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Botany's Journal
Botany's Journal
March 31, 2017

I just had to watch a little Fox News tonight

pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.

Tucker Carlson was sitting in for Bill O looked in real pain as a Fox "expert" tried to make
the story about democratic computers and that "the liberal media" and the left have
no respect for Trump voters because they must think that the Trumpheads lack the
intelligence to understand that Russia was planting fake news stories in order to help
Trump but in the end he had to say:


March 29, 2017

Trump Might Be the First President in 100 Years Not to Throw the First Pitch at an MLB Game

Source: Marie Clarie

With Americans bitterly divided on life-and-death issues like reproductive rights and immigration, it might not seem like throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at a major league baseball game is all that important. But consider this: Every single sitting U.S. president has done it since William Howard Taft opened the Washington D.C. season in 1910. And every president since Ronald Reagan has showed off his arm on a major league field at some point during his first year in office. (The popular Reagan perhaps would have thrown out a first pitch in 1981 had he not been shot on March 30 of that year, days before the season began.)

A trip to the mound for Donald J. Trump in the near future would be anything but ceremonial. It would mark the first time our president, who ran on the platform of American Toughness, showed his face in public since his inauguration. Over the last three months, Trump has been safely chauffeured from the White House to one of his hotels to his campaign rallies to his private club and back again, insulated by a gauzy cocoon of yes-men who tell him that any polls that show him to be unpopular are fake, and any people protesting against his agenda are paid. In the early days of his own presidency, Barack Obama participated in town halls, appeared on The Tonight Show, and sat courtside at an NBA game between the Wizards and the Bulls. Trump on the other hand was forced to cancel his only public appearance yet, a friendly trip to a Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee, out of fear that protesters would steal his headlines and undercut his populist narrative.

Potential booing aside, Trump would surely welcome a chance to show off his athletic prowess and Adonis-like physical form. After all, according to his personal physician, the soon-to-be-71-year-old is the "healthiest individual ever elected president"—George W. Bush's six-minute miles and Barack Obama's visible abdominal muscles be damned.

Read more: http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/features/a26231/trump-ceremonial-first-pitch/

Trump is afraid of the American people and that he might miss home plate by a mile.
March 28, 2017

O'Reilly mocks Dem Maxine Waters for wearing 'James Brown wig'

Source: The Hill

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he "didn't hear a word" Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calf.) said during recent comments on the House floor because he was focused on "the James Brown wig."

"I love her. Maxine Waters should have her own sitcom," "The O'Reilly Factor" host joked on "Fox & Friends" when asked about the longtime congresswoman questioning the patriotism of President Trump's supporters in a speech on Monday


"I didn't hear a word [Waters] said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it's the same wig."


"And he's not using it anymore," co-host Brian Kilmeade joked. "They just, they finally buried him."

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/media/326107-oreilly-mocks-maxine-waters-for-wearing-james-brown-wig

"They" just can't help themselves can't they?
March 23, 2017

LA Times: Some right-wing media sites under investigation for possible Russia ties

Here are today’s headlines:

FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites (McClatchy)


But this report focuses on the FBI looking into right-wing websites like Breitbart and InfoWars to see if they played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories that favored Trump’s presidential bid.

In recent months, intelligence officials have confirmed that Russia did seek to influence the 2016 election by, among other things, hacking into emails at the Democratic National Committee.

McClatchy, citing anonymous sources, reports “operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as ‘bots,’ to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories.”

March 23, 2017

Colorado Fed. Supermax Prison

Lock 'em up.

“What do I have to do with Russia?” he (Trump) replied to reporters’ questions at a press conference in Doral last summer. “You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach … for $40 million, and I sold it to a Russian for $100 million.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article135243694.html#storylink=cpy
March 17, 2017

Trump Budget Makes It Official: Youre Paying For The Wall, Not Mexico


One of the central themes of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was to not only build a border wall, but to make Mexico pay for it. The claim didn’t just become an applause line for Trump on the campaign trail, it was a call-and-response rallying cry.

But the Trump budget proposals revealed late Wednesday include $4.1 billion for the wall. Reuters reported that Trump was asking for $1.5 billion for the current fiscal year and another $2.6 billion for the 2018 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.

The money will come from U.S. taxpayers and not Mexico, which has made it clear that it’s not paying for the wall.

Earlier this year, Trump backed off his campaign promise and admitted that Americans would end up footing the bill, but claimed Mexico would “reimburse us for the cost of the wall.”

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