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American Carnage: Trump's Word


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      2. 3 pills of.. to take before each meal when you feel the "sting" of the Resistance !

      The Führer einiger Bürger

      Spoke about .... "American Carnage...

      I wonder IF he's talking about this:

      1. Sandra Bland: a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015. Her death was classified as a suicide by the county coroner and was followed by protests against her arrest disputing the cause of death and alleging racial violence against her.[1]

      Bland had been pulled over for a minor traffic violation on July 10 by state trooper Brian Encinia. He arrested her following an escalating conflict during which he alleged that she had assaulted him and which was recorded by his dashcam and by a bystander's cell phone. After authorities reviewed the dashcam footage, Encinia was placed on administrative leave for failing to follow proper traffic stop procedures.[2]

      2. Eric Garner: "I can't breathe" !On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York City, after a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer put him in what has been described as a chokehold for about 15 to 19 seconds while arresting him. The New York City Medical Examiner's Office attributed Garner's death to a combination of a chokehold, compression of his chest, and poor health. NYPD policy prohibits the use of chokeholds.

      NYPD officers approached Garner on suspicion of selling "loosies" (single cigarettes) from packs without tax stamps. After Garner told the police that he was tired of being harassed and that he was not selling cigarettes, the officers went to arrest Garner. When officer Daniel Pantaleo tried to take Garner's wrist behind his back, Garner pulled his arms away. Pantaleo then put his arm around Garner's neck and took him down onto the ground. After Pantaleo removed his arm from Garner's neck, he pushed the side of Garner's face into the ground while four officers moved to restrain Garner, who repeated "I can't breathe" eleven times while lying facedown on the sidewalk. After Garner lost consciousness, officers turned him onto his side to ease his breathing. Garner remained lying on the sidewalk for seven minutes while the officers waited for an ambulance to arrive. The officers and EMTs did not perform CPR on Garner at the scene; according to a spokesman for the PBA, this was because they believed that Garner was breathing and that it would be improper to perform CPR on someone who was still breathing. He was pronounced dead at the hospital approximately one hour later.

      U.S. police killed at least 258 black people in 2016, according to a project by The Guardian that tracks police killings in America.

      Thirty-nine of these people were unarmed. Four were killed by police stun guns and another nine died in custody, a continuing problem in American jails. But the majority of black people killed by police were fatally shot.

      Based on a tracker from The Washington Post, at least 232 black folks were shot and killed. (The Guardian’s figures include all deaths resulting directly from encounters with law enforcement, while the Post counts only people who were shot and killed by police.)

      The Post found that 34 percent of the unarmed people killed in 2016 were black males, which is quite disproportionate since black men make up only 6 percent of the U.S. population. There was also a considerable uptick in deaths caught on camera via cellphone and police cameras.

      Excerpts from Huff Po, Wikipedia, and so called "Fake News (they're All DEAD!!!)

      Now IF it's this American Carnage The The Führer einiger Bürger Trump wants to STOP, I LCPL. Dayne Griffith is ALL EARS !

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      PTSD: Day One Of The Trump Imperium- FAIL!


          On Day One of the Trump Presidency

          THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS AND THE CROWD THAT WITNESSED IT: Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history. He also did it before a very small crowd. Despite his predictions that his turnout would top the Obama Turnout in 2009, it looks like he had one of the smaller crowds in modern history. Obama had 1.8 million. Trump had 230,000 yesterday. That's 13 percent of Obama's total!

          How big was the Trump Crowd? Take a Look!

          Obama 2009 11 AM

          Obama 2013 11 AM

          Trump 2017 11 AM

          source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tamerragriffin/trump-obam...

          Not impressive.....especially in light of the Trump team predictions. Excuses that his supporters "had to work" or "were holding local celebrations" are shallow excuse making. When many of those who voted for you were voted against someone else the support is soft. Polling reveals that Trump has lost nearly 15 percent of his support since the election.

          Bottom Line: The Turnout was Not-At-All impressive considering previous performances.

          Barack Obama, 2009: 1.8 million (generally considered a record for people on the National Mall)

          Barack Obama, 2013: 1 million

          Bill Clinton, 1993: 800,000

          George W. Bush, 2005: 400,000

          George W. Bush, 2001: 300,000

          Donald Trump, 2017 280,000

          George H.W. Bush, 1989: 300,000

          Bill Clinton, 1997: 250,000

          Ronald Reagan, 1985: 140,000 tickets sold, but record cold moved the swearing-in ceremony indoors

          Ronald Reagan, 1981: 10,000, according to the New York Times. This was the first year the ceremony was performed on the west side of the Capitol.


