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Trump Betrays Followers - This Time The TrumpGOP Takes The Lead

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      It is a virtually daily occurrence now. The farmers who put their "burn it all down" votes behind Trump and his lackies find themselves in an ever worsening position. NAFTA blowing up reduces the ability to export to Mexico and Canada; the trade war with China that is about to enter its second phase; the removal of protections by the EPA that threatens water sources; viciously minded immigration policies that prevent agricultural workers from crossing borders - even legally - to harvest the fields,

      And now this Reuters headline:

      U.S. FARM BILL FAILS TO PASS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, NEXT STEPS UNCLEAR AS SENATE WORKS ON ITS VERSION OF THE LEGISLATION

      As expected, the most Right of the GOP wants to reduce (and in some minds, eliminate) SNAP and immigration, because any amount is too much money spent on those who are already hungry and near homeless. It is not just Eisenhower spinning in his grave fast enough to power a small city, but every Republican with a soul who has ever lived who find the extreme Right of the party as villains. Or decades these programs have benefited from bipartisan support, but right now the House Freedom Caucus has taken their testosterone enhancers and are demanding that their thirty members dictate to the rest of the party - and the nation as a whole - the agendas for essentially everything that approaches the floor. This philosophy is purely protectionist and personal, for those most damaged by their arrogance is their own constituents.

      And the Party Leadership is finally wondering how to win in November.

      Not that this Farm Bill of 2018 was any good to begin with. Articles from small, rural papers around the country related the harm it would do the family farming operations that helped put this Congress in power in the first place. No Democrat voted for the Bill given the extreme reduction in the SNAP program that would further starve those who are already food challenged. It is almost as if the Freedom Thirty took note of the new weight loss rage in Venezuela and want to test the Maduro Diet right here in the poorest counties in America.

      The desire to cut spending has become a madness among some of those holding higher offices, to the point where they are in danger of losing touch with their own humanity. Need some money? Hire some accountants to find the trillion bucks or so that the Pentagon has misplaced. The Generals, Admirals and the rest of their cadre knows it's laying around someplace.






      GS Jade Barrett, Not so proud Republican and Chairman of the SANE60

      #resist #indivisible.

      http://www.americanagriculturist.com/farm-bill/pra...

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      The BBC Just Trolled Donald Trump About The Royal Wedding

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          Time for a laugh! The BBC tweeted Trump pictures of the crowds who attended the wedding between Prince Harry and American born Meghan Markle side by side the one that is showing those who attended the Inauguration of the Trump, with the comment "Just saying." The contrast is quite startling!

          Trump Inaugureation
          View image on TwitterRoyal Wedding

          BBC Three has had a delightful morning live-tweeting the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But as huge crowds gathered along the route to Windsor Castle to celebrate the royal nupitals, the online channel took a moment to look back across the Atlantic and troll Donald Trump.

          “Just saying,” the BBC Three account tweeted, along with side-by-side pictures of the Windsor Castle audience and the famously paltry 2017 inauguration crowd on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
          Shoutout to Sean Spicer, who, seventeen months ago, declared Trump’s crowd “the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period.” Nope.
          https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/05/the-bbc-just-trolled-donald-trump-and-it-was-epic/

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          Ted Cruz's Solution To Gun Violence... Please Be Safe

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              There are no words more reassuring for the families who just lost loved ones in another massacre than Ted Cruz's words, "Please Be Safe." I am sure the loved ones of our latest batch of victims will be reassured with those words of compassion, "Please Be Safe," while they bury their loved ones.

              Finally people are waking up and no longer are willing to listen to those condolences and prayers which are nothing but mere empty words which isn't doing a damn thing to stop these massacres we see going on all too frequently. People are speaking out and some might think their words are harsh but being nice hasn't seemed to work and maybe it's time we up our game and let these law makers like Ted here know exactly how we feel.

              Senator Ted Cruz:

              "Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene. Please be safe and heed warnings from local officials."

              Please be safe? Did Cruz actually post those words? Please be safe? Well Ted there are families whose children will not come home and a teacher whose husband will never see again because, well because it's too late to be safe, they were all killed in yet another senseless massacre at one of our schools. After these young folks and teacher are murdered that is the best Ted could come up with? Please Be Safe?

