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    Oh that's perfect! Legitimately funny too, could this administration be any more brazenly corrupt to its core.

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    Well, the US certainly has no leg to stand on towards others when it comes to 'democracy' . . . I hope China offers to send election monitors in November to ensure a fair process

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    So basically the message is this: comply with a subpoena and tell the truth, Trump will have you fired; commit crimes on his behalf, he has your back.

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    You know I hate to say it but I think we better prepare for another 4 of Trump.

    I say this as the Democrat party does not have a viable candidate. Every one of them are pathetic and they are spending copious amounts of time worrying about what Trump is doing versus focusing on how they are a better candidate to run our country. Trump will again be the lesser of 2 evils.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I say this as the Democrat party does not have a viable candidate.


    quinnipiac poll released 48 hours ago...


    Among all registered voters, Democratic candidates lead Trump in general election match ups by between 4 and 9 percentage points, with Bloomberg claiming the biggest numerical lead against Trump:


    Bloomberg tops Trump 51 - 42 percent
    Sanders defeats Trump 51 - 43 percent
    Biden beats Trump 50 - 43 percent;
    Klobuchar defeats Trump 49 - 43 percent
    Warren wins narrowly over Trump 48 - 44 percent
    Buttigieg is also slightly ahead of Trump 47 - 43 percent

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    versus focusing on how they are a better candidate to run our country.
    don't you wish one would campaign on the platform of saying they would use the countries money on the people of the country rather than giving it to the corporations and million/billionaires and saying it will trickle down

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Trump will again be the lesser of 2 evils.
    Ack! How is it possible that Trump could be the lesser of two evils? The Democratic candidates are worse than Trump in which way?
    Pues, aquí estamos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Trump will again be the lesser of 2 evils.
    While I agree he may be reelected, how on gods green earth would he be the lesser of two evils?
    Lucifer himself could win the Democratic nomination, and he would still be the lesser of two evils.

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    If it could be "properly" managed in Iowa, why not to manage it "properly" anywhere else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    If it could be "properly" managed in Iowa, why not to manage it "properly" anywhere else?
    a caucus is a cacophony of cockerels and a primary is just a straight vote

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    Hard to argue against any of this. One of the main legacies of Trump will be how he has emboldened whackjobs, racists, bigots, and idiots everywhere to be whackjob racist bigoted idiots. They see some of themselves reflected in Trump and they like it and with all this uncritical tweeting and re-tweeting going on it becomes like the Coronavirus echo-chamber of dumb -- the stoopid is spreading.

    You don't have to look far for examples either, there are a few here on TD.

    Retweeter-in-Chief: How did a sex therapist become a three-time Trump favourite?

    13 Feb, 2020 10:53am 6 minutes to read



    US President Donald Trump. Photo / Washington Post

    Washington Post

    By: Anne Gearan, Josh Dawsey



    US President Donald Trump apparently has a thing for @SexCounseling.

    Trump has recently retweeted posts from a California sex therapist, Dawn Michael, whose professional Twitter home is a mix of pro-Trump material and, well, other things.

    The three retweets since January are emblematic of the President's habit of amplifying online praise from random or troublesome corners of the internet. He has been widely criticised for retweeting racially insensitive or allegedly anti-Semitic material - he denies any such intent. But his willingness to cast the presidential gaze and Twitter finger upon oddball figures and little-known commentators has attracted less notice.

    And it also appears to be on the rise. So far in February, Trump's retweets are outpacing his original tweets by about two to one, topping 265 today and including commentary from the likes of @HiredGun37 and @heelerhoney alongside Republican lawmakers, right-wing media figures, journalists, his sons and campaign manager.

    In the same period a year ago, Trump appears to have included only 21 retweets among 92 Twitter postings, and only one appears to be akin to the puzzling choices or otherwise obscure boosters he now promotes. On February 12 last year, among a string of retweets sent from his iPhone near 10pm, Trump retweeted a now-deleted link from a now-deleted account called "@planetepics."

