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John Kelly described Trump in his book as "the most determinedly ignorant person I ever met." The entire rest of the party, office holders to voters are determined to publicly celebrate their malicious, malevolent moron ignorance.

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And L’Trump hid both his high school AND his college transcripts... made the two schools commit to secrecy... TFG is ashamed of his record... will be charged again and again and US pinheads will ultimately awaken to his lack of character and record, find him guilty many times, sentencing will involve isolation for life. Think Napoleon.

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Trump is fraud personified. I would not ask him for the time of day. He mostly has gotten as far as he has because he is shielded by money; first his inheritance and then by the assistance of those with money and power agendas themselves who find in him an utterly shameless useful idiot to do their dirty work for them.

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In the words of Seth Meyers, if not for Fred Trump's money, Donald would be known today as the second-best mattress salesman at a furniture store in Queens.

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I’m more inclined to think he would be either dead or incarcerated is it were not for Daddy’s wealth.

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These frauds are performed on a rigged system by professional grifters, using massive crony connections and money. Don't try this at home.

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Maybe a junior-grade "protection" salesman, or drug mule for organized crime.

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Sharon, please don’t denigrate mattress salesmen not all of them are bad.

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Third best.

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... where he could make a perfect, wonderful, very-very special deal with My Pillow Guy ....

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I wouldn’t believe TFG if he told me today is Tuesday.

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I would certainly wonder what was up. Truth is like anti-matter to Trump. When he comes in contact with it, he typically explodes. I suspect that were he confronted with a critical mass of truth-tellers, he might vanish in a firestorm of pure greed and hatred.

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You will hear the truth from trump if you understand that it is the exact opposite of what he says.

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And that is completely accurate. (BTW, I am telling the truth. :-) )

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Can death star tell time???

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He knows how to work with imaginary numbers, adding them to his income when applying for a loan and subtracting them for the IRS, so he must have some rudimentary math skills. He also manages to wring as much money as possible to his personal benefit from fans and taxpayers. Surely learned something at his father's knee.

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Racism’s last gasp? We only wish. Trump is undoubtedly running.. runs to grift. For staggering amounts. Donations pay. DeSantis should fade. In his flame out phase. Raping libraries. Schools. Maybe he’ll try the Senate. Biden will run. His campaign manager suggests Harris in 2028. Likely win in 2024, last season for him. No stars to follow. None stand out, save Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, for sheer class. America has no leadership. Our best are in business. Boring. With nothing to say. Running is risky. Politicians risk it all. Crowds tempt the depressed. As do schools. Uvalde. New Town. And movie halls: Colorado. Stores: Buffalo, so many. Avoid crowds. Playgrounds. Sweet Sixteen parties. High school gymnasium basketball. Happy places are targets for our depressed. The racist GOP seeks that chaos. Martial law. Dictatorship. Admires Viktor Orban. Putin. Justice Clarence Thomas’s billionaire benefactor openly admires Adolf Hitler. Trump admires Putin. The uneducated threatened white trash of America’s illiterate uncultured seeks one to tell them whom to hate, whom to blame, whom to follow, just a dictator. Trump is their leader, follower, their weakened hero. He hates many. Loves no one. We fear dystopian warming, we do nothing; destruction of our immune system is inevitable. Pandemic will repeat. Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud, 1938. Aldus Huxley, Brave New World and The Plague, The Stranger, by Albert Camus. Sundown Towns, James W. Loewen; Caste, The Origins of Our Discontents, and Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns.

The Theory of Everything, 600 pages. By mathematicians. Spells it out. Warms us.

Letters from an American lights the past. Who lights the future?

Guess.

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As long as Trump maintains his openly white supremacist stance, the pinheads you mention will injure themselves rushing to his side. Awaken? Not hardly. That would make them woke.

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all of this is really exposing the white supremacists, isn't it ? They felt emboldened enough having DJT in the White House that they openly marched and rallied around a monument to RE Lee in Charlottsville VA. Now I'm working on a documentary that was sparked by that event titled "Monumental Struggle". My thesis is that the folks who most want to keep confederate monuments in front of Court Houses and in town squares are the core of the white supremacists in America. Take a look at my page to follow this journey.

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Before trump the white supremacists, i.e. racists, used dog whistles and policies positions that would clearly be to the disadvantage of "those others". DJT let them out from under their rocks, and let them show their true colors, when they realize they had a lot more compatriots than they thought they had and a leader who would provide the power they only dreamed of. As a reminder trump got millions of Americans to vote for him. Are they all racist? Maybe not all.

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If they’re not all racist why would they vote for a racist? Even if their issue is “small government” or “fiscal constraints”, there still voting with and for avowed racists.

Unfortunately America is a racist country. I get it that people don’t want to acknowledge this fact.

In the meantime, the Rs and Faux News are convincing people that this is their last chance to stand up for white supremacy as they use religion to justify their stance. It’s how slavery and Jim Crow survived for centuries. It’s brainwashing.

People with white skin are not superior-yet this delusion is leading us to destruction.

After spending a career thinking that education would help us realize the danger inherent in white supremacy I’ve come to realize that evil is an enduring feature of life with too many Americans embracing it.

