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If we can keep it

Oct 3rd, 2019 9:57 am | By

Is he thinking (or more likely being told) that if he does it openly then it’s not a crime?

Historian Kevin Kruse:

This is apparently going to be the play — repeat the impeachable offense out in the open and pretend that it’s a totally normal thing to do.

Legal eagles on Twitter are pointing out that it’s still a crime. Hillary Clinton for one:

Someone should inform the president that impeachable offenses committed on national television still count.

Laurence Tribe for another:

Nixon: “ If the president does it, it’s not illegal.”

Trump: “If this stable genius does it in broad daylight, it couldn’t be impeachable.”

Q: How dumb does he think we are?

A: Dumb

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Descent continues

Oct 3rd, 2019 9:14 am | By
Descent continues

What’s new? Trump on the lawn telling reporters he did tell Ukraine to “investigate” Bidens.

Trump admits he asked Ukraine to dig up dirt on Biden, and asks China to do the same. Like Nixon telling America “I ordered the break in.”

The Guardian reports:

Donald Trump, speaking outside the White House, said Ukraine should investigate his rival Joe Biden – exactly the thing Trump is under threat of impeachment for – and added that China should also start a probe.

“If they were honest about it, they would start a major investigation into the Bidens,” Trump said when asked what he wanted Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to do.

“I would say President Zelenskiy, if it was me, I

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It was perfect, perfect

Oct 2nd, 2019 2:07 pm | By

After the car crash sit down with President Niinistö there was a car crash press conference with President Niinistö.

It starts at about 1:15.

It’s a replay of the sitdown.

That’s one of the creepiest things about watching and listening to Trump – the repetition. The endless, endless, demented repetition. He has his talking points and he repeats them on Twitter and at sit downs and at press conferences and at press sprays and doubtless every couple of minutes everywhere else. The call was perfect, perfect. Lindsey Graham said “I never knew you were that nice.” It was perfect, perfect, not a thing wrong with it. He called Ukraine to get permission to share the transcript; he didn’t want to … Read the rest


Oct 2nd, 2019 12:50 pm | By

State theocracy from the governor of Kentucky:


#BringYourBible to School Day is THIS Thursday, Oct. 3!

The Judeo-Christian principles that are bound in this book are timeless, containing an amazing amount of history, knowledge, wisdom and guidance…

Bring it. Read it. Share it.

It’s attached to a video in which he says he wants to encourage every single student in Kentucky to do this bible thing. I didn’t watch the rest; I’ve had enough sick-making video for one day.

But about that tweet, and even apart from the church-state issue, and the other religions issue, and the what does that have to do with school anyway issue, there is also the content of what he says. Which “Judeo-Christian … Read the rest

Stable genius

Oct 2nd, 2019 12:02 pm | By

Doug Mills of the NY Times:

@realDonaldTrump responds to reporters question about Ukraine during a meeting in the Oval Office.

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Oct 2nd, 2019 11:26 am | By

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Oct 2nd, 2019 10:56 am | By

Trump just did an Oval Office sit down with the president of Finland, which he used to have a terrifying public freakout.

Go to 45 minutes to watch him do it.

Is it true that “he couldn’t carry his jockstrap” is a saying? Trump says it is, and that it applies to Adam Schiff with respect to Mike Pompeo.

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The needs of today’s audiences

Oct 2nd, 2019 10:36 am | By

The Independent thinks it’s marvelous.

The Old Vic theatre in London is the latest establishment to scrap single-sex toilets in favour of more inclusive alternatives.

As part of a major refurbishment, the 201-year-old theatre has replaced signs on male and female lavatories with pictures of cubicles or urinals.

The brand new facilities have been installed to allow “people to make their own decision about which loo is suitable for them,” the theatre has said.

Not in the case of women who don’t want to share the loo with men they haven’t.

Women don’t want to share a room with men at urinals, and given that whole thing about men placing tiny cameras in women’s toilets they’re not all that … Read the rest

Welcome urinals into your life

Oct 2nd, 2019 10:05 am | By

Meanwhile, the Old Vic has completed some renovations.

Yesterday we officially opened our building after nine months of renovations to double the number of loos and improve accessibility.

When you come to visit us you might notice something a little different about our new loos. First, there are double the number – 44 loos within the building.

Our loos now offer ‘self-selection’ rather than being labelled male or female. This takes a descriptive, rather than prescriptive, approach following advice from surveys conducted with focus groups.

Uh oh…

When you arrive in the theatre, you will see labels signposting which blocks contain cubicles and which contain urinals. We also have one specifically designed gender neutral loo.

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Days of wrath

Oct 2nd, 2019 9:20 am | By
Days of wrath

He mad.

The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country, not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLSHIT, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!

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None of which I’ve seen [but I heard it all]

Oct 2nd, 2019 9:14 am | By

The Guardian Live on Pompeo’s belated admission that he was on that phone call:

Some more context on Secretary Pompeo’s admission that he took part in the July phone call between Donald Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Pompeo’s involvement in the call (he listened in to the conversation and does not appear to have actively participated) was first reported by the Wall Street Journal last week. Pompeo’s admission, made earlier today on an official trip to the Vatican, confirms this reporting.

