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Jason Chaffetz Not Seeking Re Election Next Year

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      Chaffetz has been going through difficult times at his town halls, leading him to see the writing on the wall. He's first to pay the piper after disregarding his constituents and going on a witch hunt against Hillary Clinton on trumped up charges, but now taking a laissez faire approach to Trump's many real issues with ethics and the law.

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      Fox "News," A Den Of Iniquity.

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          So it appears that Fox "News," which basically means: Rupert Murdoch, has finally decided to remove the sexual predator, Bill O'Reilly from his nightly show of lies, innuendos and vicious attacks on anyone without a "Fox approved GOP label!"

          O'Reilly's impudent, imperious lying, and ignorant posturing will no longer be aired on Fox "News." He will be fired, although they probably won't call it that.

          Of course, Bill's unwanted and uninvited abuses of women's privacy and their lives has been going on for years, and the $13 million paid out to five women by Fox and O'Reilly proves their guilt.

          But it wasn't Murdoch getting a case of "conscience or concern for women," and how they've been mistreated at Fox, it was the loss of advertisers and money that did it.

          Coming on the heels of the Roger Ailes scandal, where the corpulent and aged, former head of Fox "News," was regularly propositioning women at the network, it is not hard to understand how O'Reilly figured he could abuse women or impose on them for sexual favors in return for a "Fox career," just as his boss did.

          And they both demanded sex from women employees for years, because Murdoch looked away, and counted his profits as the advertising revenue rolled in, while Ailes and O'Reilly provided the deceitful and dishonest right wing programming and presentations that their mostly white, mostly older, and mostly ignorant audience wanted!

          In addition to losing many valuable advertisers like Mercedes Benz, and Jenny Craig, it appears that the Murdoch network may also be facing charges for writing off the pay-offs to the abused women as part of their "compensation" or salaries, and hiding the fact that it was "hush money" to cover up for the crimes of Ailes and O'Reilly.

          Gretchen Carlson, pictured above, received $20 million from Fox and Roger Ailes to settle her sexual harassment suit.

          This constitutes fraud of their investors, since Fox is part of "News Corporation," which is a publicly traded company on the stock exchanges, and must account for expenses honestly. But then, honesty has never been a Fox priority!

          It is truly deplorable that after all the unseemly, and criminal sexual acts at Fox, and after all the lies that have been told, and all that have been glaringly exposed, the Fox audience, like Republican voters, keep coming back for more and more of the same insidious deceits, the same degenerate innuendo, and the same hate-talk masquerading as political commentary.

          And once O'Reilly is fired, and Roger Ailes is no longer remembered for his disgrace, will the advertisers return to Fox, and sell their goods and services as if nothing ever happened?

          Will Murdoch escape another outrageous scandal like he did in England a few years ago, and go on to make more millions of $$$ selling the same depraved propaganda?


          Fox should disappear beneath a wave of disgust at their corporate culture and degenerate deceits, and because if not for them, a dangerous and deranged man like Trump would not be in the WH.

          But it seems that Murdoch's messages of racism, ethnic cleansing, and class hatreds are too appealing to too many people, and so my guess is that Fox will go on, advertisers will return, O'Reilly will be replaced with another morally defective human being, and everyone will act as though Fox is a real "news network," when in fact, it's just a fascist forum, providing cover for a brothel!

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          What Led Donald Trump To Select His Cabinet Appointees

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              I think so many of us asked the exact same question. Just how did Trump vet those people now holding the top Cabinet positions? If this doesn't smack of outright corruption, nothing does. This is just about two such choices but can be extended into his other choices as well. I mean really, a neurosurgeon to head the HUD, some billionaire woman who never stepped foot in a public school as head of the Dept. of Education? Then we need to look into Trump's so-called unpaid advisers which are also instrumental in Trump's selections and how much influence they have.