We reap what we sow. America planted seeds of racism, sexism and violence in the beginning. We’re reaping quite a harvest.

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Why has education lost out as a primary American value? Now it’s just job training for so many. We need to pour energy and money into public education. Vouchers are poison. (And maybe we must revive National Service.)

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"If they’re not all racist why would they vote for a racist?"

Because blowing up the system (elite establishment not serving them and exploiting them) was all they saw or cared about?

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America is a racist country at its core. People are willing to overlook racism, antisemitism, anti LGBTQ if there's one thing they like. They are willing to look the other way which has been the American problem since 1619.

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But it isn’t just the old Confederacy. Republicans are trying to keep racism alive and sell guns. They are terrified of “revenge” for their evil racism.

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Virginia that's true. It's not just the south, but I believe it's got a deeper historic hold in Dixie. That's one thing we may get a better handle on with this doc. Is the rest of the country just as racist ? Is it a rural thing? A poor white thing?

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power vs. powerlessness thing?

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It seems to me that when Confederate die-hards we finally abandoned by the Democrats, Repubs rolled out the welcome mat and started blowing on the embers of the Civil War. Lincoln massively betrayed. I think others get swept along. A tyrant tends to need to maintain an "untouchable" out-caste with no rights, so the the looked down upon have someone to look down upon.

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Jeff Davis and company certainly did it

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Meanwhile the record of how successful the Democrats' governance of the economy has been over the last 3 decades vs the disaster of the GOP has been beautifully highlighted with graphics and data (AKA Facts) by Simon Rosenburg on his Substack. The graphics are gobsmacking and should be portrayed by every Dem running in any election. Check it out:

https://simonwdc.substack.com/p/april-jobs-report-the-us-economy

Just one excerpt:

"What this data tells us is that since this new age of globalization began in 1989, a modern and forward-looking Democratic Party has repeatedly seen strong economic growth on its watch. Republican Presidents, on the other hand, have overseen three consecutive recessions - the last two, severe. The contrast in performance here is very stark. It is not a stretch to state that the GOP’s economic track record over the past 30 years has been among the worst in history of the US.

The Biden economic track record, on the other hand, has been very strong:

. GDP growth over 3%, 3 times what it was under Trump

. 6 times as many Biden jobs as last 3 GOP Presidents combined

. best COVID recovery in G7

. lowest unemployment rate in peacetime economy since WWII

. lowest poverty/uninsured rates ever

. very elevated wage gains/new business starts

. 2 job openings per unemployed person, a record

. real earnings up in 2022

. Deficit up every year under Trump and has come down every year under Biden

. domestic oil production on track to set records in 2023

. historic investment in future prosperity (infrastructure, CHIPs, climate, health care)

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Why does this not appear on every Page 1 and all Dem webpages?

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My take (on Page 1), Grover is that the complicit Lame Stream Media knows that if they did that some of their regular clickbait would be aghast and shift to another channel feeding them the lies and "both sides" narrative that makes them billions. What I've never understood is why someone like Bloomberg, Steyer (etc,...the billionaires that said in their primary they would do "whatever it took" to save democracy) has never created the antidote to Murdoch's shamelessness. There is an enormous audience wanting it and IMO is a remaining key to saving the nation.

On all the Dem webpages? I wish I knew. It's confounding.

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Which is why, as Professor Heather has said, WE need to take up oxygen and spread the word. I constantly post (daily) on every social media page of legislators from my state facts. The trolls always bad mouth me, but I reach some. We have to be the voices of reason.

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Instead, we are subjected to the daily verbal diarrhea from the likes of Bobo, Margie 3 Names, and Gym Shorts Jordan <insert numerous barf emojis here>

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Dems often and prominently publicize economic successes, but the issue is complicated and calls for attentive consideration. Republicans only need to say “woke” to distract their supporters, who, to very nearly the last person, value the preservation of systemic racism much more highly than any other factor, including economic success, theirs or the country’s. The wealthy are moved by economic factors, but they only comprise 0.1% of the population, so don’t cast enough votes to matter (and besides are easily tipped R by tax victimhood appeals).

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Grover, Unfortunately if the press reported "just the facts" about Democrats and Republicans they would be accused of promoting a left, liberal bias. So they go down the "bothsiderism" and "false equivalency" road of reporting to avoid these accusations. Extremely frustrating. Makes me wonder if they've picked a side.

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BK, while reading your comment, I was alerted to Simon Rosenburg's substack, 'Hopium Chronicles With Simon Rosenberg' and went on to learn about him by reading 'Why This Democratic Strategist Walked Away' by Ronald Brownstein in The Atlantic. To quote him:

'One of the projects that I’m involved in is a way for Democrats to start thinking about how to get the 55 percent of the vote nationally and to not accept this unbelievably precarious place that we’re in. For all our success in 2022, we still lost the House, and MAGA is now in control of the building that they attacked two years ago. The Supreme Court isn’t done changing the United States. There’s still a lot of power and potency in MAGA, even if they don’t win this next election. The key is to defeat MAGA in such a definitive and declarative way that Republicans move on to a different kind of politics and become something more like a traditional center-right political party.'

