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Finnish President Denies Ever Discussing ‘raking’ With Trump

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      Was reading an article in Politico were the Finish president denied saying to Trump they rake their forest floors, a claim Trump made when visiting California.Trump is hell-bent on pushing out crazy theories on the cause of the forest fires that have plagued the great state of California.

      His constant need to pretend he is an expert on everything is beyond annoying. Telling the

      folks who have lost everything, that it all could have been prevented if they had just gone to the forest and started raking up underbrush, which is a natural occurrence is just cruel and the height of ignorance on his part.

      Which is why I think this should be his stocking stuffer for Christmas.

      The print may be small; so this is what it says:

      CAUTION!

      BE SURE BRAIN IS ENGAGED BEFORE PUTTING MOUTH IN GEAR.


      https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/18/trump-ra...

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      How Crazy Can It Get?

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          How Crazy Can It Get?

          W.H. Staff Describes A "New Level Of Insanity"


          By Ray Cunneff

          November 16, 2018

          Today's chapter of History's First Draft reads like a cross between a suspense thriller and a tragedy of Shakespearean inevitability. We have the image of the mad king Trump growling and prowling the White House corridors of power, looking for someone to blame, turning on his already disfunctional staff with a "new level of insanity" unlike anything they've seen before.

          The last of the Oval Office guardrails removed, the 'lame duck' Congress adjourned to face constituents back home, subpoenas and/or indictments expected almost any moment from the Mueller investigation, President Donald Trump is under pressure, at maximum volatility. It's a month-and-a-half until Democrats assume the majority in the House with the promise of investigations and possible impeachment and even criminal charges.

          So how crazy can it get? Is anyone, of any political pedigree, in a position to call for an intervention?

          Trump is in the "Captain Queeg" phase of decompensation, precisely measuring the theft of his strawberries of success by disloyal invader-loving traitors refusing to submit to his absolute presidential authority.

          He'd rather send thousands of U.S. military personnel to the southern border (actually, 90 miles from it) for an expensive political stunt instead of offering meaningful assistance to the victims of the worst wildfires in California history.

          His "fake news" proclamations leave us questioning self-evident reality while his "truth is not truth" and "it's not a lie if you believe it" rationales make "alternative facts" sound plausibly confounding in support of Trump's alternate reality, a parallel universe in which negative emotions are converted into positive delusions, leaving the people adrift in factual uncertainty.


          Assuming we all survive until the New Year, that Trump hasn't provoked a war somewhere expecting the nation to rally 'round the Commander-in Chief, or that his trade wars haven't started to damage key segments of the economy, or that the country hasn't suffered a cyber attack that the Trumpistas have refused to prepare for, the new Congress will face an even starker choice than in the past.

          And the noose continues to tighten, the circle of advisers gets smaller.

          So how crazy can it get?

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          When Rhetoric Meets Reality Populism Implodes.

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              Throw a dart at a map of the world and there is every possibility you will hit and area that is dealing with a percentage of that population being hoodwinked and conned into believing that despite the democratic machinations that are in place.

              The imperfections of a democracy tend to be known to all who participate in it and more often than not disregard those little imperfections because they are constantly and continually hit with a barrage of rhetoric to confuse and conquer. In this modern progressive world all politics aren't always local and the radius of any vote or election can have serious ramifications for those beyond the boundaries of those voting within.

              Over the last week I have watched this play out in real time in the continued mess of a Brexit that was one of those instances where the above is proven.

              No one will argue that in 2016 the world seemed to lose its mind. The two massive earthquakes of the leave vote in the UK and of course the election of a criminal president.

              Both movements had one thing in common. Both had the ability to openly lie to the public within the their campaigns, both used fear and lies to stoke up the almost extinguished minds of those who hate with ease and blame with no effort.

              The UK has always had its extremes among the population and the same racist superiority complex of those in America. An arrogance that either ignores the entirety of history or does everything possible rewrite the more uncomfortable periods of that history.

              In the UK during the second half of the 2oth century the colour and makeup of that society changed with the shrinking empire and the growth of those who resided in the former colonies. India, Pakistan the West Indies along with other places where the history of the British Empire and the taking of lands not theirs to begin with.

              The hypocrisy of those who claimed prior to the Brexit vote that it was all about taking back control of borders and sovereignty and laws ignoring the many nations whose sovereignty and laws were not respected in the doctrine of the 'White mans burden'. A doctrine that at its very core was the worst type of dehumanising racism and founded on the British mindset of being superior to those whose lands that simply took without asking. Great empires are never built upon anything other than invasion, subjugation and enslaving the conquered. When empires fall the subjugated and enslaved are left behind dealing with the ghosts of former rulers that often lead to terrible deprivation for the people.

              In the present day it is much more about the enslaved minds of those who bought into the idea that leaving the EU would be a simple process, a straight forward in or out vote.

              A massive lie sold in the referendum vote. Many of those Imperialist British types who are the drivers of the current and ongoing Brexit mess are the very same people who took the chains off the types of racism their once great empire thrived upon.

