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  1. Fake news. Joe Biden isn't senile. All the GOPher's are simply scared of "Mad-dog" Joe Biden.
  2. Too much overtime. I'm sure that federal "detaining facility" will be fully staffed going forward. Bad press gets things done. 😉
  3. Trump owns Epstein's suicide. He's the head monkey in charge. The buck stops here. In any event...there is one less Jew on planet earth. 😇
  4. There is at least one "ni99er" that has been elected president of the USA...and he did it with the majority of the popular vote "and" the electoral college on his side. Twice. 😉
  5. Now you are speaking for imgreatagain? Are you scissor sisters? It's fake news. Get over yourself, look up the real facts.
  6. Is Trump still having his "signature" silk ties made in China? President Trump considers himself a branding wizard, but he is vexed by a branding crisis of his own: how to shed the label of “racist.” As the campaign takes shape about 15 months before voters render a verdict on his presidency, Trump’s Democratic challengers are marking him a racist, and a few have gone so far as to designate the president a white supremacist. Throughout his career as a real estate magnate, a celebrity provocateur and a politician, Trump has recoiled from being called the r-word, even though some of his actions and words have been plainly racist. Following a month in which he used racist remarks to attack four congresswomen of color, maligned majority-black Baltimore as a “rat and rodent infested mess” and saw his anti-immigrant rhetoric parroted in a statement authorities believe was written by a suspected mass shooter, the risk for Trump is that the pejorative that has long dogged him becomes defining. Being called a racist has led Trump in recent days to lash out — in tweets and in public comments — behavior his advisers and allies explain as the natural reaction of anyone who does not consider himself a racist but is accused of being one. “For them to throw out the race word again — racist, racist, racist,” Trump told reporters Friday as he departed the White House for a week-long vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, N.J. “They call anybody a racist when they run out of cards.” The president views the characterization largely through the lens of politics, said one close adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations, explaining that Trump feels the charges of racism are just another attempt to discredit him — not unlike, he believes, the more than a dozen women who have accused him of sexual misconduct or the investigation into Russian election interference. Many of his supporters see it the same way. “At first, they tried to use Russia, and that didn’t work,” said Don Byrd of Newton, Iowa. “Now it’s all about race — ‘He’s a racist. He’s this. He’s that.’ ” Democrats have engaged in semantic maneuvering over just how racist they say the president is. While former congressman Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts said without hesitation that the president is a white supremacist, former vice president Joe Biden stopped short. “Why are you so hooked on that?” Biden asked reporters last week in Iowa. “You just want me to say the words so I sound like everybody else. I’m not everybody else. I’m Joe Biden. . . . He is encouraging white supremacists. You can determine what that means.” Trump’s allies argue Democrats risk overreach in maligning the president. “Democrats seem to forget that Trump supporters include blacks, whites, Hispanics and other minority groups who simply love this country,” Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign adviser, said in a text message. “Democrats have shown their absolute disdain for the president and now they have extended their disdain to half of America.” Some Democrats seem cognizant of the danger. At last month’s presidential debate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said, “There are people that voted for Donald Trump before that aren’t racist; they just wanted a better shake in the economy.” Yet she, too, also felt the need to rebuke Trump. “I don’t think anyone can justify what this president is doing,” Klobuchar concluded. Trump recently called himself “the least racist person anywhere in the world,” but his history is littered with racist and racially charged comments and actions. In 1989, Trump purchased newspaper advertisements demanding the reinstatement of the death penalty after the arrests of the “Central Park Five,” black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white jogger in New York. They were exonerated in 2002, but Trump has repeatedly refused to acknowledge their innocence. In 2005, he pitched an idea for his reality television series, “The Apprentice,” that would have pitted white people against black people. Trump then rose to political prominence partially by championing the racist “birtherism” myth that former president Barack Obama was born outside the United States. As a presidential candidate, Trump attacked a judge overseeing a Trump University case for his Mexican heritage. And once in the White House, Trump equivocated in the aftermath of a deadly white supremacist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, saying there were “very fine people on both sides.” Last month, Trump tweeted that four minority congresswomen should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” even though three of the four lawmakers were born in the United States. He later did not tell his supporters to stop chanting “Send her back!” at a campaign rally where he evoked the name of one of the four, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). The Somali-born refugee became a U.S. citizen in 2000. Trump’s rhetoric came under fresh examination last week after the man accused of killing 22 people in El Paso echoed the president’s language about an “invasion” of Hispanic migrants in what authorities say they believe is the suspect’s missive explaining the reasons for the shooting. People who know work for Trump have come to his defense. