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Posted 21 December 2018 - 09:03 AM

View PostJackD, on 20 December 2018 - 10:55 PM, said:

Cabinet? We don't need no stinking cabinet!

It's about time that the United States learned to run the government like a well-oiled business machine. Trump never needed a Cabinet or so-called "C-suite" of senior executives when he was running the Trump Organization by himself and he doesn't need one now.
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Posted 21 December 2018 - 10:39 AM

View PostJackD, on 20 December 2018 - 10:55 PM, said:

Cabinet? We don't need no stinking cabinet!

Sure he does. He just needs to get his own picks in place.

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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

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 11:07 AM

Wow, Mattis didn't pull any punches in either the content or the distribution of his resignation letter. Clearly he had no issue with burning this bridge to nothing but ashes. Maybe he's trying to rally the troops for what he fears might happened.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis had aides print up 50 copies of his resignation letter to President Donald Trump and distribute them around the Pentagon Thursday, The New York Times reported.

The letter, which did not offer any praise for the President, spent a page-and-a-half going over Mattis’ disagreements with Trump regarding their views toward international alliances, among other things.

" '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 21 December 2018 - 12:30 PM

Mattis's resignation and harsh repudiation of Trump are viewed by some as a dangerous point in American politics. There are no longer any adults left to try to curb Trump's worst temper tantrums and thoughtless, kneejerk reactions.

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There was debate for many months about whether Trump’s top aides perhaps should quit to send him a signal that his behavior was unacceptable and, at the same time, to launch a flair that some in his own party might finally see and acknowledge as a warning signal. Throughout that period, it was argued that Mattis and those like him must remain in place out of duty because they could forestall the worst.

But clearly, Mattis, who took his duty very seriously, came to the conclusion that the value of such checks was now gone. Repeatedly—in Helsinki with Putin, in Singapore with Kim, in his defense of Saudi Arabia’s murderous crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, in his attacks on the FBI and the intelligence community, in his rejection of facts obvious to all—Trump has shown he cannot be controlled from within the administration.

Now, we can expect even worse. The checks on his relations with Putin within the administration are gone. The experienced hands are few and far between and the policy process is non-existent, the most dysfunctional in U.S. history—which suits both Trump and Bolton. Bolton and Pompeo, Iran hawks and apologists for the Saudis, the Israelis, and other Gulf states, will have more freedom. Relations with the military, already bad, will sour. Stephen Miller will gain stronger control over our border and immigration policies which suggests more human rights abuses are ahead. Our allies will have few champions and even less trust in the administration.


(Former?) Republican strategist Rick Wilson is unsparing.

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In a week with an endless series of body blows to Trump, this one is going to leave a mark. Even with a crashing stock market, the Mueller investigation closing in on Trump’s allies with brutal, inexorable efficiency, his family “charity” exposed as a particularly slimy slush fund, a looming government shutdown, and his failure to deliver his infamous wall to his marks, the Mattis resignation is the Quivering Palm Death Touch.

His extraordinary departure in protest of Trump’s policies and personality is absolutely unprecedented. Mattis naturally objects to the reckless Syria pullout plan, but also to the president’s wholesale abandonment of our traditional allies who have made not only the U.S. but the world safer. As I write this, Washington and the world are reeling, and in deep shock. Even usually Trump-compliant Stockholm Syndrome Republicans in the House and Senate are issuing statements bordering on panic, all while the Trump noise machine warms up to attack Mattis as a Soros shill, a closeted liberal, and a traitor to the Maximum Leader.

Jim Mattis was a talisman for the Washington and international foreign-policy communities, a point of smarts and stability, a ground-wire to short out Trump’s capricious impulses before they could damage America’s interests and values. While never straying from the chain of command, Mattis knew how to work the process, fight back behind closed doors, and maintain relationships with allies and friends around the world.

Even the Trump White House, a hive of the most morally vacant and cowardly bootlicks ever assembled, found themselves relying on Mattis, even if they never trusted him. If Trump ever realizes how much his own White House staff counted on the Marine general turned SECDEF to control his impulsive defense and foreign-policy decisions, he’ll have a Twitter stroke.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had Republican representatives and senators whisper, nearly sotto voce, “Well, at least Mattis won’t let things get too crazy.” “At least Mattis knows what he’s doing.” Mattis was utterly real in an administration of phony tough guys, faux patriots, fantasy-based economic trade-war fetishists, and Trump’s broad array of lying shitbirds.


Wilson also points out the most basic conflict that is inevitable between two men a man and a stunted child like Mattis and Trump. Lt. Bonespurs wants to respect that Mattis earned ... just without the hassle of having to earn it. He can't understand why he can't write a check from the Trump Foundation and buy it.

