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    So Who Are We Going To Support In 2020?

    Latest polling trends (last 5 months) of top 12...
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    Us vs Them: Morals

    Yep. Openly advocating violence, and hatred would be a good indication of immoral behavior. Consider this my last response: for it was written, trolls like BlueDoggL shall be smitten, and ignored til after the end of time Good bye.
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    Us vs Them: Morals

    What you presented was personal opinion, and vague generalizations about Trump supporters, and non-Trump supporters. What you presented is intentionally divisive along arbitrary religious demarcation lines. You seem to be appointing yourself the adjudicator of good & evil, and who is 'them'. This is not proof of anything. Your words do not prove anything to me, except that your standard of proof is extremely low. The only thing that can be conclusively said about Trump supporters is that they continue to support Trump. That's enough for me to infer their level of critical thinking abilities, and their credibility. The same can be said for religious zealots, anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, white supremacists, and others who feel the need to herd around nonsensical belief systems. Trump himself is incompetent, and dangerous, and I support impeaching him for his abuse of power. You are simply making claims. Show some proof. I can assure you that I am currently located in my house in Florida. I do not know why you think I am in Norway... Hell Stasjon, Norway Other than in Norway, I could not locate any evidence of the existence of a Hell Train. Does it exist in reality, or just in your fantastical imagination? You've made a lot of assumptions based upon no evidence. Why would you support the concept of a sadistic dictator creating humans for the soul purpose of sending their remains on a hell train to be incinerated or suffer unimaginable pain until after the end of time? There you go with the Hell Train again. How does BlueDoggL determine which humans have been pre-destined to ride these vertically oriented locomotive(s)? Weren't trains invented after the beginning of time? Wouldn't heaven bound spaceships, or transporter beams be more appropriate? How did the remains of bad people get to hell before the invention of the locomotive? How much carbon emission is produced by these trains? Have you ever thought of creating a cleaner, more efficient method of transporting these souls? Perhaps an Uber2Hell ride-sharing app? So many questions. No, sheep are sheep, and goats are goats. Humans are human, each is unique, and not substantially better or worse than one another, especially after they are deceased. Why is that so difficult to understand?
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    Us vs Them: Morals

    To me, you are "them". So if they are evil, and evil masquerades as good, then they (you) may be the Anti-Christ, or whatever. Or it could be you are just a miss-informed robot who believes in a celestial dictator. Or, it could be your just a troll pretending to be a reasonable liberal, but failing miserably. So yes, "we" are better than them, at least not as gullible.
  5. I am not in favor of "getting rid of the rich", either. Only a miss-informed provocateur, or troll would suggest such a thing. However, closing loopholes, and imposing fair tax rates is reasonable, and long overdue. It is not capital punishment. It is interesting that you use the term power vacuum. They are a very, very small percent of the population that exerts extraordinary power. I acknowledge money equals power, and power can be used, and / or abused. It is the abuse of that power need to be checked. There is no doubt in my mind that the criminal justice system is tilted in favor of the wealthy, and politically connected, for instance. Some wealthy individuals use their wealth / power to disproportionately influence politicians. The current tax system is also stacked in favor of the wealthy. To me it is just a question of fairness. After closing loopholes, and imposing a fair tax rate, the top 1% will still be the top 1%, just with slightly less wealth. Again, only a loon would advocate 'getting rid' of people. Period. However, with the exception Bloomberg, the people listed above are not policy experts, and have not been elected by anyone. They are just like you and I, only richer. They are richer because they own, or have owned successful businesses, or corporations. That's good, as long as those businesses do not exploit workers, consumers, or taxpayers. If businesses, or corporations do use egregious exploitation as a revenue stream, the owners should be held responsible. The fact that many of these exploitations are legal, or un-enforced is a political problem that needs to addressed by informed voters. If a business, or corporation can be successful without exploiting workers, consumers, or taxpayers, then they and their owners deserve to makes as much money (after fair taxation), as they can, and should be applauded. It really comes down to making a quality product, selling it for a fair price, and paying their workers a fair wage. Absolutely! I feel he has already committed illegal, or impeachable acts, so it is either indictment, or impeachment. The election may be politically advantageous, but it is the duty of the Justice Dept, or Congress to act constitutionally. Lowering the bar of acceptability is unacceptable to me. Besides, if Trump is not indicted, or impeached, there's a chance he could pull off an electoral college win in 2020. And if he loses , there's no guarantee he will accept the outcome. All this is dangerous territory. A line needs to be drawn on abuse of presidential power.
  6. He thinks the windfall profits tax was bad thing for average Americans
  7. Dubya did attack the wrong countries. Neither Afghanistan or Iraq were responsible for 9/11. Saudi wahhabism is responsible for 9/11, Al-Queda, and ISIS. But don't let the facts overload your neurons. Here are the attackers... Mohamed Atta - Egypt, tactical leader of 9/11 plot and pilot Abdul Aziz al Omari - Saudi Arabia Wail al Shehri - Saudi Arabia Waleed al Shehri - Saudi Arabia Satam al Suqami - Saudi Arabia Fayez Banihammad - United Arab Emirates Ahmed al Ghamdi - Saudi Arabia Hamza al Ghamdi - Saudi Arabia Marwan al Shehhi - United Arab Emirates, pilot Mohand al Shehri - Saudi Arabia Hani Hanjour - Saudi Arabia, pilot Nawaf al Hazmi - Saudi Arabia Salem al Hazmi - Saudi Arabia Khalid al Mihdhar - Saudi Arabia Majed Moqed - Saudi Arabia Saeed al Ghamdi - Saudi Arabia Ahmad al Haznawi - Saudi Arabia Ziad Jarrah - Lebanon, pilot Ahmed al Nami - Saudi Arabia You know, these guys....
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    Good Job, AOC!