Although Pompeo has sought to downplay the relevance of his participation, describing it as part of normal state department business, that explanation only takes you so far.

Aside from the substance of the call, which involved Trump

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Castle with battlements & moot

Oct 2nd, 2019 8:20 am | By
Castle with battlements & moot

Aw yeah.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 35m
Now the press is trying to sell the fact that I wanted a Moot stuffed with alligators and snakes, with an electrified fence and sharp spikes on top, at our Southern Border. I may be tough on Border Security, but not that tough. The press has gone Crazy. Fake News!

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There are no words

Oct 1st, 2019 5:27 pm | By

One more item before I run screaming into the night –

President Donald Trump suggested shooting migrants in the legs in order to slow them down after they crossed the southern border during a March meeting in which he called for a shut down of the entire US-Mexico border, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Citing interviews with more than a dozen White House and administration officials directly involved, the Times — in an excerpt from the book “Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration” — reported that Trump had moved on from the idea by the end of what the Times described as a “frenzied week of presidential rages.” But he had also pivoted to removing staff who had

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Hear the whistle blow

Oct 1st, 2019 4:49 pm | By

Trump rant-lying again.

As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the….

…People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!

He will start a civil war if he can. This is an effort in that direction.

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Sir, you can’t do that

Oct 1st, 2019 4:24 pm | By

In fact, according to Scott Stedman of Forensic News Net

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Pompeo’s office in recent days asked State Department HR/IG if they could “discipline” officers for “failure to follow direction” if they cooperate with Congress.

This, I’m told, is PART of the IG’s urgent request to Congress.

New request, or the one we learned about last week? I’m guessing the latter but was Pompeo threatening people before the news broke? I don’t know.

There is written documentation.

State Department staffers were truly shocked by the directive, which the IG denied. It appears that Pompeo is threatening his officers if they comply with Congressional inquiries.

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They expect full compliance

Oct 1st, 2019 4:02 pm | By

Pompeo’s attempt to demote Congress doesn’t seem to be gaining any traction:

The chairmen of three House committees say they expect “full compliance” from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as they investigate President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings fired back Tuesday after Pompeo said in a letter that lawmakers are trying to “intimidate” and “bully” his employees. Pompeo said depositions scheduled by the panels are “not feasible.”

The chairmen wrote Pompeo that “any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from talking with Congress” is illegal and could constitute obstruction of justice in their ongoing impeachment inquiry.

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Oppressive and invalidating rhetoric

Oct 1st, 2019 11:32 am | By

It’s starting already. A tweet cited Harrop:

They aren’t. But people who deny that exclusive same-sex or opposite-sex attraction exist, often in the name of transgender rights (nothing to do with transgender rights) are in conflict with gay and lesbian rights – being born this way. This from a gay supporter of trans rights:

The interlocutor said Harrop wouldn’t appreciate being cited, and in he popped to confirm.

Entirely. This comment is being taken out of context and my position and thinking is being misrepresented. Anyone using *my* words to justify *their* transphobia is doing so in bad faith, and / or is entirely ignorant re: what my opinion on this subject actually is.

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Attempts to bully

Oct 1st, 2019 10:56 am | By

Pompeo is trying to bully the impeachment hearings:

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo has written to the House foreign affairs committee chairman, New York Democrat Eliot Engel, vowing to prevent attempts to “intimidate, bully, and treat improperly” current and former members of the state department into testifying in relation to the impeachment inquiry.

In the letter, Pompeo said he would work to expose what he called any attempts to intimidate employees, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Pompeo said he is “concerned with aspects of the Committee’s request that can be understood only as an attempt to intimidate, bully, & treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State, including several career [foreign-service officers].”

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What they don’t see

Oct 1st, 2019 10:07 am | By

So why doesn’t Harrop see it? Why do all the “TERF”-bashers not see it? Harrop’s claim is that people can’t overrule or overcome their sexual preferences and they shouldn’t be pressured to. What if that inability and right not to be pressured about it apply to more than just sexual preferences? What if they apply to other kinds of inter-relating?

What if, for instance, gender critical feminists can interact with trans women as women in some situations but not all? What if we want to reserve the right to talk to other women – literal women – about some subjects, especially those that affect us as women, because we’re women, and don’t affect men the same way, because they’re men? … Read the rest

A totally normal if not almost universal experience for human beings

Oct 1st, 2019 9:52 am | By

The discussion continues.

Harrop again:

Same. I feel like I’m being labelled here — as a gay man — as being somewhat problematic or “immoral” for being exclusively attracted to other men. I feel like I deal with enough of that kind of oppressive & invalidating rhetoric already, & I feel somewhat attacked by it tbh


Do you think it’s wrong for someone, who is sexually orientated to include men, not to date a trans man because he has a vagina?

I’ll just format the rest like play dialogue for ease of reading.

Harrop: I think choosing to be or not to be intimate with a man with a particular genital configuration or indeed any type of … Read the rest