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Just on the edge of Trump’s constant bleating about “his generals” was the sour odor of jealousy. It’s not hard to understand why.

Low, weak men like Donald Trump may pretend to praise people like Mattis, but always secretly revile those who possess virtues and values they lack. Trump resented Mattis for his accomplishments, his judgment, and his knowledge. Donald Trump, a man of the most shallow intellect and indifferent ability, faced a man who has forgotten more about war, diplomacy, and strategy that Trump has ever learned.

" '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 21 December 2018 - 12:33 PM

Mitch McConnell is "distressed" over Mattis leaving the man that McConnell himself sucked up to for judicial appointees. You bought it, Mitch, so now you own it. You will forever forward be known as a Trump supporter and defender. BTW, how's that bill to protect Mueller coming along?

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “distressed” over Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ shock announcement that he will resign over differences with President Donald Trump. Mattis resigned Thursday following Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria—a move that has been sharply criticized from all sides, except Russia. In a statement late Thursday night, the Kentucky Republican made clear that he sided with Mattis and backed the point made in his resignation letter that the U.S. must prioritize its relationships with its allies. “I am particularly distressed that he is resigning due to sharp differences with the president,” said McConnell, adding: “We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.” Trump targeted McConnell via Twitter early Friday, saying the Senate majority leader should “fight for the Wall and Border Security as hard as he fought for anything. He will need Democrat votes, but as shown in the House, good things happen.”

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"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."

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Posted 21 December 2018 - 12:45 PM

I think the Mattis departure, especially with the detailed rebuke of Dumpster clueless positions, gives the GOP senators some cover for a change, to put the brakes on Mango Madness. When even Fuks and Friends is giving Suckabee some harsh arguments, you know some latitude is available.
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Posted 21 December 2018 - 01:20 PM

Well it didn't take Mulvaney long to piss off Trump. Oh those past comments, eh Mick?

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Donald Trump is reportedly already turning on Mick Mulvaney—who hasn’t even started his new job as acting White House chief of staff yet—due to a two-year-old video uncovered by The Daily Beast, which shows Mulvaney calling the president “a terrible human being.” Mulvaney is due to start his new job at the end of the year. Trump’s announcement of Mulvaney’s appointment followed a troubled hiring process that saw several of his preferred picks refuse the role. Trump reportedly started regretting his appointment after seeing the video of Mulvaney from a week before the 2016 election saying: “Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I’m doing so despite the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being.” Axios reports Trump was “furious” when he heard about the footage—he reportedly asked one adviser: “Did you know [Mulvaney] called me ‘a terrible human being’ back during the campaign?” A spokeswoman for Mulvaney dismissed the remarks as “old news” and said he changed his mind about Trump after they met.

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"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."

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

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Posted 24 December 2018 - 11:23 AM

The Mango Mussolini throws a Trumper Tantrum and fires Mattis two months early. What a little bitch.

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President Donald Trump says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post on Jan. 1. Trump announced Mattis’ new departure date in a tweet, and said he’s naming deputy defense chief Patrick Shanahan as acting secretary.

The move comes just three days after Mattis resigned in protest over Trump’s decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Syria. Mattis originally said he would stay through February to ensure an orderly transition.

" '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 December 2018 - 10:59 AM

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Posted 26 December 2018 - 11:33 AM

View PostAnBr, on 26 December 2018 - 10:59 AM, said:


He's so ronery.


" '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."

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 03:18 PM

Well that's a new kind of defense; halt the case against Trump because he shut down the government and the DoJ lawyers defending it aren't getting paid. And so the emoluments case has been put on pause for the time being.

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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals froze a lawsuit accusing Trump of violating the constitution’s emoluments clause, after DOJ attorneys asked for a halt to their appeal, saying that the ongoing government shutdown will prevent them from doing their work.

“The Department does not know when funding will be restored by Congress,” DOJ attorneys representing Trump in the case wrote in a Wednesday filing. The appeals court approved the request the same day.

“The briefing schedule is suspended pending further order of the court,” the order reads.

Trump filed the appeal on Dec. 17, asking to freeze a district-level lawsuit from the Maryland and D.C. attorneys general accusing him of illegally taking foreign government cash through his Washington hotel.

The DOJ’s request in the emoluments case came as part of a larger flurry of delay requests the government filed this week, citing the shutdown. In cases that ranged from the various immigration-related lawsuits the administration is facing to the legal challenge far-right conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi brought against special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, the Justice Department has claimed the lack of funding for the department inhibits its lawyers’ ability to work on the litigation.

