Saturday, June 16, 2018

Trump tells Fox News he wants Americans to obey him like North Koreans obey Kim Jong-un

Mod: I'm not sure that the President of the United States is really all that comfortable with this whole American democracy thing. Which might explain why he is a big fan of Kim Jong-un.

Trump tells Fox News he wants Americans to obey him like North Koreans obey Kim Jong-un (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump on Friday told Fox News that he wants American citizens to show him the same reverence that North Koreans show leader Kim Jong-un. During a surprise interview with “Fox & Friends” on Friday, Trump said he was impressed by the respect that Kim commanded from his people.

“He’s the head of the country — and he’s the strong head, don’t let anyone think anything different,” Trump said during the interview. “He speaks and his people sit up in attention. I want my people to do the same.”

Kim Jong-un runs a totalitarian dictatorship in which people face imprisonment or execution if they criticize him. According to human rights watchdog Amnesty International, North Korea has imprisoned an estimated 120,000 people based on political grounds across four separate camps dedicated to imprisoning political dissidents.

The organization further says that people living in these camps are “subjected to forced labor as well as torture and other ill-treatment.”

Despite this, the president has praised Kim for being a “very tough” leader who “loves” the people of his country.

Mod: Now that Paul Manafort is safely locked away in the big house, his old pal Donald Trump doesn't seem to remember too much about him. Including the fact that it was Manafort that convinced him to make Mike Pence the Vice President of the United States. Here is an excerpt from the current issue of The Nation.

Paul Manafort put the Trump-Pence ticket together and maintained ties to the veep even after leaving the campaign (The Nation link): The truth is that Manafort’s role in the Trump campaign was not “limited.” It was definitional. When Manafort was in charge of making sure that the Republican platform-writing process and convention went smoothly, the party suddenly became dramatically friendlier to Russia—to such an extent that the headline on an analysis piece published in The Washington Post just before the convention read: “Trump campaign guts GOP’s anti-Russia stance on Ukraine.”

There will be many attempts to deny and dissemble. But one thing is certain: Manafort definitely put one man in the West Wing of the White House (and the adjoining Eisenhower Executive Office Building): Mike Pence.

It was Manafort who brought Pence, the scandal-plagued and politically vulnerable governor of Indiana, who had backed Texas Senator Ted Cruz in that state’s Republican primary, into consideration as a vice-presidential prospect for Trump. Referring to Trump, Manafort explained last summer that “I brought him in to meet Pence.” That manipulation, said Manafort, fostered the notion that Pence “had value to Trump as a potential VP nominee.”

But the Manafort-Pence connection was about more than just introducing Trump to a Republican stalwart the fixer had known for many years. Veteran Republican strategist John Weaver says, “Remember, Manafort selected the VP and was therefore the most important person on the campaign team.”

The best description I've heard for the Trump Presidency so far (Daily Kos link): On one of the early afternoon shows yesterday on MSNBC, the host had two lawyers on, discussing the Trump Foundation civil charges. One of them was a long time New York attorney, and in just eight words, he described the Trump Presidency absolutely perfectly. He said, "The Trump Presidency is a bust out joint." Being born in, and living most of my life in Chicago, I understood him perfectly. For those of you unfamiliar with mob terminology, I'll briefly explain, and you'll see what I mean.

A bust out joint is a legitimate business. One way or another, usually through either extortion, or unpaid loan shark money, the mob moves in and takes over operation of the business. Let's just say it's a bar. They go on a spending spree, using the bar's lines of credit. They buy as much booze as the liquor distributor will give them on credit. They buy glasses, new cash registers, bar stools, anything they can buy on credit, until the place is maxed out. And when the bills come due, they empty the register, back up a truck, load everything into it and disappear. They sell everything as pure profit, and the bar goes belly up.

The Trump Presidency truly is a classic bust out operation. Since day one, Trump has leveraged the Presidency for everything he can lay his hands on. Pimping his schlock condos, spending weekends and holding summits at Mar-A-Lago or Trump National, and billing the government for his secret service protection rooms and food.

Violating the emoluments clause of the constitution, taking payments from foreign dignitaries and businessmen staying at The Trump DC hotel. Jacking up membership fees at Trump golf resorts. And don't forget about Ivanka getting Chinese patents up the wazoo.


