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  • It's time for a general strike, because Trump treason demands a brave response

    07/19/2018 1:27:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 17, 2018 | Will Bunch
    It can't happen here. That’s more than just the title of a suddenly highly relevant Sinclair Lewis novel about the rise of an American dictator, written in 1935 — another era when despots were on people’s minds, for some weird reason. No, “it can’t happen here” long been the national motto of a United States of America that has long thought itself immune to the slings and arrows of everyone else’s world history. An authoritarian president with nothing but contempt for 242 years of democratic norms, a free press, and a judicial system untainted by political interference? It can’t happen...
  • Police release body-camera video of Stormy Daniels arrest (Amanda Panda?)

    07/19/2018 1:01:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WTVD-TV ^ | July 18, 2018 | Bill Hutchinson, ABC News
    Police in Columbus, Ohio, released body-camera video showing Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels who claims to have had an affair with President Donald Trump, being handcuffed and arrested outside a strip club where she performed. Clifford, 39, was arrested July 11 on suspicion of sexually touching a patron while on stage at the Sirens Gentlemen's Club in Columbus, but the charges were quickly dismissed after City Attorney Zach Klein reviewed the case. Clifford and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, slammed the arrest a "politically motivated" setup. The police body-camera video released Wednesday shows officers handcuffing Clifford...
  • Watergate’s John Dean on Why Trump Will Survive the Russia Scandal (What you'd expect)

    07/18/2018 9:45:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | July 18, 2018 | Seth Hettena
    John Dean knows what it’s like for a scandal with the power to destroy a president to stalk the White House. Dean served as White House Counsel under President Nixon and can testify to the enormous toll that lying, deflecting, hiding and obstructing took on him and his colleagues following the 1972 Watergate break-in. A few months after Nixon fired him, in 1973, Dean testified before the Senate and became the first member of the Nixon administration to directly implicate the president in the cover-up. After serving four months for conspiracy to obstruct justice, Dean became an investment banker, lecturer...
  • Obama says world should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen

    07/17/2018 10:41:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | July 17, 2018 12:59 PM | Alexander Winning
    Barack Obama said on Tuesday the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen, in an apparent reference to populist leaders who hold power in a number of countries. […] “Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the 90s, people now are talking about the triumph of tribalism and the strong man. But we need to resist that cynicism,” Obama said in a speech in Johannesburg to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Some of Obama’s language echoed that of Trump’s critics. “Too much of politics today seems to reject the very...
  • Bookmaker increases chances of Trump being impeached after Putin summit

    07/17/2018 8:51:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 17, 2018 | Justin Wise
    The chances that President Trump will be impeached are rising, according to one Irish bookmaker, one day after Trump refused to denounce Russian meddling in the 2016 election following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Paddy Power increased the likelihood of Trump being impeached on Tuesday from 8-1 to 2-1, according to Yahoo News. The news outlet first reported that the betting company also increased the likelihood of Trump being impeached this year, from 12-1 to 8-1....
  • Trump administration now has naturalized citizens in its sights [barf]

    07/17/2018 11:49:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/17/18 07:00 AM EDT | Ruth Ellen Wasem
    As if the separation of families at the border and the travel ban were not enough, the Trump administration has a denaturalization initiative that is stoking controversy. A few weeks ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director L. Francis Cissna told the Associated Press that his agency is hiring dozens of attorneys to form a task force to review the records of people who have become U.S. citizens since 1990, in order to identify people who deliberately lied on their citizenship applications. “We finally have a process in place to get to the bottom of all these bad cases...
  • NY Daily News cover following Helsinki summit shows Trump shooting Uncle Sam

    07/16/2018 6:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2018 | Morgan Gstalter
    Tuesday’s cover of The New York Daily News depicts President Trump shooting Uncle Sam in the head after his jaw-dropping summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The cover of Trump’s hometown newspaper shows the president holding the hand of a shirtless Putin while holding shooting the classic symbol of American democracy on 5th Avenue in New York, a nod to Trump’s infamous 2016 claim that he could shoot someone "in the middle of 5th Avenue" and not lose support. “I have the most loyal people, did you ever see that? I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and...
  • Trump, Treasonous Traitor (Real NYT headline)

