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.

Whistleblower Offers To Answer Written Questions From House Republicans after Trump says the call was {Perfecto} – NPR

For those of us who dislike everything that Trump does I think there comes A negative with that. He is smarter than he looks. every day he got something to distract us whether putting Halloween candy on a little boy’s head or saying profanity today using the word “Perfecto”.

It’s funny that a man who started his campaign by saying that all Mexicans were rapist is using the Spanish word to describe his criminal actions, strong handing the president of Ukraine with denying him the missiles that he needs so badly to defend himself against Putin’s onslaught. By the way the power of the purse lies in Congress and this was fully funded by Congress and Republicans should be up in arms but they’re not.

almost a majority of Americans say they will not vote for this man for president under any circumstances in 2020. He knows that. He said he had internal polls about the swing States but I think the best pole we have is how Democrats did in the swing States in 2018. He looks like he’s got a lot of money behind them but it’s not fair right now. If you put together all the money that the Democrats and we talkin about at one point 22 candidates amassed it’s much larger than what he has. There is an advantage to not having primaries but he’s doing it by stifling candidates who deserve to have a primary against him. I believe at least two of the three Republicans who have declared themselves will run against them and one will run as a libertarian. Hopefully this will siphon off enough votes to make up for the Jill Stein candidate Tulsi Gabbard.

He will distract every day until the election but it’s our patriotic duty to not let him do this go out register to vote if you’re not already registered and make sure that you vote because this time around it’s going to be really important.

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POLITICO: In Iowa, Biden confronts a growing threat: Pete Buttigieg

I posted a positive remark on Twitter about mayor Pete and one of the people who I liked on Twitter responded that he was too inexperienced and too young. I responded back by asking if they knew how many people the typical Senator overseas in their offices. The number is maxed out in about 30. Peter overseas 1,500 employees in the city of South bend. I then asked what foreign policy experience do governors get ? Not very much and yet President Clinton, who was the governor of Arkansas, had one of the best foreign policy records in our history.

Let’s get to the age thing. I’m 65 and I think that my generation has screwed everything up pretty badly and it’s time to let those who are going to have to fix the problems get a chance to have their say. Mayor Pete is exactly that kind of person. We need people running for president or going to make young people feel like this is not the same old stuff. I like Elizabeth Warren and she would make a great president but her age is an issue with me. I think Joe Biden has lost his chance and Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat.

One last interesting thing, latest polls show that more than 50% of American people would be okay with a gay president.

So Mayor Pete is my choice right now and his showing in Iowa is speaking much louder than my little post on this little blog.

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CBS Los Angeles: Goldstein Investigation: Delivery Drivers Grub On Food Orders Before You Get Them

I like Apple which was started in a garage but started by a benevolent God, these new e-commerce businesses AR terrible. They have disrupted how we buy things. We need regulation on these companies. It’s the wild wild West out there and it’s our food.

I ordered once, and only once from Uber food and I noticed that the guy was sitting across the street from my apartment building. So I walked out there to him and he was looking inside my food back and I asked him what he was doing and said he was checking my order. He said he could not find parking but he was parked. I’m sure he ate some of my food. I called Uber eats and they said they could do nothing except tomake sure he never delivers to me. I called the restaurant that I order from and they told me to call Uber eats. I threw everything away.

Republicans come in and deregulate thinking that this is going to help consumers. It does not. The regulations make sure that big corporations make more money. in a capitalist society we must have regulations on companies or they will go amok. Look at Facebook.

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Rep. Katie Hill decries ‘dirtiest gutter politics I’ve seen’ in fiery farewell speech – NBC News

Kenny Heslep, Katie Hills estranged ex-husband, is the epitome of what is wrong with men. He was quite happy when he was included in the menage a trois but one things went dark instead of doing the manly thing he released naked pictures of his wife and her partner to the most vile right wing so-called media organizations on the internet.

Let’s be clear here, if she were a man she would not have had to resign. the hypocrisy of all of this is mind-blowing. We have a man in the oval Office who cheated on every one of his wives, cheat on his current wife after she had a baby with a pornstar and a Playboy model but that seems okay because of course he’s a manly man. I think he’s anything but that. He’s the kind of man who uses sex in a transactional manner, I called them Johns.