              Take the few minutes necessary and read the tweets because people are letting their law makers know that more empty words aren't acceptable to do anything including to console those who lost loved ones. These words will not stop law makers from accepting massive amounts of money from the NRA or the gun industry. Like one tweet clearly stated, "How about you stop praying and start legislating?" (Myla Tosatto). To me there isn't one tweet that says it more than what Mandy tweeted, "F*ck your prayers & thoughts! Stop taking money from the NRA & protect our children!"

              https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-sant...


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              Our Children Are Dying, While Guns Are Thriving.

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                  Today we see another mass gun slaughter - again in a school; again the dead are our children. This is the 22nd of its kind in our country in just the past half a year, while the government, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and many gunners stand firm against allowing our country to have any gun regulations that will make a difference. The only thing we get from them is "more guns."

                  Could it be more clear that the current administration, as they hand hold with the NRA, has no intention of ever doing anything to stop the massacres?

                  Time has provided us with a timeline of gun control laws in America, (beginning in 1791) and why we used to be safe from guns, but are NOT any longer. It is worth becoming familiar with this timeline.

                  I will start in 1994, when an attempt was made to keep assault weapons out of the public sphere. Unfortunately this was temporary, and expired in 2004.

                  By 2003 the Tiahart Amendment "prohibited the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco) from publicly releasing information of where criminals bought their firearms, and only allowed LE or prosecutors to see that information. Efforts to repeal this Amendment have failed.

                  “The law effectively shields retailers from lawsuits, academic study and public scrutiny,” The Washington Post wrote in 2010. “It also keeps the spotlight off the relationship between rogue gun dealers and the black market in firearms.”

                  By 2005 George W. Bush signed into law the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act which kept gun makers from being named in federal or state civil suits by those who were victims of gun crimes.

                  The first provision of this law is “to prohibit causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.” It also dismissed pending cases on October 26, 2005.

                  In 2008 we got Heller. Heller changed a 70 year precedent! Heller gave us the “individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia.”

                  District of Columbia v. Heller essentially changed a nearly 70-year precedent set by Miller in 1939. While the Miller ruling focused on the “well regulated militia” portion of the Second Amendment (known as the “collective rights theory” and referring to a state’s right to defend itself), Heller focused on the “individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia.”

                  Heller challenged the constitutionality of a 32-year-old handgun ban in Washington, D.C., and found, “The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment.”

                  It did not however nullify other gun control provisions. “The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms,” stated the ruling.

                  Those of us who want gun control, could start with Heller! There are too many laws protecting guns, and too few that protect our children.

                  http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

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                      The gun epidemic rages on....what can be said that hasn't already been said already? Details are sketchy in this article, hopefully no fatalities.

                      https://www.yahoo.com/gma/active-shooter-incident-...

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                      Manafort's Former Partner/Ex Son-In-Law, Yohai Plead Out Singing In Jan 18.

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                          Another demolition blast is heard in the Trump Offal Office as news surfaces that Manafort's former partner and ex-son-in-law Yohai sold out. Another canary sitting on a stool next to the pigeons. Some banking information, a few fraudulent loans, a couple of Russians, a few miscellaneous reduced charges...

                          Don't worry, Paulie, Donnie The Boss has your back.

                          And keep in mind that special number someone has somewhere

                          https://www.yabberz.com/post/somewhere-in-a-small-...


                          https://www.marketwatch.com/story/paul-manaforts-e...

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                          GOP Led Senate Intel Comm Drops The Bomb: Russian Backed Trump In 2016

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                              A Bipartisan GOTCHA!

                              "There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections." (Richard Burr, R-NC)

                              "The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by (Russian) President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton," (Mark Wagner, D-VA)


                              COMMITTEE MOVING ON TO EXPLORE THE QUESTION OF COLLUSION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA

                              The GOP Led and Dominated Senate Intelligence Committee — in a major split with its House counterpart — said Wednesday that it agrees with U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that the Russian government tried to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton by meddling in the 2016 election. BOOM! AND SO IT BEGINS......

                              That bipartisan conclusion was announced by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., in a statement after a closed hearing with former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan and former National Security Agency director Mike Rogers. The meeting was the end of a process in which extensive examination of documents, analysis of voting patterns, and interviews with experts on both sides of the issues.

                              In the House, a rushed and very limited set of hearings on the intel committee led by a Republican majority disputed the conclusion that the Russians tried to help Trump defeat Clinton.

                              "The first task in our inquiry was to evaluate the intelligence community’s work on this important piece of analysis," Burr said, referring to a report in January 2017 by U.S. intelligence agencies.

