Monday, January 16, 2017

Something for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Mod: The irony of attacking one of the heroes of the civil rights movement, a close colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King no less, and just days before the national holiday celebrating America's great icon in the struggle for racial equality, seems lost on the troubled man who will be inaugurated as our next president in a few days. But not on the thousands of people who responded to the tinpot tweeter. Here is what the editor of The New Yorker magazine, David Remnick, had to say about all of this.

JOHN LEWIS, DONALD TRUMP, AND THE MEANING OF LEGITIMACY (The New Yorker link): John Lewis represents Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District, one vote of four hundred and thirty-five. He is also the singular conscience of Capitol Hill. Lewis is a dismal institution’s griot, a historical actor and hero capable of telling the most complex and painful of American stories—the story of race. That is his job, his mission. With Dr. King and Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker long gone, Lewis remains nearly alone in his capacity to tell the story of that era as a direct witness and, because of all that he has seen and endured, to issue credible moral judgment.

Only a heedless few would reject that judgment out of hand, no matter how wounding. Who would think to call John Lewis “all talk, talk, talk—no action or results”? Who would have the impoverished language to dismiss the whole of John Lewis as “sad”? As it happens, the President-elect of the United States.

Donald Trump reveals his nature through the objects of his affection and the targets of his insults. He took his time before disavowing support from the likes of David Duke, a former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He has only praise for Vladimir Putin. He flatters Alex Jones, the leading crackpot conspiracy theorist of the airwaves, as a man of “amazing” reputation.

Trump chose to launch his political career as a bloviating booster of the racist conspiracy theory known as “birtherism,” declaring, in effect, that the Presidency of Barack Obama was illegitimate. But when Lewis went on “Meet the Press” this weekend and challenged the legitimacy of Trump’s election, citing charges of Russian involvement in the campaign, Trump immediately reached for his phone.

Trump’s inability to restrain himself is on daily display. Meryl Streep is “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.” “Saturday Night Live” is “really bad television!” Hillary Clinton is “guilty as hell.” He refuses to school himself on policy, but it is a priority of state to sound off on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings on the revival of “The Apprentice.” Trump admires the concision of his own writing. “Somebody said I’m the Ernest Hemingway of a hundred and forty characters,” he said in a speech in South Carolina, without identifying the “somebody.” If Trump doesn’t like someone or something that somebody says, well, “bing, bing, bing—I say something really bad about them.” Just like Abraham Lincoln.

Lewis, for his part, cited on “Meet the Press” what American intelligence agencies have described as a one-sided, pro-Trump attempt to meddle in the 2016 Presidential campaign—an information and cyber assault, the agencies concluded, that ranged from the production and distribution of phony stories discrediting Clinton to the hack of the Democratic National Committee. The declassified version of the intelligence report lacks the kind of evidence that the American people and a firm conclusion require, but Lewis was not prepared to wait before delivering his opinion. It’s not hard to imagine why. At least one reason for his harsh judgment surely has to do with his level of outrage at the racist and misogynist tenor of the Trump campaign. This is a colossal offense. Another reason is almost certainly Trump’s appointment of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Testifying at Sessions’s confirmation hearing, Lewis said, “Those who are committed to equal justice in our society wonder whether Senator Sessions’s call for law and order will mean today what it meant in Alabama when I was coming up back then.”

“We’ve made progress, but we are not there yet,” he continued. “There are forces that want to take us back to another place. We don’t want to go back. We want to go forward. As the late A. Philip Randolph, who was the dean of the March on Washington, in 1963, often said, ‘Maybe our forefathers and our foremothers all came to this great land in different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.’ It doesn’t matter how Senator Sessions may smile, how friendly he may be, how he may speak to you, but we need someone who’s going to stand up and speak up and speak out for the people that need help, for people who are being discriminated against.”

For years, Lewis has led commemorations of “Bloody Sunday,” the confrontation on March 7, 1965, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama, between Alabama state troopers and six hundred peaceful demonstrators. Sessions appeared alongside Lewis at one such event, but Lewis says he is not prepared to invite Trump to the annual occasion.

One can agree or not with Lewis when he calls Trump’s legitimacy into doubt. What cannot be doubted is Lewis’s exemplary life, his moral gravity and authority. He is the rare figure who reminds a people of the fragility of their freedoms and puts his body on the line to protect and demand them. In his astonishing memoir, “Walking with the Wind,” Lewis remembers Bloody Sunday in Selma, the disorienting quiet, the discipline of the marchers, the sobriety, “almost like a funeral procession”:

There was no singing, no shouting—just the sound of scuffling feet. There was something holy about it, as if we were walking down a sacred path. It reminded me of Gandhi’s march to the sea. Dr. King used to say there is nothing more powerful than the rhythm of marching feet, and that was what this was, the marching feet of a determined people.

