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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:11 am    Post subject: THE LATEST SAYS IT ALL HOW MUCH LONGER CAN ANYONE STANDTRUMP Reply with quote

From Cosmopolitan

"The Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the results of their latest national poll and it shows more than a third of the country wants to see President Trump impeached.

Forty-percent of voters participating in the survey said they want him impeached, which is up five-percent from last week's poll. Only 48-percent of voters would oppose an impeachment, and 52-percent said they wished Obama was still President.

“Usually a newly elected President is at the peak of their popularity and enjoying their honeymoon period after taking office right now,” Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling, said in a press release. “But Donald Trump’s making history once again with a sizeable share of voters already wanting to
impeach him, and a majority of voters wishing they could have Barack Obama back.”

With more and more unpopular Executive Orders coming out of the White House, it's hard to think the number next week won't be higher."


"President Donald Trump, a man obsessed with television ratings, should really appreciate this fun statistic: His pre-Super Bowl television appearance got less ratings than former President Barack Obama's first interview. The Sunday interview was part of a now-customary tradition giving the U.S. president a platform to speak prior to the Super Bowl. Speaking to Bill O'Reilly on Fox News before the big game, Trump drew a measly 12.2 million viewers in Nielsen's overnight ratings, according to Variety."

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your PPP poll is garbage. That actual question PPP asked was "Would you support or oppose impeaching Donald Trump?"

For what? Under what grounds? Might as well have asked 'Would you support or oppose arresting Donald Trump?"

Further evidence it is garbage is polling samples were weighted toward those voting for HRC + others by +15 points, Democrats + others (e.g. non Republicans) by +39 points!

This is precisely why all the polls prior to the election showed HRC winning. When you oversample the people you want to get the answer from you want to hear, that's the answer you're going to get.

Listen... It's over. Democrats lost. I get it you don't like it but crap like this, MSM reporting it as if it's valid, and the #NotMyPresident left 'resisting' President Trump isn't hurting Trump one bit. It IS hurting the nation (and your party).
Veni, Vidi, Velcro;

(I came, I saw, I stuck around)
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really the polls were not off trump lost by 2,750,000 votes guess it was rigged? Just look at all the bad news on TRUMP . Something every day comes up. BAD R U really that blind? The way I see it if he lasts 4 years he may get us all killed! He sure has no mandate more then 50% of Americans do not trust the guy or like him as a person. FACE IT ! Dirt comes out him or his spokesmen just about every day. Lowest numbers of any president ever. FACT! How can you support a guy who comes out with stuff like grab them by there pussy. Oh just boy talk not funny. Or over 15 women coming out about his abusing them? Or paying off on the Trump UNIV. REALLY? Why pay off if its not true?
And did he forget to DRAIN the swamp?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:48 pm    Post subject: NOT FROM SOME LEFT WING RAG Reply with quote

re respect.
Hal BoedekerContact Reporter
Orlando Sentinel

Maybe you’ve been losing a lot of sleep lately because of world events. A word of advice: Don’t watch cable news in the night.

I should have stuck with TCM early Saturday, but I turned to CNN and heard the latest about Michael Flynn, President Trump’s national security adviser. Turns out Flynn may have spoken with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, about U.S. sanctions against Russia before the inauguration, CNN reported, and that’s contrary to what Flynn had told Vice President Mike Pence before the veep appeared on Sunday morning shows.

Then a CNN anchor repeated a line that made me think I was dreaming. But no, I found the line on CNN’s website: “A source with knowledge of the situation told CNN the only reason Flynn hasn't been fired is that the White House doesn't want to look bad.”

If the White House doesn’t want to look bad, it’s running three weeks behind in tackling that problem. The Trump White House is to public relations what Chernobyl was to nuclear plants.

The White House’s messaging suffers because the administration acts like it’s still in rancorous campaign mode. Guided by Trump, the tweeter-in-chief, the White House makes everything personal. It doesn’t matter if the topic is Elizabeth Warren, court setbacks, Ivanka Trump’s brand, Sean Spicer’s press briefings or the size of the inauguration crowd.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, has been a one-woman wrecking crew in damaging the administration’s credibility. She introduced the term “alternative facts,” invented a massacre and hawked Ivanka’s products.

