Posted by: maboulette | October 17, 2017

John McCain’s Speech


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This is part of a speech that John McCain gave yesterday – follow the link to read the entire speech.

 

‘To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,’ McCain said, ‘is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.'”

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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton discussed the culture of sexual assault following a myriad of new sexual harassment and assault allegations against Hollywood film producer and longtime Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein.

INTERVIEW UK CHANNEL 4

In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News on Saturday, Clinton said:

“Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency. So there’s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kinds of behaviors that need to be addressed,” Clinton said when asked if she had heard rumors of Weinstein’s behavior before the bombshell reports.

BRIGHT SPOTLIGHT

“I think it’s important that we stay focused, and shine a bright spotlight, and try to get people to understand how damaging this is,” she continued.

“The women coming forward is the only way that that story will be told,” she said.

CLINTON’S COMMENTS

Clinton’s comments come as accusations against Weinstein going back decades continue to surface from major Hollywood actresses including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Kate Beckinsale.

BACKLASH DURING CAMPAIGN

Trump faced major backlash during the presidential campaign when he was heard bragging about groping and kissing women on a leaked “Access Hollywood” tape from 2005.

NUMEROUS ASSAULTS

Numerous sexual assault allegations surfaced against Trump during the campaign.

CONDEMNING WEINSTEIN

Clinton, along with the Obamas, came under scrutiny after they issued statements condemning Weinstein’s behavior five days after the scandal broke.

“The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior,” Clinton said.

Clinton announced on Tuesday that she would be donating the money Weinstein contributed to her campaign.


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Donald Trump held a signing ceremony today for a new executive order aimed at sabotaging ObamaCare, which is profoundly disturbing. But the ceremony itself served to provide the latest hint that Trump has gone senile and no longer knows where he’s at or what he’s doing. In the middle of the event, Trump got confused and wandered off, leaving Mike Pence to bring him back – and this is not even the first signing ceremony he’s wandered away from.

WANDERS OFF

Trump gave a brief prepared speech from a lectern today, and then he was supposed to walk about three feet to a desk where he would sign the order. Instead he wandered off toward the door while waving goodbye to everyone. Watch the video of Trump’s latest senile moment, which aired live on CNN:

 

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If this were a one-time thing, it could be written off as a harmless slip up. But this isn’t even the first time Trump has gotten confused and tried to leave a signing ceremony without signing anything. He also tried to wander off in the middle of a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He got off Air Force One and, instead of getting into his motorcade, he blankly wandered away from it. He goes off-prompter during speeches and tells incoherent stories that are inappropriate for the audience he’s addressing.

“LOST A STEP”

Yesterday, one of Donald Trump’s own advisers told Vanity Fair that Trump has “lost a step” and that his staff is now trying to prevent him from doing interviews. Whatever has brought it on, it’s clear to even a casual observer that Trump has gradually gone senile since taking office. Even his own staff has been trying to warn us – because it’s gotten just that bad. Therefore the 25th Amendment was written.


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Although it may not seem like it to worried outside observers, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is aggressively moving forward at a historically swift pace. The investigation just happens to be historically complicated as well, and the scandal at the center of it is buried beneath a surreal series of trap doors. Yet for reasons known only to him, Trump just decided to hand Mueller the master key.

TRUMP TRICKS HIMSELF

Trump has apparently managed to trick himself into believing he’s innocent in a traitorous scandal he masterminded. That’s yet another sign of his declining mental faculties. But it also may prove to be a lucky break, because it’s led Trump to recently conclude that the best way to get the Russia scandal behind him is to give Mueller everything he wants. Not only is Trump turning over the kind of evidence that Mueller has long been trying to get his hands on from the outside, Trump is also now talking about voluntarily testifying for Mueller.

BAD MOVE

There’s almost no way to quantify how bad of a move this would be for Trump. Yet sure enough, Politico is reporting that it’s precisely what Trump and his attorneys are preparing to do. It would be virtually malpractice for Trump’s attorneys to allow him to do this. Yet if they put their foot down, he’ll just find some new attorneys who won’t try to stand in his way.

ANOTHER KIND OF PUMPKIN

So unless Donald Trump turns into yet another kind of pumpkin as his mind continues to collapse, and randomly changes his strategy yet again, he’s preparing to pretty much throw his life away by testifying for Robert Mueller. Trump will end up bragging about every crime he and his henchmen have ever committed, because he can’t help himself. He’ll lie under oath, because he has no relationship with the truth. Trump will do Mueller’s job for him during that testimony. Bring it on.