Lewis was at the head of the long double-file line. He wore a tan raincoat and carried a knapsack containing a book and a couple of pieces of fruit, just in case he got hungry later in jail. The protesters were facing off against countless blue-helmeted Alabama state troopers armed with whips and truncheons. Lewis saw one trooper with a rubber hose wrapped in barbed wire. The streets were lined with “about a hundred whites, laughing and hollering, waving Confederate flags.” Lewis could hear one trooper’s horse snort and wheeze.

Given one minute to disperse by the troopers, Lewis had the protesters kneel in prayer. They would not leave. “And then they were upon us.” The troopers charged, and the first among them brought down a nightstick on the left side of Lewis’s skull. His legs gave way. “I really thought I was going to die,” he said. He curled up on the ground, as he had been trained, in a “prayer for protection” position.” The trooper hit him again. And then came the canisters of tear gas. His skull fractured, his coat a mess of mud and blood, Lewis refused to go to the hospital. Barely conscious, he reached Brown Chapel, the headquarters of the movement, ascended to the pulpit, and told those gathered, many of them still gasping from the tear gas, “I don’t know how President Johnson can send troops to Vietnam. I don’t see how he can send troops to the Congo. I don’t see how he can send troops to Africa, and he can’t send troops to Selma, Alabama. Next time we march, we may have to keep going when we get to Montgomery. We may have to go on to Washington.”

That night, an audience of forty-eight million people watched a fifteen-minute report on Selma. President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had urged civil-rights leaders to force his hand if they wanted him to support a voting-rights bill, now saw that it was time to promote one. On national television, he compared Selma to Lexington and Concord as a “turning point in man’s unending search for freedom.” And the Voting Rights Act—now under assault in many ways—became law.

Nevertheless, Trump did not think twice before dismissing Lewis, bing, bing, bing, as “all talk,” and that, in turn, unleashed his chorus. Roger Stone, one of Trump’s more notorious campaign operatives, said on Twitter that Lewis “negates his heroism on the Edmund Pettis [sic] bridge by acting like a partisan hack asshole, never to [sic] taken seriously again.” Nearly as eloquent, Dinesh D’Souza tweeted, “John Lewis is not a ‘legend’—he was a minor player in the civil rights movement, who became a nasty, bitter old man.”

Trump avoided the draft by citing bone spurs in his feet. He has said he has made “a lot of sacrifices” for his country because he has created jobs and “built great structures.” The sacrifices that Lewis has made for his country and for the cause of justice are manifest in the scars on his skull. It is a safe bet that he will not be wounded by any tweet. And there are those who know well what he has done to advance the cause of justice and human rights. Eight years ago, at a lunch following the inaugural ceremonies, the new President signed a piece of paper for him with the inscription “Because of you, John. Barack Obama.” John Lewis surely believes in the orderly transfer of power as a tenet of democracy, but asking him to keep quiet and sit through the inaugural ceremonies this time is asking too much.

Mod: Enjoy your day off.

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91 comments:

  1. Just think the inauguration is days away, yippee!!!!!

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    1. Make America Great Again. Steal granny's health care.

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    2. Which one, 6:33? Trump on January 20 or Pence the month after?

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    3. I'm sure you'll have no trouble getting a front row seat

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    4. The Trump people are posting on Facebook that there are still tickets available. Donald's big day is a bust.

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    5. Maybe you could perform for the few people in attendance. D-bag trump couldn't get Bruce Springsteen so he booked a cover band. How embarrassing. Now they just quit! How ultimately embarrasing..

