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Since The Mueller Report, Pelosi Opens The Door To Possible Impeachment

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      IN A LETTER TO DEMOCRATS, NANCY PELOSI SPEAKS OF TRUMP’S LACK OF ETHICS, AND SHE DOESN’T RULE OUT IMPEACHMENT

      ASSOCIATED PRESSSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seen on Thursday, has said that the Mueller report proved Trump “engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior.”

      The Mueller report has caused quite an uproar among those who no longer wish to endure Trump’s corruption without fighting back. As a result, many Democrats, (including two who are currently running for President of the United States) have called for impeachment of Donald Trump, so it was just a matter of time before this had to be addressed by the Speaker of the House.

      Today we learn that has happened. Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to Democrats and the press has picked it up. Within that letter she acknowledges that Trump has engaged in “highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds” . . . “The GOP should be ashamed of what the report has revealed instead of giving the President their blessings."


      Read the full letter here
      https://www.huffpost.com/entry/nancy-pelosi-letter...

      Also Reporting on this: https://thesunbest.com/nancy-pelosi-blasts-highly-...
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      FLASHBACK: Re-Branding Yabberz - Then & Now

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          With the imminent demise of Yabberz a year-and-a-half after I posted this opinion piece, it seems an appropriate time to revisit the decision and its consequences. Was it a mistake to make the site a dedicated anti-Trump repository? Was there in fact a "purge" of pro-Trump bloggers or did they simply leave? Did the dialogue just become too contentious, at times vicious, for the more moderate, thoughtful bloggers to remain?

          Re-Branding Yabberz

          The Necessity of Resistance


          OPINION

          By Ray Cunneff

          December 27, 2017


          There has recently been some push-back about this website's new mission statement. As one of the site's original "pundits", I feel the need to weigh in on the discussion.

          While I was not involved in the decision, and while I'm not entirely sure what my advice might have been if asked, I should explain why I wholeheartedly embrace it. So, in my opinion...

          The re-branding of Yabberz as "Trump Resistance" was an audacious and risky move on the part of Mike and Melissa. There was the obvious risk of the more thoughtful and knowledgeable Trump supporters departing the conversation, leaving only Trump critics to chronicle the president's daily outrages, essentially generating the sound of one hand clapping.

          And while there is some evidence that only the angry and uninformed Trump zealots have continued to embarrass themselves by remaining a snarky, rude presence on this website, I think it can be fairly said that "Yabberz/Trump Resistance" proves on a daily basis just how crucial and essential resistance to the Trump regime has become.

          No less than the fate of the American democracy is at stake.

          But it's not too late to prevent a corporatist/neo-fascist takeover of our government, the dismantling of democratic institutions, the sowing of distrust and division in order to restrict the rights and benefits of citizenship. The Trumpists seek to enshrine a particularly cruel vision of autocracy, oligarchy, and theocracy.

          This website presents an electronic town square, a gathering place for people who represent and reflect what is emerging as a mainstream, center-left, Democrat and independent, progressive (some Republican) celebration of diversity, tolerance and optimism, a movement of those who share a renewed consensus - equal rights, equal justice, equal opportunity - and a desire to represent a positive influence throughout the world.

          Our greatest exports should be liberty, justice and prosperity.

          We need to get back to basics, re-discover what truly made America great.

          * * *

          That was then, this is now. When I originally posted this opinion, it scored 520 points, a not-uncommon score a year-and-a-half ago. Not it's rare that any post scores over 200 points, an indication of the decline in the level of activity since the re-branding. And at least half the names who awarded those points are no longer active on the site.

          Now is the time to weigh in with your opinions before Yabberz disappears forever.


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          Easter Reflections

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              Easter Reflections

              A Day For Contemplation

              Why isn't a sunset called an "Earth-turn"?

              By Ray Cunneff

              April 21, 2019

              It's Easter Sunday and, even for atheists like myself, it's a day of reflection, of stock-taking, for contemplation of life's great mysteries and insights. Even the secular view of Easter teaches us not to put all of our eggs in one basket and that everyone needs a friend who is all ears. The grass is always greener in someone else's basket and some body parts actually should be floppy. Let profound thoughts multiply like rabbits.

