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Consequences / Re: Hurricane Season 2019
« on: August 30, 2019, 07:32:29 AM »
For sure! While Trump is there!

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The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: August 23, 2019, 07:51:48 AM »
I think Cognitive Bias has a point Neven. By the way, whatever happened to Buddy? tick tock, tick tock

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Policy and solutions / Re: If not Capitalism... then What? And, How?
« on: August 20, 2019, 06:57:29 AM »
Or the North! lol

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The rest / Re: Astronomical news
« on: August 17, 2019, 07:45:19 AM »
I wish that it was not so, but I have to agree with you Terry!

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Consequences / Re: Laurentide II
« on: August 17, 2019, 04:47:54 AM »
In reference to Rod's comments, I enjoy BBR's outside of the box thinking and I do tend to read his posts with interest. That being said, I don't necessarily agree with what he's saying, although I do find it interesting.

I think BBR needs to realize that when he is making claims, that to most of us seem farfetched, he should be prepared to deal with a lot of criticism. The best thing you can do to make your case BBR, is to have a thicker skin.


You'll find it easier to make your case, if you do it in a non-confrontational way.

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The forum / Re: Forum Decorum
« on: August 15, 2019, 07:21:54 AM »
Good question! How do I get an Ice designation?


Oops! I see I have one. lol

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The forum / Re: Forum Decorum
« on: August 13, 2019, 07:14:59 AM »
Its too bad Sterks decided to leave the Forum. Personally, I don't understand why Tea Potty was allowed to continue his ad hominem attacks on Sterks without any corrective action from you Neven.

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Arctic sea ice / Re: The 2019 melting season
« on: August 12, 2019, 07:06:38 AM »
Probably a Baby Boomer too.
I apologise deeply on behalf of my mother for her carelessness in giving birth to a baby boomer.
I am taking myself to a dark corner to weep and wallow in my misfortune. Woe is me.
"He was despised, rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3)

I guess this is off-topic but.....


 Bravo!!!

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Agree about Biden, he's gaffing himself to death! But don't forget about Kamala Harris.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency
« on: August 11, 2019, 03:11:27 PM »
Vox, your contributions on this subject are spot on IMO, and much appreciated.

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The rest / Re: Good music
« on: August 10, 2019, 07:24:16 AM »
No doubt about it Wili! Wayne and Joe worked on Miles Davis's album; "Bitches Brew"

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BBR, so if Sanders or Warren get the Democratic nomination, you're going to vote for ? (Trump)???
Probably

BBR, when I asked that question, I really didnt expect the answer you gave.


I'm sure you're aware that he doesnt believe in AGW?

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BBR, so if Sanders or Warren get the Democratic nomination, you're going to vote for ? (Trump)???

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Hopefully when the next round of debates occur, the field will be whittled down to about six candidates. There are a lot of participants in the last two debates that really shouldn't even be there. Rich, I really like Bernie and I'm hoping that either Eliz. Warren or Bernie will be our new President. A while ago, I mentioned that Biden stood the best chance of defeating the Trumpster.

Based on his performance so far, I dont believe he deserves to be the Democratic candidate next year, and I doubt he'll win it.

That being said, I still believe that the farther left the Democratic candidate is, the farther right the Republican party will be. Even if the democrats control both houses of congress, they'll still need to compromise with the Republicans to get anything done.

The only way a candidate like Warren or Sanders could make widespread change would be if they win the general election by a landslide.

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I started this thread quite a while ago. I like Bernie, Harris, Warren and Biden. What is the best matchup with Trump? It's high time for the first woman in history to become President. However, the best candidate to go head to head against the Trumpster is Biden, IMO. Biden is a centrist, and I think he has the best shot at beating Trump.


Do I want student loan forgiveness? Yes! Do I want Medicare for all? Yes! Do I like AOC and the Squad? Absolutely! All that being said, the likelihood of both ideas coming to pass in the next four to eight years is pretty low.


It seems to me the further left the Democrats go, the further right the Republicans go. That's why i think a centrist Democrat like Biden has the best chance of winning in 2020. With one caveat! Biden is not a good campaigner and tends to shoot himself in the foot. Still, I think he's our best bet.