So far, the Justice Department has been only partially successful in convincing courts to halt their proceedings. While the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit agreed to pause the briefing schedule in the emoluments case, the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit in California challenging the Census citizenship question rejected the delay request without explanation Wednesday. That case goes to trial early next month.

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"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 28 December 2018 - 04:19 PM

Trump continues pushing his demand that the DOJ be personally loyal to him and not the law. TDB believes he violated the law with his latest act.

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On Friday, CNN revealed his most astonishing act yet, one that in our view clearly violated the law. According to CNN’s reporting, the president recently “lashed out” at acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over court documents referencing the president in the guilty plea by his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. Worse, a week later Mr. Trump pushed Whitaker on “why more wasn’t being done to control” the Southern District of New York prosecutors who brought the case against Cohen. The president of the United States, in that moment, was essentially pressuring an acting official whose job hangs on his personal whims to shut down an investigation into himself.

On Christmas Eve, Mr. Trump tweeted that he never lashed out at Whitaker and, predictably, attacked the story as “Fake News.” But he notably didn’t deny other details of CNN’s reporting.

The SDNY’s case has already netted one guilty plea for a felony crime of violating campaign finance laws. In his guilty plea and sentencing allocution, Mr. Cohen stated that he worked “in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1,” who is widely understood to be the president. In addition, it is clear from the charging documents against Mr. Cohen that the Trump Organization, which was owned and controlled by Mr. Trump and his children at the time of the conduct, is likely implicated in this criminal scheme as well.

Taken together, these facts make clear that President Trump, the Trump Organization, and at least one current executive (likely one of Mr. Trump’s sons, who together manage his company today) are subjects and possibly targets of the Southern District’s investigation. In other words, depending on the course of that probe, the president, his children, and his company may all still be charged for the same crime as Cohen, as well as other possible violations of law.

In pressuring Whitaker, who as acting attorney general oversees the investigation, the president was unquestionably trying to coerce him into blocking prosecutors in New York from either looking at or implicating him or his family members in criminal conduct.

In our view, that action clearly constituted a criminal attempt by the president to obstruct justice, one that is even more clear-cut than the president’s prior attempts to thwart the federal investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference.

When Mr. Trump first pressured Mr. Comey to back off the investigation into Flynn, and then fired him after he didn’t do so, the president was not yet a true subject of the Russia investigation and could make some claims, tenuous though they might have been, that he was merely making a good faith effort for a friend or trying to restrict a probe that would harm national security by preventing him from making deals on the country’s behalf.

None of those explanations are applicable in his pressuring of Mr. Whitaker. His intervention in this case can only be understood as an attempt to protect himself, his family, or his business from criminal liability.

Furthermore, the tenuous nature of Mr. Whitaker’s position inside the administration adds to the weight of the president’s words. Mr. Whitaker is an accidental attorney general, there only because the president plucked him from relative obscurity to first serve as his eyes and ears inside the department as Mr. Sessions’ chief of staff, and later to oversee–and perhaps thwart–the various probes into the president. His brief tenure as acting attorney general has already been marred by controversy, and his political future likely depends on staying in the president’s good graces. He can’t afford to anger the president, and the president knows it.

So what needs to happen next?

" '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."

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Posted 28 December 2018 - 06:03 PM

Frightening.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 08:52 AM

Oh for f***'s sake, I don't even know which thread best suits this new example of moronic blabbering. This is what it looks like when Trump's handlers leave and he's left to be himself. The stupidity level just keeps cranking up. I'm not sure "stupid" is even the right word. It's more of a mentally ill detachment from all reality.

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President Donald Trump seemed to misstate the former Soviet Union's involvement in Afghanistan on Wednesday with a convoluted account that sparked ridicule on Twitter.

"Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan," Trump said during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. "The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there."

" '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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"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 03 January 2019 - 10:52 AM

George Santayana must be rolling over in his grave -- laughing.
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Posted 03 January 2019 - 01:30 PM

Kellyanne Conway, pure class.

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During an appearance on “Fox and Friends” Thursday morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested it was “poor form” for incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to “insult” President Trump “personally.” Seconds later, she made a joke about Pelosi’s age.

“For the incoming speaker to come in and say, well — to really try to insult the President personally is very poor form. She is a leader in this country now. She is number three in line to the presidency. It’s just poor form,” she said. “By the way, nothing really screams youth and energy quite like a 78-year-old speaker and Joe Biden running for President.”

Conway was responding to remarks Pelosi made during an interview with the “Today” show that aired Thursday morning, when the incoming speaker suggested President Trump may not know how to work with powerful women.


Girl, at age 51 you look like a lot of years of rough road. You probably shouldn't be making fun of people's ages, especially those who are more accomplished than you will ever be.
" '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."