              The best things in life are still sweet and gooey!

              Let's begin with some "Questions To Ponder":


              Why do they put Braille on drive-thru ATM's?

              Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

              Is there another word for "synonym"?

              Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

              Do cannibals refuse to eat clowns because they taste funny?

              Doesn't it seem scary that doctors call what they do a "practice"?

              If a mime is arrested, do they tell him he has the right to talk?

              Would a wingless fly be called a "walk"?

              What was the best thing before sliced bread?

              What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

              If a man stands in the middle of a forest speaking when there is no woman around, is he still wrong?

              And now, "Deep Thoughts":

              Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

              A Tibetan monk enters a pizza parlor and says "please make me one with everything".

              If you go into a bookstore and ask for the "self-help" section, you'll be told you're defeating the purpose.

              "I am" is the shortest sentence in the English language and "I do" is the longest.

              Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?

              If you don't pay your exorcist, do you get repossessed?

              It is impossible to lick your elbow.

              The man who invests your money should not be called a "broker".

              One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

              Finally, "Military Quotes":

              U.S. Army preventive maintenance magazine:

              "A slipping gear could let your M-203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it, making you quite unpopular with what's left of your unit."

              U.S. Army rocket launcher instructions:

              "Aim towards the enemy".

              U.S. Marine Corps manual:

              "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend".

              "Don't draw fire, it irritates the people around you".

              "If you see a bomb technician running, follow him".

              U.S. Air Force manual:

              "Cluster bombing from B-52's are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground".

              "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over an area you just bombed".

              "Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in your flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries."

              U.S. Army Infantry Journal:

              "If the enemy is in range, so are you".

              "If your attack is going too well, you're walking into an ambush."

              "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."

              Old Navy truisms:

              "There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky."

              "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."

              "The Navy has a perfect record in aviation, we never left one up there."

              Happy Easter!


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              Elizabeth Warren Calls For Trump’s Impeachment

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                  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called for the House to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump today.

                  Previously, Warren said she wanted to wait and see what was in the Mueller report before making a determination on impeachment.

                  Warren’s announcement is significant. As a 2020 presidential candidate, she’s the highest profile Democrat to call for impeachment ― at a time when most leaders of her party are backing away from it. House Speaker Nancy Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has consistently said she’s not in favor of moving forward on it.

                  But even after the Mueller report, Democrats seemed unconvinced. Both House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) rejected trying to remove Trump on Thursday. Hoyer said it was “not worthwhile” and Nadler said it was “too early to talk about that.”

                  Julian Castro, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, also called for impeachment after the Mueller report.

                  Taking into account the Justice Department’s position that the president can’t face charges while in office, the Mueller report stops short of calling President Donald Trump a criminal. But despite Attorney General William Barr’s attempts to spin the public perception of the report in Trump’s favor, the Mueller investigation laid out an an extensive pattern of plainly unethical and seemingly criminal behavior to obstruct an ongoing law enforcement investigation.

                  Read about it here:

                  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/elizabeth-warren-im...

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                  This may light a fire under the Congress! TOCB


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                  Trump Doubles Down - Truth Never Gets In The Way Of Inflammatory Lies

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                      Trump Doubles Down

                      Truth Never Gets In The Way Of Inflammatory Lies


                      By Ray Cunneff

                      April 19, 2019

                      There are some basic patterns to Donald Trump's behavior, however apparently grotesque and unstable, that we must at all times bear in mind as we move inexorably toward his removal:

                      First, he does not recognize any limits to his power. He literally believes that he is the smartest person on the planet, that he knows what's best for the country (mostly for himself) and that anything the king demands must therefore be legal. If laws prove an impediment, they must be struck down and written to suit him. If judges rule against him, they must be removed from the bench. If congressional committees try to thwart his will, they must be disbanded.

