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Friday, March 02, 2018

President Donald Trump wasn't entirely truthful about saving three UCLA basketball players stranded in China for shoplifting, according to a new ESPN report. Twelve hours after being arrested for stealing sunglasses and beaded bracelets at Louis Vuitton and two other stores in Hangzhou, China, UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were released on bail with their passports withheld after returning the items, according to ESPN's Arash Markazi. They were free to do as they please in the city as the situation was being resolved by UCLA And Pac-12 officials, with help from Alibaba chairman Tsai and the Federation University Sports China. read more

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used tough terms to back up the new deploy-or-get out rules, saying those held back for administrative reasons place an unfair burden on troops who routinely serve multiple combat tours. "You're either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I'm not going have some people deploying constantly and then other people, who seem to not pay that price, in the U.S. military," Mattis told reporters traveling with him on his way home Saturday from a week-long trip to Europe. Troops who routinely deploy "need time at home, they need time with their families. We may enlist soldiers, but we re-enlist families. That's the way it is," he said. "If you can't keep the family together, then you're either going to lose the family or you're going to lose the soldier, and that's a net loss for our society and for our military," Mattis said. read more

Monday, February 19, 2018

David Frum: [Donald] Trump's gravest responsibility is to defend the United States from foreign attack -- and he's done nothing to fulfill it. Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and resentment. He interrupted his holidaying schedule at Mar-a-Lago only briefly, for a visit to a hospital where some of the shooting victims were treated. He posed afterward for a grinning thumbs-up photo op. Pain at another's heartbreak -- that emotion is for losers, apparently. Having failed at one presidential duty, to speak for the nation at times of national tragedy, Trump resumed shirking an even more supreme task: defending the nation against foreign attack. read more

Sunday, February 18, 2018

In an angry tweetstorm Sunday morning, President Trump said that if Russian meddling in the election 2016 election was intended to sow discord in the United States, "they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow." But the president suggested the source of that discord is the ongoing investigation of Russian meddling in the elections and possible collusion between his campaign and Russia, which Trump flatly denies. read more

Robert Draper, National Geographic: In 1949, amid the specter of European authoritarianism, the British novelist George Orwell published his dystopian masterpiece 1984, with its grim admonition: "Big Brother is watching you." Today more than 2.5 trillion images are shared or stored on the Internet annually -- to say nothing of the billions more photographs and videos people keep to themselves. By 2020, one telecommunications company estimates, 6.1 billion people will have phones with picture-taking capabilities. Meanwhile, in a single year an estimated 106 million new surveillance cameras are sold. More than three million ATMs around the planet stare back at their customers. Tens of thousands of cameras known as automatic number plate recognition devices, or ANPRs, hover over roadways -- to catch speeding motorists or parking violators but also, in the case of the United Kingdom, to track the comings and goings of suspected criminals. read more


"bullies had higher levels of anger, depression, emotional disaffection, paranoia and suicidal behavior. Other studies have found that as they grow up, bullies tend to have more trouble keeping jobs, have more problems with alcohol and drugs, and are more likely to have criminal records."

There's bullies who grow up to become mature adults because when they were bullies they were know nothing kids ...

Then there's bullies who, as kids, are truly going down the rabbit hole of sociopathic behavior and stand a high chance of becoming problematic adults.

According to this author ...

The tormenter I remember most distinctly was not my first bully, nor my last, but his attacks would turn the others into footnotes.

He was in my class for years; his mom was my softball coach, driving me to and from practice when my single mother could not. In class photos his face is round and almost cherubic, but I remember it contorted in anger as he spat insults at me, telling me to shut the hell up, flailing his hands against his chest and moaning -- an approximation of what he said I sounded like. We were seated next to each other in class, year after year, and when I finally complained about this arrangement, one of my teachers said that maybe I'd be "a good influence on him."

My proximity to his mother did nothing to protect me. Sitting in the back of her van after my team lost a softball game, he snapped: "It smells in here. Close your legs." Reflexively, I did as he instructed. When his mother climbed into the driver's seat a few moments later, oblivious to what had happened, he was still doubled over with laughter. I was 10.

When I returned home, tearful and broken down, I comforted myself with the idea that one day, I would be happy and successful and my bully would not. I internalized the bromide used to soothe all bullied children of my generation -- the universe would mete out some sort of karmic justice.

Sorry, this comes across as ridiculously self-absorbed and self-centered. The bully's description comes across as Lumpy from 'Leave it to Beaver'.