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72 comments:

  1. Yes, it is a classic bust-out, and Mother Jones lays out how the media is used for that by the Trump organization.

    The media coverage of the Trump-Russia scandal tends to focus on the specific components of an unwieldy and ever-expanding story. It is a story with tentacles reaching into other scandals—Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels, other attempted foreign interventions in our election, Paul Manafort’s alleged money laundering and illegal lobbying, and more.

    All of this keeps us riveted, eyeballs glued to screens big and small, as we wait for the next big scoop or the next revelation from the Mueller investigation. But there is no order to this cascade of revelations.

    https://www.motherjones.com/media/2018/06/the-true-russia-scandal-is-fully-known/

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    1. What the US is seeing now is a rush by the corporate gang behind Trump (Kochs, Mercers, Walmart, etc.) to gouge out as much as they can from the US for their benefit. Trump is just the fall guy. GOP will collapse from this, it's now a bust out joint. First Russia collapses from corruption, now it's our turn.

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    2. Rollerball (1975) Directed by Norman Jewison and starring James Caan, Rollerball is about a globally corporate-controlled future where people play an ultra-violent sport known as Rollerball. James Caan plays one of Rollerball’s most popular and powerful athletes who defies his corporate masters after he realizes they want him out of the game and dead. While the special effects have dated, the premise of the movie and its influence endure. This movie has influenced countless science fiction movies that followed, from the aforementioned The Blood of Heroes to The Hunger Games series. The film also has many dark and cruel elements, and paints a believable picture of a future world that is ruled solely by corporate interests rather than governments; the athletes pledge allegiance to the corporations from whence all money flows.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVUxK1mNups

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  2. The Bible verse Jeff Sessions used to defend immigration crackdown once also defended slavery
    Sessions' interpretation of the Bible feels sadly familiar. Christianity has been used throughout American history to justify injustice.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/bible-verse-jeff-sessions-used-defend-immigration-crackdown-once-also-ncna883676

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  3. Why China 'holds all the aces' in a full-blown US-China trade war
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/15/why-china-holds-all-the-aces-in-a-full-blown-us-china-trade-war.html

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  4. Watch Noam Chomsky describe how Donald Trump is being used to distract the public, while the real work goes on behind the scenes.

    https://www.facebook.com/cloakedtruth/videos/945388028968229/

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    1. Good ol’ Noam. I wish he were a lot younger.

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    2. Well, yes... he’s old and can’t live much longer. If he were young the world would benefit from his continual insight much longer.

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    3. Some people's writings are still influential even after they have passed. Mark Twain would be one.

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  5. Again, you loser lefties just don’t get it..,,


    Just kiddin’... trump is a corrupt madman.

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  6. Someone tell the Christian Taliban it actually does not matter what they believe the Bible says because the point of the first amendment is the separation of church and state.....

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  7. I agree with Noam, the distraction of the inept left media is so that the real work continues on, to make Ameria Great.
    In the words if Michelle Obama; i finally have a Country that I am proud of.

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    1. This are melania’s words too. Because she stole them from Michele.

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    2. If only you could correctly spell the name of the country you claim to be so proud of.


      foreign troll.

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    3. Will Milania ever do anything as the so called First Lady? Getting her hair done doesn’t count. Even Mrs Laura Bush started some worthy causes.

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    4. Her job is to be seen and not heard... the traditional role of women amongst conservative male alphas.

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    5. Maybe not working at anything balances out the fact that she worked in the US illegally before getting her papers.

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  8. 538: Trump's approval rating has declined in every state since Jan. 2017
    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-trumps-popularity-is-holding-up-by-state/

    "1. Trump’s net approval has declined in all 50 states since he took office

    This isn’t totally surprising, as Trump’s net approval rating — the percentage of people who approve of the president minus the percentage who disapprove — has declined nationally since January 2017. But it’s still noteworthy. It often seems as if American politics is split between two immutable camps: Trump loyalists and Trump haters, and neither group ever changes its mind about anything. But the data here suggests more fluidity — and in Trump’s case, the movement is against him. Trump does have near-ironclad support (close to 90 percent approval, according to Gallup) among self-described Republicans nationally. But a Gallup poll conducted last year found that only about 40 percent of U.S. adults identify themselves as either Republicans or leaning toward the GOP. So that remaining 60 percent of the U.S. that identifies as Democrats and independents is likely where Trump has grown more unpopular."

