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Journalistically speaking, this is a save-it-for-posterity opening for a story: “Donald Trump, who tried to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election and inspired a deadly riot at the Capitol in a desperate attempt to keep himself in power, announced he is running again for president in 2024.”

Nothing but the facts. Hats off to Domenico Montanaro of NPR.

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I am going to repost that quote everywhere possible.

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Domenico Montanaro of NPR indicated that Trump might not enjoy the same uncritical coverage he received in 2016 when he began his story on the announcement: “Donald Trump, who tried to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election and inspired a deadly riot at the Capitol in a desperate attempt to keep himself in power, announced he is running again for president in 2024.”

INSPIRED A DEADLY RIOT? 🤡💩🎃 planned and controlled an hours-long deadly coup against the government and his own vice-president in a desperate attempt to keep himself in office and avoid jail, announced he is running again for president in 2024. The January 6th Committee has proved beyond a doubt that he is a treasonous piece of pond scum.

Please, NPR, no more mulligans.

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Unfortunately TFFG has not been "proven" and convicted of planning and controlling that riot so I understand NPRs very carefully worded coverage.

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I love how the hearings were organized rather like legal briefs. (Not quite, but organizationally they were similar. Got my 880 page J6 book on preorder. 12th Night (Dec 6) is coming.

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Please tell me the details so I can order my Chanukah present.

Thank you!

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LOL

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I've seen 3 different J6 books! One is 752 pages, another 500 something. Haven't seen the 880 page one. Which to choose?!

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How many biographies of John Adams have been written? Which one is "truth?"

Everyone has bias, but treating Trump as an evil dragon to be slain is the biggest mistake on the part of Democrats. It only empowers him.

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And treating you like a well-meaning commenter just empowers you.

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:: grumbling about the trolls ::

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Damn, I could have sworn that I have been subjected to hours of testimony to that effect. And he claims to have been the driver of the evil; not convicted but guilty as sin in my eyes

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Here's a good carefully worded headline-- "TODAY'S TOP MADDOWBLOG POSTS

Scandal-plagued suspected criminal launches presidential campaign

The new frontrunner for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2024 is a suspected criminal."

Can we all agree that he did nothing for hours during the riot? Anyone who watched it on tv OR WAS AT THE CAPITOL knows this. People have been thrown in jail for much less.

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Interesting quote by tfg stating that our country is in “grave trouble” since he’s the reason for the severe divisiveness 🙄. Don’t forget...he wanted to withdraw the USA from NATO. Can you imagine what our world would look like if he succeeded?

Dangerous guy🚨

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His “go to” has always been to blame someone/something else. How many times does he have to tell us that…. My mama would have taken us to the woodshed.

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See, that's why I always feel deep pity for him.* He didn't get a proper fetchin's up, and I blame the parents.

*I bet he HATES pity...

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He also said that there may never be another movement like this one (his MAGA movement), or something to that effect. I hope he's right.

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What about a bowel movement?

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He certainly needs one.

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Thought Experiment: Trump withdraws us from NATO, Putin invades Ukraine which gets no help from USA-Trump, Europe is in disarray without us in NATO and Putin starts to steam roll small Eastern European members of NATO after subjugating Ukraine. Was that the Putin-Trump plan that Biden derailed? LOL Putin probably regrets not spending more money backing Trump!?!

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Let's hope that that means that all of mainstream media will not be showing us FPOTUS all day every day as they did in the past. I'd like to be able to watch television news without seeing his face or hearing his voice from now until 2024—or, actually, ever again.

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Agree. A media blackout would be welcome. No more free publicity. No more feeding the massive, horrible ego.

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As I have said for seven years, if you do not feed a narcissist with grandiose attention, their giant, victimized ego soon shrivels and dries up, a quivering little raisin moping in the corner. Duck l'orange's corner need to be an 8x10 prison cell—for life. No mirror. He will not last long and leave the world a saner place. But the GQP will have to decide if they want wacko authoritarians or an actual functional democracy, which appears right now that they just want to be the all powerful, top, rich, white supremacist, misogynist guys and keep the status quo of colonization. I don't think so...misters, and a few even more bizarre misses. I cannot even fathom what Clarence Thomas or Hershel Walker think. Appears to me, like hostages, they identify with their white captors, clueless of their modern enslavement.

