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Wednesday, October 25. 2017
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Sorry, Cosmopolitan. Dressing As Moana For Halloween Isn't Offensive.
Hoax du Jour: Another Graffiti “Hate Crime” Is Solved
University of Wisconsin-Madison Students Protest Abraham Lincoln Statue Because ‘He Owned Slaves’
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Paul Joseph Watson SAVAGES Leftists Plan To ‘Scream Helplessly At Sky On Anniversary’ Of Trump’s Election
Great idea. Keep it up
Hillary says the Clinton Foundation-Russia-uranium-deal story is just a right-wing distraction from the Trump-Russia story
House Intel Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced an “inquiry” into the Russian-Uranium One scandal Tuesday from Capitol Hill.
BREAKING: DNC, Hillary Campaign Paid To Compile Trump-Russia Dossier, Clinton Lawyer Allegedly Lied About It
A Blueprint for Minimizing Iran's Influence in the Middle East
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Too bad everybody's getting taken in by the twin attacks on Hillary being behind the Trump dossier and being paid to sell US uranium to the Russians - both of these stories are being pushed by the Failing Fake News outlets of the NYT and WaPo so anybody with any sense knows not to believe a word of it. Isn't that right, Mr. Trump?
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"Paul Joseph Watson SAVAGES Leftists Plan To ‘Scream Helplessly At Sky On Anniversary’ Of Trump’s Election"
"As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly."
I read that Atlantic article on the safari to Trumps America. Both those on "safari" and the writer are essentially clueless, unable to see past the end of their noses. I'm not holding my breath for any conversions to an open mind.
Loved the Safariland article. Although I'd rather think that the Third Way's brand of Dem-lite politics isn't all that successful, I suspect it would have been, if not for the fact that its spokesman was widely perceived as a charmless and crooked liar. Put nearly any other face on that message, and it probably out-sells my own preferred brand of strictly small-government free-market libertarianism.
Still, I enjoyed reading about the prevalence of Wisconsin faith in hard work and problem-solving.
To understand others, one must have some skills of self-observation.
We are learning now that it was really far worse than we thought. We now know that the DOJ under Obama became the American KGB and the FBI became the Stasi. What is worse is they continue, many of the Obama/alt-left operatives are still in place and still trying to destroy their enemy; conservative Americans. The state department is no better, they continue to cover for Hillary's crimes and treasons. I blame this on Trump, Sessions and Tillerson. They should have cleaned house on day one and set up a half dozen or so special prosecutors. I also blame this on Republicans in congress who have dithered and wasted this opportunity to clean up our corrupt 3rd world government. They hold hearings and in the process expose crimes and even treason and then the next day they go pick a fight with Trump rather than focus on America's business and best interests. I doubt that we will see any of these treasons, high crimes and misdemeanors punished.
Now we are discovering that there really was Russian collusion but it was between Obama, Hillary, the DNC and Russia. Anyone want to bet nothing will come of these crimes either. Our Republican congressman are wimps and a terrible disappointment to any conservative.
I can understand the reluctance to legally go after the previous administration. It just looks like a bad precedent not to mention the optics are pretty bad. But it seems to me that at a certain point, the level of proof and the seriousness of the crime compels an honest (or relatively honest) administration to stop ignoring what happened and needs to prosecute those who flagrantly broke the law otherwise the precedent becomes that you can get away with this malfeasance in the future.
I think the dividing line should be between policy differences and actual conduct. One can always argue that it puts you on a slippery slope but I think most people would agree that prosecution of either W or Obama for 'war crimes' would be recognized as unfair. People who misused classified information, however, need to be held to account. The slippery slope goes the other way if you provide a precedent that you can do that and escape punishment.
Reluctance to prosecute prior administrations os no excuse for protecting their crimes and misdeeds. The Trump/Sessions team is withholding FOIA records because it bizarrely claims Hillary's records are no longer of public interest. Tillerson's State Department is withholding tens of thousands of Hillary's supposedly "yoga and wedding" emails that were illegally on Weiner's confiscated laptop. The FBI records of the infamous Lunch-Clinton tarmac meeting are being withheld by Trump's new FBI chief. The Awan spying access to classified congressional committee materials (and possible blackmail) has been deep-sixed. Why hide the criminality of the prior administration?
Oh, the irony of presenting a bisexual actor (of all people!) as a paragon of masculinity.
Guess you guys are a lot more open-minded than I realized...lol
The point is the image projected. If you weren't consumed with having to kick people you would have seen that.
I have to agree w/ the original poster. He's a horrible example for some reasons:
1. His "masculinity" is based solely on his aesthetic appeal.
2. His true personal life undermines any masculinity.
3. His professional life was far from masculine.
I'd much rather see a real average Joe from that era, one who worked hard, fought when he needed to, and courageously and continually stood for what was right. Including honoring his wedding vows and raising honorable children.
I see a lot of men, farmers, mechanics, etc. in my hometown paper obituaries who seem to fit this. Few are as handsome as Grant, but I'm impressed by their masculine lives.
Well, he may not have been a paragon of masculinity in his personal life, but the persona he projected on-screen was very masculine and a lot of men tried to emulate his style.
As it is, that's not a bad way to be remember - a bisexual man who played straight on the screen so well he convinced millions.
I nominate Joe Foss. USMC WWll fighter ace and Medal of Honor winner and a list of subsequent accomplishments longer than your arm.
It's about the image: "women wanted him; men wanted to be him." I dare you to say either of those apply to Pajama Boy. Now the millennial generation of both sexes is being told not to aspire to adulthood, but to a state of perennial arrested adolescence, given a carefully chosen set of privileges and responsibilities as dictated by their superiors, being told that that the removal of their moral agency is for their own "protection".
For perhaps a better example, look at JFK - the image was bold, athletic, virile, independent, stylish, even a successful warrior. One who took on aspirations to lead and to be a leader of men.
And yet he was still considered a political liberal.
Are you serious? Writing the words, "Oh, the irony" is the same now as kicking people? So even for so-called conservatives words = violence these days. Sorry your feelings got hurt by the facts.
Do you need a safe space?
Off Topic. I was thinking about asking my Senators to investigate whether the "gang of Z" is foreign-financed. I wonder if there is any current decrease in Russian or other foreign troll farm activity, in view of increased scrutiny resulting from the "foreign influence" investigations? The NSA/FBI should likely be tracing troll farms now.
jaybird: I was thinking about asking my Senators to investigate whether the "gang of Z" is foreign-financed.
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Well, OK, that settles it ! Of course I absolutely believe ya'all. But then I believed Hillary's lawyer lawyer Marc Elias for a year saying her campaign had nothing to do with the "Fusion dossier" or Russian collusion. I believed that Hillary's deleted emails were all about yoga. I believed the FBI didn't have records of the Bill Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting about grandkids. I believed that Comey didn't exonerate Hillary until after a thorough investigation was completed. I believed Hillary didn't benefit from selling uranium to the Russians. I believed the Awans weren't spying on congress. I believed Bill Clinton didn't go on the Lolita Express to Pedo island. I believed the seas are rising dangerously because Al Gore can't sell carbon credits to pay for his massages.
Of course I believe you.
Don't forget the Russian "hacking" of the DNC servers.
thx dp. Of course if I believe zach, I believe the russians hacked the DNC servers, then killed Seth Rich, stole his computer, and deleted al of the surveillance videos from the heavily monitored area where he was killed.. Damned russians are everywhere. When they aren't seducing Trump, they are making up false stories about debbie wasserman-shultz being a blackmailed idiot and giving monet to the podestas just to make them look bad. It is a good thing zach is here to protect us from all the divisive russian propaganda.
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