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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 5:59pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Trump can't 'shut down' the media. He's having the same farting spasms Nixon used to have about all the 'commie lib' news outlets he wanted to get rid of. To a lesser extent, LBJ also had a 'shit list' of media outlets.

Unfortunately, as JB said upthread, the day the media pays attention to none of Trump's brain-damaged bullcrap, might be the day everything hits the fan. 
However, bullshit can be ignored selectively(on a 'turd by turd' basis) and this whining falls into that category.
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 7:20pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Bullshit can be ignored selectively... except that with Nixon & LBJ, there was no TWITTER for them to use daily to "inform" the masses. This orange guy in the WH can reach millions at a moment's notice and spew his nonsense!! THAT aspect makes him very annoying as well. Exhausting even at this stage.... but I did say long ago that the media should've stopped attending daily press briefings until he stopped speaking about "FAKE NEWS".

Someone needs to demand he act presidential... or step down.

-C!
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Joe Zhang
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 7:44pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

IMO, we Americans are at heart explorers, adventurers, pioneers. It's quite unique among the peoples of the world. But we are also gunslingers (in a figurative sense). To protect our interests or fight for what is "right", we will confront each other without hesitation. OK, so no big deal, that's how we've been doing it for generations. The problem is the internet has become an immense battlefield where people snipe at each other all day long, forgetting our inhibitions and sense of civility. And now Trump has brought that dysfunction into the highest level of government. Which feeds the flames within the Left and Right, emboldening their respective extremists. Which in turn affects everyday life. Where this is going to go, who the hell knows. 

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Michael Sommerville
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 8:22pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I apologize in advance but could not let it go. 

IMO, speaking for the peoples of the world, those attributes are not unique to the US. There really is a World of ideas and wonders beyond the American bubble.
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David Miller
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Posted: 11 October 2017 at 8:59pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Just reflecting that only 8 months ago, an undisclosed Turkish agent served as National Security Adviser. Every United States secret was compromised. In a sane and "well-regulated" world that appointment would be an impeachable offense, but in ours its a forgotten embarrassment.
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 12 October 2017 at 1:16am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I often hear we are to respect the office, even if we do not respect the man.

Well, this man has shown nothing but utter contempt for the office and I find myself unable to respect that office until the man is removed.

And every Republican that continues to back him also shows utter contempt for the office by allowing such a dictator to remain.
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 12 October 2017 at 4:00pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

And now he's threatening to pull FEMA responders from Puerto Rico.


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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 12 October 2017 at 7:27pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Threatening to withhold helps based on his ego and whims. Man, I wish this idiot would get impeached already. 
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 12 October 2017 at 7:29pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Seriously, the Dems really need to take over in the Mid terms next year.

-C!
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 12 October 2017 at 8:55pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

He keeps pissing on Puerto Rico over how much money they don't have, yet he seems to forget the $33 million he bilked them out of when his golf club declared down there declared bankruptcy. 

Not to mention he sure didn't threaten to pull FEMA out of Texas or Florida. Could his bias against hispanics be more blatant?
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 12 October 2017 at 9:15pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Oh, it gets better. 

Friday, he's going to become the first sitting President to speak at an event hosted by the Family Research Center. The FRC are against equal rights for LGBT, same-sex marriage and civil unions, LGBT adoptions, embryonic stem-cell research, porn, and divorce.

The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the FRC as an anti-gay hate group.

So basically he's about to lose not only all the votes from Puerto Rico if he manages to run for re-election, but he's also going to lose the votes of LGBT and their supporters.
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Neil Lindholm
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Posted: 12 October 2017 at 9:22pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

This was just announced in the NYT. I'm not really sure how the US health system works but this doesn't sound that good for low-income Americans. Aren't these the ones that voted for him? 

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Brian Miller
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 5:50am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I thought Puerto Rico didnít get to vote in the general election because they were just a territory. 
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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 5:54am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

They can vote in the primaries and that's it.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 5:57am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Yes, Neil. But Trump wonít rest until he reverses everything that terrible black did while in office and his supporters will cheer him on every step of the way. Even to their own detriment. 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 1:03pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

He just announced that he spoke with the president of the Virgin Islands earlier. 

Er...

The intelligence level of this turnip is truly astounding. 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 1:15pm | IP Logged | 17 post reply

His vocabulary is lame. Same words. Can spout many adjectives, but doesn't really explore a point or elaborate.

His review of STAR WARS would be something like this:

"It was great, super in fact. Very good."

Sums him up really well. He only THINKS he is smart.
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 1:50pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

What a dumbass.

Just a day after Energy Secretary Rick Perry referred to Puerto Rico as its own country.

*sigh*

-C!


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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 1:53pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I wonder if 45 understands the constituent nations of the UK. Wonder if he could point out Scotland or Wales on a map (one example).
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Eric Ladd
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 2:20pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

How about if a foreign nation (Canada, UK, Russia?) offers to absorb or pay Puerto Rico's debt, fly in with aid to have PR secede from the US? Easy way to buy into a new island resort for your citizens! Seriously though, my favorite today is when you said he met with the President of the Virgin Islands. Isn't that him?
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 2:37pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Most Americans don't understand exactly what 'constituent nations of the UK' means. I once had a friend in 'the UK'(England) tell me she would be visiting 'another country' on a weekend. It was Scotland. She had to explain the 'constituent countries' definition to me.
The average 'dumb American' thinks everything over there is 'England', while the average 'smarter American' knows to call it 'the United Kingdom' as a whole, and the names of each individual part of it...but American usage typically does not include the term 'constituent countries'. We'd say 'regions', most likely.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 2:45pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

I have no problem with an American not knowing that, I only have a problem with a creep, who is forever telling people how clever he is, not living up to it.

Why do those who say they are smart usually turn out not to be? 
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 2:49pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Because, Robbie, those who are smart do not need to say so; and those who need to say so aren't very smart.

In Trump's case, I'm surprised he doesn't have it tattooed on his forehead.

Then again, in one aspect at least, he does qualify as a super genius. That's what happens when you elect an Acme Build-a-President.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 2:56pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

It's similar to so-called 'tough guys'. Notice how the 'tough guy' or bully at school actually ran away when you sincerely accepted his challenge.

"Oh, I'll fight you. I'll knock you out...hang on, you don't actually want to fight, do you?"

Feels that way with people who boast about their IQ. Well, I'd ask for a refund on his IQ test. I'm not smart, but I feel I have a bigger vocabulary than he has.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 13 October 2017 at 4:00pm | IP Logged | 25 post reply

Yes Eric. That was the point of my post earlier. 
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