Sunday, January 22, 2017

So Why Would Trump Lie About This?

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Mod: Donald Trump, the guy who promised so many big changes, sure got awfully petty fast. Politicians do lie, and after they get into office they lie even more. No big deal, that is how life is. Everyone knows the rules, and they plan accordingly. But as Vladimir Putin so thoughtfully points out in the video just above, you still have to pick your battles. And lying about the size of the crowd at your presidential inauguration can be easily checked with modern innovations. Such as photographs. So why even bother? I guess if you are as thin-skinned as Donald Trump, crowd size really does matter. 

On 'SNL' even Putin makes fun of Trump's Inauguration crowds (USA Today link): The day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, Saturday Night Live opened not with Alec Baldwin's lip-pursing impression of Trump, but with a shirtless Beck Bennett as Russian President Vladimir Putin, addressing the American people.

"Relax. I got this. Putin's going to make everything OK."

After joking that he wouldn't let anything bad happen to the United States ("it's the most expensive thing we've ever bought"), Bennett as Putin addressed Donald Trump, bringing up the size of the Inauguration crowds, which has already been a hot topic with Trump and his press secretary Sean Spicer.

"I'm glad to see so many people turned up to your inauguration," he said, showing a photo of huge crowds in Washington, D.C.

"Oh wait, that's the Women's March!" he cried as the audience cheered. "This is the inauguration," he added, and the photo changed to the sparser crowds from Friday.


Trump Accuses Media of Lying About Inauguration Crowd Size During Bughouse CIA Speech (Slate link): President Donald Trump went to the CIA on his first full day as president in what was supposed to be a symbolic gesture after his harsh criticism of the intelligence community over the past few months. The president may have spent the run-up to the inauguration criticizing the work of the nation’s intelligence agencies, but on Saturday he knew just who to blame for what he characterized as a misrepresentation of his views: the dishonest media.

“As you know, I have a running war with the media, they are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth and they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community,” Trump said as people could be heard clapping on the sidelines. “And I just want to let you know … it is exactly the opposite.” The truth is, he said, that “I am with you 1,000 percent.”

While standing in front of a wall that honors CIA agents who have been killed in the line of duty, Trump then went on to flat out lie about the size of the crowd at his inauguration and accuse the media of misrepresenting the facts to make him look bad. The president said the crowd “looked honestly like a million-and-a-half people,” falsely adding that “it went all the way back to the Washington Monument.” But instead of the crowds, the media showed “an empty field and it said we drew 250,000 people. Now that’s not bad, but it’s a lie,” Trump said. Later, his press secretary, Sean Spicer, took it further and said Trump had the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration—period.”

Trump Administration Goes To War With The Media Over Inauguration Crowd Size (NPR link): The Trump Administration spent its first full day in office taking shots at the media and arguing about crowd sizes at Friday's inauguration.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered a fiery broadside against the Fourth Estate from the White House Briefing Room Saturday evening, claiming that reporters had engaged in "deliberately false reporting" in the past 24 hours since President Trump took the oath of office. And, after berating the press, he walked away without taking any questions. "Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall," Spicer claimed.

He blamed new floor coverings on mall areas that "had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual." And Spicer claimed that fences and magnetometers going further back than ever prevented "hundreds of thousands of people from being able to access the mall as quickly as they had in years past."

However, CNN reporter Ashley Killough tweeted out a photo showing that floor coverings had in fact been used at Obama's second inauguration.

Women's March
There Are More People At National Mall For Women’s March Than Attended Trump Inauguration (PoliticusUSA link): It isn’t even close. Trump’s inaugural is being blown away by a roar from the American people in resistance to what the new majority in the US government is planning on doing.

Donald Trump hailed a failed inaugural that was poorly attended and lacked enthusiasm. To use Trump terms, his inauguration was low energy and sad. The majority of voters did not vote for Donald Trump to be the next president, and that majority is demonstrating that while Republicans may temporarily control the federal government, it is the majority who are fighting back in America.

The AP reports that data suggests there are more people at the March than were at Trump’s inaugural, “Figures from transportation officials in Washington suggest more people may be on the National Mall for the women’s march than came for President Donald Trump’s inauguration. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, 275,000 people had taken trips on the city’s subway system. On Inauguration Day, 193,000 trips had been taken as of that time, and the rail system opened an hour earlier that day, at 4 a.m.”

