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Just a note that should not get lost in all of this

Yes children are being ripped from their parents, supposedly to comply with a law that does not require that to happen. That is the primal outrage against humanity of course. But it seems families are then being further desecrated. Maybe I am missing something but it appears that siblings are being ripped apart from each other as well, sent to different cages and/or different states based on age and gender. These children all have lost their parents, only then to also lose each other, the last real solace available to them?

I haven't seen this commented on. Are those segregated by age and gender holding cages used only for children without siblings of a different gender, or are brothers and sisters being ripped apart also?

When Anita Hill testified before a Congressional hearing, when John Dean did so also...

Even when Hillary Clinton faced down the Republicans for longer than some of them typically spent awake, huge numbers of Americans were transfixed by every moment. What will start to happen come January if Democrats take the House will far surpass all that. Bill Clinton's impeachment trial might have been scintillating to some but ultimately it was banal. O. J. Simpson's trial riveted a nation as murders involving a celebrity are wont to do, but it essentially mimicked a sick spectator sport - it shook few of us to our core. When the gavel finally falls on public RussiaGate hearings, with Democrats in charge wielding full subpoena power, we will enter another realm entirely.

FOX news can't shout over what people will be tuned into themselves. David Numes will no longer be able to fill in the silence that comes from the office of a professional Special Council with his own false narrative. We, the whole nation, will all watch the witnesses testify ourselves, under oath, under subpoenas issued by a Committee that actually wants it's questions answered. And those answers will create a reckoning unparalleled in American history

If Robert Mueller has not already broken this wide open with a full report by then, the hot white glare of the spotlights will shift to the House of Representatives. In seven months. The dots will all be connected, the coverup will be revealed. The treason will be naked. And the whole world will be watching...

IF DEMOCRATS RETAKE THE HOUSE THIS NOVEMBER.

He cozies up to dictators and disses our democratic allies

So what is it exactly that Republicans believe in? And what was it again our fallen died for?

It's time to smell the coffee America.

Way before Wypipo, I remember when "Straight" meant, essentially, "Not Cool"

It had largely replaced the earlier term "Square". This would be back in the late 60's and early 70's, before Gay Liberation changed forever how the word "straight" is commonly defined. Back in the day "straights" seldom if ever "turned on", they seemingly never "tuned in", and they sure as hell didn't "drop out". Of course back then I self identified with the label "Freak". Folks like me (with the help of Jimi Hendrix) preempted that term, I suppose, to inoculate ourselves from any discomfort should it be hurled our way by "Straights". So imagine my surprise when, several years hence, "straight" became a definition for someone like me, straight white male that I am today.

Before that became the new norm for 'straight" the people I used to call "straight" rarely referred to themselves that way. I think they thought of themselves as simply being "people. If anything we were the ones who fit their definition of needing a definition, not them. To be perfectly honest, "straight" carried a faint whiff of derision back when folks like me called other people "straight". Usually nothing overly harsh, mostly it was meant as a simple distinction to distinguish "us" from "them". But implicitly there was at least a touch of bemused entertainment involved in contemplating those who were decidedly not cool.

Somewhere along the way I learned of another word that to some defined me, that being "Gentile". Who knew there was need for a word to describe me as not being Jewish? Not me anyway, before I finally learned it that is, and that took a little getting used to. It got a little confusing. Was it meant to simply delineate the faith/blood lines that I did not share, or was there also a whiff of at least unconscious condescension involved in my being in some way "lesser"?

Now when I first heard folks like H. Rap Brown refer to some folks with my complexion as "Honkeys" and
"Crackers" I admit I sensed a hint of potential menace in those words. But you know what I never did associate with those monikers? The terror of burning crosses or the real threat of being lynched, that's what. Those words were not imbued with a century of oppression, hatred, and physical violence being perpetrated on those who only asked that their basic human rights be respected. Tens of thousands of murders were never committed concurrent with a scream of "Honkey!".

So I look at the stir going on here over use of the term Wypipo and I have to chuckle to myself, though I mean no offense to those offended by that word while I do so. It ain't nothin', that couldn't be more obvious to me. It's pretty damn gentle actually. People in minorities always find shorthand terms to describe the majority that surrounds them, who have from time to time been known to oppress members of that minority.

Back when I was a "Freak" I was myself in a minority, and yes, from time to time "Straights" menaced us "dirty hippies". Nixon unleashed his hardhats, some restaurants made it clear that we weren't welcome etc. A had a casual friend/acquaintance at College who organized concerts for the Student Union. Big joyous guy, gentle as they came. Come summer he went off to visit family in Wyoming and he came back very changed. Seems some locals ambushed him, cut off all his hair, and I do not know what else. If I know him better probably I would have probed for details, but as it was I respected him seemingly not wanting to talk about it. He retreated after that, and fell out of my sight. So yeah, people like me took an interest in how "Straights" related to us, and yes we had a name for them.

