Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Letter to the Editor: What's Up With the Tattler?

Mod: I occasionally get notes like this, but rarely quite as well thought out. I figured this would be as good a time as any to air out some of these concerns. 

Tattler: I have been observing your blog over the last several years and I have appreciated the effort you've put into covering the various issues facing Sierra Madre. You have provided information that could scarcely be obtained otherwise. Certainly information that Ms. Henderson at the Mountain View News would never present to her readers.

Unfortunately, I feel that your coverage over the last six months or more would be readily approved and applauded by Ms. Henderson, who you yourself reported as emanating from crooked democrat roots. Prior to this recent election, you presented yourself as a conservative, right leaning individual such as myself. This was refreshing in contrast to the disproportionate left leaning media generally found in this county and state.

I can understand your displeasure with certain attributes Trump exhibits, but you've really gone too far in your derogatory statements of "dumbass red states" and the like.

Your blog has seemingly eroded into an odd dichotomy of extreme conservatism at the local level contrasted with extreme liberalism at the state and federal level. Not quite sure how to interpret or unravel what's gone on here.

Beyond that, your extremist views against Trump would imply that the alternative, meaning Hillary, was preferable.  Prior to this election, I would have positioned you as far too intelligent to adopt this sort of stance.  Given that the "mission statement", if one exists, of the Tattler is to cover local area news that can't be sourced elsewhere, I remain confused why the national political scene dominates.  I know you well enough to be certain you'd claim that it's "much more entertaining" at this point, but

I'd encourage you to return to your intended roots to prevent losing your viewers to news that can be gathered just as easily from MSNBC.

Mod: I have decided to leave the name of the writer out of this. Should he want me to include that here I will gladly add it later. Here is my reply.

Dear (fill in the blank): Sorry to question the core assumption of your thoughtful letter, but I see Trump as a dangerous radical, and is in no way a conservative. Quite the opposite, actually. He is an extremist, and given his troubling man-crush on the murderous Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, possibly even a willing traitor as well. America's first turncoat president.

I know it is novel to claim that it's the left who now patriotically defends America's interests, especially when one recalls such events as Jane Fonda's trip to Hanoi during the Vietnam War, or the sight of well-fed and pampered Americans parading through the streets of Washington DC waving Viet Cong flags. These visions are still fresh for us seasoned veterans of life, and I am sure you too remember such things as well.

But that, to my mind at least, is where the likes of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon live today. Openly and freely representing the causes of our enemies. The reactionary right today panders to one of the most dangerous of foreign dictators, someone who has worked endlessly for America's demise. Just like the people some on the left pandered to during the Vietnam era.

Honestly, I see very little difference. Trump's shameless Putin butt-kissing during the Bill O'Reilly interview that aired before Sunday's Super Bowl game is, to me, no less offensive than Jane Fonda's worshipful sojourn to an enemy encampment in Vietnam. In many ways Donald Trump represents the very worst of what this generation has had to offer, be they on the radical left or radical right.

I am sorry, but yes, in this regard I have gone over to the other side. At least for now. I can be flexible, but it is very important to help make certain this information gets out. No other local media outlet is telling this story, either.

I will continue to post what I feel is accurate and important information on both local and national issues, no matter what the topic. But as far as the subject of Trump goes, you will likely remain unhappy with what I report here.

If you find any of this difficult to deal with then perhaps you really shouldn't read my blog anymore. I will never side with a so-called president that I believe represents a danger to the country I love. Not to mention the rest of the world as well.

Look at it this way. If nobody read The Tattler anymore, I could actually stop doing it. I would not be the least little bit sad. There are plenty of other things I could be doing. Like going to bed earlier and getting a better night's rest.

In short, I really don't see myself owing you anything. Nor am I willing to sell out my country for a few hundred extra blog hits. That is not how it works here.

Thanks for writing in.