Ben Sasse

If you’ve been waiting for another Republican Senator to follow Bob Corker’s lead by coming out swinging against Donald Trump, then wait no more. On Wednesday, John McCain hit Trump firmly but narrowly over his failure to abide by Russian sanctions. But then Ben Sasse stepped to the plate late on Wednesday night, and let’s just say that he was more direct in his condemnation of Trump.

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AWFUL

After Trump spent the day lamenting how awful it is that the media has freedom of the press, and explicitly threatening to shut down broadcast networks such as NBC, Senator Ben Sasse fired back at him at the end of the day. Sasse tweeted a a brief press release after 10pm eastern time. It was titled “Sasse to Trump: are you recanting of your oath?” Then came the press release itself.

PRESS RELEASE

The press release text said “U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following release tonight after President Trump yet again attacked the First Amendment: Mr. President, words spoken by the President matter. Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?”. Sasse’s statement is far more carefully worded than Corker’s all-out rant, but here’s what really matters: Sasse has directly accused Trump of violating the Constitution, in exact words. That’s everything, because it’s specifically impeachable, and Sasse knows it.

SEN CORKER

Bob Corker condemned Donald Trump for being a psychologically unstable infant, but impeachment is supposed to be for committing crimes. Ben Sasse just accused Trump in exact words, albeit in the form of a question, of committing a specific crime against the Constitution: trying to deny citizens the First Amendment. This lays the groundwork for an eventual impeachment effort. It’s the first sign that the Republicans might actually try to strategically impeach Trump before the midterms after all.

 

 

Posted by: maboulette | October 12, 2017

Trump’s Own People Signal That They Want This Over With


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Yesterday a remarkable thing happened. We saw a tidal wave of negative claims about Donald Trump’s fitness for office, his mental capacity, even talk of the 25th Amendment – and it all came from Trump’s own people. Some of them said it directly, while others filtered it through major news outlets so they could keep their names off it. But the message today was overwhelmingly the same: Trump’s own people are scared of how badly he’s unraveling, and they’re ready to help end it.

LOST A STEP MENTALLY

There’s no other possible explanation for why Trump’s own advisers would have told Vanity Fair yesterday, for instance, that he’s “lost a step” mentally and that they no longer trust him to do interviews without supervision. There’s no other reason for why Trump’s advisers would have admitted publicly yesterday that Trump is being warned internally about the 25th Amendment. These sentiments precisely mirror what Trump’s enemies and detractors have been saying, and this serves to drive the point home for anyone listening. There’s only one reason why’d they do this.

TIME TO BE OVER

Whether consciously or subconsciously, Trump’s own people are now ready for this to be over, and they’re feeding the kinds of things to the media that are going to make it a whole lot easier for him to be ousted. These are the people who have wanted Trump to succeed, and indeed many of them may lose their own White House jobs if he goes. It’s not as if they’re trying to spitefully sabotage him by leaking these damning things to the media. They’ve simply come to realize that Trump can’t do this job, it’s getting worse by the day, and it’s time for it to be over with.

MERCY-KILLING OF DYING PRESIDENCY

What we’re now seeing, in effect, is a metaphorical mercy-killing of a dying presidency. Donald Trump’s own advisers are now offering powerful arguments to those seeking to oust him. They’re helping write the script of his ouster – because even they reluctantly know that the jig is up.

Posted by: maboulette | October 11, 2017

Google Removes Russia-Backed Anti-Hillary Clinton YouTubers


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A Russian propaganda account purporting to be run by two African-American video bloggers named “Williams and Kalvin” was taken down by YouTube on Monday. The takedown comes hours after a The Daily Beast report revealed Williams and Kalvin’s Facebook and Twitter pages were pulled in August due to their ties to the Kremlin’s propaganda arm.

The account was “terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” according to a notice posted on the page. Williams and Kalvin’s videos mostly spouted Russian talking points and inflammatory conspiracy theories about the Clintons, including accusations of Bill Clinton hiding a secret love child. Google, which owns YouTube, provided a statement to The Daily Beast last Wednesday, but did not respond to specific questions about the account.

 

Posted by: maboulette | October 11, 2017

Mike Pence Is Certain That Donald Trump Is Going to Be Ousted


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Mike Pence did more than side with racists and make a fool of himself when he clumsily staged a “spontaneous” walkout at an NFL game after black football players took a knee during the national anthem. Pence also telegraphed something about the future which, while it takes a minute to understand, ends up being crystal clear: Pence is certain that Donald Trump is going to be ousted.

