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Postby RocketMan » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:53 am

Someone should do a deep dive on your fervent hopes regarding the Roger Stone case and the Mueller Report, and look where we are. I'm sure there are other basic tenets of the Russiagate faith, many of them with Russian names, no doubt, but I'm not that deep in the scene as to remember.

On second thought, I doubt it would be useful to anyone.
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Re: TRUMP is seriously dangerous

Postby seemslikeadream » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:09 am

here is is dive away! GO DEEP!! :rofl:

it's all here for anyone to read ..I've made it so easy

and thanks for the reminder I needed to add some news.....much appreciated you have been a real helper this morning :tiphat:

btw another republican bites the dust

Republican Congressman Kenny Marchant is set to announce today that he’s retiring

#TrumpsTerrorists Trends As Americans Blame President Trump For Mass Shootings: 'The Blood Is on His Hands'

By Christina Zhao On 8/4/19 at 7:31 PM EDT

Following two mass shootings this weekend, the hashtag #TrumpsTerrorists trended on Twitter on Sunday afternoon, with thousands of Americans blaming President Donald Trump for allegedly encouraging violence against immigrants with his racial rhetoric.

A gunman, identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, opened fire at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, leaving 20 dead and at least 26 others injured. Authorities told the Washington Post that they were investigating a manifesto, allegedly written by the shooter, that contains strong anti-immigration sentiments and sympathy for the Christchurch shooter, an Australian gunman involved in attacks on New Zealand mosques that left 49 dead earlier this year.

Hours later, on Sunday morning, a separate shooter killed nine in Dayton, Ohio.

Although the president denounced both shootings as "senseless attacks" and condemned "these hateful and cowardly acts," 2020 Democratic candidates and various other politicians disagreed over whether Trump's inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants had encouraged the hate and violence in the El Paso shooting.

Trump "is a racist and he stokes racism in this country," former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke said on Saturday. "And it does not just offend our sensibilities, it fundamentally changes the character of this country and it leads to violence."

Meanwhile, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney defended the president, saying the El Paso shooter "felt this way a long time before Donald Trump got elected president."

Twitter users used the hashtag #TrumpsTerrorists on Sunday to weigh in on the issue, with thousands condemning the president for allegedly inciting violence and some defending him.

"Trump is now deleting his tweets calling immigrants an 'invasion' now that he inspired the El Paso shooter to murder 20 people to 'stop the Hispanic invasion of Texas.' Sorry @realDonaldTrump, but the internet is forever. #TrumpsTerrorists," Andrew Wortman tweeted, alongside screenshots of the president's tweets.

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Trump is now deleting his tweets calling immigrants an “invasion” now that he inspired the El Paso shooter to murder 20 people to “stop the Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Sorry @realDonaldTrump, but the internet is forever.#TrumpsTerrorists
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"Trump just deleted all of these tweets that called immigrants 'invaders'. Please don't share them everywhere you possibly can. It will upset him and he won't enjoy his golf game this afternoon. #EnoughIsEnough #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism #ThisIsAmerica #TrumpsTerrorists," Holly Figueroa O'Reilly tweeted.

Trump just deleted all of these tweets that called immigrants "invaders".

Please don't share them everywhere you possibly can. It will upset him and he won't enjoy his golf game this afternoon.#EnoughIsEnough #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism #ThisIsAmerica #TrumpsTerrorists
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) August 4, 2019
"BREAKING: President Donald Trump takes a break from golfing, to praise the fine work of his devoted proteges; Patrick Crusius and Connor Betts. #TrumpsTerrorists," Paul Lee Ticks tweeted, alongside a short video of Trump holding up photoshopped images of the shooters. The president's hands were also photoshopped to be covered in blood.

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BREAKING: President Donald Trump takes a break from golfing, to praise the fine work of his devoted proteges; Patrick Crusius and Connor Betts.#TrumpsTerrorists
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"Just to be 100% clear: Trump's MAGA hats are the modern-day all-in-one prime selection for white hood plus white robe plus swastika. There's no way around it. #TrumpsTerrorists," Andrea Junker tweeted.

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God bless the people of El Paso, Texas. God bless the people of Dayton, Ohio.

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Just to be 100% clear: Trump’s MAGA hats are the modern-day all-in-one prime selection for white hood plus white robe plus swastika.

There’s no way around it. #TrumpsTerrorists

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"These are #TrumpsTerrorists, aided and abetted by #MassacreMitch," Twitter user @4everNeverTrump wrote.

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These are #TrumpsTerrorists, aided and abetted by #MassacreMitch.

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"I don't want to hear one word from Trump supporters. There has been a SURGE in hate crimes since that racist took office. now. #TrumpsTerrorists," Twitter user @bobbitz57 wrote.

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I don't want to hear one word from Trump supporters. There has been a SURGE in hate crimes since that racist took office. The blood is on HIS hands now. #TrumpsTerrorists
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"And his hateful racist rhetoric (steeped in his jealousy of how loved @BarackObama still is) keeps getting Americans killed while they shop or celebrate. His legacy is one of death, deception, & destruction. #ImpeachmentInquiryNow #TrumpsTerrorists," writer Tara Dublin tweeted.

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And his hateful racist rhetoric (steeped in his jealousy of how loved @BarackObama still is) keeps getting Americans killed while they shop or celebrate. His legacy is one of death, deception, & destruction #ImpeachmentInquiryNow #TrumpsTerrorists ... 7853650946
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Trump is an illegitimate president who wouldn’t have won without Russia’s help. Deep in his cold, cruel heart, he knows it. He’s always known it.

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Some Trump supporters also used the hashtag to defend the president from his opponents.

"Wow... in the wake of 2 horrific mass shootings, leftists have decided to blame everything on President Trump and White People. How can we possibly come together as a nation to help these people when we are being divided like this? #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism #TrumpsTerrorists," author Nick Adams tweeted.

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@NickAdamsinUSA the wake of 2 horrific mass shootings, leftists have decided to blame everything on President Trump and White People.

How can we possibly come together as a nation to help these people when we are being divided like this?#WhiteSupremacistTerrorism #TrumpsTerrorists

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"STOP making the El Paso & Dayton SHOOTINGS ABOUT POLITICS! #EnoughIsEnough #TrumpsTerrorists Trending? This has nothing to do with the President & TX shooter was an Extreme Leftist #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism," comedian Terrence K. Williams tweeted.

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STOP making the El Paso & Dayton SHOOTINGS ABOUT POLITICS! #EnoughIsEnough

#TrumpsTerrorists Trending? This has nothing to do with the President

& TX shooter was an Extreme Leftist #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism #GunControlNow don’t forget to mention the 1500 shot in Chicago
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"So if I tell someone to jump off a cliff, and they jump off a cliff. Is it my fault? NO, IT'S THE GUY'S FAULT I DIDN'T FORCE HIM TO JUMP DID I? Trump NEVER incited violence to anyone. #TrumpsTerrorists," Twitter user @PabloILCT wrote.

So if I tell someone to jump off a cliff, and they jump off a cliff. Is it my fault? NO, IT'S THE GUY'S FAULT I DIDN'T FORCE HIM TO JUMP DID I? Trump NEVER incited violence to anyone. #TrumpsTerrorists
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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists before boarding Marine One and departing the White House August 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. The hashtags #TrumpsTerrorists and #WhiteSupremacistTerrorism trended on Twitter on Sunday after with mass shootings. Chip Somodevilla/Getty ... zf0oFizaOM
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Re: TRUMP is seriously dangerous

Postby seemslikeadream » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:49 pm

Exposed: State Department Official Posted in Nazi Charlotteville Chats
By Chris Schiano, Unicorn Riot August 7, 2019
Washington, DC – Today, an investigation by reporter Michael Hayden for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)’s Hatewatch revealed that US State Department official Matthew Q. Gebert has been active in the neo-nazi movement over the last several years. Leaked Discord chat logs obtained by Unicorn Riot also prove that Gebert’s username was posting in racist groups throughout 2017 and indicate he may have attended the deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville.

Gebert currently works as a foreign affairs officer in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources. His career at the State Department began in 2013 via a “presidential management fellowship” focused on “developing a cadre of potential government leaders” according to academic and government records.

Gebert has made repeated appearances on anti-semitic alt-right podcasts such as ‘The Fatherland’, according to reporting by SPLC. His podcast appearances as well as his leaked Discord chats also indicate he has hosted white nationalist gatherings at his home,

Matthew Gebert’s Discord chat handle is ‘Coach – DC‘, and his leaked Discord posts links directly to his Twitter profile @DC_Pilots, which was conclusively tied to Gebert by Hatewatch.

Gebert’s Discord is active in two different servers in the logs obtained by Unicorn Riot. The majority of his 22 leaked messages are in the server ‘Vibrant Diversity‘, which users referred to as “the most elite discord server in the Alt Right”. Posts by ‘Coach – DC’ in ‘Vibrant Diversity’ include a meme of Hitler and Mussolini, a swastika-shaped cookie, and a picture of a pro-diversity yard sign riddled with bulletholes.


One message shared by Gebert on March 19, 2017 suggests he hosted a “vetted” white nationalist gathering at his home the night before, and also wrote that his wife was “out of town on an altright mission” and that the guests at his house included Mike Peinovich (aka ‘Mike Enoch‘) of the neo-nazi The Right Stuff podcast network (Enoch was also present in the Vibrant Diversity chats).