'The No. 1 job is we just need more young people voting, period. It’s more registration, more communications, targeting them more in our campaigns. In the Democratic Party, young people are still at the kids’ table; they have to become the center of our politics now.' (Atlantic) See link below.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/02/democratic-strategist-simon-rosenberg-ndn-new-democratic-network/673182/

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I just made a late afternoon check in to see your reply, Fern. Good to hear from you again.

Yes, I was not as familiar with him myself until recently but, his observations backed by facts are on target (and make sense) more so than many other numbers of sources I come across. In support of your link (TY) here are two others that are actually within the link I posted this morning,....whose graphics I was simply floored by.

https://www.ndn.org/blog/2021/05/essay-biden’s-pragmatism-republican-extremism

and this 1.5 min video of him summarizing your point:

https://simonwdc.substack.com/p/short-take-on-the-need-for-dems-to-969

I Love his summary to the post from this morning - A great 2024 slogan:

Democrats = growth, lower deficits, progress for workers and families

Republicans = recession, higher deficits, American decline

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Thank you, BK!

Slogans = ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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But Chief Justice Roberts said “racism is mostly in our nation’s past.” In Justice Ginsburg’s metaphor - no, we just put the umbrella away; it’s still raining.

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"Although it is comforting to believe that rural, southern and non-college-educated whites have been bamboozled into “voting against their own interest,” they haven’t. People who support gun control, health care and a woman’s right to choose will continue to vote for Republicans because they not voting for individual lawmakers …

"They are voting for a system.

"In America — especially in places like Tennessee — white skin offers more protection than big government, diversity, equity and all the inclusion in the world."

https://thegrio.com/2023/04/14/tennessee-republicans-give-master-class-how-to-be-pro-racist/

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Excellent analysis Rex! It made me laugh.

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The price of the seductive illusion of superiority (master race, "true" Americans, the "righteous") is to keep ones head up one's rectum so as not to see what's going down.

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SB I've been telling my conservative friends that Trump is Napoleon reincarnated since he was elected. They all said...but nooooo...he doesn't want to be dictator.....he loves us and we love him...he understands us....you're wrong....well, most of them have gotten very quiet. I also predict he will flee...most bully despots do...he has a jet plane and a pile of cash. Talk about a flight risk....Peace

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Conservative Friends is an oxymoron. Of Friendship by Francis Bacon, 1726... applies. DJT et al have no friends, not one. Today’s Conservative is yesterday’s Fascist... Conservatives are honest, Liberals honest, Fascists are criminal. Conservatives and Liberals experience friendship. Fascists are a death cult.

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I believe, the Orange One already has at least three "escape plans" developed. He will not allow himself to be incarcerated. And he has several friends in distant lands.

I predict that once convicted and just before sentencing, he will leave on a jet plane. And then, and then watch all the little GQP piranha politicians scramble to the feeding frenzy. Nobody lasts forever. Everyone has an expiration date.

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totally agree...so the betting lottery becomes where will he land?

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Saudi Arabia. He has financial ties already with the golf league. And they share values! Women are chattel. Dissent is death. Money is everything. Etc.

And...the Saudis have demonstrated their lack of concern for American Democracy on more than one occasion...if you get my drift.

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And not just fpotus*. Don't forget how Bush II let the Saudis leave the US before shutting down air traffic. I think fpotus will love it there.

*my dyslexic typing today gave me "fpouts". It tickled my funny bone.

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My initial thought was Russia, but this makes much more sense.

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He may get out but will he be able to get money out, enough to live well in that expensive country? Would his family finance him at their expense? Doubtful. And, once he leaves, of what use will he be to the Saudis? He is practically now and would be then: "a ruined man".

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He cannot go to Saudi Arabia unless he wants to live in misery. Do you have any idea what it's like to live there if you're not a Muslim? He would have no social life, he'd be in a very alien culture and alone, something he would never tolerate. He cannot escape the US - he's way too famous.

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SA is a very plausible theory indeed. It's always made sense as suggested. There are a few plot holes, though.

The question is that with a "man" for whom everything, inc life itself, is transactional,...he doesn't offer them anything in return. While whatever's left of his $ would have long been moved, his assets will have been seized. His life operates only on grifting which would be harder to do in an authoritative regime, whether under a king, Putin, Orban, etc. Sh*t-posting every day to satisfy his extreme narcissism from a country such as these would be hard, also.

Even if he could "deliver" his uneducated, unrepentant "base", their gerrymandered votes don't matter there. Even if he can figure a way for them to keep sending him $ in Riyals one doubts that a country like SA that has been working hard to fake their image via sport washing would enjoy what this would broadcast to the world.

That said, it might be worth it to him doing without all of that to be rid of and away from his miserable offspring. Watching them grift alone would be fun.

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Yea I think it goes to the top of the list.

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I thought all former U.S. presidents had Secret Service protection for the rest of their lives. Is that true? If so, could he really flee our country? Wouldn't he have more knowledge of our own secrets to sell if he did?

