Dictators

I don’t know about you, but I used to feel pretty on edge whenever Donald Trump left the country. As bad as it was having him here, seeing him take overseas trips felt a bit like that scene in The Silence of the Lambs where Lecter escapes from his cage...

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  • June 16, 2021

One incident occurred just hours ago as a flight gets diverted to OKC because a passenger wanted to step outside. Yet another #hijack attempt aboard a plane? The plane was diverted to OKC. Unknown which airline but checking. pic.twitter.com/4kPeYkmmxC — Stanley Roberts (@StanleyRoberts) June 12, 2021 An earlier flight wound...

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  • June 12, 2021

So now that we have a president who doesn’t pose an existential threat to NATO, respects climate change accords, takes worldwide pandemics seriously and won’t flatter dictators, threaten to nuke hurricanes, or otherwise make the world’s foremost democracy look like King Kong on a four-year Jägermeister-and-bath-salts bender, the rest of the...

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  • June 10, 2021
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Former President Trump ordered the Pentagon to release all of its information on “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) within 18 days in his last coronavirus relief bill in December 2020. More inexplicable sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) will be released for public scrutiny in June — including a UFO that broke...

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  • May 29, 2021

For much of the world’s history, we have been ruled by violence and its descendants. Kings won their thrones by having better fighters than their opponents. Transfers of power meant inheriting that throne or by violently seizing it. On those rare occasions where power changed hands non-violently from one living...

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  • February 15, 2021

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) was one of only five Republican senators to vote to table Rand Paul’s motion to dismiss the impeachment trial of Trump as unconstitutional. He also insists he is keeping an open mind on whether or not to convict him: Ben Sasse, Nebraska’s outspoken congressional critic of...

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  • February 9, 2021

Donald Trump’s time in office was defined by death, destruction, disarray, and multiple attacks on democracy. Yet we must never forget that Trump’s legacy also includes an evil milestone, reached in 2018, when the United States, for the first time ever, ranked among the top five deadliest countries for journalists....

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  • February 6, 2021

He did not mince his words as he appropriately called out Donald Trump for his part in the insurrection at the Capitol in DC. Do not doubt that Joe Biden is resolved to act See full episodes here. Joe Biden has taken off the gloves, not to fight to set the...

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  • January 7, 2021
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Contradictions and false consciousness inhabit many Trumpists and Trump voters, demanding a crypto-fascist election outcome, a sad commentary on the times. Trump himself is left with autocratic fantasies fed by his closest sycophants. x Sources who have gotten used to Trump’s eruptions over four years sound scared by what’s transpired in...

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  • December 20, 2020

There are varying theories on how hypnosis affects the state of mind. Some believe a hypnotic trance is an altered version of one’s being, while others believe it is an altered state of cognizance that allows you to subconsciously role play. I am not sure my explanation makes sense or...

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  • December 11, 2020

My favorite clueless conservative take on the (non)fraudulent 2020 presidential election is that there’s no way Joe Biden could have gotten as many votes as he did because he’s an old senile guy who didn’t even campaign whereas Donald Trump has a perfectly normal, non-diseased brain and is beloved across the nation...

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  • November 28, 2020

All his life, Donald Trump has managed to avoid responsibility for the damage he’s done to others: his racial discrimination in his housing (not to mention his neglect of that same housing), his stiffing of contractors, driving many of them into bankruptcy, his exploitation of undocumented immigrants, his misogynistic treatment...

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  • November 27, 2020

Show Up and Vote. There’s only one more day of poorly fashioned shtick to free-ticket crowds, of whom at least 700 have died at super-spreader rallies. Uncounted ballots should be the media framing for the next weeks. That’s why media figures should emphasize percentages of uncounted ballots. Ordinarily, as votes are counted,...

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  • November 2, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Texas courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s latest poll: In the U.S. Senate race in Texas, incumbent Republican John Cornyn leads Democrat M.J. Hegar among likely voters, 49 – 43 percent. Seven percent are undecided. On September 24th, Cornyn had 50 percent support and Hegar...

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  • October 21, 2020

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/… Exclusive: GOP Sen. Sasse says Trump 'kisses dictators' butts' and mocks evangelicals Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse  was privately recorded making harsh criticisms of Trump apparently in a phone call to constituents, according to David M. Drucker of the Washington Examiner. Concerning the pandemic, Sasse says some of what...

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  • October 15, 2020

Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) is up for reelection this year, and by all accounts his seat is safe. Or at least it was until the Washington Examiner got hold of a tape of a conference call Sasse had with some constituents earlier this year: Exclusive: GOP Sen. Sasse says Trump...