    07/15/2018 8:30:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 15, 2018 | Charles M. Blow
    Put aside whatever suspicions you may have about whether Donald Trump will be directly implicated in the Russia investigation. Trump is right now, before our eyes and those of the world, committing an unbelievable and unforgivable crime against this country. It is his failure to defend. The intelligence community long ago concluded that Russia attacked our election in 2016 with the express intention of damaging Hillary Clinton and assisting Trump. And it was not only the spreading of inflammatory fake news over social media. As a May report from the Republican-run Senate Intelligence Committee pointed out: “In 2016, cyber actors...
  • 30 harshest protest signs that greeted Trump in London, Scotland (Dumber than you imagined)

    07/15/2018 5:58:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Ann Arbor News ^ | July 15, 2018 | Tanda Gmiter
    President Donald Trump's first official visit to the U.K. was marked by thousands of people demonstrating in the streets, first in London as Trump met with Queen Elizabeth and then in Scotland where he went to play a little golf. Handmade signs at the massive protest in central London last Friday took aim at Trump's immigration policies and his past comments about women, among plenty of other topics. Not everyone in the crowds came out to hate on Trump. Some were seen sporting his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" on hats, according to the Associated Press. But the majority...
  • Queen left to meet Donald Trump ALONE as senior royals SNUBBED US President

    07/15/2018 12:38:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 15, 2018 | Joe Gamp
    THE QUEEN was left to take on her royal duty alone when she met Donald Trump and wife Melania, with Prince Charles and Prince William refusing to join in the elaborate welcome. Senior members of the Royal Family, including the first and second in line to the throne, had informal discussions about the trip, and let it be known they did not want to take part in arrangements for the US President’s four-day UK visit. Downing Street and Buckingham Palace both said as Trump’s tour of the UK was not an official state visit, there was a singular plan to...
  • Pals of Blenheim Palace heir bid £50 for him to ‘upskirt Melania’ as he live streams Trump’s visit

    07/15/2018 12:20:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Sun ^ | July 15, 2018 | Lauren Fruen
    THE heir to Blenheim Palace was reportedly told to 'upskirt Melania' as he live streamed President Trump's visit to his home. Aristocrat George Spencer-Churchill, 25, filmed the historic event on his phone and posted the clips online. But friends of George, who is a distant relative of Winston Churchill, are said to have made a series of ill-judged comments about the First Lady and her husband. The heir to Blenheim Palace, where the lavish event was being held, showed off images from the black-tie dinner in Oxfordshire on Thursday night. Made In Chelsea star Charlie Mills is said to have...
  • Controversial Video Shows Medical Staff Laughing While Playing with Aborted Babies

    07/12/2018 7:08:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    OPERATION RESCUE ^ | July 9, 2018 | Cheryl Sullenger
    A disturbing video has surfaced on social media over the weekend that depicts two men wearing white lab coats playing with what appears to be aborted babies. The two men, whose faces cannot be seen in the video, each pick up a body and begin to make them “dance” together as if they were dolls. “It is obvious these babies’ bodies are not models or dolls,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “This kind of sick gallows humor is revolting to most people and shows a gross disregard for human life.” Once the bodies are tossed back into a metal...
  • Your Nazi comparisons are only helping President Trump

    07/10/2018 6:52:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 5, 2018 | Philip Klein
    By invoking the Holocaust in criticizing President Trump’s words and deeds, critics may believe they are performing a valuable service in raising alarms about creeping tyranny in the U.S. In reality, they are only helping Trump. To be sure, critics may not believe Trump is literally the second coming of Hitler, or that we are currently living in a Nazi state. Yet that hasn’t stopped many of them from using their platforms to declare it loudly, write about frightening parallels, send out tweets comparing Trump’s immigration policy to Auschwitz, or from promoting Trump-Hitler memes. Others have simply argued that Trump...
  • Trump Reeks of Fear

    07/08/2018 8:11:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 8, 2018 | Charles M. Blow
    I can smell Donald Trump’s fear from here. His panic. His anxiety. And yet, I don’t have a full picture of what is causing it. The only people who know what has been discovered in the Russian election meddling probe are Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team, and they aren’t talking. But President Trump no doubt knows far more about it than the rest of us, and what he knows — or what he fears — appears to be a consuming preoccupation. He tweets about the investigation constantly. Part of this is an overt play to bend public opinion,...
  • Oath Keeper’s Operation HYPO Reveal Antifa on Standby

