Charles Aznavour, the ‘Frank Sinatra of France’, dies aged 94 – The Guardian

Charles Aznavour has been in my life all my life. His song “la bohème” one of my parents favorites. They would play it and I watch my mom become melancholy for her family. It is an Anthem of how things change and yet always remain the same. I have such great memories listening to this man’s music and I will always be grateful to him.

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Text messages suggest Kavanaugh wanted to refute accuser’s claim before it became public – NBC News

Can we say obstruction of justice? By a judge? By an attorney? All of them yes.

Truly, does this man deserve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court? I think not.

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From left, Deborah Ramirez, Kerry E. Berchem, Doug Millet, Karen Yarasavage, Kevin Genda, Brett Kavanaugh and David White pose for a photo at the rehearsal dinner before the wedding of Yarasavage and Genda in 1997.

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Kavanaugh wants us to forget his yearbook jokes. I don’t. – Vox

Brett Kavanaugh wants us to believe that he’s this country bumpkin not wise to the big cities ways. His father was a judge. He was groomed to be a judge. So what was in his yearbook reflex who he was and who he is. I know that when I was in high school, everything that wanted to buy your book was important. I wanted as many accolades as possible in my yearbook but certainly did not talk about underage drinking or sexual encounters. So, it’s surprising to me that this is what he is using as a defense.

One more point, when one goes in front of Congress I assume one studies. It turns out he was not drinking legally nor were any of his senior class friends who were drinking. The drinking age had been raised and his County the year before to 20. So all this talk about legally drinking is bull. Now let’s go on to college, it was illegal to drink it in Connecticut at the time if you are under 21. He was clearly under-21 until his senior year in college. Another lie upon lie. If this man lies like this about the trivial things what is he not telling the truth about?

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The American Bar Association had concerns about Kavanaugh 12 years ago. Republicans dismissed those, too. – The Washington Post

Being blinded by ambition and the need to please one’s case is not exclusively a republican problem. I have watched the Democrats fall into the same exact trap. Right now it seems that the grand old party is in quicksand. One by one their nominations turn out to be flawed in so many respects that you wonder who did the vetting. Well the vetting was done by a White House that’s incompetent and 12 years ago we had the same issues. I know everybody looks back to W with nostalgia. I wonder how much Nostalgia those who lost loved ones in unnecessary wars have for his presidency. So yes, the Republicans have had a terrible run the last 16 years and I hope that they will find their way and understand that they need to be a party that opens its doors to everyone. The Democrats in the 60s were the Republicans of today and the Democrats found a way to fix themselves. I hope the Republicans will do the same for the sake of our country.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh not being all that judicious during his second confirmation Hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27th 2018. Photo credit Washington Post

UN leaders laugh at Trump – The Washington Post

I’m a little bit disheartened right now, the leading Twitter hashtag is #AmericaLast. I thought the Tangerine nightmare was going to make America great again, instead he’s made us the laughing stock of the world.

If President Obama had had this kind of reception at the UN Republicans would be calling for his head. But in this world wind of Scandal that is the Trump presidency this has not even made a ripple in the pond.

I’ve used this analogy before but if you watch Nickelodeon award shows when famous people get slimed at first there’s a look of shock on their face and eventually there’s resignation. The American people are in the resignation stage of this presidency. And that’s not a good place to be.

Who do you think is laughing the hardest right now? I am sure it’s Putin and his oligarchs who believe that they have one and have put us down in the view of the rest of the world. It’s time that the American people take charge and make sure that we have controls over this president and his terrible terrible positions Visa V the world.

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Pence is first VP to speak at anti-gay group’s Values Voter Summit – NBC News

Each time I hear the word impeachment I think about a president Mike Pence and I shudder. Think Trump with none of the baggage and all of the hatred still inside. Now I’m not saying that pent is going to come off scot-free from the special counsel investigation. He was part of the campaign since the convention, and let me think wasn’t Manafort at the convention changing the GOP plank under orders of Putin? After the convention and when 45 was elected they fired unceremonious Lee Governor Chris Christie and put in my pence in charge of the transition period in charge of the transition means in charge of Mike Flynn and we know where Mike Flynn is going to be on December 18th at his sentencing. so, I’m truly afraid of Mike Pence presidency and would rather see this presidency just wither away until 2020.

