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The Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame

The Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame

Nicholas Kristof
MAY 25, 2017

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Such passion for justice and accountability (expressed in 1999, during the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton) inspires us all. And at this historic moment when timid or myopic politicians balk at congressional oversight and resist an independent commission to investigate President Trump and possible collusion with the Kremlin, it behooves us to cherish the wisdom of such honest souls.

They’re busy, but no problem! I’ve helpfully dug out their brilliant insights:

“Extreme carelessness with classified material … is still totally disqualifying.”

— Donald Trump, July 11, 2016

“It’s simple: Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ w/ classified info should be denied further access to it.”

— House Speaker Paul Ryan, tweet, July 7, 2016

“The security clearance of any officer or employee of the federal government who has exercised extreme carelessness in the handling of classified information shall be revoked.”

— Senate Bill 3135, co-sponsored last year (to shame Hillary Clinton) by 16 Republican senators: Cory Gardner, John Cornyn, Shelley Moore Capito, Tim Scott, James Risch, Pat Roberts, Dean Heller, Kelly Ayotte, John Barrasso, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson, Thom Tillis, John Thune, David Vitter, Mike Rounds and James Inhofe

“Those who mishandled classified info have had their sec clearances revoked, lost their jobs, faced fines, & even been sent to prison.”

— Reince Priebus, tweet, July 6, 2016

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https://twitter.com/christoq/status/867860040333623296


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/25/opinion/republican-hypocrisy-hall-of-fame.html
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Thu May 25, 2017, 06:01 PM (2 replies)

Loose Lips Sink Ships! Careless Talk Costs Lives!

https://twitter.com/christoq/status/864456455327432705

WW II posters & expressions from America and England, used in similar education campaigns.
"Careless talk costs lives" is the British equivalent to the American expression, which was originally
"Loose lips might sink ships".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loose_lips_sink_ships

Loose lips sink ships is an American English idiom meaning "beware of unguarded talk".

The phrase originated on propaganda posters during World War II. The phrase was created by the War Advertising Council and used on posters by the United States Office of War Information.
The most famous poster that helped popularize the phrase (pictured at right) was created for the Seagram Distillers Corporation by the designer Seymour R. Goff (also known by the pseudonym "Ess-ar-gee" or Essargee). This type of poster was part of a general campaign of American propaganda during World War II to advise servicemen and other citizens to avoid careless talk concerning secure information that might be of use to the enemy. The British equivalent used "Careless Talk Costs Lives", and variations on the phrase "Keep mum",.
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Tue May 16, 2017, 08:49 AM (1 replies)

*45 knows nothing: The moronic fiction of his really, really good health care plan is obvious

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/24/donald-trump-literally-knows-nothing-the-moronic-fiction-of-his-really-really-good-health-care-plan-is-now-obvious/

Donald Trump literally knows nothing: The moronic fiction of his “really, really good” health care plan is now obvious

Trump's idiotic pronouncements on health care can't conceal that he has no plan and doesn't understand the details
BOB CESCA

President Donald Trump’s ridiculous plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would be slightly less disgusting if we were confident that he knew what the hell he was talking about. Throughout the past two years, though, it’s impossible to point to a single instance in which anyone, including Trump’s staff and supporters, could say that he totally nailed the nuances of the issue. Not once — ever.

Sure, he’s regularly claimed that the ACA is collapsing, contrary to the recent scoring by the Congressional Budget Office. He’s also mentioned that the ACA is a disaster. Same situation. He’s mentioned that under his replacement plan, everyone will have coverage that he or she loves and will save a lot of money in the process.

Oh, and he said something about keeping the ACA’s language about pre-existing conditions and “children living with their parents.” He noted the latter on a small, seldom-watched show called “60 Minutes,” despite the fact that there’s nothing in the law about covering kids who live with their parents. Yeah, it’s one of the top two most popular aspects of the ACA, and he couldn’t accurately describe it: The law allows adult children to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 — regardless of where they live.

Perhaps Trump’s ignorance about the law is allowed to slide because his supporters know even less about the ACA than he does. Though it’s not just when Trump talks about the ACA that he sounds like an eighth-grader bluffing his way through an essay exam. That describes everything he says about health care in general. The president who chose health care reform as his big legislative goal in his first 100 days doesn’t know anything about how health care works.