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Those were my thoughts exactly. That whiny voice makes me want to puke. We were watching a basketball game and only saw written accounts of his announcement as breaking news. Didn't read any of them. We have stayed away from national news for at least a week and may continue that until they at least get past his running for 2024. And I hope they do.

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Mim, 1,000%! I cancelled Dish, effective 11/22 in case the election went violent or something. I don't want to hear or see tfg ever again either. Prefer to read what I need to know on SubStack or print media. We'll see how long I last.... Thanks!

Slava Ukraine.

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'Trump to Try for Historic Third Impeachment'

'PALM BEACH (The Borowitz Report)—Stating that “no one’s ever done this before,” Donald J. Trump announced plans to be impeached for a historic third time.'

'Speaking to supporters in a ballroom at Mar-a-Lago, the former President claimed that he and only he could bring impeachable offenses back to the White House.' (Satire, NewYorker)

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And I can't wait for SNL to skewer him with its take on "Anybody remember Angela Merkel?" The pathetic way he focuses on the pronunciation of " Angela" as if it's a dirty word.

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I look forward to the day when we say, "Anybody remember Trump?"

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Nov 16, 2022·edited Nov 16, 2022

MaryB, I emailed a friend, a translator and poet, deeply knowledgeable about drama and history, asking him who created DJT. The former president arrived to punish us and burn the country down. Could he be a concoction of Putin's or whomever created Putin? Finally, I think we so-called 'normal' people, particularly. the young ones among us. have caught the ogre. Watching the monster decompose; that will be a show!

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Decomposition is definitely apparent right now. An ugly but long-anticipated and well-deserved fate. It's hard to watch, and I wish I could look away. Soon we all can and should!

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MaryB, I thought he'd be caught within two years of his presidency. I've been waiting for him to go naked, screaming into the dark night longer than most. As an avid audience member for the coming spectacular, I am eager to see it happen

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The monster and his party. Party is a joke. His crooked pals, also elected by the unfortunate voters who do not understand they not only vote for TFG and yesterday’s failures of that party but their own best interests. Our Constitution allows unqualified candidates. Just to teach or work for civil service requires more preparation, experience. Education. I know this is just a rewind of thoughts and wishes. Only a miracle and a change to the Constitution will change the requirements. https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/our-government/the-executive-branch/

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Academy Award!!!

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Thank you Liz!!! I've never seen this!! Now I have to share!

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🤣😂🤣

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I tried to watch. Couldn't get past the four lies in the first paragraph. I am so grateful to put this in the context of 11/8 and all the good energy that showed up in election results. It's a good start!

BTW, I broke my "no snark" rule when I saw a tweet from Kari Lake that Trump has "her complete and total support." I replied, "Complete AND total?" Sigh....no one is perfect!

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I didn’t watch either. Why give TFG one more tally. He or his buddies must keep track. They are interested in numbers, $$$ and votes, not substance and Truth and the USA.

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Two Hail Mary's should do it Chap.

Go in peace.

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I wish there was a laugh emoji here!!! Thanks for the LOL - it's been decades since I've been given a penance....so I said two Hail Mary's right after reading your comment....in Latin for good measure!!!

This reminded me of something I had forgotten about - about ten years ago in a class on creating solo performance pieces, I wrote and performed a one-act play, Father John Says a Hail Mary, about a 50 year old Catholic priest who was struggling with his homosexuality. I have no idea where he came from. But he showed up when the teacher told us to invite our next character to our consciousness. And today, the Senate moved the Respect for Marriage Act forward!!!

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The right and freedom to love who you love. A most sacred thing indeed.

And a big wow on the Hail Mary's in Latin!

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Yes, and thank you...it was fun to call up that memory from over half century ago!!

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Nov 16, 2022·edited Nov 17, 2022

Chaplain Terry Nicholetti, I didn't watch his announcement. Self-protection is vital. I'll be on the cheering squad when he limps naked into the dark night.

