Most Americans Say Things Have Changed So Much They Feel Like a ‘Stranger In My Own Country,’ According to New Poll – Newsweek

If Trump’s approval rating is underwater I think our country’s approval rating as a underwater other this presidency. I’ve taken to watching nothing but Christmas movies because I honestly cannot watch what’s going on in our political world. I’m closing down blog on the 14th, not just because it’s costing money but because it’s difficult to comment about what’s happening in our country and stay positive. At the same time I’m also closing down my account at Twitter and linkedin leaving me completely free of the tyranny of social media.

Today marks 2 years since I deleted my Facebook account. I’ve also deleted my WhatsApp account but kept my Instagram only because there’s no way of downloading the pictures and some of them are important to me. Mark Zuckerberg should have invented Tinder instead of Facebook because that’s how we started. Basically a Harvard app to let guys vote on who’s hot and who’s not among the women of Harvard. That’s the kind of God Mark Zuckerberg is. And he’s taking this terrible ethic to the world. I don’t blame Trump as much as I blame Mark Zuckerberg for how unhappy this country has become and for that matter the rest of the world. I look forward to the day thatThe Facebook Monopoly is broken up into as many pieces as possible with Mark Zuckerberg having nothing to do with it. But I dream.

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Giuliani associate flips on Trump, says he threatened Ukraine to investigate Biden or lose aid – Salon.com

I know that we can all personally understand that bringing trust and loyalty into our friendships is how we keep our friends. The same can be said about business dealings. It turns out the guy who claims to have written the art of the deal doesn’t understand these basic rules about interacting with human beings.

Trump nose the two Giuliani Associates but has denied knowing them. There are so many pictures of him with them and his kids with them eight bags belief to say that he doesn’t know who they are. But then of course whenever people get into a bind Trump says he barely knew them, Michael Cohen, Paul manafort, and I have a feeling this list is going to go on and on.

Impeachment is based on a vague notion of high crimes and misdemeanors. What the GOP is trying to make you believe is that there must be a real crime for there to be an impeachment. In fact, I am sure you will have heard until you are nauseated impeachment is a political act, not a legal one. But if there is an illegal act involved that’s just a cherry on top of the Sunday. And the testimony released today clearly says that both people in the state department and the defense department were scurrying to try to figure out how to obey orders which were illegal by Trump. Money is specifically given by Congress to Ukraine. Congress has the power of the purse. The president cannot use that money to get dirt on his political Rivals despite the fact that that’s how he won the presidency in 2016. unfortunately for him a candidate for the presidency and the sitting president are two different animals and fall within 2 set of very specific guidelines and rules. look it’s more than clear that if a Russian comes up to a candidate and they say I have dirt on one of your opponents you shouldn’t say great I love it especially if it’s in the fall. But that’s an error that the Federal election commission would get into. If the president of the United States says that money cannot go to a specific a lie because he needs dirt on one of his opponents oh, that’s not good not even if it comes in October. Trump is in a heap of trouble and the Republicans don’t know what to do about it. Once again trumps lack of building relationships in a trusting and loyal manner come back to bite him. I wonder how long before his Twitter feed starts spewing language right out of The Sopranos regarding Lev Parnas?

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Skeptics Urge Bevin To Show Proof Of Fraud Claims {Warning Of Corrosive Effects} – NPR

Since this blog only has four days left this may be my last time to say this. Republicans win by cheating. Whether it’s gerrymandering States into unrecognizable congressional districts or using tactics like voter voter suppression of voter ID or just like this loser’s claim that there is some sort of fraud. It’s amazing Republicans never say there’s any fraud when they win. Only seems to be fraud when Democrats win. Eventually this gets really old. This unlikable human being is going to cost the state of Kentucky money for a useless recanvass of the votes. He may even ask the Republican state legislature to intervene on his behalf. So far it seems that the Republican state legislature is not going to but again Republicans seem to like cheating. It’s how they win.

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Devon and Trump, two peas in a pod

George Conway Joins Others in Calling for Michael Bloomberg to Buy Fox News – Newsweek

I’m Jewish but I love watching Christmas movies. So maybe this is just a Christmas wish but if Michael Bloomberg buys Fox News that would be a miracle.

