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Trump has always been a disgrace.  He is now showing himself to be the buffoon he has always been.  The interesting part to me.....will be to see who in the Senate and House.....and Cabinet, will be taken down with him.  And yes.....I fully expect that FOX will be pulled into the investigation (working with Donnie to coverup).



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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: Today at 11:46:08 AM »
And when does the issue of FOX News working DIRECTLY with the Trump campaign.....as well as post campaign begin to get exposed?

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: Today at 11:36:58 AM »
Next phase.....the bunker mentality begins.  How many weeks or months can it last before it caves?  Depends on how quickly politicians abandon ship.  Donnie is now a lame duck leader.  He can pretend all he wants....it isn't going away.

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: Today at 03:00:13 AM »
More gasoline for the fire.  Anyone have a match?😳

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 25, 2017, 08:52:37 PM »
By the way Europe......how did you like your first "up close look" at Donnie?

Would love to hear what "the take" is on Donnie?  Not just because I can't stand the person....but I am curious to hear what Europe's true take on Donnie is.


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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 25, 2017, 06:10:08 PM »
It is amazing just how "out of synch" and out of touch that Donnie and his band of idiots are on some things:

1) He has loaded his cabinet with fossil fuel guys....just as renewables are "taking off" around the world.  His buddies have some real work to do if they are going to try and "save" fossil fuels.  THAT....is NOT a "winnable game".

The two leading democratic countries in the world now......Germany and Britain.....have moved ahead QUICKLY with renewables....and it is spreading.   

2)   The US has made BIG STRIDES in pushing down the rate of "out of wedlock" births.  And just as all that work was done over the last 8 years......work that any real FISCAL CONSERVATIVE LIKE ME WOULD LOVE......it is being unwound by Donnie.   By having fewer kids in single parent homes.....that reduces the amount that both the feds and the states payout in providing healthcare, food, and other things needed.

But what Donnie wants to do in his new budget....is to take away funding for things like Planned Parenthood.......AND......at the same time decrease the safety net.  So his budget...is a DOUBLE WHAMMY.

3)  Betsy Devos will turn back education to the 1950's......and ENCOURAGE discrimination in private schools......while continuing to provide federal funding to them.  She is a REAL POS.

Donnie is going to cause a lot of people to get a lot of exercise over the next year or more.  Of course......MARCHING IS GOOD EXERCISE. ;)

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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: May 25, 2017, 05:43:22 PM »
US oil and gas stocks are hanging by their fingertips.  Again....only a matter of time before the "next leg down" in the oil market.


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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: May 25, 2017, 05:24:05 PM »
Oil price CONTINUES to be "held captive" by the US frackers.  Nine month agreement to extent the OPEC cutback.....and the market goes "meh".

Frackers keep adding rigs....continuing to put a "cap" on oil price.  Eventually....oil price will fall if demand weakens even a little bit.

Remember.....

1)  Increased efficiencies in both residential and commercial building CONTINUE to negatively effect oil and gas markets.

2)  Inch by inch.....renewables CONTINUE to "nibble away" at the edges of demand....growing larger every day.

3)  Increased technological improvements by the frackers also allow them to make money at a lower price.

4)  Donnie is talking about selling off almost 50% of the US strategic oil reserve.  If THAT were to happen EVENTUALLY.....that would NOT be good for the price of oil. 


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 24, 2017, 04:13:00 PM »
Those looking for the next shoe to drop.....should be looking for a large BOOT instead. ???

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 23, 2017, 06:47:54 PM »
Former Nixon white house counsel John Dean's "twitter take" on involvement by some in the senate and the US house of reps:


GOP doesn't think the Russian hacking happened, maybe because it helped them. Knowingly profiting from crime could make 'em co-conspirators.


https://twitter.com/JohnWDean/status/866738966287884288

Now you know why "the list" of people who have at least POTENTIAL if not ACTUAL criminal cases against them will grow to be pretty long......

The DC lawyers are going to have a field day year years. ;)

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 23, 2017, 06:12:02 PM »
Rachel Maddow, The Washington Post, and The New York Times want to know:

What do you give someone YOU HATE.....but who has done SO MUCH FOR YOU?

Record ratings for Rachel.......wildly improved subscriptions for both the NY Times and Washington Post.

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/msnbc-hits-ratings-milestone-fox-news-drops-third-205835259.html

FOX now in 3rd place.....the first time since 2000.  Only Donnie could do so much....in so little time.

