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Woman who accused Trump of sexual assault replies to woman who accused Bill Clinton of rape

Source: Raw Story

Maybe it was Bill Clinton in that dressing room with E.Jean Carroll…. and he was trying on the lingerie. pic.twitter.com/DKMHkQL11P

— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) August 15, 2019

Carroll responded on Thursday.

I know what it’s like to not be believed Juanita,” Carroll noted.

“I’d never make a joke about your story — and I would hope you’d show me the same courtesy and respect our strange sisterhood,” she explained.

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/woman-who-accused-trump-of-sexual-assault-replies-to-woman-who-accused-bill-clinton-of-rape/

I checked Twitter to see if Broaddrick responded to Carroll’s reprimand. She did. She said Carroll was absolutely right and deleted the tweet.

So that’s something. But Broaddrick seems to have become a Trump supporter. Criminey.

Interesting election advice from Tim Wise

Don’t be afraid to call him an aberrant racist, basically. Wise was involved in the elections against David Duke in California in the 90’s and saw how the racism really appealed to people. Not policies that would improve their lives. So you don’t waste time talking to those people. You energize the people who don’t like it but might not feel like their vote matters, by labeling him what he is.


“If the Dems blow this election it will not be because they were "too far left on policy" or because they "weren't left enough." It will have little to do with policy at all. They are making a mistake caused by traditional consultant theory that does not apply here...
2/ And by listening to influential pundits in liberal media who also don't get the unique nature of Trumpism, relative to normal political movements & campaigns...this election is NOT going to be won by talking about all your "great plans" for health care, jobs, education, etc..”

There are 34 tweets in this thread.

Immigration sanity

One of my go to sources for sanity in the immigration debate is a podcast by Stephen Robbins, Redirect. His latest episode has a clip of Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush speaking so humanely on the immigration issue and offering solutions that I would love to have on the table right now. If you’re into podcasts and simply reading about the immigration insanity just frays your nerves further, Robbins manages to inform but reassure at the same time.
Here’s the latest episode: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/redirect/redirect-youre-doing-it-wrong-dlfItBgKJ1o/

And here’s his Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/redirect/overview

Im settling down on the impeachment question

after listening to this podcast from Skullduggery: https://www.yahoo.com/news/skullduggery-tv-sex-spies-bank-210648992.html

Their point of view is that Mueller probably wasn’t making an impeachment referral, he was simply wrapping up his work and wanted to clarify what is in the report. He certainly didn’t rebuke Barr. Then they delve into what the Deutsche Bank records are likely to reveal. They interview the NYT reporter, David Enrich, who did the story on suspicious transactions that weren’t reported, and he said that a month ago he would have guessed there was a 15% chance that the bank records would reveal criminal money laundering and that it’s up to about 30% since his story on the unreported suspicious transactions.

That really lowered my expectations for a big reveal. What we have is obstruction and emoluments, which it seems like most people don’t seem to care about anymore. We need to have lots of investigations of his criminality, for sure, and I’m hoping we’ll discover something shameful in his tax returns, but I’m starting to understand Nancy Pelosi’s caution. I would like to first see an underlying crime that he was trying to cover up. When you compare this to Nixon’s impeachment, he was caught covering up a burglary. Everyone knows that burglary is wrong. What do we have so far in Trumps case? Violating the checks and balances of a very delicate democracy. A huge chunk of the public don’t even understand what that means.

When I think of the financial powers and what they want, they love those tax cuts, but must know they’re not sustainable unless Republicans can gain enough sway, perhaps retake the House, to begin whittling away at government spending that helps people. These financial powers have a huge control of the narrative. Until they start to feel that Trump is impinging on their world, it’s going to be really hard to shift the narrative. But in the meantime they’re betting on this rogue, messianic clown who keeps a steady portion of the electorate under his control.

DOJ, special counsel say there is 'no conflict' on Mueller, Barr statements about obstruction inquir

Source: The Hill

The Justice Department and special counsel's office say there is “no conflict” between statements made by Attorney General William Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller about the role that Justice Department guidelines stating not to indict a sitting president played in Mueller’s obstruction inquiry.

“The Attorney General has previously stated that the Special Counsel repeatedly affirmed that he was not saying that, but for the [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion, he would have found the President obstructed justice,” said Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec and special counsel spokesman Peter Carr in a statement issued Wednesday evening.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/446077-doj-special-counsel-say-there-is-no-conflict-on-mueller-barr

Oh my. This is how they’re spinning it. And I notice that Peter Carr is identified as Special Counsel spokesman. He’s the same person who denied Michael Wolf’s allegation that there were draft indictments of Trump on Muellers desk.

Voldemort vs Trump

Rowling compared the two and I remembered scoffing a bit. But I just rewatched Deathly Hallows and the first scene with Voldemort with his “cabinet” taking away Malloy’s wand felt resonant. My goodness, he is a clown version of Voldemort!

Interesting how little coverage of Trumps rally in PA focused on treason accusations

I don’t watch news, I get most of it online, so I may be missing something. I saw a lot about getting the crowd to boo Fox News, and people fainting, and Trump saying that he doesn’t like losing. But very little on Trump calling FBI and Democrats treasonous for investigating him and the audience chanting, “Lock them up”. Vox covered it here


But an article from CNN on my Apple news feed listed 40 eye popping moments and it didn’t include this. I went to the network news sites and couldn’t find it either.

I know we’re very jaded, but doesn’t this seem a little strange? Are they clinging to a notion of normalcy? Are they as sick of it as we are? Or is there a propping up of a Republican narrative that he behaves badly, but ignore that so we can keep going in this corporate friendly direction?


I’m pretty new at this, wasn’t here for the 2016 wars, and when I tried to discuss other candidates from a Bernie supporter lens in the primaries forum, it got very acrimonious. I learned my lesson. I ended up deleting the thread. Since we can’t discuss other candidates in this forum, I was wondering if any of you know of any good forums outside of Democratic Underground? I googled “Bernie Sanders message boards” and found some sluggish older places.

Pompeo to meet Putin in Russia amid fears over US-Iran clash

Source: The Guardian

Mike Pompeo is to meet Vladimir Putin in Russia at a time of heightened fears of a clash between the US and Iran, a Moscow ally.

The US secretary of state’s visit on Tuesday will be the first meeting between senior officials from the two countries since the release of Robert Mueller’s redacted report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/14/pompeo-to-meet-putin-russia-threat-of-us-iran-clash-rises

Strange that Russia may end up reining in Pompeo’s and Bolton’s lust for war with Iran. These are very strange times we live in.

What Congress Should Do Next

I like to listen to the podcast of Brian Lehrers radio show in New York. In this segment he asks callers from both sides of the aisle to weigh in on what Congress should do next, post Mueller report. Apparently there was a recent Hill-HarrisX poll showing that 54% believe Barrs summary was accurate and over 65% felt further investigation by Congress would just hurt the country.

It was good to get out of my bubble and hear this. But it made me realize even more that I agree with Pelosi and thought she stated it beautifully when she said that we can't impeach for political reasons and we can't not impeach for political reasons.

However, it made me much more open minded towards people who just want to move on to 2020. One caller was really upset that good candidates are bowing out of Senate races, that further hearings aren’t going to make any difference, but not gaining control of the Senate, even if we boot out Trump, is one of the most serious issues ahead of us. He’s absolutely right on the issue of the Senate.

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