Inaugural: Just a smattering of Trumpies.

Trump And His Press Secretary Flagrantly Lied On Their First Full Day In Office. That Matters. (Huffington Post link): On Saturday, President Donald Trump’s first full day in office, he gave a speech at CIA headquarters in which he lied about the size of the crowd at his inauguration and falsely claimed that he had never feuded with the U.S. intelligence community. Hours later, his press secretary emerged from the West Wing, lied about the size of the inaugural crowd and took no questions.

The most important news here is not the crowd size, or whether Trump feuded with America’s spies (he did), or even that the president and his press secretary lied. Politicians lie. What’s remarkable is that the president and his administration chose to lie, repeatedly, on their first full day on the job, about a relatively trivial ― and easily checkable ― matter.

Journalists should inform readers when the administration is not telling the truth. They shouldn’t credulously promote Trump and his team’s falsehoods in headlines and opening paragraphs, with the truth buried somewhere below. They should focus attention on the fact that the administration lied, not the content of the lie itself. Some media outlets did a good job of this on Saturday. Others didn’t.

“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed, falsely, Saturday evening.

Here’s the truth, which exists even if the administration doesn’t want to admit it: Fewer people attended Trump’s inauguration than attended some previous inaugurations. Keith Still, a professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and expert on crowd estimates, told The New York Times that, based on photographs, he believed Trump’s crowd was about one-third the size of the group that gathered for Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

 

750K Flock to Downtown LA for Women's March Los Angeles (NBC Southern California link): Some 750,000 people flooded the streets of downtown Los Angeles Saturday to march in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington, according to organizers for the event.

Event organizers for the Women's March-Los Angeles say the day is designed to unify communities and make a stand for "justice and equity for all."

The mission statement for the march reads in part, "We stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country."

Mod: It might have been the Trump hats. Apparently even they weren't exactly true.

'It's made in Vietnam!' At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many (Reuters link): One of the biggest cheers President Donald Trump received from supporters watching his inaugural address on Friday was his call to "Buy American and hire American."

It was a moment rich in irony.

Many of those supporters were sporting Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" baseball caps that were made in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh. Some were horrified when they discovered their Trump hats were foreign made.

Rob Walker, 44, who had driven to Washington from Georgia with his wife Abby, 36, had stopped at a truck stop on the way to buy a "Make America Great Again" cap.

"Oh God, I hope it's not made in China," Abby said, flipping the cap over to check. She looked at its label. "China! Don't tell anyone!"

The Trump hats available for purchase on Trump's official campaign website are made in the United States and cost between $25 and $30, according to the label inside those caps.

But they are also more expensive than the $20 versions sold by street vendors in Washington on Friday. Joshua Rojas, 25 and Alyssa Young, 28, had traveled from Texas to watch the inauguration. Young was wearing a pink "Make America Great Again" hat.

"I loved it as soon as I saw it. I bought it right over there from one of the vendors for $20," she said.

So was it made in America?

"I don't know where it was made actually," Young said. "Let me check." She took off the hat to check the label.  "Oh no," she cried. "It's made in Vietnam!"

Mod: There is one born every minute.

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107 comments:

  1. Too bad those "crowds" that stood to watch President Obama, did not care to stand in lines at the polls for Hillary. Barrack couldn't convince those "crowds" to carry on his message through his gal pal Hillary.
    The picture on live T.V. of the crowd looking out from the podium back to the monument, looked pretty impressive.
    Everything depends on the "view" one wishes to take, including the view of the inaugural.

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    1. Thank you, Comrade.

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    2. All I can say is don't succumb to Trump derangement syndrome. Pet a therapy dog, get some Legos, squeeze some silly putty and try to get over it. What might help also is to watch the video of Ashley Judd and Madonna at the recent protest march and decide if you really think they are on the right side of things.

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    3. Thank you, Comrade.

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    4. Certainly what Madonna does plays a considerable role in how I make my decisions about national politics. Sure.