              What we are beginning to see is a man, Trump, who really doesn't understand the governing process who relies upon others for advice and that advice is given not on behalf of the average person but given for personal financial gain by a very few. Why are such nobodies such as Bannon, Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka placed into his top administrative positions when they know so little about governing just like Trump and are allowed to greatly influence Trump's decision making? What is even worse is that the Republican Party is allowing Trump to not only undermine our government but democracy itself.

              http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/if_you_look_at...

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              Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Hangs Himself In Prison, Officials Say

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                  (CNN)Convicted murderer and former NFL star Aaron Hernandez was found hanged in his Massachusetts prison cell Wednesday morning, officials said, just days after he was acquitted in a separate murder case.

                  The 27-year-old former New England Patriots tight end was found suspended from a bed sheet attached to a window in his cell at the Souza Baranowski prison in Shirley at about 3:05 a.m., the Massachusetts Department of Correction said.


                  http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/19/us/aaron-hernandez-s...

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                  Democrat Jon Ossoff Is Killing It In Georgia Special Election!

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                      http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/georgia-house-special-election-district-6

                      Jon Ossoff currently is leading with 71.30% of the vote in the Georgia Special Election held today!

                      See live results by clicking on link.

                      I feel SO vindicated :)

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                      The End Of The Kingdom?

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                          Could it possibly be that the alliance that has lasted longer than any other may finally be at its end?

                          Election fever............again.

                          Well there's every possibility as Theresa May the unelected Prime Minister clearly got a little giddy when she saw poll numbers that gave her a 20+ lead over the Labour's Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn has welcomed the June 8th election believing he can wheel out the usual charges of the Conservative party being for their richest backers and a party of privilege that cares little for the poorest of the poor. All those charges as indeed well warranted and Corbyn will wheel out his greatest hits of his Socialist Past and the current challenges facing Education and the NHS.....essentially the usual talking points of any UK general election.

                          Once again a general election when the music plays and parliamentary seats are up for grabs in one of the oldest games of Democratic Musical Chairs. However this time the whole spectre of Brexit and the continued realisation that wanting to break up with the EU and the practicalities are two very different things and no doubt this will be front and centre in the weeks ahead.


                          But are the wheels on the bus coming off the concept and constitutionality of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

                          Ok, let's get one thing out, I voted to remain in the EU as did the majority in the North of Ireland and Scotland and still believe the true nature of the mistake of those who voted simply because of Immigration are in for the rudest of awakenings.....I stand by my vote and I will vote in this coming election for a party that supports the open borders of Ireland and the free travel between the two version of one island.

                          This election was called out of political opportunism and seemingly a calculated risk for Prime Minister May given the polling data. Although I do believe there will be little movement in terms of increasing her majority in the UK House of Commons. This is as much about a mandate to negotiate hard or accept a hard Brexit that will certainly have an impact not just on the UK and the EU, but the US, Asia......essentially everywhere.

                          There's another possibility that we are now seeing the UK finally come apart with Nationalists in Scotland and Northern Ireland who have little time for Westminster are again increasing calls for Independence and those calls are once again finding favour among those who see the whole Brexit push as an English gripe more than one the Scots or Irish hold towards Brussels.

                          Hated figures in the form of Nigel Farage and Theresa May are not seen as having the best interests of those outside the English dominated parliament and have been the loudest voices against the push to leave the EU.

                          Both Celtic nations are increasing the mindset that staying within the union is more an abusive relationship and history is written in the blood of many a battle that were ultimately folly for those who fought against the Kings of Centuries past and Prime Ministers aplenty.

                          The Scots and Irish and to a much lesser extent the Welsh have always been the other nations of the Union and are only handy to have at times of war or when Britannia wants to act like a big player on a world stage when in fact it is more a Little England Ideology with their Celtic neighbours in lock step.

                          Well that may be coming to an end as both Scotland and border counties in Northern Ireland seem intent on staying exactly where they are and be who they are.....members of the European Union, Scottish, Irish and European......