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All the more reason to have him in prison. I think there are SS agents who buy into the MAGA madness who would look the other way, if the Trump jet left Florida without a flight plan.

But who knows what will happen next. Nothing that has happened so far was in my future scope.

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Agreed, fleeing is a win win for Trump and the Republican Party. Trump will be gone without the Republican Party angering the MAGA base while clearing the way for DeSantis to be the Republican nominee.

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Trump fleeing would destroy the GOP MAGA myth in the eyes of many voters. No one likes a coward. De Santis may be little news as he bullies private business, but business funds national campaigns. He’s toast on that scale

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Disagree. His fleeing (or incarceration) will constitute a government in exile. Much like a premature death would make him the True Saint, God Incarnate for the Republican Cult. The next Republican leader (president) will be measured against they myths created since 2016, the true death of the Republican party of our fathers.

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Unless he flees after he is re elected. Then he will leave his VP mtg president.

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Trump can't escape if he even tries. He's the world's most well recognized face, and there's no way he can get on either his plane or any other, and simply fly away.

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Flee? Yes... Saudis will consider him, Putin will embrace him.. and Viktor Orban will love him.

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Apr 18, 2023·edited Apr 18, 2023

Three sites for the US President in exile? Are there McDonalds, Burger King, and KFC franchises in those countries? A despot can't live on golf alone.

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Or... Will they turn on him when he has nowhere else to go? Because they don't actually like him.

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Putin despises him. He's dirt under the feet of the Saudi prince. If he tried to settle in either of those countries, the leaders would have a field day treating him like an American President Piece of Sh*t.

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wouldn't it be rich if the only places that would allow him to land were those "shithole countries"?

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That's cool. I know Elise Trucks who is in the credits and her family. One of my Documentary projects was inspired by her dad Butch Trucks...titled "Fishin' with Duane",

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Sandy Lewis, thank you for being you, sharing this treasure of a film and beyond.

“Honor the needs of the smallest living things…” — S B Lewis

We must.

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We must.

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Warmest.

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It would be an absolute honor to meet you, Sandy.

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We have a reason to fight, a very strong one.

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Mike, Trump fleeing would be the BEST thing that could happen to America

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Not really. It would just amplify the current food fight over who gets to replace him. What the BEST thing to happen to America would be for the rest of us to get to work on creating the kind of America ALL of us can live in with dignity. And all that good stuff.

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we do need to do what you suggest...but Trump will have an end story or exit story of some kind...he's too big, loud & flashy...and VERY easy press. Of all of the possible end games for him, fleeing is actually the best for everyone, including him.

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I agree...it makes him a coward...not a martyre. If he's in prison here, he becomes a weird Leonard Peltier of the extreme right.

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Trump is not a Peltier (who never belonged in prison). Trump is a con, and in prison, that would show up. Cons know cons. And prison would quiet him down. Fleeing would be the martyrdom, and he would never stop his bloviating cons.

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Annie I was not trying to equate the human beings that Peltier and Trump are at all. Just the situation...and I'm not saying Trump should not be in prison, he should. I'm saying that I believe he will flee before allowing himself to be imprisoned...he's far too much of a bully narcissist and afraid of prison.

He can rant and rave from prison...send out letters, do interviews. It won't shut him up. He'll appeal, he'll sue...all the way to the Supreme Court. His Supreme Court. Nothing will shut him up. "His" people will protest outside the prison...they will demand a pardon...Nixon was pardoned they will say...I can hear Mitch & McCarthy & Lindsey...all braying for his release...or for a pardon before he spends one day behind bars. Do you want that sideshow for Biden ?

Fox, the Pillow Guy, Don Jr, Cruz, Bannon would love that one.

When he flees, he's a fugitive from justice. It's an admission of guilt...and show's that he's a coward. It would be easier for his GOP political rivals to try and bury him....

He'd be very comfortable in Saudi. Let him attempt a comeback from there. I'm good with that.

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Sochi with Vladimir

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Putin won’t want him, all used up. Saudi’s will care for him in the exchange for gifts given IMHO.

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Thought about this for a few seconds, I was going with the Saudis, but decided you’re right, Putin it is.

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His problem is that he can’t pilot the plane, somebody else has to fly him and if he flees justice that is a crime and anyone that helps him is complicit. I know it’s trite but “lock him up” 😎

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DJT behind bars is good...but he won't let that happen. He can get an old pilot and throw a pile of money at him...he apparently has loyal secret service...it could be a good novel/movie

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Personally, if (not such a big "if" in my mind) he took off to whatever country, I'd love for him to be detoured to one of the African countries he called "shithole" and be stuck there FOREVER.

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I would settle for him leaving the US and never being able to return as ALMOST as good as life in prison.

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We should be so Lucy.

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Love computers...lucky!

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If you're not on an iPhone, those three dots to the right of "reply" allow you to edit a post. I can on my laptop, but not my phone. Sigh.

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Trump has some 'splaining to do....

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I want the dumb thug to petition Zelensky for asylum!

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please, oh please, may this happen soon. There must be something somewhere in the rules that says you have to "be" in the USA to be elected into office. An island in the Caribbean or Indonesia won't suffice. As far as I care, TFG can buy as much airtime as he chooses if he'll just decamp to some place outside the borders of the US.

