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  1. Oh, so you want to be Frank. I say show me the money, all those US corps, show the American people how much tax you pay. In Switzerland they have all private health care and they have banks that take in money from criminals no questions asked. No ink, no trail of where the money comes from. Well its all off shore, well tell us, where and why. You want to put the squeeze on some small country in Central or South America, and it is accomplished discreetly, no questions asked, nobody is worth the wiser, nobody in the electorate will never even come close to knowing the score. Not even Frank knew Judith was mixed up with Giancana, until he did sing, I Get A Kick Out of You. But I never said that. I was only just a kid, I have no idea about anything, I'm only a fool. If I worked for Hoover, I guess I would be misconstrued, quite obviously, I could be misconstrued as a girl in the late night, hungry for more Franks. That's why the Lady is a Tramp, the US dollar, Mr. Giancana, Mr. Hoover, Mr President and all the crooks in this world, $$$$, good old George. What was the name of that bridge...
  2. If you are someone like Chris Christie and you do something wrong like blocking the George Washington bridge, or something like that, just wait a few years, and then even if you support someone like Donald Trump, and he then fails to give you a high post in his administration, you can still cash in as a politico on CNN or on ABC's Sunday morning political show, because after all, you can speak for the electorate, that's what you do. I mean that seems to be the way it works. So be safe, vote for a moderate. Just do what they tell you to do. Peace!
  3. ouch... I know a lot of good people who voted for Trump, but by your description, I would say they were not, conservative, not really. No not really. And I have known people who have labeled themselves as liberal, who wanted a contract for every little thing you sold them or they sold you. They just wanted it on paper. They just never wanted to be screwed, not even by their own friends. I have one friend who made records, he was one of my best friends too, hey he said, I just made a record, want to buy it? I said no, how about you giving it to me for free. If not, I guess I'll just have to hear it on the radio some day for free. Black Napkins / Frank Zappa
  4. no way. I like him, but no way. Who are his # bundelers who raised all his stacks of cash?
  5. that did not impress you? what were those teachers striking for, only more pay? they were fighting for a lot more than that, I thought. you show up hungry in class, your young and nobody is taking care of you at home, there is violence in the street, you have to stay home after school, to try and stay safe. I want my teachers to strike, and to stand up for me. Are you kidding me? In Chicago, kids are getting killed for being kids. Don't throw the baby out with the bath water Don't reject the essential with the unessential Is that what you are saying? It wasn't a photo-op. And what do you know about money, how it's made, how people are exploited, each and everyday? I stayed at a Best Western, that's how I know. The lady cleaned the room each day, and I left a few bucks behind because she did a good job. This kind of crap isn't new. It's been going on for decades!!! Peace!
  6. We need someone who will lead and not get bought. Real ought to be real, for once. I say go for it now and stop kidding around! I have been around. And hey, a moderate would be okay, but, only if that would mean there there might be some moderate progression forward. It is all so bull, so yo yo, so absolutely absurd. Don't be afraid of Trump getting re-elected, that's only for Wall Street types, to make it seem like We got to obey the corporate paymasters. Back and Forth, don't buy those efficient light bulbs, they gonna kill ya. Kill yer freedoms. Then, they'll come for your guns. And pretty soon afterward you'll be living in a socialist country from where there is no way back, not ever. You'll be stuck, wishing you was a Swiss. So for now, just stay as you are. On the border of a border town. Peace!
  7. Under-reach leaves progress susceptible to reversal. Great point!
  8. America's Real Divide Isn't Left vs. Right. It's Democracy vs. Oligarchy. The only way to overcome the oligarchy and Trump’s divide-and-conquer strategy is for the rest of us to join together and win America back. BY ROBERT REICH JULY 16, 2019 Expand JOHN RUDOFF/SIPA VIA AP IMAGES Police patrol in front of Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. I keep hearing that the Democratic party has moved “left” and that some Democratic candidates may be “too far left”. But in this era of unprecedented concentration of wealth and political power at the top, I can't help wondering what it means to be “left”. A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the “left” sought stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the “right” sought greater reliance on the free market. But as wealth and power have concentrated at the top, everyone else—whether on the old right or the old left—has become disempowered and less secure. Safety nets have unraveled, public investments have waned and the free market has been taken over by crony capitalism and corporate welfare cheats. Washington and state capitals are overwhelmed by money coming from the super-rich, Wall Street, and big corporations. So why do we continue to hear and use the same old “right” and “left” labels? I suspect it's because the emerging oligarchy feels safer if Americans are split along the old political battle lines. That way, Americans won't notice they're being shafted. In reality, the biggest divide in America today runs between oligarchy and democracy. When oligarchs fill the coffers of political candidates, they neuter democracy. The oligarchs know politicians won't bite the hands that feed them. So as long as they control the money, they can be confident there will be no meaningful response to stagnant pay, climate change, military bloat or the soaring costs of health insurance, pharmaceuticals, college and housing. There will be no substantial tax increases on the wealthy. There will be no antitrust enforcement to puncture the power of giant corporations. No meaningful regulation of Wall Street's addiction to gambling with other peoples' money. No end to corporate subsides. CEO pay will continue to skyrocket. Wall Street hedge-fund and private-equity managers will continue to make off like bandits. So long as the oligarchy divides Americans—split off people of color from working-class whites, stoke racial resentments, describe human beings as illegal aliens, launch wars on crime and immigrants, stoke fears of communists and socialists—it doesn't have to worry that a majority will stop them from looting the nation. Divide-and-conquer allows the oligarchy free rein. It makes the rest of us puppets, fighting each other on a made-up stage. Trump is the puppet master. He has been at it for years, long before he ran for president. He knows how to pit native-born Americans against immigrants, the working class against the poor, whites against blacks and Latinos. He is well-versed in getting evangelicals and secularists steamed up about abortion, equal marriage rights, out-of-wedlock births, access to contraception, transgender bathrooms. He knows how to stir up fears of brown-skinned people from “crapholes” streaming across the border to murder and rape, and stoke anger about black athletes who don't stand for the national anthem. He's a master at fueling anxieties about so-called communists, socialists and the left taking over America. He can make the white working class believe they've been losing good jobs and wages because of a cabal of Democrats, “deep state” bureaucrats and Hillary Clinton. From the start, Trump's deal with the oligarchy has been simple: he'll stoke tribalism so most Americans won't see CEOs getting exorbitant pay while they're slicing the pay of average workers, won't pay attention to Wall Street demanding short-term results over long-term jobs, and won't notice a boardroom culture that tolerates financial conflicts of interest, insider trading and the outright bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign “donations”. The only way to overcome the oligarchy and Trump's divide-and-conquer strategy is for the rest of us to join together and win America back. That means creating a multiracial, multi-ethnic coalition of working-class, poor, and middle-class Americans who will fight for democracy and oppose oligarchy. White, black and Latino; union and non-union; evangelical and secular; immigrant and native-born—all focused on ending big money in politics, stopping corporate welfare and crony capitalism, busting up monopolies, and stopping voter suppression. This agenda is neither “right” nor “left.” It is the bedrock for everything else America must do. ROBERT REICH POVERTY & WEALTH PRIVATE EQUITY CORPORATE POWER ROBERT REICH Robert B. Reich, a co-founder of The American Prospect, is a professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.
