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Why Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ should be the Democratic woman

Each December, Time magazine announces its Person of the Year. It’s the individual (or group) who, “for better or for worse,” as the magazine puts it, had the greatest influence on the events of the...
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Trump just told us the value of a human life.

No more skirting the issue. No more beating around the bush. No more even pretending to give a shit. The sitting President of the United States just came out in a statement, and gave us the value of a human life. Or as many as may pile up. And that value is 450 billion dollars. The life whose value was just determined by the national disgrace that is Trump, is of course that of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Although it could just as easily be referring to a busload of Yemeni children, or jailed Saudi journalists or political opponents, take your pick. In the mercenary “America First!” world of Donald Trump, the going rate for Saudi inspired slaughter is a cool, non negotiable $450 billion. Bulk rate. In a truly stomach turning press release, Trump formally announced that even if the intelligence community had an audio recording of Crown Prince Mohamad Bin Salman ordering the execution and dismemberment of Khashoggi, Trump and his lick spittle son in law, Jared Kushner, are all in with Saudi Arabia. This disgusting missive begins with the usual Trump flair, “The world is a dangerous place!”, after which it launches into an infantile rant against Iran, cuz, like Iran and stuff. Then comes the meat and potatoes, the valuing human life like the trade in value of a 2012 Nissan Sentra; After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States. This is a record amount of money. It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, tremendous economic development, and much additional wealth for the United States.  There you have it. Based on an if-we-can-find-enough-change-under-the-sofa-cushions promise, the price is set. Only even that is bullshit, since like every other number Trump has ever heard, it magically increases every time he says it. The original Saudi agreement to buy US military hardware was slightly less than half of that value. But even that is more than enough to allow the Saudi’s to get medieval on anybody it wants, including permanent US residents. And that pesky CIA report, you know, the one that confirms that MBS personally ordered the execution of Khashoggi? Well, screw that, Trump has that one covered; Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t! That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran. So, stick that in your pipe and smoke it, CIA! You think that just because you have a cool, universally known acronym, you can try to confuse me with facts? And as for any of those little pissants in congress, making loud noises about having thoughts about going over Trump’s head, they just better think again; I understand there are members of Congress who, for political or other reasons, would like to go in a different direction – and they are free to do so. I will consider whatever ideas are presented to me, but only if they are consistent with the absolute security and […]
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Scheme to smear Mueller hits next ridiculous note as Wohl and Burkman emerge from...

The ping-pong match of crazy between Gateway Pundit and Newsmax continues as the schemers who created a fake “security agency” and tried to solicit someone to make claims of sexual assault against Special Counsel...
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‘The politics will follow’: Flight attendant union leader talks climate change and workers’ power

The Association of Flight Attendants has been at the progressive labor front lines the past few years, using their organizing strength to fight against Donald Trump’s racist immigration bans. Sara Nelson, the International President of the AFA-CWA,...
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About That “Death Of American Global Leadership” Thingy? Not So Fast.

I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don’t have as many people who believe it .  George Carlin God, it’s been a long three years. From the first baby steps of the Trump administration, the handwriting was on the wall for a total global debacle for American leadership. From Trump’s ill fated decision to make his first international trip to an at best shaky ally like Saudi Arabia, while snubbing traditional US allies like The United Kingdom, France, and Canada, sent off warning bells. From Trump’s head-up-his-ass decision to leave the JCPOA, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, to refusing to come right out and fully and faithfully endorse article 5 at his first NATO appearance, to his repeated claims in speeches that the United States could no longer be “the world’s policeman,” pundits and international political observers alike started bemoaning the Death of American leadership across the glove. And it only got worse. Trump’s fawning obsession with Vladimir Putin, his positive words for Philippine thug Duterte, his willingness to give Saudi prince MBS a free pass for the senseless slaughter of a US based Saudi journalist, his tone deaf congratulations to Turkish President Erdogan for a rousing reelection in a rigged election, and his stone stupid “And then we fell in love” embrace of North Korean animal Kim Jong Un, all led the leaders of free nations to despair as to the direction the United States was taking. But you know what? I discovered a little something along the way. I discovered that just like the body politic of the United States has not folded anywhere near as neatly as Trump would have liked to conform with his own world view, neither has the general world opinion of the United States, or what it stands for, folded ti match Trump’s imbecilic meanderings and strong man coddling. Since the coronavirus pandemic crashed the US economy, I have spent a considerable amount of time  chronicling the fact that there we.re actually two economies in the United States, the Wall Street Economy that was ion fact fairly well insulated from the turbulence of the pandemic crisis, and the Main Street Economy. in which 45 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance, and spent hours sitting in their cars waiting to get a bag of groceries from a food bank. But it recently struck me that the same is true as far as the world as a general place is concerned. While world leaders of pretty much every world democracy have been sitting around wringing their hands and thumping their breasts at the withdrawal of the United States from its proper place in the world, the actual people of the rest of the world have had a different reaction. And in support of my thesis, I would like to provide you with two separate examples, one pre Covid-19, and -one post Covid-19. On January 20th, 2017, Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Or as Bruce Willis is wont to say, Yippee-ki-yay motherfucker! And what happened ion January 21st, 2017? The glorious Women’s March on Washington. What turned out to be the largest single day protest in American history. But it didn’t stop there. People around the globe came out in solidarity of the marchers in the United States, creating the largest single day mass demonstration in […]
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Ready, Fire, Aim: Idiocy in Action

When something isn't broken, you have to create the illusion of failure so you can "fix" it and so Trump endeavored create one... Trying to parse Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran agreement shows why “balanced news” may end up destroying the world.  We’ll examine why in a moment, but first, let’s summarize Trump’s reasoning – or what passes for reasoning in his addled, emotionally adolescent, ADHD brain.
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Trader Joe’s is dropping 1 million pounds of single-use plastic from stores

At the end of 2018, grocery store chain Trader Joe’s announced that it would be making moves to cut out one million pounds of “single-use” plastics in its over 500 stores as soon as...
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A Dead Pimp, A Porn Star, Joe Arpaio and Grover Norquist. Today’s GOP Encapsulated...

From the Dept. of “You can’t make this shit up…”. Nevada Independent “Nevada brothel owner and Assembly candidate Dennis Hof, a larger-than-life personality who was unapologetic about selling sex even amid rising criticism of the industry...
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Trump fails to go to Pyongyang, but is happy making people cry at the...

Comical foreign policy continues as Trump visits the Korean DMZ, and touting that border as a “real border” with mines and troops with reference to the US southern border. Trump often compares the US-Mexico border with...
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Happy to Gobble Up Whatever Saudis Say, Trump Reportedly “Skeptical” of CIA Determination That...

All the circumspection, laughter, and Trump administration statements that even at the time seemed bizarre and gullible, say critics, appear even more damning on Friday night after the Washington Post reported that the U.S....

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