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  • It is Comey who should be Investigated
    • The conspiracy-minded might conclude that Comey is a Pence supporter, and has cleverly maneuvered Pence into a position where he has a shot at the presidency if Trump is forced out over the Russia scandal.

      Hopefully, any group seeking to get rid of Trump will wait until after the 2018 elections to give the Democrats a chance to take back the senate and/or the house - not that they will be any great improvement. Other than a nuclear or other war with Russia or Iran, it is difficult to contemplate anything worse than a President Pence supported by Republican majorities in both houses of Congress.

    • During yesterday’s hearing held by the House Intelligence (?) committee Rep. Adam Schiff stated unequivocally that Russia interfered with the 2016 election. Unfortunately, FBI Director Comey didn’t ask Schiff to provide his evidence to assist with the FBI’s investigation into the matter.

  • Does Trump's slashed Foreign Aid Budget give China the Advantage?
    • Does Trump’s slashed Foreign Aid Budget give China the Advantage?

      China has an intelligence advantage over the United States and has had this advantage for several years, especially since and during the US wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. Where the U.S. went in with guns ablazing,, creating shock and awe and trillions of debt, the Chinese went into Afghanistan and other nations with money bags and walked out with contracts for special minerals and other precious goodies for profit. Meanwhile claims of American exceptionalism continue to evolve into hubris. Pride has been known to precede a fall, and hubris makes it a slam dunk.

    • The US foreign aid budget is not mainly about helping the poor.

      Make that "The US budgets are not mainly about helping the poor."

  • Trump picks fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc.
    • Trump may have been the big Kahuna at his meeting with Angela Merkel, but for many people not among his followers there will be a sense that he was outclassed by the lady from Berlin.

  • Hawaii Judge: Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 still Violates the Constitution
    • The Resistance is alive. How well it will do will depend on the American people. Perhaps the shaft they are getting from Trump/Ryancare will wake them up.

  • Dear Rep. King: Our Civilization isn’t White and American Babies aren’t Other
    • Try alibris dot com or abebooks dot com for used books. Amazon get too much business.

    • What civilization does this nincompoop have in mind? In just the last twenty years the United States maintained sanctions on Iraq that cost an estimated half million children their lives. That was followed by an unprovoked war on Iraq that has destabilized the Middle East bringing death, destruction and displacement to millions of people - including the refugees seeking safety in Europe and the U.S.

  • How Much of Globe's Humanitarian Crisis is Fault of US?
    • Did we direct the Saudis to attack Yemen? We shouldn’t be helping, but to say we’re responsible is a leap of logic.

      The driver of a getaway car in a bank robbery is just as guilty and the robber who holds up the teller.

    • The United States was forged in the War of the Revolution and has been at war almost constantly since. link to en.wikipedia.org

      After the Second World War the U.S. played a prominent role in writing the United Nations Charter and the Nuremberg Principles and adding to the Geneva Conventions. Within a short time span the U.S. began violating those documents designed to promote a more civilized world.

      Among the most blatant acts of hypocrisy in modern history was the war on Iraq in which George W. Bush and Tony Blair and their cohorts violated the aforementioned principles not only without consequence but they continue to be regarded with respect by many of their obsequious fellow citizens while their biographies are saturated by the blood of many of the victims referred to in this article..

  • Close the Coal Plants: How to Reply to Pruitt's Lie about CO2 & Climate
    • Having Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency ,,,

      and all his equally unenlightened colleagues in Trump's cabinet says a great deal about the Trump administration none of which is good.

      Having Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as the two top contenders for the presidency says a lot about the American people in general. There is nothing of virtue in that scenario either.

  • Syria: As 400 more Troops go in, What's Trump's Mission?
    • Do we have a strategy.?

      We'll probably have some "strategy" similar to those we had in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and try out the latest mindless idea du jour. Surges will probably be on the menu. We just need to give it a few Friedman Units.

  • Is the Public turning on Trump over Russia Ties, Sessions' Perjury?
    • opinion polling shows that a majority of Americans want Sessions to resign because, they say, he lied under oath.