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    5. OPEN LETTER TO WOMAN....
      I am not a "disgrace to women" because I don't support the women's march. I do not feel I am a "second class citizen" because I am a woman. I do not feel my voice is "not heard" because I am a woman. I do not feel I am not provided opportunities in this life or in America because I am a woman. I do not feel that I "don't have control of my body or choices" because I am a woman. I do not feel like I am " not respected or undermined" because I am a woman.
      I AM a woman.
      I can make my own choices.
      I can speak and be heard.
      I can VOTE.
      I can work if I want.
      I control my body.
      I can defend myself.
      I can defend my family.
      There is nothing stopping me to do anything in this world but MYSELF.
      I do not blame my circumstances or problems on anything other than my own choices or even that sometimes in life, we don't always get what we want. I take responsibility for myself.
      I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, a friend. I am not held back in life but only by the walls I choose to not go over which is a personal choice.
      Quit blaming.
      Take responsibility.
      If you want to speak, do so. But do not expect for me, a woman, to take you seriously wearing a pink va-jay-jay hat on your head and screaming profanities and bashing men.
      If you have beliefs, and speak to me in a kind matter, I will listen. But do not expect for me to change my beliefs to suit yours. Respect goes both ways.
      If you want to impress me, especially in regards to women, then speak on the real injustices and tragedies that affect women in foreign countries that do not that the opportunity or means to have their voices heard.
      Saudi Arabia, women can't drive, no rights and must always be covered.
      China and India, infantcide of baby girls.
      Afghanistan, unequal education rights.
      Democratic Republic of Congo, where rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone.
      Mali, where women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation.
      Pakistan, in tribal areas where women are gang raped to pay for men's crime.
      Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence, rape and the second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa. An epidemic of gruesome unsolved murders has left hundreds of women dead, some of their bodies left with hate messages.
      And that's just a few examples.
      So when women get together in AMERICA and whine they don't have equal rights and march in their clean clothes, after eating a hearty breakfast, and it's like a vacation away that they have paid for to get there...
      This WOMAN does not support it.🌷🌱🌺

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    6. If Trump's White House is willing to lie about something as obviously, unquestionably fake as this, just imagine what else they'll lie about. In particular, things that the public cannot possibly verify the truth. It's gonna get real bad.

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    7. 7:05 - so what is the problem with people peacefully assembling and expressing their viewpoints? Why are you so upset about this?

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    8. Apparently 7:05 is upset by clean clothes and nice breakfasts.

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    9. 7:05, did you mean open letter to "women"?

      Please enroll in a logic class. PCC offers them, or you could buy a CD from Great Courses. Correcting your many false arguments is just too big a task to take on here.

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    10. I love that the alt left is going to be spending their time and money over the next eight years on silly protests while Trump is getting things done. The alt left is scared to death that Trump will realign the electorate. Let's just take the Black community that votes consistently for Democrats 90 percent of the time despite the fact that in every major city the Democrats have controlled across the board for the last 50 years, Blacks are worse off every year than the year before with high unemployment, high crime rates and miserable schools for the kids thanks to the teachers unions. Let see how such Republican ideas as enterprise zones that offer low tax rates as an incentive for businesses to invest in places like Detroit works out. Or school choice in Philedelphia so the kids aren't forced to go to those miserable and failing public schools. Or a more aggressive police in places like Chicago to put an end to the highest murder rate in history. And guess whose getting murdered? It's the black people Democrats ostensibly care about but do nothing to really help. Watch as Trump's policies provide meaningful help to that community. If by providing concrete results for the first time to the Black community peels away 20 to 30 percent of the Black vote that means the end of the Democratic Party as we know it. The alt left knows this and it scares the hell out of them to lose power. That's what it's always been about for them anyway - power. Not about real solutions that solve problems for real people.

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    11. 7:05 AM

      You may find this article enlightening:

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/shes-54-white-rural-and-a-lifelong-republican-why-is-she-protesting-donald-trump/2017/01/21/6457ac02-df41-11e6-918c-99ede3c8cafa_story.html?utm_term=.c2323a869c54

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    12. 7:05
      You are apparently doing very well, when you state "I can work if I want." You do realize that most women in the US do not have that choice. They have to work for their families to survive.