    Watching the Cohen hearing, one thing became very clear. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along w/ the other 'freshman' congresswomen on the oversight committee, showed that they mean business. Consider this NYT opinion piece by Caroline Fredrickson- President- American Constitution Society... How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won the Cohen Hearing,....Too many representatives chose to bloviate instead of interrogate — except for one. <snip> "Even with the tantalizing opportunity to grill Mr. Cohen on the myriad ways his former boss most likely sought to evade the law and avoid his creditors, many members of the committee, from both parties, could not resist their usual grandstanding. Her questions were not random, but, rather, well thought out. Like a good prosecutor, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was establishing the factual basis for further committee investigation. She asked one question at a time, avoided long-winded speeches on why she was asking the question, and listened carefully to his answer, which gave her the basis for a follow-up inquiry." "In just five minutes, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez actually helped him lay out the facts to substantiate those charges." <end snip> One of her last questions was hidden dynamite (for an unnamed billionaire centrist running in 2020).... <snip from transcript> Ocasio-Cortez: "Thank you very much. The last thing here. The Trump golf organization currently has a golf course in my home borough of the Bronx, Trump [Golf] Links. I drive past it every day, going between the Bronx and Queens. In fact, The Washington Post reported on the Trump Links Bronx course in an article titled, “Taxpayers built this New York golf course and Trump reaps the rewards. ” That article is where many New Yorkers and people in the country learned that taxpayers spent $127 million to build Trump Links in a “generous deal” that allowed Trump to “keep almost every dollar that flows in.” On a golf course built with public funds. And this does not seem to be the only time that Trump has benefited at the expense of the public. .... Mr. Cohen, do you know whether this specific report is accurate?" Cohen: "It’s identical to what he did at Trump National Golf Club at Briarcliff Manor." <end snip> This seemed to me to be a strangely specific question regarding "Trump Links".. This got me thinking, who would give Trump such a sweetheart deal, using public funds to build his business???? Answer: Michael Bloomberg. I guess I was only slightly surprised, but still... WashPost: Taxpayers built this New York golf course. Trump reaps the rewards WashPost: The relationship between Trump and Bloomberg <snip> Bloomberg had promised he would oversee the transformation of a trash dump in the Bronx into a world-class golf course. The Bloomberg administration hoped a developer such as Trump would agree to pay for the cleanup and build the course, but no one bid. Eager to keep his campaign promise, Bloomberg eventually decided city taxpayers would pay the bill. The project had started under a prior mayor and reached $164 million to build the course, and millions more for environmental measures. The Bloomberg administration then sent out bids for a company to finish the course by planting seed and some other measures and constructing a clubhouse. With the course nearly finished, Trump secured a generous 20-year deal with the city allowing him to keep almost every dollar that flows in. Taxpayers for the first four years get nothing, except for the sprawling course’s utility bills. But even at a golf course where Trump has no ownership and doesn’t pay property taxes, Trump has found ways of profiting from public funds. In the Bronx course’s first year of play, city records show Trump’s company made $8 million in revenue while taxpayers covered $1 million in water and sewage bills. Trump’s victories, financial and otherwise, are now immortalized on the public greens. At the 12th hole, crews installed a plaque to commemorate its first hole-in-one — an 8-iron shot by Donald J. Trump. <end snip> Good Job, AOC!!!!
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    Bernie Sanders-Kamala Harris 2020?