      Sessions was not the first to lie to Congress and he won't be the last. James Clapper lied to the senate intelligence (?) committee without legal penalty. Many of the promoters of the Iraq war lied to Congress - also without legal penalty.

  • Why Trump EO is Still a Racist Muslim Ban
  • Dirty, Hot, Deadly: The Real Trump Scandal is What He's done to the Environment
    • Excellent points, hquain. It isn't only Trump but the other authoritarians and authoritarian followers associated with the Republican party that are major parts of this and many other problems. Not that the Judas-Democrats will come to our rescue.

    • But the fact is that concentrating too much on the sound and fury issuing from Mar-a-Lago is counter-productive.

      "Global Warming’s Threat to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
      March 5, 2017

      Exclusive: President Trump’s war on President Obama’s regulations may kill off rules to reduce leaks of the global-warming gas methane, a partisan scheme with grave consequences for Mar-a-Lago and the world", writes Jonathan Marshall. - link to consortiumnews.com

  • Trump covers Rockwell: Sometimes it Feels like, Obama's Watching You
  • "Media Vandalism?" Top 6 Russian reactions to Trump's Russia Scandals
    • It went on to quote the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying that US media allegations about Sessions-Kislyak meetings were “media vandalism and an attempt to completely misinform the American and global public opinion”.

      Our mainstream media lying to the American people? How can the Russians say that? If it hadn't been for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fox News, and others we would never have known about Saddam Hussein's stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

  • From Bernie Sanders to Harel: Why is Acknowledging Israeli Apartheid a Shock?
    • Friends, the United States and the State of Israel have a strong bond, going back to the moment of Israel’s founding.

      And, as Senator Sanders indicated, a mutual history of ethnic cleansing applied to the indigenous peoples.

    • “If Palestinians in the occupied territories are to be denied self-determination in a state of their own, will they receive full citizenship and equal rights in a single state, potentially meaning the end of a Jewish majority state?

      The answer to that question is "NO."

  • Spurned Reporters should dump Trump Briefings, turn to Investigative Journalism
    • Something is broken in American journalism.

      Very true, but it is nothing new. Mencken was a severe critic of journalists generations ago. link to realclearbooks.com

      The great and courageous Helen Thomas nailed Ronald Reagan with a question that deserved an answer, but he dodged it with his aw-shucks schtick and was aided and abetted by other "journalists" at the press conference who should have backed Ms. Thomas to demand an answer. Instead, they laughed at Reagan's corny joke.

      But surely, the White House correspondents and their friends sank to their lowest when they laughed at George W. Bush's squalid skit at the 2004 WHCA dinner when Dubya made fun of the non-existent WMDs that got the war on Iraq going and led to the deaths and maiming of countless people, including thousands of our military personnel "serving their country." David Corn was the only journalist and attendee at that dinner with the integrity to walk out after witnessing that despicable scene.

  • Top 5 Hypocrisies of Trump Friday
    • Trump is wrong believing our department of war is suffering from inadequate funding. The deficit is in the intelligence of the top civilians and brass at that five-sided black hole on the Potomac. They were outsmarted by and couldn't defeat the North Vietnam army nor the militias in Iraq whose budgets were small fractions of the Pentagon's. Similarly, our military and the military-industrial complex's European franchise (NATO) are bogged down in a quagmire in Afghanistan by insurgents with a budget that would correspond to chump change in Washington.

  • "Get out of my Country!" White Terrorist Shoots Asian-American Engineers in Wake of Trump Visa Ban
    • Please explain how John McCain is a parasite for honestly pointing out that Obama is a Christian.

      He's a parasite for his warmongering and support of the military-industrial comples.

    • Let’s face it, Trump has unleashed uneducated and ignorant racists, ...

      where they have easy access to a proliferation of guns.