  9. I still don't think what many have suggested regarding Trumps possible refusal to go after losing in the next election. And yet, I am up in arms at the Republicans support for this obvious fool sitting in the highest held position to hold in all the land. It is outrageous, it is crazy, it is a lot more than bizarre. Why it is unfathomable, completely unacceptable, it is more than strange.
  10. And don't' tell me this is not hitting the heartland friends. In 2002, the US president decides to go to war and remove saddam hussein in Iraq to remove so called, WMD. This after a decade of the US blocking that country from any economic growth. And oh yeah, sure there were stories of Yellow cake uranium being purchased from Niger. How much did we spend in that war, what good did it do? And meanwhile, in the US, we have people backlogged on section 8 housing several years. Folks who cannot work due to true disabilities cannot find assistance. They fought the ACA as soon as it was placed into law. It was half as good as it should have been, from the start. They spent years in the house trying to kill it after it was passed. Republican governors never accepted Federal money for medicaid, and did their best to screw with those who could possibly get on board and pay for health insurance that was more than just a gimmick. We have a huge issue with the US congress. We have a political divide that cannot stand if we are ever going to have any hope to deal with the biggest issues that we face here at home. We are not leading the world. We are only contributing to its demise. And we are doing it right now when we should know far better. What, eight years of Obama should lead to Trump? How the heck is that even possible is what I want to know. On Facebook right now they have fake news stories/propaganda that purposely push lies. These adds are paid for and it would be easy to remove them, or make sure they never go on their so called bulletin board, and how hard would that be? What I'm saying is, we got the same dilemma they got in the Ukraine on many levels. We cannot trust the leadership because there is a division of the people, an unholy division, sponsored by... one rudolph giuliani. Just kidding. I wish it was that easy to resolve because it's maddening. Look, that's why I like Bernie or Warren. But we got to push a lot harder than ever before to make things right. And while doing so we have to find ways to unite the people and not further divide them. A way to unite the people in a way that makes right. I think that's what is truly in the heart of Americans. I really do! Just a thought. Peace!
  11. Bill Taylor's testimony sort of spelled out the horrendous disaster... Trump is holding back money from the Ukraine that is desperately needed. He's asking the new president Zelensky to investigate nonsense, and to state as much publicly. If Zelensky does this, Trump could still hold back the money - there is no assurance that he won't. What does this tell the people of the Ukraine? Bill Taylor rebutted Manafort's efforts to push for Yanukovych's rise. After much public outrage and the beginning of a civil war, the Russian sponsored Oligarch finally fled to Russia and Putin invaded and took Crimea. All this was playing before the perfect phone call, before the whistle blower. Who is playing who? Putin is applauding this whole sordid affair. The Republicans in the US House are fighting back against an US Congressional oversight and not a one of them will answer the question, is it okay for a US president to extort a US ally who has a US and EU foe on their doorstep raising war, and all for political gain. Do have that story right, is this what is going on? Is it worth an investigation? Peace!
  12. They have also confused the word liberty, those on the libertarian side. If something is wrong, folks with good ideals should work together for positive change to fix it instead of walking away from it. If those with the power are working towards something that is wrong, all good folks with good ideals should work together to protest. And if resources are tight, we must conserve our strength in some areas and focus it on the things we can change first. If poverty is wrong, we work to fix it first. Next we move on to climate change. Actually, we need to do both at the same time. Because to not do so would be penny wise and pound foolish. Peace!
  13. We are so divided as a nation and that's the trick that has been played upon the fool again and again. And now - https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-department-charges-individuals-for-fraudulently-accessing-twitter-users-private-data-and-providing-info-to-saudi-arabia-11573080810 This is what kings do. This is the problem with Trump's protection agency. Climate change is real. Dealing with climate change is a big deal. It's going to take a lot of effort and we will need to spend money. We will spend money either way. You spend money for a cup of coffee, a gallon of gasoline, or to fix your car, or to send your kids through a decent education, or to buy a house, or to rent an apartment, or just to live. Pay now to do something about climate change, or wait, and pay a lot more, and if you wait much longer just think about what that will mean.
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