Other neo-nazis present in ‘Vibrant Diversity’ chat logs included Elliott Kline (aka Eli Mosely), former Identity Evropa leader and principal organizer of the Unite The Right Rally. Also in the chats were Brian Brathovd (aka ‘Caerulus Rex‘), a National Guard soldier who served as neo-nazi leader Richard Spencer’s bodyguard. Other notable figures present alongside Gebert in ‘Vibrant Diversity’ were Andrew Anglin and Andrew Aurenheimer (aka ‘weev‘) of the The Daily Stormer, as well as Greg Johnson from the white nationalist publishing house Counter Currents.

Matthew Gebert was also present in the leaked chat logs from the ‘Charlottesville 2.0‘ Discord server used to plan the Unite The Rally. While he only appeared to post twice in the Charlottesville chat, he wrote “Confirmed 1,488%” in a chat channel specifically dedicated for users to formally confirm their plans to attend Unite The Right on August 12.

A State Department statement to the Hatewatch claimed the federal agency is “committed to providing a workplace that is free from discriminatory harassment and investigates alleged violations of laws, regulations, or Department policies, taking disciplinary action when appropriate. ... lle-chats/

READ: Draft Termination Notice To USDA Experts Who Refused Rapid Move To KC
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The first of hundreds of experts at the USDA who are losing their jobs rather than rapidly relocating from Washington D.C. to Kansas City were set to begin receiving termination notices Wednesday.

Economists, researchers and other employees at the two agencies affected by the relocation, the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), first heard last August that USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was exploring a move.

A Tuesday email from the USDA obtained by TPM set Aug. 7 as the date the notices would begin going out to USDA employees.

“You declined the offer of relocation with the understanding that you would be separated,” read a draft of the termination notice also obtained by TPM.

In June, Perdue announced Kansas City as the selected relocation site. Employees were given a month to tell the USDA whether they wanted to move or be fired. The relocation will be finalized at the end of September, when all affected employees are expected to report to Kansas City.

As TPM reported Tuesday, White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney revealed a previously unspoken motivation for the move in a speech over the weekend: thinning the herd.

[Mulvaney Admits To Ulterior Motive For Suspicious Move Of USDA Experts]

“It’s nearly impossible to fire a federal worker,” he told the crowd at a Republican fundraising gala in South Carolina. “But by simply saying to people, you know what, we’re going to take you outside the bubble, outside the beltway, outside this liberal haven of Washington, D.C. and move you out into the real part of the country, they quit.”

“What a wonderful way to streamline government, and do what we haven’t been able to do for a long time,” Mulvaney quipped.

Initial bipartisan concern about the relocation — both over the massive brain drain it would cause and the removal of key congressional information sources from the capital — eventually melted away as Republicans sided with the Trump administration.

For many employees, especially more experienced USDA staffers with roots and families in the D.C. area, or those with medical conditions that precluded switching doctors, moving wasn’t an option.

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Re: TRUMP is seriously dangerous

Postby seemslikeadream » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:37 am

Trump administration reauthorizes use of "cyanide bombs" to kill wild animals
August 8, 2019 / 11:50 PM
By Sophie Lewis

The Environmental Protection Agency has recently reauthorized the use of controversial chemical traps to kill coyotes, dogs, foxes and other wild animals across the U.S. These "cyanide bombs" are meant to protect livestock although some environmental groups are calling for a nationwide ban and saying they are inhumane.

According to a recent interim decision, EPA officials approved the use of M-44 devices, which trap wildlife with bait before releasing sodium cyanide into their mouths, killing them.

The devices "inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year," the Center for Biological Diversity said in a statement Wednesday. "They have also injured people."

Wildlife Services, the division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for wildlife management, is authorized to use the devices, as are state agencies in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas. Wildlife Services kills large numbers of wild animals every year on behalf of farmers and ranchers.

At the end of 2018, the EPA proposed the renewed use of sodium cyanide, allowing time for public comment until March. More than 99.9 percent of comments urged the EPA to ban M-44s, according to an analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Environmental Law Center.

"The overwhelming majority of comments from the general public, including the more than 20,0000 letters from the write-in campaign, did not support the continued registration of sodium cyanide predacide uses (M-44 devices)," the EPA wrote in its proposal. Opponents sited the dangers to residential areas and ecological concerns.

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M-44s are horrific death traps full of cyanide that kill thousands of unsuspecting animals every year, even pets. Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Trump administration just reauthorized their use: ... 019-08-07/

Trump Administration Reauthorizes Wildlife-killing M-44 ‘Cyanide Bombs’ Despite Strong Opposition
Center for Biological Diversity: WASHINGTON— The Trump administration has reauthorized use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the...

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Instead of discontinuing the use of the devices, the EPA has updated its rules to include some restrictions with the hope of reducing accidents. For example, the devices cannot be placed within 100 feet of a public road or pathway, increased from 50 feet, and elevated warning signs must be placed within 15 feet of each device, decreased from 25 feet.

Perhaps most pertinent, people living within a half-mile of an M-44 placement must be notified. In 2018, a family in Idaho sued the government for more than $150,000 after a cyanide trap near their home injured their son and killed their dog the previous year, bringing national attention to the issue.

According to the family, no one with the government told them the poisonous device was near their backyard. The government rejected the claims and asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed, claiming the family's negligence led to the incident.

"Cyanide traps can't be used safely by anyone, anywhere," said Collette Adkins, carnivore conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity. "While the EPA added some restrictions, these deadly devices have caused too much harm to remain in use. We need a permanent nationwide ban to protect people, pets and imperiled wildlife from this poison."

According to Wildlife Services' data, M-44s killed 6,579 animals in 2018. More than 200 deaths were nontarget animals, including foxes, opossums, raccoons, skunks and a bear.

"In my 25 years working with M-44 victims I've learned that Wildlife Services' agents frequently do not follow the use restrictions," said Brooks Fahy, executive director of Predator Defense. "And warning signs will not prevent more dogs, wild animals and potentially children from being killed. They cannot read them. M-44s are a safety menace and must be banned."

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Postby seemslikeadream » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:07 am

Trump admin told Supreme Court it's legal to discriminate against workers for being gay, lesbian, or bisexual, saying Title VII of Civil Rights Act 1964 cannot apply to sexual orientation. This follows brief targeting trans workers.

The Trump Administration Asked The Supreme Court To Legalize Firing Workers Simply For Being Gay
Friday’s brief comes after the administration argued that federal law allows firing workers simply for being transgender.

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Friday’s brief comes after the administration argued that federal law allows firing workers simply for being transgender.

The Trump administration took its hardest line yet to legalize anti-gay discrimination on Friday when it asked the Supreme Court to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on their sexual orientation.

An amicus brief filed by the Justice Department weighed in on two cases involving gay workers and what is meant by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination "because of sex.” The administration argued courts nationwide should stop reading the civil rights law to protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers from bias because it was not originally intended to do so.

That view conflicts with some lower court rulings that found targeting someone for their sexual orientation is an illegal form of both sex discrimination and sex stereotyping under Title VII. Those courts have found, to illustrate the point, that a gay man wouldn't be targeted if he were instead a woman dating a man; thus he faced discrimination because of his sex.

But the administration said in its brief Friday that Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination only prohibits unequal treatment between "biological sexes,” as it argued last week in a related brief against transgender rights, in which the Justice Department said companies should be able to fire people because they are transgender as well.

Congress did not explicitly say that the meaning of sex in Title VII encompasses LGBTQ people, so, the administration argues, the law cannot apply to sexual orientation. Federal lawyers are asking the Supreme Court, for the first time, to explicitly limit the Civil Right Act’s protections to exclude LGBTQ people.

“Title VII’s prohibition on discrimination because of sex does not bar discrimination because of sexual orientation,” said the Justice Department’s brief.

“The ordinary meaning of ‘sex’ is biologically male or female; it does not include sexual orientation,” the filing continued. “An employer thus discriminates ‘because of ... sex’ under Title VII if it treats members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other sex. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not satisfy that standard.”

The Justice Department added that Congress only intended to ban discrimination because someone is male or female — saying the sexes cannot be treated differently — and that other laws recognizing LGBTQ people show Congress could have amended Title VII to include LGBTQ rights, but chose not to. The administration said interpreting the term “sex” more broadly effectively rewrites the law, and only Congress, not courts, has that license.

A Supreme Court ruling in the government’s favor could trigger cascading ramifications for LGBTQ rights. Limiting the scope of Title VII would assert that a raft of state and federal laws banning sex-based discrimination have no application for sexual orientation or gender identity, a ruling that would likely reach far beyond employment to other settings where sex discrimination is banned, including public schools.

No federal law explicitly bans anti-LGBTQ discrimination in workplaces. Several LGBTQ individuals have successfully invoked Title VII in lower courts, while other courts have reached the opposite conclusion. It appeared inevitable that the high court would eventually hear a case on the scope of Title VII for LGBTQ people to resolve those conflicts.

The Justice Department also filed a separate motion on Friday asking for Solicitor General Noel Francisco to get time during oral arguments when the Supreme Court hears the case next month, saying, “The United States has a substantial interest” in the case. (The solicitor general under any administration has been called the 10th justice due to the position’s heavy influence on the court.)

The Justice Department's brief argued that sex discrimination cannot be construed broadly to include LGBTQ workers because, as a general matter, it is legal for sex-segregated rules to exist, such as restrooms and dress codes. Instead, the government argues, sex discrimination occurs only when “similarly situated” individuals are treated differently — not comparing a gay person to a straight person.