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    13. I'll keep saying this as long as the handful of mindless zealots keep posting here. One does not have to be 'left' to oppose Trump and to question the means of his ascendancy to the Presidency. Only need be a rational, moral true American.

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    14. 8:59
      The demagoguery of Donald Trump is very powerful, appealing to the worst instincts of our fellow Americans. In fact it is so powerful that too many put their own morals aside.
      Donald Trump has demonstrated over and over again that he lacks moral dimension. And this is what every self-respecting American, women and men, regardless of race and political conviction, should reject.
      The fact that this is not the case tells us a lot about the American psyche. And this should make us all very worried.

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    15. 7:05 has posted a manifesto for the faithful daughters of the patriarchy.
      First time I heard anyone say slavery in America wasn't all bad was from a black woman. She said that it depended on your master.

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    16. God bless you 7:05.

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    17. 10:25 AM

      7:05 is already blessed.

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    18. 7:05 AM

      There are some mean responses but there are also some kind ones. Do you want to respond to the kind ones?

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    19. And yet, 7:05 am, you are so empowered that you can't reveal your name? You hide behind "Anonymous". Why is that?

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    20. 11:17 - those who presume to speak on behalf of God in this context are making some spiritually risky assumptions.

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    21. 11:25
      Borderline blasphemia.

      7:05 brings the worst out of people.

      It is only good people who bring out the good in people.

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    22. 11:17

      blessed ...only if you meant this in the sense of "spoiled" or "fastidious".

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  2. TRUMP COULDN’T GET ENOUGH PEOPLE TO HIS INAUGURATION, SO HE USED PICTURES FROM OBAMA’S INSTEAD
    http://winningdemocrats.com/trump-couldnt-get-enough-people-to-his-inauguration-so-he-used-pictures-from-obamas-instead-image/

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    1. did someone grab his pu$$y?
      what a child

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  4. Trump had a tough first full day in office.

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  5. ‘They’ll pull the trigger’: Robert Reich explains how the GOP is playing Trump till they can dump him

    Writing on Facebook, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich relayed a conversation with a former GOP member of Congress who claims current members of the House are playing along with President Donald Trump for now but will dump him at the first possible moment.

    According to Reich, he recently had breakfast with a Republican friend who claimed he held his fire over his misgivings about Trump during the election, saying, “You kidding? I was surrounded by Trump voters. I’d have been shot.”

    That was when the conversation took an interesting turn when Reich asked his friend what the GOP will do now that Trump is president.

    “They’ll play along for a while,” the unidentified friend said. “They’ll get as much as they want – tax cuts galore, deregulation, military buildup, slash all those poverty programs, and then get to work on Social Security and Medicare – and blame him. And he’s such a fool he’ll want to take credit for everything.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/theyll-pull-the-trigger-robert-reich-explains-how-the-gop-is-playing-trump-till-they-can-dump-him/

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  6. Poster 7:05am. "I love you", as a human being you understand what is truly heart breaking in this world. Let our voices and prayers be heard.

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    1. All said as a way of supporting someone who will do absolutely nothing about any of those problems.

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    2. That and a made in Viet Nam "Make America Great Again" hat still won't get you a bus pass.

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    3. praying ain't gonna save you or anyone else
      god don't work that way

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  7. The L.A. Times writer Laura King (along with the assisted writting of Matt Pearce) inadvertently penned the words "potient message" and "promissed stiff resistance" in her article today, describing the woman's march. Sounds more like an advertisement for a Hollywood escort. Take Madonna for example; wearing matching fashion black pussy cat hat and black knee high boots had to read her lines of "anger and outrage". The protest speaches might not otherwise be understood! I thought Michael Moore might ask the ladies to burn their bras, like it was done in the '60's. Gloria the 82the year old legal beagle would have said it' s our right!

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    1. Your obsession with Madonna might play well with the trogs on right wing Facebook pages, but I am not sure it will do anything but confuse people here. Do you ever deal with bigger issues, or are you strictly National Enquirer?

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    2. Madonna is to the left what David Duke is to the right - a nutso loud mouth trying to use something to get publicity.

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    3. In this case she is being used as a red herring to distract people from the bizarre behavior of our new president.