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 23, 2017, 05:19:04 PM »
The FORMER CIA Director is now testifying......he notified the "so-called gang of eight" which included the following 4 Republicans as well as 4 Democrat's:

1)  McConnell (Kentucky)
2) Ryan (Wisconsin)
3)  Nunes (California)
4)  Burr (North Carolina)

....and the CIA Director informed them in AUGUST OF 2016 PRIOR TO THE ELECTION.....That Russia was INDEED INTERFERING WITH THE US ELECTIONS.

As I said a couple weeks ago.....Ryan and McConnell "have some 'splaining" to do.  Now you know why....

ADIOS AMIGOS.....

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/18/1663539/-Last-August-republicans-knew-about-Russian-interference-in-our-elections-and-didn-t-care

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 23, 2017, 05:03:48 PM »
I guess I better update who will be the starting pitcher in the future for the US team....AGAIN:

1.  Donnie Trump

2.  Mikey Pence

3.  Paul Ryan

4.  Senator Oren Hatch........Warming up.... ;)

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:37:09 PM »
Here is a great piece by David Gergen....who has served US Presidents of BOTH PARTIES.  In giving the commencement speech at his alma mater in North Carolina.....Gergen noted that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH IN NORTH CAROLINA.

His commencement speech could have been given on MANY SUBJECTS....and in other states as well.  The message was clear:

"For those of us who have stayed on the sidelines, it is time to stand up and be counted. It is time to raise our voices against this darkness. Indeed, it is time for fellow citizens of all stripes – white and black; young and old; native and newcomer; men, women and people of chosen gender – everyone – to join forces and preserve the best of who we are as a people."

Whether we are talking about RUSSIAGATE.....GLOBAL WARMING.......or a number of other issues.....GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GET INVOLVED.  Do NOT let the "forces of darkness" win on ANY ISSUE. 

In the US....we have allowed many to USE the "freedom of speech" in order to LIE AND DECEIVE:  YES....I'M TALKING ABOUT YOU FOX NEWS. QUIT LYING.

Humanity has a VERY LONG WAY TO GO.  And if we are to survive....we have to HUNGER FOR THE TRUTH....not what is "handy" or easy as the truth.....or what we would WANT the truth to be.

http://www.elon.edu/e-net/Article/132946

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 23, 2017, 02:36:31 PM »
1.  South Korea:  Park Guen-hye impeached (December 2016....finally ousted in March 2017).

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/09/asia/south-korea-park-geun-hye-impeachment-vote/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-steps-down-impeachment-corruption-scandal-a7621866.html

2.  Brazil:  President Temer....."I won't resign.  Oust me if you want." Now...ongoing.

Operation Carwash...much bigger than Watergate.

http://plus55.com/brazil-culture/2017/05/60-minutes-operation-car-wash-watergate
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/23/brazil-president-temer-i-wont-resign-oust-me-if-you-want.html

3.  United States:  What will Donnie do?  Be impeached.....fight impeachment....resign?  Time will tell.

OK Donnie.....your call.  What is he going to do?  Is he...as I suspect....fight it UNLESS his support caves (as I suspect)?  Will he fire Mueller the Special Prosecutor (as I suspect he will)...and "hope for the best" and hope that his support holds "regardless of what he does."

I encourage you to watch the 60 Minutes clip of "Operation Car Wash" on Brazil linked above.  It describes what Brazil is NOW going through with their corruption scandal.....and just HOW DEEP AND HOW BROAD IT IS.

I suspect.....when RussiaGate is said and done....it will reach into some of Donnie's cabinet posts (Jeff Sessions, Wilbur Ross, and perhaps others)......as well as reach into both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives (yea....I'm looking at you Chaffetz and Nunenz AND OTHERS YET TO BE NAMED).  But my question is....JUST HOW MANY?  We may be surprised....

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 23, 2017, 02:38:58 AM »
Boy.....I sure hope Sean Hannity doesn't get caught up in RussiaGate....and that we find out he is on the take as well.... ;)

http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/05/22/fox-news-reporters-just-admitted-theyre-disgusted-hannity-conspiracy-theories/

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:59:59 PM »
Three words will FOREVER haunt Donald Trump and Micahel Flynn......and I'm NOT talking about "I love you."

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/22/united-passengers-chant-lock-him-up-as-unruly-man-/

LOCK HIM UP

Wherever they go.....those three little words will haunt them for the rest of their lives.