                              "Committee staff have spent 14 months reviewing the sources, tradecraft and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions," Burr said. "There is no doubt that Russia undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections."

                              Warner said the committee's investigation showed that the intelligence agencies did "a very good job" in a short amount of time in assessing Russia's actions and motives for meddling in the election.

                              "The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by (Russian) President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton," Warner said.

                              "In order to protect our democracy from future threats, we must understand what happened in 2016," Warner said. "And while our committee’s investigation remains ongoing, one thing is already abundantly clear — we have to do a better job in the future if we want to protect our elections from foreign interference."

                              Republicans on the House committee said U.S. intelligence agencies failed to prove their conclusion that Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to help Trump beat Clinton. Clinton questioned the legitimacy of Russian elections while she was secretary of State, angering Putin.

                              Republicans on the House committee ended their inquiry in March after concluding there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Democrats strongly disagreed and continued to investigate on their own.

                              Democrats on the House committee said Wednesday that they agree with the conclusion reached by the Senate panel. House Republicans had no immediate comment.

                              "I fully concur with the conclusion of the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the (intelligence community's) determination that Russia sought to help the Trump campaign, hurt Hillary Clinton and sow discord in the United States is fully supported by the evidence," said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House committee.

                              The Senate committee, which remained bipartisan in its investigation, is still looking into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

                              Burr said he expects the panel's staff to draft a final report in August, while Congress is in recess. The earliest that senators are likely to release the report would be September.

                              One of the report's chapters will go into greater detail about why the committee agrees with the intelligence agencies' report in 2017.

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                                  North Carolina teachers have had it with their lawmakers and are joining the ranks of other States, Red States, like KY, AZ and OK, no less, and have taken their protests right to the State Capital. What we have seen going on at a State level are Republican Governors who wanting to placate their wealthy campaign contributors give them nice tax breaks and other concessions but where does that shortfall get it's replenishment? Usually by cutting school budgets. This just doesn't happen in the Red States but just about anywhere you find a Republican Governor such as WI, IA and IL.

                                  It's not as if these States that have recently protested against their lawmakers had an over abundance of funding, similar to the military budget, but rather just the opposite.

                                  "North Carolina, according to the NCAE, spends $2,400 less per student than the national average, and pays educators about $9,600 less. "When accounting for inflation," the statement noted, "our students and educators lag even further behind."


                                  You cannot attract good teachers with inadequate salaries especially since many of these same teachers use a proportion of their salary to pay for school supplies out of their own pocket otherwise their students will go without supplies.


                                  Our teachers should be treated as national treasures. Instead they are almost treated like their jobs really don't account for much and money and resources are found lacking in most of our schools across the Country. The future of our nation rests upon the education of our children and future generations. Without a proper education we no longer will be able to fill jobs at home or compete on a global scale.


                                  It's not just our Governors who are working to destroy our public education system but comes right from the top with the likes of the head of the dept. of Education Betsy DeVos. DeVos desperately wants to privatize our educational system which will bring profits to the wealthy and break the teachers union and how will adding a middleman to the equation help further our children's education? It won't. We clearly have seen in studies that Private schools on the average don't do any better than public schools. We cannot allow our educational system to continue along this downward spiral.

                                  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/16/large...

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                                  Trump-voting Crab Town Left Shell-shocked By His Visa Changes

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                                      So where are all those proud 'Muricans that whined how jobs were being taken away from them by those foreigners? Why aren't they swarming into this place to fill in the gap? Oh wait.... could it be they don't like the pay? That they deem the work beneath them? That because it's part time, they don't want it...and apparently don't want anyone else to have it too?

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                                      North Korea Threatens To Cancel Trump Summit

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                                          I can see Trump's Nobel peace prize slipping away.

                                          The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is due to take place on 12 June.

                                          But in an angry statement, North Korea's vice-foreign minister accused the US of making reckless statements and of harbouring sinister intentions.

                                          He pointed the finger squarely at US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

                                          Mr Bolton recently said North Korea could follow a "Libya model" of verifiable denuclearisation, but this alarms Pyongyang, which watched Libya's Colonel Gaddafi give up his nuclear programme only for him to be killed by Western-backed rebels a few years later.

                                          The BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul says North Korea - which had long said its nuclear arsenal is essential for its survival as a state - is now making its demands clear.

                                          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44134910

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