“The correct comparison is between a female employee in a same-sex relationship and a male employee in a same-sex relationship; they would be similarly situated—and they would be treated the same,” said the brief.

Friday’s filing comes on the heels of the administration’s plans last week to let federal contractors discriminate against workers by claiming a religious reason and the administration telling the Supreme Court that it’s also legal to fire transgender workers under Title VII.

One of the gay rights cases currently at issue before the Supreme Court is Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, in which Gerald Bostock claims he was fired by the county for being gay. His case had been dismissed by lower courts.

His case is consolidated with one filed by Donald Zarda, who sued his employer, Altitude Express, alleging the company terminated him for his sexual orientation. With support from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal agency that handles civil rights disputes, he prevailed at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

"A woman who is subject to an adverse employment action because she is attracted to women would have been treated differently if she had been a man who was attracted to women," the majority wrote last year in an opinion led by Judge Robert Katzmann. "We can therefore conclude that sexual orientation is a function of sex and, by extension, sexual orientation discrimination is a subset of sex discrimination."

In Zarda’s case, however, the Justice Department claimed in a 2017 brief that it “has been settled for decades” that Title VII doesn’t address sexual orientation.

But earlier that same year, Kimberly Hively, a lesbian, won a sex discrimination claim under Title VII. In Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled: "Hively alleges that if she had been a man married to a woman ... and everything else had stayed the same, Ivy Tech would not have refused to promote her and would not have fired her. ... This describes paradigmatic sex discrimination."

Under former president Barack Obama, the Justice Department asserted that Title VII had a broader scope than just a person’s birth sex, arguing that it protects transgender workers. But the Obama administration never went as far as to say the civil rights law also covered sexual orientation. It had initially opposed the argument outright, claiming that its hands were tied by prior court precedent. Yet in 2016, the Obama administration arguably dialed back its opposition by not trying to dismiss a case brought on those grounds.

Similar to President Donald Trump’s Justice Department, in the Bostock case currently before the Supreme Court, the county contended in a brief filed Aug. 16 that “the original public meaning of the term ‘sex’ at the time Congress adopted Title VII in 1964 was the trait of being male or female, not sexual orientation or homosexuality.”

The county, again sharing the view of the Justice Department, also said that two other cases under Title VII on sex stereotyping and sexual harassment that arguably reflect a broader definition of sex don’t apply here.

Those cases include Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins — a 1989 dispute in which a woman employee claimed she wasn’t promoted because she didn’t appear feminine enough — in which the court found that Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination also bans sex stereotyping in the workplace. The high court also found in Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Services, Inc. in 1998 that Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination also prohibited workplace harassment in the case of a man who was perceived to be gay.

But saying those cases do not apply, the administration argued on Friday that discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation is not an illegal form of sex stereotyping or associational discrimination.

Sex stereotyping, the brief said, “is forbidden only insofar as it results in disparate treatment of similarly situated members of opposite sexes. For example, one could easily characterize a dress code requiring men to wear neckties as enforcing stereotypes about proper men's business attire.

“An employer who discriminates against employees in same-sex relationships thus does not violate Title VII as long as it treats men in same-sex relationships the same as women in same-sex relationships.”

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in all three Title VII cases — two on sexual orientation and one on gender identity — on Oct. 8. ... ay-workers

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Re: TRUMP is seriously dangerous

Postby seemslikeadream » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:19 pm

James Fallows
12:36 PM / August 22, 2019

If Trump Were an Airline Pilot

Through the 2016 campaign, I posted a series called “Trump Time Capsule” in this space. The idea was to record, in real time, what was known about Donald Trump’s fitness for office—and to do so not when people were looking back on our era but while the Republican Party was deciding whether to line up behind him and voters were preparing to make their choice.

The series reached 152 installments by election day. I argued that even then there was no doubt of Trump’s mental, emotional, civic, and ethical unfitness for national leadership. If you’re hazy on the details, the series is (once again) here.

That background has equipped me to view Trump’s performance in office as consistently shocking but rarely surprising. He lied on the campaign trail, and he lies in office. He insulted women, minorities, “the other” as a candidate, and he does it as a president. He led “lock her up!” cheers at the Republican National Convention and he smiles at “send them back!” cheers now. He did not know how the “nuclear triad” worked then, and he does not know how tariffs work now. He flared at perceived personal slights when they came from Senator John McCain, and he does so when they come from the Prime Minister of Denmark. He is who he was.

The Atlantic editorial staff, in a project I played no part in, reached a similar conclusion. Its editorial urging a vote against Trump was obviously written before the election but stands up well three years later:

He is a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar. He is spectacularly unfit for office, and voters—the statesmen and thinkers of the ballot box—should act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent

The one thing I avoided in that Time Capsule series was “medicalizing” Trump’s personality and behavior. That is, moving from description of his behavior to speculation about its cause. Was Trump’s abysmal ignorance—“Most people don’t know President Lincoln was a Republican!”—a sign of dementia, or of some other cognitive decline? Or was it just more evidence that he had never read a book? Was his braggadocio and self-centeredness a textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder? (Whose symptoms include “an exaggerated sense of self-importance” and “a sense of entitlement and require[s] constant, excessive admiration.”) Or just that he is an entitled jerk? On these and other points I didn’t, and don’t, know.

Like many people in the journalistic world, I received a steady stream of mail from mental-health professionals arguing for the “medicalized” approach. Several times I mentioned the parallel between Trump’s behavior and the check-list symptoms of narcissism. But I steered away from “this man is sick”—naming the cause rather than listing the signs—for two reasons.

The minor reason was the medical-world taboo against public speculation about people a doctor had not examined personally. There is a Catch-22 circularity to this stricture (which dates to the Goldwater-LBJ race in 1964). Doctors who have not treated a patient can’t say anything about the patient’s condition, because that would be “irresponsible”—but neither can doctors who have, because they’d be violating confidences.

Also, a flat ban on at-a-distance diagnosis doesn’t really meet the common-sense test. Medical professionals have spent decades observing symptoms, syndromes, and more-or-less probable explanations for behavior. We take it for granted that an ex-quarterback like Tony Romo can look at an offensive lineup just before the snap and say, “This is going to be a screen pass.” But it’s considered a wild overstep for a doctor or therapist to reach conclusions based on hundreds of hours of exposure to Trump on TV.

My dad was a small-town internist and diagnostician. Back in the 1990s he saw someone I knew, on a TV interview show, and he called me to say: “I think your friend has [a neurological disease]. He should have it checked out, if he hasn’t already.” It was because my dad had seen a certain pattern—of expression, and movement, and facial detail—so many times in the past, that he saw familiar signs, and knew from experience what the cause usually was. (He was right in this case.) Similarly, he could walk down the street, or through an airline terminal, and tell by people’s gait or breathing patterns who needed to have knee or hip surgery, who had just had that surgery, who was starting to have heart problems, et cetera. (I avoided asking him what he was observing about me.)

Recognizing patterns is the heart of most professional skills, and mental health professionals usually know less about an individual patient than all of us now know about Donald Trump. And on that basis, Dr. Bandy Lee of Yale and others associated with the World Mental Health Coalition have been sounding the alarm about Trump’s mental state (including with a special analysis of the Mueller report). Another organization of mental health professionals is the “Duty to Warn” movement.

But the diagnosis-at-a-distance issue wasn’t the real reason I avoided “medicalization.” The main reason I didn’t go down this road was my assessment that it wouldn’t make a difference. People who opposed Donald Trump already opposed him, and didn’t need some medical hypothesis to dislike his behavior. And people who supported him had already shown that they would continue to swallow anything, from “Grab ‘em by … ” to “I like people who weren’t captured.” The Vichy Republicans of the campaign dutifully lined up behind the man they had denounced during the primaries, and the Republicans of the Senate have followed in that tradition.

But now we’ve had something we didn’t see so clearly during the campaign. These are episodes of what would be called outright lunacy, if they occurred in any other setting: An actually consequential rift with a small but important NATO ally, arising from the idea that the U.S. would “buy Greenland.” Trump’s self-description as “the Chosen One,” and his embrace of a supporter’s description of him as the “second coming of God” and the “King of Israel.” His logorrhea, drift, and fantastical claims in public rallies, and his flashes of belligerence at the slightest challenge in question sessions on the White House lawn. His utter lack of affect or empathy when personally meeting the most recent shooting victims, in Dayton and El Paso. His reduction of any event, whatsoever, into what people are saying about him.

Obviously I have no standing to say what medical pattern we are seeing, and where exactly it might lead. But just from life I know this:

If an airline learned that a pilot was talking publicly about being “the Chosen One” or “the King of Israel” (or Scotland or whatever), the airline would be looking carefully into whether this person should be in the cockpit.

If a hospital had a senior surgeon behaving as Trump now does, other doctors and nurses would be talking with administrators and lawyers before giving that surgeon the scalpel again.

If a public company knew that a CEO was making costly strategic decisions on personal impulse or from personal vanity or slight, and was doing so more and more frequently, the board would be starting to act. (See: Uber, management history of.)

If a university, museum, or other public institution had a leader who routinely insulted large parts of its constituency—racial or religious minorities, immigrants or international allies, women—the board would be starting to act.

If the U.S. Navy knew that one of its commanders was routinely lying about important operational details, plus lashing out under criticism, plus talking in “Chosen One” terms, the Navy would not want that person in charge of, say, a nuclear-missile submarine. (See: The Queeg saga in The Caine Mutiny, which would make ideal late-summer reading or viewing for members of the White House staff.)

