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Dennis Hastert is your classic Illinois politician: pure hypocrite, pure liar, pure scumbag, okay? Not only is he a classic Illinois politician, he is a classic American politician. He is a man with a sex scandal replacing another man with a sex scandal, whose prosecuting a man who had a sex scandal. And all these men with sex scandals are walking around beating their chests talking about how immoral Bill Clinton is with his sex scandal while they're busy keeping their own sex scandal in the closet. This is why Americans do not participate in the American political system at the rate that they do not, because they validly are of the belief that men like Dennis Hastert are in charge and they are the most weasel-y, underhanded, underlying, unreliable, lying individuals that this country has ever seen. #hastert   #politics   #corruption   #sexscandals   #billclinton   #therealratigan   #dylanratigan  
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The idiocy of the war on drugs is bankrupting our states, bankrupting our cities, destroying our inner cities, our inner-city culture. In fact, we're investing a fortune in training young black men on prison culture that they then return to cities to bring into the inner city. So I guess if you're in the into the idea of investing a small fortune in rotting your country from its core, then sure, throw drug addicts in jail.  But if you're actually rational and understand that drug abuse is a public health problem not a criminal problem then you would eliminate the incarceration for drug addicts immediately. #warondrugs   #therealratigan   #dylanratigan   #crime  
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Should Brian Williams be given a second chance at anchor? I mean, you came from that world and that universe, like, what do you think the implications are?
Well, theres no 'should' about it, right? I mean, at the end of the day, whether Brian Williams gets to work as a traditional news anchor again I think really is up to Brian Williams. If Brian Williams is able to come out clean and own up to his own issue with distortions and lying, historically, which, by the way, almost every person I've ever met has a personal issue with some level of distortion and lying on some aspect of their experiences. 

Oh, they're called men!

..And women! And so at the end of the day, while it is sort of-- while Brian is uniquely visible and uniquely accountable by virtue of having been the custodian of such a big audience, and the custodian of a job that is so predicated on the accrual of trust, his ability to own the distortions and lies I think is the primary barrier to him engaging once again. He's one of the most talented and interesting people that I've certainly have ever had the pleasure of working with. Again, it seems unlikely to me that NBC will the place that he'll come back in an anchor chair, but that's not to say that he won't be able to come back in a meaningful way in American life-- perhaps bigger than ever.

Here's something that's interesting about it. I mean, the whole thing with Lester Holt shows it kind of doesn't matter who's in the anchor chair. As long as they don't have a vagina, ratings are pretty much going to stay the same..

..even Diane Sawyer proved that vaginas can do it too!

I know, but her-- David Muir is my boy. Like, I'm probably the only millennial who watches the evening, like I go home I watch ABC at 5:30, that's my jam. But I think there is an avenue for him. Maybe on the documentary side or doing his own sort of correspondence or pet projects but..

..yeah the ball is in his court. Honestly, I mean, he is one of the most talented broadcasters in America today, he still has that talent; the ball is in his court. 

Well, the ball is in your court, America! Some good episodes this time!

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+Dylan Ratigan As someone outside the USA looking in, I think the public lynching of Brian Williams is not reasonable or proportionate.  At most, it should have been that first day of shame, the admission and the straightforward "mea culpa" and then some new rules of conduct.
I'd go so far as to say it's emblematic of USA as a broken society that there was such a disproportionate, widespread and sustained attack on Williams for a trivial social faux pas, and yet real villains in the news media sit at the White House  correspondents' dinner and yuck it up with the guy that "tortured some folks."  In the eyes of the US citizen, war crimes are a "do over" or a mulligan.  Telling a tall tale on late night TV one time, after years of accurately reporting the facts unembellished is a mortal sin.
The vicious media needed not a pound of flesh, but a head in a basket under the guillotine, its blade sharpened by their own hypocrisy.
I guess the US news anchor population is so rich with great news people that the country can afford to discard Williams ...
My understanding of what happened, having watched it during it's first broadcast on TV as he spoke and I thought nothing of it, other than "nope, it was the chopper in front of the one he was riding on ..." is this:

He embellished a true story, taking nothing away from the heroism of the US military. He didn't defraud anyone, he didn't misreport facts to serve corporations or the government, he didn't disclose material battlefield intelligence, he didn't "out" a CIA agent ... all of these acts of treason disappear in the fog of war.
But if a guy with a great sense of humor and an entertaining storyteller with a colorful life in the public eye is on late night television talk show, attempting to be entertaining with David Letterman, and gets carried away recounting an old (literal) war story where he was actually in the helicopter flying directly behind the helicopter that ended up with a hole in the tail section ... it's not breaking news, it's a years-old personal anecdote ... it's not as if he stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier and pretended to be the jet fighter pilot triumphantly declaring mission accomplished and taking all the glory  ... no, Williams reported the facts accurately numerous times from day one, and years later, embellished his brush with danger ... the fish was "this" big! ... so off with his head!
But I can't be too disappointed with the American public ... their self-destructive nature cannot be overestimated and their capacity to elect a good public servant in 2016 cannot be underestimated.
Brian Williams can rest easy and hold his head high.  A pity not to have him around to inform the voting public in the coming election.
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The largest religious denomination in the world is former Catholics, much like the largest voting block in the world is former voters. So, the formers actually are the silent majority on the planet Earth right now. The interesting thing about this Pope is that he's basically abandoned much of the religious dogma of the Catholic Church in that very simple premise speaking truth to power. What about poor people? What about climate change? What about the Earth? What about the basic human principle of respect for one another? Love thy neighbor as thyself. The simplicity of this Pope may never make me into a Catholic, but I'll tell you what-- it makes me like this Pope.  #popefrancis   #therealratigan   #dylanratigan   #rants  
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I agree, this pope is addressing basics of our society's problems.  Ed must relearn all of the basics. 
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Solar is the future of American power. Solar is the future of global power. The only question is, 'How long is it going to take?' And, the answer to that question will be determined by how long American politicians take money from those who are against solar. The irony, of course, is that the biggest resistance for solar in the entire country is in Florida and then Arizona, which are two of the sunniest states in the country. Why is that? Because money in the political system from fossil fuel companies is directly injecting the the political thinking, which is then denying the adoption of solar. It simply can't keep up the solar car, the solar house, heck the solar roller coaster is what the future of energy will look like. #therealratigan   #dylanratigan   #solarpower   #solarenergy   #sustainability   #politics  
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My understanding is that it's getting cheaper and cheaper. Look into solar panel paint. I great good things.
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It's our inability to create access to clean water and access to clean air. Two of the simplest things that so many of us take for granted and yet 5,000 children a day die of diarrhea and we still have all the technology to address it. We simply have yet to muster the will to deploy the technology to save those children. It's not about the money. It's not about the technology. It's simply about the awareness. Most people don't even know it's happening. #therealratigan   #dylanratigan   #cleanwater   #cleanair  
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The only thing stupider than smoking weed is making weed illegal. But it has nothing to do with weed smoking and everything to do with the American prison system. Young people, and especially young, nonwhite people who are put in jail for nonviolent, marijuana related offenses destroys human life, destroys human society, destroys human future for absolutely no reason. Yeah, weed smoking is dumb, but I'll tell you what, much stupider, is putting people in jail for it. #therealratigan   #weed   #legalization   #dylanratigan  
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Post-Traumatic growth is a decision to take trauma-- which is an unavoidable part of life-- and seize it for the capacity to transform yourself into a new, dynamic place. Trauma cannot be avoided. The way we deal with trauma is a choice that we get to make. Post-traumatic stress is not an inevitability, it's not an ineluctable event. It is the consequence of a failure to consciously seize upon the trauma, resolve it, own it and use it as a catalyst for positive change.     
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I am forever reading posts from purported independents and third-party supporters who think they are asking an important question when they ask "how can anyone vote Democratic or Republican?" when that answer is demonstrable; we vote for them because one of the two of them will win. 

But the important question that is never asked is "why do we as Americans insist that voting by itself constitutes meaningful involvement in our government, when voting is actually the very least we should be doing if we truly hope to ever live up to the promise of self-government secured for us by our forefathers?"  That is the important question.
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It doesn't matter what the issue is; money in American politics is the root of all evil. The fantasy of a Superman president-- switching to a different identity, 'Oh, if we elect a woman, oh, if we elect a Republican, oh if we elect a Liberal, oh if we elect a Conservative'-- is completely delusional and misses the underlying point that the entire system has been corrupted and only a president who can come in effectively as a regent's president and say, "This entire system is corrupt. I have been elected President to reform and end the money in the politics system as it is today and as soon as that reform is done, I will resign." #politics   #therealratigan   #dylanratigan   #election2016  
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A lot of folks talk about wanting to get illegals out of the country. Everybody wants to say "Oh, we're going to build a wall. Oh, we need to-- we're losing our jobs to all these illegals." Well the fact of the matter is, everybody in America was or is an immigrant at some point in their history. If you look through history, whether it's the Italians, the Irish, the Germans, the Jews-- you pick them-- there's not a single one of us that's not an immigrant of some kind. And the current fact of the matter is very simple. The entire agricultural and hospitality industry is subsidized by cheap, illegal labor. And if you're really so worried about illegal labor, then why don't you start enforcing it with the owners of the hotels, the owners of the restaurants and the owners of the farms. And until you're willing to do that this is just a political distraction and basic racism. #therealratigan   #dylanratigan   #immigration  SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL TO CATCH ALL THE REAL RATIGAN RANTS!! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpWwRRN5MkGlRvTsFKilyBNkfytdewZin
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