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Open Thread - 4/22/2019

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Open Thread, video )

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Joanne Dixon (37)
Monday April 22, 2019, 11:07 am
5:32 I don't think that's a "plan" tree. My vote is for "palm."

John - "Inappropriate for the President to be asking for ... from a hostile foreign government." It seems to keep going oe=ver everyone's head that it would be equally inappropriate to be pushing for this kind of deal with a friendly fooreign government. Mr. "America First" is mighty cavalier about using America and the Presidency as a bargaining chip. OT, someone said Rosenstein looked like a hostage. I have to agree. That may be the only Republican in modern times I have to feel sympathy for.

WaPo - "Patriot" is a word which has not been used accurately since 2001. I'm glad they arrested Hopkins. I hope he faces significant prion time. I'm not holding my breath.

NYT - I can't imagine what his rationale might be (assuming he even has one). The law prohibits a campaign accepting anything of value from a foreign donor. If the information in this case had no value, why would they even want it?

Cartoon - Eventually they led to his downfall. Enough Americans at that time had enough decency (and remembered what Nazis are like) to be unable to stomach him, and there were journalists who were willing to call him out. Today? Not so much.


Gene J (287)
Monday April 22, 2019, 11:24 am
John Oliver is the best import we've ever had from England. Yes, including the Beatles. I do get HBO and watch him every week. He does things that are amazing. His "top story of the week" segments are hilarious and acerbic. Last week he went after Big Pharma in one of the most brilliant pieces of reporting I've seen yet on just how filthy, and filthy rich, those criminals are - knowing full well what they were doing to people all along. If you don't get his show, then I'd recommend spending some time just browsing that YouTube channel. He is SO funny, more than a bit profane, yes, but on point and he takes on issues absolutely no one else does with wit and intelligence. Worth the time, always. This week no exception. I DO think this is the end of his presidency. I'm sure, regardless what trump "says" now, he KNOWS what is coming.

Too stupid to know they were engaged in illegal activity. Trump's also fortunate, sort of, that so many of his aides valued their own skin that they refused to follow his directions. I wish we all could ignore this treasonous fool so easily. The country would be far better off if we had. True enough that the people with the morality to refuse his direction, those there now are willing to help him, or try to. I hope that they are reminded eventually of Haldeman and Ehrlichman. Including what happened to them. Great clip and his conclusions are solid. There is SO much to unpack here, that, as I said in the other story, I think this is the 2020 Democratic platform and that their investigations and hearings should go on right up to and through the 2020 elections. That will end the Trump presidency. Then we can prosecute him on those other investigations which do show individual 1 committing actual crimes.

David C (75)
Monday April 22, 2019, 11:25 am
How does one know Trump, Pence, Huckabee Sanders, McConnell, Nunes, Guiliani, and most of the GOP are lying???? they open their respective mouths.

Pat B (356)
Monday April 22, 2019, 12:15 pm
LWC: Good video. He's (dt) sullied the presidency long enough! Does this read like dt doing what he does best for the Nation?...wrote 30x's 'I do not recall' in answering Mueller's questionnaire. Filing a suit vs. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings seeking info on his finances? The hits just keep on coming, don't they? About looked like he needed to go to the restroom, to void that experience w/Barr. imo.

WP: Certainly not an individual I'd want to meet. Sometimes Justice intervenes, as in this case, it worked.

NYT: I watched this video about 3x's, and still can't see where he is going with his comments. Says one remark, then takes it back, or waters it down. It's called 'criminal acts w/Russia, Rudy.

Cartoon: The media coverage, particularly television, greatly contributed to McCarthy's decline in popularity and his eventual censure by the Senate. *wiki

Hope that you get a nap in, enjoy the rest of your day/evening, take good care, and Thanks, Tom.

*This just in: re: dt - "There was no collusion. But it there was, it didn't work, but if it did, we didn't do it. But if we did, it wasn't illegal. But what if it was....?? ~ Stuart M. ~
#2. Rick Perry leaving his position in the WH. - "He got his payout from the sale of nuclear energy to the Saudis. Like the Steve Miller song, 'Take the money and run.' ~ Vicki M. ~

Peggy B (43)
Monday April 22, 2019, 4:50 pm

Mitchell D (82)
Monday April 22, 2019, 5:35 pm
John: Kelly A. Conjob IS an the human race!  Drumph is just a clown in king's clothing!  I saw him on the news, earlier, before I could move out of earshot, saying that "Nobody disobeys my orders!"  So, he's a clown in kings clothing, living in a world divorced from anyone else's reality!
WaPo: Clowns like this are ennobled by Drumph's incompetence!  It's somewhat like G.W. Bush, in that he's never succeeded at anything!  Whatever capacity the GOP ever had to act in a rational, human, manner has totally tanked!
NYT: Yes, as in "A mind is a terrible thing to waste!"
'Toon: McCarthy and his NOT UN-RETOUCHED photos! Boy the GOP just keeps on keeping on!

P.S.: Feeling better, not back to work yet.

Glennis Whitney (393)
Monday April 22, 2019, 6:15 pm
Take care and rest well when able Thank you for caring and sharing TomCat

Past Member (0)
Monday April 22, 2019, 6:33 pm
thank you TomCat...

Colleen L (3)
Monday April 22, 2019, 8:45 pm
John: I watched his show each week and he couldn't of said it any better.
WP: Glad that this racist bas*ard was arrested. Hope he gets punished good for his evilness.That goes for his buddies too.
NYT: Seen him yesterday.....Where did his marbles go?? dt must of done something that he acts so stupid now?
Take care. Thanks TomCat


Lona Goudswaard (66)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 1:05 am
3:20 Edible, certainly, but mind the nasty kick and bite.

John: Thanks for posting! This one will have to wait until tonight to watch with hubby who’s a great fan of John’s and regrets not being able to view his show Down Under.

WP:The United Constitutional Patriots. With a name like that it’s crystal clear where these right-wing ammosexuals get their inspiration from. From the least patriotic resident who doesn’t even know how to spell Constitution, let alone has any idea what in it. It’s disgusting how Drumpf gives these militias an excuse to hunt for people and abuse them.

NYT: No, I don’t think Drumpf needs to keep his promise to drain the swamp; not now Giuliani has also sunk to the very bottom of it.

danii p (33)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 1:46 am

Angelflowers D (1)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 4:57 am
Tyfs TomCat.😕

TomCat S (125)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 10:03 am
Thanks and Pooped Hugs to all. 😻

Ben O (131)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 10:08 am
OK Tom, take it easy now...

Debra G (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 1:05 pm
Jared is now spinning the Russian interference as a “couple of Facebook ads.” I watched the 5 hour town hall on CNN last night. Thoughtful first batch of candidates. I kind of agree with Bernie on not focusing on impeachment - voting the bums out of office is more important. Let the House investigate - they’ll need the info to prosecute after the election. Endearing a beleaguered shitgibbon to his base would backfire on Dems.

Any legal experts out there: since it is looking like the Republican SCOTUS will back the citizenship question on the census for, what are the legal ramifications of everybody refusing to answer the question? Mass nonviolent protest against this awful travesty.

Janet B (0)
Tuesday April 23, 2019, 6:42 pm

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 3:12 am

TomCat S (125)
Wednesday April 24, 2019, 10:12 am
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