But those are sideshows. The main culprit is the Donald himself, whose worst moment so far — you may point to others — was his jaw-dropping interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News Channel on Super Bowl Sunday.

O’Reilly described Russian President Vladimir Putin as “a killer.”

Trump replied, “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. You think our country's so innocent?”

Trump “indicted” America “in language unprecedented for any sitting or former president,” wrote Bret Stephens of The Wall Street Journal.

What does that say about a president who treats America’s image — its brand — so shabbily?

For starters, he’s reckless and unaware of the impression he’s making. Michael Scott (Steve Carell) had more finesse on “The Office.”

“Three weeks of Trump is like five years of Nixon,” Bill Maher said Friday on his HBO show “Real Time.” Maher dismissed Trump as “President Man-Baby.”

Trump may be a titan of business — we haven’t seen his tax returns, so who knows for sure? — but so far he’s a flop at public relations. Having a steady hand at P.R. is crucial in steering the country. By painting the media as the enemy, Trump distracts from his own erratic and undisciplined performance. That routine will grow old quickly.

Trump’s team often seems incapable of professionalism. But the team is taking cues from a leader who generates chaos instead of clarity, who mocks instead of inspires.

The White House looks bad, and one person deserves most of the blame. That’s the way leadership works.

I fear there are a lot of sleepless nights ahead.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:07 am    Post subject: MORE TRUMP NOT LOOKING SO GOOD "WINNER"???? Reply with quote

Michael Flynn out as national security adviser 02:49
Story highlights
Michael D'Antonio: Flynn's fall is one of a series of embarrassing snafus that make Trump administration look like amateur hour
He says Trump is known for prizing "yes men and women" above competence and leaving failure in his wake. Expect to see more of this.
Michael D'Antonio is the author of "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" (St. Martin's Press).The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)Remember when Donald Trump promised to be the Harlem Globetrotters of politics? "We're gonna win at everything we do!" said Trump. "We're gonna win, win, win. You people, you're gonna be sick and tired of winning." Now he's president of the United States, and Trump has indeed given us tricks and deceptions worthy of the basketball legends. But winning? Not so much.

With flourishes meant to create the image of a commander rapidly transforming Washington, Trump has instead notched one failure after another. Consider this list a lowlights reel:
· Top national security aide Michael Flynn, caught in a lie, forced to resign.
· Federal courts block Trump's executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.
· Trump's plan to immediately "repeal and replace" Obamacare is frozen by the reality that he never had actually had a health care plan to substitute.
· Mexico's president, insulted by Trump, cancels his state visit.
· A contentious call with the Prime Minister of Australia (an American ally) concludes when Trump abruptly ends the call.
· A tail-between-the-legs acceptance of America's longstanding "one China" policy, which he'd threatened to upend.
· An embarrassing display in which he discusses a surprise missile launch by North Korea in the public setting of his Mar-a-Lago club.
· Lies about voter fraud and a "massacre" that never happened have made the administration a laughingstock.
The debacles have been so numerous that Trump's aides, including counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, press secretary Sean Spicer and senior adviser Stephen Miller, must perform round-the-clock media duties where, deprived of serious facts and policy, they deliver distortions and deceptions.
Paul Ryan: Trump right to ask Flynn to resign