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You gotta live in the US as a citizen for at least six months to run for office. I hold dual citizenship; US and Australian. My plan, on taking AU citizenship, was to first run for the Prime Minister's job and at the same time run for president; that way I could straighen out both countries. Well, can't do it. Would have to return to Oregon to compete with ol' failed ex-president. Guess I'll just stay here quietly.

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I think you have to take the oath of office to "serve". That's hard to do from any location outside the borders.

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If only we could exile him to Elba!

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Or better yet, exile him to that prison DeSantis is bidding to build next to Disney World…

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Torture indeed, where one lives in a tiny, bland cell and is awakened daily to the cheerful singing of 'Its a Small World'.

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I hate that song but went on it with my kids anyhow---and for whatever reason, it stopped and I was stuck in the middle of it for about 20 minutes. The ride didn't move but the song didn't stop.

**shudder**

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I laughed out loud, Steph! When I lived in Florida, everyone who visited me wanted me to take them to Disney World. I heard that “It’s a Small World” tune so many times it made me sick just to think of it, and spent many a sleepless night trying to block it off my mind. THAT is certainly torturous, indeed!

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I don't know the study of what makes an earworm, but that one takes the cake. My first exposure was in college when some of the band went to Pasadena for the Rose Parade (we had friends marching with various bands). We did go to Disneyland, and I rode the teacups for the first time at age 18. Fast forward a couple years, and we were traveling to small high schools to put on a concert and musical variety show. One of the things we did was take "It's a Small World" and put it in variuos musical styles. Ompah band, jazz ensemble, wind quintet, brass quartet, piano arrangements in various composers' styles. That ran through my head winter quarter 1977-1978. All. The. Time.

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I would alternate with Baby Shark. No TV or internet device. But the walls would be lined with books.

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Books, yes! He still would not read anything beyond the cover…

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🤣🤣👏👏

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What a petty thing Ron is. The Magic Kingdom has to be their biggest money maker by a lot. If I was Disney, I'd close down for a few days of "maintenance" and see what that causes...

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Hi Mike. Ron is so contradictory! He crows about our great economy and then bites the hand that keeps Central Florida alive.

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I've seen this "revenge thing" up close in more than a few of the political people I worked with. With a few like DeSantis, they seem almost addicted to it, like they have to do it...or they lose...or are perceived as weak. It's a knee jerk...road rage, "I'll show you" with no thought of the consequences.

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(Hi Rose,)

No,no,no,no.....get him out of FL entirely!

Our swampy humidity is spawning too many crawly authoritarians!! Is there something in the water here? (Oh, yes, it is the ocean-- reclaiming us from south Florida up!!)

I am with you on the prison idea, Rose, but just make it somewhere else!

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My favorite joke when little Marco was running for Senate was that soon water would take over and he wouldn’t have a place to campaign from. DeSantis?

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And yes, Carol: I wouldn’t want him permanently in my state, either!

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If it were up to me, he’d be far, far away. Marj’s Greenland suggestion would be poetic justice!

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No, not in America. Send him to Putin!

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Yes! 👏👏👏

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How about Greenland!

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he is going to exile himself....just wait and see.

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Who do you think would. Go with him?

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surely his loving wife would go, and his loving daughter (yuk). possibly his sycophantic sons. Leaving Tiffany and Barron here, maybe to live with Mary and turn into valuable human beings.

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Pretty sure the residents of Elba don’t deserve such a fate!

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Let him go to Russia with his friend Putin

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Or think Georgios Papadopoulos, one-time dictator of Greece, who died forgotten in prison.

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What a happy thought😊

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Doubtful as his US Pinheads will call it a politically motivated attack on their “hero”. They will not and never will be able to see the truth of his lack of character and record. For them he holds the mantle, is leading the charge for what they believe is a government of elites too disconnected from them (the working class republicans) that they don’t give a rats ass about them. Any exposer of the truth about him will be fodder to not awaken them, it will only convince them of the “truth” of their beliefs about the government and their “big government conspiracy theories”.

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Only careful deprogramming will work. Underlying that you will still have the racism, sexism, homophobia, and Christian Persecution Complex to deal with.

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Breaking: DOMINION v FOX Settled.

[There is a painting of Napoleon in "isolation" on the island of Elba with a broken sword seated backwards riding a donkey but, still wearing his feathered plumage.]

UPDATE: Dominion vs Fox News Corp, et al SETTLED at 3:57 pm Thete were NO opening Statements. As I posted last week Fox had no choice but, to SETTLE or face the extinction of Rupert's 2 US based corps.

As Professor JOYCE vance noted last night, a FOX Shareholder filed Breach of Fiduciary Duty lawsuit against Rupert & Gang. That case will continue.

The female FOX employee who was set up by the Gang to take the FALL also has a very good lawsuit that has already been filed & is pending. She can retire very soon.

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Well done, Sandy. Crucial message on the antibiotic use. (Also, interesting embedded biopic of your life!)