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"Self-protection is vital." I couldn't agree more! I saw a news clip today that people were trying to leave his speech and security wouldn't let them.....I wonder how long this agonizing "death" will take.

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Fern, I love Andy! Maybe he’s our next candidate for something important. Like president.

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No, no Irenie. He's one of our best mouthpieces!!

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Fern, good point. He’s only beholden to the Truth.

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…and to laughter!

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We need laughter! ❤️

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We'd like to see a picture of that, Pat!

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Too graphic, you ass ____!

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Fern, I think Pat's comment was an epic understatement!😄

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Let Pat "air it all out."

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Pat, and flabber-gassing!

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This is very good to hear. I continue, however, to wait for NPR to stop calling the extremist, anti-democratic, pro-autocracy Republicans "conservative."

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"Conservative" is correct. They want to conserve their money and power.

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I think HOARDING GREEDY is more "on the money"

Conservative too mild

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Excellent point!

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"riot"?? You can call it what it was - Insurrection or attempted coup.

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you are so right

PERFECT opening paragraph

Right up there with " It was the best of times and the worst of times..." Dickens Tale of two Cities

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"Biden said that he updated leaders at the roundtable meeting — which included French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel — on his earlier calls with Duda and Stoltenberg.

In a readout of Biden’s call with Duda, the White House said Biden “offered full U.S support for and assistance with Poland’s investigation” and “reaffirmed the United States’ ironclad commitment to NATO.”

Thank You President Biden for your quick and measured response.

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Thank You President Biden......as an echo.

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And may I say once again: thank god we have a President Biden and not the other guy...........

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And thank heavens we have such an experienced, knowledgeable President.

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Don't forget that the U.S. is the most powerful member of NATO, not just an interested party. It's time for negotiations to stop this Russian attack on Ukraine and also stop U.S. corporations that make weapons of war from becoming even more filthy rich.

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No one seems to see Russia as ready to seriously engage in negotiations, but my understanding is that the US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has reestablished contact with Russian military head Shoigui. That is a move in that direction.

https://www.defense.gov/News/Transcripts/Transcript/Article/3197746/senior-military-official-holds-a-background-briefing/

Russia seems more interested in digging in and making Putin's wishes come true. He has the audacity to send an oil lobbyist to appeal to nations at COP27 for relief from fossil fuels sanctions. An offensive move in all senses of the word.

https://www.passblue.com/2022/11/15/at-cop27-russia-shows-up-with-oil-lobbyists-and-demands-sanctions-relief/?utm_source=PassBlue+List&utm_campaign=b5c2233684-RSS_PassBlue&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4795f55662-b5c2233684-55087283

So glad that the elections show Putin that even if he messes with our elections Americans care about democracy!

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It is by now believed—as I’m sure most readers know—that the errant missile was fired by Ukrainian forces attempting to shoot down a Russian missile.

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Yes. So wonderful to not have this escalate. Cooler, calmer heads prevailed. God Bless NATO.

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Until republicans truly throw him under the bus very publicly, I will keep believing that they will all vote for him if he is the nominee. They voted not to remove him after a murderous riot. So I put nothing past them.

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That is on brand for Republicans. They are a walking purse, looking for anyone who can bring the votes. They’re lemmings, all of them.

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Nicely put......walking purse. I will have to remember that one.

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DeSantis is being trotted out as a big winner without the press, or the pundits really giving the context. I see this as a disinformation campaign by the press. "A sweep" is hard to identify when you remove a lot of people last minute from the rolls, and Gerrymander your state to erase almost all democratic districts from a majority, and intimidate people in the remaining ones when they vote by refusing to allow the Federal oversight that was called for to poll watch. Given the circumstances, I don't consider that a sweep, but a steal. Until the press brings that up, I feel that their reporting is inaccurate.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/videos/ron-desantis-drew-florida-an-extreme-gerrymander/

https://www.nbcmiami.com/decision-2022/turnout-was-a-big-problem-for-democrats-in-major-florida-counties/2906393/

https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/11/04/florida-desantis-election-crimes-unit-removal-felons-voting-rolls/8256072001/

