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Mormons to the Rescue

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/mormons-to-the-rescue/ar-AAICO6z

The New York Times
10/12/19

Mormons to the Rescue?
Timothy Egan

In order to understand the Republican Party today, you have to understand religion. Donald Trump may be the most unreligious president ever — an undisciplined force of corrosive evil. And yet he tweets comparisons to himself as the Messiah and bullies his way around the world with the blind support of white evangelical Christians.

But the one religious faith that is the most heavily Republican is also somewhat disgusted with Trump. Barely half the members of the American-grown Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints approve of his presidency.

And therein lies the best chance, though it’s very much a long shot, to remove Trump from office. Wait! Mormons — forged from a polygamous theocracy in the Rocky Mountain West, tainted by decades of institutional racism and still very much opposed to marriage equality — to the rescue of the Republic? Maybe.
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sun Oct 13, 2019, 11:18 AM (13 replies)

Harry Reid-"do not underestimate Trump"

I have a deep respect for former Senator Harry Reid. If he says beware the dragon is no dummy and will require a robust offense and coordinated effort to defeat, I believe him.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/reid-warns-democrats-not-to-underestimate-trump/ar-AAIIpy0?li=BBnb7Kz

The Hill
10/13/19

Reid warns Democrats not to underestimate Trump

Kyle Balluck 1 hr ago

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is warning Democrats not to underestimate President Trump in 2020.

"I used to think that Donald Trump was not too smart. I certainly don't believe that anymore," Reid told CNN's David Axelrod during an interview on "The Axe Files" aired late Saturday.

"I don't think he's intellectually a powerhouse, but he is basically a very, very smart man," he added. "No matter what the subject, any argument he involves himself in, it's on his terms. You're always arguing against him. He never, never willing to debate an issue on terms that aren't his."

When asked what advice he would give to a candidate running against Trump, Reid responded: "Well, what I say initially and I say it right here in your show, anyone that thinks Trump's going to be beaten easily should have another think coming."…..snip


Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sun Oct 13, 2019, 11:10 AM (21 replies)

"Gunpowder Plot"

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/queens-speech-in-parliament-black-rod-hostage-taking-and-a-gold-stick/ar-AAIHAe2

CNN
10/13/19

Queen's Speech in Parliament: Black Rod, hostage-taking and a gold stick

By Sarah Dean and James Frater

Monday's ceremony will begin when the Yeomen of the Guard -- effectively royal bodyguards -- dressed in red Tudor uniforms, search the cellars with lamps to prevent a modern "Gunpowder Plot."
Quick history lesson: in the Gunpowder Plot of November 5, 1605, Guy Fawkes and four other conspirators tried (and failed) to blow up Parliament. The gang intended to detonate explosives on the day of the State Opening, killing King James I and the aristocracy of the House of Lords. The plotters were later executed.

The searching of the cellars is just one of many archaic traditions that live on. The Yeomen of the Guard -- not to be confused with Beefeaters who guard the Tower of London -- will later form a Guard of Honor for the Queen.

MP taken hostage
It's all fun and games these days, but in a reminder of the historical violence between the Commons and the Crown, an MP will be held "hostage" in Buckingham Palace while the Queen is in Westminster.
This tradition, stemming from the time of King Charles I, is intended to ensure the monarch's safe return….snip more including slides at link

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sun Oct 13, 2019, 11:03 AM (3 replies)

A warning for sycophants

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/if-trump-goes-down-hes-taking-everyone-with-him/ar-AAI84Ow

New York Times
If Trump Goes Down, He’s Taking Everyone With Him
October 2, 2019
Frank Bruni
…snip
But Clinton never publicly accused his detractors of treason or floated the idea that one of them be arrested on those grounds, as Donald Trump just did with Adam Schiff.
Clinton and his defenders raised the specter of a “vast right-wing conspiracy,” to use Hillary Clinton’s infamous phrase, thus asserting that he was being persecuted for his politics, not punished for his misdeeds.