Paul Ryan: Trump right to ask Flynn to resign 00:56
A stammering Spicer defends Trump's outrageous claims of voter fraud with the statement that the President "believes what he believes." In discussing the travel ban, Conway repeats an old reference to a "massacre" that never happened. Miller offers a dictator's defense of his boss, saying "that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned."
Outrages obscured
Like a building on fire at midnight, the Trump presidency has been such a riveting spectacle that the light and smoke have obscured problems that would have damaged any other new administration. Trump's pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, looked like a student who hadn't done her homework as she stumbled through a confirmation hearing, unable to offer coherent answers about students with disabilities or about testing students for their mastery of a subject or their progress with it.
Trump nominated a labor secretary who employed an undocumented worker in his home and a budget chief who failed to pay taxes due on payments made to a nanny.
Steven Mnuchin, nominated to be secretary of the treasury, apparently misled senators who asked him about the aggressive foreclosure activity at a bank he owned.
It should be noted that Mnuchin, who formerly worked as an investment banker, is just one of many wealthy financiers Trump has brought into his administration. After ranting against Wall Street and excoriating his opponent Hillary Clinton for her connections to the financial industry, Trump has abandoned the populism of his campaign and staffed up with a small army of bankers.
Flynn scandal proves Trump is not immune to laws of gravity
Flynn downfall proves that the normal rules of politics apply -- even to Trump
He has also moved to dismantle the rules put in place to protect the economy -- and consumers -- from the excesses of the financial industry, which were central to the collapse of markets and the Great Recession that was a legacy of the George W. Bush administration. All this from a president who, at his inauguration, complained of an "establishment (that) protected itself, but not the citizens of our country."
Had any other president abandoned his campaign commitments or nominated such ill-qualified people to serve in the Cabinet, he (or dare I say "she") would have been pilloried in the press for these moves and blocked by Congress. However, Congress is in the hands of Trump's party and thus, remains mostly silent. The press, like the American public, has been so overwhelmed by the Trump frenzy that it has been forced to apply a new standard. Sins that were once regarded as mortal are overlooked because so many bigger outrages require attention.
This is not a surprise
If it seems like it's amateur hour in Washington, that's because it is. Trump's main argument for his candidacy was that he had so little contact with Washington that he represented a radical change. The lies he delivered on the stump were excused as a salesman's exaggerations, not a sign that he suffered from severe character flaws. And besides, most experts didn't give him a real shot at winning. Like the second-rate comic who warms up the audience before a headliner, Trump was entertaining in a crude and unsophisticated way but he wasn't expected to succeed.
Now we have a crude and unsophisticated president whose management skills, which were always hyped beyond reality, are inadequate to the task of running the country. He tried to substitute attitude for aptitude, confidence for competence, and failed time and again.
Ironically, Trump's record was apparent all along, and should have been enough to disqualify him. A real estate deal-maker and TV celebrity, Trump failed repeatedly at the job of running businesses that required his focused attention and he displayed no real concern for the damage he did to investors and contractors. In his public statements about prominent business figures, national leaders, his ex-wives and even his daughter, he spoke with no regard for the effect of his words.
"[Trump has] tried to substitute attitude for aptitude, confidence for competence, and failed time and again. "

As an entrepreneur who controlled privately held companies, Trump indulged his own impulses in ways that revealed profound character flaws. He protected himself by hiring mainly on the basis of loyalty. As he told me, he wasn't much interested in a man or woman's record of achievement. He was looking, instead, for "talent" and commitment. Other qualifications were secondary. If an executive seemed energetic, aggressive, ambitious, and ruthless in the Trump mold, he or she got the job.
The President's past hiring practices help to explain why he has surrounded himself with so many people with no previous experience in government but an abundance of loyalty and nerve. When he built skyscrapers, he didn't require that his executives know how the buildings were constructed, but he wanted them to be so loyal that if he ordered them to climb to the roof and jump off, they just might do it.
We now have a government filled with Trump hires whose flaws seem consistent with the President's own. Gen. Flynn practiced a classic Trump move when he placed calls to Russian officials during the transition and then offered deflections and deceptions when questioned about it. Yesterday he became the first administration official to jump from the roof and sacrifice his reputation and his career. We should expect to see more bodies flying past the windows.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:23 am    Post subject: OK ROJA PLEASE EXPLANE ME THIS? coming from republican's Reply with quote

“Everything we suspected during this campaign is proving true,” former Clinton press secretary Brian Fallon tweeted. “This is a colossal scandal.”

