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John Kelly owes the congresswoman an apology

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/john-kelly-owes-the-congresswoman-an-apology/2017/10/20/c81205e2-b5c1-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.13ffaa0e57f3

WHITE HOUSE Chief of Staff John F. Kelly owes Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) an apology. That is the only conclusion that can be drawn after watching a video of the representative’s remarks at the dedication of an FBI building in Miramar, Fla., in 2015.

Mr. Kelly took to the lectern in the White House briefing room Thursday to defend President Trump’s handling of a condolence call to a widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger and to attack Ms. Wilson as selfish and politically motivated for her criticism. To bolster that characterization, he offered up his remembrance of the dedication of the FBI building in memory of two FBI agents who had been killed in the line of duty. He claimed Ms. Wilson used the occasion to take unseemly credit for securing federal funding for the building. “We were stunned,” he said, “stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.”

But, as a video by the Florida Sun Sentinel of Ms. Wilson’s remarks that day shows, Mr. Kelly got it all wrong. She did not say she got money for the building. She was generous and graceful in sharing credit for how legislation naming the building was fast-tracked. And she spent most of her nine-minute speech praising the FBI agents killed in a gunfight with drug dealers: “Today it is our patriotic duty to lift up Special Agent Benjamin Grogan and Special Agent Jerry Dove from the streets of South Florida and place their names and pictures high, where the world will know that we are proud of their sacrifice, sacrifice for our nation.”

It is unfortunate that the sacrifice of brave people such as these two agents or the four soldiers killed in Niger can get overwhelmed by the petty name-calling of politics. That is a point Mr. Kelly was trying to make Thursday, and that he undercut with his misrepresentation of Ms. Wilson. He needs to set the record straight.

Trump pardoned Sheriff Arpaio, but the court just refused to erase his crimes from the record

Source: Daily KOS

Only days after Gold Star family attacker Donald Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on August 25, the sheriff’s attorneys filed a motion to erase Arpaio’s criminal conviction from the history books:

"The President’s pardon moots the case, and it warrants an automatic vacatur of all opinions, judgments, and verdicts related to the criminal charge," Arpaio's attorneys said in their Aug. 28 motion.

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...which led to this summer’s criminal conviction for ignoring the court, a verdict that could have led to jail time. Enter Trump, the sheriff's birther brother, with his ludicrous pardon, which, by accepting, Arpaio admitted guilt. But while Arpaio's attorneys and Trump’s DOJ argued that the presidential pardon cancels the sheriff’s criminal conviction, US District Judge Susan Bolton ruled today that the only thing the pardon vacates is the penalty. The record stands. In her ruling, Bolton said while Trump's pardon "undoubtedly spared Defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, 'revise the historical facts' of this case."

Judge Bolton’s ruling means more than maintaining the historical record; it means more than always appending “convicted criminal” to every Arpaio story. Even Arpaio’s attorney recognizes that the conviction “could hypothetically be used against him in future legal proceedings.”

Read more: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/10/19/1708317/-Trump-pardoned-Sheriff-Arpaio-but-the-court-just-refused-to-erase-his-crimes-from-the-record



A happy note in an otherwise really revolting day.

Got some good news this evening.

Our son has a 15 year old mutt, who is a truly sweet dog. We got a call from him last week (our son, not the dog) that J.J. was having issues. He had some swollen discs in his neck and was in severe pain. The vet said the he really needed surgery, but that because of his age he probably wouldn't survive the surgery. The vet said they could try medication and pain killers to see if they could reduce the swelling. As you can imaging Tim (the son, not the dog) was very upset.

We just got a text from him (the son, not the dog) that J.J. was recovering and feeling much better and that the meds had worked. We were all (the son, us, and we are sure the dog as well) were exceedingly relieved to hear that J.J. is feeling so much better.

There is so much crap going on in the world today, that we will take any good news we can get, and hearing that J.J. will be around for a while yet lifted our spirits quite a bit.



OMG, the closed captioning!!

Watching The 11th Hour. Ending with a clip from the presser with Biden and Kasich.

Biden was talking about the incident when Trump shoved the President of Montenegro our of the way. Biden said something to the effect that 'an unnamed' leader at the conference said,

"...did you see? I was sitting with him and he stood up, puffed out his chest, stuck out his jaw, and pushed the President of Montenegro out of the way. All I could think was 'Il Duce' "

Unfortunately, the (computer?) generated closed-caption rendered it as:

"...all I could think was 'Il Douche'." Somehow seemed appropriate.

How to compliment a woman (Found on Facebook)

Never say anything to a woman in public that you wouldn't want to hear from your cellmate in prison.

Trump Accepts Larry Flynts Ten-Million-Dollar Offer for Information Leading to His Impeachment

https://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-accepts-larry-flynts-ten-million-dollar-offer-for-information-leading-to-his-impeachment?mbid=nl_Borowitz%20101617&CNDID=27161810&spMailingID=12150126&spUserID=MTMzMTgyODIwMTg3S0&spJobID=1261384570&spReportId=MTI2MTM4NDU3MAS2

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Just minutes after the publisher Larry Flynt offered ten million dollars in exchange for information leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment, Trump contacted Flynt and said that he would gladly provide the information himself in exchange for the cash. According to Flynt, shortly after their phone conversation Trump sent him a voluminous number of e-mails, phone records, and other evidence of impeachable offenses, after which Flynt wired ten million dollars to Trump’s Swiss bank account.