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  2. U.S. Intelligence Officials Reportedly Warn Israeli Counterparts Against Sharing Info With Trump Administration
    Shared information could be leaked to Russia and onward to Iran, American officials implied to Israelis in closed meeting, saying Kremlin has 'leverages of pressure' over Trump. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.764711

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  3. SCOTTISH NEWSPAPER LISTS TRUMP INAUGURATION UNDER TV TITLE, ‘THE TWILIGHT ZONE’
    http://meanlefthook.com/2017/01/burn-scottish-newspaper-lists-trump-inauguration-under-tv-title-the-twilight-zone/

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  4. Personally, I think the Dems & others who say Trump does not understand the dangers of Russia are a little clueless about what Trump understands or doesn't. Trump completely understands but he sees Putin & the way Putin governs Russia as the best way to govern. Trump thinks it is a waste of time to have to deal with Congress or any of our governmental agencies. He wants to say we do this & we do it just like how he dealt with his businesses. He also likes how Putin has enriched himself since he became the leader of Russia. Trump totally admires Putin, he loves how the guy governs. Nobody knows what Trump is going to do. He is 100% unpredictable except for the fact everyone knows you can criticize him & you are going to get a reaction on his little twitter toy. The only prediction I would make about him is that he is probably the most dangerous guy this nation has ever put in the White House because of his temperament, lack of knowledge, his total disregard for any civility, lack of honesty & all of the apparently personal issues this man has.

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  5. Bone spurs is a serious medical condition,and there was a serious rash of them amongst young affluent boys in the late 60's and early 1970's. Most of my male friends that attended La Salle H.S were afflicted. The friends that went to PHS nort so much. One of the advantages of being able to afford a good education

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    1. Thank God for golf carts.

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  6. Among my favorite MLK quotes is this one: Life's most urgent and persistent question is, "What are you doing for others?"

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  7. Trump tweeted that Lewis should work for his crime ridden neighborhood, not realizing that it is a middle class neighborhood, not crime ridden at all.

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    1. Trump is afflicted by the racist assumption that all blacks are criminals.

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  8. "What are you doing for others?". John Lewis can pull up his rocking chair and sit on his poarch, please do not attend the inauguration. As someone who sat in a friends living room with Angela Black, all of us, to this day, continue working for peaceful solutions. Mr. Lewis cannot boast he and President Obama have continued on with the cause.
    Dr. King was a Minister and a peaceful man looking to build bridges of faith and belief that we are all in this together.
    Mr. Lewis is "a bitter old man" who is talking division. He is not walking the same path.

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    1. I doubt Martin Luther King would show up to the inauguration of the KKK's boy, either.

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    2. So you had some friends years ago that were friends of a black woman news reporter for KABC ? How progressive of you.

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    3. Wake me up when you start making sense.

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    4. KKK’s official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/11/01/the-kkks-official-newspaper-has-endorsed-donald-trump-for-president/?utm_term=.2947e2be7aea

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    5. Is this the source of 8:01's confusion?
      John Lewis speaking now at MLK breakfast, Live on CNN & MSNBC, not being carried by Fox

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    6. If you believe in peace then why did you vote for trump, who intends to bring back waterboarding and torture?

      You're a fraud just like the rest of the extremist swamp righters

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  9. Stupid GOP Congress clown tries to hold a meeting with his constituents on Obamacare, ends up fleeing out the back door.

    This Local News Segment Shows The Obamacare Danger Ahead For Republicans
    Constituents inundated Rep. Mike Coffman at a meeting in his Colorado district.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-coffman-pushback-obamacare-repeal_us_587b8ca4e4b09281d0eb5f7c?section=politics

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    1. Run, punk.

      GOP Congressman Hosts Repeal Obamacare Town Hall; It Didn’t Go The Way He Wanted (VIDEO)
      http://addictinginfo.org/2017/01/16/gop-congressman-hosts-repeal-obamacare-town-hall-it-didnt-go-the-way-he-wanted-video/

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    2. President Elect D. Trump's temperament is exactly what is needed for facing a future with ISIS and Caliphate.
      The blunders of G.W. and no drama Obama have sent the message to terrorist that America is bad.
      There is a mighty truth in "Make America Great Again".
      Dr. Martin L. King was about making America great for "all" men and woman.

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    3. Apparently these fools didn't realize that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act were the same thing. Too stupid to live?
      Trump Supporters Now Realize Repealing ACA Will Take Away Their Healthcare
      http://bizstandardnews.com/2017/01/14/trumpaca/

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    4. Caliphate? Really? That tired right wing talking point is still making the rounds?

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    5. Trumplets haven't been given any new talking points since the election. They are no longer needed.

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  10. 8:06 am. Dr King would have been there and supplied the Bible for the swearing in.

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    1. Slander. And on Dr. King's birthday no less. Go iron your hood.

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  11. Yes, it's horrific racism and redneck white elitism, but the driving factor behind Trump's election was the sense of the vast middle of our country that globalism is killing their lives and their jobs. Trump just blew the dog-whistle, Breitbart-style, in order to get elected so he could cut his private business deals using the US government as his leverage. And the hell with our country, its people and its laws.