    On Tuesday, he blasted out the assessment from @SexCounseling that "The people are happy with President Trump and they see how poorly he is being treated" to @realDonaldTrump's 72.4 million Twitter followers. His retweet has itself been retweeted 6000 times.

    It is not clear what attracted Trump to Michael's posts, but she appears among a circle of conservative pro-Trump Twitter users who regularly retweet one another. It is also not clear whether the name of her Twitter account had any bearing on Trump's decision to retweet her.

    Michael's account links to her YouTube channel and a video about "Couples Sensual Touching" that might be best described as R-rated.

    On her website, "thehappyspouse.com," Michael calls herself "a nationally recognised relationship expert and certified clinical sexologist."

    "My mission is to help you resolve problems with your intimate life. With 20 years of counselling experience, I have helped thousands of people improve their quality of life and marriage," Michael says.

    She claims advanced degrees or certifications from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality and The American College of Sexologists. Neither are accredited by the American Psychological Association, spokeswoman Kim Mills said. The APA does not police who calls themselves a sex therapist or a "Certified Sexologist," as Michael's LinkedIn profile identifies her.

    Michael did not respond to requests for comment by phone and email.

    Early in his presidency, Trump would post tweets but rarely responded or looked to Twitter for information. His staff would periodically bring him reports on how well tweets had done and would show him particularly friendly things to repost, according to a senior Administration official.

    But it became "both an entrance and an exit" in 2018, as he would, on his own, dive through his replies to see who was praising him.

    An aide said Trump has sometimes been taken aback by backlash to his retweets. Often, a string of retweets is not some grand statement - it's just Trump scrolling and clicking, people close to the President said.
    "If he sees it and it's positive about him, he just posts it," the Administration official said. "It would never dawn on him to check and see who the person is."

    He also likes to use retweets to force journalists and critics to reckon with the size of his Twitter following, current and former officials said. For example, after a firefighters union endorsed Joe Biden last year, Trump went on a barrage of early-morning posts, amplifying firefighters who praised him instead.

    Trump has mused to aides that he can mix it up on Twitter more than in real life - and "kind of just see how it goes," a former senior Administration official said. And there are accounts he somewhat regularly looks at for retweet potential, aides say.

    But Trump has conceded in the past that he was a little too quick to hit the retweet button.

    "A lot of the times, the bigger problem is the retweets," he said last year to C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully. "You know, you retweet something that sounds good, but it turns out to be from a player that's not the best player in the world. And that sort of causes a problem."

    Trump's taste in retweets is varied. A recent selection of retweets includes the conservative legal group Judicial Watch and ABC News journalist Jon Karl. He has retweeted official Republican accounts alongside @RedPillReport, which posts pro-Trump material and conservative views that are sometimes racially tinged or sexually suggestive.

    "Red-Pilling" is a term that comes from the movie The Matrix and refers to a choice between a red pill that opens one's eyes to an ugly reality and a blue pill that does not.

    @RedPillReport returned the favour yesterday, retweeting and commenting upon a Trump insult directed at Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg.

    "When a President can make you laugh ... and fatten your 401K ... you know you've got the right man!" the post said.

    Trump has sometimes retweeted posts from accounts that were later suspended, or accounts that said they were associated with the Q-Anon conspiracy group.

    Dawn Michael is not among the 47 people Trump himself follows on Twitter. Nor are any of the other otherwise little-known people he has retweeted recently. The common denominator is always either expressions of support for Trump or criticism of his adversaries.

    Prasad Vana, an assistant professor at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, has studied online marketing techniques and said that retweeting is marketing of a sort.

    "In general the idea is to show that there is some consensus developing around an idea and so it's a way of saying, 'See? It's not just me, it's others who think like that.' That is primarily the intention."

    Often, content that shocks or outrages is the most popular online, Vana said. That is not necessarily Trump's intent, but a president retweeting an account called @SexCounseling might raise eyebrows, he said.