Yet now such a person is in charge not of one nuclear-missile submarine but all of them—and the bombers and ICBMs, and diplomatic military agreements, and the countless other ramifications of executive power.

If Donald Trump were in virtually any other position of responsibility, action would already be under way to remove him from that role. The board at a public company would have replaced him outright or arranged a discreet shift out of power. (Of course, he would never have gotten this far in a large public corporation.) The chain-of-command in the Navy or at an airline or in the hospital would at least call a time-out, and check his fitness, before putting him back on the bridge, or in the cockpit, or in the operating room. (Of course, he would never have gotten this far as a military officer, or a pilot, or a doctor.)

There are two exceptions. One is a purely family-run business, like the firm in which Trump spent his entire previous career. And the other is the U.S. presidency, where he will remain, despite more and more-manifest Queeg-like unfitness, as long as the GOP Senate stands with him.

(Why the Senate? Because the two constitutional means for removing a president, impeachment and the 25th Amendment, both ultimately require two thirds support from the Senate. Under the 25th Amendment, a majority of the Cabinet can remove a president—but if the president disagrees, he can retain the office unless two thirds of both the House and Senate vote against him, an even tougher standard than with impeachment. Once again it all comes back to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.)

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The great crackup: Trump is coming even more undone
By Rick Wilson
New York Daily News |

Aug 24, 2019 | 6:45 PM

The great crackup: Trump is coming even more undone
Falling apart... (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

“Our great American companies are hereby ordered...”

The subtle meter in Americans’ brains that tracks the degree to which the universe seems off its axis has been in a state of constant flux since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, but this week the needle slammed hard into the peg on the right side of the gauge. Red warning lights are flashing across Washington as even the now-typical levels of uncertainty and political chaos reach epic proportions.

It’s almost as if we need a recalibration of the insanity of the Trump era, a new set of definitions about what comprises normal presidential behavior.

Because what’s happening now left normal five towns back, stopped for smokes and brown liquor, and tossed the GPS out the window. This week wasn’t normal, and no amount of whistling past the graveyard will make it any different.

Donald Trump’s affect, speech patterns and overall delivery this week have been alternately horrifying and hilarious. A combination of waking hallucinations, verbal tics, lies surpassing even his usual fabulist standard, aphasias and lunatic blurtings, each public utterance was a moment where the eye of his aides either popped or rolled, depending on their level of cynicism.

His, um, creative pronunciations of common words, mayfly attention to the most ephemeral ideas and high-tempo tweeting left people wondering if a heapin’ helpin’ of large-animal tranquilizer might be in order with the next round of KFC.

This week wasn’t just the usual Trump performance art; it was a new, strange and somewhat frightening level of antic. Even his allies whispered to reporters that perhaps the stress brought on by the prospect of an economic downturn was getting to him. With no adult supervision in the White House left — and no, Ivanka doesn’t count — this is a man on the edge, and there is absolutely nothing and no one to stop him.

When I pressed a senior congressional Republican this week on Trump’s behavior, asking him to tell me anyone who could influence the man, he whispered, “Hannity?”

It was a question, not an answer, and because the answer is absolutely terrifying, no elected Republican wants to admit the truth. What we’re seeing is the real Trump, the unfiltered maniac, not the man who is occasionally chained to a teleprompter and forced to read Kellyanne Conway’s work product aloud.

His sweaty, heavy-breathing press sprays on the White House lawn left reporters in a state of stunned silence, the spittle-flecked rantings of a man determined to machine-gun out a hundred ideas in the time a rational person would discuss two.

We started off with Jewish disloyalty — which, of course, functional agnostic Donald Trump knows only because he “wants them counting his money” — and jumped to the grand plan to conquer Greenland and seize America North from the hands of the perfidious Danes.

The Greenland story would be an SNL skit if it wasn’t so utterly real. Denmark, a close ally for decades, was having none of Trump’s crazy on this one, which of course, set off another round of presidential rage. Calling millions of Jews disloyal to their county because of their political preference sounds...familiar, and not in a good way.

His manic anger at Jews, Denmark, the media (naturally) and the Federal Reserve was a bizarre prelude to the G7 conference this weekend, but remarkably, those didn’t even represent the top of the spectrum of nuttiness.

Speaking of the G-7, Trump has of course divided the allies again, freshly demanding his bestie Vladimir Putin’s Russia be re-admitted to the world body after it was expelled for the illegal invasion of Crimea.

He did it because, of course he did.

Here’s a pointer I can tell you from 30 years now in politics: When an elected official declares himself to be “The Chosen One” or agrees that he’s the “King of Israel” and “the second coming of God," it’s not time for a re-election campaign; it’s time for an extended, quiet stay with the nice men in white coats.

If you wanted an example of pure, uncut fiscal insanity, take a quick look at the U.S. budget deficit and our skyrocketing national debt.

Trump, the self-proclaimed “King of Debt,” is eager for Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell to unleash another tidal wave of “free” money into the economy by loosening the reins of the money supply. Trump desires this not because he gives a damn about the economy or the American people, but because he certainly gives a damn about his re-election chances.

The weird week ended on the most bizarre note of all. In a moment when Trump’s absurd and failed trade war with China collided with his absurd and failed war with Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell, Trump issued two tweets that left Washington and the world scratching their collective heads.

Trump asked in a tweet whether the bigger enemy of America was Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi or Powell. Of the Fed. He really did.

Donald J. Trump

· Aug 23, 2019
As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can “speak” without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work “brilliantly” with both, and the U.S. will do great...

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....My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?

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Spoiler alert, Mr. President: If the person in question is ordering the savage beatings and arrests of peaceful demonstrators in Hong Kong and holding a million Uighurs in concentration camps, the bigger enemy is always that guy.

Not satisfied in clowning himself with that one, Trump then lowered the bar again and proceeded to jump under it when he said “Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China...”

Donald J. Trump

· Aug 23, 2019
Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years. They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year, & they want to continue. I won’t let that happen! We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far....

Donald J. Trump

....better off without them. The vast amounts of money made and stolen by China from the United States, year after year, for decades, will and must STOP. Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing..

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Really, comrade? Is that part of the Five-Year Plan? How's the beet harvest looking this year? Will the Stakhanovite efforts of the peoples’ vanguard at Comrade Newton Leroy Gingrich Heavy Machinery Plant 14 in the Wisconsin Oblast meet the tractor quota?

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when I was told reliably that picking winners and losers in the economy and the president trying to decide what companies should and shouldn’t produce was very, very wrong.

A Republican or two may — just may — have said that about Barack Obama. Now? Trump’s tweet was greeted with a silent grimace from the dying band of free-market conservatives but a loud shout from the Trumpentariat.

What used to be the party of free markets and free trade now gives raucous cheers for Chairman Trump’s trade wars and for state control of capitalist enterprises. Sure, Richard Nixon flirted with wage and price controls. He never blurted out orders on where American companies could build their factories.

Although he’s eager to frame the coming recession as either fake news or the fault of the hated liberal media, the growing risk of an economic slowdown seems to be bothering Trump enormously.

He can’t face that his own behavior is a meaningful contributor to the next slump. At no point have we had a president who combines both the blazing ignorance of fundamental economic principles — not just conservative economic principles but any economic principles — with an inclination toward authoritarianism and statism and a dash of madness.

Nothing about the week we just lived through is comforting. Nothing about it can be excused or ignored. Donald Trump is not a well man. Here in the dog days of August, Washington should be its usual sleepy self, the political class having wisely fled the humidity and misery of D.C. Instead, Trump’s performance left people both inside and out of the political class wondering about the president’s sanity and fitness for office.

Most states have some form of involuntary commitment law for people who are a danger to themselves and others. In my home state of Florida, it’s called the Baker Act, and I’ve seen it applied to run of the mill folks up to state legislators. It only takes a competent family member and one other adult to get the ball rolling on Baker Acting someone. So I’m thinking about Trump’s next visit to Mar-A-Lago.

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Trump again says he is "seriously" considering ending birthright citizenship despite 14th Amendment
The president has called birthright citizenship a "magnet" for illegal immigration and so-called "anchor babies"

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President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is "very seriously" considering ending the right to citizenship for children born in the U.S. to non-citizens.

"We're looking at that very seriously — birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land. You walk over the border, have a baby," Trump told reporters outside the White House. "Congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen . . . It's frankly ridiculous."

The president's statement came on the same day that his administration announced a proposal to detain migrant families indefinitely, replacing a decades-old court agreement limiting the amount of time the government is allowed to detain a migrant child to 20 days.

However, Trump did not elaborate on how he would seek to end birthright citizenship.

The right to citizenship for anyone born in the U.S. is guaranteed in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."

The ability of a president to end birthright citizenship has been challenged by many lawmakers and legal scholars, including one of Trump's own judicial nominees.

James Ho, a conservative who Trump appointee to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote in 2011, before his appointment, that changing how the 14th Amendment is applied would be "unconstitutional."

"Opponents of illegal immigration cannot claim to champion the rule of law and then, in the same breath, propose policies that violate our Constitution," he wrote.

Trump has previously vowed to end the process by which children born in the country automatically become citizens, saying he was told the change could be made "just with an executive order."

Speaking with Axios in October 2018, Trump promised to end birthright citizenship through an executive order — an argument he has been making since his early days as a presidential candidate when he claimed that birthright citizenship is "a magnet for illegal immigration" and so-called "anchor babies."