    Did Frank Biden marry into the family? I thought he was Uncle Joe's Brother. Hunter Biden is dating a family member (Hallie Biden), but they haven't tied the knot yet (too soon, I guess).
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    Good Job, AOC!

    I cannot disagree with either of you. My post was strictly a review of her 5 minute performance at the Cohen hearing. During that 5 minutes, her style was spot on, and she did not play to the cameras, like most of the other Rep's. There are, (as both of you point out), some real rough edges. She is, as we know, from the Bronx, so she is representing her district's attitude. Consider the her defeat of the 4th ranking Democrat Joe Crowley. Speaking of Joe Crowley, what's he been up to lately??? Democracy Now: "Former New York Congressman Joe Crowley has joined the corporate lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs. The lobbying firm represents fossil fuel interests, the arms industry and a private prison company, among others. Some of its clients include Gulf Energy Alliance, which promotes oil and gas drilling, and the conservative Koch-backed Policy and Taxation Group. Former Republican Congressman Bill Shuster is also joining the firm. " I would say AOC is a big improvement over Crowley She's only been in office two months, hopefully she can decelerate a little bit.
  11. Trump refuses to denounce: Vladimer Putin: "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him. He is really very much of a leader. ... he does have an 99% percent approval rating, according to the different pollsters...." Mohammed bin Salman: " maybe he did, and maybe he didn’t!” Kim Jong Un: "We fell in love over beautiful letters" Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent victory" Rodrigo Duterte: doing an “unbelievable job " Abdel Fattah el-Sisi: doing “fantastic“ work Xi Jinping: "He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well." Republicans love dictators,..... they elected one.
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    Bernie Sanders-Kamala Harris 2020?

    Biden's family in PA actually vote for Trump in 2016. Are they the enemy, Bill? I Thought PA was his stronghold. He can't even carry his own family, yet alone the rest of the state. They weren't big Hillary fans either........ Frank Biden: “We never would have lost Pennsylvania, and all my relatives who voted for Donald Trump because they felt slighted by Hillary and her campaign, we never would have not gone to Michigan as the campaign decided not to do because they felt entitled to the votes of those people. Assumptive politics is losing politics."
  13. Amid the allegations, a former FEC commissioner late Monday suggested in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation that Ocasio-Cortez and her team could ......and potentially even ..... if they ........ Such an arrangement could have allowed ........." Is this what passes for news from Fox? Reporting opinions from the Daily Caller. Let me guess, Trump tweeted that Fox news reported that The Daily caller reported that AOC might have done something like take someone's hamburger away. I might suggest that Fox could potentially be a serious news source if they pulled their head out of Trumps rump.
  14. AOC Refuses To Denounce Venezuelan Dictator Maduro… Trump refuses to denounce: Vladimer Putin: "If he says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him. He is really very much of a leader. ... he does have an 99% percent approval rating, according to the different pollsters...." Mohammed bin Salman: " maybe he did, and maybe he didn’t!” Kim Jong Un: "We fell in love over beautiful letters" Recep Tayyip Erdogan: "spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to congratulate him on his recent victory" Rodrigo Duterte: doing an “unbelievable job " Abdel Fattah el-Sisi: doing “fantastic“ work Xi Jinping: "He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well." Republicans love dictators,..... they elected one.
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    Bernie Sanders-Kamala Harris 2020?

