Trump’s GOP Allies Are Livid at His Inaction on Turkey’s Assault on Kurds in Syria – The Daily Beast

I was fortunate to be in an AP English class at Miami Beach Senior High School called “The Absurdist Vision”. It was taught by a professor Moses who have been a professor at Harvard. I bring this up because all of the absurdist literature I read during that semester did not prepare me for the Trump presidency. I think the thing that did prepare me better was perhaps the Superman comics that I used to read when I was around 10. Very much like in Star Trek mirror universe, Superman would travel to bizarro world where everything was backwards. So I have to thank the Superman universe for at least giving me a little bit I’ve noticed as to what I was going to deal with when I was 65.

Trump knows that he’s done wrong by abandoning me the Kurdish troops. Trump knows that the Kurds fought valiantly side by side with American troops to clear that part of the world of the Isis caliphate. Trump knows got the Kurds currently have over 10,000 Isis fighters in captivity. Trump knows all this and so does the GOP that seem to be never ending supporters of his. Today he said that the Kurds never fought in Normandy!

Where did he get that?

In fact the courage were very busy during World War II mounting an operation known as 1943 Barzani revolt. This took place in what is known now as Iraq. This revolt took play stream most awards. I wonder who in the Trump administration told him about this? I’m sure as the days go by we will find out. But claiming that one group or another did not help us in some past war is not how things work. Germany is our Ally but they did not help us during World War II actually they were our foe.

Japan is our Ally and actually they did not help us during World War II they were our foe.

Italy is our Ally but actually they did not help us in World War II they were our foe.

See how this works and perhaps somebody should explain this all to the current occupants of the White House because he has his head so up a part of his body, I’m not going to mention that it’s ridiculous. The Kurds have been our allies for the last 20 years that we’ve been at war in the middle East and to abandon them now because of the Turkish and Russian dictators demanding it from Trump is the same as genocide.

What happens to the Isis prisoners that the Kurds currently hold? This is not going to be a popular thing I’m going to say but I truly believe that Trump thinks that he can get out of his impeachment thing if we have a 911 like attack on the Homeland. Anyone who’s watched this transactional ass in the white house will I know that this is not outside of the realm of his scheming to keep himself in power.

I hope Lindsey Graham can sleep at night for his defense of the undefendable Trump.

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California passes bill to give wage, benefit protections to workers in gig economy – NBC News

It’s astounding to me how a political party, the grand old party, is going the wrong way, and if it doesn’t change into Extinction.

I was so pleased to read about this new law going to be past here in California protecting those in the gig economy. Uber drivers in Lyft drivers have been the stepchildren of corporate America for too long. Uber as far as I’m concerned is the worst of the group. I refuse to use their services. Can you read about how GrubHub and other food delivery services are screwing over small mom-and-pop operations and how they’re not actually paying their drivers unless they live in California because it turns out your tips are what GrubHub relies on to pay its employees. I’m willing to pay more to know that an employee has a living wage. I’m in no way rich but there is a thing called karma.

The reason I started off this post with the fact that a party is going the wrong way each time I read an article about workers getting more rights the people who are against it are always the Republicans. they are vehement Lee against this law that’s going to be signed by Governor newsom that protects the gig workers, why? That’s right they don’t rely on individuals for their campaign financing they rely on corporations. Until we get money out of our politics, our politics will be corrupt.

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Death toll in Odessa shooting rises to 7, a 17-month-old child among those injured – NBC News

The bought-and-paid-for subsidiary of the NRA, Texas governor Greg Abbott, when on political spin this day after the tragic shooting. He claimed that they had passed new laws to help stem the epidemic of gun shootings in Texas oh, yes they did pass gun laws but gun laws that make it easier to carry a gun in public and gave more access to guns not the less. It’s disheartening to have these things happen to us as a collective society as often as they happen and all I hear is thoughts and prayers. We the voters need to take control of our government. Enough is enough is what the parkland kids said and I cannot agree with them more.when 90% of Democrats and 71% of Republicans want common Sense gun reform and nothing is happening this is an issue that both parties need to address. I’m sorry, I love President Obama, but the Democrats did not have the backbone to pass the gun laws we need in our country. The problem is that once the Democrats leave office, because they’re voted out, the Republicans come in and push everything back to where it was if not making it worse. Case in point look what Trump has done to our environmental protections!

Trump, Moscow Mitch McConnell and the Republicans have blood on their hands.

