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San Francisco State University grad (Psychology).

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What's your favorite line from Pulp Fiction?

Fabienne to Butch (Bruce Willis):
"I like it when you stink!"

Whats your favorite line or scene from The Producers (1967)?

MAX BIALYSTOCK (Zero Mostel)
Roger, did you have a chance to read "Springtime For Hitler"?

ROGER DE BRIS (Christopher Hewett)
(Emerges from behind a partition wearing a dress)
Remarkable, Remarkable! A stunning piece of work.

LEO BLOOM (Gene Wilder)
(Under his breath) Max...he's wearing a dress.

MAX BIALYSTOCK
No kidding.

ROGER De BRIS
Did you know, I never knew that the Third Reich meant Germany..I mean it's just drenched with historical goodies like that....Oh dear, you're starring at my dress...I should explain...We are going to the choreographers ball tonight and there is a prize for the best costume.

CARMEN GIYA
And we always win!

ROGER De BRIS
I don't know about tonight..I'm supposed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, but I think I look more like Tugboat Annie...What do you think, Mr Bloom?

LEO BLOOM
Where do you keep your wallet?


The Trump Promise Tracker

The Atlantic
January 18, 2017


All politicians make campaign promises, though few made them with the abandon, spontaneity, and flamboyance as Donald Trump.
During the campaign, he would casually guarantee vast and circumstantial shifts in policy, often saying he would do them on day one.
These ranged from the monumental - the famous wall Trump vowed to build on the U.S. border with Mexico, with Mexican funds - to the vague (what does it mean to drain the swamp, exactly?)..to the highly concrete, like his outlined expansion of the U.S. military.

In this jaded age, it's customary to assume that campaign promises are just that and won't be remembered.
But studies have found that most politicians do in fact keep most of the promises they make to voters while running for office.
Will Trump follow through on his array of guarantees?
Or will a president who developed a record of dishonesty in private life.. fall short of his promises as president?

We've assembled a list of some of Trump's most notable and circumstantial promises here.
The list is not comprehensive, but it touches on most of his biggest priorities.


(From the article, under the heading "Domestic Policy")

PRESERVE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE and MEDICAID

PROMISE:
Trump said repeatedly that he would preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
"I'm not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid," he told The Daily Signal in May 2015.
"Every other Republican is going to cut, and even if they wouldn't, they don't know what to do because they don't know where the money is..I do."
In March, 2016 he said: "They want to cut Social Security, which I'm not cutting...I'm the only one that's not cutting it."
However, he has also called for converting Medicaid into block grants to states, which can then handle the money as they see fit.
He has seldom spoken about Medicare.

OUTLOOK
This is an area where there could be serious tension between Trump and Republicans in Congress.
They should find common ground on block-granting Medicaid, but many of them also want to cut Medicaid funding, convert Medicare into a voucher system, and privatize Social Security.
That could conflict with Trump supporters who were adamant that he would help them keep entitlements.

Read entire article:
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/01/trump-promises-cheat-sheet/507347/

How long before Trump is impeached by the House & convicted by the Senate?

Why didn't Obama allow electors to be briefed on Russian interference in the election?

Since this "2016 Postmortem" forum is about to close down, I thought I'd throw this question out

It was Obama who said NO to the electors getting the briefing that 56 of them asked for, not Director of National Security, James Clapper.

If President Obama had wanted the electors to be given an Intelligence Briefing, they would have gotten it, and who knows what might have been the result?

If only 37 electors pledged to Trump had, after hearing the Intel briefing, changed their minds and voted for Hillary Clinton instead, SHE would be taking office tomorrow, not Twitler!