    "We probably are biased more toward content that agrees with our own opinions, but when you're on a big stage it is rather wise to vet some information before you put it out there," Vana said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baldrick View Post
    don't you wish one would campaign on the platform of saying they would use the countries money on the people of the country rather than giving it to the corporations and million/billionaires and saying it will trickle down
    Reaganomics: More Atomics. Trickle down policies ??



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    Funny though we know when we have been pissed on, pissed off or Westinghoused.




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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Hard to argue against any of this. One of the main legacies of Trump will be how he has emboldened whackjobs, racists, bigots, and idiots everywhere to be whackjob racist bigoted idiots. They see some of themselves reflected in Trump and they like it and with all this uncritical tweeting and re-tweeting going on it becomes like the Coronavirus echo-chamber of dumb -- the stoopid is spreading.

    You don't have to look far for examples either, there are a few here on TD.
    Maybe he's trying to get Melania out of her separate bedroom...

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Maybe he's trying to get Melania out of her separate bedroom...
    Well he can't offer her and her family visas, been there and done that already...

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    Trump says he does not mind if Philippines cuts military pact with U.S.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not mind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to end a decades-old military agreement with the United States, a position at odds with that of his defense secretary who viewed the move with dismay.

    Duterte on Tuesday announced termination of the two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called the decision “unfortunate” as Washington and its allies press China to abide by “international rules” in Asia. [L4N2AB0ZL]

    The U.S. embassy in Manila called it “a serious step with significant implications.” Duterte’s decision, sparked by the revocation of a U.S. visa held by a former police chief who led Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, takes legal effect in 180 days and U.S. officials have expressed hope it can be reversed or delayed.

    “I don’t really mind if they would like to do that, it will save a lot of money,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about Duterte’s move and whether anything could be done to get him to reconsider. “My views are different from others,” he added.

    Trump has frequently expressed a desire to bring U.S. military forces home from decades-long deployments abroad and has strong-armed some allies into paying more for the right to U.S. defense.

    Trump said the United States had helped the Philippines defeat Islamic State militants. He said he had “a very good” relationship with Duterte and added: “we’ll see what happens.”

    Duterte’s decision could complicate U.S. military interests in the broader Asia-Pacific region as China’s ambitions rise. Some Filipino senators quickly sought to block the move, arguing Duterte had no right to unilaterally scrap international pacts the country’s senate had ratified.

    The VFA is important to the overall U.S.-Philippines alliance and sets out rules for U.S. soldiers operating in the Philippines, a former U.S. territory. Washington has called the relationship “ironclad,” despite Duterte’s complaints that include allegations of U.S. hypocrisy and ill treatment.

    Ending the VFA complicates Washington’s efforts to maintain an Asia-Pacific troop presence amid friction over the presence of U.S. personnel in Japan and South Korea and security concerns about China and North Korea.

    Esper referred to the period before Duterte’s decision takes effect when speaking to reporters on Tuesday.

    Trump says he does not mind if Philippines cuts military pact with U.S. - Reuters

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    Of all the topics to occupy the mind of the most powerful person in the United States, one would not expect badgers to make a frequent appearance.


    But the rotund, hairy omnivores were apparently an alarmingly regular topic of conversation in the White House during the early months of Donald Trump’s presidency, according to Daily Beast reporters Lachlan Markay and Asawin Suebsaeng.


    The authors detail Trump’s preoccupation in their new book, Sinking in the Swamp: How Trump’s Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington.

    Along with detailing “the murky underworld of President Trump’s Washington, dishing the hilarious and frightening dirt on the charlatans, conspiracy theorists, ideologues, and run-of-the-mill con artists who have infected the highest echelons of American political power”, they also discuss Trump’s fascination with badgers.


    Over two pages, Markay and Suebsaeng explain that Trump would interrogate his former chief of staff Reince Priebus about the black, white and grey creatures.