Robby Mook, Clinton’s former campaign manager, said he’d like the FBI to explain why it issued a letter to members of Congress about its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state but apparently did not do the same after reportedly interviewing retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who was Trump’s national security adviser at the time, about his calls to Russia.

“I’d like the FBI to explain why they sent a letter about Clinton but not this,” Mook tweeted.

The Times story left Nick Merrill, Clinton’s former traveling press secretary, speechless.

“There are no words,” Merrill tweeted.

Ronald Klain, a longtime Clinton confidant, tweeted a partial transcript from the final presidential debate during which the Democratic nominee challenged Trump on his refusal to denounce Russia’s interference in the election.

Clinton herself has not responded publicly to the Times’ report. But early Tuesday, Clinton reacted to the resignation of Trump’s embattled national security adviser by sharing a colorful tweet from Philippe Reines, one of her former top aides.

“What goes around COMETS around,” Reines wrote in a tweet directed at Flynn and his son, Michael Flynn Jr., and included a link to a page with listings for open job positions at Domino’s Pizza.

During the 2016 campaign, both Flynns used their social media accounts to spread false news stories about the Clintons.

Flynn Jr. came under fire for promoting the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy, which falsely claimed Comet Ping Pong, a Washington pizzeria, was the center of a child sex trafficking ring involving Clinton and her campaign chief, John Podesta.

“Philippe’s got his own way of saying things,” Clinton tweeted, “but he has a point about the real consequences of fake news.”

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A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump's White House is beset by a crush of crises.

Divisions, dysfunction and high-profile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed and allies wondering how it will reboot. The bold policy moves that marked Trump's first days in office have slowed to a crawl, a tacit admission that he and his team had not thoroughly prepared an agenda.

Nearly a week after the administration's travel ban was struck down by a federal court, the White House is still struggling to regroup and outline its next move on that signature issue. It's been six days since Trump — who promised unprecedented levels of immediate action — has announced a major new policy directive or legislative plan.

His team is riven by division and plagued by distractions. This week alone, controversy has forced out both his top national security aide and his pick for labor secretary.

"Another day in paradise," Trump quipped Wednesday after his meeting with retailers was interrupted by reporters' questions about links between his campaign staff and Russian officials.

Fellow Republicans have begun voicing their frustration and open anxiety that the Trump White House will derail their high hopes for legislative action.

Sen. John Thune of South Dakota demanded Wednesday that the White House "get past the launch stage."

"There are things we want to get done here, and we want to have a clear-eyed focus on our agenda, and this constant disruption and drumbeat with these questions that keep being raised is a distraction," said Thune.

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Sen. John McCain of Arizona blasted the White House's approach to national security as "dysfunctional," asking: "Who is in charge? I don't know of anyone outside of the White House who knows."

Such criticism from allies is rare during what is often viewed as a honeymoon period for a new president. But Trump, an outsider who campaigned almost as much against his party as for it, has only a tiny reservoir of good will to protect him. His administration has made uneven attempts to work closely with lawmakers and its own agencies.

Officials have begun trying to change some tactics, and some scenery, with the hope of steadying the ship. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump, who has often mentioned how much he loves adoring crowds and affirmation from his supporters, would hold a campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday, the first of his term.

The event, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, was being "run by the campaign" and it is listed on Trump's largely dormant 2016 campaign website. No other details were offered.

To be sure, pinballing from one crisis to the next is not unprecedented, particularly for a White House still finding its footing. But the disruptions that have swirled around Trump achieved hurricane force early and have not let up.

On Wednesday his choice for labor secretary, fast food CEO Andy Puzder, withdrew his nomination while the administration continued to navigate the fallout from the forced resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn was ousted on the grounds that he misled the vice president about his contacts with a Russian ambassador.

Flynn's departure marked the return of an issue Trump is not likely to move past quickly. The president's relationship with Moscow will continue to be scrutinized and investigated, sometimes apparently fueled by leaks from within his own administration.

Trump on Wednesday blasted what he called "illegal leaked" information.

Not just leaks, but also legal woes, have derailed Trump's early efforts.

