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10 hours ago, Lazarus said:

Will the deal materialize?

As'ad AbuKhalil is a Lebanese-American professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, according to him:

"What Trump wants is basically to transfer the cash reserves of Gulf regimes, especially Saudi Arabia, something to the tune of 500 billion dollars, to the United States (...) that’s not gonna happen for many reasons. One, it is based on an unpredictable price of oil, which it fluctuates. The Saudis won’t be able to fulfill their promises. And second, the Saudis are notorious for making financial commitments that they never fulfill. And thirdly, how are they going to reconcile the exorbitant expenditure on arms and U.S. pleasure, and at the same time, keeping their population content to the minimum level that would prevent an uprising or mutiny by the people who are living under the most austere and severe political conditions imaginable?

On the other hand, the Saudis also wants the United States to do for them things that the United States won’t be able to do. I mean, they want the United States to basically overthrow the Iranian regime, overthrow the Yemeni regime, overthrow the Syrian regime, and deliver for them peace and normalization with Israel by fulfilling the very minimum demands of the Palestinian collaborationist authority, something the Israeli government is not willing to do."

 

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Worse than that, he's following his own advice.

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On 7/5/2017 at 9:31 AM, tantra129 said:

i thought you were hopeful the trumpster can do no harm

I'm still of the opinion that if he is going to do truly serious damage, his own party will do a Caesar on him.  For the moment, he's excelling in embarrassing himself.

Incidentally, because I don't follow U.S. politics closely enough, what has Trump done in terms of actual meaningful legislation and policy ?

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Repealed Obamacare, bared a number of nations citizens from flying to the US, not sure what else...

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Many of the bills Trump has signed, such as designating buildings and appointing board members to the Smithsonian, do not have a major, direct impact on Americans, and Trump's 'ambitious' legislative agenda on tax reform and infrastructure is largely stalled. The outlook is also uncertain for the Obamacare repeal bill, which passed the House and is tied up in the Senate.

Here's a reference on CNN: President Trump has signed 40 bills into law. Here's what they do

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I was gonna say, he's far from repealing Obamacare.

You know ... his personality and style of presidency ... lot's of talk and hot air, he'd be perfect for Greece.  Fit right in me thinks.

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My mistake, I thought that ObamaCare had been scrapped already...the Republicans are trying to get the votes but there seems to be a few of their own that are holding out. 

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Ha ha, some "hard core" Republicans are voting against it because it's not harsh enough.  How are human beings (can you even call them that ?)  like this even made ?

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https://twitter.com/YourAnonNews/status/897458644081672193

 

 

Trump says he’s considering pardon for Joe Arpaio

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Reacting to the prospect that Trump might pardon Arpaio, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Cecillia Wang said, “President Trump would be literally pardoning Joe Arpaio’s flagrant violation of federal court orders that prohibited the illegal detention of Latinos. He would undo a conviction secured by his own career attorneys at the Justice Department. Make no mistake: This would be an official presidential endorsement of racism.”

 

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He's completely lost it. This is stunning stuff. The Q&A begins about 7 minutes in.

 

 

 

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The Secret Service Is Running Out of Money Thanks to Trump

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A total of 42 Trumpees (including 18 family members) currently have protection, marking an increase of 11 from the Obama administration. More than 1,000 agents have already topped their federally mandated caps for salary and overtime. These caps, Alles explained, are meant to last for the entire year. Even if a proposal to increase those caps from $160,000 to $187,000 is approved by lawmakers, an estimated 130 agents will still not receive full compensation for "hundreds of hours."

 

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Three quarters of a century ago, Justice Jackson wrote for a 6-to-3 majority in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” (Washington Post)

Enough already with the US Fascist and Racist in Chief, Donald J. Drumpf, disrespecting the US Constitution, and everything Flag and Country stand for.

 

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The US had a founding ideal: equality under the law and of opportunity. Falling short of this ideal (and, boy, have we fallen short for so long), is the real disrespect.

For me worshiping the symbols themselves without understanding what they represent is hypocritical. I also don't have to pledge allegiance to the flag or to the anthem itself or even to the president! I support the constitution and ideals upon which this country was founded, such as--life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

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Thanks Tzatziki. Let's share this exceptional commentary with as many people as we know. :thumbup:

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On 2017-09-25 at 9:44 AM, Lazarus said:

Three quarters of a century ago, Justice Jackson wrote for a 6-to-3 majority in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette: “If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.” (Washington Post)

Enough already with the US Fascist and Racist in Chief, Donald J. Drumpf, disrespecting the US Constitution, and everything Flag and Country stand for.

 

It is a journey and we have yet to reach our destination. He brainwashed a few and he hit a nerve because no matter his actions there are many following blindly.  I thought W was bad.  This guy just created a new class. 

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We should not cede the definition of patriotism to the scoundrels, the intolerant, and the ignorant.

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On 9/28/2017 at 1:18 AM, tantra129 said:

It is a journey and we have yet to reach our destination. He brainwashed a few and he hit a nerve because no matter his actions there are many following blindly.  I thought W was bad.  This guy just created a new class. 

Trump was always a snake-oil salesman, bullshitting his way through life, but a successful con artist. This we knew way before he entered politics. He lived in NY so we got to know him very well over the decades. The most surprising thing for me was that he would get so many people to buy into whatever he's saying, because he never had thought about any issue deeply or has good knowledge of it. But, once he got the flag of the Republican party the tribe closed behind him.

I understand why he'd hit a nerve, as you say it, but com'on, at least you'd want a competent, qualified doctor for what ails you.

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The Toronto Raptors Are Boycotting Trump Hotels

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Trump's continued assault on athletes who rightfully choose to protest social injustices hasn't gone unnoticed by others around the NBA. This year's champs, the Golden State Warriors, declined a visit to the White House and instead, promised to visit the capital to celebrate "equality, diversity and inclusion". Meanwhile, Cleveland Cavaliers star, LeBron James, blasted the President by calling him a "bum". 

Perhaps most disappointing is the fact that the vast majority of pro teams neglected to answer the Washington Post's inquiry. All of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Calgary Flames, and Ottawa Senators did not respond or refused to comment. However, a good handful of NHL organizations did confirm their boycott including the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, and Vancouver Canucks.

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