John Crawford

Suggested readings:

Trump defends Putin’s murder of critics to Bill O’Reilly: ‘You think our country’s so innocent?’ (Raw Story link)

Putin critic fighting for his life with mysterious illness (CBS News link)

Leading GOP Strategist Labels Trump and His Supporters Traitors (PoliticusUSA.com link)

Trump praises Putin and Twitter eviscerates him (US Uncut.com link)

None Dare Call it Treason (BillMoyers.com link)

Trump Is A Traitor, Says Tea Party Ex-Senator Who Threatened Armed Revolt If Clinton Won (Reverb Press.com link)

Is Donald Trump a traitor? His path to the White House suggests a pattern of profound disloyalty (Salon link)

There are four ways Donald Trump may be guilty of treason, says law expert (Raw Story link)

Did Donald Trump commit treason? (NBC link)

Donald Trump raises specter of treason (The Boston Globe link)

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104 comments:

  1. What's so disapppinting to me, as a reader since the Maundry days, is witnessing the behavior people such as this letter writer devolve out of any form of rational debate. They've allowed themselves to wear blinders as if they would only choose a news source that matched their lifestyle. Anyone else is deemed a radical opposite.

    I think Trump is unfit to lead and achieved his power through falsehood. Yet many times when I've posted here to as such I've been attacked as 'leftist', a 'Clinton supporter', or a 'lib' worshiping 'B. Hussein Obama'. I'm none of those things.

    But even if the Mod was, it wouldn't stop me from visiting here for news. The world is bigger than any one of us. And if you're not contributing you're just taking. Thanks, Mod, for contributing.

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    1. Tattler has gone off the deep end. If Trump loses the election Hillary wins. The same Hillary who authorized the sale of half of the U S uranium reserves to Russia and yes Putin in exchange for donations to the corrupt pay to play Clinton Foundation. What's worse? What she did vs what Trump says? Let's wait and see what Trump actually does before we call him a traitor. So far he's doing pretty well if you ask me. But of course I'm not a progressive who wants to destroy America as we know it.

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    2. Two observations:
      1) How do the actions of the Clintons excuse the actions of Trump?
      2) When you were a child, did the "But mommy, all the other kids are doing it, too!" argument work with your parents? Didn't work with mine.

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    3. 7:19 thanks for underscoring 5:08's argument.. as if anyone against Trump wants to 'destroy america'..

      Fanatical nonsense.

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    4. Bannon just wants to get us into another Middle East war. He's using Trump to do it.

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    5. Jackals!!!!!!! All of you!!!! Leave him be you nipping jackals!!!!! And quit deleting my Jackal posts!!!!!

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  2. Don't blame the mod because trump lost the popular vote worse than any president in nearly 200 years, that he's paid millions to settle multiple lawsuits for fraud, that he's banned by the U.K. Parliament, and so much more...


    Meanwhile:
    four more retailers have stopped selling the clothing line produced by First Daughter Ivanka Trump amid “lagging” sales of the brand.

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  3. What's especially sad is how many Republicans have signed on for Trump's sedition out of narrow partisan interests. They are disgracing themselves.

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  4. Jane Fonda has better hair.

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  5. You know, Jane Fonda wasn't wrong. It was another unjust war created under false pretext by radicals within our government.

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    1. So Hanoi Jane was right did during Vietnam? Do you remember that one of our captured piolots she went to taunt passed her a note to let his family know he was alive and she gave it to the guards? Do you remember what happened to him? You have got to be kidding me. The only thing Jane Fonda ever did worth remebering was "Barbarella." She should have been exiled from this country, she was and is a traitor.

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  6. Trump and his handler Steve Bannon are leading us into another Middle East war. This time at the side of the Russians. The eventual winner will be, if successful, the Russians. They will get to assume control of much of that part of the world, which has been their goal for decades. That is the plan. America is being badly served by this unelected president.

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    1. Bannon is no handler. He is the public image

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    2. If you saw someone looking like Steve Bannon hanging around at the park, would you quickly take your children home?

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  7. Leaks Suggest Trump's Own Team Is Alarmed By His Conduct

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-administration-leaks_us_589a45f1e4b04061313a1fbb?

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  8. The common denominator with history and this blog, the moderator, his two or three blogers and the Mountain View News, are that they are known as "useful idiots".
    Not much happening in town these days, a new page will be turning in March, with the new hire in management.
    I am sure this moderator is "tired", I appreciated the insight, research and past reportings also, reguarding city business; or the lack of.
    Never knew the Conservative leanings, more of a Libertarian approach and viewing of happenings from this Moderator.
    That is why I am also surprised to read the MSNBC crap rolled out on this blog daily.
    President Trump has delivered on his campaign promises. I view his approach as a Conservative Libertarian! We're all in this together. President Trump comes across as truthful in his talks, what does he gain or loose, not to be truthful. He is not a politician. He ran as a Candidate because he saw how broken this Country has become.
    With my jumbled sentences and punctuation, I get my thoughts and outlooks of what I see happening out there in this Country. Probably as well as President Trump and at times his awkward speech patterns.
    Both come from truthful places and in a concern to work diligently to tackle out of control Politicians and Lawmakers and try to turn around this Country back around.
    If I wanted Socialism, I'd've moved to Europe.