"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits," the president told Axios at the time. "It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end." (At least 30 countries around the world grant birthright citizenship.)

Trump's comments last year were greeted with immediate pushback from lawmakers, including then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who told a Kentucky radio station that "you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order."

Conservative lawyer and noted Trump dissented George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, wrote in an op-ed at the time: "Sometimes the Constitution's text is plain as day and bars what politicians seek to do. That's the case with President Trump's proposal to end 'birthright citizenship' through an executive order."

Bill Kristol

The shrinking caravan of refugees isn't a threat to the country or the constitutional order. A president who tries to end birthright citizenship by executive order is.

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Anti-Trump commentator and veteran GOP operative Bill Kristol also criticized Trump's remarks: "The shrinking caravan of refugees isn't a threat to the country or the constitutional order. A president who tries to end birthright citizenship by executive order is."

The president has made cracking down on immigration a signature issue of his presidency and re-election campaign, but many of the administration's sweeping proposals and executive orders have been struck down by the courts.

Kamala Harris

This president should "seriously" consider reading the Constitution.

BREAKING: Trump Says He is “Seriously” Considering Ending Birthright Citizenship

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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a Democratic presidential candidate, slammed Trump's comments on Wednesday, writing on Twitter that he "should 'seriously' consider reading the Constitution." ... amendment/

Trump Administration Argues LGBT Discrimination Is Legal Because Gay Men and Gay Women Are Treated Equally Poorly
On 8/23/19 at 4:56 PM EDT
The Trump administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court on Friday arguing that employers should be allowed to discriminate against, or even fire, their lesbian, gay and bisexual employees simply due to their sexual orientation.

The Justice Department intervened in one of two matters before the high court set to address LGBTQ employment discrimination during the court's next term. At issue is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it a crime for employers "to fail or refuse to hire" or otherwise discriminate against a prospective or actual employee "because of such individual's... sex."

While the Supreme Court has held that discrimination on the basis of sex encompasses actions taken or beliefs held by an employer that subject an employee to gender stereotypes, the court has never ruled on whether sex-based discrimination necessarily extends to sexual orientation.

In fact, appellate courts have traditionally held that sexual orientation is not a protected characteristic under Title VII, with one noted exception. In 2017, a federal appellate court reversed a prior holding to declare that discrimination against one's sexual orientation does violate the law.

With its brief on Friday, the Department of Justice is trying to impel the Supreme Court to issue a precedent-setting ruling that would give the green light to employers nationwide who are not encumbered by state anti-discrimination ordinances.

Just last week, the Justice Department filed a similar brief in a different case dealing with anti-transgender discrimination, arguing along the same lines that federal civil rights law does not protect transgender employees from losing their jobs.

Remarkably, the department argued in its memorandum that the reason anti-gay discrimination is not unlawful under the ban on sex-based discrimination is because, in cases of adverse treatment by an employer, both gay men and gay women would be addressed equally poorly.

Upon experiencing discrimination from an employer, both men and women in same-sex relationships "would be similarly situated — and they would be treated the same," the department argued, negating a claim under Title VII's sex-based protections.

Donald Trump Campaigns In Colorado Ahead Of Presidential Election
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds an LGBT rainbow flag given to him by supporter Max Nowak during a campaign rally at the Bank of Colorado Arena on the campus of University of Northern Colorado October 30, 2016 in Greeley, Colorado. Chip Somodevilla/Getty
The Trump administration has taken previous steps to remove protections and privileges for the LGBTQ community from both federal case law and departmental policy.

In a high-profile LGBTQ discrimination case involving a Colorado baker and a gay customer, the Trump administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that the baker's religious beliefs should be respected and that Colorado law shouldn't require him to bake a cake for the customer's same-sex wedding.

The administration has also rescinded Obama-era guidance interpreting another federal civil rights statute as protecting transgender students who want to use the bathroom corresponding with their gender identity.

In perhaps the most harmful anti-LGBTQ policy to date, President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender soldiers from serving openly in the U.S. military. The ban went into effect in April as several legal challenges to the rule work their way through the courts. The Supreme Court lifted pre-emptive rulings which had halted the policy until federal judges were able to hear the many cases challenging the administration.

Despite the overwhelming number of actions the Trump administration has taken which undermine the standing of LGBTQ Americans, Trump recently said that "I've done very well" with the LGBTQ community. ... ts-1455977

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Scoop: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes to stop them from hitting U.S.
Jonathan Swan, Margaret Talev4 hours ago
President Trump has suggested multiple times to senior Homeland Security and national security officials that they explore using nuclear bombs to stop hurricanes from hitting the United States, according to sources who have heard the president's private remarks and been briefed on a National Security Council memorandum that recorded those comments.

Behind the scenes: During one hurricane briefing at the White House, Trump said, "I got it. I got it. Why don't we nuke them?" according to one source who was there. "They start forming off the coast of Africa, as they're moving across the Atlantic, we drop a bomb inside the eye of the hurricane and it disrupts it. Why can't we do that?" the source added, paraphrasing the president's remarks.

Asked how the briefer reacted, the source recalled he said something to the effect of, "Sir, we'll look into that."
Trump replied by asking incredulously how many hurricanes the U.S. could handle and reiterating his suggestion that the government intervene before they make landfall.
The briefer "was knocked back on his heels," the source in the room added. "You could hear a gnat fart in that meeting. People were astonished. After the meeting ended, we thought, 'What the f---? What do we do with this?'"
Trump also raised the idea in another conversation with a senior administration official. A 2017 NSC memo describes that second conversation, in which Trump asked whether the administration should bomb hurricanes to stop them from hitting the homeland. A source briefed on the NSC memo said it does not contain the word "nuclear"; it just says the president talked about bombing hurricanes.

The source added that this NSC memo captured "multiple topics, not just hurricanes. … It wasn't that somebody was so terrified of the bombing idea that they wrote it down. They just captured the president’s comments."
The sources said that Trump's "bomb the hurricanes" idea — which he floated early in the first year and a bit of his presidency before John Bolton took over as national security adviser — went nowhere and never entered a formal policy process.
White House response: A senior administration official said, "We don't comment on private discussions that the president may or may not have had with his national security team."

A different senior administration official, who has been briefed on the president's hurricane bombing suggestion, defended Trump's idea and said it was no cause for alarm. "His goal — to keep a catastrophic hurricane from hitting the mainland — is not bad," the official said. "His objective is not bad."
"What people near the president do is they say 'I love a president who asks questions like that, who’s willing to ask tough questions.' ... It takes strong people to respond to him in the right way when stuff like this comes up. For me, alarm bells weren't going off when I heard about it, but I did think somebody is going to use this to feed into 'the president is crazy' narrative."
The big picture: Trump didn't invent this idea. The notion that detonating a nuclear bomb over the eye of a hurricane could be used to counteract convection currents dates to the Eisenhower era, when it was floated by a government scientist.

The idea keeps resurfacing in the public even though scientists agree it won't work. The myth has been so persistent that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. government agency that predicts changes in weather and the oceans, published an online fact sheet for the public under the heading "Tropical Cyclone Myths Page."
The page states: "Apart from the fact that this might not even alter the storm, this approach neglects the problem that the released radioactive fallout would fairly quickly move with the tradewinds to affect land areas and cause devastating environmental problems. Needless to say, this is not a good idea."
About 3 weeks after Trump's 2016 election, National Geographic published an article titled, "Nuking Hurricanes: The Surprising History of a Really Bad Idea." It found, among other problems, that:

Dropping a nuclear bomb into a hurricane would be banned under the terms of the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. So that could stave off any experiments, as long as the U.S. observes the terms of the treaty.
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Postby JackRiddler » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:43 am

Important series of news posts here, thanks SLAD.

The terrible truth is that, compared to the entire Russiagate complex, every single one of these stories is

a. real, as opposed to fantasized;

b. didactically indicative of the American system of political economy, which Trump embodies as a kind of ultimate caricature;

c. criminal as all fuck;

d. obviously fascistic, evil and destructive;

e. potentially more actionable, either politically or criminally, towards the hotly desired end of seeing Trump out of office asap (though it's best not to get too euphoric until it actually starts sticking) ;

f. unburdened by xenophobic propaganda designed not to harm Trump (it had the opposite effect) but to benefit the worst corporate interests within the Democratic establishment (at which, however it failed) and the worst of the imperialist scumfucks who want to win World War III (Bolton and Pompeo actually among them).

So given our common hope of seeing the end of Trump, I just want to say how glad I am that you finally seem to be getting over the Russiagate fever you caught from Rachel and Marcy.

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Postby seemslikeadream » Mon Aug 26, 2019 1:38 pm

oh please. :roll:

and you seem to be over Mate :)

At least if Trump nukes a hurricane we'll FINALLY have cause to impeach, unlike all the other crimes he has committed. - Marcy Wheeler

I still post Marcy all the time and I have been posting all trump crimes from concentration camps to rape please don't spread any rumors that I only concentrated on's just a part of the whole

very disingenuous of you to say I am all up into Rachel's butt ...nothing could be further from the truth but if it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy to spread that line of bullshit ...fine by me

I stand with Lauren Underwood


trump laundered money for Russian oligarchs..he is part of an international crime organization
he was owned by the mob the day he was born

Lincoln's Bible

Every construction partner & Union Fred Trump used to build his real estate empire, per public records, was owned/controlled by the Genovese crime family.
The territory in which Fred Trump built was Genovese controlled.
The Genovese made & controlled him. He was their front.

