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"On one side of the sumo ring stood a tall, hefty man with an unconventional hairstyle, bowing and smiling as the crowd applauded; opposite Donald Trump stood a professional wrestler, who on Sunday became the first recipient of a winner’s trophy awarded by the US president during his state visit to Japan."

Kudos to the folks at the Guardian, who still know how to deliver zingers.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/26/do...

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Useful Idiot, Willing Asset, Or Traitor

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      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/mueller-gave-trum...

      Ed Buckner popped this story on Yabberz. I have a slightly different take, and I share to my thousands of FB friends and followers.

      At any rate, the more people who read this story, the better.

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      Useful Idiot, Willing Accomplice, Or Traitor?

      (Bravo to the author of my seed article! Excellent work.)


      When it is proved, and it will be, that Trump enlisted the aid of Russian spies to corrupt the electoral process and steal the Presidential election, much to the advantage of his organized crime partners; then we will know that Trump is an idiot, accomplice and traitor. We already know that he is an idiot and accomplice from his public statements.

      We know now that 45* hates the United States. We know that the people who support him want to destroy our country, end democracy worldwide, and kill us. If you don't know that they want to kill us all, then re-read the words of the head of the N.R.A. who said that it "might be necessary" to kill everyone who disagrees with their extremist, racist murderous beliefs. The rest is proved pretty nicely in my seed article.

      Trump is a useful idiot by profession. He has devoted his life to conspicuous idiocy. He thinks that by playing the fool he proves that everyone is as stupid as he is. But, he can't even read and write. He thinks that being a successful criminal shows that everyone should be as crooked, and proud of it, as he is. But, he is hunted; and he will be run to ground and killed, eventually, like an animal. Because he is a traitor! Everyone saw Trump invite Russian hackers and spies to interfere in elections, everyone knows that they did. Everyone knows that criminals in the Republican Caucus are covering up that very interference. So Trump, and his supporters are willing accomplices. They know it's illegal and they know it's treason; but they do it anyway because they believe that they can get away with it: that's the definition of criminality. They are criminals. We should put them in prison.

      Has Trump taken the final step and committed treasonous acts? Of course he has, right up front, when he invited Russian hackers and trolls to interfere.

      Was that the plan all along, and, oh so mafia-like: Commit treason in plain sight, and dare anyone to do anything about it. When they don't, everything after that pales in comparison, and you can do anything; such as replace "law" with mafia-style arbitration, threaten and harm anyone who opposes you and your campaign, and you are unimpeded in installing totalitarianism as our form of government, with Trump as absolute autocrat (where his word IS law).

      Idiot, Conspirator AND Traitor! Now, that is a definition that I will accept for my President of the United States.


      Sure makes you wonder who: "unindicted co- conspirator" is. And why? What sin is so great that one would commit treason to hide it? What dream of Avarice is so alluring that one would commit fratricide to make concrete, what hate so all-consuming as to justify? And why did our law enforcement fail us? That's the question that overshadows all others. Why did law enforcement betray the People of the United States?

      Our government, as things stand, is probably a fraud and a counterfeit. If anyone should know the answer to that question, it is the federal police. But, they don't include us in the loop. No one has our backs. Damn! I almost forgot that "collusion" thing. Trump colludes every time he has secret meetings with criminal dictators. They may be making secret plans to make sure that everyone has a happy birthday this year, or are in direct extremely personal contact planning to overthrow the United States government and end democracy worldwide. I don't know. There are people who do. I know one thing though: if it's the latter, and Trump received any sort of instructions from Putin without informing Congress, or aid from them in fixing any election, anywhere, then the crime is treason and impeachable, and the punishments may include death.

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          The US spends more on the offense dept than the next, 8, maybe 10 countries, combined.

          Iran is a great threat, all the way in the Middle East.

          The US has 8oo or so military installations in more than 130 countries. Only 50 of them supported regime change in Venezuela.

          So they, the rulers, are united in abridging the freedom of the press, and slow walking the country into the next war, with? It looks like Iran. Venezuela's always a possibility, waiting for a pretext.

          Both parties can agree on only one thing, the need for the next war, they already have three candidates, the third, has nukes.

          The bloated military is a jobs program, national socialism, corporate welfare.


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          Christian Rightwing Figures Warn Abortion Fight Could Lead To Civil War

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              I'm a strong supporter of better gun control--more careful regulation of sales, etc. (not confiscation)--but this makes me think, uncomfortably, about whether I should be better armed (aarrrggghh) (and, BTW--no pay wall--but consider contributing to The Guardian)--

              https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/26/abor...

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              Why I’m Voting For A Woman In The Primary

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                  I don't finally agree with this short essay, but she makes a sprightly, effective case for her position and does at least convince me that giving "diversity points" to every Democratic woman running makes sense.

                  A very interesting read, whether you accept her conclusion or not--

                  https://medium.com/@zabado11/why-im-voting-for-a-w...

