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#41 Bogie56

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 10:14 AM


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:32 PM

It's all politics. They need the Cuban vote in Florida.......

Always about votes, unfortunately

The interesting aspect is that Trump caved on his campaign promises, but tried to make it look like he wasn't.

The other aspect is that there apparently is a marked division between the younger Cuban-Americans and the older ones who came right after Castro took over.  The younger ones want to normalize relations whereas the older ones still have a dream of pre-Cstro Cuba, land of dictators and oppression of all except the elite.

Apparently US does not have full diplomatic relations only with Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Bhutan.  US does have friendly relations with Bhutan though.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:13 PM

Hibi--Re following Trump off a cliff--lemmings?

 

 

LOL.


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:12 PM

Trump announced new restrictions on Cuba, but basically left in place probably 80-90% of the changes Pres. Obama created.

One change in Cuba due to Pres. Obama's actions is that the Cuban military and government is taking steps to separate its control over many business enterprises.

 

Always found it interesting that the Communist government in Cuba is so evil, but the ones in Vietnam and China are good friends of ours.  All three essentially function in the same manner, especially Vietnam and Cuba.

 

Also, Putin has announced large changes in its dealings with Cuba.  Will probably cancel the Billions Cuba owes, reinstate aid and commerce and help with infrastructure improvements.  Have already resumed shipping petroleum products to Cuba.

    So, Trump and Republicans try to restrict US relations and US economic ties with Cuba, while Putin's Russia moves in.  Next step, Russian military and naval bases, Russian missles?

 

 

It's all politics. They need the Cuban vote in Florida.......


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 03:08 PM

https://www.washingt...st-draw5&wpmm=1
The Daily 202: Prospect of Trump firing Mueller keeps becoming more untenable[/size]
THE BIG IDEA: If Donald Trump thought he could intimidate Bob Mueller, he thought wrong.
A person who spoke with Trump on Tuesday told the New York Times that the president was pleased by the intentional ambiguity of his position on firing Robert S. Mueller as special counsel, “and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration.”
If the president truly believes this, he fundamentally misunderstands what motivates the former FBI directorwho has stood up to previous administrations and never swayed under political pressure.
The special counsel has now hired 13 lawyers, and several more are in the pipeline. But while Mueller won’t be cowed, the prospect of personal attacks by Trump allies could deter some attorneys from coming onboard. “A former federal prosecutor said Mr. Mueller was hiring rank-and-file prosecutors to fill out his office staff, and has been prospecting for detailees from several prominent United States attorney offices, including the Southern District of New York,” Scott Shane and Charlie Savage report on the front page. “But prospective hires thinking about joining Mr. Mueller’s team are watching those who have signed up come under intense scrutiny of the sort that ordinary prosecutors and corporate lawyers rarely experience … For Mr. Trump, the tactic of trying to discredit anyone who poses a danger to him has become familiar. Campaigning for the presidency while being sued for fraud over Trump University, he attacked the judge overseeing the case as biased against him because the judge was Mexican-American.”

Really fascinating story. My favorite story is that Trump couldn't hire any DC lawyers, and had to resort to one he's dealt with in the past from New York. The other lawyers refused to come on board due to Trump not listening to the advise he is given, and to his reputation for the not paying them.
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 02:19 PM

https://www.washingt...st-draw5&wpmm=1

The Daily 202: Prospect of Trump firing Mueller keeps becoming more untenable

THE BIG IDEA: If Donald Trump thought he could intimidate Bob Mueller, he thought wrong. 

A person who spoke with Trump on Tuesday told the New York Times that the president was pleased by the intentional ambiguity of his position on firing Robert S. Mueller as special counsel, “and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration.”

If the president truly believes this, he fundamentally misunderstands what motivates the former FBI director – who has stood up to previous administrations and never swayed under political pressure.

The special counsel has now hired 13 lawyers, and several more are in the pipeline. But while Mueller won’t be cowed, the prospect of personal attacks by Trump allies could deter some attorneys from coming onboard. “A former federal prosecutor said Mr. Mueller was hiring rank-and-file prosecutors to fill out his office staff, and has been prospecting for detailees from several prominent United States attorney offices, including the Southern District of New York,” Scott Shane and Charlie Savage report on the front page. “But prospective hires thinking about joining Mr. Mueller’s team are watching those who have signed up come under intense scrutiny of the sort that ordinary prosecutors and corporate lawyers rarely experience … For Mr. Trump, the tactic of trying to discredit anyone who poses a danger to him has become familiar. Campaigning for the presidency while being sued for fraud over Trump University, he attacked the judge overseeing the case as biased against him because the judge was Mexican-American.”


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Posted 16 June 2017 - 01:49 PM

Trump announced new restrictions on Cuba, but basically left in place probably 80-90% of the changes Pres. Obama created.

One change in Cuba due to Pres. Obama's actions is that the Cuban military and government is taking steps to separate its control over many business enterprises.