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    4. you just compared a multi-million selling pop singer to a white supremacist? You're worthless.

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    5. 9:48A Exactly what does "veal" of compassion mean? People in glass houses.....Why all the condemnation here? 7:05 has the right as one WOMAN to voice her opinion. I agree with her. I received what I worked hard for and I worked 50 years in a man's world! I raised kids without the benefit of daycare at work, or maternity leave. I never asked for a free education or free birth control or free abortion. I never felt it was my right to help me sexually promiscuous and not personally responsible. As a WOMAN, I have the right to my singular opinion even if opposed to yours. If you chose to be represented by Madonna or Ms. Judd or girls wearing vagina headdresses, so be it. They will never speak for me. And Madonna being rich because she sold all those records? What does that say about the people who bought it? You paid a woman who in turn paid a big PR firm to get her obnoxious self promoted. Your choice, but never mine.

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    6. You are confounding so many things that it is hard to know where to start.
      First, it looks like 7:05 is intellectually dishonest if she presents the work of someone else as hers. If she is not the original author of those exact words, she plagiarized, i.e. stole them from someone else.
      Second, she is not having a singular opinion but copying an opinion of someone else.
      Third, the "veal of compassion" means that she pretends to care about all the women in the world except for those here in the US, whom she regards as degenerate and not worthy of her support. I don't know where that bitterness is coming from, but when I look around I see a lot of women who are hard-working employees, faithful wives and dedicated mothers. Yet, still they have reason to be worried about the future of their family.
      Now, if you at 8:36 are the same person that posted 7:05, you are also confusing that neither Ms. Judd nor Madonna ever attempted to represent the American people. If it soothes you, you should know that I have never bought a record from them.
      Since this is now clarified, let's have a look at the choice at this election between a faithful woman, who stood by her husband despite his missteps and a sexually promiscuous man, who is now married for the third time, admits to having had multiple affairs, wanted to force his second wife to have an abortion, has an eye for particularly young women and openly brags about his sexual conduct. This seems to be your choice. It is not mine.

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  8. PCC offering a classes on logic. Now I know it's not just the "funny water" in San Gabriel basin; Sierra Madre in particular, that dizzies the thinking!!!

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    1. What's the scorn directed at, 8:07? Junior colleges, which are one of our country's best resources, or the study of logic itself?

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    2. PCC is a publicly funded institution. I suspect this person believes that a college education involves paying $100,000, and if you can't afford that you don't deserve an education.

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    3. 9:48 AM

      I disagree. I think that 7:05 is a poorly educated woman (she confuses woman and women; matter and manner etc.) who compensates this lack of education with strong conservative beliefs of her own righteousness. She does not recognize that it was protesting women of earlier generations that brought her all the freedoms, she so thoroughly enjoys. Furthermore, she cannot imagine that someone with a similar faith can end up with an abusive husband and an addicted son, unless it hits her own family. And this is where the real problem with her is - under the veal of compassion for all those women who do a lot worse, she lacks compassion for those who do just a bit worse then her. Jesus called those people "Pharisees". We should pray for her.

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  9. Not dealing with bigger issues and volumes of National news not being reported, falls back directly to No Drama Obama Administration.
    The confusions stop now because the adults are back in charge, no whinny babies.

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    1. Twitter Trump pitching a fit over inauguration attendance fiigures on his first full day in office was infantile behavior at its worst.

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    2. then why are you here every whining like a child ?

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    3. People come to this site to share their viewpoints on issues that are important to them. The sad name calling that you continually engage in adds nothing to the conversation. Are you capable of understanding that?

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    4. 8:12. Well said. No more obama.

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    5. 6 months from now the Obama administration will look like the golden age.

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  10. I was at the protest yesterday, and it did remind me of the 70s when I marched against the war in Vietnam. It was amazing! So many people, we could barely move - men, women, kids, babies, gays, straights, and yes, even those in wheelchairs, several signs "This is what democracy looks like"...Trump's "enemies." Where were they on election day? Wish I knew. 7:05, you may have equal rights now, but Trump is doing so much to get rid of many of our rights. Health and Human Services nominee Price whats to get rid of the cancer research. This doesn't scare you? Many of the Cabinet appointees have not been approved as yet because they have not submitted their ethics reports? Speaking of, where's Trump's tax return? This doesn't scare you? The State Department and the National Parks Department are no longer allowed to tweet and any reference to global warming has been eliminated? That doesn't scare you? Then you're not paying attention, as many of yesterday's signs said.

