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31 minutes ago, TobiasFunke said:

Schadenfreude for Trump voters is a difficult subject.  I don't get any joy when I hear about Trump voters who lose their jobs as a result of the tariffs, or see a loved one deported, or others who suffer other terrible fates due to his cruel and careless administration.

This, however, is fantastic.  People who live on the border voted for Trump and are now upset about the obviously foreseeable consequence of that vote: the government taking their property by eminent domain and dividing their community for construction of the border wall.  Enjoy.

We thought the wall would be in the river :shrug: 

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7 minutes ago, Sammy3469 said:

We thought the wall would be in the river :shrug: 

"I never thought leopards would eat MY face," sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party.

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12 minutes ago, Sammy3469 said:

We thought the wall would be in the river :shrug: 

:lmao:

I remember discussing the border wall during the campaign and the fact that no one could explain a place where it could be built that wasn’t catastrophic for either US interests or immigration policy. 

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3 minutes ago, Henry Ford said:

:lmao:

I remember discussing the border wall during the campaign and the fact that no one could explain a place where it could be built that wasn’t catastrophic for either US interests or immigration policy. 

And you expected Trump voters to believe that Fake News you were spouting?

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5 minutes ago, badmojo1006 said:

So only 105,000 actual jobs? 

No worries. That number is nothing that a sharpie can’t fix. 

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1 hour ago, TobiasFunke said:

Schadenfreude for Trump voters is a difficult subject.  I don't get any joy when I hear about Trump voters who lose their jobs as a result of the tariffs, or see a loved one deported, or others who suffer other terrible fates due to his cruel and careless administration.

This, however, is fantastic.  People who live on the border voted for Trump and are now upset about the obviously foreseeable consequence of that vote: the government taking their property by eminent domain and dividing their community for construction of the border wall.  Enjoy.

The last line of the article is a pretty good kicker and captures a lot of the mindset that got us where we are:  "Nobody really thinks about it until it affects them personally," Ms. Menard said.

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9 minutes ago, timschochet said:

So only 105,000 actual jobs? 

No worries. That number is nothing that a sharpie can’t fix. 

105,000,OOO jobs! Best economy ever!

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15 minutes ago, Don Quixote said:

The last line of the article is a pretty good kicker and captures a lot of the mindset that got us where we are:  "Nobody really thinks about it until it affects them personally," Ms. Menard said.

Yup.  Couldn't come up with a better definition of Trumpism if I tried.

We see this exact same thing around here. How many times has a Trump supporter asked people who oppose him how the Trump presidency has personally affected them, implying that as long as they haven't been significantly affected yet they shouldn't be complaining?  It happens like one a week.

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1 hour ago, TobiasFunke said:

Schadenfreude for Trump voters is a difficult subject.  I don't get any joy when I hear about Trump voters who lose their jobs as a result of the tariffs, or see a loved one deported, or others who suffer other terrible fates due to his cruel and careless administration.

This, however, is fantastic.  People who live on the border voted for Trump and are now upset about the obviously foreseeable consequence of that vote: the government taking their property by eminent domain and dividing their community for construction of the border wall.  Enjoy.

One, this is hilarious. But it also points out another big issue for the wall that we've talked about before but is rarely discussed in the media - if Trump gets to build his wall, we will be giving up control over US territory to Mexico. That completely baffles me. 

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Just now, whoknew said:

One, this is hilarious. But it also points out another big issue for the wall that we've talked about before but is rarely discussed in the media - if Trump gets to build his wall, we will be giving up control over US territory to Mexico. That completely baffles me. 

And the Rio Grande. It’s cool, though, I’m sure water rights won’t be important this century. 

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1 hour ago, Sammy3469 said:

We thought the wall would be in the river :shrug: 

I guess they just assumed that since Mexico was going to pay for it they would be building it on the Mexican side of the border. 

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1 hour ago, badmojo1006 said:

Kudlow said "it doesn't matter, Americans are working!". 

Funny how things matter, like GDP, until they don't. 

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42 minutes ago, Henry Ford said:

And the Rio Grande. It’s cool, though, I’m sure water rights won’t be important this century. 

It's not like Trump just got rid of regulations so that corporations can dump coal ash and industrial waste into our water supplies. I mean think about, what a waste of time to not do it that way. 

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On 9/5/2019 at 7:27 AM, Sheriff Bart said:

Trump Rolls Back Regulations on Energy-Saving Light Bulbs

 

There isn't an environmental regulation he doesn't want to get rid of.  There isn't a body of water worthy of being protected from industrial pollution. A tree he doesn't want cut down. A landscape that he doesn't want mined or drilled into. 