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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 22, 2017, 06:55:29 PM »
I guess I better update who will be the starting pitcher in the future for the US team:

1.  Donnie Trump

2.  Mikey Pence

3.  Paul Ryan.....Questionable

4Senator Oren Hatch.....Available and waiting.... ;)

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 22, 2017, 06:44:32 PM »
CBO (Congressional Budget Office) scores on Trumpcare come out on this Wednesday...I believe.  That could either provide Donnie with a slap on the back....OR.....a grab in the crotch.  I guess we will find out Wednesday..... ;)

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 22, 2017, 03:02:35 PM »
For those with an interest in history.....here is the Wikipedia link to the Nixon impeachment process.  FORMAL impeachment proceedings for Nixon started in February of 1974....6 months before he resigned.....and 13 months AFTER his re-inauguration in January of 1973.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impeachment_process_against_Richard_Nixon

The process continues..... 

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:33:30 PM »
The two large issues of RussiaGate and global warming CONTINUE to "move towards each other" and "conspire" to upend Donnie's boat.

As RussiaGate continues to grab headlines that move against him......that "pesky global warming thing" continues to raise its ugly head.....as well as Donnie's policies to IGNORE IT.  THAT....will play right into the hands of those that want to impeach him based on RussiaGate.....because it moves the public's perception of Donnie AGAINST HIM AND HIS POLICIES.  Those two things do NOT operate in a vacuum.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:20:52 PM »
Although I would love to see Trump either remove himself from office or be removed through impeachment, I think proceedings should not be rushed. It would be better to wait until the evidence is beyond doubt (if possible), otherwise conviction of impeachable offenses in the Senate could fail.

It will all be driven by Donnie's poll numbers.  Here are Tricky Dick's numbers below.  Keep in mind....Nixon was re-elected in November 1972....and the Watergate break-in was in June of 1972 during his re-election campaign.  His approval numbers would eventually drop to 25% by the time he resigned....

It is a PROCESS....and it takes time for human minds to change.  We don't like to admit we are wrong.  As Mark Twain said:  "It is much easier to fool someone.....than to convince them that they have been fooled."

If Donnie's approval numbers get low enough.....then Republicans will leave him.  If they don't....then not enough will leave him.  Simple as that.  You can see that by July or August of his second term.....Nixon was already down to 30%.  For Trump....that would be THIS JULY/AUGUST (two months from now).



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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 22, 2017, 01:04:58 PM »
RussiaGate....and the coverage of RussiaGate...... should make two things obvious:

1)  That FOX News has been nothing but a lying shill for "far right" policies over the years....whether that is global warming, birth control, taxes, RussiaGate, etc.  They will lie their ass off....and under Trump, they are doing double duty.  When it comes to RussiaGate....they either IGNORE or DEFLECT.  They are NOT a news organization....and they have NEVER been a news organization.

Although....I do believe THIS FOX NEWSCASTER JEANINE....that we can't take a president that is constantly under impeachment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIjY0-jVbiM

I'm sure that she is saying the SAME THINGS about Donnie right now. ;)

Or here.....where she is trying to "cut" when the cameraman is taking video of Trump bowing to the Saudi King:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbT_F-jOu4w

FOX is a cesspool of fake journalism.....and they have "poisoned" their viewers over years and decades. 

2)   The FAKE CHRISTIANS of the "far right".....continue to try and pull the wool over the eyes of many.  Trump certainly used this to his advantage.  FAKE CHRISTIANS like Jerry Falwell Jr., Sean Hannity, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingrham, etc.  These are the folks that are more than happy to tout their Christianity when it is handy....but somehow forget to live a "Christian" lifestyle.








     

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 22, 2017, 01:11:34 AM »
The expected firing of Mueller.....has to do with the upcoming testimony of Comey, more than it has to do with Reince coming home early.  Although...I FULLY expect that to be #1 on his plate with Jeff Sessions when he gets back.  And with "shit about to hit the fan".....Reince had to come home early.

Note....I do NOT expect the firing BEFORE Donnie gets back....but I also wouldn't be surprised.  He HAS to get rid of Mueller and the FBI investigation.

After the Comey testimony in two weeks.....Donnie is going to be in a very bad place.  Not that he will be in a good place by firing Mueller ANY TIME....

Donnie is a cornered animal.....and he will be striking out to people around him....to the press....to anyone....especially someone trying to bring him down.

Just my "take"...... 


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:08:36 PM »
The single most dangerous thing that most people CONTINUE to underestimate....or not realize altogether.....is the position that FOX News has played in "all of this."

