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Just a Prediction on Trump's Response to Alt-Right Violence in Virginia

He's about to speak. I would bet he will try to equalize the violence. He won't mention the obvious elements of racism and hatred. He'll do the "all violence is bad" thing. He will have no idea that he is partially responsible for this, and will dismiss any inference that anything he has ever said to encourage violence has helped to motivate this disgusting situation.

Interesting White House news conference!

ICE official is talking about apprehending criminal aliens, but has made no mention of Russian gang members, or Russian criminals. Is there any effort to find and deport them? Seriously!

Hey, Sessions - Do you realize how stupid and illogical it is

to claim that you cannot recall your conversations with the Russians, and that you did not collude with them? If you don't know what you said, how do know that you didn't collude? You make absolutely no sense. Resign. Your dignity has been lost.

Personal Privilege! Please Read!

I was writing several paragraphs of a well-reasoned and substance-based post regarding Secretary of State Tillerson, the Russian invasion of Crimea, Exxon's relationship to Russia's Gazprom, the unjustified movement to eliminate the sanctions against Russia, and referring to Putin as a pissant, and as I neared the end of the post, it literally disappeared from the screen. Somebody, somewhere did NOT want that post to see the light of day. I'm not a nut case, and I have posted before. This was WEIRD.

The Glass Half Full . . .

I can't take credit for this. I read it someplace several years ago, but - in an interesting way - it seems to summarize a lot of what I have seen in political philosophy, and is also funny - at least to me.

Some say the glass is half full.

Some say the glass is half empty.

Republicans say "The glass is MINE."

Could you help me please?

Ever since we moved to the https format, I have had difficulty accessing graphics on my phone (which is what I generally use to log on to the DU site). I haven't changed any of my settings, so I'm not sure what my problem is. I miss seeing the daily toons, for instance, and other graphics. Can you help me? - Thanks in advance - Dave Franklin

I suggest we celebrate April 7th as Merrick Garland Day from now on!

OK, we can't make it an official holiday, but we can agree to post the idea to social media, to contact like-minded friends and family members to have a get-together or go out to eat, or just hang out and have a few beers or a couple glasses of wine, or a soft drink and snacks, and tell the story of President Obama and Merrick Garland and the jerks who ignored the Constitution. And end the story with "and that's how Republican Senators got to be known as (and you fill in whatever insulting term makes you happy." And let's toast Judge Garland in perpetuity.

Anyone confused about why they're going after Susan Rice?

It seems to me that it's almost automatic. She's an intelligent, Black woman who held high office in the previous administration and did an excellent job. For some White people - especially those who support the current administration - this is an affront to everything they believe, and, consequently, she makes the perfect scapegoat for their inability to explain away Trump's idiotic position that President Obama surveilled him and his cronies in Trump Tower.

As a Caucasian myself, I find their unfounded accusations to be disgusting and pitiful.

What do you think?

Dear Republican Judiciary Committee members - THERE IS NO BIDEN RULE!

I painfully watched a propaganda photo op, where Chuck Grassley - accompanied by other Republicans, and some of Gorsuch's law clerks - claimed that Democratic Senators were playing politics in their rejection of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Grassley indicated that the nomination of Gorsuch - after the bizarre dismissal of Merrick Garland, last year - was simply an application of the "Biden Rule," which Chuckey characterized as a standard under which Supreme Court nominees should not even be considered during an election year.

The central problems with this argument are --

(1) In 1992, then Senator Joe Biden, expressed an opinion that, during the last three months of the election year, IF an opening on the Supreme Court occurred, it would be inadvisable to confirm President Bush's nominee until after the election. Biden did NOT state that the nomination should be ignored, but that confirmation should be postponed until after the election. That's a WHOLE lot different than what the Republicans did to President Obama's nominee!

(2) When Biden expressed his opinion, no vacancy existed on the Supreme Court.

(3) There was no actual nominee to be considered.

(4) Biden's statement was an OPINION, and the Senate did NOT formally consider it or adopt it as a rule. It never became a RULE.

In other words, the Republicans are once again bullshiting to get what they want. In fact, if they hadn't screwed over Judge Garland and President Obama, there wouldn't even be an opening to fill! In view of these indisputable facts, NO DEMOCRAT SHOULD VOTE IN FAVOR OF NEIL GORSUCH.

How Ironic Is It That the Same People Who Are Adamantly Opposed to Releasing Trump's Tax Returns

have voted to give everyone access to everyone else's Internet browsing histories? It appears that personal privacy exists only for the one person who seems to have a lot to hide, and whose financial history affects all of us. Every day, living in our democracy gets crazier and crazier. Damn!
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