    • There’s no difference between publishing a rag like Breitbart

      and the Voelkischer Beobachter

  • Buyers' Remorse: Americans think Trump is bad at almost Everything
    • More on Russia bashing: "The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing U.S. Playbook" by Glenn Greenwald - link to theintercept.com

    • Justhnkn: You need to do some checking instead of buying into this canard** about Russian influence and thinking about it. The reason the Congressional Republicans haven't done anything about it is because they don't have any evidence to support it, and the reason they don't have any evidence is because there is none.

      Robert Parry and others at Consortium News have written several articles disproving the allegations against Russia. Here is one:
      The Did-You-Talk-to-Russians Witch Hunt
      February 18, 2017

      Exclusive: Democrats, liberals and media pundits – in their rush to take down President Trump – are pushing a New McCarthyism aimed at Americans who have talked to Russians, risking a new witch hunt, reports Robert Parry. - link to consortiumnews.com

      ** My first inclination to describe this piece of fake news was to use two certain and more pungent words, but they wouldn't have passed the moderator.

    • But again, if 60 percent of you think this guy’s values are alien to you, why would you put him in the presidency? Just for a change of pace?

      Because:

      1) Many considered the alternative, according to conventional wisdom to be worse.
      2) The vast majority of voters passed on a chance to vote "none of the above" in the form of a vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson
      3) The undemocratic electoral college gave Trump the presidency, and
      4) A nation gets the kind of government it deserves.

  • Trump endangering rest of Us to hunt down the Law-Abiding Undocumented
    • The rational way to deal with long-term unauthorized immigrants would be to offer them a path to citizenship, ...

      Another method would be for the United States ending its practice of helping to create economic and social chaos in countries south of the border and in the Middle East.

  • Should Bannon Resign? He and Milo Fake-Newsed Hillary as Pedophile
    • This and similar scandalous events reveal much that is deplorable about the main characters in the stories but also, probably much more seriously, a greater defect in the American people. In the long-ago past the careers of the principal figure or figures in a scandal would be finished. In extreme cases they would commit suicide. In our present era of decadence the perpetrators, when caught, engage in public relations campaigns. If successful, they continue to operate in high positions with power and commit similar and sometimes greater tragedies. This is made possible by the low moral and ethical standards of the American people and their attendant silence. If more people rose and spoke out in protest then we might see more resignations and firings.

      Instead, a broad consensus of the American people agreed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were two of the worst candidates ever to run for president. Nevertheless, more than 120 million people considered one or the other acceptable instead of voting "none of the above."

  • Netanyahu rejected offer by Kerry & Arab Leaders of Comprehensive Peace Talks
    • How delusional could Kerry have been if he believed Netanyahu and his cohort of right-wing racists would accept a peace plan that would preclude Israel from completing the Zionist plan of transferring all Palestinians out of their territory?

  • Trump invents Sweden Terror Attack, Lies about Immigrant Crime
    • As H.L. Mencken once said, no one ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

      Another adage worth pondering is the one about a nation getting the kind of government it deserves. There are individuals that can rightly claim they deserve better but not the composite American.

    • And what a corrupt and shabby "democratic" process it was

    • With a couple exceptions America has generally been hostile to immigrants with the "Yellow Peril" of the late 19th Century being one of the more notorious and cruel.

      The exceptions include, according to a Texas school textbook, the "workers" imported from Africa and the "poor and tired huddled masses" to help keep wages depressed.

      The Americans that got it right when they claimed immigrants would bring disaster were the Native Americas who understandably didn't like the aggressive behavior of settlers moving into their nations.

  • Top 8 Signs someone is a White Terrorist, e.g. plotting to Blow up Mosque
    • But he was not charged with terrorism.

      Of course not. In the United States of Hypocrisy it is only people of color who are charged with terrorism.

  • Trump plots to keep Palestinians Stateless forever
    • Nobody brought up that the British colonialists ...

      and

      No one brought up that the Palestinians ...

      etcetera.

      And, no one brought up the continuing moral degradation for Israel and the United States that accompanies Israel's policies and U.S. complicity.