For 25 years....FOX has continue to spew lies out to their audience on a multitude of issues.  They have....quite LITERALLY....BRAINWASHED many of their listeners......just as Russia does, just as Iran does, and just as other countries do with their "state run media".  That is why I reference FOX.....as TASS.  Almost no difference.  And if Donnie had his way.....he would pare the first amendment WAY BACK....and allow the jailing of journalists.

FOX....has ALWAYS BEEN....the most dangerous issue in US politics.  And now....that is coming to a head.  I don't pretend to know where it will end....I don't know.  But right now....FOX is fighting for Donnies life, because they KNOW it impacts their own future.




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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 21, 2017, 10:54:31 PM »
The only one in Donnie's cabinet that I have any amount of trust in......is the Secretary of Defense.  Both the Secretary of Homeland Security AND Donnie's new National Security Advisor (McMaster).....now look to be "compromised".

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mcmaster-cant-remember-if-trump-called-comey-a-nut-job-in-meeting-with-russians_us_5921a9f5e4b03b485cb23631?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Just how far will Donnie go....  We know that FOX is "in his corner".....and Donnie's friends like Newt are more than happy to throw around ANYTHING that will get the focus off of Donnie and Russia.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/4c089759-3a71-3ad9-8636-ca16ab082ca9/ss_gingrich-spreads-conspiracy.html

After Comey testifies in two weeks.....things should get a little tougher for Donnie.  But how many Republicans will indeed "switch"?  That....is as yet....not answered.

Some of the very same Republicans were more than happy to fry Bill Clinton for covering up his lies about his affair with Monica Lewinski.  At the time of Bill's impeachment.....Newt Gingrich was HAVING AN AFFAIR HIMSELF WITH THE WOMAN WHO IS NOW HIS CURRENT WIFE.....AND RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AS THE AMBASSADOR TO THE VATICAN.  By the way....there is NO DOUBT in my mind....that having Gingrich's wife as ambassador to the Vatican is an INTENTIONAL SNUB to the Vatican.

Things continue to "ramp up".....and with each passing week I keep saying that next week will be even more eventful.  Things WILL get crazier for a while I suspect.....and no...we are NOT OUT OF THE WOODS BY ANY MEANS.

We have a crazed sociopath......who has hired all the crooks he can...and I suspect most of them will stay with him, especially since they are in SOOOOO very deep now.


   


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 21, 2017, 09:12:36 PM »
With Preibus coming home early....this may be an indication that Mueller's time as Special Prosecutor may be short...and I am talking about days or weeks.  I am sure that first thing on Reince's plate will be to huddle with Session's and make something up to fire Mueller.  Mueller hit the ground running...and we don't know what he is having subpoenaed (tax returns, Trump corporate records, etc).

Expect Donnie to "hit hard" with anything he can.  Those in Trump Camp have already done more than enough to land them in prison.  Donnie HAS to get FBI investigation shut down....and QUICKLY.

I also think it is MORE LIKELY that he is gone BEFORE Comey delivers his open hearing with the Senate committee about two weeks from now.  There will never be a "good time" to fire him....but Donnie would likely do it BEFORE the Comey testimony....before there is even MORE MOMENTUM against our lying head of state.






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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 21, 2017, 02:01:49 AM »
Fox, though, has the distinction of being even worse than all the other worthless TV news, which is quite an achievement in itself, I suppose!  ::)

ABSOLUTELY.  Not even a close call (not that the others are good....THEY AREN'T).  Neven...apparently you have NOT WATCHED much FOX News compared to MSNBC or CNN.  And....from your writing, you haven't watched much of ANY of the "main stream news".

So I find it rather interesting that you make so many comments with such conviction on the main stream media....when you don't watch it?  Just saying......

By the way....I FORCE MYSELF TO WATCH FOX NEWS for an hour each week (not all at once....because I would gag).  My favorite is FOX & Friends (sarcasm intended).     


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 20, 2017, 01:48:04 PM »
1)  There was NEVER any "choice" of going after Donnie on RussiaGate or not. HE IS IN RUSSIA'S BACK POCKET.  THEY FINANCE HIM.  WITHOUT RUSSIA....HE IS DEAD MEAT.

2)  If you DON'T go after him on RussiaGate....he is just going to "mow you over."  He is a bully.  He doesn't care if you lay down.

3)   Donnie's idea of a perfect presidency....is one like Russia:  Where it really ISN'T a democracy.....where journalists can be jailed at will......and where the president decides who makes big money and who doesn't.....and where you have one network:  TASS FOX

So there was NEVER any REAL choice about going after Donnie or not (unless you wanted to get mowed over).  He broke the law...and you go after him.

