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  • It's comedy gold, and you KNOW SNL is too chicken to touch it! (Jussie)(Vanity)

    02/16/2019 2:10:23 PM PST · by Enterprise · 21 replies
    Here's a skit that SNL won't produce. It's because they're chicken, but to me, it's comedy GOLD!
  • Roger Stone warns Trump's presidency is in peril

    01/30/2019 5:53:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | January 30, 2019 | Stephen Collinson
    Roger Stone is known for hyperbole, but his latest graphic warning should worry Donald Trump. The political trickster said Tuesday, a day he pleaded not guilty to seven charges laid by special counsel Robert Mueller, that Trump's presidency is in mortal peril because the Russia investigation amounts to a "speeding bullet heading for his head." Stone's comment, to "Breitbart News Daily" on Sirius XM radio, added to soaring anticipation, fueled by a remark by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker on Monday, that the probe could soon end with Mueller's final report. And it raised the question of whether Trump's repeated...
  • Secretary Pompeo News Conference on Venezuela

    01/27/2019 10:39:11 PM PST · by Rabin · 1 replies
    c-span ^ | October 18, 1988 | Cable Staff
    Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams discussed relations between the US and Central American countries. Longish but amazing. Worth every bit.
  • ‘I’ve been VERY stupid’ - Right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter TURNS on Trump over border wall

    01/27/2019 6:57:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    The Express ^ | January 28, 2019 | James Bickerton
    RIGHT-WING commentator Ann Coulter has turned on President Trump over his failure to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border, saying she was “very stupid” to have given Trump her support. Ms Coulter made the comment on HBO show ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’. On Friday, Trump approved a deal ending the Government shutdown which does not include funding for a border wall. However the reprieve is only temporary, with the shutdown set to resume in February if a new agreement isn’t reached. Ms Coulter told host Bill Maher Trump had broken “the promise he made every day for 18...
  • Japan court upholds 'sterilisation' rule for gender change

    01/26/2019 6:25:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 21 replies
    France 24 ^ | 24/01/2019 | staff
    Japan's supreme court has upheld a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before their gender can be changed on official documents. The decision, upholds a law that requires any individual wishing to change their documents have "no reproductive glands or reproductive glands that have permanently lost function," They said the measure was intended to prevent "problems" in parent-child relations that could lead to societal "confusion" and "abrupt changes" in society.
  • Air Traffic Controller: I Called Out Sick To Protest Trump's 'Racist Fantasy'

    01/26/2019 9:49:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Gothamist ^ | January 25, 2019 | Stephen Nessen and Jake Offenhartz.
    A high number of air traffic controllers took sick days on Friday, delaying planes at LaGuardia and Newark airports, as well airports in Washington D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida, and ratcheting up the pressure on Congress and President Donald Trump to reach a deal to end the government shutdown for three weeks. According to one air traffic controller, the sick days were a result of assurances that they would be paid for the days off, and to send a message to the Trump administration. “Presently, I view my position to be a hostage for a racist fantasy, which is what I...
  • Ann Coulter curses Trump over shutdown cave, rebels against her 'emperor god'

    01/25/2019 2:40:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 25, 2019 | Philip Wegmann
    The gods aren’t dead, they are sniveling. That’s the analysis of Ann Coulter, the conservative commentator and former disciple of President Trump, a man she once described as her “emperor god.” Trump ended the shutdown without funding for his promised border wall, and Coulter cursed. Trump won’t just go down in history as the “the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States,” as Coulter suggested in one tweet, he isn’t even in charge anymore. Mocking Trump’s public complaints about the arrest of longtime adviser Roger Stone in another, Coulter taunted, “if you were president, you could...
  • Trudeau called China’s death penalty for Canadian citizen ‘arbitrary’

    01/21/2019 7:09:25 PM PST · by Rabin · 51 replies
    SCMP ^ | Sunday, 20 January, 2019 | Staff
    Canadian national Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, was convicted of trying to smuggle about 222kg of methamphetamine from China to Australia. He had been initially sentenced, two months ago, to 15 years in jail. He appealed the sentence at the Liaoning High People’s Court, which concluded that the initial sentence was too light. A retrial in a lower court has (now) put him on death row.
  • Networks' nightly newscasts have ‘incessantly hostile’ tone toward Trump, study indicates

    01/19/2019 1:51:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2019 | Brian Flood
    A new study by a conservative media watchdog group concludes that the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts have covered President Trump with negative spin 90 percent of the time, but claims the coverage has done little to sway the public's overall opinion of his administration. Media Research Center senior editor Rich Noyes analyzed every episode of “NBC Nightly News,” ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “CBS Evening News” since Trump’s Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration. Noyes noted that the “tone of coverage remains incessantly hostile” and was only positive 10 percent of the time. “To determine the spin of news coverage,...
  • ‘Resign Or Be Impeached’: Dems Erupt Over Bombshell Trump Obstruction Report

    01/18/2019 8:42:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 18, 2019 | Ed Mazza
    The bombshell report BuzzFeed published on Thursday that said President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress lit up social media. Some of the first to react included Democratic lawmakers...
  • Women's March leader: Muhammad was human-rights activist

    01/14/2019 5:28:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 10, 2019
    President Trump’s administration is “fascist,” but Islam’s prophet Muhammad was a human rights activist,” according to Linda Sarour, a Palestinian activist known for her leadership of the Women’s March. Sarsour’s comments at a banquet in Sacramento, Calif., on Dec. 2 were captured by the Middle East Media Research Institute. “This administration is not like any other administration. We are talking about a time in the United States of America when we are living under fascism. These are fascists,” she said. Sarsour criticized President Trump for moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. “I declare to all of you here today in...
  • Endgame of the Government Shutdown? (Vanity)

