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Is Trump Preparing for War With North Korea? -The Atlantic

Peter Beinart makes the case that, by no longer talking about diplomacy, sanctions, or China, Trump is signaling that he's ready to start some shit.

Particularly chilling is the reported reason that Victor Cha's nomination for ambassador to South Korea was withdrawn.


The more closely you read Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea in his State of the Union address, the more plausible it becomes that he is preparing for war.

First, there’s the sheer emphasis he placed on the subject. In his speech, Trump devoted a mere sentence to Russia and China. He devoted 23 words to Israel, 34 to Afghanistan, and 48 to Iran. Even the war against ISIS, which Trump cites as the main foreign-policy achievement of his first year in office, garnered only 302 words. North Korea received 475.

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But if Trump’s real aim was to rally public support for a military strike, the (American formerly held by the DPRK, Otto) Warmbier and Ji (Seong Ho, defector) stories serve a purpose. They rouse moral indignation. The Warmbier case even makes American military action seem like an act of self-defense. Kim’s regime brutalized a U.S. citizen. Now, as Trump told Warmbier’s parents, “we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with American resolve.”

As Trump was preparing to deliver his address, news broke that the White House was withdrawing the nomination of former Bush National Security Council official Victor Cha to be ambassador to South Korea. The Financial Times reported that Cha had been “asked by [administration] officials whether he was prepared to help manage the evacuation of American citizens from South Korea —an operation known as non-combatant evacuation operations—that would almost certainly be implemented before any military strike.” Cha, the Financial Times reported, “had expressed his reservations about any kind of military strike.” These reservations apparently cost him his job.


Read more here: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/trump-north-korea-sotu-cha/551933/
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Wed Jan 31, 2018, 03:16 PM (1 replies)

Trump Considering Bringing Charges Against Robert Mueller -NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2018-state-of-the-union-address/state-donald-trump-he-thinks-it-couldn-t-be-better-n842501

But Trump — who trusts no one, or at least no one for long — has now decided that he must have an alternative strategy that does not involve having Justice Department officials fire Mueller.

"I think he's been convinced that firing Mueller would not only create a firestorm, it would play right into Mueller's hands," said another friend, "because it would give Mueller the moral high ground."

Instead, as is now becoming plain, the Trump strategy is to discredit the investigation and the FBI without officially removing the leadership. Trump is even talking to friends about the possibility of asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to consider prosecuting Mueller and his team.

"Here's how it would work: 'We're sorry, Mr. Mueller, you won't be able to run the federal grand jury today because he has to go testify to another federal grand jury,'" said one Trump adviser.


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This would truly be the tipping point into all-out autocracy. ...the end of our democratic system of checks and balances.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Wed Jan 31, 2018, 10:54 AM (14 replies)

Donald Trump has a sickening fetish for cruelty -USA Today

These are not the actions of a well-adjusted person. Trump clearly has a maudlin fetish for cruelty – given his pattern of humiliating both friend and foe, the president's brain is occupied with little else than Electoral College results and revenge fantasies. Trump is basically a 71-year old kid cackling in delight as he melts ants under his magnifying glass. Only these ants are attorneys general, senators, FBI directors and governors.

Naturally, Trump's supporters think toying with peoples' dignity is a show of strength – but it is the exact opposite. He's a weak leader who wastes what little political capital he has settling personal scores. With apologies to Winston Churchill, Trump remains an immodest man with much to be modest about.

And it's just a matter of time before he's under Vladimir Putin's magnifying glass.

More here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/05/trump-has-fetish-cruelty-christian-schneider-column/537483001/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat Aug 5, 2017, 06:34 PM (26 replies)

Guitar Pioneer Alan Holdsworth Dies

http://ultimateclassicrock.com/guitar-pioneer-allan-holdsworth-dies/?trackback=tsmclip

Progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth, who Eddie Van Halen called “the best, in my book,” has died of unknown causes at the age of 70.

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“Holdsworth is so damned good that I can’t cop anything. I can’t understand what he’s doing,” Van Halen raved in 2008. “I’ve got to do this [does two-hand tapping], whereas he’ll do it with one hand.”

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Upon hearing of his death, Holdsworth’s guitar playing peers were quick to sing his praises on social media, with Toto‘s Steve Lukather saying he “changed the game” and Peter Frampton describing him as “brilliant, unique.” You can see many more testimonials below.