I have misgivings about his candidacy for president. He’s everything that’s those Trump voters hate. Plus the giant elephant in the room is that he’s Jewish. I still remember those white supremacist marching in Charlottesville saying “Jews will not replace us.” Since proud boys and white Arians are told not to masturbate they also don’t understand math. Choose makeup at best 1.7% of the American population. It’s going to be hard to replace everyone with just seven billion people. This hatred of Jews is so deep-seated that I worry. Look, I thought that I having a African American president would be impossible and yet we had Barack Obama. but the African-American population of the United States compromises between 22 and 27% of the population and they can go out and vote. despite what the Republicans will tell you about voting we can vote more than once. So yes I worry about a Bloomberg candidacy.

But if he buys Fox News I’m in.

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Patti LuPone Tells Sen. Lindsey Graham to ‘Bite the Bullet and Come Out’ as Gay

As I count down the last week of my blog I decided to proverbially let my hair down.

If it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, Lindsey Graham is gay.

Bill Maher on a show tonight had one of his 24 things you don’t know about me and it was about Lindsey Graham. My favorite was that Lindsey Graham was married to Liza Minnelli for 13 days in the 80s. I had to look it up. Lindsey Graham is a year younger than I and he’s never been married. Look, when we grew up there was no such thing as metrosexuals. So his lisp is very telling. Close your eyes and listen to Lindsey Graham talk and you I would think that your overhearing a conversation in a gay bar in 1980. I believe he got stuck in that 1980 mode. I was in gay bars in 1980 and well into the 90s and beyond. I did make a promise to myself that once I reach 50 I would never walk into a gay bar other than to go with a group of friends for a birthday or something like that. And honestly and the last seven years I’ve only walked into two gay bars. Felt so out of place they don’t want to be there. Nothing wrong with gay bars, I met some of my best friends there. It’s a matter of fact I’ve met most of my friends there.

Ice tray. Let’s get back to Lindsey Graham. Again on tonight show Bill Maher said about Lindsey Graham if you saw five seconds of the tape that Trump has on me you’d understand everything. He’s a 64 year old man I cannot believe that there is nothing out there about him that would be damaging to somebody who is the senator from South Carolina, not exactly the most liberal state in the nation. I can’t stand Lindsey Graham. There I said it. I hated him when he was the chief prosecutor for the impeachment of President Clinton. What a crock. President Clinton was impeached for something that Trump does on a daily basis.

So yes it’s time to come out of the closet and bite the bullet Senator Lindsey Graham. Maybe you’ll find some happiness, look at how happy Peter Buttigiegj is with Chasten.

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Referee says he told Rep. Jim Jordan that Ohio State doctor performed sex act in shower – NBC News

You have to give credit to the Republicans for an amazing amount of chutzpah for putting Jim Jordan a man who knew that boys were being molested in the showers that he was in charge of the first impeachment committee. Jim Jordan is the guy who doesn’t wear a jacket and spouts nothing but lies and propaganda to get as much airtime for himself as possible. I believe the Democrats have limited the amount of time this blowhard will get but still anytime he gets isn’t insulted 177 young men that were molested. Shame on the Republicans and shame on #GymJordan .

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Eric Holder would be the right choice for the Democrats and for America

If there was only one piece of bad news that we got from Tuesday’s elections it was that the African American vote was suppressed. They didn’t have a reason to come out to vote and they did not. We need to have candidates that will spark their Joy.

If there’s ever been a boy scout in American politics is Eric Holder. Has the attorney general for President Obama he oversaw the Department of Justice that actually did Justice. We saw rights being bestowed upon people that have been forgotten, the trans community, native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, people of all religions and foremost the American people.

since leaving his job at the Department of Justice he’s been spearheading a drive to end gerrymandering in the US. He and President Obama have been working diligently to turn back the tide on gerrymandering even if it means the Democrats may lose some seats. Unless are congressional districts are drawn fairly people will loose faith in our system of government.

I hope it Atourney General holder does run because he is exactly the kind of man we need to heal our country.