                          With or without their British Brexiteer cousins.

                          The state of this Kingdom is all of a sudden in peril.

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                              http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431933/donal...

                              http://thehill.com/homenews/news/309053-trump-will...

                              https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&so...

                              A Google page of articles about donald HATING to hire American Workers. They need Unions he says...too expensive he says. He is in Kenosha, Wisconsin right now...signing an Executive Order to hire US workers only??

                              He also refuses to use steel made in the USA, for ALL his Hotels and Golf Courses.

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                              PTSD: Trump's North Korea Knowledge GAP Is HUGE And Dangerous

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                                  The crisis on the Korean Peninsula is displaying much that is wrong with Trump and Pence in matters related to international engagement.

                                  As a matter of background....yesterday Trump congratulated Erdogan of Turkey for his "win" in an election which has been widely criticized for both its purpose (extending Erdogan's power to a point where he is a virtual dictator) and for its conduct (with results disputed by opposition parties, the Turkish legislature and judiciary, and international observers....with many references to its being rigged); his decision to strike a Syrian airfield in response to Assad's government's use of gas against civilians in an area controlled by the opposition that did little damage and seems to have been a stand-alone reaction rather than as a part of a larger plan; and so on. Trump/Pence are like bulls in the global China Shop.

                                  Trump (and to a slightly lesser degree Pence) do not "know" much and, what is worse, they do not know that they do not know. They think they do. And that is bad news too. Let's take a look at what Trump does not seem to know. First a map. I suspect that Trump could not fill it in if it was blank.

                                  Trump has indicated that his predecessors, Obama, and Clinton were “outplayed” by “this gentleman” in North Korea.In an interview that aired on “Fox & Friends” this morning, Trump told Ainsley Earhardt:

                                  “They've been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read Clinton’s book, he said, ‘Oh, we made such a great peace deal,’ and it was a joke. You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody has been outplayed, they’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman and we’ll see what happens. But I just don’t telegraph my moves.”

                                  Do you think that Trump does not know that Bush was president between Obama and Clinton? Bush had no greater success in "talking to this gentleman."Further it is not "this gentleman" but "these gentlemen", Current dictator Kim Jong Un ― has only been running North Korea since the 2011 death of his father, Kim Jong Il, who ran the country since 1994. Kim Il Sung ― the current leader’s grandfather ― ruled from the nation’s founding in 1948 until his death in 1994, during the first term of the Clinton presidency. The North Korean government has been seeking a nuclear defensive/offensive capability since 1990.

                                  What else does Trump/Pence not understand? Allaying North Korea’s discontent with its security environment – and the region’s fear of a North Korean attack – is extremely complicated. Trump’s policy seems to be focusing on pressuring Beijing to constrain North Korea, the threat of a U.S. preemptive strike and on additional sanctions against NK.

                                  What that policy ignores is that the NK nuclear development program makes strategic and economic sense for North Korea.

                                  STRATEGICALLY: There is no indication that Kim is suicidal no matter what John McCain says. He seems to be thoroughly enjoying his life. Lots of power and pleasure. He is not the only one. While it may appear that Kim is an absolute master of his nation, the fact is that he is the chosen representative voice/figure head of the autocratic/kleptocratic ruling military class that has been the power behind "the throne" since the 1960's. Their desire for deterrence – to not end up like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi – helps explain the existence of its weapons program. Someone who has participated in more than a decade of Track II dialogues with the North Koreans once recounted how North Koreans asked them: “Would the Americans have gone in and done what they did to Gaddafi, and to Syria, if they had what we have?’

                                  ECONOMICALLY: The more dangerous North Korea presents itself, the more it can milk countries like China and South Korea, who are more incentivized than the US to have a calmer Pyongyang (the capital of North Korea).

                                  For South Korea's Seoul hostilities would likely lead, almost immediately, to the destruction of the capital which is close to the Demilitarize Zone. North Korea is capable of reducing Seoul to "a sea of fire" using conventional weapons because the South Korean capital is so close to the border where NK has a wall of artillery protected in hardened Silos.