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    1. No problem with the Putin thing?

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    2. So you would prefer fascism here at home,as opposed to socialism in Europe?

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    3. Fascism is a form of socialism. But the money goes elsewhere.

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    4. Russia is more like government by organized crime.

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    5. Again.. if you're against trump you're a 'socialist'. Creepy the number of extremists that turn up in Sierra Madre.

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    6. In the "Us vs. Them" universe there is only right and wrong.

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    7. Trump promised to drain the swamp… He has instead smeared it all around the way

      Promise broken

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  9. One-Third Dont Know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act Are the Same
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/upshot/one-third-dont-know-obamacare-and-affordable-care-act-are-the-same.html

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  10. 7:51am. What are you talking about?
    Another superpower on the other side of the planet? and no, Russia won't be the "eventual winner", world politics are not the same thing as the video game you are playing.

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    1. If you couldn't understand the original comment, how will any additional explanation help?

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  11. So 6:54am, You are more of a Ron Paul follower?

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  12. looking forward to when we have a dispensary downtown - come on new City Manager let's get rolling....

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    1. We really don't need a "dispensary" in SM.The Marijuana industry flourished in the Canyon in the 60's right through the 80's until the rich families started moving in. Now just a quick jaunt down to Michillinda and Colorado Blvd.there is a plethora of pot,and relatively cheap.

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    2. The green city hall wants are tax dollars. Dispensaries will get them what they need.

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    3. There are rich people in the canyon?

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    4. Whilst many of the longtime renters and longtime property are not so affluent the more recent canyon dwellers and property owners are quite wealthy to afford property. Still quite eclectic and special.......

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    5. 8:43 what corner?

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  13. The Obama Administration, the gift that keeps on giving. Eric Holder just billed Los Angeles $25,000.00 for 40 hours of legal work/rights of illegals.

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    1. What are we paying the lawyers Trump engaged to keep foreigners out of the country? Looks like they're going to be on the gravy train all the way to the Supreme Court.

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    2. Actually he was hired to help with an Anti Trump strategy for 3 months at $25,000. a month plus expenses. I'm not sure what is has to do with President Obama?

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    3. Pennies man pennies

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    4. Holder has a large staff to pay. $25,000 is cheap.

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  14. President Donald Trump lashes out against retailer Nordstrom for cutting ties with daughter Ivanka
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/president-donald-trump-lashes-out-against-retailer-nordstrom-for-cutting-ties-with-daughter-ivanka/

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  15. 6:19am. Again, unjust war? Jane Fonda was right? So you supported the slaughter of Vietnamese under the Viet Cong rule, and you want Muslim followers of Sharia to come into the United States un vetted? Scarry.

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    1. Somebody buy Trump Guy a drink. I think he's feeling shaky.

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    2. I don't give a damn about the Vietnamese. The us invaded under a false premises as an extension of colonialism. Tens of thousands of lives lost. Us reputation shattered. All sort of negative repercussions.

      You don't even know what Sharia law is. And you have the worst spelling. Where you from trump guy?

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    3. I support the overthrow of he French colonial power that completely subverted their culture and economy.

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  16. 8:40am. No wonder the budget isn't balanced. Journalists reported Holder billing for forty hours, the amount of twenty five thousand dollars. So what's a person to believe?

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    1. How much are Trump's lawyers charging us to defend his immigrant ban? Helluva lot more than $25K I'll bet.

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    2. 9:14 Do the math yourself Law firms are expensive to hire.Did you think his firm would work for anything less than $600 an hour? This ain't Kansas.Same story same facts..... And you're asking in the wrong thread btw.

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  17. In an extraordinary appearance Monday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, President Donald Trump dispensed with democratic protocol to deliver a political speech. He denounced the press and implicitly suggested the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.