  • Questions about Judgment: Trump appointed Flynn in the First Place
  • Can Peak Gerrymandering by GOP be Challenged by Progressives?
  • Could NSA Flynn face Criminal Charges over Russia Ties?
    • Does the SEAL TEAM 6 raid in Yemen not qualify as a war crime? If so, why are people getting so excited about Ms. Conway's plugging Ivanka's rags instead?

  • The real Victors in Judges' ban on Trump's Ban: US Universities
    • why not choose another English-speaking country like Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, etc.?

      Two or three years ago "60 Minutes" featured a high tech university in India that was reportedly very desirable for Indian students. The program suggested that students that couldn't make the grade for this Indian university had to settle for something like MIT . . .

    • These international students bring in $30 billion a year to the US economy.”

      The interchange of ideas and greater understanding of our and their cultures may be more important if we can oppose the barbarians that seem, more often then not, to get in the driver's seat.

  • Spicer: Trump can Criticize Iraq War but no one can Slam Trump's Yemen Raid
    • Spicer: Trump can Criticize Iraq War but no one can Slam Trump’s Yemen Raid

      It's a White House tradition - spokespersons and presidents talking out of both side of their mouths. Same for politicians such as McCain and many others.

  • Yemen withdraws blanket approval for US action after Trump's botched Raid
  • Trump's Wrong on non-Coverage; But, Top 6 things actually Wrong with Terrorism Reporting
  • "This Land:" The pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Guthrie at Half-Time
    • Old enough to have transcended my years of youthful exuberance.

    • “God Bless America”: Irving Berlin’s Awful Hymn" by David Yearsley - link to counterpunch.org

    • I wonder how many people listening to Lady Gaga or other renditions of these songs got the message? To be honest, I can barely understand a word she and other singers of her generation "sing" with all the noise and distractions going on at the same time. Perhaps, this is a generational thing. Contemporaries I talk to have similar problems.

      If only Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra could teach the younger generation some lessons.

  • Yes, Trump, Some Americans also murder: Some are Your White Supremacists
    • Let's not forget the journalists who were killed in the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad by rounds from a U.S. Army tank and the Reuters' staffers in the Collateral Murder video. Killed by soldiers working for President Bush and Darth Cheney.

    • As for journalists, we should never forget Alan Berg, the liberal radio commentator in Denver shot down in his driveway by The Order, “a splinter group of the Aryan Nation white nationalist movement that financed its anti-government goals with bank robberies in the Pacific Northwest.” Cute.

      and Let us also not forget Paul Guihard, a French reporter for AFP shot in the back at close range during a segregationist riot against the admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi on September 30, 1962.
      link to juancole.com

      Not by orders of a sitting president, but the next could be encouraged by a sitting president or his close advisor who says journalists should shut up.

    • O'Reilly and Scarborough appearing oblivious to the sins of the United States while berating others for lesser sins is an all-too common practice these days.

      Would anyone care to estimate how many people have been killed by Americans in illegal actions just in this century? You might find it easier to estimate the number of beans in a barrel. If you can handle it emotionally, how many children have been killed by Americans in just this century? How many children have been killed by close allies and justified by Americans?

      Hypocrisy was in full display when slave owners signed the Declaration of Independence that said all men have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness while they had no intention of releasing their slaves from bondage. Hypocrisy in the United States has been rampant ever since and shows no sign of declining.

  • In Shocker, Federal Judge in Seattle Halts Trump Muslim Ban
  • Trumpworld Fake News: Iran attacks US Navy, Iraqis Massacre Bowling Green
    • By magisterial decree, when necessary all future Trump administration decisions and decrees will be based on alternative facts.

  • Here we go Again: Trump Admin Threatens Iran
    • Flynn's notice appears to be a continuation of Obama policies: Israel has a right to defend itself, but others don't - in this case, Iran. If Iran is attacked, the US fleet in Bahrain and closing of the Strait of Hormuz will be Iran's first targets. General Flynn, you are on notice.

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