That is not the only state where Republicans created election laws making it very difficult for Black democratic voters to vote. The massive disenfranchisement of voters in several states is the election steal story! We should be saying this. Then, the Republicans don't need to throw Trump under the bus because in fair elections I think Democrats have shown that they will prevail. Maybe not in Texas, but then hardly anyone votes in Texas. According to a Texas friend of mine the winner wins out of 14-18% of eligible voters voting . I cannot do anything for that sorry state of affairs. Neither can Beto O'Rourke.

https://www.texastribune.org/2022/02/25/texas-election-turnout/

Even so, there were some Democratic and diversity gains.

https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/weekend-read-alignment-changes-new-firsts-during-2022-midterm-elections-in-texas/

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/how-we-rise/2022/11/15/native-americans-support-democrats-over-republicans-across-house-and-senate-races/

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I agree, Linda. Just this morning, Wednesday, I heard NPR talking about DeSantis' win and never once mentioned the gerrymandering done there. BIG omission. Everyhone needs to see that!

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My theory is that they are not so much supporting him, but afraid to lose the votes of his base. They are a bunch of unprincipled cowards and don't deserve to be in public office.

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That's a really good point Susan. However the end result is the same if they vote for him. Voting while holding your nose counts just the same.

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Agreed, which is why they are cowards!

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The best thing about Trump being the candidate is that he might be in the position of being a convicted felon by the time the election cycle rolls around. That might mean that even more people will switch back to the Democratic party. All of the Reagan Democrats who then became Republicans will have to now give pause. They did this trying to show how business savvy there were, even though they were just greedy fools, and now they see that being behind Trump is starting to look like having a loose screw!

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May be beyond redemption? Looking back in hindsight, the Republican party has been beyond redemption ever since Eisenhower.

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Yep, one could even go back to the coup of 1933…. FDR and HST knew them well.

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"attempted" coup of 1933, aka, White House Putsch or Business Coup.

Fortunately, Sen Prescott Bush approached a patriotic Marine General (Ret).

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Don’t know about Eisenhower, but certainly since Nixon’s Southern Strategy in 1968.

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Happened when they embraced W/Dickie, in my humble opinion

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They are beyond redemption and i agree with the post from Matt below. They are the party of death and will be until and if they show some care for ordinary people and not the filthy rich. Of course that's who funds them, so I am not holding my breath.....just continuing to support and vote for Ds.

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Oh, good grief!! Now we have to put up with seeing tfg on the daily news again. AG Merrill Garland, where art thou?!!!

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Did you not notice that nobody but Faux Snooze carried the announcement and even they cut the live feed? Trump only knows his old hits - people will be easily bored. The media has decided to ignore him. Which should only drive him more nuts.

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Just the facts: Murdoch & Faux cut the feed when he tfg was started in on a rant about Angela Merkel.

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I’ll be happy when they don’t cover him at all, Bryan.

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And yet his legacy will live on in academic discussions of abnormal social psychology.

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Which won't be published in the popular press.

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Nov 16, 2022·edited Nov 16, 2022

Actually, such academic studies have already begun and the discussions are enlightening. The facts might just be something Professor HCR wants to review and possibly reflect on including in her daily blog as tfg has now chosen to put his narcissism on full display once again. See below:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8049239/

https://www.union.edu/news/psychology/202202/study-union-researchers-about-why-narcissists-support-donald-trump-among

There are more just beginning and if made mainstream could begin to influence public opinion. These are not partisan "witch hunts" as they will be seen by his base and some % of the GOP / Murdoch. At some point serious science & education have to return we pray.

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Thank you for the links I will look at later. Three mediate thoughts is that certinly one of the dynamics of authoritarianism is the installation of persistent PTSD over "thoughtcrime" (as "1984" illustrated), commercial advertising often uses psychological research to cultivate narcissism, thus consumption, and at base, the scientific method is epistemological, a commitment to intellectual integrity. Everything we do involves decisions of value as well as veracity. We go to the moon and do other things because we care about them, as well as learn how to do them. We don't (from by perspective) have a good framework for understanding the integration of empiricism , which we desperately need, with a lucid way of speaking about lived human experience (The mechanics of thermodynamics is also the sensation of sunshine on my shoulder, that ball of fusing hydrogen is also "rosy fingered dawn"). I suspect that wisdom is not only a well educated guess guess about what is really real, but also, what ultimately matters most, to us as sentient beings.