    In his brief remarks, Trump lavished praise on the Central Command and Special Forces Command troops that are based at MacDill. He began by thanking the military for its lopsided vote in his favor in last November’s election. “And I saw those numbers—and you like me and I like you,” he said.

    These developments follow the sinister incident, which remains unexplained and virtually unreported by the media, that occurred toward the beginning of Trump’s inaugural address. Ten officers from the various services lined up behind Trump and remained there long enough for the image of the new president flanked by uniformed military men to be broadcast across the country and internationally. This was no accident, but rather a calculated maneuver devised by Trump and advisers such as Bannon to present an image of a quasi-military government, prepared to crack down on opposition at home and wage war against multiple enemies abroad.

    The greater the level of social inequality, the more widespread the alienation of the working masses from the entire political system, the more the ruling financial oligarchy seeks to base itself on the military. Already in the 2000 election, in which the Supreme Court handed the White House to George W. Bush, the loser of the popular vote, by shutting down a vote recount in Florida, Democrat Al Gore agreed to Republican demands that illegal military votes in Florida, mainly for Bush, be counted.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/08/pers-f08.html

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  18. The worlds food chain is about to be poisoned until the end of time. Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, cooled by ocean waters is on intense emergency alert.

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  19. Didn't President Bill Clinton loose the popular vote? Hum, I'll have to Google!!!

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    1. Umm, no. But George W. Bush lost the popular vote to Al Gore.

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    2. Yes and no... Billy was not popular and Chad kept Al from hanging onto the election.

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    3. When Bill Clinton left office his approval ratings were in the 60% range. All that crap they threw at him backfired.

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  20. Very funny and thought provoking 8:34am

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  21. Chandler Arizona is the new home of a seven billion dollar super conductor plant. Three thousand jobs just added to the economy.

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    1. Trump did all that in 2 weeks?

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    2. That plant has been sitting there empty for 3 years. The employees that will soon work there will be transferred from Intel’s Ocotillo plant complex. This was all done during the Obama administration,old news....

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    3. Typical Trumpiness. Taking credit for the work of others.

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  22. Go to MSNBC to get left wing Trump nuttiness news? How about Meet the Press on NBC, news on ABC, CBS, local stations, CNN, or watch CSPAN live and weep! Oh, year the Wall Street Journal channel. What is so frghtening is tbat there are still people like the letter writer who still believe in this dangerous man. Just read Dan Rather in USA Today, "media not prepared to keep its mouth shut." Thank you Tattler - this is so much bigger than Sierra Madre.

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  23. I totally agree with this guy. I used to come to this site for local Sierra Madre news. Now its just an anti-Trump venting site. WTF. What happened to the local planning issues or the crazy UUT tax.

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    1. So just read on the days relevant to you and avoid others.. why cry about it? Like spoiled children.. dude spends hours every day to deliver a free arrive yet you whine like a paying customer!

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    2. The local planning issues are still covered here in depth. The UUT passed and we that live here are paying it.
      Crusaders (Mod) crusade that's what they do.

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    3. National politics have gotten so weird it is hard to ignore. The United States now has its first certifiably crazy president.

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  24. I appreciate the polite and arguably thoughtful tone of the reader's note (although throwing in the "far too intelligent" comment and a few others exposed it as something a bit more loaded).

    But, I think that reader is being enormously presumptuous. I don't find that your positions on local issues - which I would characterize as encouraging and helping residents scrutinize and hold accountable local governance - are at all indicative of your leanings on national issues.

    And frankly, it's refreshing that you aren't so predictable. Conservatives searching for something so linear and simple as a blogger who tells them what they already think have a ton of options. I find it pretty awesome that in a small city like Sierra Madre, we have a more layered voice. Our local guy sees Trump as a threat that transcends partisan politics, so he's going there while still covering the drama on Mira Monte. Good on you, Mod.

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  25. Small potatoes compared to having a nut in the White House. Explain the Bowling Green massacre or the 3 million illegal voters only in New York and California.

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  26. Federal Court decision on travel ban,
    The President has the authority
    DHS Secreatary Kelly, we won't know anything "until the boom".
    This will be the quote of 2017.

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  27. Does the Moderator get tingles up his leg? Wasn't that Dan Rather who said that? Tough to keep the Elizabeth Warren nutso comments straight on who said what.