There is no leaving a mob family’s control. When they make you, they own you. Forever.
The late 70s, for Fred, brought a complication.
His son, Donald, wanted to build in Gambino territory.
Donald was fancy. He wanted to swim w/ the big boys. He craved acceptance by NYC elites.
3/ (note: forgot to number 2 above)
Roy Cohn facilitated a solution: create a joint construction company between Salerno (Genovese boss) & Castellano (Gambino boss), while giving Genovese companies (like HRH) priority where possible.
(Sources: Wayne Barrett; Gravano testimony)

4/ That company was S & A concrete, part of the “concrete cartel”.
Connected mobbed-up companies included Dic Underhill, sun-contracted by Bif Halloran companies.
This brought in another Cosa Nostra family (to avoid other territorial issues): the Colombos.

5/ Fast-forward to ‘90s, when Genovese & Colombos got rolled by Russian mafia, & you have “Trump-Russia”.
Same mob front. New owners.
I call it “Merger’s & Acquisitions” of the Second Economy.
And that’s the 5-tweet “Why?!” of Donald Trump.
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Nader, Israeli Intelligence and Trump

Mossad For Hire

Israeli spies are renowned the world for their ability to run complex stealth operations which go undetected. As one former KGB spy told me: “A good secret service never leaves any tracks.” Now, that very skillset has entered the private sector, merged with big data operations, and is being commercialized.

Since 2009, Israel’s spy-tech sector has been booming, supported by the easy flow of capital ferried into Israel by Russian oligarchs. This includes start-ups like NSO, which makes the Pegasus spyware capable of hacking any phone; Black Cube a high tech private fixer; and Zamel’s Psy Group, a social media manipulation company.

These start-ups have influenced elections and politics around the world, including the 2016 U.S. election. Cambridge Analytica used Black Cube to set up honey traps. Harvey Weinstein hired Black Cube to discredit many of his accusers, and the company also tried to frame former Obama Administration figures.

Saudi Arabia uses NSO’s Pegasus hacking software to track dissidents. There is some reporting that Pegasus was used in the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Israel has been exporting these services to despots and authoritarians around the globe. The high tech spy companies packed their advisory boards with former generals, heads of Mossad and politicians, creating a thin veneer of respectability.

Beneath the surface, questionable ethics, surveillance concerns, and dubious sources of funding have turned Israel’s spy-tech sector into a real threat to global security and balance of power.

According to Newsweek, the U.S. has identified Israeli espionage as a significant and growing threat in the U.S. going back to 2013. One former congressional staffer familiar with the classified material told Newsweek the situation was “terrifying”.

Israel’s spy-tech sector is funded by sanctioned Russian oligarchs and involved with dangerous criminals like Jeffrey Epstein and George Nader. Their services enable authoritarians and represent a serious risk to U.S.-Israeli relations. The sector requires serious investigation. Our very freedoms may depend on it.
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Lincoln's Bible

Would you like to see some of my favorite scenes from the second, great mob war - where the Russian mob rolled up Cosa Nostra?
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2/ From RED MAFIYA by Robert Friedman.
Read the whole page. This is quite the chapter.

3/ The Genovese. So important...

4/ Oh look. A gas scam. Quite the way to rope the American mafia into your business op. How very Russian of them.

5/ Now, there is an interesting leg to all of that, which includes the financial markets & some more scams & some Soviet-born mobsters (2 generations worth).
That's 4 a later date.
For now, let's remember who ran "contracts & cover" (aka Fixer) 4 the Genovese.
(multiple sources)

6/ Read that first screenshot again. Bottom line of it. See the name?
This is over a decade before that 1992 gas scam above.
Because this sh*t goes way, way, way back...

7/ ... 7966824448
8/ The Russians, when they were Soviets, used cut-outs to push their money & influence into the American mafia.
The characters are the most interesting I've ever encountered.
And the mob tactics are always the same...

9/ And the beat rolls on...

10/ Boop.
I wonder how Roger Stone really got that meeting with Roy Cohn, where Fat Tony - the biggest mafia boss in the world, was oh so conveniently in attendance?
Who was Stone's partner again...? ... ald-trump/

11/ Oh. That's right. I remember who.
Enjoy your day. ... 6466817030

12/ In case you hadn't figured it out yet, here's the hammer.

13/ Might as well.
Pls tell me you're smarter than Chris Hayes, who was genuinely perplexed about how Sater could know both LCN & terrorist orgs to which Semion trafficks arms.
That interview will age...poorly.
Image ... aud-scheme

14/ Oh look. Bonannos are here too (check the tweet in the tweet).

Well, he is comparing two made men.
But it doesn't matter how many clumsy "respect" signals he sends to those who know his history. They won't protect him.
When it all breaks, they'll come tumbling from the shadows with lots to say.
Predictable as the sun.

15/ You remember their favorite Hollywood guy, right?

3. And also... mob.
Bonannos were the beginning. ... 5408403456
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16/ I'm just doing doughnuts in the mob lot at this point...

Mob. ... 0ee6c.html
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17/ Wheeeeeee!

"Dons of the Desert"
Bonanno/ Gravano
This piece plays a role in the making of Donny 2…

18/ That was fun. Let's end it with a song. ... 6312995841

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Postby thrulookingglass » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:17 pm

So, we have dug up all this shit on Trump, essentially proving he's engaged in criminal efforts with la cosa nostra and the Russian mafia. Do we/you think the CIA, FBI, NSC, & DIA are unaware of these facts? And if so why turn a blind eye to such criminal behaviors? President is just a figure head, a red herring, while the deep state does whatever it wants? True. The office of the President is there to provide the public with the illusion of influence over the body pollitic. Democracy dies in silence.
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Postby seemslikeadream » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:21 pm

they have been aware of trump for 30 years ....ask Felix Sater for the blind eye thing

it's the Whitey Bulger syndrome

"Dotard is a 'Bulger' Rat

who knows ...was trump an informer? how did he get away with all his crimes ...usually that happens to mobsters when they rat out they stay out of jail

that's why trump said this

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seemslikeadream » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:12 am wrote:
Unsealed Filings Detail Felix Sater’s Work as an Intelligence Asset, With Significant Gaps
Johnny Dwyer
August 23 2019, 5:10 p.m.
Felix Sater was among the most closely held secrets for federal prosecutors and investigators in New York for nearly a decade. Two documents unsealed today following a request by The Intercept reveal in greater detail the government’s account of his history as an informant and intelligence asset. However, redactions in today’s release point to ongoing interests in the government maintaining secrecy around a man who has found himself at the center of investigations into the involvement of the Trump organization and campaign with Russian business elites and the Kremlin.

Sater, a former associate of President Donald Trump and longtime confidential source for the Justice Department, describes himself as a Zelig-like figure who had historical ties to both the president and to members of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel team. His name appeared more than 100 times in the Mueller report, mostly surrounding his involvement in the failed project to bring a Trump Tower to Moscow. Last month, Sater appeared in a closed session of the House Intelligence Committee, after which he accused Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS (the firm that did opposition research on Trump in 2016) of perjury for linking Sater to the matters investigated around the president.

Did Felix Sater’s 20 Years as an Informant Help Land Him at the Center of the Trump-Russia Story?
The filings released today by a federal court in Brooklyn detail the representations the government made on behalf of Sater before his 2009 sentencing for racketeering and stock fraud charges that dated back to 1998. In the government’s submission to the judge, called a 5K1 letter, federal prosecutors argued for a reduced sentence, describing Sater as an “exemplary cooperator” who provided information to the CIA even before he returned to the U.S. to face criminal charges in the Eastern District of New York.
Document: Eastern District of New York
In an interview with The Intercept, Sater described his first meeting with the FBI in 1998 as tense — agents raised the threat that his children could end up in foster care. But, as the newly released filings explain, he soon forged a working relationship with U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies that took him to into Russian military facilities, Taliban-era Afghanistan and on two undercover operations in Cyprus and Turkey. The prosecutors’ letter affirms, as has been previously reported, that he passed along information about Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts after the 9/11 attacks. According to the letter, Sater also reported on “American business interests of Russian oligarchs and the ties these individuals had to organized crime figures.”

Significant portions of the documents remain redacted — for reasons unclear even to Sater. He told The Intercept that much of the redacted material concerns two investigations where he helped the FBI in an operation against “Russian hackers who attacked U.S. financial institutions” in Cyprus and Turkey. In both cases, the government brought indictments based on Sater’s overseas work — including one against Vladmir Zdorovenin, who was convicted in Manhattan in 2013 and sentenced to three years.
Document: Eastern District of New York
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York declined to comment.

In the end, Sater did not serve time for the 1998 racketeering and stock fraud case. During and after the period of his cooperation, Sater had been targeted with multiple civil lawsuits, including one complaint that alleges he participated in “an international criminal conspiracy to launder and conceal at least $440 million” from BTA Bank, a Kazakh bank, some of which was funneled into Trump properties. That case, City of Almaty, Kazakhstan v. Sater, is ongoing. ... cant-gaps/

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federal judge releases a 2009 letter from DOJ/EDNY that includes more details about Felix Sater's cooperation w/DOJ, by @JasonLeopold @a_cormier_

Here's the 2009 DOJ letter about Sater, from link in article
Image ... -bin-laden ... letter.pdf

From 2009 EDNY letter

"From 2004 through 2008 Sater was central to the investigation and identification of key individuals in two separate international money laundering and access device fraud schemes, both of which originated in Russia"
Image ... letter.pdf ... 5882098689

These New Documents Confirm Trump Associate Felix Sater Helped Track Osama Bin Laden

Documents newly released by a federal judge confirm BuzzFeed News’ reporting that Felix Sater was a key US asset in major terror and Mafia cases.

