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Posted 12 November 2019 - 12:18 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 12 November 2019 - 07:16 AM, said:

The went by the name. I mean, seriously, would priests watch (or admit to watching) a movie with that name?

Silk Stockings? Didnt the previous pope, Ratzinger, wear them with his pretty red flats?
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 12:55 PM

Junior tucks his tail between his legs and scampers away.

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Donald Trump Jr., accompanied by his omnipresent girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, was heckled out of his book event at the University of California’s Los Angeles campus Sunday as his own supporters grew enraged that he wouldn’t take questions.

According to the Guardian, the audience’s chants morphed from a gleeful “USA! USA!” to a furious “Q & A! Q & A!”

At first, Trump Jr. tried to ignore the chanting. But as it grew, he feebly argued that taking questions would give liberals soundbites to use against the MAGA movement. The audience, apparently aware of the hypocrisy of Trump Jr. refusing to take questions at an event about the left stifling free speech, starting yelling louder.

Per the Guardian, some of the ruckus was caused by a faction of MAGA supporters who believe that the Trump administration has been infiltrated by globalists who are stymying the President’s nationalistic goals. Those people, acolytes of Nick Fuentes’ “America First” podcast, believe in shutting down immigration altogether and ending the U.S.’ diplomatic and military interactions elsewhere in the world.

Some of Trump Jr.s’s “triggered” liberals showed up as well, adding their protests to the cacophony as Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle slunk out of the event after 20 minutes.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 02:07 PM

More on the MAGAts who actually caused Junior to run away from his UCLA book signing event. Great! Let these two brands of traitorous scum tear each other apart. They deserve whatever shit they throw at each other.

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Donald Trump Jr. had just started talking about his new book at UCLA on Sunday when someone in the audience began imitating actor Joaquin Phoenix’s unsettlingly loud laughter from Joker.

As the cackles filled the auditorium, Trump Jr. looked into the crowd, unsure whether what he was saying was really that funny.

Things only got worse from there.

Audience members began demanding a chance to question Trump Jr. and the event’s host, young conservative star and Turning Point USA chief Charlie Kirk. Over chants of “Q&A!”, Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, took the mic to call her boyfriend’s detractors losers.

“I bet you engage in online dating, because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person,” Guilfoyle said.

Unsurprisingly, that didn’t win over Trump Jr.’s critics. The trio of embattled conservative stars eventually left the stage amid shouts of “Q&A” and “America First.”

And their fringe-right hecklers, who call themselves “Groypers” in a nod to an obese alt-right cartoon toad that’s like Pepe the Frog but more racist, notched another win in their new battle against mainstream conservatives.

“What a HUGE victory today,” 22-year-old white nationalist Nick Fuentes wrote on encrypted messaging app Telegram after the event. “Cannot be understated what an incredible win we saw at UCLA.”

Whether he knew it or not, Trump Jr. had walked straight into a right-wing civil war that pits Fuentes and his allies against more mainstream conservative stars, including Kirk, podcaster Ben Shapiro, and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 03:17 PM

View PostRue Bella, on 12 November 2019 - 12:18 PM, said:

Silk Stockings? Didnt the previous pope, Ratzinger, wear them with his pretty red flats?

Such a great name! Ratzinger is German for pest controller or exterminator as any fule kno.
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Posted 13 November 2019 - 11:55 AM

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Whether he knew it or not, Trump Jr. had walked straight into a right-wing civil war that pits Fuentes and his allies against more mainstream conservative stars, including Kirk, podcaster Ben Shapiro, and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX).
Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch, keep that purity spiral going guys!
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Posted 18 November 2019 - 09:11 AM

Trump is getting more blatant about inciting violence. Chait nails his latest anti-democracy rant.

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At a weekend rally, President Trump launched a riff that, even by the feverish standards of his closing campaign argument, stands out for its brutal authoritarian overtones. The president mocked Antifa demonstrators: “You see these little arms, these little arms,” he shouted, forming his fingers into tiny circles to illustrate their puny biceps. And then he invited his supporters to imagine these weaklings having to fight against Trump’s own militant cadres. “Where are the Bikers for Trump? Where are the police? Where are the military? Where are — ICE? Where are the border patrol? No,” he continued, lamenting the restraint his sentries have displayed, “we’ve taken a lot, we’ve taken a lot.”