              Words like invasion and infestation regarding inward migration. A hatred towards Eastern Europeans coming in taking jobs that many wouldn't do as those jobs were deemed beneath those who were born in the UK but think the world owes them a favour.

              For those who wouldn't do those menial tasks and basic paying jobs then proceeded to complain about not getting public housing because of the 'foreigners' getting housed ahead of those who see this as being forgotten (sound familiar?). The ease of which blame falls upon others who have done no wrong other than show up the lazed nature of those who feel entitled yet did nothing to earn such entitlements.

              You may say is unfair or easy or convenient to simply call many of those who voted Leave were racist and angry at foreigners taking their jobs.

              Until you see this.


              Rich and fertile land for those whose rhetoric was based upon lies, false promises and a fantasy future based upon nothing other than fanciful thinking.

              Those who claimed that the negotiations would be easy were lying to the people. Those who claimed they knew what they were voting for continually lie to themselves when challenged that they did not know what they were voting for. Those people will take great um bridge and claim that they knew exactly what they voted for and believe challenging that is an insult as it is easier to take offence that to admit the cock up they made by believing the lies they embraced (Again, sound familiar?).

              But reality is a fickle and unforgiving teacher and the lessons are often just as unforgiving. Those who would tell everyone who would listen that they are correct and it is offensive to suggest their decision wasn't thought through properly, with due diligence and understanding the true beyond the comfort of rhetoric that not only plays to the darker beliefs but allows those beliefs to come into the light.

              Those who play this dangerous game, those politicians who are only in politics to profit from any political system will tell the (deliberately) less informed that their way of life is at stake. When that's not the case at all.

              With the last week has come that moment when rhetoric and reality slammed into each other. The lies told by the millionaire politicians to the unemployed and low wage classes are now coming apart as the UK continues to self cannibalise itself in front of the world, a little comfort to my American brothers and sisters that it ain't just the US being assaulted from within by the greed of many.

              The true drivers of those who demanded a vote to leave the EU are those whose private wealth far exceeds the finances of the foolish and the fooled who jumped on board the Nationalist narrative that they would be better off.

              Millionaires and billionaires desperate to get out of the rules and regulations that have actually improved the rights of all Europeans in laws and rights. Paid work leave, Maternity leave and protections for new mothers returning to work and a host of other huge benefits for all Europeans.

              Of course one of thing is missing from the extremes of Brexit types that they don't want to say out loud. The millionaires and billionaires who would have to be a little more open about their finances and the sources of their extraordinary wealth should the UK actually remain.

              https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/com...

              The Anti Tax Avoidance Directive


              Rules that could lead to exposure of these massive finances that aren't mentioned by those who duped the poor and working classes who bought the lies of nationalism dripping in an anti-immigrant hatred (Again.....sound familiar)

              The rich who are the extremes of Brexit thinking will say that should the UK crash out without a deal that there may be some short term financial hardships but that ultimately it would be great in the long term. Yet ask one of them how much a weekly grocery bill is and they'd wilt. They won't feel the pain, struggle with the bills or have to take on a second job.

              They won't feel any pain. They're stinking filthy rich and are only duping those who don't know any better.

              As of this very moment the British government is coming apart at the seams but Theresa May is seemingly hanging in there to deliver the 'will of the people' despite the will of the people in the contemporary are demanding the idea of leaving the EU being put back to the People. If she survives the weekend this latest agreement will be taken to the EU parliament and then voted on in parliament in London where it is expected to be voted down thus plunging the UK into more self inflicted uncertainty.

              The people of the UK are now fearful of an already uncertain future and the coming weeks and months will only see more turmoil and strife among the Conservative government.

              For those of you who would like to know what the outcome of all this may be........

              Ask me in 20 minutes as it appears that's where we are right now. We are in that place where Rhetoric meets Reality....

              And reality rules.


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                  Getting furious is not a sufficient response to the evil of the Trump administration. We need active resistance, even if they are fired or tortured by Trumpists.

                  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security...

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                  Mueller Anxiety Grips Washington, Trump Rage-Tripping

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                      Midterm Aftermath:

                      Mueller Anxiety Grips Washington

                      Trump Rage-Tripping

                      White House bureau chief: Trump showing 'anxiety' over future indictments from Mueller

                      By Ray Cunneff

                      November 15, 2018

                      This is an expanded version of a comment I made on another thread. I think it's worth another look...

                      There's a natural tendency to relax a bit after the midterms, to hope that we can now coast through the holidays while the mad king sulks and pouts in the White House. Okay, so we can expect mass firings inside the West Wing, who cares about any of them at this point? He's just shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. Right?

                      But there are some of us who see a window of maximum jeopardy between now and when the Democrats take the majority in the House of Representatives in January. Trump's behavioral patterns are well established. When the going gets tough, Trump lashes out. A kind of psychotic insulin quickly converts negative emotions into positive delusions. His petulance soon morphs into vengeance.

