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Jim Fawcette
Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.
Like tennis, wine, and bad sci-fi.


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Sen (R) Corker: Budget is "A Hoax"
Make that a $6 Trillion Hoax

Newsweek: “This is the biggest hoax cast upon the American people ever that this budget process even exists. The only thing about this that matters is in preparation for tax reform,” said Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee before voting on the bill.

"The new budget will leave much of the same spending made in 2017 in place, but it outlines $473 billion in cuts from the federal healthcare program Medicare and $1 trillion from Medicaid over the next decade. ... { can be based without a filibuster and} ... A Congressional Budget Office report warned early this year that Trump’s tax reform proposals could actually add an extra $6 Trillion to the deficit over the next decade
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Trump PR on Falsehoods by Gen. Kelly: "It is inappropriate to question a general"

+Vox "So in an attempt to portray {Senator} Wilson as a dishonest blowhard, Kelly claimed that in a 2015 speech about the dedication of an FBI building, Wilson bragged about how she “got the money” for the building. Kelly said he was “stunned” by this because Wilson wasn’t even in Congress when its funding was secured.

"But Kelly was flat wrong on the facts. The Sun Sentinel’s Larry Barszewski reviewed video of Wilson’s speech, and found that she didn’t mention anything about getting funding for the building.

"Without any way to actually back up Kelly’s incorrect claim, Sanders is relying on the absurd justification that he shouldn’t be questioned because he’s a “four-star general.” (He is retired.) Just another day at the Trump White House press briefing."

Sarah Sanders: It’s “highly inappropriate” to question John Kelly — because he’s a general via +Vox
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John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup

If you're not in the glorious "one percent" you literally have no right to question the actions of those that are, according to the General that is enabling Trumpism

+The New Yorker 's Masha Gessen is frightened by the tone and assumptions of Gen. Kelley's assertions that Trump talking to a dead soldier's mother is nobody's business.

Bullet Points: The press briefing could serve as a preview of what a military coup in this country would look like, for it was in the logic of such a coup that Kelly advanced his four arguments.

Argument 1. Those who criticize the President don’t know what they’re talking about because they haven’t served in the military.

2. The President did the right thing because he did exactly what his general told him to do.

3. Communication between the President and a military widow is no one’s business but theirs.

4. Citizens are ranked based on their proximity to dying for their country. Kelly’s last argument was his most striking. At the end of the briefing, he said that he would take questions only from those members of the press who had a personal connection to a fallen soldier, followed by those who knew a Gold Star family. Considering that, a few minutes earlier, Kelly had said most Americans didn’t even know anyone who knew anyone who belonged to the “one per cent,” he was now explicitly denying a majority of Americans—or the journalists representing them—the right to ask questions. This was a new twist on the Trump Administration’s technique of shunning and shaming
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Head of Elections: "Voter ID Changed Result of Presidential Election

Republican voter suppression is the real election fraud, not the myth of unregistered voters.

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How Could Tom Marino Have the Hutzpah to Gut DEA Power to Fight Drug Epidemic?

Because, in this era of zero accountability, he's already proven he's teflon. Marino first won his seat in 2010 even after resigning as a United States attorney under the cloud of a Justice Department investigation {of } his role in helping to win a casino license for an accused mobster.

I'm also certain, absolutely certain, that Trump's appointment of Marino has nothing to do with Marino providing a casino license to an accused mobster. The fact that Trump was involved with casinos and with mobsters -- repeatedly -- is a mere coincidence.
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States with looser concealed carry laws have more gun deaths, study says

More Guns = More People Killed by Guns. Doh!

"States that have more relaxed criteria for allowing residents to carry concealed handguns have a higher rate of gun deaths than states with stricter requirements, according to a study released Thursday.

American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) from the American Public Health Association (APHA) publications
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Tech Bigs Join to Keep Russian Sock Puppets, Trolls Secret

"But the tech industry, which has worked to thwart previous efforts to mandate such disclosure, is mobilizing an army of lobbyists and lawyers — including a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign — to help shape proposed regulations. Long before the 2016 election, the adviser, Marc E. Elias, helped Facebook and Google request exemptions from the Federal Election Commission to existing disclosure rules, arguing that ads on the respective platforms were too small to fit disclaimers listing their sponsors.

Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes
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Trump's CIA Director Lies About Russia

Agency rushes to "correct" his statement.

""The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed, and the director did not intend to suggest that it had," spokesman Ryan Trapani said.
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Surprisingly well put by Bush43
Speaking at a George W. Bush Institute event in New York, Bush didn't use Trump's name, but his target became clearer as the speech progressed. Here's a sampling:

“Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.”
“We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism.”
“We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty. . . . Argument turns too easily into animosity.”
“It means that bigotry and white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed, and it means the very identity of our nation depends on passing along civic ideals.”
“Bullying and prejudice in our public life … provides permission for cruelty and bigotry.”
“The only way to pass along civic values is to live up to them.”
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