 

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 19, 2017, 10:31:20 PM »
Over the coming weeks and months....on MANY WEBSITES....you will see a concerted effort by those in the "alt right" to DOWNPLAY RUSSIAGATE.....and ENCOURAGE FRIEDLINESS TOWARDS THE RUSSIANS.

I have no doubt that you may even see them on this website.  They  know....that this "game" is being played out in the press....on the internet.....and in the minds of the public.  So they will do anything....and pay ANYONE....to help them.

Just need to be aware of those folks who are friendly to the Russians.   Their fondness towards the Russians and Putin in particular......may have a VERY DARK UNDERSIDE.


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 19, 2017, 10:18:09 PM »
Tricky Dick resigned before either the house or the senate began deliberations.

I know that.  But thanks for the history lesson.  I was including Tricky Dicky because he knew he didn't have the votes.  The only reason he resigned.

And....as I have said....the only reason that Donnie will resign, is if he doesn't have the votes. ;)

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 19, 2017, 10:06:50 PM »
The "alt right press" now includes people like Hugh Hewitt in my mind.  I put him in the same boat or worse than Sean Hannity.  He is nothing more than a shill for the alt right.

Friday morning, Ryan told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that the recording was “a cause of concern” for him and other Republicans.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/19/paul-ryan-reacts-kevin-mccarthy-recording-238602

It make me so comforted ;).....that the Republicans aren't worried about THE SUBJECT MATTER....they are worried ABOUT WHO LEAKED THE SUBJECT MATTER.

That is like someone saying:

"I'm most concerned about who LEAKED the name of the rapist...not so worried that a rape existed."

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:40:33 PM »
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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 19, 2017, 09:31:00 PM »
Fox News is all-in on the Seth Rich nonsense.

So are the Russians.

So are silly, debunked, I-wish-to-hell-they'd-just-go-away conspiracy sites--Breitbart, Drudge,

FOX, Trump, Brietbart, etc....ARE ALL IN.  Anyone who thinks that Donnie will go away quietly.....is kidding themselves.

He will do WHATEVER he can....with whatever means he has.  And he will do so working with Sean and others in the "alt right" media.

I give Mueller 3 months AT MOST before Donnie cans him.  Mueller won't mess around.....and before 3 months are gone he will get too close.  If Donnie thinks he can sway enough support using the alt right media....he will ABSOLUTELY DO SO.   All Donnie has to do is make sure there aren't 2/3 of Senators that will vote for impeachment (prior to that....a majority of the US House has to bring the impeachment charges up.....which will require about 10% of Republicans in the House to vote for them).

And he will be getting help from Ryan and McConnell and others.  There will be some very serious shit going down before this is over.....

This is a WAR that will be fought on the airwaves....and the internet.....to keep Donnies poll numbers from taking FURTHER....and to keep Congressional Republicans from bailing.  Donnie knows if his poll numbers tank further.....Republicans will save THEIR OWN ASS BEFORE HIS.


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 18, 2017, 05:12:30 PM »
Here is the "likely end" if you want to skip ahead to the "end of the book."  Trump will "pull a Nixon."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/art-of-the-deal-coauthor-trump-meltdown_us_591d1c53e4b094cdba511035

Donnie will stay in it AS LONG AS HE HAS A REASONABLE CHANCE.  In other words....until the votes are there to impeach him....he will stay in the game.  Once he knows the votes aren't there, like Tricky Dick, he will hit the "eject button"......and claim victory.

We are likely MANY MANY months away from that....maybe over a year.

THE END....

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 18, 2017, 02:22:59 PM »
I'm used to reading this kind of stuff on extreme right-wing conspiracy sites, but it seems the left is catching up. Where's the scepticism?

I'm not going to apologize for "Patriotbots"...or whatever that site was that Martin linked.  BUT...like ALL SOURCES...whether direct (via people you know) or through the mainstream media or the "blog media".....like PalmerReport....they ALL should looked at with a SKEPTICAL EYE.

That is the true meaning of skeptic:  Someone who is skeptical of EVERYTHING.   Not just one side or the other.  Just as...I am sure....that you view Jimmy Dore with a skeptical eye. ;)

As a source "racks up wins" (in other words....their batting average is close to a thousand)....then you should gain a "comfort" (but NEVER an ABSOLUTE comfort).