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said that in her three years at his side, she has “never, ever, a single time heard this president say or do anything” racist. She described his reaction to being labeled a racist as “less frustration and more consternation that critics, especially those who would like to be president, resort to spewing invectives or hurling insults at the current president, instead of just arguing on the issues.” Some people who have worked for Trump say the president is less concerned about the moral significance of being called a racist than he is about the bottom-line implications. “The guy sends out blatantly racist tweets,” former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said. “White supremacist. Racist. Those labels are bad for business. . . . It means a reduction in the colors of people who want to vote for you. He’s upset about it because it’s bad for business.” To the extent that one’s understanding of what is and isn’t racist is forged at a young age, Trump’s upbringing may be instructive. One former adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering the president, suggested Trump believes he is more racially tolerant than his father, Fred Trump, who was reported to have been arrested in connection with a 1927 Ku Klux Klan march in New York — an arrest the president has denied as “nonsense” and said “never happened.” In the 1970s, Fred and Donald Trump were sued by the Justice Department and accused of discriminating against black renters in their residential properties. Conway argued that the charges of racism are likely to help Trump politically because his voters may think Democratic candidates are unfairly branding them as racists, too, simply for supporting the president. “When the elite wrist-flickers are out there demeaning and ridiculing his rank-and-file supporters — those forgotten men and women who aren’t chanting at the rallies — an insult to him is an insult to them and vice versa,” Conway said. One such Trump supporter, Laura Capps, 39, had driven last week from Boone, Iowa, to attend the first full day of the state fair. Capps said she was exasperated when Democrats blamed Trump for mass shootings — “there were shootings under Obama, under every president” — and said his opponents obsessed over Trump’s tweets and statements because they had nothing else to attack. “I’ve been called a racist because I’m a Trump supporter,” Capps said. “It’s ridiculous. I’ve got a first cousin that’s married to an African American gal. So their kids are biracial, and I love them just like the rest of my second cousins.” Trump’s sensitivity about the “racist” sobriquet dates back decades. The Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist who has known Trump and tangled with him for many years, said the president has long understood that being called “the r-word” would damage his casino and hotel businesses — and now his political standing. “At one level, you’re super sensitive about the r-word, and on another level, you buy ads on the Central Park Five,” Sharpton said. Sharpton recalled that, at the height of the birtherism debate, Trump sought to persuade him to stop calling him out for his false claims about Obama’s birthplace on his MSNBC show by inviting him to a meeting at Trump Tower. “I’m not a racist,” Sharpton recalled Trump insisting. The two men argued, and Sharpton responded, “I’m not calling you a racist, but what you are doing is racist.” Sharpton continued to attack Trump on air.
  7. There is nothing quite like "correcting" a clueless fool about British royalty and their titles. Brilliant!
  8. Simone Biles won her sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships on Sunday, plus did a historic clean triple-double in floor exercise. Biles, 22, did the triple-double in the preliminaries Friday in floor exercise, too, the first time a woman had ever completed the complex move of two flips with three twists in competition. But she put her hands down on the landing then, which frustrated her. She didn't do that Sunday and was so happy with the move that she retweeted video of it during the competition. "I didn't want to be the last person to see it," Biles said of checking her phone for the video, "so I went online to see what it looked like, so that me and [coach Laurent Landi] could watch it. But I was very pleased that I actually landed it this time in competition." Biles won the all-around title easily; her 118.500 was almost 5 full points ahead of second-place finisher Sunisa Lee at 113.550. Grace McCallum was third at 111.850. Biles has won 20 consecutive all-around titles dating back six years, including at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Sunday, Biles also won the titles in the vault (30.850), balance beam (29.650) and, of course, floor exercise (29.450), which she especially has elevated to must-see TV whenever she's performing. And even in the event she calls her least favorite, uneven bars, she finished third (28.800). Lee, a 16-year-old from Minnesota, won the bars with a score of 29.800 and was the only woman other than Biles to walk away with a gold medal from these championships. She acknowledged she watches all of Biles' routines with a sense of awe. "She's so good, and I don't understand it," Lee said with a smile. "She's like, yeah, crazy good. She does stuff I never thought people could do." Biles began her Sunday evening on beam, where on Friday she became the first to do a double-double dismount. She simplified her beam dismount a bit Sunday but still nailed the routine and was in a great mood from there. That was a contrast to Friday, when she did floor exercise first and -- despite the triple-double -- wasn't