Whypipo is benign, and it will remain benign unless and until it becomes highly charged with bitter hatred and coupled with repeated acts of brutal violence. In a best case scenario it can be as benign as a homosexual calling me "straight" or a Jew calling me "gentile". Personally, given that human nature always results in nicknames being associated with dominant groups, during times of social transition especially, I like the term. It has the potential to retain a somewhat playful tone to it, much like my use of "straight" to describe the majority culture back in the days of my youth. It's cool. Chill.

URGENT Just 3 weeks to pass an end of double jeopardy law in NY to counter Trump pardons now.

NOW is the time to put on the pressure. If time runs out the legislature does not convene again until early next year and any pardon Trump issues before New York State law is changed will negate prosecution by New York State of any crimes pardoned at the Federal level by the president. This is covered in today's New York Daily News :

"Trump's latest pardon has NYS AG calling for end of double jeopardy law in New York"
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-after-trump-pardon-nys-ag-calls-for-end-of-double-jeopardy-20180531-story.html

Here are the bill numbers in the NY State Assembly and Senate:

In the Assembly the bill is in the Codes committee. It is being sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D) and it is Assembly Bill #10422.

In the Senate it is also in the Codes committee. It is being sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (D) and it is Senate Bill #8236.

This NY State legislature session is scheduled to conclude in three weeks. The next legislative session is not due to begin until next January. If these bills fail to be signed into law Trump will have 8 or more months to issue Presidential pardons that can not be countered by prosecution for crimes committed within New York State. Those pardons would truly become "get out of jail free cards" unless we can close the double jeopardy loophole in New York law within the next three weeks.

I spoke both to my Democratic Assemblyman's office in Albany and to Assemblyman Lentol's office (and to my Republican State Senators office as well). Prospects for passage in the Assembly are very good. It should have no trouble winning Committee approval and passing the full Assembly.

That by itself means nothing. There is a shell game constantly being played in the New York State Legislature. Democrats in the Assembly can pass any progressive legislation that they want anytime they want, taking full credit for that action while knowing that the Senate will usually kill it. What counts is not what the Assembly does but how quickly they do it and how high a profile they give to passage of this legislation. This bill needs to clear the Assembly soon so that maximum pressure for it's passage can be put on the Senate. Democrats in the Assembly and the Senate must publicly make this legislation of the highest priority for THIS session.

We only need the votes of one or two Republicans in the New York State Senate to get this passed and there are several "moderate" Republican Senators who fear a blue wave this November. No doubt they hope the clock can be run out before they are forced to take a stand on Senate Bill #8236. That is what everyone expects to happen. We can not allow that.

URGENT We have 3 weeks to pass the end of double jeopardy law in New York this session.

NOW is the time to put on the pressure. This is covered in today's New York Daily News :

"Trump's latest pardon has NYS AG calling for end of double jeopardy law in New York"
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-after-trump-pardon-nys-ag-calls-for-end-of-double-jeopardy-20180531-story.html

Here are the bill numbers in the NY State Assembly and Senate:

In the Assembly the bill is in the Codes committee. It is being sponsored by Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D) and it is Assembly Bill #10422.

In the Senate it is also in the Codes committee. It is being sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky (D) and it is Senate Bill #8236.

This NY State legislature session is scheduled to conclude in three weeks. The next legislative session is not due to begin until next January. If these bills fail to be signed into law Trump will have 8 or more months to issue Presidential pardons that can not be countered by prosecution for crimes committed within New York State. Those pardons would truly become "get out of jail free cards" unless we can close the double jeopardy loophole in New York law within the next three weeks.

I spoke both to my Democratic Assemblyman's office in Albany and to Assemblyman Lentol's office (and to my Republican State Senators office as well). Prospects for passage in the Assembly are very good. It should have no trouble winning Committee approval and passing the full Assembly.

That by itself means nothing. There is a shell game constantly being played in the New York State Legislature. Democrats in the Assembly can pass any progressive legislation that they want anytime they want, taking full credit for that action while knowing that the Senate will usually kill it. What counts is not what the Assembly does but how quickly they do it and how high a profile they give to passage of this legislation. This bill needs to clear the Assembly soon so that maximum pressure for it's passage can be put on the Senate. Democrats in the Assembly and the Senate must publicly make this legislation of the highest priority for THIS session.