But what happens when someone MISSES SOMETHING that turns out to be true?  Say....for instance....the largest political scandal of modern times?  Should someone view THAT source more skeptically for missing something....or massively underestimating something like that?  I would think so...but that is just me.



 




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If history and human psychology offer any lessons (Hint:  They do).....the Democrat's will "overplay their hand" in coming years.  Which is a shame, really.

They have a PERFECT chance to become "Fiscal Progressives"....and they may blow it.

First.....you ask, what the hell is a "fiscal progressive?"  Here is what THIS fiscal progressive would believes in:

1)  Moving away from fossil fuels QUICKLY and into renewable energy....because the longer we wait, the MORE EXPENSIVE that move will be.  Who knew that moving to renewable energy IS FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.....and staying with fossil fuels is FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE.  It means promoting a "fee and dividend" policy that provides a disincentive for using fossil fuel.  It may mean keeping SOME renewable incentives in place...but NOT for a LONG PERIOD.  The renewable's should be able to stand on their own two feet within 3 years or so WITHOUT incentives.....especially if there is a fee on the use of fossil fuels.

2) Election reform:  Every person running for a US senate seat or US House of Representative seat has to show their FULL tax return for the last 10 years OR from the time they are 25....whichever shows the most returns.  And they must provide those BEFORE THEIR NAME IS PLACED ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT.  The same applies to the president and vice president....and ALL CABINET AND US SPREME COURT NOMINEES WITHIN 2 WEEKS OF THEIR NOMINATION.  Senate hearings on cabinet members and Supreme Court nominees have to have their tax returns public for AT LEAST 1 week BEFORE the senate meets to question the nominee.[/b]

3)  An eventual move to universal health care.  Yes....that is FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE.  The US has....by far....the MOST EXPENSIVE healthcare system in the world.....and it doesn't provide very good care to boot. 

4) An eventual move to "cap" the pay of the highest earning person in a company by a "maximum multiple" of the lowest earning paid employee in the company (this becomes more complicated than it sounds at first blush...and I won't go into this in more detail here....but you get the "jest" of it).   You're NOT telling companies how much they can pay their highest earner....you ARE telling them that it can't be more than X TIMES what the lowest earner makes..

What #4 above does.....is that provides incentives FOR EVERYONE IN THE COMPANY:

a)  Provides incentives for PEOPLE TO SPEAK UP....instead of sitting on their hands.
b)  Provides incentives for lower and middle pay rank and file....to work hard.
c)  Provides more incentive for the "C suite guys" to listen to their rank and file workers.
d)  The better a company does....the more they can pay their workers....INCLUDING THE LOWER AND MIDDLE PAY WORKERS.  The better the company does....the more the lowest paid workers make....and the more the lower paid workers make.....the more the CEO can pay himself.
e)  It puts everyone in the "same boat".....rowing the same direction.
f)  BTW....I am ANTI UNION....but I understand that UNTIL THERE ARE SOME SAFEGUARDS....they have to be "kept around."  Long term....if companies do the "right thing" there is no reason for unions.  But there still have to be some PARAMETERS that employers have to stay within.  And once those parameters are removed.....greedy companies go right back to mistreating employees.

5)  It means including ALL PEOPLE.....whether gay, straight, black, white, trans, etc.  And a gay marriage is treated the same as a "straight" marriage.

OK.....there is a lot more....but I won't go into it now.  But I did want to lay out some things for you folks to THINK ABOUT.  By the way....I won't be answering any questions on this thread.....there are other issues right now that require more attention.  Again...I wanted to "throw out some ideas" for you folks to think about.

One other thing:  The thought of putting a "cap" on wealth?  BAD IDEA...for many reasons.  Unworkable...."what is wealth"......"thin markets in many things"....etc....etc....etc.  BUT....putting an annual cap on THE MULTIPLE THAT SOMEONE CAN EARN COMPARED TO THE LOWEST EARNER (or lowest 10% of earners...you get the idea).....THAT....is actually WORKABLE....and technically doable.   You are now just supplying the "sidelines" that the company needs to stay within (subject to penalty of course).

I encourage you folks to think about the term "FISCAL PROGRESSIVE".....and what it actually means in application.  And don't "dirty it" with what people have NORMALLY considered a "conservative" to be.....or a "liberal" to be.

OK....that's IT for me on this thread.  But now many you have some more meat to chew on....

Just because you may be a Democrat....doesn't mean you can't be fiscally responsible.

   

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 18, 2017, 02:38:01 AM »
Mitch has 'splaining to do as well.  Things may get even CRAZIER over next couple of weeks.  I wonder how many agents are watching our pal SEAN at TASS (previously known as FOX)?