                      Second, when he meets resistance to his lies or actions, Trump always doubles-down. If his lies are challenged, it only means to him that the lies weren't big enough, or told forcefully and often enough. If anyone dares stand against him, his immediate instinct is character assassination, dig up some dirt or, failing that, concoct a slander. He has always operated on the premise that if someone takes what he considers a shot at him, he hits back ten times as hard.


                      On May 31st, Netflix will premiere “When They See Us”, a four-part dramatization of how in 1989 police and prosecutors framed a group of black and latino teenagers who became known as the 'Central Park Five', accused of beating and raping a white female jogger despite an almost total lack of evidence. Nonetheless, they were found guilty and served lengthy prison sentences before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002.

                      Donald Trump, then known simply as a blowhard real estate mogul, employed his inherent racism as a divisive political tool by taking out a full-page ad in the New York Times (above) demanding that the death penalty be reinstated for the Central Park Five. As recently as October, 2016, when he was the GOP nominee for president, Trump was still insisting that the five were guilty and should be executed.

                      What more do we have to prove?
                      I'm tired of proving our innocence!
                      I don't care what this asshole thinks.


                      Even after it was proven in court that the five had been beaten and coerced into confessions, even after the real perpetrator had confessed to the crime, and even after the real culprit's DNA was matched to forensic evidence found on the victim, Trump said on CNN: "They admitted they were guilty. The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”

                      Donald Trump’s relentless obsession with the Central Park Five perfectly illustrates his inflexible view of his righteous authority, his fundamental disregard for the criminal justice system, his belligerent racism, and his pathological refusal to ever accept facts that don't square with his hateful, vengeful delusions.

                      https://www.teenvogue.com/story/central-park-five-...

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                      Pence Approved Abortion Propaganda Movie Is Purposefully Deceptive

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                          The Anti-Abortion Movie ‘Unplanned’ Is Loaded With Extremely Dangerous Lies That Are Debunked By OB/GYN

                          Photo: Pure Flix

                          I just read about the abortion horror film that Vice President Pence plugged on twitter this month. It is R rated, and it presents gore and horror in the guise of being about legal abortion.

                          Since so many abortions are now done with medication, and no one is trying to drum up business for abortion clinics, the film would be as laughable as most grade B horror films if so many didn’t want to believe all its lies. It has already grossed twice what it cost to make it, and is being used as a kickoff film for making abortion a death penalty offense.

                          Worst of all, this movie paints the anti abortion movement as pro-woman.

                          Some of the films most egregious lies include:

                          Presenting a fetus as struggling for its life against an abortion; (all medical evidence shows that to be impossible.)

                          Showing Planned Parenthood as a for profit business activity (that has been debunked too many times to remember.)

                          Depicting abortion as extremely dangerous (it is a safe procedure - much safer than giving birth.)

                          Filming abortion as a long, gory and painful procedure (most abortions are less than ten minutes, all pain is controlled with medication, and in house abortions are done skillfully in sterile conditions.) Illegal abortion, back in the day might have been more like what is shown in this film.

                          Portraying abortion clinicians as villains and monsters. (OB-GYNs and family medical physicians who do abortions are known to be some of the most compassionate, empathetic, skilled professionals in medicine)

                          Claiming that prayer is magical enough to stop abortions. (People praying outside of clinics has not changed the number of women entering clinics to get abortions.)

                          https://www.huffpost.com/entry/an-obgyn-debunks-un...

                          "This movie, titled ‘Unplanned' has made a propaganda movie that could could radicalize people enough to get someone killed."

                          https://www.thecut.com/2019/04/unplanned-is-a-movi...

                          "This gory, R-rated anti-abortion film paints Planned Parenthood as a powerful, bloodthirsty terrorist organization. It’s even crazier than it sounds....Propaganda doesn’t come more Putrid than ‘Unplanned.'

                          https://www.thedailybeast.com/unplanned-inside-the...

                          "The story peddles a familiar and untrue narrative. Lies: The staple of the anti-choice movement. ‘Unplanned' is a predictable weapon in their arsenal of lies."