    "2. Trump has seen big declines in some red states but not others

    Eight of the 10 states (I’m treating Washington, D.C., as a state for these purposes.) where Trump’s net approval declined the most are places where the president lost in 2016. But his popularity has plunged more in ruby-red Utah (-27 points), Oklahoma (-23) and Montana (-21) than in swingy Colorado (-17) and blue California (-15). (Trump of course started with pretty lackluster numbers California and Colorado, so he had more room to fall in the red states.) That said, his numbers have held up much better in states such as South Carolina (-11), West Virginia (-10) and South Dakota (-7)."

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  9. Fun story: John Gotti’s #2 guy, Sammy Gravano, was sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial when he decided he wanted to talk to the prosecutor.

    That prosecutor: Robert Mueller

    Tonight, Trump’s former #2 guy is sitting in jail awaiting trial.

    The prosecutor: Robert Mueller

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  10. It seems Mr. Manafort is now a guest at the Washington, DC Correctional Facility. This is not going to be comfortable stay. Unless he is in administrative segregation, which he may be, he is with a mix convicted criminals and indicted individuals awaiting trial. DC being what it is, the feds and the District share the facility. This is no Club Fed. Paulie may well cry himself to sleep tonight. And tomorrow night. And the night after that.

    Sleep as well as you're able, Paulie. And keep in mind, there are probably roaches there. Here's some info that may be of interest to you:

    Cockroaches are omnivores that eat plants and meat. They have been recorded to eat human flesh of both the living and the dead, although they are more likely to take a bite of fingernails, eyelashes, feet and hands. The bites may cause irritation, lesions and swelling. Some have suffered from minor wound infections.

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  11. US farmers stressed and angry at Trump trade war
    https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/us-farmers-stressed-angry-at-trade-wars

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  12. 7:32am a example of a American wanna be.

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    1. So cowardly... you failed and got caught and couldn’t even reply directly to 7:32

      Weak

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    2. pal, you gotta learn the difference in usage between ‘a’ and ‘an’... it gives away your foreignness.

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  13. Trump is perfect pres for the uneducated masses. After seeing his crazed talk as he walked with reporters yesterday, the only conclusion is there is some underlying secret group really running the govt.

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  14. Iceland ties Argentina! There is some good news in the world! Now back to the bad news...Trump hasn't been impeached yet.

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  15. Egads 7:29am, Manafort would do better to stay in Guantanamo where a person has a chance to relax and order special food, pray all day excetra.
    Out of left field, but alright I'll bite 7:19am., what are you babbling about? If a member of the Taliban were Christian, they would kill themselves. That is the entire premise of why they are fighting, the knowledge of church and state don't exist for them.

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  16. President Trumps comment on Americans obeying was ment only for the Progressive Left, and I agree with my President.

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    1. 8:20, really? His comments were for the left? How do you know that? Quit putting words in the Orange fools mouth.

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    2. I think 8:20 ment he agrees with President Putin.

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  17. In the words of Chicagoans "con shell game", $200 million tax payers dollars for Presudent Obamas Library.

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    1. President Don Pornos library will likely be a strip club.

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    2. Presudent indeed. Not doubt they will receive many presunts from donors.


      Troll factory out in force today

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  18. Nobel Prize for President Trump.
    We are witnessing the World on the verge of World Peace, thank you President Donald J Trump.

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    1. Don't hold your breath, comrade.

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    2. 8:32 is one confused soul (assuming the poster is indeed human).

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    3. Yeah 8:32, praising murderous dictator Un is just great, ya moron.

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    4. Orange Fats has got himself a whopper of a crush on the Jongster.

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    5. Blatant troll bait.

      Where are you from ?

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    6. Who votes for Nobel Peace prizes? Europeans. Do they look on Trump with any favor? I think not!

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  19. Can't wait till President Trump does a Chicago "bust out joint" on President Obama's Iranian deal, now that would be swift justice.

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    1. Do you think they'll put the orange fat man in the same cell as Manny Fart?

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    2. Iran deal was deft. Trump can’t handle that obama is the better negotiator

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  20. 8:14am Lol. President Trump brought the World Games to the USA; you can thank him when you watch the games. Score.