Tick....tick......tick......tick

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 18, 2017, 01:25:35 AM »
Paul Ryan has some 'splaining to do.


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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:24:45 PM »
Is that fascinating as in the Chinese curse "may you live in interesting times"?

LOL... yea....I guess that comment of mine was just SLIGHTLY general in nature. ;)

What I did mean....was this:

We have the Russians interfering in the US elections to help themselves AND Donnie.  But when all is said and done....Vladi may end up hurting himself.  First....I don't think oil markets are going to be very strong in coming months, and I expect them to test some of their "prior lows".

If the oil markets head south....Vladi will be in big trouble again.  Because Russia WILL NOT DO WELL with oil below $40.  So Vladi may have just peed into the wind. ;)  And at some point....Vladi may have some angry Russians to answer to.  All that....AND....Donnie will be out of office prematurely.






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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 06:42:52 PM »
There are MANY moving parts to RussiaGate.   But two of the more interesting things for me to watch will be (1) involvement of banks .....from Deutchebank to other major banks that MAY be "complicit"...to banks in Cyprus....(2) to Wilbur Ross who is a cabinet member of Donnie's cabinet....and has many, many ties to various banks.

Me thinks....that there may be some bankers that are now a tad worried about their complicity in various deals over the past two or more years.  Not that bankers would EVER do anything wrong mind you. ;)

I hope that some of you are now beginning to see how COMPLEX this who shindig is....especially compared to Watergate.  Watergate was a "nothing burger" compared to what we will see when this puppy is wrapped up.  As the layers of the onion continue to be peeled off in the many months ahead.....there are going to be a lot of roaches scrambling for cover.






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U.S. Auto Boom Seems to Be History, Just as Trump Counted on Jobs

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/business/auto-sales-decline.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

One thing to think about.....is the transition from ICE cars to electric.  That is having an effect....but right now it is a "small effect".

But more and more people can SEE that the future IS GOING TO CHANGE in transportation.  And we may slowly be finding more and more people who "want to sit on their hands and wait a while" before buying their next car.  More and more of them are thinking it will be an ELECTRIC car, and likely an electric SELF DRIVING CAR....so they are more likely to hold onto their ICE car for 1 - 3 years longer than they would otherwise....BEFORE....going back into the car market and buying an electric car.

 


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Policy and solutions / Re: Oil and Gas Issues
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:34:37 PM »
It IS interesting that we see the oil market trying to "stay relevant" at the same time that RussiaGate plays out.

Vladii wants the price of his Russian oil to stay as high as possible, and is none too pleased with having to "cap" his production.  At the same time.....Vladi is starting to "get exposed" in the RussiaGate investigations.  I think Vladi will be naked by the time those are over.....and oil is certainly heading down to "test some lows".

Fascinating to see both the economic AND political ramifications of those colliding....


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:29:47 PM »
By the way.....IF Ryan is implicated.....we would then be looking at President Oren Hatch (of Utah) eventually..... :o

It will depend on the timing of "when people go."  For instance.....if Ryan were to step down from his speaker position and then be replaced by someone BEFORE Donnie is booted....then Ryan's replacement would be the new president (assuming of course....than Mikey Pence is also booted).

That is ALL CONJECTURE RIGHT NOW.....but just something to file away.  At some point in the coming months....it could interesting as people AND the Republican party "jockey" to see who the replacement will be....and who the Republicans WANT it to be (by replacing Ryan with whoever they want in the President's role eventually).




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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:10:06 PM »
Tick...tick....tick....tick....

https://www.leftscoop.com/2017/05/busted-paul-ryan-mitch-mcconnell-caught-engaging-highly-illegal-activity-rains-pours/

From twitter entry of Claude Taylor:

"Starting to hear chatter that there are intercepts with Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell discussing funneling illegal money into campaign."

NOT YET CORRABORATED..........but will not be surprising.  As I have said too many times already.....most people don't understand the DEPTH and BREADTH of RussiaGate yet.  They will eventually, as long as the FBI is able to do their job.

It will be interesting to see when the information about Donnie working with FOX News comes out (yea....I'm talking about YOU SEAN).  That will be fun.....

We have a LONG....LONG......way to go before all the roaches are brought out into the sunlight of truth to be friend.

Tick.....tick....tick....tick...   


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:51:08 PM »
1:  First....SteveMDFP...ABSOLUTELY RIGHT (on all parts of your post).  Donnie is not very smart.