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The rest / Re: Good music
« on: July 27, 2019, 07:39:21 AM »
Dave Brubeck - Take Five (1959)

Best song ever! Period.


Agreed in part. One of the best. My favorite is Miles Davis in the mid-60's, with Wayne Shorter on Sax, Herbie Hancock on keyboard, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums. Check out "Miles in the sky" album on you-tube. Next best album in my opinion was "Miles Smiles".

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The rest / Re: GOP Losing Ground for the 2018 Mid-Term Election
« on: September 26, 2018, 07:02:58 AM »
Things are looking bright for the Democrats in the sunshine state:

Title: "September 25, 2018 - Nelson Takes Lead In Critical Florida U.S. Senate Race, Quinnipiac"

https://poll.qu.edu/florida/release-detail?ReleaseID=2572

Title: "In the Florida U.S. Senate race, which could be critical to control of the Senate this year, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson moves into a 53 - 46 percent likely voter lead over Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican challenger, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

This compares to a 49 - 49 percent dead heat in a September 5 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll."


That, despite all the money that Rick Scott has spent. Nelson claims Scott is outspending him 5 to 1. I don't usually donate to political candidates, but I did donate to Nelson's campaign.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: August 24, 2018, 08:16:30 AM »
Donnie told FOX that if he were impeached, the market would tank.  I HATE to be the bearer of bad news for Donnie ...... but I’m afraid he has that reversed:  AFTER the market tanks, he will be much more prone to impeachment.  And Mr. Market looks ready to go and get this party started.


This has been the longest running bull market and a correction is overdue. I would love to see the day when his rallies fail to fill half the seats available. That could be very soon.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:51:10 AM »
And posted a second time.  And referred to many times since. I researched the network's news article about it.  I commented on it before.  Not sure why we have to address that video clip over and over.
Probably overkill on my part after being accused of not providing links?

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She expressed satisfaction over the news. "We came, we saw, he died." Given what we know of Gaddafi, it seems an excusable lapse in moral judgment.  Not an indictment of Hillary's career.


"We came, we saw, he died - Ha, Ha, Ha"

Whether it's an indictment of Hillary's career, or simply a window into her mind is a matter of conjecture. - and the voting public.
Given what I've learned of Gaddafi, I find it particularly damning.
Terry

Terry: What have you learned of Gaddafi? He was a despot. Those that opposed his rule, faced annihilation. I can recall Gaddafi saying that he would show "no mercy" to the rebels in his country. I liken Gaddafi's demise to Nikolai Ceausesku's, back in 1989. They both deserved their fate.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 18, 2018, 07:32:46 AM »
I can see why some members of this forum object to political discussion. This is pretty ugly, and what I see on display, with few exceptions, is a bunch of overinflated egos.

Budmantis, all I'm asking for is the evidence where "Hillery giggled while viewing him being sodomized with a bayonet, on national TV".

Terry claimed that he posted a video of it, but no such video exists, since it never happened.
Instead I get a mouth full from Terry for simply asking for evidence.
 
Is that me exposing an overinflated ego, or just a citizen of this forum asking for a reality check of increasingly absurd and unfounded statements posted on this forum ?

Don't get me wrong, Rob, Terry and the others, I like all of you, but this incessant argument over the facts (?) is going nowhere. None of the parties involved (Rob and Martin arguing with Terry mostly) are going to ever agree.

I will say this though, I think you Rob are the most believable (IMHO). I think you approach the problem scientifically. You and Terry will never agree, but (with all due respect to Terry), I find you Rob more believable than Terry.

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 17, 2018, 08:39:02 AM »
I can see why some members of this forum object to political discussion. This is pretty ugly, and what I see on display, with few exceptions, is a bunch of overinflated egos.

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The rest / Re: Presidential poll for US citizens on the forum
« on: April 03, 2018, 09:50:13 PM »
OUCH!!
Wonder when I did change my mind?



Thanks for the laugh, but I'm a big enough guy to take my lumps when they're due. ;)
Terry
edit: Apologies to Bud, but it's still the way I remember it :-\  - Great to here from you, even under this circumstance.

No worries Terry! Nobody's perfect!