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    1. What is your oft displayed obsession with tingles up your leg?
      You don't seem to realize that every time you use it to insult someone, you're actually revealing yourself to be creepy.

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    2. What 12:20 lacks in wit he makes up with nastiness.

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  28. if pusd had built the wall around sierra madre's schools a few years back, we wouldn't need to arm the teachers with guns to fight off the bears

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    1. Love it 12:54. I'm going to quote you.

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  29. is it true that DeVoshas ordered the flattening of all globes to take us back to the good old days?

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    1. Serfs to maintain her castle would suit the plutocracy she represents just fine.

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  30. Send a few bucks (or more if you can) to Elizabeth Warren.
    http://www.elizabethwarren.com/stop-trump

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  31. Forget arming the pusd teachers, its the kids in the hood ( Sierra Madre), that will protect and defend the bears. Even the walled in basements on Mire Monte din't stand a chance with bare poop.

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  32. 1:40pm. I'd like to send more than a few "bucks", I think a good stiff kick in the butt, instead of bucks, suits her better!

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    1. Yes. Reading a letter written by the wife of Martin Luther King is pretty offensive. Idiot.

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    2. Wow. Honestly here what has she done to earn your violence?

      Honestly, please answer.

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    3. Wtf? Threatening to attack an elected official? All sorts of vermin came out of the woodwork I say.

      You should be investigated. And waterboarded.

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    4. 2:48 is a fine example of the kind of knuckledragging idiots the alt-right has enticed out of their woodwork.

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    5. I think it's the same two trolls every day

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    6. The village idiots.

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  33. And earlier comment brought up a good point… There are some rather scary extremist that post on this site. One guy the other day said that the pope, the leader of nearly 1.3 billion people should 'stay out of politics' and not interfere with a real estate developer trying to ban certain religions. Crazy.

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  34. If DeVos goes the way of the Texas Public School Board (allowing for Trumps Islamophobia) all references to Islam will be removed from school text books in charter schools. BUT, they will also have to tackle the math books: students will have to compute in Roman numerals, no longer using the Arabic numeral system and will loose the 0 unless they want to adopt some of the Mayan numerical system where there is also a 0.

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  35. Insane- trump can use the presidential podium to whine about his family's sour financial dealings while a senator is silence for simply reading a letter that had already been read before that was written the last time the same guy was up for nomination.


    Sickening corruption.

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  36. Trump's guy for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, just blasted the Tangerine Nightmare for bad mouthing judges. Bam!

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    1. Huh. Maybe the thin skinned president will yank his nomination.

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  37. GREAT NEWS Senate confirms Sessions for attorney general

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    1. When are you lighting up the cross?

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    2. You haven't answered the earlier question of why you want to assault Warren

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  38. tRy tO bE nIcE, yOu WiLl FeEl BeTtEr.

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    1. Its buy one get one free at the Buc it seems.

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    2. Nice people end up living under a fascist dictatorship.

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    3. Is it really buy one get one free at Buc? Best news i've heard in weeks.

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    4. Their cannibus tasting room should be open soon.

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    5. Why not use a semi-colon, 4:54, when the opportunity presents itself.
      Try to be nice; you will feel better.
      Brings to mind the chief means of brainwashing plural wives:
      "Keep sweet."

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    6. 6:32 - I believe it is going to be called The Bud Bar.

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  39. Narcissistic Personality Disorder:

    Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognised as superior without commensurate achievements).

    Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

    Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).

    Requires excessive admiration.

    Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favourable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.

    Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.

    Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognise or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

    Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.

    Shows arrogant, haughty behaviours or attitudes.

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  40. Dakota Pipe Line stockpiles of pipe from many source countries except from the US. No ability to manufacture this material in the US anytime soon. Another lie from #45.

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  41. For the drooling fanatic who insinuated the FAKe news that trump magically creates 3000 jobs today:

    In Jan. 2012, Obama visited the Chandler construction site on a tour of potential swing states in the election later that year, using it as a backdrop for a speech in which he talked about a vision for an economy built on American manufacturing.

    “When this factory is finished, Intel will employ around 1,000 men and women,” Obama said. “As an American, I’m proud of companies like Intel, who create jobs here.”

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  42. Typical Mao Zetung of 2:35pm. Lead the masses, they will follow.

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