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https://twitter.com/christoq/status/856580477066465280
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Mon Apr 24, 2017, 03:04 PM (3 replies)

James Comey Wasn't a Partisan Hack. He Was Worse.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/james-comey-partisan-hack


James Comey Wasn't a Partisan Hack. He Was Worse.
KEVIN DRUMAPR. 23, 2017 6:15 AM

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Once again, the primary concern was protecting Comey and the FBI. Republicans had made it clear that their retribution against anyone who helped Clinton would be relentless, and that clearly had an impact on Comey. Steinbach's suggestion that Republican vengeance would have destroyed the FBI is clearly nuts, but Comey was taking no chances. He didn't want the grief.

Even after it was all over, Comey's partisan influences continued to work on him:

Officials and others close to him also acknowledge that Mr. Comey has been changed by the tumultuous year.

Early on Saturday, March 4, the president accused Mr. Obama on Twitter of illegally wiretapping Trump Tower in Manhattan. Mr. Comey believed the government should forcefully denounce that claim. But this time he took a different approach. He asked the Justice Department to correct the record. When officials there refused, Mr. Comey followed orders and said nothing publicly.

Daniel Richman, a longtime friend of Comey’s, said this represented "a consistent pattern of someone trying to act with independence and integrity, but within established channels."

The evidence does indeed show consistent behavior, but of a different kind. At every step of the way, Comey demonstrated either his fear of crossing Republicans or his concern over protecting his own reputation from Republican attack. It was the perfect intersection of a Republican Party that had developed a reputation for conducting relentlessly vicious smear campaigns and a Republican FBI director who didn't have the fortitude to stand up to it. Comey may genuinely believe that his decisions along the way were nonpartisan, but the evidence pretty strongly suggests otherwise.

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https://twitter.com/christoq/status/856239881575571456
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Sun Apr 23, 2017, 04:20 PM (13 replies)

Reminder that *45 is under FBI investigation for colluding with Russia to fix an election

Keep your eye on the ball. Don't get distracted by that squirrel.

This is your daily reminder that *45 is under FBI investigation for colluding with Russia to steal an election from the woman who rightly deserved to win.

https://twitter.com/christoq/status/850844187356352512
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Sun Apr 9, 2017, 10:33 AM (19 replies)

Things more trusted than Trump

#ThingsMoreTrustedThanTrump

https://twitter.com/christoq/status/850699707282149377

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Sat Apr 8, 2017, 10:58 AM (1 replies)

"His supporters would rather see America destroyed than admit they were wrong."

http://newsstand.beuseful.site/2017/02/22/veteran-cia-analyst-quits-agency-over-trumps-intel-criticism/

Posted by Gary Basham on 2/22/17, a conservative Republican

I am a Republican. I am more Conservative than not. I could not, in good conscience, and did not, vote for Donald Trump.

I try to understand those who did vote for Donald Trump, as there are many legitimate reasons why they did so: concerns over jobs, border security, terrorism, etc. are real and pressing issues. However, despite the fact that many voted for him with good intentions, the dangers of Donald Trump are real, and we must as a nation now come to terms with what we’ve done.

His supporters would rather see America destroyed than admit they were wrong. I have voted Republican all my life. My morals and faith wouldn’t allow me to vote for Trump because he’s a liar and a racist. I cannot put party before my beliefs. I served for 26 years in the military and view it as my duty to do what’s best for America. It’s pretty simple to me – if I fall in line and support a racist president, I am supporting racism. I cannot do that. I have biracial children. I am in an interracial marriage. I served alongside every race and religion during a 26 years military career including combat deployments. We are in trouble here. We need to come together and get him out of office for AMERICA

Donald Trump is dishonest.
Donald Trump lies compulsively.
Donald Trump has no moral compass.
Donald Trump is small-minded, and vindictive.
Donald Trump is a fatalist, whose philosophy in life is “screw or be screwed”.
Donald Trump has no history of Faith, yet now professes to be a true Christian.

Donald Trump has no history of being Pro-Life, yet now poses as an anti-abortionist.