Your point about " gut health" may extend beyond unstable young boys. Seems as if we all could be suffering from our food chain and it is showing up as at least one factor in the so- called "developed" world in increasingmental and emotional problems.

Thank you for sharing this.

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And increasing rates of obesity. If antibiotics make cattle fatter, what does it do to us?

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Thanks for trusting your gut, Sandy. We all benefit from your passion. Keep posting Smallest Living Things and we'll keep on ❤️ ing.

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Saving to watch later. Thanks!

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DJT would probably be just graduating from elementary school this year rather than having a shot at ruling the world (with Putin telling him how and wiping cereal off his chin) if his dad hadn't helped his education and draft status along.

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If only we could exile him to Elba!

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He and Elon could colonize Mars. Be sure to write!

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Or the dark side of the moon

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Nice thought, even nicer if it actually happens.

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Il Douché was and remains a loathsome ignoranus*.

*One of the hybrid words from the Washington Post. The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an asshole

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Thanks for reminding me about this! I saw it and thought it was totally brilliant!

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Dear Jim, thanks for a real laugh. Classic.

I spent most of my childhood’s summer in Tamworth with my stepfather directing The Barnstormers and living in Grover’s summer house , sometimes at ‘the Inn’. My fondest memories . When back to Maine occasionally I take that nostalgia trip back, it still brings me to the quaint and familiar.

Thanks❤️

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Dear Patricia, the world is not big enough! I am sure that we know people in common, so we are much closer in spirit than the Kevin Bacon limit… Jim

P.S. We are Barnstormers fans.

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Entry to public office needs to be rated MP. (Not members of parliament, but "(emotionally) Mature Participants Only".

Or like the criterion siting in an airplane exit row. If you are not prepared to responsibly help any who need it, go sit somewhere else.

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Apr 18, 2023·edited Apr 18, 2023

We could all call today Mr Kevin MCCarthy’s office and let him know “Ah hem! WE are AMERICA, and WE do NOT support your debt ceiling stance. AND we are waiting for your BUDGET!” Ph# 202-225-2915

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That would be Kevin McCarty ... but we could also call Jim Jordan's office to tell him to STOP WEAPONIZING the federal government 🙃!!! (ALL CAPS courtesy of MAGA GOP style)

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THAT’S THEIR FONT, ISN’T IT ?!?!

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Hahahahaha!! Yes, INDEED!!!

Enjoy your day 😎

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McCarthy is a dead man walking without any power, living in constant fear of losing the speaker-of-the-house-in-name-only title at a drop of a hat. Everything out of his mouth is a tossed salad spoken steadily and softly to give the impression that his words mean something and appease the MAGAs he's given power to. What a sorry situation he's created--let's see how long he lasts....

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I trust most Republicans..... as far as I could toss the Giza plateau or the Indian subcontinent.

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2 realities. There's no turning back.

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I do like the description "chaos monkeys". I suspect that other primates would actually have things under better control. Keystone Kev is showing how stupid he is and how he is way above his pay grade. Yes, Gym, hold your hearing in Ohio. And then we have Stubby DeSatan being outfoxed by Disney. His state prison threat reminds me of a local developer we opposed who threatened low income housing across the street. It isn't, but over half of the students in the middle school down the street have free or reduced lunch. Of course, we now have the pump house for the sewer across the street not yet finished, but that is the city. I did love Michael Steele's comments too.....yes, Dumbo as Disney pumps in lots of money into Florida's economy which is not looking so good in other ways when Ft. Lauderdale gets two feet of rain in six hours. Stubby should be paying attention to climate change instead of books, CRT, drag queens, etc.

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TCinLA :: the Fascists, the GOP - L’Trump - DeSantis - Abbott - Noem - Fair - Christie - Giuliani - Pence - Moscow Mitch Tribe - Republican BIG LIE Tribe - Putin Lovers - Black Lives Hating White Trash American Racist Party - malevolent moronic ignoramus loving creeps.... as described by General John Kelly - and you.

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I normally use the term willfully ignorant but I do like "determinedly ignorant" better. It is such an appropriate description.

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The list of pejoratives that can applied to trump is limitless.

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Don't forget "malodorous"

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'...action in America in my lifetime to keep the black population leaderless and subservient. It is hardly surprising that there should now be so much irrelevant lunacy, woke and above all antiwoke, effectively working in concert... I never forgot the Marxists' expressions "objective allies", "objective alliance" for unnatural collusion between enemies...' (a friend)

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Democratic New York councilman criticizes D.A. Alvin Bragg for New York City's descent into "lawlessness":

https://www.theepochtimes.com/alvin-bragg-has-given-new-york-city-over-to-lawlessness-democratic-councilman_5200292.html

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Go away little troll moron. The Epoch Times is the Falun gong's Trump-loving horseshit "publication." Your brains don't qualify as a pile of dog turd. Your entire being is something one scrapes off their shoe.

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The Democratic New York Councilman said what he said, no matter who reports it.

How long have you been an I.M.F. Holocaust denier?

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/january-15-2023/comment/11967277

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Drop dead you worthless piece of shit lifetime loser.