But they didn’t insist, as Trump and his defenders routinely do, that a vital part of the federal government was an evil cabal intent on undermining our democratic processes, which is Trump’s self-serving characterization of the intelligence community. Their central strategy wasn’t to ignite a full-blown crisis of confidence in the institutions of government. They weren’t serving dire notice, as Trump essentially is, that if the president goes down, he’s taking everyone and everything else with him.
…snip
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:27 PM (2 replies)

Attempts to privatize migrant child detention continues.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-admin-shifting-to-privatize-migrant-child-detention/ar-AAIcPPW

Associated Press
Trump admin shifting to privatize migrant child detention
October 3, 2019
By GARANCE BURKE AND MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press 5 hrs ago
…snip
Sheltering migrant children has become a growing business for the Florida-based government contractor, as the number of minors in government custody has swollen to record levels over the past two years. More than 50 babies, toddlers and teens were closely watched on this day inside the clean, well-lit shelter surrounded by chain link fences.

The children, many in matching black pants and gray sweatshirts, are officially under the custody of the federal government. But a joint investigation by The Associated Press and FRONTLINE has found that the Trump administration has started shifting some of the caretaking of migrant children toward the private sector and contractors instead of the largely religious-based nonprofit grantees that have long cared for the kids.
…snip
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:25 PM (0 replies)

Ducey and the impeachment circus-Montini

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gov-doug-ducey-gets-impeachment-wrong-flunks-arizona-history-101/ar-AAIdMEf

Arizona Republic
October 3, 2019
EJ Montini

Trump's day of rage: Profanity, false accusations, a press spat

In the Donald Trump circus, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has gladly played the role of the guy who trails along behind the elephants, pushing a wheelbarrow and carrying a shovel.
…snip
When asked about the impeachment inquiry into the activities of the president Ducey called it “typical congressional behavior in this environment," and adding that it is "a shame" because "there's a lot that needs to get done."

He also said an impeachment investigation of a chief executive who has abused his office and violated his oath is “not what (lawmakers) were elected to do.”

Two words, governor: Evan Mecham
In 1988, after abusing his office and violating his oath, then-Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, a Republican, was impeached by a Republican-controlled House and convicted by a Republican-controlled Senate.
…snip
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:20 PM (0 replies)

AZ Gov. Ducey and his circus act

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gov-doug-ducey-gets-impeachment-wrong-flunks-arizona-history-101/ar-AAIdMEf

Arizona Republic
October 3, 2019
EJ Montini

Trump's day of rage: Profanity, false accusations, a press spat
In the Donald Trump circus, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has gladly played the role of the guy who trails along behind the elephants, pushing a wheelbarrow and carrying a shovel.
…snip
When asked about the impeachment inquiry into the activities of the president Ducey called it “typical congressional behavior in this environment," and adding that it is "a shame" because "there's a lot that needs to get done."

He also said an impeachment investigation of a chief executive who has abused his office and violated his oath is “not what (lawmakers) were elected to do.”

Two words, governor: Evan Mecham
In 1988, after abusing his office and violating his oath, then-Arizona Gov. Evan Mecham, a Republican, was impeached by a Republican-controlled House and convicted by a Republican-controlled Senate.
…snip
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:18 PM (0 replies)

Stephen King and others explain "collusion"

This was posted in a thread today. It explains the conspiracy with Russia in 5 mins. of easy viewing. I also want to bury the videos with IT on our front page.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212540690

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Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 12:11 PM (2 replies)

Global Citizen's Festival-A request from Carole King

I didn't watch the whole show carried on MSNBC. They put on a great show with a diverse audience and leaning 30 or under in Central Park. I did watch a new band, new to me, H.E.R. As the camera panned the audience, a large number was singing along while they performed. People like these give me some hope that "we are the change we are waiting for".

King took the mic after her set. She said, "I want your help calling your Senators and Congressmen. I've been working on saving the NW forests for 30 years." She wants legislation passed protecting these lands from logging and mining interests. "This land is our Land."

I'll make my calls on Monday. We hope you will consider action.

If we don't put some constraints on this administration they will put a for sale sign on public lands, and parks and lakes and mountains. Pollute our water sources or sell for a profit, It's suicide. imo
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Sep 28, 2019, 09:02 PM (2 replies)

Tina Turner turns 80

A party will he held in her honor on 11/26/2019. "Simply the Best"

https://tinaturnerblog.com/2019/09/02/tina-turner-simply-the-best-re-edition-2019-vinyl/

Speaker Pelosi sometimes reminds me of what I call the Tina Strut when she is filmed/broadcast walking in or out.

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Sep 28, 2019, 08:40 PM (9 replies)
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