After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his immigration ban last week, Trump emphatically tweeted "SEE YOU IN COURT!" and the administration vowed that it would re-appeal the block and either revise its original executive order or write a new one from scratch.

But confusion soon followed. After first indicating they would not take a temporary restraining order to the Supreme Court, administration staffers squabbled audibly, behind closed doors, over the accounts emerging in news reports.

When the dust settled, a new statement was printed out and handed to journalists, stating, "to clarify," that all options were on the table. But despite Trump's vow to have a plan in place by Tuesday, one has not emerged.

The collapse of the ban, which poured fuel on simmering staff rivalries, was followed by a period of stark inaction by a White House suddenly put on the defensive. Trump did sign legislation Tuesday that rolled back a financial regulation, but his administration has not issued any executive orders in days.

House Republicans have been nudging the White House to get behind Speaker Paul Ryan's tax overhaul, which includes a border adjustability plan of which Trump has been skeptical. GOP aides believed they were making progress, but the matter has been overshadowed by the flood of controversies.

Other possible executive actions have been bandied about, from a task force on allegations of voter fraud to steps to strengthen cybersecurity, but have yet to be released. Key legislative items such as a massive plan to rebuild roads and bridges and an overhaul of the tax law remain works in progress.

"He's a one-man band for all practical purposes, it's how he ran his business," said Bill Daley, a former White House chief of staff under Obama. "When you try to take that and everything revolves around that and he is the beginning, middle and end of everything, that is a tough model. His campaign was the same way."

Trump's new administration has also been plagued by ethics brushfires that are taking up the time and energy of communications and legal staff members.

In one incident that sparked bipartisan condemnation and calls for ethics investigations, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on TV that people should "go buy Ivanka's stuff" — an endorsement that came after the president disparaged Nordstrom for dropping his daughter's fashion line. And congressional Republicans also are demanding to know more about the security measures in place at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's weekend White House, where resort members photographed him during a dinnertime national security strategy session after North Korea launched a missile.

"When you are the White House, every day is a crisis. Crisis is routine," said Ari Fleischer, who was President George W. Bush's first press secretary. "But when they all come right on top of each other, particularly at the start of an administration, it starts to create the feeling that they don't know how to run the place."

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:02 pm    Post subject: RAJA Reply with quote

HAVING A GOOD LIFE . Life is good for me. Lucky San francisco plumber, WITH A LOT OF HELP FROM MY FRIENDS. Healthy, fit ,helpful , HATE no one though TRUMP come close to it. Make America Great help the rich get richer. Be better if we got more like Sweden . Trump seems to get all his NEWS from Fox . the fair and balanced network.
Hay what ever happened to "DRAIN THE SWAMP? I WAS A BIG SUPPORTER OF THAT!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:07 am    Post subject: The Confederacy was a con job on whites Reply with quote


I’ve lived 55 years in the South, and I grew up liking the Confederate flag. I haven’t flown one for many decades, but for a reason that might surprise you.

I know the South well. We lived wherever the Marine Corps stationed my father: Georgia, Virginia, the Carolinas. As a child, my favorite uncle wasn’t in the military, but he did pack a .45 caliber Thompson submachine gun in his trunk. He was a leader in the Ku Klux Klan. Despite my role models, as a kid I was an inept racist. I got in trouble once in the first grade for calling a classmate the N-word. But he was Hispanic.

As I grew up and acquired the strange sensation called empathy (strange for boys anyway), I learned that for black folks the flutter of that flag felt like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. And for the most prideful flag waivers, clearly that response was the point. I mean, come on. It’s a battle flag.

What the flag symbolizes for blacks is enough reason to take it down. But there’s another reason that white southerners shouldn’t fly it. Or sport it on our state-issued license plates as some do here in North Carolina. The Confederacy – and the slavery that spawned it – was also one big con job on the Southern, white, working class. A con job funded by some of the ante-bellum one-per-centers, that continues today in a similar form.

You don’t have to be an economist to see that forcing blacks – a third of the South’s laborers – to work without pay drove down wages for everyone else. And not just in agriculture. A quarter of enslaved blacks worked in the construction, manufacturing and lumbering trades; cutting wages even for skilled white workers.