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    1. So exactly what did you and the other crazies accomplish yesterday? Nothing. Bet retail sales were down. I guess you hurt the local economy. Lol.

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    2. Got you talking about it. Not that anything you have to say is worth hearing.

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    3. Not talking, just shaking my head at all the stupid people yesterday. Even had some friends out there making complete asses of themselves and posting it. It's their right and we are still friends.

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    4. So few people showed up to Trump'a inaugural. You must not have very many friends.

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    5. Answer the questions...where is Trump's tax return? Why would Trump lie about how many people were at his inauguration?

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  11. I just finished watching Meet the Press. Chuck Todd kept asking Kelly Ann Conway why Trump lied about the crowds (or lack thereof) at his inauguration. His Press Secretary said this was the biggest crowd ever, when actually, it was one of the smallest. Why lie? Conway called it "alternate facts." Huh? Hugh Hewitt quotes Groucho Marx "Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?" 8:12, you call this an adult reaction? Todd called Conway out on her statement "alternate facts" are lies.

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    1. Yes, 9:39. I just read the exchange, pasted below. Brought to mind a therapist friend who says, "People will tell you who they are."

      After some tense back and forth, Conway offered this:
      Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You're saying it's a falsehood, and they're giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is —
      At this point, a visibly exasperated Todd cut in. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered . . . were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts; they're falsehoods.”

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  12. Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, is getting a lot of commentary today. His claims about inauguration attendance are being widely called out as false. The evidence against Spicer's claims is pretty hard to refute.

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  13. First resignation from trumps team. Wait for it. Wait. Sean Spicer. Wait and see

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    1. "You're fired!"

      Somebody has got to take the blame.

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    2. the security advisor already resigned

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  14. I can't wait until the unfactual press is cut out or moved out to the old location from the White House. I look forward to receiving tweets directly from the President. I am tired of the drama from the progressives and constant arguments because "they" lack logic.
    Try and run a worthy canadate in four years if "you" don't like whats coming. I had to tune out Prez Obama for years, nothing was accomplished from his term. So much was damaged. So please, those of you that did not vote for Trump, return back to your "La La, la la, la view of life. If "you" can't tune it down or out, I'll be increasing my investments in pharmaceuticals that "you" will need in order to see "you" through these next eight years.

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    1. That is kind of mean spirited. Are you always like that? Also I believe in a free press and would find what you are advocating for here to be totalitarian. Are you a Putin fan? He kills journalists, you know.

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  15. Trump is now the President of The United States. Life will be good again. Now we can get back to the business of war, kill off some of the young men "more women for the rest of the men". The business of building up our war machine will be good for the economy. Unfortunately some who voted for The Great Trump will not fare so well but so be it. The strong shall survive, the weak shall follow. Protesters beware.

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  16. Resistance is futile.

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  17. Surrender to the first American Emperor. No press, no vote, no hope.

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  18. Honest press is welcomed. I just cancelled my subscription to the Los Angeles Times this morning.

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    1. We cancelled ours and all of a sudden it started coming again. Still a liberal rag.

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    2. What are you replacing it with?

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    3. Trump's inauguration is watched by 30.6 million viewers — 7 million fewer than Obama's first ceremony
      http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-inauguration-ratings-20170119-story.html

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  19. Welcome to the Presidency of Magical Thinking.

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    1. Caligula with a combover.

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  20. Remember, it's not what a person says, it's what the person does.

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  21. Obama has no legacy and the Clintons foundation is closed down and the Clintons will be going to jail, God Bless America. Let's Make America Great Again!

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    1. Ah yes. Political show trials. Right out of 1984. Welcome to Fascist America.

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    2. C'mon 12:26. You now have 12:20 feverishly researching what happened in the year 1984 to merit your comment. You can't educate or reason with intellectual lightweights.

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  22. Speaking of things Biblical. Anybody building an Ark yet?

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    1. No, but I am sailing away...