    Debates should be reserved for those who know how to debate. Whoever the Dem's nominate, should refuse to debate Trump (if he is still in office, or doesn't get primary'd). Fox can air Trump debating himself, and he would dismember himself. A Sanders / O' Rourke ticket may work out very well for Electoral College. Most HS graduates are smarter than trump, he still has difficulty spelling words. Two words: Glass Steagall. Biden is still deciding if he will run. He's been 'very close' for the last 3 months now. He asked his wife, son Hunter, and several times, and many of his family members. Not sure if he asked his family members in PA, who voted for Trump in 2016, but if it takes him this long to make a decision, what would he do in an actual emergency? Better than Trump, but only slightly. He will have a difficult time getting through the primaries without gaffing all over himself. Frank Biden: “We never would have lost Pennsylvania, and all my relatives who voted for Donald Trump because they felt slighted by Hillary and her campaign, we never would have not gone to Michigan as the campaign decided not to do because they felt entitled to the votes of those people. Assumptive politics is losing politics." Sad, but true. That's how we got Trump.
  16. This is starting to get silly. Are we going to spend the next 2 years talking about whether the word socialism is a dirty word? I would rather talk about specific economic policies, but regarding political philosophy... Social Democrats - embrace a mixed economy based on the predominance of private property, with only a minority of essential utilities and public services under public ownership. They reject the Democratic Socialist goal of replacing the capitalist system (factor markets, private property and wage labor) with a qualitatively different socialist economic system. Democratic Socialists - are committed to systemic transformation of the economy from capitalism to socialism whereas social democracy is supportive of reforms to capitalism. I agree with Social Democrats, but really disagree with Democratic Socialism, and their long term goal of state ownership of corporations. The DSA supports many of the same causes that I support. That's good, but I do not agree with their overall political philosophy. In a way, Democratic Socialists muddy the water for Social Democrats, and a chance for Republicans to demogogue. This causes great confusion, and requires explanation. Many, if not most, voters do not realize the difference. From FDR to LBJ, the Democrat Party did not label themselves, or name the party "Social Democrats", but that is essentially what they were. Until the 1980's...... Republicans successfully demonized the word 'liberal' as tax & spend. This caused the rise of neo-liberalism, triangulation, centrism. Third Way economic policies, and implicit acceptance of the supply side scam took over the Democratic party. And it been that way ever since. Some other thoughts: The United States does not have a strictly capitalist economy, but a mixed one. It features a high level of private ownership of capital and means of production. Some of the most socially democratic countries on earth are more capitalist than the United States. The question is and has always been: what systems should be public, which should be private, and what amount of regulation and taxation should the private sector pay to support the public good. Arguing semantics of capitalism vs socialism is like saying the brake pedal on a car keeps the car from going fast, or that the gas pedal is too dangerous. Current conditions should dictate the right mixture of socialism and capitalism to be used (for the benefit of all passengers). A good article: Bernie Is Not a Socialist and America Is Not Capitalist ----- Scandinavia is, by one measure, a freer market than the United States. As I said, I would much rather discuss specific economic proposals, than which words are more popular with voters.
  17. Bill is highly educated. He reads the National Enquirer to catch up on the latest gossip. 'never worked for nobody'... Did you flunk English class in grade school?
  18. Clients for Patrick Moore's consulting services are Monsanto, Weyerhaeuser, and BHP Minerals. According to Moore, “Three Mile Island was actually a success story in that the radiation from the partially melted core was contained.” 150 million curies escaped. An accident or terrorist attack at a nuclear plant could result in thousands of near-term deaths from radiation exposure and hundreds of thousands of long-term deaths from cancer among individuals within only fifty miles of a nuclear plant.
  19. 3/2/2019 12:30 pm EST Tune in to Live Rally.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Yg9MfgdbRg
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    This IS Kryptonite To Cons

    Senator Feinstein Proposes Weak Green New Deal Substitute <snip> "Senator Feinstein’s climate resolution is outmoded and cynical politics at its worst,” said Bill Snape, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity. “It’s more of the same half-measures and loopholes for polluting industries that have failed us for more than three decades.” “Feinstein can’t hide behind this anemic proposal to avoid supporting the real Green New Deal. She needs to get with it or get out of the way,” Snape said. “Her grandchildren and millions of other Americans will suffer horrible climate chaos if we fail to address climate change on a wartime footing.”
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    This IS Kryptonite To Cons

    I know the information I provided was not in meme format, but that does not make it less factual. You could look up this information yourself, but to make it easy for you here are two links: CNN 2/2/2016: $153 million in Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking fees, documented Forbes 11/8/2016: How Bill And Hillary Clinton Made $240 Million In The Last 15 Years Honoraria noun hon·o·rar·i·a [on-uh-rair-ee-uh 1. payment in recognition of acts or professional services for which custom or propriety forbids a price to be set. from Latin honorarium (donum) , meaning "bribe paid to get appointed to an honorary post". I am not saying it should be illegal, but it sure smells funny to me. I will leave the posting of memes, and spam images in your capable hands. As far as unsubtantiated, the actual dates, and locations are listed for your verification. Clearly you would like me to choose between Trump and Clinton. Been there, done that. Did not like it one bit. Hopefully we never have to choose the lesser of two evils again. As far as Trump goes, my position is very clear: Impeach him. NOW. Before it is too late. Here's a meme for you on that subject... Hillary, or Serena? What kind of question is that, are you serious? If Hillary was doing a standup comedy in front of Goldman Sachs executives, I would be less concerned. Again, are you serious? On a static basis, her tax plan would have led to 0.7 percent lower after-tax income for the top 10 percent of taxpayers and 1.7 percent lower income for the top 1 percent . Big deal. I'm sure the Hedge fund managers were shaking in their Gucci shoes at the prospect of 0.7 % lower income. Better than FDR? Again, are you serious, or just trolling?
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