It’s so important that we not only flip the house but also the senate in November and if we do that then we can keep reins on this President until a new chief executive is voted in and may God help us that it’s not on Mike Pence. Truly a horrible man using the cover of religion to foster hatred against his fellow Americans.

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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the 2018 Values Voter Summit in Washington, on Sept. 22, 2018.

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Rob Goldstone wishes he’d never set up that Trump Tower meeting with the Russians – NBC News

Here’s a hypothetical. An acquaintance calls you and tells you that he has information on how to rob a bank. What do you say? Yeah, that’s great just as long as there’s lots of money or it’s illegal. That was the choice that the Trump campaign had but as we know from the infamous email Donald Trump jr. said “I love it, if it has dirt on Hillary Clinton”.

I have heard all the excuses made by supporters of trump. They say that the campaign was not a polished organization. It was filled with political operatives. If a Russian calls and tell someone that they want to give information red flags should start flying in front of your eyes. It seems that Donald Trump jr. Did not understand or just is a crook but in any case ignorance of the law does not excuse you.

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Rob Goldstone, the British music publicist who helped set up the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Russians and members of the Trump campaign team, says he wishes he’d listened to “the little voice in his head” that told him it was a bad idea.

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Feinstein calls for hold on Kavanaugh consideration – TheHill

I keep hearing that the nomination and Confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees has become very polarizing. What I don’t hear is the fact that the Republican Party put oil on that partisan Fire by not even allowing a member of the Republican Senate to visit with Merrick Garland who was rightly nominated by President Obama. So calls for a Slowdown in this process and a rush to judgment to get this unfit nominee into a lifetime appointment is a travesty. The Senate used to be a place of allegiant consideration and now it is a thunder dome.

let’s take things slowly, it is a lifetime appointment and he is only 53 I don’t think waiting a few weeks for him to get on the Supreme Court is going to matter that much. First let’s start with an FBI investigation. Lying to the FBI is a crime. Ask that was already going to jail for lying to the FBI in the special council’s investigation of Russian collusion by the Trump for president campaign. Once we have a report by the FBI which to take no longer than a week or 10 days then we should have ordered and thoughtful hearings as to whether or not these allegations hold enough Merit to keep this man out of the Supreme Court. This is not a court of law. This does not have to be by no Reasonable Doubt. Ask Senator Al Franken about Reasonable Doubt.

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Blocking robocalls – even racist ones – is a giant, complicated challenge, experts say | The Spokesman-Review

This is what happens when you have a white house and it’s an Administration that does not know what they’re doing. The head of the FCC who would be the point man for solving this issue is useless. He’s the same idiot that things that net neutrality is not a good thing. He’s the same idiot that is suing the state of California for their new net neutrality law.

The screenshot that I have attached to the to this post is just a slice of my day with the robo calls. They never stop. I am on the Do Not Call Registry. I have put my phone on permanent do not disturb so that only my friends can get through but that’s not a good answer because I missed calls from individuals that I don’t know but I need to talk to like repair people and doctors who blocked their numbers. This needs to be fixed but I don’t think it will be fixed until there’s an uproar and we get some action from the White House.

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A day in the life of my cell phone.

Whoops, CNN just lost another pro-Trump commentator down the scandal chute

Trump supporters were promised all the best people. I say Trump supporters because I never believed he would have all the best people. Look at his campaign and how badly it was run.

I am a man of my convictions and when CNN hired Corey Lewandowski, a known abuser of women, I pulled the plug on CNN. I have not watched CNN since he was hired. Now comes the case of Jason Miller. Another one of these people that they pull out of the dregs to be a supporter of trump. It’s amazing the people they have to find that are willing to talk about the Tangerine nightmare in a favorable light. I think CNN should look at MSNBC and how they have not tried to find people that are going to speak well of the Tangerine nightmare because anyone who does seems to lack credibility or just moral fortitude.

All the best people, another one of the lies, the 5,000 lies, that we have been told by this president in his time in office.

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