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Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges – NBC News

A couple of things here.

I guess I may have been one of the people that was spied on. I have been very very critical of the crown Prince MBS who ordered the murder of Washington Post reporter an American resident khashoggi. This murder was allegedly greenlit by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. This is indicative of why the United States of America should not be in bed with Saudi Arabia. they no longer hold oil over our heads so why are we still so close to a regime that murders and tortures there citizenry. One can be stoned by the Saudi regime for being gay. I always thought being stoned was people throwing rocks at you. Nope that’s not it. They dig a pit they put you in it and they slowly lower weights on top of you slowly crushing you to death. This is the government that we are friendly with.

Sure governments, even friendly ones, spy on each other. But using spies within an organization like Twitter to get information on Americans, individual American citizens is beyond the pale.

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Pompeo should quit and run for Senate or do his job at State – The Kansas City Star

I guess the thing one would hope for if one loses one’s job is that the person that replaces you is worse. Well Secretary of State tillerson got his wish. The new secretary of state Mike Pompeo makes tillerson look like an angel. My opinion of television is not very good. He has been raping our planet as the CEO of Exxon Mobil for decades. He’s a good friend of Putin and receive Putin’s highest honor. But Mike Pompeo is on a whole new level of bad.

You can read my post from yesterday for more insight on to how I feel about Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. But his home newspaper in Kansas it’s telling him to quit his job or run for second but not to both. He is spending more time in Kansas than anywhere else in the world. perhaps I need to explain to him that Secretary of State means foreign affairs not domestic ones. Mike Pompeo is a political animal in the extreme. He was a terrible congressman and even worst CIA director and a miserable Secretary of State. I hope this whole Ukraine scandal falls on him as he deserves it so.

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The Daily Beast: Senior State Adviser: Pompeo’s Silence on Yovanovitch Attacks Absolutely Killed Morale

I want to make one thing perfectly clear. If you are not following the state department’s downfall in the last 3 years you would not be aware that this is a calculated attempt to hollow out our ability to deal with foreign Nations. Steve bannon wants the state department to become toothless because an unstable state department will cause a weakening of the United States and will allow for someone like Trump, a would-be dictator To hold on to power. This was started with Secretary of State tillerson, an ExxonMobil executive, someone so close to Putin that it is believed Putin put his name into Trump’s ear as the nominee.

Now we have Pompeo, the man has really drank the Kool-Aid. First he went to the CIA and destroyed the morale there and now he is at the state department to do the same thing.

We don’t have ambassadors in so many countries that we don’t have the governmental memory necessary to deal with these countries. And now we’re watching State Department officials one-by-one resign because of their anger at how the state department is being run. when you lose someone who’s worked for 37, 42 or even longer years in the state department you don’t replace them with someone else, there is no one else to replace them. To add to the trouble at the state department is that applications to become foreign Service officers are down by two-thirds. people don’t trust our government to back our diplomats across the world. I remembered that being a diplomat was always one of my greatest desires but because I was very close to my parents I could not go to work in a foreign country. I did do translations at the UN in the summer from English to French and vice versa. To watch what is happening to foggy bottom is so disheartening. we have played into Putin’s hands so well that he might as well be the puppet master of our country.

First he went to the CIA and destroyed the morale there and now he is at the state department to do the same thing.

We don’t have ambassadors in so many countries that we don’t have the governmental memory necessary to deal with these countries. And now we’re watching State Department officials one-by-one resign because of their anger at how the state department is being run. when you lose someone who’s worked for 37, 42 or even longer years in the state department you don’t replace them with someone else, there is no one else to replace them. To add to the trouble at the state department is that applications to become foreign Service officers are down by two-thirds. people don’t trust our government to back our diplomats across the world. I remembered that being a diplomat was always one of my greatest desires but because I was very close to my parents I could not go to work in a foreign country. I did do translations at the UN in the summer from English to French and vice versa. To watch what is happening to foggy bottom is so disheartening. we have played into Putin’s hands so well that he might as well be the puppet master of our country.

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This picture is the perfect metaphor for the hollowing out of our state department. There’s just no one to go to the podium.