2:  Second....and in a very real way, unrelated to RussiaGate.  While EVERYONE is now watching RussiaGate, one of the interesting things for me to keep my eye on is how QUICKLY the world is HELL BENT ON MOVING TO RENEWABLE POWER (both for transportation AND home/business use).  Fascinating....and as I noted several months ago, is one of the bedrocks of a strengthening economy world wide....and will be for the next 10+ years....

For me....we will get to the point (hopefully) that it is a foregone conclusion that Donnie was in bed with the Russians...and then the process of getting enough Republicans to impeach him can take place.  When that takes place....I will "move on" from this issue.  There are MANY MANY other important issues.  Like...how fast can we move society towards renewable energy.......how can we improve politics and economics in the US and the world....how can we "put back" some of the protections that the "black dude" put in place when he was president and that Donnie has now destroyed....  Some of that is being done on a state-by-state basis...but more has to be done.

But as I tried to explain to some folks.....we have to put out the forest fire that is Donnie FIRST...before we can move on to those other VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES....
 

 

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:07:19 PM »
Human psychology is at the HEART of what has happened to Trump.  In business....I see human psychology at work ALL THE TIME.  Good leaders have a grasp on human psychology, if only by the good grace of genetics.  Whether you are looking at sports.....and team like the Chicago Cubs under its new leader over the last few years.....or you're looking at politics or business. 

And we have to understand psychology.  If we understand psychology.....then we will see the "red flags" of something gone amiss.....much earlier than we would otherwise.  That is WHY many people didn't see this back in early 2016 or AT LEAST by the time of the Republican Convention.  Because those red flag events......MADE NO SENSE.  And there is ALWAYS a reason for things.

And....there is ALWAYS A PROCESS for things.  Even if it is an "ill conceived or random" process.   And the "process" for removing Donnie continues.  As his poll numbers continue to drop....more and more lemmings will jump from the good ship Titantic.  Not all people will jump from the ship.  But for Donnie to get impeached.....enough of them have to.  That will require about 10% of the Republicans in the US House of Representatives I believe (I have NOT done the actual math...but that is what I have read....so I'll check that at some point) in order to impeach him and move the "prosecution phase" to the Senate.

Look for Donnie's poll numbers to continue to weaken.  When they weaken enough....and when the clamors for impeachment grow loud enough....that next phase of the process will start.   Not before.

The process continues.......

   

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 12:42:18 PM »
There's something I don't get.

You're making progress if you now know that you don't get it.  THAT...is the first step.  And THAT was the core of my frustration with you.  You clearly DID NOT SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING.  You didn't understand....the human psychology involved. 

The argument is that Trump fired Comey to thwart the collusion investigation, right? He wants it to go away. But firing Comey only makes it worse. Now everyone is even more up in arms, and it's not like that was unforeseen.

This is kind of counterintuitive. I mean, we know he's nuts, but he's not that stupid.

If you are waiting or expecting Donnie to be RATIONAL....then you have a VERY...VERY....LONG WAIT AHEAD OF YOU.

If you understood the history of Watergate.....or you understood the psychology behind a sociopath.....then you would understand.

Human psychology is MANY TIMES NOT RATIONAL.  Donnie is now like a cornered and wounded tiger. HE WILL DO ANYTHING.  And the trouble is....back in 2016....HE ALREADY DID WHAT HE WILL BE IMPEACHED FOR.

Donnie has ALWAYS BEEN A CON MAN.  HIS WHOLE LIFE.    Without Russian financing....he would be broke.  And yes.....3 years from now...maybe less....HE WILL BE BROKE.  PERIOD.  Because now....he clearly has NO BRAND that anyone wants to touch.

We will eventually get to the "juicy stuff" in due time.  For now...we are only up to "Watergate level".  It will go MUCH....MUCH....HIGHER.  And it will lead....hopefully....to some changes in some things regarding US elections.....as well as to some safeguards in removing someone in office.  Because without a STRONG FBI director like Comey.....we could have been toast.  And if Donnie were able to replace Comey with someone "loyal" to him....we could still be toast.

But don't expect anything RATIONAL from Trump.....  And certainly don't expect anything ETHICAL.  His delusional actions will only get worse until he is removed...


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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 03:14:41 AM »
The funny thing with RussiaGate.....is that we haven't even gotten to the "juicey stuff" yet.😳

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: May 17, 2017, 02:15:35 AM »
More roaches.....the pack is becoming a herd.😳

Tick.....tick......tick......tick

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