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No Quorum At FEC Means Election Law Enforcement Is On Hold – NPR

If 2016 has taught us anything it is that we need to reform our system of electing officials especially those on the federal level.

Unfortunately the Federal election commission is not the vehicle we need to reform our election system. It was never meant to do anything other than to whitewash problems and make them go away. It’s a toothless agency that has minimal enforcement capabilities. So the uproar this week over the fact that they no longer have a quorum to even have a meeting seems like it could be the beginning of the end but in this case it’s the beginning of the beginning. I’ve watched the chairwoman of the federal election committee go on and on on all the text shows saying that they still have staff doing the behind the scenes work necessary to maintain election integrity. Unfortunately all of this means nothing.

let’s dissect how this Federal election commission works. First the President appoints the members from both parties. That should put a giant wait a minute in your head when I said that. Yes Trump would have to appoint a democratic member to the commission. But even if there is a fork or they have very few ways of impacting a candidate that does wrong other than through fines. They can’t overturn an election results because of malfeasance has we saw in the North Carolina examples. Only the state level was able to do anything in that case. Plus when members are appointed by a president and then have to be confirmed by the Senate you’ve got too many people whose Faith’s are on the line making the decisions on who is going to be on this commission. This whole system needs an overhaul.

We’ve always hoped that the courts would be protection for our election system. Unfortunately the courts are now being spent by Mitch McConnell and I don’t see how we are going to have affair jurisprudence system for a generation since the people than Mitch McConnell or putting in or middle-aged and have lifetime appointments. Removing a judge is difficult and because they are Judges they have the power to make things go away.

I don’t think that either the Democrats or the Republicans have the backbone to reform this broken system. The only way they would be reformed is if there is a worst-case scenario but unfortunately if there is a worst-case scenario I can’t trust that the power will still be in the hands of the people and then our country might be changed forever.

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Wyden Slams Republican FEC Commissioners for Blocking Probe of NRA, Possible Campaign Finance Violations – Newsweek

I hope alarm bells are going off all over the country and ringing loudly in Washington. Our democracy is being attacked and the present administration is walking mean it. They understand that they’re cozying up to dictators means that dictators want Trump to stay in office. This is not a conspiracy theory at all, this is being done in plain sight by Trump. His love affair with Putin, Kim jong-un and even the leader of China Ximakes these people want him to remain in office. What better way to keep him in office but to rig the election.

I watched last night the Democratic chairman of the Federal election commission almost apoplectic almost be apoplectic regarding the fact that her fellow commissioners of the Republican persuasion refuse to look into anything that has to do with Russia and election interference. This is only inviting more interference by every single dictatorship that Trump has weirdly embraced. I think that if you see him getting close to start dealing with Iran it’s because he knows Iran has the ability to rig our elections as well and he doesn’t want any of the players who will attack our democracy in 2020 not be on his side. There should be no his side there should only be the site of America, the United States of America.

There should be no his side there should only be the site of America, the United States of America.

If this is #MAGA2020 I want nothing to do with it.

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Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization, speaks on October 8, 2013 during a press conference in Moscow.

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Sen. John Barrasso throws cold water on new gun legislation – POLITICO

Let’s get one important fact out of the way right off the bat:

Just 2 percent of Barrasso’s 2017 fundraising is Wyoming-based

and if you look deeper you’ll see that he is absolutely not allergic to getting dark money, money from packs that don’t tell anyone where this money is coming from. You can thank citizens united for his still remaining in the Senate.

I love how he talks about how a red flag law could hurt law-abiding citizens. DUI laws are exactly the same thing. no one would even consider saying that the DUI laws hurt law-abiding citizens but when your money comes from the gun lobby you will say anything even if it comes out of your ass.

And what hurts me the most is that he only represents a little over a quarter million people when Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris of California each represent a little bit over 20 million people. Taxation without equal representation anybody?

Until we clean the slate in the House and Senate of Republicans that refused to abide by the will of the people and I am talking about 80 to 90% of the American people including 72% of Republicans at the last poll who are looking for and are demanding common Sense gun control.

Enough is enough

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The comments from a Sen. John Barrasso are a reminder of the hurdles to passing new legislation curbing gun violence. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Pro-Trump Republican aiming to unseat Ilhan Omar charged with felony theft – The Guardian

I guess following in the footsteps of the current occupant of the White House is how the Republicans are looking to take back the house.Well they already have Duncan Hunter and a slew of others that are facing criminal charges.

