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  • May 23, 2017 10:17 AM
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    Even some Republicans are saying this budget proposal is "dead in the water". It must be approved by September 30th unless Congress approves another Continuing Resolution at that time...or shut down the government.

    Nevertheless, between now and September 30th, we'll see Republicans negotiating with Republicans, and Democrats mostly having "observer status". If Dems want to stop this insanity, then the grass roots constituents need to ramp up protests and write or call their Congresspersons. Only pressure from their constituents can make Republicans in Congress take pause.

  • May 23, 2017 10:17 AM
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    It still mystifies me how Trump supporters are sticking with him with this crazy budget proposal. But remember they watch Fox News, and Fox and Friends and Hannity portray an entirely different picture of Trump...one where Trump is the victim of the liberal media and their "fake news". Add to that Rush Limbaugh's far reaching airwaves to all corners of rural America...not to mention Alex Jones and his Infowars.
  • May 19, 2017 11:24 AM
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    Here's one from the Crooks and Liars website:

    How did things go at the Vatican?

    Ivanka and Melania: "No Comment"

    Trump: "Terrific, The Best!"

    The Pope: "God Help Me...Literally"

  • May 19, 2017 11:24 AM
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    Caption This: Picture Of The Day

    Another photo op and Trump is beaming...a kind of lecherous grin. I never see him smiling, but in this case he must have another "win" or something.

    Can anyone suggest a suitable caption for this photo compliments of Crooks and Liars?

  • May 24, 2017 09:43 AM
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    ProPublica: The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

    After reading this long article, I can certainly understand why Donald Trump likes Jared Kushner and keeps him close. They both know how to make money off poor people by suing them.

    "Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law."

    You don't have to read the whole article. It covers several cases with similar themes...Kushner companies suing tenants and counting on outlasting them in the courts. It defines Jared Kushner...his persona. Much like his father-in-law lacking empathy.

  • May 19, 2017 11:24 AM
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    Vox: Donald Trump at Yad Vashem leaves a bizarrely chipper note for posterity

    After Trump gave his speech and prayed at the wall, he signed the guest book: “It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends — so amazing and will never forget!”

    Critics called his note "blithe, almost chipper" and not appropriate for the somber occasion. Then they compared it to the note that then Senator Barack Obama left when he visited Yad Vashem:

    "I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution. At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim “never again.” And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit."

    But in Netanyahu's eyes and many Israelis, Obama is the "bad president" and Trump the "good president".

  • May 23, 2017 10:17 AM
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    It is interesting Donald Trump's choice of a new word to describe the Manchester bomber and his kind: "Losers".

    “I won’t call them monsters, because they would like that term... they’re losers, just remember that,” he said Tuesday during a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    After Trump's Saudi visit he has dropped the term "radical Islamic terrorist" from his vocabulary (at least for now). So he had to find an alternative word that in his mind is the most despicable person in the world...Loser.

    For Trump there are always winners and losers. And he sees himself as a winner. He looks down on losers, for him the worst of the worst people on the planet...part of his narcissistic personality disorder.

    He's sick.

  • May 24, 2017 05:50 AM
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    wwjd -- That is an excellent question. It may be that Trump himself never had any direct contact with the Russians during the campaign that could meet the legal test of "collusion", but Flynn and others are most likely culpable. Isn't that how Ronald Reagan got off in the Iran-Contra scandal? As per Wikipedia, "the presidency of Ronald Reagan was marked by multiple scandals, resulting in the investigation, indictment, or conviction of over 138 administration officials, the largest number for any U.S. president." It has been labeled the most corrupt in history, yet despite all the indictments and convictions, not a single person served jail time.

    And Ronald Reagan is now revered in Republican circles as a great president. His name is widely honored even amongst Democrats. I'm surprised that we haven't made space for him on Mount Rushmore.

    What this points toward is that Republicans control the messaging and they can make a devil into a saint. Who knows, decades from now we might be holding up Donald Trump in the same light as Ronald Reagan. "He made America great again."

  • May 19, 2017 08:57 AM
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    Vanity Fair: Donald Trump Dances to Saudi Arabia’s Tune

    The Art of the Deal is in the eyes of the beholder. The Saudis got just about everything they wanted that Obama would not give them. What did Trump get in return? He got serenaded by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

    Trump went away feeling triumphant...another win to boast about.

  • May 22, 2017 05:59 AM
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    An old parable...

    There are four blind men who discover an elephant. Since the men have never encountered an elephant, they grope about, seeking to understand and describe this phenomenon. One grasps the trunk and concludes it is a snake. Another explores one of the elephant’s legs and describes it as a tree. A third finds the elephant’s tail and announces that it is a rope. And the fourth blind man, after discovering the elephant’s side, concludes that it is, after all, a wall.

    Each of us looks at the Democratic Party and sees something different. Some see the party that champions the workers, the middle class, the poor and sick...a party that exemplifies empathy and compassion. Some see a party that has lost its way and has abandoned its values. Some see a party in disarray trying to find middle ground between the Bernie supporters and the Hillary supporters. Some are looking for a leader that meets all their concepts of what a true leader should be...an illusive quest of ideological purity destined to end in failure.

    For me the Democratic Party embraces a diversity of thought, cultures, races and religions (or non-religions) and strives for tolerance of our differences. It is not easy. In fact it is next to impossible to be all things to all people. I know because I met so many of these people in canvassing neighborhoods for Obama, Clinton and local and state candidates.

    We strive to strike a balance with compromises, but one person's compromise is another person's sell-out. It encourages intolerance even when we strive for tolerance. It evokes strong emotions. Some liberals even called President Obama the "lesser of two evils". But names I heard against Hillary were even worse.

    For all it's warts and imperfections, the Democratic Party and its candidates for office, its party platform, and the thousands of volunteers who hit the streets to register voters and get out the vote are the only thing standing in the way of the Republicans and Donald Trump and their agenda to make the Republican Party a one party rule. They can only succeed if we remain divided ourselves, and if we remain intolerant of each other.

    Compromise is not a four letter word.