Bud

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: April 03, 2018, 07:21:30 AM »
Terry: I recall it was less than a week before the Pres. election, and I was expressing here that I didn't think I could vote for Hillary. You replied saying I should reconsider, that a non-vote for Hillary would be a vote for Trump, even if I didn't vote for him. Now you're saying you supported Trump? That's a 180 degree switch from what you said back in early November 2016.

Bud

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Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: January 01, 2018, 05:07:50 PM »
Congrats Sigmetnow on your 10,000th post!

BudM

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: December 13, 2017, 08:08:43 AM »

May he prove himself to be a good and obedient servant to those who purchased his services.


Terry

Wili's got a very good point, but to your point Terry, I'd rather have an obedient Democrat than an obedient Republican. Or would you have preferred Roy Moore be elected? The whole system reeks for sure, but for the time being we've got to work within that system.

BudM

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: December 10, 2017, 07:36:33 PM »
If the Republicans field more Senate candidates like Roy Moore, Democrats should pick up some of those seats, but they would have to run the table on their own. The landscape looks very favorable for the Democrats in 2018 but 50% is a stretch!

BudM

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The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: December 10, 2017, 05:08:33 PM »
IDUNNO: I'm sure Neven will have something to add with regards to your post. Just so you're aware, I did ask Neven if political discussion had a place here in the Forum and he thought it did. Most or possibly even all of this discussion wouldn't be taking place here if it were not for Trump being the US president.

I don't think its fair for you to single out Buddy the way you have. If you don't like what he has to say, you can choose to ignore him.

BudM

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: December 08, 2017, 06:50:56 AM »
Another of Jimmy's rants. This time with Bill Meyer in the headlights.





Somehow I've drifted far from Russiagate and stumbled into the next election cycles. I supported Al Franken and I'm upset that he resigned under pressure.
Terry

It's a shame about Franken, but his resignation may further delegitimize Roy Moore's Senate candidacy.

BudM

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Consequences / Re: Hurricane season 2017
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:09:39 AM »
I feel that Puerto could make a fair statement along the lines of "no taxation without representation", but I don't know how it would go down in DC...

"Taxation without representation", sounds like a familiar complaint from a former colony back about 240 years BP!

BudM

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:03:04 AM »
Hannity's just a hack. I'd love to see him squirm.

BudM

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The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:41:02 AM »
I agree Rob, even at his advanced age!

BudM

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The rest / Re: The problem of Corporate Democrats and how to kick them out
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:18:11 AM »
Mark Warner. Greg Meeks. Gwen Moore. These Democrats collaborate with Republicans to make it legal for payday loansharks to charge 300%.

sidd

Back around 2010 or 2011, when I was still living in New Hampshire, "Cash America" a payday loan service, tried to establish a presence there. They ended leaving the State due to regulatory constraints.

I was a loan officer at two different banks and a consumer credit advocate for a non-profit company afterwards. Although I was happy to see these payday lenders leave NH, the problem of people looking for short term solutions has not left or abated in any way.

BudM

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The rest / Re: The problem of Corporate Democrats and how to kick them out
« on: November 17, 2017, 06:02:42 AM »
Interesting article about Judge Moore's democratic opponent in Alabama, who has opened up a six point lead on the beleaguered republican candidate:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/16/politics/poll-alabama-senate-roy-moore-doug-jones/index.html

I know nothing about democrat Doug Jones, but whoever he is, he seems to be a better choice than Moore, even if he is a "corporate democrat".

BudM

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The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:40:46 PM »
Would like to add Sherrod Brown to the list.

Also, in case you didnt know, adding the icon for twitter or G+ (or facebook) triggers a whole lot of tracking. Please don't make me use blockers on this site also.

sidd

Didn't knowingly insert that, very annoying! How do I get rid of it?

BudM

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The rest / Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 16, 2017, 06:37:10 AM »
This article about Joe Biden made me wonder whether it was time to open a thread about who would be the best candidate to earn the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2020. It may be a year, possibly more before anyone declares their candidacy, but I have been wondering for some time who would be best.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/joe-biden-2020-harvey-weinstein_us_5a0a0ba8e4b00a6eece3a13e?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

Who should be the Democrat's nominee for President? Biden is considering a third attempt, Is Hillary Clinton? How about Eliz. Warren or Bernie Sanders? Who do you think would be the best choice for 2020?