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  • October 15, 2020

Presidential Historian was not pulling any punches. He gives the reason why Americans must act to defeat Trump to save the country. I want to add an important message to his statement, which I think is very important. Presidential Historian shows the worry of many Americans x x YouTube Video...

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  • September 25, 2020

The richest 1% of Americans have taken $50 Trillion from the bottom 90% in recent decades. K. Sabeel Rahman, president of Demos talks taking back the country K. Sabeel Rahman, President of Demos speaks x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK...

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  • September 15, 2020

Trump’s spokespersons did not have a very good weekend on the news. They were either summarily dismissed or called out for their lies. Trump spokespersons get a rude awakening x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0...

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  • September 14, 2020

Only kings or potentates, dictators, and despots believe the propaganda of their own words. The worst of them, impose it by force and murder.  King Salman, President Erdogan, Supreme Leader Khamenei, and President for life, (lest you risk being poisoned), Vladimir Putin have all declared themselves either supreme or believe they should...

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  • September 7, 2020

Trump announces a 1pm ET presser today, primarily to undercut Kamala Harris’s speech. But will Pence pull off a good one in La Crosse because Mother’s not there and she doesn’t speak Quebecois. x This was so cathartic to watch#LaborDay #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/lWjMwMZTQU— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 7, 2020 x Will...

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  • September 7, 2020

An excellent speech pairing small details like “muzzle” with “mask”, carrying throughout the imagery of light and dark, and tight in length. It was well crafted and well-delivered. The peroration built on a poem and was a perfect match in tone and cadence to Biden’s regular speeches, complete with reproducible soundbites...

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  • August 21, 2020

as you can read here They have served in Republican administrations from Reagan through Trump. They have issued a joint statement that gives their very strong reasons for their actions. They begin with this stark statement: We are profoundly concerned about our nation’s security and standing in the world under...

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  • August 20, 2020

Oh, hi, Donald Trump! What’s on your mind today? Good God, what fresh hell is this? x So disgusting to watch Twitter’s so-called “Trending”, where sooo many trends are about me, and never a good one. They look for anything they can find, make it as bad as possible, and...

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  • July 27, 2020

Even as some things are becoming less clear in the repression-stunts being pulled by Trump, we can see that Trump is prepping the ground for a loss. Can he keep it up? Trump will need that support to keep himself out of prison and to galvanize the 25% dead-enders. There are...

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  • July 27, 2020

Trump’s incompetence is not simply inaction, it has a theory for his brand of failure, namely “’executive underreach’ as a species of leadership failure that’s as destructive as executive overreach”. Much like sandbagging and the repeated absence of actual policy formulations, Mango Mussolini’s fascism is fiat(s) in a failed state. Underreach is...

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  • July 17, 2020

Trump apparently believes that science should not stand in the way of full schools, because his truism is that the economy must turn around for him to be reelected. Also COVID data must now go to HHS rather than CDC, because it can be suppressed/filtered. One of the latest models...

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  • July 16, 2020

I used to avoid Jennifer Rubin back in the Obama days, when she could find nothing good to say about the President and nothing bad to say about Romney, as well as the way she insisted that everything conservative was better. Since the Great Orange Slug slithered down the escalator,...

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  • July 13, 2020

We are still carrying the raw wound of the brazen Saudi dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post correspondent — and lawful permanent resident of the United States — who was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and there cut up with a bone saw for being too persistent...

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  • July 9, 2020

Trump’s phone calls with world leaders has probably been a source of much entertainment for the SIGINT community, considering how leaky his channels of communication have been. The current revelations about the frequency and timing of calls with Putin probably has been interesting as probably have been the ability of...

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  • June 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Julián Castro (D. TX), in support of former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign: Right now, our nation is in crisis. We're facing a global pandemic, a massive spike in unemployment, and racism in our policing system — all at the same time. And,...

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  • June 25, 2020

My heart swells with schadenfreude these days, but it’s never quite full. At least when it comes to Grampa Rage Diapers. In a new New York Times report on Donald Trump’s shambolic presidency and his lack of motivation when it comes to, well, anything having to do with being president,...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • June 17, 2020

No way am I going to buy John Bolton’s book. That gruesome, caramel corn-looking motherfucker won’t get a penny from me. But, hey, the enemy of my enemy is (very temporarily) my friend, even if he looks like Wilford Brimley fucked one of Saruman’s orcs. And The New York Times...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • June 17, 2020

Here’s some encouraging news: Joe Biden holds a 10-point lead over President Donald Trump among registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, but that’s sliced in half among those certain to vote, reflecting challenges for Biden in terms of voter commitment and enthusiasm alike. Trump has his own risks, including sharply...