Jason Leopold

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Documents newly released by a federal judge confirm BuzzFeed News’ reporting that Felix Sater was a key US asset in major terror and Mafia cases.

For years, Felix Sater — an associate of President Donald Trump’s who played a key role in the investigation into Russian election interference — told people that he was building “Trump Towers by day and hunting bin Laden by night” on covert missions around the world on behalf of the US government. The stories were so wild that many dismissed them as obvious fiction.

But a secret government document, released today by a federal judge, confirms that Sater acted for years as a secret asset of the US government and provided intelligence that “included, but was not limited to, (a) Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts following September 11, 2001; (b) the internal structuring and the financial capabilities of al-Qaeda; (c) the whereabouts of Taliban leader Mullah Omar; (d) ground reports on who was killed by United States air-strikes; (e) the details of an assassination plot against President Bush; and (f) information on North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.”

Much of the government’s account about Sater’s remarkable double life was previously reported by BuzzFeed News in 2018.

The partially redacted government document, referred to as a 5K1 letter in legal parlance, said that Sater went undercover and was instrumental in weakening the Mafia’s presence on Wall Street. He also “played a crucial role” in helping the US government dismantle money laundering operations in Russia, Cyprus, Turkey, and elsewhere. And, the letter continued, “Sater also provided information about the identities of organized crime leaders in Russia and the roles they occupied in the organized crime hierarchy. He provided information about the American business interests of Russian oligarchs and the ties these individuals had to organized crime figures.”

Federal prosecutors wrote the 10-page letter in 2009 to help Sater get a lenient sentence after his conviction in a 1998 racketeering case. The letter was released on Friday afternoon by US District Court Judge I. Leo Glasser in response to a lawsuit by The Intercept.

“For approximately ten years, Sater continuously worked with prosecutors and law enforcement agents to provide information crucial to the conviction of over twenty different individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud, members of La Cosa Nostra organized crime families and international cyber-criminals,” wrote Todd Kaminsky, a former assistant US attorney. “Additionally, Sater provided the United States intelligence community with highly sensitive information in an effort to help the government combat terrorists and rogue states.”

His cooperation “was of a depth and breadth rarely seen,” Kaminsky wrote.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Sater said he is happy the government revealed the extent of his cooperation.

“Given the events of the last three years, I'm happy that people can now judge me for the bad that I've done and the good that I've done,” he said. “I just hope that 20 years of service to protect America adds a little to the plus column.”

The letter also details Sater’s crimes. It describes how, in his mid-twenties, Sater and three associates swindled investors out of $40 million and then “carefully laundered” it through offshore accounts with the help of organized crime figures.

In September 1998, eight months after the New York Police Department discovered documents in a storage locker that detailed the stock fraud as well as his role in it, Sater, who had been overseas, surrendered to the FBI. By that time, the letter said, he was already unofficially working for the US government and collecting intelligence from sources in Afghanistan.

“In an effort to build a reserve of good will for the imminent prosecution he was to face in America, Sater contacted United States intelligence officers overseas and offered to provide them with information concerning Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance,” the letter said. “During the spring and summer of 1998, Sater traveled to Central Asia where he gathered and passed on information to United States sources about the Northern Alliance’s desire to resell Stinger missiles to the United States government as well as information about the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, among other things. Sater contacted the FBI during this period and kept agents apprised of his activities overseas.”

Sater pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in 1998 and entered into a cooperation agreement with the US government that was signed by Andrew Weissmann, then an assistant US attorney who nearly two decades later would become a key member of special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution team.

In addition to the letter, Glasser also unsealed a redacted version of a13-page sentencing memorandum Sater’s then defense attorney, Leslie Caldwell, filed with the court arguing for leniency contains even more details about Sater’s work for the US government. She wrote that Sater provided the FBI with information on Bin Laden's location after the 9/11 attacks as well as “a list of Al Qaeda members, names and locations of people who handled security for Bin Laden, secret meetings that Bin Laden planned to attend, a list of Sudanese banks where Bin Laden held cash reserves, and the identity of companies that were controlled by Bin Laden in various parts of the world.”

Throughout her career, Caldwell at points worked with both Weissman, the prosecutor who approved Sater's cooperation deal, when both worked for the Department of Justice, and was also once appointed to a job at the US Attorney’s office in California by Robert Mueller when he was the US Attorney for the Northern District of California. Sater hired her in the mid 2000s when she was working in private practice.

The FBI declined to comment about Sater's work for the bureau.

Sater emerged in 2017 as a high-profile figure in Mueller’s Trump–Russia investigation after emails between him and Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen showing a years-long effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and to “get Donald elected” in the process were leaked and became public.

BuzzFeed News previously obtained documents that showed the negotiations between Sater and Cohen to try to break ground on a Trump Tower project in Moscow continued through at least June 2016, by which time Trump was already the Republican frontrunner, contradicting Cohen’s sworn congressional testimony that the discussions ended in January 2016, weeks before the start of the Iowa caucuses.

Sater was interviewed multiple times by Mueller’s team and a grand jury, and he testified three times before House and Senate intelligence committee investigators about the Trump Tower Moscow plans. He is mentioned by name more than 100 times in Mueller’s final report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Trump's campaign.

After he was identified as a central figure in the Trump–Russia probe, reporters dug into Sater’s past. Many media outlets reported in general terms on the work he had done for the US government on high-stakes national security and terrorism cases, but his account was often treated with a measure of skepticism.

The government makes clear that Sater was not exaggerating about his extensive cooperation with US agencies, which began before his involvement in real estate development with the Trump Organization and continued, according to Sater and law enforcement sources, until at least late 2017.

The US attorneys said Sater worked with several high-ranking Russian military and former KGB officers to gather intelligence about Afghanistan and the Middle East and threats to the US. One of these military officers, BuzzFeed News reported last year, was also involved in Sater and Cohen’s efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

The letter said Sater provided “specific, detailed information to the Central Intelligence Agency (‘CIA’), FBI and other agencies” in 1998, which included “what were believed to be bin Laden’s satellite telephone numbers and information about who was supplying arms to bin Laden.”

The letter said people in the intelligence community “with knowledge of the information Sater provided” told the US government it “was taken very seriously and was carefully analyzed.” However, some intelligence officials have publicly questioned the value of the information Sater provided. But a half dozen current and former intelligence sources who are familiar with Sater’s case and worked on the al-Qaeda threat before and after 9/11 told BuzzFeed News much of the intelligence he provided was “actionable.” One intelligence source said the information Sater shared about the terrorist organization was “very useful” to “ongoing US operations” in Afghanistan immediately after 9/11.

Sater continued to gather intelligence on al-Qaeda and bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, working with a precious stones dealer who had his own intelligence contacts inside the Taliban and Northern Alliance. The FBI purchased a satellite phone that Sater shipped to this person "so the two could remain in constant contact."

“Sater went above and beyond what is expected of most cooperators and placed himself in great jeopardy in so doing,” the letter said. “Throughout the near ten-year period that Sater cooperated with the government, he worked continuously with a number of agents who supervised his activities. Without exception, every one of these agents has told the government that Sater was an exemplary cooperator who worked diligently to further the aims of the missions to which he was assigned.”

At his sentencing in 2009, Judge Glasser told Sater: “For 11 years, I would suspect you had gone to bed every night or every other night sleeping a little restlessly and wondering what your sentence is going to be. So, in effect, there has been a sentence which already has been imposed.”

Sater did not serve any jail time. For the $40 million stock scheme, he was fined $25,000. ... -bin-laden

This also confirms that Felix Sater was working on Trump Organization real estate projects while he was working with FBI on money laundering cases in Turkey, Cyprus and Russia[/quote]

trump was born into the mob, he knows that Mueller knows everything he has done for the last couple decades

here is a very simple explanation why the ABCs let trump become president I have no idea ...maybe it was the Bulger thing

Imagine this:

You are Donald Trump.

You were born into a crime family. But you have... issues. You’re compulsive. Craven. Not too bright.
You were raised around mob bosses. Brilliant criminals. Roy Cohn. Tony Salerno. Even Costello, but no one’s supposed to talk about that.../1

2/...As Donald, you inherited your father’s carefully constructed laundering front for the mob. An empire - filled with graft and rackets that Cohn and Salerno and a generation of men all the way back to Luciano had leveraged politicians and other businessmen to build.

3/...As Donald, you are not bright enough to run it. You have no subtlety to keep it hidden from view. You are craven & lustful & so empty inside that you have to consume more & more of everything around you - trying to fill that void. Trying to outdo those brilliant criminals...

4/...It doesn’t take long before you, as Donald, burn through it all.
And there was something else happening in the underworld that helped to tip the scales.
The Russians were coming. Mobsters. Connected to the Kremlin.
They infiltrated our shores through our underworld...

5/...Through all the players & their rackets that Fred’s empire fronted for.
Now, you - as Donald - are rolled up by those Russian mobsters, who work with/for the Kremlin.
And then, they wash their money through you.
But they’re much smarter than even your dad’s masters...

6/...When the Russians roll you, they take everything. Leaving you filing for bankruptcy again & again - until no one else can touch you but the banks and people they control.
And then you’re owned.
And used however they see fit.
If they need you to be a pretend billionaire...