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For sure!!!

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Me too

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Me, too!

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Rupert and son have cut his lifeline. He will flatline soon.

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Tfg managed to kill the 'crazy right' in 19 key Senate, House & Governorship elections in contested states . Of course, Murdoch will pull the plug and/or cut his oxygen. Could get very ugly.

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Without the oxygen, maybe his balloon will suffer a prick and SPUTTER to the orange blob that he is

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🙏🤣🤣🤣🙏

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We can only hope! 🙏 I am so sick of hearing his voice or seeing him in the media!

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Oh, dear!

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The one nobody's remembering now? He's even forgotten her surname, if he ever knew it.

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She was awesome, she cleaned his clock and he never forgets revenge

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Just as cruel of a Human Ape as we have witnessed ... or does Abbott edge DeathSatan out?

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It’s about time they ignore him. They’ve allowed him to suck all the oxygen out of the room and dominate the news cycle every freaking day for years! Maybe now when they do report, they will take a page from NPR and do the fact check before they report.

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Yes, ignoring him might be painful. But he’s still dangerous; a good reason to indict or hold him legally responsible for whatever charges are in the oven.

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And so is his base dangerous; they were a seething mob waiting for his appearance and they remain such, waiting for him or DeSantis.

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I have only a faint hope that the media, including NPR, will do that.

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I agree totally ignore him. Keeping him in the news feeds his narcissism and his base.

Even we need to stop talking about him. All I can hope for with his name out there is a further weakening of the Republican party as they fight for Maga votes.

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We also all need to stop clicking on the tgf stories and his activities imho, Jennifer.

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"Even we need to stop talking about him." Yes. Please!

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I hope so, Diana!

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Murdoch has decided to ignore him. Give Fox/Wash Post/WSJ's disses before the run... that's not the media. That's Murdoch.

I'm all for the GOP going after each other in the primaries, but DeathSantis would be worse. (He was a covid denier but gave shots to his major donors at a party, is anti LGBTQ+, has shown he's willing to go after private business if they disagree with him (Disney) and is a smarter, meaner version of Trump. I think at least as corrupt, but I'm not sure if he's quite as venal. We don't want any of their emerging candidates.

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Got that right K-i-t-W.

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All repubs seem to be smarter and meaner, what’s to like about any of them. Except that they lack the cult nuts

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I am hoping desantis causes tfg trouble. He has more power than tfg in FL would be my guess.

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No we don’t, Kathy.

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TC,

Remember, Trump is a victim. So, the news media will be his main blame game again.

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About time for the media to stop giving TFG airtime. He doesn’t care about negative coverage, only about no coverage. Maybe he’ll try to buy another media substitute before he runs out of money. History has shown criminals like him will have a fan club. So it’s up to government to stop his power. DOJ!!??

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I was wondering… I did flip channels a few times but was busy cutting my nails

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Wish that were true, but CNN carried it. They did cut away soon after his grand announcement. I was already forming the words of my letter that their coverage needed to end there for the course of his “run.” They then listed all of the different probable indictments he is under which helped our mood before we switched to a nature program to calm down. By the way, Roger Stone was in attendance.

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Roger is attached by an umbilical

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I certainly hope that you’re 100% correct, TC!

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He seems to have ample coverage from all I am looking at this morning. I wish they would all ignore him like they ignore you and me.

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Yes, I turned off the TV again this morning. <eye roll>

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I wish that were true, but it isn't.

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Yesterday, in Heather's talk, she mentioned that she thinks there is "something going on with him" and his frequent meltdowns. Perhaps someone should throw a bucket of water over him and he will melt into a puddle like the Wicked Witch of the West. Ignoring him will hurt even more and I HOPE the media does not report every word he says like they did before.

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I grew up with someone like that who ultimately needed memory care. My last coherent conversation with her was where she tried to get me to commit fraud. It's heartbreaking and awful.