          THE INAUGURAL MESSAGE- "AMERICAN CARNAGE" THAT ONLY HE CAN SAVE THE NATION FROM: Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s White House counselor, had promised that the speech would be “elegant.” This is not the adjective that came to mind as he described “American carnage.” That was a phrase the likes of which has never hitherto been spoken at an inauguration.

          Oblivious to the moment and the setting, the always remarkable Trump proved that he is likely to remain in campaign mode: negative and demeaning. In what should have been a civic celebration serving national unity and promoting confidence, he vindicated his severest critics by serving up reheated campaign rhetoric about “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape” and an education system producing students “deprived of all knowledge.” ALL? Really?

          He managed to insult nearly everyone on the platform for their failure (GOP and Dems alike; Congress, Presidents, Governors). ALL HAD FAILED and ONLY HE can rescue the nation.

          AND, he also managed to anger nearly every ally with his statement that only America's needs count. America First is being heralded as a return to American isolation and protectionism.


          Making Home Ownership More Expensive: Trump made it more expensive for working- and middle-class Americans to buy their first homes. The move will increase costs for 750,000 to 850,000 Americans in the next year alone, according to the National Association of Realtors.

          The Obama administration had said last week that the Federal Housing Administration would drop the cost of mortgage insurance it sells by almost a third to 0.60 percent. But after Trump took office, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which oversees the FHA, informed lenders that the fee cut was off. The reversal of the reduction will mean that homebuyers who borrow $200,000 under the program will see their mortgage insurance fees go up by $500 a year.

          Undercutting ObamaCare's Mandate and Standards (with no replacement in sight): Trump instructed the agency overseeing Obamacare to interpret she laws/regulations loosely ― in ways that could undermine it even before Congress gets around to repealing it.

          This order is basically Trump doing what he can, on his own, to get the process underway.

          “While this executive order doesn’t directly make any changes to the ACA, it directs federal agencies to start unwinding the health law in a variety ways without waiting for Congress,” Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Health Foundation said.

          Obamacare, which became law in 2010 and took full effect in 2014, has helped narly 20 million Americans to get health insurance, while extending new consumer protections to millions more. Today, the number of people without health insurance is the lowest government agencies have ever recorded.

          But in the process, the law has also caused some people to pay higher premiums or bear greater out-of-pocket costs than they did before because insurance companies did not get the large inflow of the young and healthy thanks to a weak Mandate that let those who chose not to do this slide. The GOP refused to consider any fixes in the law. The Executive Order is expected to further weaken this.

          Obamacare standards have created the most consumer oriented health insurance program in the nation's history. The Executive Order is expected to allow states more freedom in setting up their own (and likely weaker) standards. This will immediately affect Medicaid which serves the poorest citizens.

          These changes will likely further spook insurers already worried they were not attracting as many healthy customers as they thought. The insurers could respond by raising premiums even higher, or by exiting markets altogether.

          The changes to Medicaid that states have sought threaten to reduce the number of people who can get on the program or stay on it, reducing their access to medical care.

          AND LASTLY.....MIA on the White House Website: Gone are sections like “Civil Rights” and “Reducing Gun Violence” replaced by pages like “America First Energy Plan” and “America First Foreign Policy.”

          Certain pages seemed to have disappeared altogether. LGBT Concerns. GONE. Climate Change. GONE. Immigration Reform. GONE.

          What's there. The pages from the Campaign Site regarding the Trump Agenda....with nothing new in regard to any of them. So, not only has the Trump Transition failed to fill the largest number of positions in the federal government in memory but it has failed to develop any policy priorities.

          GOOD START!


          One of the repliers made this comment: Besides the crowd at the inauguration do you know what else was different? The words I, me and my were rarely heard.

          My Reply:

          Let's look at the numbers shall "we."

          The use of the word "I" and "me." Here is how Trump's use of these words compared to other presidents' first inaugural addresses:

          • Trump: Three.
          • Barack Obama: Three.
          • George W. Bush: Nine.
          • Bill Clinton: Seven.
          • Ronald Reagan: 13.
          • Franklin Delano Roosevelt: 13.
          • Woodrow Wilson: 5.