 

Always found it interesting that the Communist government in Cuba is so evil, but the ones in Vietnam and China are good friends of ours.  All three essentially function in the same manner, especially Vietnam and Cuba.

 

Also, Putin has announced large changes in its dealings with Cuba.  Will probably cancel the Billions Cuba owes, reinstate aid and commerce and help with infrastructure improvements.  Have already resumed shipping petroleum products to Cuba.

    So, Trump and Republicans try to restrict US relations and US economic ties with Cuba, while Putin's Russia moves in.  Next step, Russian military and naval bases, Russian missles?


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:55 PM



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 09:00 PM

Hibi--Re following Trump off a cliff--lemmings?



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:51 PM

You have to give them credit for doing a good job of brainwashing the American public that they have their economic interests at heart.

CNN interviewed some Trump supporters who are now underwater because of climate change who say they would still vote for Trump.  He does love the uneducated.

 

 

LOL.  Who else would follow him over a cliff????


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 04:42 PM

“by a 97-2 vote, the US Senate approved stronger sanctions on Russia Wednesday and took the first step toward limiting President Trump’s ability to ease those sanctions,” reports Adam Raymond at New York magazine.

 

And Dan De Luce and Elias Groll report for Foreign Policy that “Russia is stepping up trade with North Korea in defiance of international sanctions, jeopardizing a US effort to pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.”

But so far, the White House “has yet to call out Russia publicly” for its apparent sanction-busting....

 

http://billmoyers.co...harged-assault/


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"A small elephant is not a rabbit."


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 03:23 PM

You have to give them credit for doing a good job of brainwashing the American public that they have their economic interests at heart.

CNN interviewed some Trump supporters who are now underwater because of climate change who say they would still vote for Trump.  He does love the uneducated.

 

Are you unfamiliar with the Republican party? (Just kidding)

 

Their philosophy is to help the rich and claim that will trickle down onto the lesser "takers" of the world. But really they don't care. "Poverty is a choice", after all. Why pay for social programs when you can pay for more cops and prisons? 

 

 

This reminds me of Sam Brownback in Kansas and how he's bankrupt the state with tax cuts so much the Republicans overrode his veto of the new budget which finally raises taxes.  Remember the book "What's the Matter with Kansas"?  It shows voters vote against their own self interest and elect people like Trump and Brownback.  Republicans in Congress want to adapt the Kansas model for the national budget.  I think we know how that will go if they succeed.  Welfare for big corporations and super wealthy people is fine; everybody else can go scratch.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:53 PM

Are you unfamiliar with the Republican party? (Just kidding)

 

Their philosophy is to help the rich and claim that will trickle down onto the lesser "takers" of the world. But really they don't care. "Poverty is a choice", after all. Why pay for social programs when you can pay for more cops and prisons? 

 

You have to give them credit for doing a good job of brainwashing the American public that they have their economic interests at heart.

CNN interviewed some Trump supporters who are now underwater because of climate change who say they would still vote for Trump.  He does love the uneducated.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:48 PM

Isn't part of the role of government to help those in need instead of those who have so much?  

 

Are you unfamiliar with the Republican party? (Just kidding)

 

Their philosophy is to help the rich and claim that will trickle down onto the lesser "takers" of the world. But really they don't care. "Poverty is a choice", after all. Why pay for social programs when you can pay for more cops and prisons? 


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 02:36 PM

You sir are parsing ONE promise that he kept, out of countless how many? ARE YOU TIRED OF WINNING YET? From all the wins in the first 100 days?! Another promise he didn't/couldn't keep.

The Paris Accords don't take effect until 2020, by which time Trump will hopefully left office in disgrace. Plus cities, states and civic-minded billionaires will take up the slack. So it's just another empty gesture to his base, like that grandstanding photo op of the Obamacare repeal, which won't get past the Senate.

The only consequential stuff Trump has pushed is to the Swamp.

So just who is/are the idiot(s) here!?!?!

 

Arturo, don't get too confident about the possible failure of Obamacare repeal yet.   From what I've read the Senate Republicans are pushing it through and Claire McCaskill was p****d because they weren't going to allow much debate on it or anything.

 

One could say the Paris Accords isn't that big a deal because it's largely symbolic; it isn't enforced and some states and companies are pledging to do more to fight climate change.  But, what message does it send to the world when the leader of the free world (or used-to-be-leader-of-the-free-world) drops out?

 

Don't forget about the Supreme Court, budget proposals that strip help for food stamps, schools, Meals on Wheels, EPA, et al so the wealthiest can have their tax cuts.  Isn't part of the role of government to help those in need instead of those who have so much?  Many of those who have so much have inherited wealth and just don't "get it" about real people with real problems.

 

And then there is the weirdness factor about a President who is quick to criticize our allies and friends but doesn't say a word about authoritarians like Putin.  All this going on and most Republicans too chicken**** to speak out about it.

 

I guess we can't save the world if we can't even save ourselves.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 01:56 PM

 

Will the people who did not vote for Hillary because of Russian involvement in the American election please reveal yourselves.

 



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