                          https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/3/28/1845903...


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                          Is It Time For A National Day Of Resistance? REDUX

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                              We learned this morning that there has been a dramatic nationwide and worldwide surge in cases of measles, a disease thought to have been eradicated only a few years ago, due directly to sophisticated anti-vaccination social media campaigns conducted by Russian internet troll factories.

                              We're about to learn in even greater detail the extent and success of internet disinformation and disruption campaigns by foreign adversaries to interfere in our elections and sow discord and division within American society and that those efforts are not only ongoing but accelerating.

                              We are also increasingly aware that the Trump regime is facilitating and exploiting this turmoil for entirely political purposes.

                              Given this, it's not difficult to understand how the broad majority of American people could become gripped by either avoidance or a sense of malaise, foreboding and helplessness.

                              Back in January, which now seems a long time ago, the issue was whether America's adversaries would exploit the inherent weakness of a partial government shutdown to attack America's vital interests.

                              But today, with the shutdown barely a memory amid out collective "outrage fatigue", the risk of America's vulnerability during the incoherent chaos of the Trump regime and the ongoing efforts at home and abroad to divide and enrage American society, perhaps the question is once again worth asking...


                              Is It Time For A National

                              Day Of Resistance?

                              "The fear is our enemies know they can run freely."



                              "A strike is to labor relations what a war is to politics,

                              a complete breakdown of the system

                              - and everybody loses."


                              By Ray Cunneff

                              January 22, 2019

                              I've believed that axiom, from personal experience, for many years. But no longer. Not now.

                              As a member of the Writers Guild of America, I went through three devastating (for different reasons) strikes in my first ten years of active membership.

                              The most damaging for me was the 1988 strike against the producer's alliance that lasted seven months and, as co-chair (along with Mike Hoey) of the Strike Committee, branded me a "militant writer" - which didn't do my career any good.

                              And while other Writers Guild strikes may not have lasted as long, they were nonetheless damaging in terms of compensation, particularly the loss of what were then called "videocasette royalties" in an earlier strike in 1981 which set an unfortunate precedent for DVD and other residuals in the years that followed.

                              The '88 strike also had the unforeseen consequence of spurring the rise of "reality TV". (I won't go so far as blaming the strike for Donald Trump, but it's a case that could be made in an abstract sort of way.)

                              * * *

                              But having said all that, I'm beginning to feel that the in every way "unprecedented" Trump presidency, amid the mounting concern that Trump is using his partial government shutdown, on the backs of federal workers, associated businesses and the overall economy, as a ploy to re-structure our democratic institutions and consolidate dictatorial power. His entirely unnecessary shutdown, now in its 32nd day, an artificial solution to an artificial crisis, may soon reach a critical mass that calls for unprecedented action.

                              David Leonhardt's op-ed in The New York Times yesterday pointed out the inherent weakness in the Trump "resistance movement", that millions of people aren't in the streets demanding an end to the shutdown and a return to some kind of orderly governance instead of chaos, corruption and cruelty.

                              Mark Wilson/Getty Images

                              But the real and even more immediate danger of the Trump shutdown, one that has the potential to mobilize millions, is the clear, present and imminent threat to national security. On MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace, former Assistant FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi told a story about, when as a young agent, he saw a sign on the back of his boss's door that read: "America is at peace because the FBI is at war".

                              Wallace said of Trump's shutdown, "If he wanted to end the Russia investigation, this was a diabolical way to do it. The self-proclaimed law and order president has effectively brought the wheels of justice to a grinding halt with his self-created, self-perpetrated government shutdown.”

                              A 72-page report released today by the FBI Agents Association, which represents more than 14,000 active and former FBI special agents, quotes multiple inside sources that the government shutdown has "eliminated any ability to operate." Another said the job has "never been so hard or thankless", another said agents cannot "protect and serve the American people." The report stated that, “the U.S. Attorney’s office is unable to issue grand jury subpoenas for financial institutions".