          The use of the word "we." The term "we" has been far more prevalent in inaugural addresses than "I" or "me":

          • Trump: 34
          • Obama: 42.
          • Bush: 23.
          • Clinton: 30.
          • Reagan: 33.
          • Roosevelt: 19.
          • Wilson: 25.

          Of note "We" can be used broadly to speak of a generation, a nation, a community, or narrowly to refer to the administration of the particular president In Trump's case he used it in the narrow fashion 23 times- i.e. he or his administration. By contrast Obama used "we" in the narrow fashion 11 times in two inaugural addresses.

          Length. In terms of word count, Trump's speech was actually relatively short:

          Word choice. Here are some words that Trump used that haven't been used in previous inaugural addresses:

          References to God. Here are the references to God in Trump's and some previous first-term inaugural addresses:

          • Trump: Five.
          • Obama: Three.
          • Bush: Three.
          • Clinton: One.
          • Reagan: Five.
          • Roosevelt: One.
          • Wilson: Two.

          References to liberty or freedom:

          • Trump: One.
          • Obama: Two.
          • Bush: Two.
          • Clinton: One.
          • Reagan: Eight.
          • Roosevelt: Zero.
          • Wilson: Zero.

          The figures have been taken from transcripts from the Washington Post, ABC News, and the American Presidency Project here, here, here, and here.


          * Until Mr. Trump has earned the title, I will refrain from referring to his as President Trump, or The President, or Mr. President. While I respect the office, my complete lack of respect for him overshadows that historic sentiment. I am open to being surprised. I am also going to bring the same level of energy and purpose to my critique of him that opponents of President Barack H. Obama did during his 8 years as our President.

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          The Madness Has Begun.


              I keep hoping that I'm wrong. I keep thinking that no one could be as obdurate and obtuse as Donald Trump.

              But then I watch his inaugural address, and it reminds me that there is no such thing as being "slightly sociopathic," just like no woman can be "slightly pregnant."

              His speech did not reach out to all Americans, and promise attempts to unify us as a country, instead it was like a campaign speech to his followers, saying, "Look, we won! Screw the rest of the country!"

              Other presidents have notably sought to pull us together as did JFK with his ringing call, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!"

              George W. Bush promoted himself as a "Unifier, not a divider!"

              And ever since the end of WWII, every American president, Democrat or Republican, has attempted to weave together an international coalition of military and trade alliances for the benefit and safety of America.

              We did it with the Marshall Plan under Truman, and the establishment of NATO. We did it under Reagan and both Bush presidents, and their "Coalitions of the Willing."

              And Barack Obama has struggled mightily to contain a brutally aggressive Vladimir Putin of Russia, with international sanctions and the strengthening of NATO.

              But in his speech, Trump took another radical departure from the past and promised that his policies would be to promote, "America first!"

              That sounds great, but how does that work out in real life? Do we abandon our trade treaties, which not only create many jobs here in the USA, but strengthen our trading partners, which helps keep them as allies? Do we abandon international agreements like the Paris Accords, and do what is best only for the USA, and expect nations like China and India to not do the same? If every nation acts selfishly and only seeks to do "what's best only for itself," the consequences will be devastating, initially for billions of people worldwide as oceans rise and wipe out their coastal habitats, but eventually for all of us.

              Ominously, on his first day as President, Trump closed down the government's Climate Change website. Nothing is more obvious or more dangerous than the onset of higher temperatures worldwide, and the havoc they will wreak, due to humankind's 300 year habit of burning fossil fuels.

              And yet, here in the 21st century, after all that science has been right about in the past, we have a president, who denies science, and shuts down the Climate Change website. He must have made the Koch brothers and all the fossil fuel companies very happy, but his act is a step in the wrong direction, and indicates far worse to come.

              In addition, he ordered the emasculation of the Affordable Care Act. What that means to the 20 million people who now have health insurance is frightening. What that means to the 3 million people who have jobs due to the ACA is worrisome, and what that means to all of us as the ACA put a damper on rising health insurance rates is: will we be able to afford healthcare insurance in the future?

              While Trump's supporters are elated and optimistic that he will "make America great again," although we still don't know what that means or how he's going to do it, since Trump is always big on promises and bereft of details. And as we know from experience, "the devil is in the details."