7/ maintain a facade for their laundering, then that’s what you are.
If they need you to front for their Saudi & Chinese partners (or maybe new masters?), then that’s what you do.
But, you’re still a fraud. A con. Broke.
And you still have that empty hole inside - that need.

8/If you are that person - Donald, well...
Imagine how damaging a Special Cousel probe would be. Imagine the threat of having who you really getting exposed by the very man, Mueller - & an entire team of prosecutors who’ve spent their entire careers hunting all your mob bosses -

9/ foreign and domestic.
Imagine knowing the entire world was going to find out that you, Donald, were an idiot con - owned by criminals - who burned thru your father’s empire.
You, Donald - who had a tv show, then a campaign, then a presidency, where you’d touted for decades..

10/...a version of yourself that was a complete and total lie.
Imagining all of that -
How far would you go to keep it all from coming out?
- End -

11/ CODA for the new followers, who will demand an answer as to why if all that is true, then why wasn’t he caught?
And you’re going to have to read that first tweet within this thread as well.

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A little more on this, you say...?

"Dotard is a 'Bulger' Rat.
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Postby seemslikeadream » Mon Aug 26, 2019 3:45 pm

Federal Election Commission to effectively shut down. Now what?
Federal Election Commission Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen announced his resignation today.

This means the agency that enforces and regulates the nation’s campaign finance laws will effectively shut down — something that hasn’t happened since 2008 — because it won’t have the legal minimum of four commissioners to make high-level decisions.

FEC Vice Chairman Matthew Petersen. (Dave Levinthal/Center for Public Integrity)
Petersen’s resignation, first reported by the Washington Examiner, will throw the FEC into turmoil for weeks — and perhaps months — as the nation enters the teeth of 2020 presidential and congressional elections.

For now, the FEC can’t conduct meetings.

It can’t slap political scofflaws with fines.

It can’t make rules.

It can’t conduct audits and approve them.

It can’t vote on the outcome of investigations.

And while staff will continue to post campaign finance reports and attend to day-to-day functions, the commission itself can’t offer official advice to politicians and political committees who seek it.

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“Despite the lack of quorum, I expect to be fully occupied while at the commission reviewing case files and preparing for new members to join the commission,” said FEC Commissioner Caroline Hunter, a Republican, who described Petersen as a “true gentleman-scholar.”

Hunter added that the agency’s various divisions “will still be on the job, answering questions, litigating cases, maintaining our website, conducting ongoing audits and processing complaints, disclosure reports, and other filings.”

FEC Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub, a Democrat, did not address the FEC’s loss of a quorum in a statement to the Center for Public Integrity, instead echoing Hunter’s praise of Petersen. “For 11 years, [Petersen] has been a gracious and steady colleague on the commission.”

Update, 2:56 p.m. Aug. 26: In a follow-up statement, Weintraub vowed that the FEC would attend to its duties to the best of its ability, despite losing a quorum of commissioners. “The FEC will still be able to shine a strong spotlight on the finances of the 2020 campaign.”

“Throughout my service, I have faithfully discharged my duty to enforce the law in a manner that respects free speech rights, while also fairly interpreting relevant statutes and regulations and providing meaningful notice to those subject to FEC jurisdiction,” Petersen wrote to President Donald Trump this morning in a resignation letter.

A long time coming

This is a de facto FEC shutdown more than two years in the making and something for which commissioners have long been girding.

The FEC has operated with a bare minimum of four commissioners for the past year and a half: Democrat Ann Ravel resigned in March 2017 and Republican Lee Goodman resigned in February 2018.

The four remaining commissioners have together served more than 37 years past the expiration of their six-year terms. That’s because federal law allows FEC commissioners to continue serving in “holdover status” until the president nominates, and the Senate confirms, someone to replace them.

Consider the case of Weintraub, D, whose term expired in 2007. Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump each failed to nominate someone to replace her, so Weintraub has continued to serve. She is still joined on the FEC by remaining commissioners Hunter and independent Steven Walther.

No more than three FEC commissioners may identify with any one political party. And the president of the United States alone has the power to nominate commissioners to the six-member FEC.

Trump has so far made a single nomination: Trey Trainor, a Trump-supporting Texas attorney and Republican. Trump first nominated Trainor to the FEC in September 2017. Since then, Trump has twice renominated Trainor after the U.S. Senate failed to grant Trainor a confirmation hearing.

Texas attorney Trey Trainor, who President Donald Trump nominated in September 2017 to the Federal Election Commission. (AP)
The U.S. Senate has yet to take action on Trainor’s nomination. He would fill the seat Petersen says he’ll vacate Aug. 31.

The U.S. Senate has long observed a tradition in which the president nominates FEC commissioners in pairs — one Republican, one Democrat, one reason Trainor’s nomination may have stalled.

The White House has repeatedly declined to answer questions about the FEC, which for years has been marked by internal discord and deadlocks.

While FEC commissioners often toil in relative anonymity, a few achieve high profiles.

Former Republican FEC Chairman Trevor Potter, for example, served as Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign general counsel — then made regular appearances earlier this with comedian Steven Colbert, who had a long-running gag about super PACs and secret political money.

Another former FEC chairman, Don McGahn, became Trump’s 2016 campaign general counsel.

After Trump won the election, McGahn — long an advocate of a weak FEC and campaign finance deregulation, in general — served until late 2018 as Trump’s White House counsel. ... shut-down/
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Postby thrulookingglass » Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:51 pm

I was asking myself, why would the military industrial complex allow trump to run this shithole country.

You need a criminal to run an enterprise like this.

Someone who's not afraid of duplicitous ways.

Besides, they run it. He's just the hood ornament.
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Postby seemslikeadream » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:42 pm

"There is no more textbook example of abuse of power than a president who says to his subordinate, 'Break the law just to help me, and I’ll give you a pardon, a get out of jail free card afterward.'” - Neal Katyal

Can the Trump administration sink any lower than threatening to deport sick kids?

Trump EPA To Get Rid Of Key Regulation On Methane Emissions
Flames from a flaring pit near a well in the Bakken Oil Field. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which is odorless when it comes directly out of the gas well. In addition to methane, natural gas typically contains other hydrocarbons such as ethane, propane, butane, and pentanes. Raw natural gas may also contain water vapor, hydrogen sulfide (H2S), carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen, and other compounds. (Source: As of July 2014, roughly 30 percent of the one billion cubic feet per day of natural gas produced in North Dakota was being wasted in flares like this, according to the news site Breaking Energy. The reasons are low price on LNG (liquefied natural gas) , lax regulations and lack of infrastructure. In order to put an end to the flaring, North Dakota have adopted new regulations, and the goal is to capture 95 percent of the gas by 2020. On August 18th 2015, EPA announced that the oil and gas sector will have to cut their methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent within the next decade. Methane is a shortlived greenhouse gas compared to CO2, but is 72 times more damaging. That Orjan F. Ellingvag/Corbis News
By Cristina Cabrera
August 29, 2019 10:38 am

The Trump administration will roll back crucial regulations on methane emissions, which are one of the biggest contributors to climate change.

According to the New York Times, the Environmental Protection Agency will announce the change on Thursday.

Under the new rule, the federal government will no longer require oil and gas companies to take preventative measures against methane leaks from their production facilities. ... -trump-epa

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Body Language Analysis No. 4382: Why is Donald Trump Leaning Forward? -
1/ In the past several days, it's been reported that Donald Trump has been "standing weird". Although the President's leaning-forward posture has been displayed in the past, recently this stance has been used more consistently. Why? What are the body language ramifications?

2/ Donald Trump is standing with this posture - primarily because he has specially crafted, 'lift shoes'. His added 2.0 - 3.0 inch heel-height causes him to lean forward. This configuration is accentuated by his obesity.

3/ Trump is quite self-conscious about his height. President Trump's claimed height is 6'3" - yet, this is demonstrably false.

4/ In the above photo, taken on the morning of his inauguration, Trump is clearly approximately 0.5 inch shorter than President Obama (Obama's feet are further apart, which effectively lowers his height a bit, relative to Trump).
5/ It's notable that Ronny Jackson, M.D. - Trump's White House physician for the first 15 months of his administration - also served the same role for Barack Obama. President Obama's height, per Jackson's medical reports, was listed at 6'1".
6/ Both Trump and Obama have been routinely photographed standing next to many athletes - thus, we can use these others' registered height's as cross-checks.

7/ Here's an image of Trump standing next to Tiger Woods (presumably, both men are wearing golf shoes). Woods' reported height is 6'1".

8/ Here's another photo Donald Trump leaning forward during a political rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on 27 April 2019.
9/ Trump was leaning forward in this same style while greeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to the White House on 11 October 2017.

10/ SUMMARY: Donald Trump's forward-leaning posture is caused by his use of lift-shoes. This odd stature is further exacerbated by his obesity.

11/ Such forward-leaning posture has the secondary body language effect of encroaching into others' personal space (intimate space) during greetings and other interactions.

12/ In addition to him being physically closer, we also feel emotionally uncomfortable whenever we think something/someone may fall over onto us.

13/ This narcissistic stance amplifies any similar nonverbal behavior already present - e.g., pulling/yanking-style handshakes, the false intimacy of patting others' shoulders, touching others' backs/falsely guiding, feigned embracing, etc.

14/ Thus, while Donald Trump uses shoe lifts because he feels self-conscious about his height, they have the secondary body language effect of physical intimidation. ... 7150230528
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