The guy has long been dead -- writing about it in the WaPo as a serious think piece is shallow, but I can see how people eat this stuff up.

Is this a better source?

Obama admin made schools more dangerous: Column



Your link is from Max Eden.

Who is Max Eden? Here' a response to something he wrote ...

Response to Max Eden on Vouchers and Segregation


Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, recently wrote in an opinion piece for RealClearEducation that the American Federation of Teachers had launched a public relations offensive to "smear school vouchers as a racist tool for resegregation," citing a speech I gave recently. Eden suggested that I said that "modern voucher programs have caused segregation." I made no such claims. I requested this opportunity to clarify what I did say in the speech Eden incorrectly characterized.

So this Max Eden is another right-wing d-bag who goes around trying to beat up on teachers (and unions).

No sane and rational person will say that teachers (or unions) are perfect -- but I am tired of these dumbass arguments, and it's so easy to dismiss right-wing BS out of hand.

Punchline: your USA Today link from Max Eden is not better. Why? Because the idea that Obama's education policies plays into the cause of why this --------- kid shot up a school is STUPID.

Loaf's was what I predicted of Laura, knee-jerk -------- on the source instead of addressing the substance. Very, very typical and predicted by me in #1.



You're pushing --------, and people regardless of their personal politics do not like to be -----------.

Here's summary of Paul Sperry's book 'Muslim Mafia' ...


Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America is a 2009 book by U.S. State Department-trained Arabic linguist and former U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations special agent Paul David Gaubatz, and investigative journalist and Hoover Institute fellow Paul Sperry.[1][2] According to the Charlotte Observer, it "portrays the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as a subversive organization allied with international terrorists."[3]

Talk about a load of scapegoating ---------.

Now this Sperry guy wants to connect yet another mass shooting to Obama. I bet he can even link the Columbine shooting to Obama.

Thread sucks

Behind Cruz's Rampage - Obama's School Leniency Policy

President Blackenstein strikes again !

The author of the article, Paul Sperry, is a right-wing douche-bag.


In the wake of the Fort Hood Shooting, he gave an interview to Coast to Coast AM on November 7, 2009, about his co-authored book Muslim Mafia.[7] In 2011, he published "The Great American Bank Robbery," a book about how the government's attempt to increase minority home-ownership helped create the sub-prime housing crisis.

Here's the full and ridiculous title of Sperry's aforementioned book: 'The Great American Bank Robbery: The Unauthorized Report About What Really Caused the Great Recession'.

Obama was far from being the perfect POTUS, but defending Obama against stupid right-wing vomit is the easiest thing in the world.

Have you been living under a rock? Read the damn memos that have come out. Obama 100% wiretapped Trump. This is not even up for debate at this point, it is just a simple fact.


Here you go ...


"Obama did in fact unconstitutionally spy on Trump throughout the presidential election."

-- Bloggers on Thursday, February 1st, 2018 in a story


No, Obama not facing indictment for spying on Trump

By Amy Sherman on Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 3:40 p.m.

A fake news story on Facebook claims that while the liberal media "ridiculed" President Donald Trump over his claim that former President Barack Obama spied on him during the election, America has now learned that Obama did indeed spy and will be indicted.

"Obama did in fact unconstitutionally spy on Trump throughout the presidential election," stated a Feb. 1 article by The Global Headlines, a fake news website that bashes Democrats.

The clickbait article declares at the conclusion: "Share this story if you want to see Obama behind bars for the rest of his treasonous life!"

Facebook users flagged the post as being potentially fabricated, as part of the social network's efforts to combat fake news.

There is no evidence that Obama is poised to be indicted or that he wiretapped Trump.

No evidence means no evidence.

I do want to see Obama (aka Turd) testify under oath in front of Congress over wiretapping Trump, which we now know did happen despite him and his criminal gang running the DOJ lying about it repeatedly.


Here you go ...

Justice Department: No evidence Obama wiretapped Trump Tower



There is no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Justice Department said in a new court filing.

The DOJ made the statement in a motion for summary judgment filed Friday in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the watchdog group American Oversight.

"Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets," the government said, referring to the Justice Department's National Security Division.

Trump has never produced any evidence to back up the explosive claim, which he made on Twitter in March, and which a spokesman for Obama promptly denied.

The White House has argued that Trump's comments were merely alleging surveillance, which is why he put "wires tapped" in quotation marks in the initial tweet.

Took me 10 seconds to google this.

Once Trump was caught lying, Trump then changed his story.

Liars like Trump always lie.

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