              So we will have to watch and wait and see if his actions do in fact promote the health and welfare of all Americans or if he and the GOP Congress only enrich the rich at the expense of everyone else as they have done so often in the past.

              I am most unsettled and perturbed, when I think of the words of an ancient Greek philosopher. His name was Heraclitus. He lived around 500 BC, and his trenchant observation was that, "Character is destiny!"

              If that means that Donald Trump's character is America's destiny, we are in for perilous times, because when you list the irrefutable facts about Donald Trump's character, it is a long list of fraud, failure, cheating and lies.

              I know Trump supporters will deny that he lies or excuse him with the canard that Hillary lied as much or as egregiously, but the fact is: he lies in the face of video evidence to the contrary, and he lies constantly. Hillary never told whoppers like Trump has.

              The scariest aspect of a Trump administration is that Trump is so disconnected from reality, and is sensitive to the point of being hostile to questions and criticisms. Thus, he becomes angry and defiant when challenged to produce proof of what he's saying or what he believes to be true.

              History has shown Heraclitus was right. Think of Nero, Napoleon, Hitler, and so many other heads of state, who led their countries to ruin, because of their deluded sense of self-grandeur. I doubt Trump can change who he is, which means that the American people will be challenged like never before.

              Do we rise to the occasion and demand a government of laws, instead of lies? A government that keeps our environment safe and healthy? A government that respects the civil rights of all the people, regardless of race or sex? A government free from the influence of Russia and/or the Koch brothers?

              In the next few years, Trump's troubling character will be tested. But far more important:

              The character of the American people is going to be tested, and it remains to be seen what destiny we determine for ourselves!

              Do we resist the GOP/Trump depravities and travesties or do we succumb, and bequeath a banana republic to our children???

              If you want facts (anathema to Trumpistas) go here: http://www.bombasticliar.com/

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              Anti-Trump Agenda "Women's March" In St. Louis: One Of Many


                  Here is where I am today. At one of nearly a dozen large U.S. marches whose attendance looks to top 2,000,000 before the day is out.........

                  ST. LOUIS • Several thousand people massed in downtown St. Louis Saturday morning to protest President Donald Trump and support various causes in a companion to a simultaneous event in Washington.

                  While the event was billed as the Women's March on St. Louis, there were many men taking part as well.

                  The march began at 9 a.m. outside Union Station and proceeded east on Market Street to Luther Ely Smith Square, a park area east of the Old Courthouse, to hear various speakers.

                  Market was crammed with people from sidewalk to sidewalk.

                  Police estimated the peaceful crowd at 20,000 to 25,000. As of noon., there had been no incidents requiring police attention.

                  Marchers carried signs with messages such as "Women's Rights Are Human Rights," "Not My President" and "When They Go Low, We Go High."

                  That referred to a slogan used by former First Lady Michelle Obama during last year's presidential campaign.

                  Another sign proclaimed "Don't Be Putin's puppet." Among the issues championed were abortion rights, gay rights and the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

                  Sarah and K'Lynne McKinley came to the march with their children and a group from their church, Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves.

                  Stay updated with St. Louis Post-Dispatch in your news feed.

                  The hope was for their children to learn about empowerment, K'Lynne McKinley said.

                  "I hope people live differently after this," she said. "It's not about hating or being angry."

                  The McKinleys and others taking part listened to organizers and activists recite poetry and thank the crowd.

                  Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., was among the speakers. She flew in from Washington after attending Trump's inauguration Friday.

                  "Yesterday I was on the podium and it started raining, which kind of matched my mood," McCaskill said. The St. Louis march, she said, has "given me a renewed sense of the fight."

                  A large contingent of police was on hand. People began gathering outside Union Station at least two hours before the 9 a.m. start of the march.

                  Even before the speeches, the event was emotional for some attending.

                  Mercedes Fort cried with her friends, standing outside the Old Courthouse. She drove in from Cape Girardeau.

                  "This is the struggle between being motivated by this turnout and being horrified as to why we had to come out," Fort said. Like most people at the march, she doesn't support the new Republican president.

                  My reflection: I am here with a dozen or so local activists....all from very red collar counties of St. Louis. I have to say I am truly edified by this. I remember the Tea Party rallies, a fraction of the size being experience today.....and no massive corporate sponsorship (The Kochs and Dick Armey's Freedom Works with the aggressive support of Fox). Amazing.