NOT NECESSARILY SO

That alone doesn’t mean it’s going to happen – but it’s now clear that Mike Pence thinks it’s going to happen. The reasoning starts here: there was no reason for Pence to carry out such a weird stunt today. It was a clear attempt at endearing himself to Trump’s racist base, at the risk of alienating everyone else. Why would Pence bother sticking his neck out like this, just to help out Trump’s prospects? He wouldn’t. He’s too fundamentally selfish for that.

WIN TRUMPS BASE

Instead, Pence was trying to win over Trump’s base as a way of setting the stage for his own run for president in 2020. In turn, there’s only one way that Pence would even be in a position to run for president in 2020 – and that’s if he’s already president. If Trump is ousted and Pence inherits the presidency, he can probably win the 2020 Republican nomination without much interference. Even if Trump finishes his term and then doesn’t run for re-election, Pence would end up one of twenty candidates for the 2020 Republican nomination – and he wouldn’t win it.

UNMISTAKEABLE

 Pence is enough of a political survivor to understand what I’ve explained above. His decision to pull this race-baiting and self-humiliating stunt today was an unmistakable sign that he expects to be running for president in 2020 as the incumbent. That means he expects Donald Trump will be ousted before the end of his term. Of course Pence isn’t considering that he may end up getting ousted over the Russia scandal as well.


Corker Senator

CNN’s Monday morning “New Day” began with a stunned host Alisyn Camerota calling Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) conversation with the New York Times “extraordinary.”

PLUGGED IN

“This is a top Republican who is unplugged now and saying things that people have only said off the record or whispered about in the halls of Congress,” Camerota said.

DAILY BEAST

The Daily Beast’s John Avlon agreed, suggesting the Tennessee senator “dropped the mic” on the president.

TRUMP and CORKER

“This is the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” Avlon continued. “When he said that President Trump is courting World War III, and the White House is an adult day care center, and every day is an exercise in containment because the president treats it like a reality show — that’s not a Democrat playing partisan politics to criticize the president.”

CAMEROTA COMMENT

He also echoed Camerota’s comment that many Republicans have been saying this for some time. “This is what people in the know in Washington are saying every day,” he said.

The New York Times interview quotes Corker admitting that he doesn’t know why Trump continues to tweet out things that aren’t true. “You know he does it, everyone knows he does it, but he does it,” Corker said.

CNN HOST

CNN host Michael Smerconish explained that his training as an attorney leads him to believe that’s a comment about the president’s ability to do his job effectively.

25TH AMENDMENT

“The lawyer in me hears something different. I’m thinking of the 25th Amendment, Section 4, which speaks to a president who is unable to discharge the powers of duties of his office,” Smerconish said. “Let’s just reflect on some of the word choices that senator made. Post-Charlottesville, he was questioning the stability of the president. Now he’s using the word ‘reckless, chaos.’ Now he is saying ‘he concerns me.’ I think he’s planting seeds for questioning the fitness, the mental fitness of the president pursuant to the 25th Amendment to continue with his responsibilities.”

 

Posted by: maboulette | October 10, 2017

The 25th Amendment Was Written for Donald Trump


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It’s never appropriate to accuse others of having mental or psychological problems simply because you disagree with them or you don’t like them. But what happens when someone is displaying so many alarming signs of a psychological meltdown, even a non-doctor can spot it from a mile away? That was the case with Donald Trump’s behavior during a twelve hour period on last Saturday, which can only be described as some kind of psychotic break.

NO INSULT

None of this is meant as an insult to good natured people who are dealing with mental and psychological problems the best they can. In contrast, Trump is a demented, evil, sexist, racist, uncaring, greedy, mean spirited piece of crap. But during the course of Trump’s twenty-plus tweets on Saturday, we witnessed a mountain of disturbing evidence suggesting that he really did have some kind of psychotic breakdown. I’m no doctor, but take a look at this list of symptoms from WebMD.

COMPARE SYMPTOMS

Let’s take a look at how these symptoms match up with Trump’s various tweets on Saturday. Agitation? He started off the day by attacking the Mayor of San Juan, even as her city is drowning. Anxiety? He’s clearly worried about, well, everything. Intellectual impairment? At one point on Saturday, he began ranting that the candidate he endorsed in Alabama went up in the polls after the election. That doesn’t even make sense. Delusions and hallucinations? Trump appears to have come to honestly believe that his administration has mounted some massive relief effort in Puerto Rico that largely doesn’t exist – even though he can see on television that it doesn’t exist.

25th AMENDMENT

So now we have a guy in the White House who, in addition to being a complete piece of filth and a traitor who answers to a foreign government, has no ability to distinguish between reality and hallucination. This is why Article Four of the 25th Amendment was created.

Today is World Mental Health Day – someone tell the Presdient.

 

 

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