“That was a lot easier than I thought it would be, to be honest,” Flynt told reporters.
The swift denouement to Trump’s tenure in the White House raised more than a few eyebrows in Washington, with some insiders wondering if Trump’s eagerness to accept the ten-million-dollar payment indicated that his net worth was considerably smaller than he had professed.

Robert Mueller, the independent counsel investigating Trump’s ties to Russia, expressed some sadness that he was not able to bring his probe to a conclusion. “I don’t know what evidence Trump had against himself, but I guarantee you I had more,” he said.

Meanwhile, the success of Flynt’s cash offer appears to have only emboldened the publisher, who announced that he is now offering twenty million dollars for information leading to the impeachment of Mike Pence.

The Holy Bible, according to Trump

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-holy-bible-according-to-trump/2017/10/13/53b37752-b01d-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.b9649c32e77b

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And, on the topic of double standards, let us not forget the president. During the Harvey Weinstein fallout, Donald Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway have gleefully attacked private-citizen Hillary Clinton for failing to denounce Weinstein more quickly than she did — even though they vigorously defended the elder Trump when he was found to have boasted of sexual assault.

Such behavior seems uncharitable, if not downright hypocritical. But maybe I am using the wrong standard. The Bible is, after all, foreign law; none of it was written in America. It would, therefore, be in order for President Trump to revise biblical law by executive order — much as he used one this week to dismantle Obamacare without an act of Congress. He could place a copy of the order, etched in a 2 ˝ -ton stone monument, in the White House Entrance Hall.

Some proposed revisions:

In Mark 12:31, after the phrase “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” insert: “Thou shalt not interpret anything in Section 12:31 as applying to residents of Puerto Rico.”

The phrase, in Exodus 20:8-11, is hereby revised to state the following: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Acceptable remembrances of the sabbath include (a) any golf played in Bedminster, N.J., (hereafter referred to as The Land of Milk and Honey); (b) any golf played at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Fla. (hereafter referred to as the Garden of Eden).”

In Exodus 20:13, after the phrase “Thou shalt not kill,” insert the following: “Thou mayest, however, totally destroy North Korea, which thou shalt accomplish by expanding thy nuclear arsenal tenfold.”

In Exodus 20:14, following the phrase “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” insert: “What thou has done with thine previous wives is thine own business.”


Much more at link.

Started rewatching The West Wing (on Netflix)

It still has to be one of the greatest (or IMHO The Greatest) TV series of all time. Great writing, great acting, great pacing, and a President who, for all his flaws, has empathy, honor, and a total sense of trying to do his best for the American people, and who surrounds himself with same.

It also helps to wash the Trump taste out of my mouth. Do yourselves a favor and go watch it again. It does help!

Trump to Scrap Critical Health Care Subsidies, Hitting Obamacare Again

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His plans were disclosed hours after the president ordered potentially sweeping changes in the nation’s insurance system, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers.

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Without the subsidies, insurance markets could quickly unravel. Insurers have said they will need much higher premiums and may pull out of the insurance exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act if the subsidies were cut off. Known as cost-sharing reduction payments, or CSRs, the subsidies were expected to total $9 billion in the coming year and nearly $100 billion in the coming decade.

“The government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments,” the White House said in a statement.

It concluded: “Congress needs to repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare law and provide real relief to the American people.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/us/politics/trump-obamacare-executive-order-health-insurance.html



So, pull FEMA and the military out of Puerto Rico, allow insurance companies to sell junk policies, don't make insurance companies cover anything they don't want to, don't cover contraception, decertify the Iran nuclear agreement, toss out the dreamers, ignore the California wildfires, and don't say a word about the Green Berets killed in Niger.

I hope the Trump voters are thrilled with their President.

The attempted terror attack right here in the US we never heard about.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/airport-bomb-north-carolina-suspect-war-us-soil-michael-christopher-estes-asheville-regional-airport-a7996306.html

Man suspected of planting airport bomb 'wanted to start a war on US soil

Michael Christopher Estes was arrested after an unexploded device was found at Asheville Regional Airport on Friday morning. The FBI’s criminal complaint states that Mr Estes admitted planting the bomb, which tests revealed contained Ammonium Nitrate, an explosive often used in terrorist attacks. Sterno, a form of jellied alcohol, was used as the fuel source. Mr Estes used a rigged an alarm clock, set for 6am, to strike matches that would have set it alight, the complaint states.


Other links:

https://www.salon.com/2017/10/11/a-thwarted-airport-bombing-receives-little-national-press-and-some-activists-cry-foul/

https://theintercept.com/2017/10/11/terrorist-donald-trump-airport-bomber-estes-asheville/

https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/10/10/us/ap-us-north-carolina-airport-explosive-the-latest.html

And we haven't heard a word about this attempted terrorist attack. The suspect (who has confessed to setting the device) says he 'wanted to start a war'. But he is a right-wing white guy. White guys, by definition, aren't terrorists. The are 'lone wolves' or 'white nationalists' or 'extremists' but never terrorists. In order to be considered a terrorists you have to be Muslim. Don't you suppose this would have been all over the news of it had been a non-white? But we can't have white guys being called terrorists, now can we?

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