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My husband just died in MC. On no day of his life was he ever as deliberately ignorant and obsessed with himself as chump or any MAGAt. Chump is as he always was, at least from 5

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Jeri, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, both today, and before he lost who he had been. My heartfelt condolences.

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My condolences.

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So sorry to hear that, Jeri!

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I'm so sorry for your loss, Jeri.

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I'm sorry for your pain, Jeri. Sending sunshine your way. Take care.

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So very sorry, Jeri.

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With T___p it’s the nation that needs memory care.

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Well, he is suffering from an agressive form of syphillis, dementia, 25+ years of incontinence, continuing effects of his serious bout of covid AND the quackery remedies he took following his release. Then, there's his morbid obesity and other ailments confronting 76 year olds.

His most disabling disease is, however, his 3 year old's malignant narcissism.

He is in a straight jacket of his own making.

We just need to figure out how to penetrate his "base"....

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Cults don’t deprogram themselves. Sadly, they vote, some even control the voting process. Stalin told us

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Definitely!

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What I fail to understand is why Trump has not yet been called to testify before a federal grand jury. By waiting so long to indict, despite an avalanche of clear evidence that any other citizen would have been ordered to explain before a judge many months ago, Garland makes what should be legal business-as-usual even more "political" than it inherently and unavoidably is. How can he not want to set the precedent that no one is above the law, even former presidents?

He'd be remembered as a hero!

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Garland already is a hero. When I was a baby fed he got that terrorist McVeigh who killed my coworkers in OK City. The image of the firefighter carrying that toddler away from the carnage is stuck in my head forever.

Do you want this stuff indicted or to STICK?

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Both, KathyintheWallowas, ASAP.

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To stick, Kathy!

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I did not realize you were an OKC survivor. Such an awful time, and Garland did a magnificent job of prosecuting that one.

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This Trump thing will be Garlands legacy no matter what he does now. He could be remembered as a great hero or he could be looked upon as the greatest judicial failure ever to not prosecute the most criminal POTUS we have ever had. As others have stated here, who knows what the putrid Republican Party will do with TRUMP.I have zero faith in their integrity.

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In my opinion, the Republican Party is no longer a viable political party.

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❤️

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My thoughts exactly, David!

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Rowshan, Once we were within 60 days of the midterm election, I had understood, based on precedent, that indictment of Trump or members of his command structure would not occur until after every eligible voter had cast a ballot, a deadline that has been rescheduled in Georgia for after polls close on December 6th. If indictments are not issued promptly thereafter, then, admittedly, I would have misread Garland’s remarks.

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That's a good point, Barbara Jo, and I really hope you're right.

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David, Considering, at least in my view, that a handful of cases against Trump and his various command structures can be nailed to the post with confirming evidence, if, after Dec. 6th, indictments are not promptly issued, I don’t perceive inaction on our part as an option.

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Don't forget the Georgia grand jury. A state indictment does not have to worry about the "nicities" of the DoJ. I understand Gov. Kemp is testifying today, and that the case may wrap up soon. Keep your fingers crossed for an indictment!

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Kathleen, You’re absolutely right. I understand the Georgia grand jury resumed calling in witnesses directly after the election.

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Me, too!

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Oh the agony, i was waiting for the indictment on nov 9th.

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Lynn, Though I empathize, in my book, Warnock retaining his Senate seat is well worth the wait. Hence, for the time being, I’ve set Trump’s fate aside, and am focused on doing my part for Warnock, while also supporting Indivisible’s demands for passage of critical legislation before Republicans retake the House in January.

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Barbara, agreed! Go Warnock!!! Warnock!!! Warnock!!!

I was so disappointed that Stacy Abrams did not win THIS TIME. She loves her state and this country! I hope she will try again! She is an amazing American!

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The new “voter integrity” crap in several states explains why some vermin were “re-elected.”

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Emily, I, too, was disappointed by Abrams’ loss. I sense, because Kemp stood up to Trump’s attempts in 2020 to manufacture Trump votes, that Kemp was able to masquerade as a decent Republican despite a long history of suppressing votes, largely in Democratic counties.

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I’ll wait patiently, Barbara.