This is a revealing setpiece of authoritarian theater. There is, first of all, the evocation of strength as a moral signifier. Trump’s people are strong and good, and his opponents weak and bad, a classically fascist ethos. Second, he conflates his private political militia, “Bikers for Trump,” with government agencies that are not supposed to operate as a political arm of the president (police, military, ICE.) Trump, of course, has always believed the government’s law enforcement apparatus should be at his personal command, and has in fact deployed the military to the border for the benefit of his party’s campaign messaging.

Third, as he has done throughout his presidency, he also conflates Antifa (the miniscule faction operating totally outside of, and frequently at odds with the Democratic Party) with the opposition as a whole. “If the radical resistance — and that’s what they are, radical resistance — they will move immediately to reverse America’s progress.” The term “radical resistance” treats the political opposition writ large as a dangerous, violent, and essentially illegal movement.

And finally, Trump is tantalizing his supporters with the prospect of bloodshed. Their side has been set upon, and yet despite all their strength, he imagines some form of excessive restraint has held them back from administering to their tormentors the beating they so clearly deserve. He is wafting into the air the scent of blood.

The Republican Party as a whole has echoed versions of this theme by Trump, depicting Democrats as a “resistance mob.” Trump’s forays against violence play exactly the same role as his denunciations of corruption. He is magnifying marginal features of politics (Hillary Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street) in order to justify violations several orders of magnitude larger (Trump running a private, undisclosed business empire in office). Trump fixates on the negligible threat posed by Antifa not because he wants to build up the value of nonviolence but because he wishes to tear it down. Political violence is not the problem, it is the solution.

Trump’s rhetoric about the non-party-controlled news — “fake news,” “enemies of the people” — reveals this strategy in a way that is far more insidious than even his critics in the media seem to grasp. Reporters have treated his rhetoric as a dangerous game with unintended consequences. The consequences seem to be very much Trump’s intent.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 12:58 PM

More evidence that Trump owns the right-wing.

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Craig Silverman, a host at Denver conservative talk radio station KNUS, was fired mid-show over the weekend after airing a segment criticizing President Donald Trump.

According to the New York Times, the station suddenly cut away to a news segment during his show as the station’s operations manager burst into the room: “you’re done,” Silverman was told.

Silverman felt increasingly unwelcome at his own radio station, taking to Twitter and other shows to air his opinions.

KNUS reportedly threatened him to stop appearing on other shows, their anger unabated when he showed them that it was allowed under his contract.

The station did not immediately respond to inquiries about the firing.

“I think it makes great radio when people can disagree,” Silverman told the Times. “But something about Trump and impeachment — my colleagues don’t want to discuss it, and they don’t want any disagreements.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 02:49 PM

Trying to estimate the number and size of the face palms that went out after this little bon mot from President Trump:

Trump tweets he will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment inquiry



President Trump on Monday said he will "strongly consider" giving written or in-person testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, despite his repeated refusal to cooperate with the investigation thus far.


Trump responded to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) suggestion on "Face the Nation" a day earlier in which she said the president could "come right before the committee and talk... or he could do it in writing."


"Even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea & will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it!" Trump tweeted.



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 03:15 PM

He would, in my opinion, never agree to subject himself to face to face questioning and cross examination.

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 03:19 PM

 andydp, on 18 November 2019 - 02:49 PM, said:

Trying to estimate the number and size of the face palms that went out after this little bon mot from President Trump:

Trump tweets he will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment inquiry




Where's the part where it says "right after I release my tax returns as promised?"

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Two senators are reportedly reviewing an Internal Revenue Service whistleblower complaint related to the annual audit of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, according to the Washington Post.

Staffers for Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) reportedly met with the IRS whistleblower earlier this month. According to two people with knowledge of the matter who spoke to the Post, staffers are in the process of scheduling follow-up interviews to further explore the allegations.

As TPM reported in August, an IRS whistleblower filed a complaint in July alleging that a person in the Treasury Department was attempting to interfere with the annual audit of the President and vice president. According to the Post, the IRS whistleblower has provided additional documentation to bolster the complaint. The contents of the additional records was not yet known, according to the Post.

As the Post notes, the Treasury Department inspector general is currently looking into how the Treasury has handled House requests for the President tax returns. Grassley and Wyden would not confirm to the Post whether the meeting occurred.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 04:05 PM

He'll testify, if the only questions he has to answer come from Sean Hannity.
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Posted 21 November 2019 - 05:30 PM

The Republican National Committee spent almost $100,000 to buy up copies of Donald Trump Jr.'s book
“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

— Fran Lebowitz


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

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On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 21 November 2019 - 06:20 PM

View PostAnBr, on 21 November 2019 - 05:30 PM, said:


Time for a repeat!

