage is unavoidable, it should have a floor underneath it.  Now, today, we see more evidence of the Republicans hate for the poor. As Republicans have...
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What Do People Celebrate On Halloween ?


By JohnRussell, 2015-10-30
The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead.  history.com   When I was a kid it seemed like there were ghosts and ghouls and devils everywhere, at least on Halloween. A lot of the kids had otherworldly costumes that referenced the supernatural. Even a few angels with the devils.  I remember as a kid working a ouija board with my friends trying to communicate with a ghost. We did the "Mary Worth" game where you dared someone to stand in front of a mirror and say three times "I believe in Mary Worth", the hoped for (or maybe not so hoped for) result being that Mary Worth would appear in your mirror. Mary Worth was the ghost of a...
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The Gun Is Not The Killer


By JohnRussell, 2015-10-02
I have thought, for some time really, that "liberals" are flailing a little when they go after the availability of guns as the cause of mass murders. I would certainly like to see the availability of guns, and ammo, recede in the U.S., and hopefully one day the political will may develop to pass sensible gun regulations. As all knowledgeable people understand, there is nothing in the second amendment that prohibits regulation of gun ownership. Even Scalia has said so. But, all the focus on guns as if they were the reason we have these mass killings is very ill advised because it takes suspicion and attention away from areas that may be the real explanation. Although there have been historical clusters of mass shootings in the 1920s, 30s, and 60s, mass public shootings...
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He Kept Us Safeish


By JohnRussell, 2015-09-19
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Vote On Iran Nukes Is A Sham


By JohnRussell, 2015-09-03
Not because the agreement is guaranteed, (at least in terms of committed votes), of going into effect once either there is no vote because the opponents cannot overcome filibuster, or an Obama veto is upheld, no, the sham is in the fact that the vote in Congress is entirely down political party lines. There is not a single Republican member of Congress, out of 300 , who is on record saying they will vote in favor of the Iran nukes agreement. The Republicans are expected to vote 300-0 against the deal. Does that sound like a functioning democracy? There is not even 1 or 2 Republicans who listened to the opinions of the nuclear scientists, disarmament experts , and military leaders from the U.S. and around the world that support the agreement, and then concluded that the deal...
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