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'For years, The Epoch Times was a small, low-budget newspaper with an anti-China slant that was handed out free on New York street corners. But in 2016 and 2017, the paper made two changes that transformed it into one of the country’s most powerful digital publishers.'

'The changes also paved the way for the publication, which is affiliated with the secretive and relatively obscure Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong, to become a leading purveyor of right-wing misinformation.'

'First, it embraced President Trump, treating him as an ally in Falun Gong’s scorched-earth fight against China’s ruling Communist Party, which banned the group two decades ago and has persecuted its members ever since. Its relatively staid coverage of U.S. politics became more partisan, with more articles explicitly supporting Mr. Trump and criticizing his opponents.'

'Around the same time, The Epoch Times bet big on another powerful American institution: Facebook. The publication and its affiliates employed a novel strategy that involved creating dozens of Facebook pages, filling them with feel-good videos and viral clickbait, and using them to sell subscriptions and drive traffic back to its partisan news coverage.'

'Today, The Epoch Times and its affiliates are a force in right-wing media, with tens of millions of social media followers spread across dozens of pages and an online audience that rivals those of The Daily Caller and Breitbart News, and with a similar willingness to feed the online fever swamps of the far right.' (NYTimes) See link below.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/24/technology/epoch-times-influence-falun-gong.html

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Gulp, thanks for shedding epoch light, dear Fern!

Join me in using Substack Report Comment link (click …) to inform the platform about John s nastiness, if you’ve not already.

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Done. Greetings and thank you, Ashley.

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I subscribe to both HCR's newsletter and the Epoch Times. The first is left-of-center, and the second is right-of-center. I routinely scan the headlines both on my "Smart News" feed and at Sputnik News. I find evidence of predictable bias everywhere, and I take that into account as I sort through what is likely to be the actual story. I have developed views on most commonly-debated socio-political issues, which I am inclined to freely share with those who are interested. Around here, my reception has been mixed, but recently two fellow subscribers blew a fuse and resorted to scatalogical expletives without engaging with the content of what I posted:

A DEMOCRATIC New York Councilman harshly criticized Alvin Bragg.

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You quote the New York Times about the Epoch Times. Here is the view of a former New York Times editor:

"The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same -- his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an 'Independent Press! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

~John Swinton (1829–1901)

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TC got your number and I picked it up. How high is your pile of shit aka Fascism?!

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I’m not making any excuses for Trump, but he’s not stupid. His staff said he never read anything and I was curious if he’s dyslexic. Now, his ardent followers may be stupid.

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“Dumb is fun AND easy. We have the best club EVER”

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Why would you post something so stupid? Its the dumbest kind of anti-intellectual virtue signaling imaginable.

It makes you look like a fool.

How many mega real estate deals have you done? Do you have any idea how to calculate building costs? Interest costs? Future rent projection? Future economic considerations? Tax law considerations? and 100 other considerations?

Any idiot who ever worked on Wall Street knows to mega real estate deals are incredibly complicated. Its just stupid to say that.

On the other hand, Kamala Harris maybe the dumbest person ever in politics, with Joe Biden a close second.

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You know, there’s and old saying, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Better to remain silent and allow people to believe you’re a fool, than to post nonsense and remove all doubt.” Dumbest persons in politics is subjective, therefore I support the entire GOP for that title.

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Lets see:

1) Which party believed that Trump was a Russian plant? Or that there was Russian collusion?

2) Which party believes MEN CAN GET PREGNANT?

3) Which party believes the world is going to end because of climate change in 12 years?

4) Which party can't define "What a women is"

5) Which party believed the COVID vaccine would work or the booster?

6) Which party believes there 100'sof pronouns?

7) Which party fell for the Jussie Smollet hoax? Or the Covington Hoax?

Should I go on?

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Rubbish.

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Which one is untrue?

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4). Although in fact, neither party can define what a "woman" is. See my challenge below.

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Funny. . . I put the above into ChatGPT to see what response I'd get from an AI:

"I'm sorry, but I cannot answer these questions as they contain biased and inaccurate statements about political parties and beliefs. As an AI language model, my responses are based on factual and objective information. It's important to approach political discussions with respect, openness, and a willingness to listen to different perspectives."

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Bruce, perfectly articulated. I agree completely.

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James A, from #5 I'll assume you're unvaccinated for covid and everything else. Good.

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1) Pfizer admitted they never tested the Vaccine

2) It was an experimental drug

3) Vaccine and booster didn't work

4) Unknown side effects including heart problems for younger men

5) Masks didn't work - Cochrane Study

6) Government lied or covered up origin, CENSORED critics, and lied about

outcomes.

THAT IS THE SCIENCE.

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Why is your photo of a youthful looking 40-something but you write like my wacky old uncle who’s 74? Bidens is plural. Biden’s needs a following noun.

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Hold up a mirror.

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What a low IQ answer. Which one is not true?

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'Just to see if you can give the expected answer, I'll take 4) above: tell me, James A, what is a "woman?" Please be specific enough so that your definition covers ALL women, not just MOST. (And remember, I'm still trying to determine if you are a 'bot, and a 'bot will always dodge such a question.)