happy the rest of the night because she thought her floor routine wasn't good enough. Sunday, the positive vibes from the beam carried her through, as did the Sprint Center crowd that cheered wildly at everything she did. "I feel like you carry that momentum through the entire meet," Biles said of the opening rotation. "The other day, I was doing angry gymnastics, and I was just really upset. Then today, it was just like back to normal and happy." Biles went from the floor exercise to vault. Then her final event was bars, and after finishing that routine, Biles smiled broadly and waved her arms. "I was a lot happier today," she said, "because I feel like I haven't been as confident on bars this year as I was last year. To finally do a good routine like I can do it, I was very happy. And it was the last event, so I was like, 'Thank God we're done.'" Done for now, yes, but there's another huge meet coming up Oct. 4-13 in Stuttgart, Germany: the world championships. The U.S. women are the defending champions; their gold in last year's world meet earned them their berth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Biles won the all-around title in the 2018 world meet, along with golds on the floor exercise and vault, plus silver in the bars and bronze on the beam. The top 10 finishers here at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships are named to the national team; they and select other invitees will take part in a training camp Sept. 5-8. Then the actual selection camp for the world meet will take place Sept. 25-27, and a team of five will be picked, plus one alternate. It will be very competitive to make that group of five. We already know, though, that Biles will lead the United States' effort. She had moments here at nationals of great emotion, both joy and sadness. The latter came when she was talking to media before the meet started about the lingering effects of the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse scandal. She was brought to tears relating her frustration and disappointment with USA Gymnastics, which as an organization is going through bankruptcy court and trying to rebuild its reputation. But once this competition started, Biles was laser-focused on doing her best. She said she puts other things out of her mind and just thinks about the gymnastics. "I feel like you just kind of shut it out," Biles said. "Once I'm here, I'm here to do a job." She did it extremely well, yet again. And with the Tokyo Olympics about a year away, Biles said she's on a very strong trajectory. "Right now, I feel like it's a good peak," she said. "But we don't want to change too much going into next year. You kind of just want to stay consistent with your routines. If any upgrades come, you'll see."
  9. “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” is a line taken from The Tempest, a play by William Shakespeare. The words are spoken by a man who has been shipwrecked and finds himself seeking shelter beside a sleeping monster. If Shakespeare were writing his play today, it would be the perfect story to describe the relationship between Mitch McConnell, a man whose “leadership” of the GOP could be described as a shipwreck, and Donald Trump as the monster he choses to shack-up with to survive. Mickey and Trump became bedmates, politically speaking, following a recommitment ceremony in the Rose Garden in the fall of 2017. The castrated Kentuckian and the NY Liberal each wrote their own vows: Since their special day, Trump and McConnell have worked hand-in-hand to reach their Far-Left socialist agenda wrapped up as Nationalist Conservatism, including GOP-branded paid family leave, a GOP-branded Green New Deal, GOP-branded government-run healthcare, and GOP-branded gun control. Facing an uncertain re-election, these strange bedfellows are hitching their political destinies to each other. Trump has endorsed McConnell, saying the Kentucky senator is needed to “Keep America Great.” At a recent Kentucky rally where McConnell was forced to shout to be heard over a mob of protesters, he proclaimed his love for Trump saying, “In Washington, President Trump and I are making America great again.” Unfortunately, just like his (political) significant other, Mickey has little to show that makes him worthy of re-election, which is why he and the rest of the GOP are recycling their 2016 campaign lies for 2020. Their lack of accomplishments is also behind McConnell’s attempt to use socialism as a fear-mongering tool to convince voters to choose republicans as a “firewall against socialism.” And he promised to be the “Grim Reaper” for Far-Left socialism. While Mickey likes to revel in his self-declared status as the death of socialism, he and the GOP are directly responsible for its rising popularity — a reality growing in significance following the recent mass shootings. Trump and a number of Republican senators are pushing for new-gun control measures only dreamed of under Obama. Trump has introduced a list of liberty-killing gun-control proposals reminiscent of what we saw post-9/11, Lindsey Graham has reached a bipartisan agreement on his measure to federalize red flag laws, and Marco Rubio is pushing the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act. TAPS is essentially a kind of “pre-crime” law giving government the authority to predict the likelihood of someone committing a crime using a firearm and then denying them the right to own one in order to prevent the crime. How will Trump’s love interest in the Senate respond to these new gun-control proposals? It’s all but a done deal. “What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” McConnell said in an interview last week. “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.” “Urgency.” That’s the secret love-language used by Trump and McConnell to say “We have an election coming up, so damn the Constitution. Full speed ahead.”