Flag Protester Talks About White Role
James Tyson was arrested with Bree Newsome in SC Confederate flag removal.
Thanks to the profitability of this no-wage/low-wage combination, a majority of American one-per-centers were southerners. Slavery made southern states the richest in the country. The South was richer than any other country except England. But that vast wealth was invisible outside the plantation ballrooms. With low wages and few schools, southern whites suffered a much lower land ownership rate and a far lower literacy rate than northern whites.

My ancestor Canna Hyman and his two sons did own land and fought under that flag. A note from our family history says: “Someone came for them while they were plowing one day. They put their horses up and all three went away to the War and only one son, William, came back.”

Like Canna, most Southerners didn’t own slaves. But they were persuaded to risk their lives and limbs for the right of a few to get rich as Croesus from slavery. For their sacrifices and their votes, they earned two things before and after the Civil War. First, a very skinny slice of the immense Southern pie. And second, the thing that made those slim rations palatable then and now: the shallow satisfaction of knowing that blacks had no slice at all.


How did the plantation owners mislead so many Southern whites?

They managed this con job partly with a propaganda technique that will be familiar to modern Americans, but hasn’t received the coverage it deserves in our sesquicentennial celebrations. Starting in the 1840s wealthy Southerners supported more than 30 regional pro-slavery magazines, many pamphlets, newspapers and novels that falsely touted slave ownership as having benefits that would – in today’s lingo – trickle down to benefit non-slave owning whites and even blacks. The flip side of the coin of this old-is-new trickle-down propaganda is the mistaken notion that any gain by blacks in wages, schools or health care comes at the expense of the white working class.

Reaction to removing the Confederate Flag
South Carolina residents respond on June 21 when Governor Nikki Haley began the process of removing the Confederate Flag from the statehouse grounds. Tracy Glantz/
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Today’s version of this con job no longer supports slavery, but still works in the South and thrives in pro trickle-down think tanks, magazines, newspapers, talk radio and TV news shows such as the Cato Foundation, Reason magazine, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. These sources are underwritten by pro trickle-down one-per-centers like the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch.

For example, a map of states that didn’t expand Medicaid – which would actually be a boon mostly to poor whites – resembles a map of the old Confederacy with a few other poor, rural states thrown in. Another indication that this divisive propaganda works on Southern whites came in 2012. Romney and Obama evenly split the white working class in the West, Midwest and Northeast. But in the South we went 2-1 for Romney.

Lowering the flag because of the harm done to blacks is the right thing to do. We also need to lower it because it symbolizes material harm the ideology of the Confederacy did to Southern whites that lasts even to this day.

One can love the South without flying the battle flag. But it won’t help to get rid of an old symbol if we can’t also rid ourselves of the self-destructive beliefs that go with it. Only by shedding those too, will Southern whites finally catch up to the rest of the country in wages, health and education.

Frank Hyman lives in Durham,where he has held two local elected offices. He’s a carpenter and stonemason and policy analyst for Blue Collar Comeback. This essay originally appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch and is reprinted with permission.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking into the past to fix the future is the first step, acknowledging our mistakes, so that they are not repeated is an absolute necessity. But there is a truth that is never looked at when talking about slavery.
Slavery was not a white men's creation, it came out of Africa, warring tribes fought against each others, and the conqueror would take their loots and booties in the for of slaves. That happened a long time ago way longer then the slavery in the US.
Yes the white men exploited this slavery, but He is not be the only one that should look into the past and learn from it. Even into these days, slavery is alive and well in Africa, with northern Arab tribes that thrive in white sex slave, to Boko Rattan capturing young female to be sold to older men.
Ethiopia was probably the most prolific nation that traded in slavery. It was actually a legal commodity many centuries ago there, especially in the Ethiopian Empire, Kingdom of Jimma, Kingdom of Gomma, Kingdom of Gumma, Kingdom of Janjero, Limmu-Ennarea, Kingdom of Kaffa, and Kingdom of Garo. It also spilled into Mozambique, all the way to south Africa. As late as the 1900's, King Menelik II and Queen Taitu personally reportedly owned more than 70,000 slaves
I am not defending the white men's participation in slavery. just pointing that a lot of the blame reside among black people also. And to this day, it is still happening in black Africa, by black people.
Before you play the racist card, (racist I am NOT), do some research and see for yourselves.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRUMP was going to SUE all these women who exposed him for what he is?
There is over 19 now ? Not 1 yet will never happen.. Oh I for got "just boy talk."