I seriously believe he's trying to destroy the world as revenge on everyone that has made fun of him his entire life. 

@badmojo1006

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19 minutes ago, Sheriff Bart said:

the guy who made the "tiny fingered vulgarian" comment has some 'splaining to do

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2 hours ago, Henry Ford said:

Hey, guys?  I don't think Michael Shannon is a big fan of the President.

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"I know they say you should reach across the aisle and all that crap, but to me it feels like putting your hand into a fan."

Usually I hate analogies, but this one is pretty funny.

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3 hours ago, Don Quixote said:

The last line of the article is a pretty good kicker and captures a lot of the mindset that got us where we are:  "Nobody really thinks about it until it affects them personally," Ms. Menard said.

This line essentially sums up my frustration in discussing criminal justice issues such as expediting the death penalty thread.  It's so so common for people to want to see the system be tough on crime, provide minimal due process, and render the harshest punishments but then totally change their tunes when it's them or a loved one finding themselves in that position. 

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1 hour ago, badmojo1006 said:

Agreed.

Have you ever eaten a hot fudge sundae in the bathtub for breakfast? 

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5 minutes ago, Sheriff Bart said:

Have you ever eaten a hot fudge sundae in the bathtub for breakfast? 

No, but if you don't wash the sheets pretty quickly, they smell awful after whipped cream

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48 minutes ago, Zow said:
4 hours ago, Don Quixote said:

The last line of the article is a pretty good kicker and captures a lot of the mindset that got us where we are:  "Nobody really thinks about it until it affects them personally," Ms. Menard said.

This line essentially sums up my frustration in discussing criminal justice issues such as expediting the death penalty thread.  It's so so common for people to want to see the system be tough on crime, provide minimal due process, and render the harshest punishments but then totally change their tunes when it's them or a loved one finding themselves in that position. 

Its the world we live in and not unique to any situation, really.  I see it in the corporate world all the time.  Folks don't react until they feel some pain.

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The projects being cut off by the diversion of funds from the military budget to build the wall are beginning to come out.  The best one I've seen so far is an elementary school on an army base in Kentucky....McConnell's state.  He's not even hiding it anymore...pretty ballsy to take education opportunities away from kids in Kentucky with an election year so close.  It's unbelievable really.

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4 minutes ago, The Commish said:

The projects being cut off by the diversion of funds from the military budget to build the wall are beginning to come out.  The best one I've seen so far is an elementary school on an army base in Kentucky....McConnell's state.  He's not even hiding it anymore...pretty ballsy to take education opportunities away from kids in Kentucky with an election year so close.  It's unbelievable really.

You must not have heard that this is socialism and must be eliminated. 

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24 minutes ago, Hugh Jass said:

We live in such stupid times.  Someone had to bend a knee to King Trump.  NOAA throwing NWS offices under the bus...

https://twitter.com/akarl_smith/status/1170083784680718339

 

His top priority in life has been to cover up how incompetent he is.  Expect something even more ridiculous by the end of tomorrow so that we forget about this Alabama ####show.

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1 hour ago, Dickies said:

His top priority in life has been to cover up how incompetent he is.  Expect something even more ridiculous by the end of tomorrow so that we forget about this Alabama ####show.

Yep.  For 70 years it was private boardrooms with a few dozen people watching, tops.  Boardrooms where he controlled the information and the entire environment.  People who laughed or opposed him we're fired.  Now it's the entire world.  He has no control over the people who oppose and laugh at him.  He's being publicly mocked and laughed at by people who are not scared of him.  People that he cannot control.  And it's exposing him and driving him nuts.  Money has no affect on them and, for the first time in his life, he's being exposed publicly.  His incompetence is on full display.

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19 hours ago, urbanhack said:
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The military has spent $11 million on fuel alone at the Prestwick Airport near Trump’s Turnberry resort since fall of 2017, Politico reported

We can't feed the poor because Trump is filling his bank account.  This of course isn't the only money he has been stealing from every US tax payer.

He deserves nothing but the harshest punishment that God, Karma, the universe, whatever, can drop on him. 

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On 9/6/2019 at 5:31 PM, Sheriff Bart said:

You must not have heard that this is socialism and must be eliminated. 

It is very important to act like you respect the troops but not actually important to respect the troops. 

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On 9/6/2019 at 10:27 AM, badmojo1006 said:

Justice Dept. launches anti -trust probe into 4 automakers.

Because they are enacting green policies.