  10. President Trump, who has trafficked in conspiracy theories since he entered public life, seemed to cross a line Saturday by sharing a tweet that tied former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the jailhouse death of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Trump’s retweet of comedian Terrence K. Williams’ post with the hashtag #ClintonBodyCount drew outrage on the Sunday morning news broadcasts — except on Fox News, where his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway defended it. “You know, this is just more recklessness," Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "What he's doing is dangerous,” added Booker, who is running for president. “He's giving life to not just conspiracy theories, but really whipping people up into anger and worse against different people in this country." Epstein had been held for a month in the Metropolitan Correctional Center — a jail run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, a part of the U.S. Department of Justice — in Manhattan on sex-trafficking charges. He was found unconscious in his cell Saturday morning, according to authorities, and pronounced dead in a nearby hospital. Authorities said he hanged himself. On Saturday night, Trump retweeted a pair of messages that, without evidence, tied Epstein's death to the Clintons. The one from Williams, which misspelled Epstein’s first name, read in part: "#JefferyEpstein had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead. We know who did this." There is a long history of far-right conspiracies about the Clintons murdering their enemies, going back to the death of White House aide Vince Foster in 1993, which was also ruled a suicide. More recently, right-wing commentators notably including Fox News’s Sean Hannity pushed a conspiracy theory about the death of Seth Rich, a Democratic National Committee staffer who was baselessly accused of leaking emails during the 2016 campaign. Rich was shot late at night on a Washington street in what police have declared botched robbery. Yahoo News Chief Investigative Correspondent Michael Isikoff traced the history and spread of this rumor in “Conspiracyland,” a new podcast series. Epstein, a millionaire who claimed to run a hedge fund, although the source and amount of his wealth are unclear, did have ties to Bill Clinton, who has acknowledged he flew on the millionaire financier's plane multiple times for trips connected to the Clinton Foundation. But Epstein had also been friends with Trump in the 1990s, and socialized with elites in government, academia and fashion. MSNBC recently aired video, from 1992, of Trump and Epstein partying together at the president's Florida estate and commenting on women there. “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York magazine in 2002. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” he other tweet shared by Trump was from an account called BNL News and concerned court documents unsealed on Friday in a civil case involving Epstein: “BREAKING: Documents were unsealed yesterday revealing that top Democrats, including Bill Clinton, took private trips to Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘pedophilia island.’” Epstein owned a private island in the Caribbean where, by some accounts, he would party with teenage girls. Clinton has denied visiting the island. Clinton's press secretary called the Trump-fueled conspiracy theory "ridiculous." On "Fox News Sunday," Conway, the White House counselor, defended the retweets, saying the president "just wants everything to be investigated." But Trump has long trafficked in various conspiracy theories, including infamously promoting the false idea that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. Booker connected this latest conspiracy theory to others, including "PizzaGate," that have led to violence. "Remember, this is a nation now where we have just seen horrific acts, whether it is someone walking into a pizza shop, based upon these kind of conspiracy theories, to take violent action," he said on CNN. "We see people's lives being threatened because this president whips up hatred." “The President of the United States just retweeted this conspiratorial s***,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill. “The President of the United States just retweeted it. The President of the United States just retweeted it. The President of the United States just retweeted it.” Another Democratic presidential candidate, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, called the Trump-promoted conspiracy a distraction from the mass shooting last weekend in his hometown of El Paso. Authorities say the gunman, who killed 22 people at a Walmart, had targeted Latinos. "This is another example of our president using this position of public trust to attack his political enemies with unfounded conspiracy theories," O'Rourke said on CNN, "and also to try to force you and me and all of us to focus on his bizarre behavior."
  11. I stopped reading after "If I was" Grow a set and stop yakking about what your father did. You clearly can't carry your dad's jock strap.
  12. I'm sure her proposal is comprehensive. Reloading supplies would be "sin taxed" at 50% (or higher) as well. She's a Senator. She has people to research these things for her before she makes a proposal.
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