Donald Trump embodies the rich elite, aloof “1%”, yet now postures as a “man of the people”.

Donald Trump evaded Military Service, yet now claims he understands ISIS better than our Generals.

Donald Trump’s companies declared bankruptcy on numerous occasions.

Donald Trump took advantage of every conceivable loophole in our tax codes.

Donald Trump took on massive amounts of debt that his companies couldn’t possibly repay.

Donald Trump’s business abuses contributed materially to the Financial Meltdown/Great Recession.

Donald Trump is leading the effort to roll back the very same Dodd-Frank regulations that were designed to keep us from ever again being subject to this type of financial abuse by Wall Street/Big Business.

Donald Trump is embracing in that effort the very same Jamie Dimon, billionaire banker and Head of JP Morgan Chase, who was one of the leading villains in the 2008 Financial Meltdown/Great Recession.

Donald Trump has been compromised by the forces of extremism. When the media was uniformly against Trump, the only news agency other than Fox that embraced him was Breitbart News. The resulting relationship with Steve Bannon is perhaps the gravest concern of all.

Donald Trump is now setting policy, and sending members of our Armed Forces into harm’s way, on the counsel of a racist, anti-Semitic, anarchist whose expressed desire it is to “bring everything crashing down and destroy today’s establishment”.

The world is laughing at us. We’ve made a mistake. Instead of pointing fingers, or assigning blame let’s fix this. This country belongs to US, not Donald Trump or any party

http://newsstand.beuseful.site/2017/02/22/veteran-cia-analyst-quits-agency-over-trumps-intel-criticism/

https://twitter.com/christoq/status/848384999577444353

Posted by StrictlyRockers | Sun Apr 2, 2017, 12:44 AM (15 replies)

Trumps failing presidency has the GOP in a free fall

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-failing-presidency-has-the-gop-in-a-free-fall/2017/03/30/e0882d62-1581-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html

By Michael Gerson Opinion writer March 30 at 8:01 PM

In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a “governing party” because it could not “get 216 people to agree with each other on how we do things.”

Since the rise of the tea party, there have been perhaps 30 members of the House — the Freedom Caucus — who have been consistently unwilling to vote for center-right policy because their anti-government convictions are unappeasable. Incited and abetted by conservative media, they made then-Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) life a living hell, and have greeted Ryan (Wis.) with sharpened pitchforks.

So a party at the peak of its political fortunes is utterly paralyzed. A caucus in control of everything is itself uncontrollable.

Heading into last year’s election, Republicans knew that this problem — the tea party predicament, the Freedom Caucus conundrum, the Boehner bog — had to be dealt with. The GOP needed a large and capable leader who could either unite the whole party (at least temporarily) with a bold, conservative vision, or peel off some centrist Democratic support with innovative policy. They needed an above-average president.

What they got is unimaginably distant from any of these goals. They got a leader who is empty — devoid of even moderately detailed preferences and incapable of using policy details in the course of political persuasion.
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This is a pretty bad combination: empty, easily distracted, vindictive, shallow, impatient, incompetent and morally small. This is not the profile of a governing party.

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It is now dawning on Republicans what they have done to themselves. They thought they could somehow get away with Trump. That he could be contained. That the adults could provide guidance. That the economy might come to the rescue. That the damage could be limited.

Instead, they are seeing a downward spiral of incompetence and public contempt — a collapse that is yet to reach a floor. A presidency is failing. A party unable to govern is becoming unfit to govern.

And what, in the short term, can be done about it? Nothing. Nothing at all.

https://twitter.com/christoq/status/847802209009934336
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Fri Mar 31, 2017, 01:18 PM (31 replies)

Joy Ann Reid Retweeted my tweet!

I'm happy about it, and I thought I'd share. Gimmee some DU love!


https://twitter.com/christoq/status/847588848976539648

https://twitter.com/christoq/status/847592223763869696
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Thu Mar 30, 2017, 10:05 PM (40 replies)

Great thread by Peter Daou. #TrumpRussia is ALREADY the biggest political scandal in US history.


https://twitter.com/peterdaou/status/845997564033994752
Posted by StrictlyRockers | Sun Mar 26, 2017, 10:35 AM (0 replies)
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