They have a man in the White House who’s been credibly charged with 10 lb of obstruction of justice. Now they want to replace one of the most beloved members of Congress by a shoplyfter. I hope the rest of their House and Senate Oriole candidates follow the same pedigree. I’m not hopeful for a blue wave and I don’t even say the word because I think that plays into the Republican agenda. I just hope that the American people are informed and that we get to get our votes counted and we are not obstructed from voting. it seems that’s also part of the Republican agenda.

It’s amazing how the Republican party has become the pro-Putin party of the United States.

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Danielle Stella, reported to support baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, held twice this year over alleged shoplifting

Mueller last-minute request for aide to appear as witness during his testimony – NBC News

I would say that the statement from the ranking member saying that the Democrats were trying to obstruct the investigation would be as the old adage says the pot calling the kettle black but in this case there’s only one and it’s the Republican that’s the kettle.

We have watched has this administration and its cohorts have done everything to distort the Mueller report. First when Trump’s personal attorney general Barr hijacked the report by misrepresent its findings before it was released. Danner pain releasing it in a terribly redacted way he wants again misrepresented what was in the report. He has lied, his convoluted and he’s not doing the job of attorney general. He’s doing the job that Trump hired him for, Trump’s Roy Cohn.

look I can’t read the tea leaves about what this move means and whether or not this is going to derail tomorrow’s testimony by Robert Mueller. last minute changes always scare me. Especially when the Republicans will say that this is not fair and they have not had a chance to adjust their questioning for this new weakness. I’m hoping that all of the attacks on Robert Mueller by the occupants of the White House has made him angry. My Lord, Robert Mueller is a republican. Perhaps not a trump Republican but then of course that’s not a republican anymore. Republicans used to care about deficits, LOL! I watched one of the interviewers asking the former governor of South Carolina who went on his little 30 day trek screw South America with his mistress if voting in a Democrat would assure fiscal responsibility because the Republicans would do everything in their power to cut back on budgets. He refused to answer.

Having an aide during a congressional testimony is not something that’s outside the realm of what normally happens in Congress. And for the ranking member, to say that this is completely outside of what is normal is again a republican revision of History.

I have one prediction about tomorrow’s testimony, the first our will be spent on Republicans objecting to everything. Because obstruction of justice is the only way they know how to defend the current occupants of the White House. Ask so-called attorney general Barr.

I diverge, I hope and pray that tomorrow’s testimony goes the way our country needs a to be. A fair and balanced hearing but then of course that was what Fox News used to call themselves.

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Attorney Aaron Zebley arrives at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco, on April 21, 2016

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Lindsey Graham: “I Don’t Care” If Migrants “Stay in These Facilities for 400 Days” {CAGES} | Vanity Fair

I have no words for this kind of language.

I have a theory.

In the summer of 2016 both the DNC and RNC we’re at by Russia. what happened to all the information that the Russians have on the Republicans? I think that Trump is being blackmailed by Putin and intern Trump is getting information fed about these Congress people and he’s blackmailing them. I’m at no point in my life been a conspiracy theorist but nothing makes sense right now other than there is something else pushing these people.

The only thing that will solve this is a well-educated electorate. The Republicans are cutting funding to education and as they dumb down the population the population will listen to the last thing they’ve heard and if they go out to vote in any election they will vote against their own special interest. This is systemic I hope that a blue Wave in 2020 including and state legislatures will allow for the systemic fix that we need so badly.

If we do not we will end up with in America that looks a lot like the Russian Federation or North Korea.

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Senator Lindsey Graham

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Walmart vs. Target: A Political Divide Among Shoppers – Morning Consult

As the Trump administration starts planning weekend rates on poor immigrant families and trying to suppress the census by insisting on a citizenship question why would the Latino community in the United States shop at Walmart? Walmart is based out of Arkansas and is owned by The waltons who give their money solely to the Republican party and help put this racist in Chief in office.

Target used to give most of their money to the Republican party but then in 2007 they changed their tune and became donors to the Democratic party. Look, as consumers we don’t have a lot of power but we do have the power to choose where we shop and shopping at Walmart is not even something I consider. I want shop at Walmart, walmart.com or Jet which is Walmart’s Amazon like online shopping service. On the other hand I buy everything I can at Target because Target that’s good for the community.

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