    “Trump’s election victory is a clear indication that the majority of people are not interested in a world government, but want to return to a classical, local democracy,” John Mauldin, an economic researcher and author, recently wrote. “Strange as it may seem to the Davos men, most people tend to love their ‘patria,’ the land of their fathers.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/16/business/dealbook/world-economic-forum-davos-trump.html

    #FlimFlamMan

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    1. UM he didn't garner a majority of votes.

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  12. Humorous how the persons shouting most about how "White"or how "Black" or how affluent or not; are the individuals struggling with their own insecurities in these areas.
    Volunteering is the best way to "give" of yourself and experience personal growth in return. Have a good MLK Day.

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    1. Under Trump volunteer work will be just about the only kind available.

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    2. Why do all of our Presidents get one day for them, millions of Veterans are honored by one day, and mlk gets a day for himself. I grew up when mlk was making his speeches and I remember where ever he spoke, riots and trouble ensued. Great american. Personally, I think not.

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    3. I take it your day is April 1st.

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    4. 11:03 Sorry I don't have one day, everyday is my day because I am alive and thankful for being able to live in a free country where we can voice our opinions.

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    5. April 1 and October 31st.

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    6. Best shutdown ever! Thanks for putting that tool back in his shed

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  13. The city residence who voted for Obama also supported our Sierra Madre city manager - public works director and city council. We can clearly see where that got us, lots of bad decisions, mucho taxes and mucho debt, and water which continues to eat holes in our pipes. It's just a matter of time, this thinking pattern will bankrupt the united States and Sierra Madre. We need to make Sierra Madre great again!

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    1. The GOP controlled Congress and Senate just raised the nationsl debt ceiling by several trillion dollars. Please, we live in the Internet age. If you are going to post BS you will get caught.

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    2. I find it hard to believe that many of my otherwise intelligent friends voted for Hillary Clinton.

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    3. I have no difficulty comprehending the stupidity of Trump voters.

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  14. 9.58... You are in denial, it was Your Omaha who increased the debt by $15 Trillion dollars, the state of California has more people on Welfare than full time jobs, go to transparent California, like you said, we are in the internet age. Are you on welfare or do you have a full time job or do you have a pension which taxpayers paid for? Who did you vote for? Let's make better decisions for America and Sierra Madre, let's make America great again!

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    1. I'll post articles for you to choke on when I get home. But while you are waiting please explain who "Omaha" is.

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    2. These are the people who voted against Obama in an incoherent rage

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    3. Yes. And now the poor fools are about to be rewarded with the loss of their health benefits.

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    4. Here you go, 10:17! There's more, so try and keep it honest.

      What are conservatives doing voting to increase debt by $9 trillion?
      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/congress/article125030014.html

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  15. Silly; Omaha, well that's Hawaiian for Obama! Pig Latin...or is it, Bamao?

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    1. Trump always claimed Obama was not born in the United States. Or at least he did until he stopped.

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    2. The idiots who voted for Trump are the same idiots who believed coach when, wink-wink, he told the not to worry about grades and an education because they would always have a high-paying job installing a few screws on the assembly line or loading a hopper with pig iron.

      Now that the billionaires and multi-millionaires like Trump have shipped their no and low skilled jobs overseas, what do they do? Why the idiots vote for the greedy plutocrats who shipped those jobs overseas, of course.

      Idiots do what idiots do.

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  16. 1 in 4 Americans voted for Trump.
    Yep.

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  17. Trump national security spokeswoman Monica Crowley to forgo post amid plagiarism charges
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/01/16/trump-national-security-spokeswoman-monica-crowley-to-forgo-post-amid-plagiarism-charges/

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    1. I'm quite surprised anyone associated with Trump takes plagiarism seriously!

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  18. Astronaut Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon has died today.

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    1. Interesting guy. Just read his obit. But my heart goes out to MLK today.

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  19. Thirty-one Entitled Democratic Senators can't put politics aside. They will not attend the forty fifth Presidential Inauguration. Hostility and anger replace communication on Martin Luther Kings Day of all days.
    I hope the laws will be changed and we the people can vote these Senators out of office. They are all about "their" emotions and not about the United States.

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    1. Nobody owes the Orange Baboon anything. I commend all 31.

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    2. After 8 years of unparalleled obstructionism against a president, the GOP can only increase its descent into hypocrisy with these reprimands.