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    1. The World Cup locations were decided a long time before Don Porno was president.

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    2. 8:54 struggles with facts.

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    3. 90 minutes to a 0-0 tie? Most boring game ever.

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  21. And members of the Cult of Trump, formerly known as the GOP, follow him over the cliff and onto the spaceship. They swallowed their heretofore pro-life, pro-family and pro-faith views to embrace Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries (“Such blatant religious discrimination is repugnant,” said the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) and applaud him tossing paper towels at Puerto Ricans as they died by the thousands because they didn’t get adequate hurricane relief.

    They’ve joined his efforts to shred food, income and health programs that help the least among us while giving tax cuts to the wealthiest. They’ve accepted his abandonment of human rights abroad. They’ve joined his attempt to end family-based immigration and to threaten deportation of “dreamers,” immigrants brought here as children.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-the-way-of-the-cult/2018/06/15/9a9c9346-70ad-11e8-afd5-778aca903bbe_story.html

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  22. 9:25am Comic relief for the day.

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    1. 9:41, slow day in your prison cell ?

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  23. Manafort was an employee. He’s in trouble for things that happened before the campaign. Why do you think this is connected to trump.

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    1. Do you ever say anything believable?

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    2. Swamp. Shows again that trump has poor judgement

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    3. Yeah, no evidence of collusion or money launder either, right 9:55?

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  24. Shred food, income and health for the least umong us? The Obama Library will have a commissary and plenty of room for the least umong us to move in.

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    1. Well, enjoy your visit to his library. Too bad you can’t read...

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  25. Mod: Have you ever thought about posting the countries from which comments originate, that is if it's possible? Trolls, like roaches, hate sunlight.

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    1. I couldn't do that with this platform. The good thing is it is free, the less good is it doesn't offer much information on who comments here. Anonymous really is anonymous. However, there has been 31 hits from Russia so far today.

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    2. It’s so obvious.

      That’s how deep-rooted the troll-machine is.

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  26. Phil Mickelson, known for alleged insider trading, alleged large gambling losses, and threat to move out of CA due to its taxes despite $100s of millions in golf earnings, intentionally hits a moving ball to prevent it from rolling off the green at the US Open. Bet he's a Trumper.

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  27. The 'Nationalist Socialists Workers Party' could solve all trumpter's problems and he gets to wear a snappy slick uniform? Down with trumpter's and his family of crooks.

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  28. How Trump wages linguistic war on the truth:
    1. Lies. Makes false claims knowing the press will repeat them to millions.
    2. Weaponized words. Creates catchy names to attack opponents.
    3. Salient Exemplars. Uses one example to stereotype entire groups.
    4. Hedging. Uses "maybe," "I don't know," or "I'm joking" to evade responsibility for claims.

    But responsible reporters and editors can fight back. Here are four simple ways to undermine Trump's anti-democracy, anti-truth strategy:

    1. Learn how propaganda works and how Trump weaponizes words/stereotypes
    2. Focus on the fact that democracy is under attack. This is a crisis
    3. Stop letting him control every news cycle
    4. Don't spread his lies

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/13/how-to-report-trump-media-manipulation-language

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  29. Trump just gets within 20 feet of hole and picks it up, subtracts 2.

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  30. How is the TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME working for you? Have a nice day.

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    1. You're deranged, dude. And entirely unoriginal as well.

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    2. Yeah, I recall hearing about Hitler Derangement Syndrome. Those who had it must have been paranoid, right 4:16?

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  31. George Papadopoulos, trump’s foreign-policy advisor - pleaded guilty

    Rick Gates- trump’s Deputy Campaign Manager- pleaded guilty

    Mike Flynn - trump’s National Security Advisor - pleaded guilty

    Paul Manafort - trump’s campaign chairman - bail revoked and in jail

    Michael Cohen - trump’s longtime personal attorney- abandoned by his own legal partners


    Zit is about to pop...

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  32. Saved as a favorite, I really like your web site!

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    1. This fake post always cracks me up

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  33. Never thought I'd see a so called president proclaim his innocence so vehemently and so often.

    No one bleats about being innocent as much as the guilty do.

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  34. Maybe Trump should tell the truth and say "I was just following orders."

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