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The rest / Re: The problem of Corporate Democrats and how to kick them out
« on: November 11, 2017, 11:41:29 PM »
Pileus:

That cartoon has it wrong, the "boat" needs Sanders as much or more than Sanders needs the "boat"! (Or at least what Sanders represents).

BudM


If Bernie thinks there is something missing with the Dem party, he and his Bros should form a new party and sell their ideas to the American public.

If possible, I think both sides need to find a working compromise. A third party to the left of the Democrats will only result in more Republicans being elected. You may disagree but I think Bernie brings a lot to the table. Concessions should be made to get the two sides working together.

BudM

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The rest / Re: The problem of Corporate Democrats and how to kick them out
« on: November 11, 2017, 02:58:41 PM »
Pileus:

That cartoon has it wrong, the "boat" needs Sanders as much or more than Sanders needs the "boat"! (Or at least what Sanders represents).

BudM

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: November 08, 2017, 09:38:53 AM »
Thanks Terry, maybe we as Democrats do a bit too much "hand wringing"? I wonder if Republicans do the same?

Best Regards,

BudM

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:48:48 AM »
Went to the local flea market today here in Zephyrhills, FL. One of the vendors had a Trump coin minted by the Franklin Mint. If you've ever noticed Trump's profile it does appear a bit "swine-ish". Sort of like the head of a pig.

I talked with two elderly gentlemen at this booth and asked them why they voted for Trump? The second amendment was very important to them. They both felt that Trump was a successful businessman with a high IQ. I brought up the many bankruptcies he used and they had no problem with that. They also mentioned that if obstructionists and liberal media would get out of the way, he'd do a great job as President.

If Trump has such a high IQ I asked, why isn't he using it. He suffers from many self-inflicted wounds? They blamed it on fake news, which apparently is anything but Fox News. I then told them to enjoy their "echo chamber" and went on my way a bit mystified.

BudM

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The rest / Re: The Trump Presidency (was "Presidential Poll")
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:31:48 AM »
And in classic fashion, Trump blamed it on others.

BudM

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:15:59 AM »
I'ts difficult to believe that those who have opined that Papadopoulos was given a fair shake haven't even read the text of the agreement.
I've told you before that I wouldn't bring you any more rocks.

Go Away
Terry

I am sorry but I won't "Go Away". I will just keep on asking for references if you don't provide any and fact-checking your statements if you do.

Rob:

I like the way you've challenged Terry and Sidd, as well as Neven. However, you are reaching the point where you're carrying the argument too far.

BudM

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You can do whatever you like Terry, but blaming Obama for not enacting single payer is illogical. Knowing the landscape in Congress,  What could he have done to bring single payer to fruition?

Talk about how important it is (especially for those millions of people who can't afford health care), how almost every developed country in the world has a single payer health care system, and how the Republicans are fighting it for their corporate donors (Big Pharma and insurance industry who make huge profits off of the system in place). That way you set them up to pay a political price for their criminal behaviour, even if you can't push it through. At the same time you tie them to the oligarchy, shooting their fake populist ploy out of the water.

But Obama and other Corporate Democrats can't do that, because they too are beholden to special interests! That's why they cosy up to neocons now and legitimize Republicans instead of tying them to trump at every turn, so he takes them down with him.

God, I wish I was American. There's so little I can do from here, even though my child will be affected by what happens in that crazy US of A.

Neven, we agree on a lot of these points but the outcome on healthcare would not have changed no matter how much talking and informing was done. People want to hear their own beliefs reinforced and the demographics that Terry alluded to in reply #567 resulted in a power shift as a result of the 2010 elections, because the ACA was enacted. For Obama's first two years in office, the democrats had a sizable majority in both houses of congress and in order to get all democrats on board, a lot of compromises had to be made.

As flawed as the ACA is, there was a groundswell of opposition against it, resulting in the Tea Party and many court challenges. Also the republicans have been trying for seven years to abolish it and have failed (so far). Speaking for my wife and I, we both benefitted from the ACA. I'm on Medicare now (thank god!), but my wife will hopefully continue to be insured for the next two years on the ACA plans.