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    3. There are still patriotic Republicans, but most of them would sell their mother - and country - for a buck.

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    4. Maybe those who are attending should follow your suggestion to pass a law that will allow you to vote those Senators out.

      Just one problem with your suggestion genius--the U.S. Constitution.

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  20. Trump's cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/16/politics/tom-price-bill-aiding-company/index.html?adkey=bn

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    1. Trumpets make bubbly sounds drowning in swamp water

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  21. Isn’t it great that we have the Tattler? A nice, safe zone where we can curl up in our blankies with our teddy bears and not have to acknowledge that big, bad REAL world that lurks outside our little elitist cocoon. It’s nice to have those rose colored windows to the outside kept so clean and pristine.

    It’s so comforting to be able to only read those things that are copied from web sites of the absolute experts on life as we know it and to be able to anonymously denigrate anyone who wanders by here who has the audacity to inject facts that challenge our alternate reality. We can even use words that we don’t know the meaning of (but they must be true because all those experts use them all the time).

    Granted, we have to supply our own blankie and teddy bear, but maybe the moderator can check for some way to incorporate an electronic coloring book and crayons into this site for us to use so we can soothe our highly distraught feelings that we create by freaking out about things that we read here taken from other places on the Internet (which are all absolutely true in the opinion of the author). We shouldn’t have to venture outside our safe haven for such staple items.

    Just think…with that coloring book, we will have the full modern university experience without all the massive debt. Such a deal!!!

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    1. Nice fantasy, Comrade. Unfortunately the big bad world (as you so fearfully put it) gets inaugurated on the 20th. Think of it, the first American president ever under the thumb of a foreign dictator. You must be so proud. You can give your teddy bear back to the kids, now.

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    2. Can Donald Trump Be Impeached Over Russia Allegations? How Possible Treason Charges Could Affect President-Elect
      http://www.ibtimes.com/can-donald-trump-be-impeached-over-russia-allegations-how-possible-treason-charges-2473861

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    3. Trump’s Favorability Rating Hits Historic, Record Low
      http://addictinginfo.org/2017/01/16/trumps-favorability-rating-hits-historic-record-low/

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    4. Wow, 2:10...pretty harsh comeback to someone defending your access to a blog where you can safely be ignorant and narrow-minded.

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    5. Have you tried Stormfront? It might be more to your liking.

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    6. Nice fact free analysis 2:03. What role do you play in you imaginary position advising Trump?

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    7. 2:03 is kinda guilt trippy and whiny. Reminds me of Mosca.

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    8. The first president who can't handle ideas more than 140 characters in length. Makes W seem like Einstein.

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    9. Trump looks awesome in that hokey military uniform with the fake sword. Like some extra in a Hollywood musical

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    10. Fake-o in a shako.

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    11. Hey 2:42, that's so even you can understand it. Any more than 140 characters is probably past your ability to comprehend.

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    12. 6:05 is a nitwit.

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  22. The 10 states receiving the most in federal aid as a percentage of their general revenue, in order, were:

    Mississippi, 42.9% federal aid as percentage of general revenue
    Louisiana, 41.9%
    Tennessee, 39.5%
    South Dakota, 39.0%
    Missouri, 38.2%
    Montana, 37.4%
    Georgia, 37.3%
    New Mexico, 36.6%
    Alabama, 36.1%
    Maine, 35.3%

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    1. The Food Stamp Belt.

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    2. Can you tell me in dollars how much CA receives compared to the states listed? How many receive welfare in Ca? Just wondering cause you can make numbers say whatever you want.

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    3. Did you go to the link the commentator below so thoughtfully provided for your lazy ass?

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    4. California has roughly 30% of the nations welfare receipants living here. California has only 12% of the nation's population. It appears a lot of welfare receipants voted for clinton. Interesting fact.

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    5. As any semi-literate person can see, the slave wage red states are by far the largest percentage recipients of our tax dollars.

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  23. Know the facts before you speak out.

    https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-least-dependent-on-the-federal-government/2700/

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    1. Red states have the highest percentages of welfare recipients.

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    2. Welcome to the USSR-of-A

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  24. 12:13pm. Simple is as simple does.
    Your knowledge of economics
    and regulations are showing.

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    1. 12:13 post was about plagiarism.

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  26. Golden state golden shower trump trickle-on economics

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  27. California has roughly the most out of work actors on medical/medicare.

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    1. Tennessee has the largest percentage of meth heads, child rapists and tea party activists.

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