    The questions would arise at such opportune moments as “when Priebus was attempting to brief the president on matters of healthcare initiatives, foreign policy, or Republican legislative agenda”, they wrote.


    “Are they mean to people?” Trump reportedly asked Priebus, perhaps thinking of badgers’ very long claws, which they use to dig the burrows that make their home. “Or are they friendly creatures?”

    Trump would also demand to see photos of badgers, ask Priebus to give details on how badgers “work”, and wanted to know if they had a “personality” or were boring.


    Priebus was also called upon to explain “how the critters function and behave, what kind of food they like, and how aggressive or deadly they could be when presented with perceived existential threats”.


    Markay and Suebsaeng said Trump would frequently derail important policy discussions with questions about the animals.

    “An obviously enthralled president would stare at Priebus as the aide struggled for sufficiently placating answers, all the while trying to gently veer the conversation back to whether we were going to do a troop surge in Afghanistan or strip millions of Americans of healthcare coverage,” they wrote.


    Trump did not specify which of the 11 species of badger he especially wanted to understand, but given he appeared to be obsessed with the animal due to its association with Priebus’s home state of Wisconsin, it was most likely the American badger – scientific name Taxidea taxus – that commanded his attention.

    Wisconsin is known as the “badger state” less for the animal – which is found in many US states – than for its mining history. In the early 1800s, iron ore miners in the state would live inside the caves they were digging, and became known as “badger boys” or “badgers”.


    The European badger, which is found in the UK, lives in a system of underground tunnels and chambers called a sett. Some setts have a section that is used as a bathroom.
    'Are they mean?' Donald Trump obsessed with badgers, new book claims | US news | The Guardian

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    Press On Regardless

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    What is diaper Don up to today, other than hiding behind the Republican held senate?
    a. golfing
    b. tweeting more threats and insults and generally trashing people
    c. violating the constitution by using the office of the president to wheel and deal for his own benefit
    d. obstructing justice
    e. looking for some action on the side when Melania isn't looking

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    Diaper Don will be finished in November. He “won” at 48% in the polls in 2016. He has been stuck at around 40% for over 3 years now with a blip after the SOTU address, which is natural. It’s the Republican Senators who need to be kicked out as much as diaper Don.

    But the real problem is on the horizon: getting the villain out of the WH. He won't leave on his own. And he has a plan to stay, a plan that has been long in the making, aside from all the voter suppression. He will nullify the result of the election by finding some inconsistencies in the electoral process, as there are in every election, and declare that "America will never be socialist or communist" (fascist rhetoric that he has already started repeating since last year), as if Sanders or Warren are either of them. If the non-Wall Street funded Democrats don't win a 2/3rds majority in the Senate, they will do nothing. The matter will then be sent to the Republican held SCOTUS and the US will become an official banana republic, just what the corporate class of the US wanted in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elche View Post
    It’s the Republican Senators who need to be kicked out as much as diaper Don.
    Did well in Congress, now the Senate. Yup
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    Upto until the 70's Australians referred to themselves as Pom's.
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    Just asking the supposed teacher if he is a teacher,as anything more than ten syllables and he's fucked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elche View Post
    But the real problem is on the horizon:
    dismantling the corporatocracy and bringing governance back to the people - though realistically more than half could not give a sh1t yet because this is easier

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    Should make the same law as Australia. Voting is mandatory and if you don't vote you will have to pay a fine.

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    I've always found mandatory voting a bit of a contradiction and really disliked it as it seemed anathema to the purpose and just causes many invalid votes by people who are lodging their 'protest' . . . and it has uninterested and uninformed people deciding on policy.

    Now, I'm not so sure anymore and can see its value.
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    Upto until the 70's Australians referred to themselves as Pom's.
    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    Just asking the supposed teacher if he is a teacher,as anything more than ten syllables and he's fucked.

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    Yes, Australia must have an awful lot of spoiled votes.

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