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                  President Trump's Two Simple Rules


                      In President Trump's Inaugural Speech, he gave us two rules to live by: buy American and hire American. Applause followed. In the new President's attempt to offer the American people a vision, how practical are those rules he proposes? How will current conditions need to be changed? How do we enforce the rules, and how long before that slogan becomes a reality? My guess is never but, in the moment, it sounded pretty good. We'll have a better chance of starting a colony on Mars. We might make our preference an American product or an American worker, but Trump's simple rules are nothing more than an empty slogan.

                      Of course, we know that the ideology of an inaugural speech is rarely manifested. President Obama campaigned on the notion that he would change the way Washington worked and he had limited to zero success. Many still hold that against him. Trump did campaign on a platform of making America a manufacturing powerhouse again. He has reiterated that promise by laying down those two rules: buy American, hire American. But there are serious obstacles to this directive. Like Obama, Trump will be faced with a thing called reality. He may not have to push against the obstructionism that Obama faced, but products and trade and how they work globally are more complicated than a 2-rule nationalist solution.

                      The premise of Buy American is basically flawed. America cannot produce everything it consumes. We either don't have the natural resources or the climate. We have to import materials from their source. Many products are simply produced elsewhere at a lower cost and these low prices allow Americans to buy products at affordable prices. Even President Trump and Ivanka manufacture their clothing lines abroad and they do that for a reason. It's cheaper and they can provide consumers all over the world with an affordable product. Their reasoning is as old as trade itself.

                      We are a nomadic and industrious species. From the trade of obsidian, to silk, from corn to furs, and human traffic, people have sought out and engaged one another to sell and acquire goods at the best possible price. There is profit in trade and it pretty much works the same way today as it always has with one exception. We no longer pay homage to the gods of trade and merchants, Hermes and Mercurius.

                      In ancient times, the Greeks hated free trade because they saw the tax dollars as being important to the treasury and national order, just as they are today. This is why Trump is opposed to the TPP that would do away with or reduce tariffs. It's no secret that he wants to impose additional tariffs of 35%. Even our very Progressive Senator Bernie Sanders is opposed to the TPP. http://www.sanders.senate.gov/download/the-trans-p...

                      There is an opposing view, however, that elements of free trade will enhance prosperity. Ronald Reagan saw free trade and open borders as being the greater promise for prosperity. https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/reaga... Reagan's free trade philosophy was called "selective". He was able to pick and choose where he wanted protectionism and where he didn't. We might say Reagan was responsible for the demise of the textile industry in the US and subsequent rusting of the Midwest. Trump, however, prefers to put his ideology firmly behind Pat Buchanan who sees protectionism and isolationism as being generators of prosperity. But even in those prosperous times there was trade and not all products were American made. Furthermore, at that time, the economy also depended on immigration for our labor needs. We still need that labor and always will to some extent.

                      These arguments ride on the changing tide of economy and social events. Reagan could promote free trade when the economy was in good shape and technology and cultures were changing and expanding. He could encourage immigration when we needed more labor. When times are hard, austerity and isolationism are favored, more out of fear than being a solution. It's more like hunkering down until a storm passes. I would argue that there is no good time for austerity or isolationism, especially, now and in spite of the "carnage" picture our new President has painted for us. The global economy is too vibrant to close ourselves off from opportunity. There's too much change in technology happening to shut ourselves off from the ideas circulating in a broader world. Buy American when you can afford it, and Hire American if an American wants it. But this is not the time for meaningless slogans in our National dialog.


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                      Women’s March On Washington: Full List Of Cities & States Participating Today



                          500,000 so far in DC...every city is LIGHTING UP PINK!!

                          This is fantastic...

                          Welcome to our world...donald!!

                          THIS is INTERNATIONAL folks!!


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                          Home From The Frontlines. Chicago Rocked!!!!


                              Just walked in after participating in the Chicago Women's March. Chicago Rocked! Last night estimates were at around 25,000, this morning before I left the numbers were at 50,000 once I reached the Women's March rallying point the numbers were projected to be 75,000 but I will bet you we were closer to 100,000. No violent incidents, police were actually working with and complementing us who participated and the day was a complete success. Will post a few photos later. I am so proud to be part of history in the making.

                              Oh, I did something interesting. I had some blank business card forms and printed up 50 cards. It said on the card.


                              Join Us

                              I handed out all but two of them at the March lol.

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