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    2. if our aquifers replenish with this rain do you think they'll lower the water rates for us SMian's?

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    3. Nothing ever goes down in Sierra Madre. $40 million in CalPERS debt will do that.

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  23. Trump said he would end California's water problem, thank you Mr. Trump.

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  25. Tried 3 times to note that 7:05's comment was copied from the web: http://www.blogher.com/woman-does-not-support-womens-march

    Mod, what's wrong with pointing out that unless 7:05 is the original author, s/he failed to credit the author?

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    1. Sorry. Never saw that. Really good comment, too. Sometimes the blog platform I use eats comments.

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  26. Mr. Moderator, unless it's foul print it.

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    1. Biggest worldwide protests ever against an American President and fools on this blog still support the biggest assaulting, homophobic bigot ever. Wake up Dump supporters!!

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  27. Get use to it 3:39 this is the change that was mentioned years ago.

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  28. Really ? I must have missed the announcement of that change. We needed a change from a President with dignity, class and respect to the current whacko?

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  29. 4:02 LOL, your right, need a good sense of humor.

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  30. So I have this friend in the FBI. Went to college with him. He's been there since the mid 90s.

    Asked him a lot of questions, many of which he wasn't at liberty to answer. I respect that and did not push. But learned this much.

    Trump can order the cessation of investigation until he's blue in the orange face, but it won't stop investigative activity.

    While the FBI is in general a conservative organization, Comey acted contrary to advice from several quarters. And the most telling comment, "This is going to make Watergate look like pocketing a candy bar at 7-Eleven."

    He's careful and won't say anything he truly can't. His last comment was stunning to me.

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  31. Well I have 2 friends at NCIS and they say "just the facts Mam" I respect that and did not push,prolly more than you.

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  32. Any day now, Trump will be sued for violating the Constitution by not divesting himself of his businesses that have ties to foreign governments. That'll be an interesting court case. We see how 'alternative facts' sit with judges who specialize in constitutional law.

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  33. PEOPLE ARE TEARING TRUMP’S PRESS SECRETARY A NEW ONE FOR BLATANTLY LYING ABOUT INAUGURATION CROWDS
    http://www.ifyouonlynews.com/miscellaneous/people-are-tearing-trumps-press-secretary-a-new-one-for-blatantly-lying-about-inauguration-crowds/

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  34. I cannot get any Trump supporters on my Facebook page, here, email to answer the simple questions...why won't Trump release his tax returns, why did he pick people for his Cabinet who are obviously not qualified, but are million/billionaires, and won't complete their Ethics forms (like Betsy De Vos, who condoned guns in schools just in case someone needed to shoot an attacking grizzly bear). Come on Trump supporters - answer those two questions. I have several more...

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    1. You're making a fundamental error by assuming the Dump supporters can read your Facebook page. Maybe convert your words to pictures, such as a picture book.

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    2. The best guess as to why he won't release the returns is that they will show he is in debt to foreign governments. To appreciate this breach of the law, listen to an interview with Norm Eisen, President Obama's special counsel on ethics and government reform, and Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush:
      http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/2017/01/19/510596329/fresh-air-for-january-19-2017

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  35. 6:20pm. Constitutional Law. Ted Cruz for U.S. Supreme Court.

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    1. Ted Cruz smells with his tongue.

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  36. "Democrats in Disarray", FOX News. President Obama's legacy :Donald Trump.

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  37. Normally, our First Lady has some type of cause during her husbands presidency. Laura Bush was a proponent for education and literacy. Michelle Obama pushed for healthy nutrition lifestyles for children. So, what should we expect from Melania Trump? It seems her experience as a nude super model kinda voids any significant platform that she may push. Pretty sad.

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    1. I think it's already been announced: online bullying.
      Of course, she'll have to leave twitter out of it.

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    2. Her husband is one of the worst offenders.

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  38. Chicago and healthy lifestyles? Nutrition or otherwise, the Obama 's hometown was neglected. It's because they cared so much.
    Mrs. Trump will address bulling. Your comfort zone.

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    1. 9:26, when all you have to contribute are insults, it's a good idea to use spellcheck.

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    2. Maybe "bulling" means supporting the Chicago Bulls.

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