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The Reichstag Fire Next Time - The coming crackdown


When each day brings more news than we are used to seeing in a week, and the kind of news that only the most catastrophic imagination can accommodate, we find ourselves talking about the Reichstag fire. Time feels both accelerated and slowed down, and so we imagine that we have been talking about the fire for years. It is the new president’s new clothes: invisible, yet always present in our perception of him.

The Reichstag fire, it goes almost without saying, will be a terrorist attack, and it will mark our sudden, obvious, and irreversible descent into autocracy. Here is what it looks like: On a sunny morning you turn on the television as you make coffee, or the speaker in your shower streams the news, or the radio comes on when you turn the ignition key in your car. The voices of the newscasters are familiar, but their pitch is altered, and they speak with a peculiar haste.


To confront the threat we face, it is not enough to advance the rational argument that an American has a lesser chance of dying in a terrorist attack carried out by a refugee than of being struck by lightning. Nor is it enough to focus on the grave injustice of tarnishing immigrants as potential criminals and Muslim refugees as potential terrorists. It is most certainly not enough to revel in the beauty, intelligence, and wit of the many people who have come out to protest Trump’s attacks on humanity and its planet. There is, in fact, no room for self-congratulation in the actions we need to take.

To be worthy of the lofty name “resistance,” the opposition to Trump must aim to break the country’s post-9/11 trajectory. It must question the very premise of the war on terror, challenge the very fact of a perpetual state of emergency, and confront not only the Trump presidency but the legacy of the Bush and Obama Administrations. Organizations such as the A.C.L.U. have been doing this for years. The Trump presidency has not only, paradoxically, brought the group millions of dollars, it has also, potentially, rallied millions of people to the cause. Now is the time to stop waiting for the Reichs­tag fire and start battling the consequences of the one we already had—Trump and the legal and public conditions that are enabling his presidency.


"Fix it for me so I get good press!" Donald J. Trump

Joy Reid Tweet:

"Ich bein ein Berliner!" - JFK
"Me. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" - Ronald Reagan
"Fix it for me so I get good press!" Donald J. Trump



TRUMP COWER Donald Trump begs Theresa May to fix a ‘warm welcome’ for his state visit – and says he won’t fix a date for it until he knows he’s going to get ‘a better reception’

US President warns he will not visit until he can guarantee a good reception and pleas with Theresa May to help influence public


McCain having eye surgery, unavailable for the healthcare vote!

behind firewall:



Sen. John McCain Has Surgery to Remove Blood Clot Above Eye

Republican Sen. John McCain underwent a surgical procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye on Friday and will spend the next week recovering in Arizona — an absence on Capitol Hill that could cause the delay of a key procedural vote on a health care bill.

The minimally invasive surgery at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix was a success and went "very well," the Mayo Clinic said. The 80-year-old senator from Arizona is in good spirits and resting comfortably, his office said.

McCain’s absence could cause the Republican leadership to delay a procedural vote on a health care bill, as they will need 50 Republican senators to vote in support of moving on to the bill.

Because two Republican senators have already said they will vote no on the motion to proceed, if McCain is a yes vote and were to miss the vote, it would fail 49-50.


Go ahead and say it Ann, they gave it to this brown woman. That's what offends you.



"Too long in the wrong hole"(graphic toon from mr. fish)

Found some truth...


WOW - this is a major troll of POTUS by REEBOK!!!

WOW this is a major troll by @Reebok of POTUS.


From one of the Indonesian factories that makes Ivanka-brand clothing:


Open-Source Data Indicates Then-Candidate Trump Was - INSIDE- Trump Tower When Don Jr Met w-Russians

Updated at 5:43 p.m. | A review of open-source data indicates then-candidate Donald Trump was inside Trump Tower last year when his eldest son and at least two other top aides huddled with a Russian lawyer they believed had Kremlin-supplied information that could hurt presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

White House and Trump campaign officials, along with the president’s private legal team, have not disputed as of publication time that he was at his Manhattan steel-and-glass haven. That means Trump was nearby — though likely on a different floor — when his son and associates believed they were about to receive information from the Kremlin intended to ding another candidate for the country’s highest office.

“Mr. Mueller will almost certainly want answers, under oath, clarifying whether President Trump was made aware at the time of the existence of the meeting in general, to say nothing of the specific details of the meeting,” said Bradley Moss, a national security lawyer, referring to Justice Department special counsel Robert S. Mueller. “He will also want to know whether President Trump was debriefed about the meeting at any time in the aftermath.”


Trump is America and America is Trump. While he is president, the US republic is highly vulnerable.

The Rot Inside America’s First Family

Edward Luce:

“While Mr Trump is president, Washington is Bourbon city. For Mr Trump, no less than Louis XIV, it is ‘L’Etat, c’est moi’. The deeper the probes, the more the Trump family interests will infect every decision. The biggest distortion is in US-Russia relations.”

“No other western democracy operates like this. Until recently, the US did not either. It will only become more pronounced as the Russia investigations gather pace. As the crisis deepens, the family will circle the wagons. Those who are not inside the circle are doing what it takes to protect themselves.”

“If your goal is to disable the US government, now is the time to strike. Whether you are president of Russia, emir of some oil-rich kingdom or a nihilist working from the inside, Mr Trump offers an unparalleled opportunity. Trump is America and America is Trump. While he is president, the US republic is highly vulnerable.”



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