Related articles:

(From 12/13/2016)
"Podesta also wants Obama Adm to declassify and make public Intel. information"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512654345


(From 12/18/ 2016)
"What Obama should have said at the press conference"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512660873


(From 12/16/2016)
"Onama just said there was no significant election interference"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028372263

Trump limerick contest

It's been done here before.
(From January 7, 2017)
"Anyone else up for a Trump limerick contest?"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1018914121



(I'll start things off with this one)

There once was a fat, stupid phony
Who fed all the people baloney
But he won the election
Through deceit and deception
With help from Putin and Comey

Confirmation Hearings To Begin Before Trump Nominees Finish Ethics Clearances

Democracy Now
January 9, 2017

A barrage of Senate confirmation hearings is set to begin Tuesday for what would be the wealthiest Cabinet in modern American history.
This comes despite concerns that ethics clearances and background checks are incomplete for several of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks.

Senator Jeff Sessions faces questions Tuesday for his nomination as Attorney General, along with Trump's pick to head the Department of Homeland Security, retired Marine General John Kelly.

On Wednesday, hearings are set for former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as the potential Secretary of State, along with Secretary of Education pick, Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Transportation nominee Elaine Chao, and CIA Director nominee Mike Pompeo.

More:
http://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/9/headlines/confirmation_hearings_to_begin_before_trump_nominees_finish_ethics_clearances


"Republican Senator Explains Ethics And Conflicts Of Interests In The Age of Trump"
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017418332


Democracy Now Interview (Monday) with Rob Weissman, President of Public Citizen, and
Richard Painter, Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota:
"Senate Hearings Begin For Wealthiest Cabinet In U.S. History Despite Lack Of Vetting"
http://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/9/senate_to_begin_confirmation_hearings_for

Your favorite line from Blazing Saddles?

"Are there more beans, Mr Taggart?"

Critical Special Election on Tuesday in Virginia

Democracy For America
January 7, 2017


Ryant Washington is a progressive champion running for the Virginia State Senate.
If he wins on Tuesday, Democrats will take control of the Virginia State Senate.
It would be a huge blow to Trump and the Republicans.

At a time when Republicans are attacking health care, voting rights, and civil rights, we need to immediately take back control of state legislatures so we can resist Trump and his bigoted agenda.
That's why Ryant Washington's campaign is so important.

Ryant Washington is running a great, people-powered campaign.
He has deep roots in the community and a lifetime of public service.
He'll fight to protect health care and fully fund public schools, both of which are under attack by Trump and the Republican Congress.

In 2009 Republicans began winning these crucial state elections, and used those victories to begin moving the country far to the right.
But we can turn the tables on them.
If progressive Democrats like Ryant Washington win these elections, we'll show that America is ready to rebuild at the state and local level and win against Trump and his party's extremist, hateful agenda.

Tuesday's special election will be a tough race - but with two Republicans and one Democrat on the ballot, it's going to be won by the campaign with the best grassroots turnout operation.
Ryant Washington is doing everything he can to build a strong people-powered campaign.
Now he urgently needs our help in this final weekend before the election.

http://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dfa-ryant-washington

Putin Ordered "Influence Campaign" To Help Trump, U.S. Intelligence Report Says

NPR
January 6,2017
5:15 PM (ET)


The public version of the intelligence report on the investigation into Russia's interference in the U.S. elections concludes that Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin personally ordered the "influence campaign."

"Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency," the report states.
"We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump."

Here are some of the report's key findings:

- Putin and the Russian Government "conspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him"

- The report states that Putin's motivation to discredit Clinton was at least partially personal.
It says he "publicly blamed her since 2011 for inciting mass protests against his regime in late 2011 and early 2012, and because he holds a grudge for comments he almost certainly saw as disparaging him."

- Russian intelligence "conducted cyber operations against targets associated with the 2016 US presidential election, including targets associated with both major US political parties."
This included primary campaigns, think tanks and lobbying groups.

- The report asserts with "high confidence" that Russia'a General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate "relayed material it acquired from the Democratic National Committee and senior Democratic officials to Wikileaks."

More:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-wat/2017/01/06/508568241/putin-ordered-influence-campaign-to-help-trump-u-s-intelligence-report-says
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