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

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Posted 03 January 2019 - 01:57 PM

Ryan Zinke, gone but not forgotten. LOCK HIM UP!

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The Justice Department is investigating whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to his agency’s inspector general investigators, a potential criminal violation, The Washington Post reports. Zinke, who left the Trump administration on Wednesday, was facing two inspector general inquiries regarding real-estate deals in his home state of Montana and his involvement in reviewing a proposed casino project by Native American tribes in Connecticut. The investigators came to believe Zinke had lied to them, and they referred the matter to the Justice Department to consider whether any laws were violated, the Post reports.

The Justice Department’s interest is significant, though department officials have reportedly not yet decided whether he should face charges. It is difficult to prove someone has made false statements because it requires investigators to show a person “knowingly and willfully” lied. However, several former Trump advisers have already pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. A spokesman for Zinke said he had not been contacted by the Justice Department. Zinke has not publicly addressed the ethics allegations against him.

" '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 03 January 2019 - 05:22 PM

Another Trump associate is about to be hauled into court. It's not clear whether the investigation could involve Trump yet but as they say, stay tuned.

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The attorney hired by President Donald Trump to challenge his Chicago tax assessments was slapped with federal charges Thursday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Federal agents raided Ed Burke’s government office and personal business office in the last two months.

It was unclear at the time if the federal investigation was regarding the president’s finances or something outside of Burke’s work for Trump. Burke did tax-related work for the Trump Organization for the past twelve years before the two parties severed the relationship earlier this year.

Burke “announced his breakup with Trump in letters filed last month with the Cook County courts and the Illinois State Property Tax Appeal Board in which he wrote that ‘irreconcilable differences’ have led his firm to stop representing Trump’s company and step aside in five current cases that seek refunds of millions of dollars in property taxes the president’s company has paid,” the Sun-Times reported in June 2018.

Instead, the charges stem from a fast-food company’s “remodeling project in 2017,” the Sun-Times wrote. “The company sought support from Burke for the project, and he tried to land the company as a client for his firm.”

As part of the investigation, Burke’s cell phone conversations were secretly recorded.

“As you are aware, there have previously been several other investigations such as this. In every instance, we cooperated fully. And in every instance nothing has been found,” Burke was quoted as saying after the raid.

" '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 04 January 2019 - 12:32 PM

Trump appears to be desperate to prop up the stock market. The Fed chairman is apparently not "pliable" enough and there's rumblings about Trump potentially asking for his resignation. It ain't gonna' be that easy.

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump, a message that heartened investors who had been concerned by Trump’s repeated attacks on his hand-picked choice to lead the nation’s central bank.

Appearing on a panel in Atlanta with his two predecessors — Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke — Powell said the central bank intends to be flexible going forward in determining when to hike its key policy rate. He also said that the Fed could alter its approach to trimming its huge balance sheet if it determines such a change is needed.

The pace of Fed rate hikes and the lowering of the balance sheet, which tends to put upward pressure on interest rates, had both been concerns of investors in recent months. The stock market has seen stomach-churning declines since October, a development that Trump has blamed on the Fed’s continued rate hikes, although the president’s trade dispute with China as well as concerns about global economic growth also played a part in the market volatility.

Trump’s attacks had become so intense that they had raised concerns that he might be considering firing Powell, a development which could send the market into a further tailspin.

Asked if he would resign if Trump asked him to do so, Powell responded with a short “no.”

" '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 08 January 2019 - 09:17 AM

Just another official seeing the "light"

Acting Chief Of Staff Eyeing An Exit Strategy


The White House may not want to print business cards for acting chief of state Mick Mulvaney. He may only be looking at it as a short time gig. According to The New York Times, the budget director has shown interest in becoming the president of the University of South Carolina. The current president,Harris Pastides, is exiting the job this year.

https://www.newsandg...tMXoEu38NG_uguQ


I was trying to find the Three Stooges clip where the ship is sinking and Moe admonishes Larry for wanting to escape.

Moe says: "Only a rat would desert a sinking ship"

Larry answers with "Squeak squeak !"

Moe responds with "Have some cheese rat !!" Then shoves a cheese wedge into Larry's mouth.
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If you've got public schools paid for by taxpayers, you're in a socialist nation. If you have public roads paid for by taxpayers, socialist nation. If you've got public defense (police, fire, military, coast guard) paid for by tax dollars, socialist nation. If you're in a nation that has nationalized or localized delivery of services that are not paid for by users alone, you're in a socialist nation- the only question is how socialist. As I see it, we have the military pay to protecting the shipping lanes for our fuel needs which makes up very socialist. In a capitalist nation, the people supplying the oil would pay for their own defense force.


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