                                  So Kim might be looking for another payday from Seoul, especially considering that when South Koreans go the polls in May they will almost certainly elect a president who favors positive engagement with Pyongyang.

                                  In the 2009 negotiations with Pyongyang that updated the agreements that keep the uneasy peace, the North demanded what was, in effect, a bribe.

                                  The North Koreans asked for 100,000 tons of corn, 400,000 tons of rice, 300,000 tons of chemical fertilizers and $100m in aid for road construction and $10 billion – purportedly seed money for an economic development bank, but which North Korea’s leader used to pay off the elite to shore up his position in power. Money has been regularly funneled through Kaesong, a North Korean industrial city close to its southern border with South Korea. Investments by South Korea in that city and the industrial zone that North and South Korea ran jointly have not been used for industrial development or wages as agreed but the nuclear weapons program and for luxury goods for the ruling class.

                                  WHERE DOES CHINA FIT INTO ALL OF THIS?

                                  The Chinese fear a North Korean collapse, which could lead to a unified Korea (with South Korea the victor), a prolonged civil war in North Korea, and/or waves of North Korean fugitives crossing into China. The amount of aid China gives North Korea is unknown; however, China is by far North Korea’s most important trading partner. China provides a market and access to the rest of the financial world. China is also a preeminent military power and just as South Korea counts on the U.S. to have its back so North Korea counts on China. China has a lot to lose if North Korea collapses, or is the site of a war. But it also does not want to appear to be doing America's bidding.


                                  HOW REALISTIC IS A PREEMPTIVE U.S. STRIKE ON THE NORTH KOREAN PROGRAM?

                                  The Pentagon sent the 97,000-ton USS Carl Vinson with an escort of a guided-missile cruiser, two destroyers, several small frigates and support vessels. In addition there are submarines on post at all times. The Vinson Squadron and the submarines have both defensive and offensive capability.

                                  The U.S. also has 30,000 troops in the South on 30 bases (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine units). These forces are entirely defensive. They are meant to signal U.S. commitment and to delay a conventional North Korean attack on the South until reinforcements arrive.

                                  Other forces could be pulled in from Japan and there is always the long distance air units.

                                  Here is an example of a realistic defensive response.


                                  How about an offensive strike?

                                  A potential US strike, using aircraft from the Vinson, could range from a small-scale strike against a single target, like a missile on a launch pad or the support equipment that makes a missile launch possible, to a broader set of military targets if the US meant to 'send a message' that an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) or atomic device test was not going to be tolerated.

                                  The Vinson strike group likely does not have the weapons to take out the principal North Korean nuclear assets, which are buried deep underground or mounted on constantly moving camouflaged trailers. Long range heavy bombers (B-1, B-2, B-52) would have to be called in to hit the fortified silos. Fighter sorties and cruise missiles guided by satellites would go after the mobile units from the Vinson.

                                  Another strategy involves electronic interference with launch sequences, and navigation on missiles as they launch. Destruct signals can also be dispatched.

                                  How effective all of this would be is a much debated question. I doubt that Trump is aware of the debate or even open to hearing it.

                                  http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/us-aircraft...

                                  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr...

                                  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3342396/north-korea-...

                                  https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/04/north-korea-mu...

                                  https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2017/04/17/tru...



                                  * 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 Georgia primary for the seat Tom Price won by a landslide is a jungle primary, which means the top two candidates face off in a month if no one gets over 50%. Democrat Ossoff is close, but not likely to break 50%. A better democratic strategy would have been to split the vote between two democrats, bleeding off 1/3 of Ossoffs vote to another democrat, ensuring two democrats make it to the runoff, ensuring a Democratic win. Tough to execute.

                                      https://www.yahoo.com/news/democrat-jon-ossoff-lea...

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