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                  Donald Trump Calls For The Execution Of Four Americans

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                      “Sir," NBC’s Peter Alexander said, "the Constitution says treason is punishable by death.”

                      Trump gave a slight nod of acknowledgment.

                      “You’ve accused your adversaries of treason,” Alexander continued. “Who specifically are you accusing of treason?”

                      Trump named

                      James Comey

                      Andrew McCabe

                      Peter Strzok

                      Lisa Page

                      Chilling, when you have a President who will name his political opponents as guilty of treason, knowing that treason is punishable by death.

                      He just quite literally called for his political opponents to be executed, just because they oppose him.

                      I TOLD you all...before the election in 2016...that Trump did not want to be President...he wanted to be KING OF AMERICA.

                      I hate being right.

                      https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/05/23...

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                      Yes, Congress Can Walk And Chew Gum....

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                          This Congress has passed over 100 bills since they took their seats in January, many of them are bipartisan. They are timely and necessary. Congress is quite capable of chewing gum, walking and and a few other things on the side. The Senate is another case indeed. The Senate Majority Leader, has proclaimed himself, "The Grim Reaper," because he is where the bills go to die. If you are one of those people who believe that Congress is too obsessed with Trump to do their jobs, you are woefully uninformed or maybe you would rather repeat talking points, regardless of reality.

                          I think most of the Congress would love nothing more than impeaching Donald J Trump. They eventually will, I have no doubt. As things are, it would be hard to believe that the Senate would indict. In return, we also know that that it will only inflame him, make him more off the hook, desperate and dangerous than he already is, but it is not not likely to remove him. Tolerating this behavior from the Executive Branch, sets a terrible precedent for the behavior of future Presidents.

                          We have a complicit Senate Majority, who fear being primaried, more than they fear the fascist wannabe dictator in the Oval Office. A good number of them are members in good standing of the John Birch Society, the few that aren't; have learned that it's better to look the other way. Yes, there are some Democrats, and no, they are not shy. Their outrage is lost to the Majority.

                          The Majority of our Senate does not care about anything that Trump does, any more than they care about what he has already done. Yesterday, our President handed Presidential powers over to our AG, who has already lied to Congress, lied to us and arguably obstructed justice. The wall that keeps our DOJ and Executive Branch as separate, but equal entities, has been breached, publicly. The implications are huge and dangerous to all Americans. They are especially dangerous to our press, our lawmakers and anyone who opposes the President.

                          Trump has effectively created a Police State, with mountains of propaganda in the way of information, hand picked with Presidential powers, by a man who has lied to Congress, misrepresented a 22 month report because he does not believe that anyone should question our president or concern ourselves with what he does or whom he does it with.

                          We live in "interesting," times.

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                              Trump backs push for Bible classes in schools

                              By Camilo Montoya-Galvez

                              President Trump appeared to endorse efforts by legislators in several states to allow public schools to offer Bible classes.

                              "Numerous states introducing Bible Literacy classes, giving students the option of studying the Bible. Starting to make a turn back? Great!" Mr. Trump tweeted Monday morning after "Fox and Friends" ran a segment on the topic.

                              Christian lawmakers in six Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are pushing for legislation that would allow public schools to offer elective classes on the New and Old Testaments.

                              The push by conservative legislators in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia has stirred some controversy. Critics of the proposals, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argue that public school classes on the Bible would jeopardize the separation of church and state enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

                              Alabama, Iowa and West Virginia have also considered Bible literacy bills, but all of the measures were voted down, according to the Fox News report.

                              But in Kentucky, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin signed legislation in 2017 to allow public school students to take Bible and Hebrew scriptures classes. A year ago, in January 2018, the ACLU of Kentucky expressed concern to the Kentucky Board of Education after an Open Records Act investigation found that many courses violated constitutional requirements that say that religious texts used in classrooms must be secular, objective and not promote any specific religious view.

                              The ACLU said it found "public school teachers using the Bible to impart religious life lessons" and use of Sunday school lessons and worksheets for source material. These are not academic approaches to objective study of the Bible and its historical or literary value, the ACLU pointed out.

                              In June 2018, the Kentucky Board of Education approved standards for the classes, but the ACLU was still worried about what was being taught in Bible literacy courses.

                              "Without more specific guidance, we fear some classrooms will once again be filled with preaching, not teaching," the organization wrote in a statement last August. "The ACLU-KY reminds students and parents that 'Bible Literacy' courses may not promote religion or a particular religious viewpoint, test students on matters of religious faith, nor be designed to instill religious life lessons."

                              "Religious education is best left to parents and churches, not school or government," the ACLU added.

                              Evangelicals and other Christian groups were an integral part of the president's electoral coalition during the 2016 election and have largely remained supportive of his administration — particularly because of his stance on social issues like LGBT rights and abortion, and his appointment of conservative judges to the Supreme Court.

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