    01/13/2019 10:29:09 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 55 replies
    January 13, 2019 | Me
    It's been almost a month. So how is this going to end? Who will "win"?
  • A Force for Good: America Reinvigorated in the Middle East

    01/12/2019 8:51:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    dvids ^ | 01.10.2019 | Staff
    Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The American University in Cairo. Cairo, Egypt January 10, 2019 “We need to acknowledge that truth, because if we don’t, we make bad choices – now and in the future. And our choices, the choices we make today have consequences for nations, and for millions and millions of people, for our safety, for our economic prosperity, for our personal freedoms, and those of our children.”
  • CBC vows ‘course correction’ for nation

    01/11/2019 12:20:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Pride Publishing Group ^ | January 10, 2019 | Hazel Trice Edney
    The Congressional Black Caucus of the 116th Congress, the largest ever in its 48-year history with 55 members, is billing itself as a powerful “course corrector” that will consistently fight for justice and against wrongs of the Trump Administration. “Today is a glorious day for our country. Today marks the beginning of a course correction. Correcting the trauma we have all experienced on a daily basis for the last two years,” said new Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) during the annual CBC swearing in service on Capitol Hill Jan. 3. “We will have tremendous power and influence. At this moment in...
  • Trump’s Speech Was Too Effective for Comfort

    01/09/2019 9:42:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Slate ^ | January 8, 2019 | Yascha Mounk
    President Donald Trump’s address to the nation on Tuesday night was unimaginative, lacking in energy, and filled with his habitual lies and misrepresentations. It was also worryingly effective. Making his case for a border wall over the course of nine short minutes, Trump cited horrible crimes to instill fear in the hearts of millions of viewers. He claimed to speak for all Americans, arguing that insufficient border security was a particular threat to Latinos, black Americans, and even those trying to reach America. Most importantly, he actually defended the morality of his proposed actions: Making a not-so-veiled reference to Barack...
  • Pablo Escobar’s brother is raising money to impeach Donald Trump

    01/09/2019 1:19:18 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Within Nigeria ^ | January 9, 2019 | Aanu Damilare
    Roberto (El Osito) Escobar, the brother of the infamous late Colombian drug Lord Pablo Escobar, is raising money in an attempt to impeach the US president. El Osito launched a GoFundMe campaign with the hopes of raising US$50 million in donations for his company Escobar Inc. But GoFundMe removed the page shortly after it was posted. On the page, Escobar claimed to be “holding dirty secrets of President Trump, his family and associates.” The appeal on his GoFundMe read:  Pablo Escobar is a South American, also known as ‘Latino,’ legendary hero, who helped millions of people in his home...
  • Michael Moore "I'm Living Paycheck to Paycheck" (Parody Interview)

    01/07/2019 8:52:35 PM PST · by johnnyblastoff · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 27th, 2018 | Brad Binkley Michael Moore "I'm Living Paycheck to Paycheck" (Parody Interview) Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore sits down for an interview with Brad Binkley, where Moore reveals how he manipulates the resistance and what is in store for 2019. Protests and activism are in store for the resistance while michael moore continues his assault on reality.
  • Tsai rejects 'One China,' seeks more defense

    01/05/2019 9:32:02 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    NHK WORLD-JAPAN ^ | 2019 01 05 | staff
    Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, has reiterated that Taiwan may accept Beijing's proposed reunification under Jiang Jieshis’ "one free country” framework”. She says Taiwan would also build on its defense capabilities as China has not ruled out continuation of old world blind force options. Xi said that the "one free country” framework, has to be seen in Hong Kong and elsewhere, is the best approach for reunification of China. Tsai was speaking to foreign media in Taipei on Saturday, following a speech made by Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. Taiwan must strengthen its’ already outstanding land, navel and...
  • Rep. Hank Johnson compares Trump to Hitler in a foreboding speech

    01/03/2019 4:52:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Roll Call ^ | January 3, 2019 | Emily Kopp
    Rep. Hank Johnson warned his constituents against creeping authoritarianism in an intense speech peppered with historical references Tuesday, likening the political moment that brought President Donald Trump to power to the rise of Adolf Hitler. “Our democracy teeters on the brink of failure,” the Georgia Democrat said at an event held by the Atlanta NAACP earlier this week. “Americans elected an authoritarian, racist, anti-immigrant strongman to the nation’s highest office.” Hitler “rode a wave of nationalism and anti-Semitism to power. Replace anti-Semitism with ‘all Latinos crossing our borders are rapists, drug dealers and murderers.’ Does that sound familiar?” Johnson asked,...
  • Joe Scarborough: Press Conference Proof Enough To Declare Trump Unfit For Office

    01/03/2019 3:59:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 3, 2019 | Andy McDonald
    The MSNBC host cited the 25th Amendment, which covers the government’s ability to remove a sitting president. MSNBC morning show host Joe Scarborough believes Donald Trump’s odd 90-minute press conference Wednesday is evidence enough for the government to invoke the 25th amendment and remove the president from office. On Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” Scarborough questioned Trump’s fitness to be president, pointing to the Wednesday press conference and a Tuesday Washington Post op-ed written by newly seated Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, in which Romney criticizes Trump’s character. If the Cabinet or Congress were acting appropriately, Scarborough said, they already would have taken...