More here: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/guitar-pioneer-allan-holdsworth-dies/?trackback=tsmclip







Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sun Apr 16, 2017, 07:50 PM (3 replies)

What a shocker!! Trump lied about graduating first in his class at Wharton

Actually, it's not that shocking.

Actually, it's not shocking at all.


For years, President Donald Trump has said it’s clear that he is “a very smart guy” since he attended Wharton — a school he describes as “super genius stuff.”

Trump, who graduated from Wharton in 1968, has also never challenged the fact that he "graduated first in his class," which various publishers and news agencies such as The New York Times have reported.

Penn records and Trump’s classmates dispute this claim.

In 1968, The Daily Pennsylvanian published a list of the 56 students who were on the Wharton Dean’s List that year — Trump’s name is not among them.


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No honors, no Dean's list...

Read all about it here: http://www.thedp.com/article/2017/02/trump-academics-at-wharton
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Mon Feb 20, 2017, 07:44 PM (83 replies)

One month in, Trump on pace to play nearly double the number of rounds of golf that Obama played.

...which would normally elicit a hardy "who gives a shit" from me, but the bloated orange meat dirigible made such a big deal out of it during his campaign, and even promised voters that he "wouldn't have time" to hit the links if elected.

The numbers so far Trump - 6 rounds in a month Obama - 306 rounds in eight years


What a hypocritical, lying sack of excrement.


http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/20/politics/donald-trump-golfing-presidency/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Mon Feb 20, 2017, 07:01 PM (9 replies)

The BBC Compares Trump's Rhetoric to That of Stalin and Mao

(Trump's) use of "enemies of the people" raises unavoidable echoes of some of history's most murderous dictators.

Under Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, out-of-favour artists and politicians were designated enemies and many were sent to hard labour camps or killed. Others were stigmatised and denied access to education and employment.

And Chairman Mao, the leader of China who presided over the deaths of millions of people in a famine brought about by his Great Leap Forward, was also known to use the phrase against anyone who opposed him, with terrible consequences.

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Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor at New York magazine, called the phrase a "chilling" example of "full-on dictator speak".


More here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39015559

This article is going to irritate that giant, rancid circus peanut.
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Sat Feb 18, 2017, 11:41 AM (13 replies)

3 Weeks in: Trump Gives Bannon, Conway, Spicer, and Priebus a Raise...Illegally Hires More Advisors

President Trump expanded the number of top advisers in the White House and raised their wages compared with his predecessor, President Obama, according to White House officials and government records.

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White House aides who earn nearly $180,000 – more than the basic salary paid most House and Senate lawmakers – include Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor Stephen Bannon, and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

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The president, whose staff structure is notable for competing power centers and opaque lines of authority, named at least 27 “assistants to the president,” according to a White House spokeswoman. After verifying a staff list with a Trump deputy, RealClearPolitics counted 28 senior advisers. Despite repeated questions over several weeks, White House aides did not iron out the discrepancy as of Thursday.

By law, the nation’s chief executive can appoint 25 senior advisers at the top federal pay scale set annually in the White House Office.


More here: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/02/10/trump_pays_top_west_wing_advisers_180000_133048.html
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Mon Feb 13, 2017, 01:05 PM (12 replies)

Watch POS GOP official get owned by his town hall participants for lying.

Then watch him call them "children".



Posted by LudwigPastorius | Mon Feb 13, 2017, 12:01 AM (6 replies)

Bush/Cheney's ethics lawyer on Trump's Nordstrom tweets: "misuse of public office" "abuse of power"

President Donald Trump blasted department store chain Nordstrom Inc (JWN.N) on Wednesday for dropping his daughter Ivanka's clothing line, prompting critics to accuse him of misusing public office to benefit his family's sprawling business empire.

After Trump's highly unusual move to use a White House platform to intervene in a commercial matter involving his daughter, Nordstrom reiterated that its action last week was based on declining sales of the Ivanka Trump products. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer characterized the move as a "direct attack" on the president's policies.

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"This is misuse of public office for private gains," Richard Painter, who served as Republican President George W. Bush's chief ethics lawyer, said in an email to Reuters. "And it is abuse of power because the official message is clear - Nordstrom is persona non grata with the administration."

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Bush ethics lawyer Painter, who has been critical of Trump in the past, said Nordstrom could have cause for legal action if the Trump administration takes any adverse action against it.




More here: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nordstrom-ivanka-trump-trump-idUSKBN15N1YN?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29
Posted by LudwigPastorius | Wed Feb 8, 2017, 06:49 PM (4 replies)
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