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" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 12:07 PM

Trump pranced on stage with accused war criminals. Welcome to America.

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President Donald Trump has reportedly floated bringing the three accused war criminals he pardoned recently, including Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, up on the stage of his campaign rallies and even the 2020 Republican National Convention.

Two unnamed sources told the Daily Beast on Monday that Trump has mentioned potentially creating special roles for Gallagher, Clint Lorance and Matthew Golsteyn in his 2020 reelection campaign after having pardoned their war crime convictions on November 15.

“He briefly discussed making it a big deal at the convention,” one of the sources said.

Trump reportedly compared doing so to the 2016 RNC, where “on-stage heroes” were brought out.

The controversy surrounding Trump’s pardons of the three men against the Pentagon’s guidance became even more volatile after the President interfered in the Navy’s process of deciding whether to take away Gallagher’s Trident Pin.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 03:28 PM

Melania Trump, illegal immigrant, former softcore porn model, fake degree touteer, and serial plagerizer, just got a taste of how much of the nation feels about the Trumps in general. Face it, honey, nobody takes any of you seriously and you're as unserious as the rest of the klan clan.

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First lady Melania Trump was met with boos during and after her speech at the B’more Youth Summit in Baltimore discussing opioid abuse.

According to a White House pool report Tuesday morning, the first lady was “greeted with some cheers but also a resounding chorus of loud boos” for about one minute at approximately 11:25 a.m.

For the first two minutes of her speech, there was reportedly more talking over her remarks. The pool report also noted that even when the talking had died down, there was “still a lot of audience noise” in the background and the first lady still continued talking.

The pool report also mentioned that her speech lasted about five minutes and that “she was booed again as she completed her remarks and left the stage.”

Your hubby did nothing about the opioid problem despite a big fanfare and he bashed Baltimore. Why the f*** did you think you had any business even showing your face, eh pumpkin?
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 05:44 PM

Trump 'Crime Family...Belong in Prison,' Says 'The Art of the Deal' Ghostwriter

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The Art of the Deal ghostwriter said President Donald Trump and two of his adult children and a son-in-law all belong in prison.

Tony Schwartz co-authored Trump's notorious book, which was first published in 1987, and is now a vocal critic of the president.

"Crime family: Donald, Ivanka, Jared, Donald Jr. They all belong in prison," Schwartz tweeted on Monday evening.

President Trump is facing impeachment for alleged abuse of power by soliciting a foreign government's interference in the 2020 election to his personal benefit.

Trump is also facing probes by a number of bodies, including Congress and the New York attorney general, into allegations such as tax fraud, campaign finance violations, and his inauguration funds, among others.

The family real estate business, The Trump Organization, is caught up in some of those investigations.

“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

— Fran Lebowitz


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:49 PM

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Trump signing the Woman's Suffrage Centennial Coin Act: "I'm curious why wasn't it done a long time ago? And also ... well, I guess the answer to that is because now I'm president, we get things done."

He wonders why an act which directs the Department of the Treasury to mint and issue up to 400,000 $1 silver coins on the CENTENNIAL of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States took ...100 years to happen.

And the answer is because he's apparently the president now.

One hundred years later.

Now, just so I'm clear here: this is also the SAME president who won't allow Andrew Jackson to be replaced on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman?

Centennials, how do they work?

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“Trump’s a stupid man’s idea of a smart person, a poor man’s idea of a rich person & a weak man’s idea of a strong man.”

— Fran Lebowitz


“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It's simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”

— Carl Sagan


Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 10:17 PM

That's our boy.

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 01:12 AM

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Centennials, how do they work?

Kind of like Millennials?
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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:05 AM

Personally I'm happy the infamous Anonymous author is remaining anonymous simply because not knowing who he/she is clearly drives Trump even more insane than he already is at base level. Generally if it infuriates him then I support it.

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The author of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times last year — whose piece outlined an inner “resistance” and gave fodder to President Trump’s “deep state” paranoia — doesn’t intend to remain anonymous forever.

During a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session Tuesday evening, the writer, who also just penned a book called, “A Warning,” vowed that Trump had “not heard the last of me.” Anonymous has only thus far been described as a “senior official in the Trump administration” and the writer did not specify a timeline for when he or she might come forward.

“As far as anonymity is concerned, I will not keep my identity shrouded in secrecy forever,” anonymous wrote on Reddit Tuesday. “I am not afraid to use my own name to express concern about the current occupant of the Oval Office. Donald Trump has not heard the last of me.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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