                              An agent working on counter-intelligence matters against high-level threats to U.S. national security is quoted, "It’s bad enough to work without pay, but we can only conduct administrative functions while doing it. The fear is our enemies know they can run freely."


                              Nicolle Wallace and Frank Figliuzzi (screengrabs)

                              Figliuzzi added, “It’s the FBI’s job to counter the greatest threats facing America, but now what’s possible is the greatest threat of all is coming from the Oval Office and our president — it’s an insider threat”.

                              There is real fear among Intelligence professionals that our enemies will exploit this apparent weakness to attack our cities, our power grid, our food or water supply, our satellites, our rail, air or highway infrastructure. Worst-case scenario: a tactical nuclear/EMP attack designed to cripple retaliation and settle all scores.

                              Figliuzzi concluded, “There are champagne corks being popped back in the Kremlin right now, because they couldn’t have engineered a better scenario than a demoralized FBI that can’t pay its bills, can’t pay informants and, yes, the leadership is responsible for this... that’s a reflection of the degree to which our president is putting self-interest over national interest.”

                              All of this brings us back to the rhetorical question, "Is it time for a National Day of Resistance?", a general strike in which a substantial portion of the population simply stops all activities - no work, no school, no purchases, no deliveries, no transactions - occur for one pre-determined day, and millions take it to the streets as a show of political will and the economic power of the people to demand government that represents their interests as opposed to the interests of the powerful oligarchs, corporatists and theocrats.

                              It would be the strongest possible statement of a peaceful public demand that government put the people's and the nation's security, safety and general welfare as its highest priority and responsibility.

                              It could also mark the beginning of the end of the Trump/Pence regime.


                              FBI operations suspended or curtailed during the Trump shutdown:

                              Crimes Against Children

                              Sex Trafficking

                              Drug and Gang Crime

                              Counter-Intelligence

                              Counter-Terrorism

                              Cybersecurity

                              Intercept Translations

                              Healthcare

                              Securities Fraud

                              State and Local Collaboration

                              Subpoenas


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                              Netanyahu's Win Is A Warning To American Voters: Trump Can Win In 2020

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                                  On Thursday, April 11, Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Hardball had these sobering words to offer. I found them compellig.

                                  Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has just given a lesson to

                                  voters in this country to President Donald Trump, and just as important, to

                                  Trump`s critics.


                                  Lesson one: you can with win reelection while not changing your off-putting

                                  style. You can be ego-centric, narcissistic, bullying, the works.


                                  Lesson two: if you oppose such a person, and all the narcissism and bullying,

                                  you can sure as heck lose to them no matter what you think of them

                                  personally and no matter how bad their image is in the world.


                                  Lesson three: the guy you hate can win because whatever else you can say

                                  about him, this person you see as a villain is seen by a lot of other

                                  people as the country`s lone tower of strength; the one politician

                                  willing to take the heat for defending the country, its borders and its

                                  sovereignty.


                                  Lesson four: if your opponent is seen as the man ready and willing to

                                  defend the country, its borders and sovereignty, and your candidate and

                                  party are not, you should not be surprised at your country`s verdict.


                                  Bibi won because he, unlike his critics and political rivals, was seen as

                                  strong on the issue of defending his country, its borders and its

                                  sovereignty. By refusing to promote a strong alternative for border

                                  protection, critics and rivals have allowed Trump to position himself so

                                  far as the lone protector of the country`s sovereignty and for him to brand

                                  his enemies for being for open borders.


                                  As former Governor Jerry Brown of California sized it up, Trump has made

                                  his call for a wall in the border a powerful metaphor. Quote: He`s saying,

                                  hey, those lefties and socialists are against it, I`m for it, and it`s

                                  protection. And somehow that will protect you from closing down the

                                  factory or protect you from these strange social experiments.


                                  Like Trump, Netanyahu also dealt in images like getting the United States

                                  to move its embassy to Jerusalem. That showed he had clout in Washington

                                  and they had the toughness to defend his country. And it worked. He just

                                  won reelection.


                                  Trump`s opponent should pay attention. You can bet he has.

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