    07/04/2018 7:19:12 AM PDT · by vp9sk · 59 replies
    sisypheannews.com ^ | July 26, 2017 | sisypheannews
    Oath Keeper’s Infiltration Operation Reveals Antifa on “Standby” and Reports Key Information on Relative Strength The surprising lack of activity of Antifa this summer, despite their occasional public nuisance they cause and the monthly riot, may perhaps be a false retreat, as information coming out of Operation HYPO reveals Antifa is well armed, well equipped and constantly training. According to a report from the mission; The anarchists are by far the most dangerous of these groups. They are organized like militias. They actively train and practice their operations. They have discipline and zero tolerance for weakness. They have a number...
  • Ron Paul says racially offensive tweet was posted by staff member

    07/02/2018 1:28:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 02, 2018 04:10 PM | Brooke Conrad
    Former Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, said Monday he was not responsible for a racially inflammatory post that stirred up a storm on social media, and said it was posted by a staffer. “Earlier today a staff member inadvertently posted an offensive cartoon on my social media,” he tweeted. “I do not make my own social media posts and when I discovered the mistake it was immediately deleted. - Ron Paul.” The cartoon pictured caricatures of ethnic minorities all punching Uncle Sam under the words “CULTURAL MARXISM!” The caption on the tweet read, “Are you stunned by what has become of...
  • Black Lives Matter Remembers The Fallen [Connecticut]

    07/01/2018 9:45:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Haven Independent ^ | June 28, 2018 | Carly Wanna
    Ala Ochumare stood at the center of a candle-lit circle and read a two-page list of New Haveners who have been killed in the city since 2010. That was part of the opening of a Wednesday evening vigil near the corner of Henry Street and Dixwell Avenue, close to where Trayvon Foster was murdered last Saturday. Ochumare organized the event through Black Lives Matter New Haven to mourn and provide a “healing space” for those who have been affected by the loss of New Haven’s own. “Black and brown lives matter. It’s unfortunate we have to say that,” Ochumare noted....
  • Michael Moore Says 'We're Living The Handmaid's Tale' IRL (Proves opioids are dangerous)

    06/30/2018 10:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Too Fab ^ | June 30, 2018 | Staff
    "This is a serious point," Moore warned on Bill Maher. Michael Moore is urging Americans to oppose Donald Trump right now, before the U.S. looks just like Gilead. "We are living 'The Handmaid's Tale,'" Moore said on "Real Time With Bill Maher" Friday night. "This is a serious point. The best part of the show is the flashbacks, where [Offred, played by Elizabeth Moss] tries to figure out where was the point where it was too late. Where was the point that if we all just had risen up, just done something? But because it happens in little increments. That's...
  • Journalists Need to Keep in Mind that Donald Trump Didn’t Win a Mandate for Anything (Russia, etc)

    06/29/2018 11:22:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    History News Network ^ | June 30, 2018 | Professor Robert Brent Toplin
    Commentators in the print and video media often complain about President Donald Trump’s aggressive actions regarding immigration, tariffs, health care, climate change, guns, the Iran nuclear agreement, and other controversial topics, but they recognize that he won the election. Reluctantly, they acknowledge that Trump has a mandate to take strong positions on the issues. But they are wrong. Donald Trump does not possess impressive authority to move the nation dramatically in new directions. Pundits and politicians should refrain from treating the 2016 election as evidence of public approval for extraordinary exercises in presidential power. In many respects, Trump is a...
  • The LEFT has declared war on America, and we are all about to be caught in the crossfire

    06/29/2018 5:50:52 PM PDT · by vp9sk · 47 replies
    Civilwar.news ^ | 6/26/18 | Mike Adams
    Kevin McCullough from TownHall.com has penned one of the most insightful summaries of the total disregard for civil society now viciously pursued by the deranged, lunatic Left. In essence, McCullough accurately describes the Left’s painful descent into a lunatic mob of screamers and hate-mongers, and why they have abandoned any pretext of civility in their quest to utterly silence, destroy and even murder conservatives across America. As you read this, below, keep in mind that the Left has turned America into a battlefield — complete with threats to firebomb conservative targets in coordinated acts of domestic terrorism — and they...