                      And within the White House, the last of the guardrails have come off leaving Trump to rule by whim and retribution. All of Trump's darkest impulses are now given free rein, not even Kelly and Bolton, not even Jared and Ivanka, not even Fox News can save him from himself.

                      Congress is in recess and Democrats are powerless until January. The Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling and possible Trump collusion appears to be nearing a climax, with new rounds of subpoenas and indictments expected at virtually any moment. And Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker, skipping the line of succession to install a Trump loyalist, has triggered "code red" status on both sides of the aisle as a brazen assault on the rule of law.

                      A widespread foreboding of imminent catastrophe appears to grip Washington; the only question is from which direction the next broadside will come. Trump finds himself in jeopardy on several fronts - legal, financial, political - while his alternate reality of "tremendous success" has been damaged by the midterm results, forcing him back into whiny "rigged election" excuses and delusional tweets about invaders wearing wigs and fake beards in order to vote early and often.

                      In short, the occupant of the White House is currently unstable and unfettered in his ability to wreak havoc in the next month-and-a-half.

                      Many observers have concluded that Trump's 'winter of discontent' is due to feelings of being seen as a "loser" after the midterms, but I think Trump is crazier than that. That's how normal people might react. But Trump, the narcissistic sociopath, quickly converts feelings like that into frustration and rage that the people are too stupid to recognize his greatness. And so he must double-down until they submit to his authority.

                      The New Year suddenly seems far away.

                      https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/15/mueller-...


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                          Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

                          For those of us who have been not only dismayed at what the EPA under Trump has become, but disgusted, we can cheer this new development on: Two Top EPA officials have just been indicted for fraud.

                          Of course, the Trump, with recent events having bruised his ego, will not likely be pleased with two of his top officials being charged with a crime, but I am sure he'll have a way to blame Democrats, Obama or even Hillary.

                          .

                          A senior Environmental Protection Agency administrator responsible for nine southeastern states has been indicted by an Alabama grand jury on charges he conspired to violate ethics laws, reportedly in connection with a messy bribery scandal that has links to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and has roiled local politics.

                          The Alabama Ethics Commission announced Tuesday morning that a grand jury had indicted Onis “Trey” Glenn, the EPA official, and Willie Scott Phillips, his former business partner, on a variety of state ethics charges. The press release was short on details, but the charges include inappropriate solicitation or receiving of money or other items of value and allegations that Phillips violated rules against the “use of office for personal gain.” Glenn was indicted separately from Phillips on multiple counts of conspiracy or complicity.

                          AL.com reported that the charges stem from Glenn and Phillips’ involvement with an effort by the Drummond coal company to block an EPA cleanup of the 35th Avenue neighborhood of north Birmingham—an impoverished, mostly African American area that suffered decades of pollution from neighboring industrial sites.

                          To read the entire article: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/11/onis-...

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                              Now it looks as if Melania is demanding from her husband to fire people she doesn't particularly like or get along with. I will bet the ranch that when Trump is out of office there are going to be a lot of tell all books written by numerous people within Trump's administration detailing the hell they had to go through working for the likes of Trump. We have heard before that some people have reported the atmosphere is rather depressing.

                              I like this line coming from Ms Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham,

                              "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House,"


                              If anyone doesn't deserve the honor of serving in the White House it would be the Trumps.


                              https://www.yahoo.com/news/mira-ricardel-melania-t...

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                              CA Firefighters Slam Trump's "Ignorant" Statements

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                                  CA Firefighters Union Head Slams

                                  Trump's "Ignorant" statements



                                  Brian Rice, president of the California Professional Firefighters, appearing on MSNBC Monday continued to challenge President Trump for his tweets about the fires ravaging that state, after calling the president’s comments “demeaning”.

                                  “I definitely would stay right with my comments that I wrote,” Rice said. “The anger has subsided.”

                                  “The statement that the president made, it was, it was ill timed. Forest management is a very complicated issue. It affects watershed, it affects water storage. And you can’t just make a blanket statement.”

                                  “They could have had 200 fire engines on the front line facing off that fire on Thursday, they would not have stopped it. Right now, what is needed is support.”


                                  https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/11/politics/california...

                                  https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/416104...


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                                  This 2014 Interview Of Trump’s Acting Attorney General Is Beyond Belief

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                                      I read this a little while ago and I believe it is fair to say whitaker is a GD lunatic. Since most legal scholars I've seen on the tv so far have said him being acting AG is illegal since he wasn't appointed. So what needs to be done IMO is for everyone to ignore anything he says or tries to do to impede Mueller or anything else. Laugh in his face then take him to court. In the meantime keep doing your job like he doesn't exist at all.

                                      This is a good article showing what this fellow has between his ears which is mostly empty space IMO.

                                      Calling him a F***ing idiot would be a compliment.

                                      https://thinkprogress.org/matthew-whitaker-grotesq...


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