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Rowshan, Folks who know far more than I told me to expect DOJ to succeed in eliminating the Special Counsel from the stolen documents case and also to expect indictments in early 23.

Word is that the Jan 6th investigation will need more time and that the grand jury in Georgia has resumed calling in witnesses.

Meanwhile, we need Warnock to keep his seat, and for those who are interested, Indivisible needs help pressing the Senate, in particular, to pass critical legislation before Republicans retake control of the House.

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I do so hope you’re right, Barbara Jo.

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Rowshan, While we wait, we can take heart from knowing, because election deniers lost races for virtually every state official post in battleground states, prognosticators have reset the clock gauging the demise of democracy from 2 minutes to midnight to 10 minutes to midnight. The one outstanding race is for Arizona’s AG.

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Did we ever stop?

If there was even a day, I missed it. I know there was two days this year that I had no news, but that was because I was stuck in the bathroom with a case of norovirus.

Which actually wasn't much different but was slightly preferable than listening/seeing tRump.

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Poor you, Miselle!

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Doesn’t this just grieve one’s soul? I hope the networks yawn more than give oxygen to this viper…

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Update from Allen Hingston:

“We arrived at our bnb last night about 8:45. Finding our platform in Berlin was simple once we got to the station. Learned not to follow the crowd. Everyone in our car got off so we did too and found we were at Berlin Obf station not Berlin Hbf. Found a taxi and had 15 minutes to spare. Except our direct train was canceled and we took the milk run train 30 minutes later.

Our bnb, Gelbes Haus Taunus, is about 45 minutes from the railway station and 30 minutes from the airport. It is located in Kelkheim village in a pretty area of woods and low mountains. Great for dog walking.

Lucky's crate was delivered this morning and needs assembling. Then the work of training him begins. How successful we will be remains to be seen but he has no choice.”

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Excellent news, thanks Rowshan for being the bearer of good tidings. For Allen and family, especially Lucky, crate training is challenging but can be enjoyable for both you and the dog. Part of it is making it clear to Lucky that he's not being abandoned. Most of my dogs viewed it as their personal part of the bigger house and would go there just to rest and relax. Best wishes to all of you.

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I expect Allen and wife know to include in the crate some clothing items they've worn. Socks and underclothes are especially good.

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That was something I never did, I was concerned that, having puppies, they'd learn to associate the smell with things to chew on. Never had a chewing problem although I ran through a lot of frozen dishrags while they were teething. That led to a decision to adopt older shelter dogs.

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Well, Lucky certainly isn't a puppy and probably not prone to chewing. When I had my first puppy, adopted at 8 weeks old, he began chewing the insoles out of my shoes while I was at work. Someone suggested I tie a knot in a dirty sock then give it to him and that would redirect him. It worked! (I think I also may have put my shoes out of reach - this was in 1969 so memory is hazy).

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Thanks for the update, Rowshan. I've been thinking about Allen and his family the last couple of days and appreciate knowing that they're still doing well. Are they headed back to Ukraine?

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They are headed back to Canada.

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OK. Thanks!

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Thank you Rowshan! What wonderful news ❤️

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You’re most welcome, Linda. I was delighted to read it, too!!

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Thank you Rowshan. Please continue to stay in touch with Allen and family and send our love. They are brave and really represent Ukrainian courage and truly humanity’s quest for peace and Justice. And the struggle against Fascism that seems to be never ending. It’s History.

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That raspy, monotonous, cringing voice!!! The creator of a gadget that dubs TFG’s voice every time he speaks on tv with Donald Duck’s voice will get rich. Any inventors out there? I will buy several—one for each tv and to give as presents.

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Super depressing. The news last night about his run (I couldn't watch the video) felt like a wet weighted blanket.

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Wet, weighted, and moldy blanket.

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My thoughts exactly Rowshan. Please God, can't he just GO AWAY?

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An excellent question Rowshan. All of these indictments have been pending for a long time. The election was given as the latest reason for delay and that is now over. Time for a day in court.

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Thank you, Dave!

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If you don't see him on TV, that means DOJ is doing its job at his direction. 800 related prosecutions so far, with seditious conspiracy prosecutions in court and 4 grand juries...