Just. insane

I agree that this is atrocious.  It is also one of the reasons why I very strongly oppose a Warren presidency -- she and Trump both share a common tendency to use anti-trust law to punish firms that they perceive as their enemies, and that's bad.

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Donald Trump’s disordered personality—his unhealthy patterns of thinking, functioning, and behaving—has become the defining characteristic of his presidency. It manifests itself in multiple ways: his extreme narcissism; his addiction to lying about things large and small, including his finances and bullying and silencing those who could expose them; his detachment from reality, including denying things he said even when there is video evidence to the contrary; his affinity for conspiracy theories; his demand for total loyalty from others while showing none to others; and his self-aggrandizement and petty cheating.

It manifests itself in Trump’s impulsiveness and vindictiveness; his craving for adulation; his misogyny, predatory sexual behavior, and sexualization of his daughters; his open admiration for brutal dictators; his remorselessness; and his lack of empathy and sympathy, including attacking a family whose son died while fighting for this country, mocking a reporter with a disability, and ridiculing a former POW. (When asked about Trump’s feelings for his fellow human beings, Trump’s mentor, the notorious lawyer Roy Cohn, reportedly said, “He pisses ice water.”)

The most recent example is the president’s bizarre fixation on falsely insisting that he was correct to warn that Alabama faced a major risk from Hurricane Dorian, to the point that he doctored a hurricane map with a black Sharpie to include the state as being in the path of the storm.

“He’s deteriorating in plain sight,” one Republican strategist who is in frequent contact with the White House told Business Insider on Friday. Asked why the president was obsessed with Alabama instead of the states that would actually be affected by the storm, the strategist said, “You should ask a psychiatrist about that; I’m not sure I’m qualified to comment.”

We have repeatedly heard versions of that sentiment over the course of Trump’s presidency. It’s said that speculating on Trump’s mental health is inappropriate and unwise, especially for those who are not formally trained in the field of psychiatry or psychology.

That’s true, up to a point. Yes, it is best to leave it to experts to determine whether Trump satisfies the criteria for a clinical diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, some combination of both, or nothing at all.

But if a clinical diagnosis is beyond my own expertise, Trump’s psychological impairments are obvious to all who are not willfully blind. On a daily basis we see the president’s chaotic, unstable mind on display. Are we supposed to ignore that?

Indeed.

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JP Morgan has created an index to track the effect of Trump’s tweets on financial markets: ‘Volfefe index’

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  • Trump’s market-moving tweets most often address trade and monetary policy, with keywords including “China,” “billion” and “products.”
  • J.P. Morgan’s “Volfefe Index,” named after Trump’s infamous and still mysterious “covfefe” tweet, explains a measurable fraction of the moves in implied rate volatility for 2-year and 5-year Treasurys.
  • Out of about 4,000 non-retweets by Trump occurring during market hours from 2018 to the present, only 146 moved the market.

 

 

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President Donald Trump’s campaign manager predicted Saturday that the president and his family will become “a dynasty that will last for decades,” transforming the Republican Party while hewing to conservative values.

Speaking to a convention of Republican Party delegates in Indian Wells, California, Brad Parscale also said the campaign’s goal is to build a national army of 2 million trained volunteers, far beyond the president’s 2016 organization, that in California could help the GOP retake a string of U.S. House seats captured by Democrats last year.

“The Trumps will be a dynasty that will last for decades, propelling the Republican Party into a new party,” he said. “One that will adapt to changing cultures. One must continue to adapt while keeping the conservative values that we believe in.”

Parscale later declined to elaborate on his prediction of a coming Trump “dynasty,” or whether the president’s children could become candidates for public office.

He told reporters after the speech, “I just think they are a dynasty. I think they are all amazing people with ... amazing capabilities.”

 

AP

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16 minutes ago, SaintsInDome2006 said:

Basically proving McCabe’s point that the US intelligence community viewed (views) Trump as a security threat to the US.

The SS agrees

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Threatening to fire NOAA officials now...

WASHINGTON — The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion. 

That threat led to an unusual, unsigned statement later that Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration disavowing the office’s own position that Alabama was not at risk. The reversal caused widespread anger within the agency and drew criticism from the scientific community that NOAA, a division of the Commerce Department, had been bent to political purposes.

Officials at the White House and the Commerce Department declined to comment on administration involvement in the NOAA statement.

The actions by the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur L. Ross Jr., are the latest developments in a political imbroglio that began more than a week ago, when Dorian was bearing down on the Bahamas and Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter that Alabama would be hit “harder than anticipated.” A few minutes later, the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Ala., posted on Twitter that “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane Dorian will be felt across Alabama.”

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