So you want to be an American? If it wasn't so cold, I'd move to Canada. Most conservatives and Christian fundamentalists are still deluded with the concept of "American exceptionalism" and that the USA is the "greatest" country in the world. I'm sure the Romans felt the same way and look what happened to them! I look forward to the Canadians returning to Florida. I find Canadians and Europeans to be much easier to talk to and don't have that chip on their shoulder. A significant minority (majority?) of Americans are paranoid. I would stay in Austria if I were you!

BudM

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 31, 2017, 01:35:10 PM »

Just glad Hillary isn't president. 😳😳😳😳😳

Tick....tick....tick  Donnie Boy.

Lock him up!

BudM

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Personally Obama is/was a disappointment.


Romney-care was given as a poor substitute for single payer healthcare.



How was Obama to get single payer through Congress? At least the ACA is a step in the right direction. I'm all for single payer but there was no way it would pass and although Obama can be blamed for some things, you cant blame him for that.

BudM


I can, and I do. >:(
Terry

You can do whatever you like Terry, but blaming Obama for not enacting single payer is illogical. Knowing the landscape in Congress,  What could he have done to bring single payer to fruition?

BudM

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Personally Obama is/was a disappointment.


Romney-care was given as a poor substitute for single payer healthcare.



How was Obama to get single payer through Congress? At least the ACA is a step in the right direction. I'm all for single payer but there was no way it would pass and although Obama can be blamed for some things, you cant blame him for that.

BudM



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Neven, I have to agree in large part to what Rob said about Obama. The Democrats lost both houses of Congress in 2010, in large part due to the Democrats passing the ACA in February of that year. I'm sure the ACA would have been a far better product if there had been some bi-partisanship. The ACA passed without one Republican vote. With Congress mostly in the hands of the Republicans for the balance of Obama's tenure in office, it was difficult to make any progress but he did manage to do quite a bit, in my opinion.

BudM

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At least Michelle Obama likes GWB! If someone told me ten years ago that POTUS in 2017 would be someone I detested more than W, I wouldn't have believed it.

You detest a vulgar reality show host more than a war criminal? Your memory must be failing you.

You know you can detest both, right? There is no need to legitimize one over the other. Neocons are pure evil, and so are their puppets.

I thought my language was clear that I detested both W and Trump, I just detest Trump more.

BudM

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 29, 2017, 05:03:40 PM »
Come on Rob, lighten up! Martin, that Putin clip was great. Even autocrats can love the blues!

Would you say the same thing if Hitler would be singing a song and getting a standing ovation for it ?

Seriously, this is a guy who annexed a portion of a neighboring country, then started a war in that country where 10,000 people got killed, and 1.7 million got displaced, then he shot down an international airliner killing 298 innocent people, and interfered in the elections in 27 countries, and then denied everything.

I don't like this guy. OK ? I don't like him singing and getting a standing ovation.
It's annoying to say the least.

And I don't understand why Martin posted it. Putin singing seems to have little relation to the Mueller investigation.

Watching Putin trying to sing that song with his Russian accent was hilarious in my opinion. What turned my stomach was watching Kevin Costner, Goldie Hawn and other Hollywood elites applaud Putin.

BudM

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The rest / Re: Russiagate
« on: October 29, 2017, 07:15:55 AM »
Martin, that "Mueller Time!" video is great and very funny.
But that Putin video spoiled it. It's annoying. Why did you post it ?

Back to real life, the big question of course is, WHO is indicted ?
It better be good, because if it is just Manafort, for an offense in Ukraine, the right-wing press is going to have a field day with Mueller.

Next week is going to be very interesting.

Come on Rob, lighten up! Martin, that Putin clip was great. Even autocrats can love the blues!

BudM

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I don't yet understand why Obama might have been a corporate Democrat. But sure there must be something to it with Hillary: Fox News now wants her on the electric chair for selling uranium to the Russians:
https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/10/26/sebastian-gorka-says-hillary-clinton-should-be-convicted-treason-rosenbergs-those-people-got-chair/218353

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In these times me German also finds it easy to like the elderly GWB. He has evolved from the smirking chimp and developed quite some charm and humor. He can even make jokes about himself and how he messed up sometimes. And Obama also seems to like him.

</sarcasm off>

At least Michelle Obama likes GWB! If someone told me ten years ago that POTUS in 2017 would be someone I detested more than W, I wouldn't have believed it.

BudM

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