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Nov 16, 2022·edited Nov 16, 2022

Today was a stark study in contrasts: Trump babbling and sniffing his way though a sleeping-pill speech filled with lies, while President Biden collaborated with NATO leaders to deal with the missile crisis in Poland. Oh what a difference an election makes!

In the alternate universe in which Trump was re-elected, Ukraine was defeated months ago, and if NATO still exists, the U.S. has withdrawn and is keeping the bed warm for Putin.

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Exactly where chump was headed. I don’t even need notes from Helsinki

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Quite the contrast!

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The fact that Trumski-dumbski went to the trouble of doing the actual filing with the FEC to declare his candidacy - which means he is now limited in fund-raising, in coordination with supportive PACs and required to submit expenditure reports - all things that limit his TrumpStore moneymaking without oversight that he's been enjoying, is a demonstration of how scared he is of indictment.

"Look at me! I'm a for-real candidate! You can't go after me! Political witch hunt! Unfair!" blahblahblah

None of which has the slightest bearing on his coming indictments, arrrests and arraignments. I do wish they had arrested him for the Mar-A-Lago steal last night, which would have thrown a nice monkey wrench in this broadcast from the Kooky Klown Kar.

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Hmmm.

Trumpski-dumbski sat on the floor,

Trumpski-dumbski ranted some more.

None of the newspapers, networks, or posts,

Cared to repeat all his whining and boasts.

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So inspirational. Long long ago when Facebook lured me I had a similar sing song which now properly belongs in your collection. Little Donny Johnny, puddin and pie, grabbed the girls where it made them cry. When the big girls and boys came out to play, Little Donny Johnny ran away.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the moment in German history when most Germans were laughing at Hitler as a loser and a comedy with no future???

Hitler was just getting started.

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"Hitler was just getting started."

Good point. On Jan. 6 we even had our "Burn the Reichstag" moment that almost succeeded. However, the state of the German economy in 1933 was vastly different than the economic conditions in the US today.

Even so, though MAGA had a setback in the last election, that was but one battle. With last night's announcement by TFG, the war continues.

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Chump was reportedly a fan of Mien Kampf, no surprise. Hope we remember to do more than laugh, although laughing is so therapeutic

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Who do you suppose he got to read it to him?

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I suspect TFG's future is more along the lines of Lyndon LaRouche.

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Good reminder. I hope that I am able to keep a pulse on the "opposition" but I am not sure that I have the stomach to see where my former colleagues go with this.

I'd love them to have added a line to the NPR report that addressed the investigation into the theft and mishandling of TS/C information.

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Scary stuff this crack pot is.

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Now THAT is great!

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Applause

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Joseph,

Thanks!!

It's HUUUUUGGE..A

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You have such a way with words, REPEAT ad nauseam

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Thanks for this Joseph. It really made me chuckle.

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👋 👋 👋 👋 👋 👋 👋

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Yup, you are correct, TC, when you say that Trump is “now limited in fund-raising, in coordination with supportive PACs and required to submit expenditure reports.” He (his staff - Jared?) will file those reports in a timely fashion, I’m sure. But the timeliness will be the only “correct” thing about these fund-raising reports. Honesty? Accuracy? Completeness? Etc…. Not hallmarks of a Trump Operation.

Yup, scared. Yup, looking for protection. Yup, driving the KKKK (Kooky Konservative Klown Kar).

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Ivanka--and I presume Jared with her--says she's keeping out of politics.

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Arresting ТЯцм₽ at his dolled-up presidential charade!

❗️ ❗️ ❗️

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The big $ behind TFG is Robert Mercer and Charles Koch. But who else? Peter Thiel and Elon Musk? Others? These Libertarian billionaire supporters need to be called out, ostracized by the masses.

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No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

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We all--us and Garland and the DOJ--need to attend to Rachel Maddow's saga of incredible corruption of the US government by the Nazis in the 1940s. If I remember this correctly, corrupt governor of North Dakota gets indicted and elected to the Senate based on his bombastic flaunting norms and rule of law. Sedition trial becomes a circus. Is there a happy ending? More to be revealed when the last episode drops next week.

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-presents-ultra

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