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Jim Jordan, the loud-mouth of the GQP party, is truly the most vile and evil of the bunch but he is also very ignorant. Bragg could actually grab his little scrotum and throw his body over a fence, if his lawsuit prevails. Honestly, has he never been to NYC before? Does he know the patience level of New Yorkers is off the Richter Scale? The Dems came out swinging, bless them. But then there’s Qevin...who set himself up at Wall Street, trying to allay their fears. That didn’t go over too well. Why? Because all Qevin knows is how to run an ice cream shop, not a budget for an entire country. What an ASS! They all are.

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PLEASE...I like organic ice cream grown from organic grass fed cows, and we can get all we want in a few Vermont stores....... I wouldn’t buy a plain vanilla cone from Jim Jordan. No one in his right mind would buy gold at a discount from this bunch... INDEED, they cannot tell and do not seem to know - THE TRUTH. This sick bunch of grifting white rats... are going to get voted out.. and it’s time we gave them the label they’ve earned: RACIST FASCISTS... MUSSOLINI FASCISTS... Two terms of Obama and they have panicked... well, what’s coming will drive them to drink more... and more, for we are entering a Brave New World... and Speaker Kevin will be unemployed.

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We need more Bernie - style progressives instead of corporate Democrat sellouts who are a few inches from being Republicans to achieve these changes.

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Progressives like Bernie can’t generate the votes to win on a national scale. Progressive ideas need a legitimate in at the table; that comes from the “Sell Out” moderates who “can” get elected

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Really???

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Right you are. I don’t know how they can call themselves White Christian Nationalists. There is nothing Christian about them and their platform. White Authoritarians, or White Fascists is more appropriate.

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It appears, that you see our democracy surviving the “debt crisis”?

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Maybe.

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Thank you for your tenuous reassurance!

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💙🙏

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Ironically I am a farmer, no pesticides, organic hay fed beef, we use herbs to heal wounds, plant based cures , and live WITH the bugs, the germs, the microbes, happily. Almost as old as the farmer in the movie I am healthy , still farming, not quite as big a farm, plan to vote 💙

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S B Lewis is the farmer in the movie — what treasures, he and the film.

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Apr 18, 2023·edited Apr 18, 2023

I see it like a basketball game. Kevin is a point guard with a one point Fascist lead. He can’t pass the ball so he must dribble until the final buzzer goes off to plunge the country into economic ruin in order to make the despairing fans go off the deep end and finally support the all out fascist dictatorship. There is no way he’ll take a shot and lose the ball so close to the buzzer. He knows it. The coach knows it. We need to understand that is the budget strategy. Coach Bannon is nervously pacing the sideline. So close so very very close. The twenty second rule was thrown out by the supreme scrotums. We are at the decision time to attempt the steal or commit the foul or hope Kevin loses control before the buzzer .

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Most vile and evil is being hotly contested, but vile and evil without a doubt. To me, evil is aggressive sociopathy which in turn in indifference or even pleasure in the harm you cause others to get your own way. The former "Party of Lincoln" has sort of morphed into pandemonium (all demons). Follow the money.

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had to giggle, VILE and EVIL as anagrams... LIVE is in there also but not where the Repugs are concerned, since they obviously don't believe in "Live and Let Live" ..

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So is VEIL as in hide your head from what’s going on around you.

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Apr 18, 2023·edited Apr 18, 2023

JL Graham, I agree but I think you have forgotten MTG who is just plain crazy, Boeblurt who proudly displays a photo of she and her children holding automatic weapons, Jed Cruz who wants teachers to carry guns or have armed guards in our schools, Gym Jordan who thinks if he is contrary and loud enough TFG will let him lick his boots, DeathSatan who would ban books and tell people to look the other way if a gay person were to walk by...I could go on and on! What a group!

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No, who could forget? I still have a "flashbulb" memory of stepping on a bee barefoot at the age of 2.

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Aliens could abduct these corrupt concrete - headed hypocrites, then get nowhere analyzing them, resulting in death from decompression, oxygen deprivation. They would have my gratitude as well as most of the American people's.

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I listened to Qevin’s speech on Wall Street and ended up tasting bile in my mouth; for reals!!

Blaming Biden for the debt ceiling crisis?!?!? 🤢

Is there no end to the vile and malicious stupidity?? (sorry, rhetorical question)

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Another laugh Marlene, thanks, and hoping what you predict Bragg can do will become a reality. The din has begun again and this time I am not naive. In contrast I am adamant to reiterate every fact such as today’s brilliant Heather points out to best bring my 💙 BLUE TSUNAMI 💙 to fruition. Many Republicans I know HAVE changed their minds, admitted the folly they became part of AND ARE SORRY. But the people who are Democrats , know the progress made repeatedly currently as well as in past tenures are the ones WE have to bring out IN DROVES.

Hail to the younger set too, hear me dear GenZ , take back the freedoms slowly and insidiously being pulled out from under you. Register. Vote. Protest.

VOTE THE RADICALS OUT! ....FOREVER!

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Nice Try. Major crime is up between 25-50% at the same time Bragg refuses to prosecute

violent, and offers cashless bail for violent offenses.

No way to spin that

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