We only need the votes of one or two Republicans in the New York State Senate to get this passed and there are several "moderate" Republican Senators who fear a blue wave this November. No doubt they hope the clock can be run out before they are forced to take a stand on Senate Bill #8236. That is what everyone expects to happen. We can not allow that.

From now on I'm calling him "The Liar in Chief." I hope it sticks

I can think of plenty of uglier true things to call Trump, but I think this term has the capacity to do him the most harm with the broadest set of people. It isn't a turn off to those who insist on "civil" discussions because there is nothing crude or childish about calling Trump "The Liar in Chief". It simply underscores the basic truth about him in basic all American terms. If George Washington could not tell a lie about cutting down the cherry tree, Donald Trump can not tell the truth about anything. That is how he should be viewed by everyone all of the time.

False narrative. It was never a joke in poor taste. It was a racist insult and flat out vicious

Barr may be a comedian but not everything she says is automatically a joke. There was nothing funny in what she tweeted about Valerie Jarrett, just like there was nothing funny in what she tweeted about George Soros. Those comments were never intended as jokes. One was a bigoted put down, the other was a slanderous smear. Barr was venting her poisoned mind, that's all. People make jokes in poor taste, from both the Left and Right. People like Dennis Miller and Kathy Griffin will always sometimes cross lines. And then there are times when they each are simply speaking their minds, for good or ill. Yes Rosanne Barr sometimes makes jokes that are in poor taste. Not yesterday. That was the real Rosanne Barr speaking, and it wasn't comedy.

A Salute to "Never Trumpers"

To the likes of Jennifer Rubin, Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, Nicole Wallace, and even Bill Kristol and Jeff Flake; a tip of the hat

I have political disagreements with all of them. I have severe political disagreements with most of them. I know that, with some notable exceptions usually regarding racism and xenophobia or "free trade", most of them actually support most of Trump's policy positions These people are not my allies in the larger political sense. Often they are my adversaries if not my literal enemies. In many ways over many years they either contributed to or turned a blind eye toward everything that led to the rise of Trumpism in America. It would be bad for most Americans if the likes of these people ever get to rule over American again. They supported wars that needlessly killed millions. They plundered the poor to pamper the wealthy. I know, I know...

Still I offer them this salute; because our nation is in an existential crisis, the ultimate response to which will determine whether we even retain an active Democracy, under the rule of law, that enables us to peruse freedom and justice for all through political means. If they will stand by our democracy during this profound test of it's ultimate resiliency, I will stand by them in acknowledging that stance. We all must live to fight another day and, should we succeed in our mutual struggle against Trump, fight again we most certainly will once this storm is passed. That is tomorrow, this is today.

I salute them for, under duress, standing by genuine convictions when it became more politically expedient to back down. I salute them for showing at least some elements of a refreshing lack of hypocrisy, when they condemn a Republican president for things that typical Republicans would eagerly attack only a Democrat for doing. Some "Never Trumpers" show greater courage than others, no doubt about it, but I will take what we can get so long as their resistance to Trump is genuine, and based on real democratic principles.

The American people will never achieve a perfect consensus on how our society should look, what laws should govern it, and what our priorities should be. That consensus did not exist when our Republic was founded and it never has since. We only come close during catastrophic times such as World War II, and even then differences remain. But people of relatively good will have, when the chips were down, been united against stark corruption by those trusted to govern us. For over 200 years our leaders for the most part heeded the warning implicit in the reply Benjamin Franklin gave to a woman's inquiry as to the type of government the Founders had created: "A Republic Madam, if you can keep it."

I salute all those who now acknowledge what fundamentally is at stake.

Trump does NOT keep his campaign promises. His claim that he does is another of his lies

During his 2016 campaign Trump promised he would self fund his campaign - a total lie.

During his 2016 campaign Trump promised he would release his tax returns when they were done being audited - a total lie.

During his 2016 campaign Trump promised he would work tirelessly for the American people - a total lie:
"If I win I may never see my property ó I may never see these places again. But because Iím going to be working for you, Iím not going to have time to go golfing, believe me. Believe me. Believe me, folks."


During his 2016 campaign Trump promised he would only hire the very best people - an easily demonstrable total lie.

During his 2016 campaign Trump promised he would make Washington work by bringing together leaders from both sides of the aisle through his advanced deal making skills - an easily demonstrable total lie.

During his campaign Trump promised he would protect Medicaid and Medicare from cuts - a total lie

During his campaign Trump promised that "Mexico will pay for the Wall!" - a total lie.

DO NOT ALLOW TRUMP TO CLAIM THAT HE KEEPS HIS CAMPAIGN PLEDGES



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