FRET how can you still support a guy who come out with stuff like
" grab them by there pussy. "

And paying off TRUMP Univ. SCAM

Come on now sacking the FBI director who was investigating him in his dealings with RUSSIA? Looks like getting closer every day to impeaching

"Lowest numbers of any president ever. FACT!
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 11:04 pm    Post subject: MORE TRUMP Reply with quote

WASHINGTON (AP) — After four months in office, President Donald Trump has become distrustful of some of his White House staff, heavily reliant on a handful of family members and longtime aides, and furious that the White House's attempts to quell the firestorm over the FBI and congressional Russia investigations only seem to add more fuel.

Trump's frustrations came to a head this week with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing the probe into his campaign's possible ties to Russia's election meddling. Fearful that his own team would leak the decision, Trump kept key staff in the dark as he pondered the dramatic move.

The communications staff charged with explaining the decision to the American people had an hour's notice. Chief strategist Steve Bannon learned on television, according to three White House officials, though a person close to Bannon disputed that characterization.

When the White House's defense of the move failed to meet his ever-changing expectations, Trump tried to take over himself. But he wound up creating new headaches for the White House, including with an apparent threat to Comey.

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.

For a White House accustomed to bouts of chaos, Trump's handling of Comey's firing could have serious and long-lasting implications. Already Trump's decision appears to have emboldened the Senate intelligence committee investigating into Russia's election interference and the president's associates, with lawmakers announcing a subpoena for former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey's allies also quickly made clear they would defend him against attacks from Trump, including disputing the president's assertion that Comey told Trump he was not personally under investigation.

Several people close to the president say his reliance on a small cadre of advisers as he mulled firing Comey reflects his broader distrust of many of his own staffers. He leans heavily on daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as Hope Hicks, his trusted campaign spokeswoman and Keith Schiller, his longtime bodyguard. Schiller was among those Trump consulted about Comey and was tapped by the president to deliver a letter informing the director of his firing.

Trump confidants say Bannon has been marginalized on major decisions, including Comey's firing, after clashing with Kushner. And while Trump praised chief of staff Reince Priebus after the House passed a health care bill last week, associates say the president has continued to raise occasional questions about Priebus' leadership in the West Wing. Still, Priebus was among the tight circle of staffers Trump consulted about Comey's firing.

Trump spent most of the week out of sight, a marked change from a typically jam-packed schedule that often includes multiple on-camera events per day. Even when aides moved ahead on an executive order creating a voter fraud commission — a presidential pet project that some advisers thought they had successfully shelved — Trump signed the directive in private.

More than a lack of momentum on major policy goals, Trump is said to be seething over the flood of leaks pouring out of the White House and into news reports. He's viewed even senior advisers suspiciously, including Bannon and Priebus, when stories about internal White House drama land in the press.

A dozen White House officials and others close to Trump detailed the president's decision-making and his mood on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations and deliberations.

After Trump decided to fire Comey, he was told by aides that Democrats would likely react positively to the news given the role many believe Comey played in Hillary Clinton's defeat last year. When the opposite occurred, Trump grew incensed — both at Democrats and his own communications staff for not quickly lining up more Republicans to defend him on television.

Much of Trump's ire has been focused on the communications team, all of whom were caught off guard by Comey's ouster. He increasingly sees himself as the White House's only effective spokesperson, according to multiple people who have spoken with him. By week's end, he was musing about cutting back on the White House's televised press briefings.