One of Katie Hills constituents said it best in an interview: “I’d rather have my congressperson “F”ing someone rather than “F”ing their constituents.”

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Trump anti-LGBT judicial nominee cries over accusation he’s anti-LGBT – The Washington Blade

People’s beliefs do evolve. When someone consistently anti-lgbt in their actions one has to wonder whether they will ever change their opinions and evolve in their beliefs. This judicial appointee, Mr. VanDyke, has gone out of his way in Friends of the Court briefs 2 espouse anti-gay opinions. And now we are to think that when he becomes a federal judge this is all going to end? The thing that is most suspect in this whole situation is that Lindsey Graham paired this nominees hearing in front of the judiciary committee with one other Trump appointee who is openly gay. Were they throwing a bone to the gay community?

Tulsi gabbard has said that her views have evolved oh, I don’t believe her either. And lately Tulsi gabbard and her Ty’s to thinking that is very close to Trump’s on Russia don’t make me feel that she has evolved all that much. Russia and Putin are completely anti-lgbtq and persecute people for the way they were born. If you truly believe in a God who creates everyone then how do you square that with your opinion that He/She creates individuals that go against his/her beliefs, it doesn’t work.

These crocodile tears don’t sway me.

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Trump anti-LGBT judicial nominee cries over accusation he’s anti-LGBT – The Washington Blade

People’s beliefs do evolve. When someone consistently anti-lgbt in their actions one has to wonder whether they will ever change their opinions and evolve in their beliefs. This judicial appointee, Mr. VanDyke, has gone out of his way in Friends of the Court briefs 2 espouse anti-gay opinions. And now we are to think that when he becomes a federal judge this is all going to end? The thing that is most suspect in this whole situation is that Lindsey Graham paired this nominees hearing in front of the judiciary committee with one other Trump appointee who is openly gay. Were they throwing a bone to the gay community?

Tulsi gabbard has said that her views have evolved oh, I don’t believe her either. And lately Tulsi gabbard and her Ty’s to thinking that is very close to Trump’s on Russia don’t make me feel that she has evolved all that much. Russia and Putin are completely anti-lgbtq and persecute people for the way they were born. If you truly believe in a God who creates everyone then how do you square that with your opinion that He/She creates individuals that go against his/her beliefs, it doesn’t work.

These crocodile tears don’t sway me.

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This impeachment process is totally infair to Rupublicans! – The Washington Post

Fun fact: the US Treasury has spent more money bailing out farmers, by the way they were doing just fine before the tRUMP tariffs, then we spent all together bailing out the Auto industry after the great recession. It’s so funny how these fiscal conservatives have turned into Rupublicans. Trump blew his wad today by lowering interest rates or in any case forcing the fan to do so. unfortunately you can’t have negative interest rates so if the economy takes a downturn during the election year which people are saying every word that it is, there are very few things that Trump can do. Most of the things that Trump can do will require Nancy Pelosi and I’m not sure if she’s going to be of that appetite. And who knows, by the time we got to that point and maybe president pence in office. President Pence won’t like having an economy in free-fall trying to get himself elected to a first term.

It’s ironic that the GOP rewrote the rules for impeachment and now are not happy that those rules are being followed. The guy who was the lead prosecutor in the Clinton impeachment, Congressman Lindsey Graham, is now Senator Lindsey Graham who doesn’t seem to remember anything he’s said back then. He had a brief, all to fleeting moment of clarity when he did say not answering subpoenas from Congress was impeachable but then later on I forgot he said it. but Mitch McConnell is the one that I’m watching. Mitch McConnell is a survivor and he’s never liked from. He’s starting to show his cards. Last week he was asked about whether or not he had sad that the Ukrainian call was perfect because Trump said he had said that. Mitch McConnell said he didn’t remember any conversation about the Ukrainian call with Trump. When he was pressed on it he repeated that. In private he is told the Republican members of the Senate that there is going to be an impeachment trial. Mitch McConnell’s approval ratings in Kentucky are at 14%. He’s got a formidable democratic rival and I think he’s going to try to make himself look like the hero of the story and remove Trump from office. There’s an expression in French that says “who will live will see”.

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