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  • May 31, 2020

Yes, we are seriously going back to this again. I was really being tough and so was he. And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love. No really. He wrote me beautiful letters.  They were great letters. And then we fell in love!    ...

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  • March 22, 2020

Now that it is almost a certainty that Senator Bernie Sanders will never become the President of the United States—although my timing is off; is it time to take a sober look at where he wanted to take the country?  The rank and file Republicans get hung up on labels...

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  • March 18, 2020

Hi everyone, So my last diary that made the Rec list was from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, an organization that I respect greatly and still do, was an e-mail about how Elizabeth Warren was gaining votes from Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. It presented Tweets from the people who...

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  • March 4, 2020

So Bernie Sanders is still defending that he said nice things about Fidel Castro, Daniel Noriega, and the subway system in Moscow, and Sanders is only doubling down on his previous comments because Trump does this?  I saw that being posited on MSNBC today.  It’s bullshit.  Politicians were doubling down...

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  • February 26, 2020

I was transported yesterday from the East Room of the White House back to 1997 when the President spoke yesterday before an assembled group of embarrassing open-mouthed American political seals. In that year, the Seinfeld episode entitled the Strike aired December 18, 1997 and introduced the pseudo-celebratory idea of Festivus....

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  • February 7, 2020

Happy new year! These people are morons: Question: What's your New Year's Resolution? First Lady Melania Trump: "Peace on the world." President Trump: "Peace is right but I'm not sure you're supposed to say a resolution out loud." #2020NewYear #NewYearsEve2020 pic.twitter.com/u9iJrXO5gf — The Hill (@thehill) January 1, 2020 REPORTER: How...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • January 1, 2020

The House voted both impeachment articles and Trump seemed to be in denial during his speech in Battle Creek Michigan at a 10,000 seat arena. “I'm the first person to ever get impeached and there's no crime. Like, I feel guilty.” Trump: “By the way, it doesn't really feel like...

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  • December 19, 2019

“Shall the man who has practised corruption, and by that means procured his appointment in the first instance, be suffered to escape punishment by repeating his guilt?”– George Mason According to the current United States Senate Majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY.), the most ‘deliberative body’ in the world is...

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  • December 18, 2019

There’s something very much like the Tiananmin protest of 1989 happening in Hong Kong right now, but it’s not 1989 anymore, so you wouldn’t necessarily know it—even if you dutifully watch the news. The news media has laid off thousands of journalists for the bottom line, finding it cheaper to...

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  • November 18, 2019

So many underlings doing their jobs, so much disloyalty. Mr. Trump first expressed his dismay about Michael Atkinson around the time the whistle-blower’s complaint became public in September. In recent weeks, he has continued to raise with aides the possibility of firing him, one of the people said. The president has...

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  • November 12, 2019

Trump announces at a Pittsburgh shale conference that his wall will be built in Colorado. Senator Patrick Leahy observes that Trump could do it with a SharpieTM. https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1187138147949469703? More Trump lies in yet another quasi-campaign speech because he’s fracked. Trump is being introduced at the shale conference by campaign donor Harold...

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  • October 23, 2019
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There’s a Beto counter-rally (above) about 14 miles away from the Trump rally in Dallas at the American Airways Center (image below). At the Trump rally there are more than a few riffs on today’s craziness with Turkey and #Trumpeachment Daniel Dale tweets the fact-checks below.  This is the American...

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  • October 18, 2019

From now on, anyone going on a rant about how they are pro-Trump because they are “Christian” and “pro-life” are getting sent these photos by me—directly and with no warning. Why?  Because they are responsible for supporting this carnage. I decided not to show these four photos directly in the...

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  • October 17, 2019

I won’t even pretend to channel OPOL.  I don’t think anyone could write or rant as he could.  We got the news today that One Pissed Off Liberal had passed.   One Pissed Off Liberal would be topping trees had he seen that dictator and murderer, laugh at us and make...

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  • October 2, 2019

It’s always nice when they say the quiet part out loud. What is the Republican Party even about anymore? They used to oppose tariffs, stand for family values, recoil at deficit spending, and pretend that everything from wearing a tan suit to using a selfie stick fatally undermined the dignity...

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  • September 28, 2019

I feel like am on the edge of reality with this administration.   Now he is calling all of us dumb if we believe he did something baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.  Here we go with the Fake news.   Here we go soon enough with the gaslighting and Fox talking points.  Here we go with...

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  • September 19, 2019