Two White House officials said some of Trump's frustration centers on what he views as unfair coverage of his decisions and overly harsh criticism of press secretary Sean Spicer, as well as deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders, who led much of the response to Comey's firing. Aides said Trump does not believe his team gave contradictory stories about his decision to fire Comey, despite the fact that the White House's explanation changed dramatically over a 48-hour period.

The White House initially said Trump was compelled to fire Comey by a critical memo from the deputy attorney general on the director's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email. Aides later said the president had been considering firing Comey for months, and Trump said he would have made the decision regardless of the Justice Department recommendation.

"The challenge they have is that the president sometimes moves so rapidly that they don't get a team around that gets it organized," said Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and Trump ally. "He's a little bit like a quarterback that gets ahead of his offensive line."

Trump is mulling expanding the communications team and has eyed hiring producers from Fox News, according to one White House official.

White House officials had hoped last week's House vote would give the president a much-needed burst of momentum and infuse new energy into efforts to fully overhaul the "Obamacare" health law and pass a massive tax reform package. Aides were also eager for Trump's first foreign trip, a high-stakes blitz through the Middle East and Europe.

But the blowback from Comey's firing left the White House reeling once again. Trump's visible anger and erratic tweets prompted a reporter to ask Spicer on Friday if the president was "out of control."

"That's, frankly, offensive," Spicer said."
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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 11:03 pm    Post subject: MORE ON TRUMP FUNNY seems no one wants to work for him Reply with quote

Following advice, potential FBI chiefs steer clear of job under Trump

By Julia Edwards Ainsley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration's search for a new FBI director hit roadblocks on Tuesday when two high-profile potential candidates, a moderate judge and a conservative senator, signaled they did not want the job.

Advisers to Judge Merrick Garland and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas told Reuters they discouraged them from leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cautioning that they would be leaving important, secure jobs for one fraught with politics and controversy.

The advisers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the new FBI director would have little job security and heightened scrutiny by political observers following President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of James Comey on May 9.

Garland and Cornyn distancing themselves from the selection process just three days before Trump has said he may make a decision, points to the difficulties the White House has in filling the FBI post amid turmoil in the administration.

Trump's firing of Comey, the man in charge of an investigation into possible collusion between 2016 election campaign associates and the Russian government, outraged many lawmakers, including some Republicans.

Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, "loves his job and is not interested in leaving the judiciary," said one source familiar with the judge's thinking.

Cornyn said in a statement that he had informed the White House that "the best way I can serve is continuing to fight for a conservative agenda in the U.S. Senate."

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Tuesday that an announcement on FBI director was still possible before Trump leaves on his first foreign trip on Friday. He said the U.S. Department of Justice was still interviewing candidates.

Several Republican senators had promoted Garland even though they had refused to give him a hearing when Republican Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, a Democrat, nominated Garland last year for a then-vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Republicans' reasoning appeared to be that Garland would be accepted by Democrats and help restore faith in the FBI as a nonpartisan agency.

In an interview on Bloomberg Television, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to Garland, a former federal prosecutor, as "an apolitical professional."

A second Garland acquaintance who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Garland sought advice from those who told him he would be leaving his life-long position on the federal bench to take a job that could be terminated by Trump overnight.

A Republican Senate aide said Cornyn's staff also worried that the third-term Texas Senator could cut his- and their own- careers short by going to the FBI.

An adviser to another candidate on the White House short-list, former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, 75, said Kelly is also being persuaded to step out of the running.

Kelly has not said that he would not consider the job, but so far he has not been interviewed.

Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor whose name had been floated, said on Monday he was not interested in the director position.

The difficulty in filling key administration jobs is not just limited to the FBI director post.

Trump’s habits of contradicting his top aides, demanding personal loyalty and punishing officials who contradict him in public has discouraged a number of experienced people from pursuing jobs, said three people who declined to discuss possible positions with administration officials.

"It’s becoming increasingly difficult to attract good people to work in this administration," said one senior official. "In other cases, veteran people with expertise are leaving or seeking posts overseas and away from this White House."
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