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THIS is still better than Gen. Kelly deserves -- but it helps a little bit

Behold, the only clown even more stupid and ridiculous than Donald Trump himself: John Kelly.


He has never YET apologized for his lies about the Congresswoman. Such honesty and integrity! Such a wonderful reflection on the Marines, on the office of the Presidency.
Posted by RandomAccess | Wed Feb 7, 2018, 01:40 PM (6 replies)

You have to admit Trump was right about the stock market on his watch

One more record-breaking day today.
Posted by RandomAccess | Mon Feb 5, 2018, 08:20 PM (0 replies)

Mulvaney is my most hated Trumpster, and I just discovered another reason why

WASHINGTON — In mid-April, hundreds of members of the payday lending industry will head to Florida for their annual retreat featuring golf and networking at a plush resort just outside Miami. The resort just happens to be the Trump National Doral Golf Club.

It will cap a year in which the industry has gone from villain to victor, the result of a concentrated lobbying campaign that has culminated in the Trump administration’s loosening regulatory grip on payday lenders and a far friendlier approach by the industry’s nemesis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

... Two weeks ago, Mr. Mulvaney put the brakes on a contentious rule, ushered in by Mr. Cordray, that was set to impose tight restrictions on short-term payday loans. He ended a case that the bureau initiated last year against a group of payday lenders in Kansas accused of charging interest rates of nearly 1,000 percent. Last week, Mr. Mulvaney scrapped an investigation into the marketing and lending practices of World Acceptance Corporation, a lender based in South Carolina that donated $4,500 to Mr. Mulvaney’s previous congressional campaigns through its political action committee.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, payday lenders have contributed more than $13 million to members of Congress since 2010, with the majority of that money going to Republicans who have made it a priority to roll back the financial regulations put in place by President Barack Obama after the financial crisis. That includes Mr. Mulvaney, who received nearly $63,000 for his campaigns from payday lending groups.

Mr. Mulvaney said that the donations were not an issue “because I am not in elected office anymore.”
The payday lending industry is cheering Mr. Mulvaney’s approach.

... The payday industry is just one of many groups holding events at Trump properties in the wake of the election. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is holding an event for “an elite group” of its members at the Trump National Doral in March, according to its website.

Posted by RandomAccess | Mon Feb 5, 2018, 02:15 PM (7 replies)

FABULOUS idea picked up from Twitter -


I’ll say it again: today is a great day for @SenJohnMcCain & @JeffFlake to switch parties out of allegiance to Constitution, handing the Senate to the Democrats by Monday, and putting an immediate end to this assault on American democracy.

ETA: Yeah, it's unlikely. BUT there have been things that have been "unlikely" in the past that have come about, so it's worth thinking about and even working towards IMO.

How can this thread have only 1 rec???

It's an extremely important thread, with over 30 replies -- but ONE recommendation.

Posted by RandomAccess | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 11:40 PM (7 replies)

Kansas chemistry instructor arrested by ICE while taking his daughter to school

His family says they couldn’t even say goodbye.

Immigration officials arrested Syed Ahmed Jamal in his Lawrence front yard on Jan. 24 while he was taking his daughter to school.

The 7th-grade girl ran into the house to alert her mother and brother, while Jamal, a chemist, was handcuffed and led into a car. When his wife tried to hug him, an agent said she could be charged with interfering in an arrest, said son Taseen Jamal, 14.

Late on Feb. 1, supporters of his dad posted Syed Jamal’s story online. By the next night, the campaign had collected more than 2,500 signatures on a petition to stay the deportation of a man who arrived 30 years ago from Bangladesh to study and work in the United States.


We've got to find a way to stop this shit. EVERY TIME I read anything about ICE's oversteps, "memories" of Nazi Germany flood my brain. There is no reason to believe that these same fascists in DHS wouldn't be glad to come for us someday if Trump gets his way (which is why I'm repeatedly posting the meme I've got below). The level of hate and anger being whipped up against the FBI based on completely bogus lies that EVERYONE knows full well are lies (well, maybe not Trump, depending on how far gone he is) should give everyone pause. I was just over at Twitter, and some of the responses are ... quite frightening.

Posted by RandomAccess | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 05:26 PM (9 replies)

Preet Bharara quote to hold close to our hearts in these challenging times

I visited his Twitter feed thanks to: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210182954

and found this quote pinned, so made a meme out of it. It was his response to someone who said:

"I am sure @PreetBharara still wishes he was US Atty. But he sure seems to be having a good time being just a citizen."

Posted by RandomAccess | Sat Feb 3, 2018, 01:18 PM (5 replies)

David Frum just said on Maher --

We're entitled to a higher qualify, artisanal level of obstruction.

Cracked me up

They're setting it up to steal 2018

Trump started today in his speech at the RepubliCON retreat -- saying they COULD get MORE Republicans in office in 2018 because Trump.

And here's this:


Behind Pence’s plan to rescue the Republican majority in 2018
In an exclusive interview, the vice president said the GOP could expand its majorities in Congress with his team’s campaign strategy.

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Vice President Mike Pence is launching one of the most aggressive campaign strategies in recent White House history: He will hopscotch the country over the next three months, making nearly three dozen stops that could raise tens of millions of dollars for House and Senate Republicans, all while promoting the party's legislative accomplishments.

. . . “Elections are about choices,” he said in the interview, in which he discussed his midterm outlook in detail for the first time. “If we frame that choice, I think we’re going to reelect majorities in the House and the Senate, and I actually think we’re going to, when all the dust settles after 2018, I think we’re going to have more Republicans in Congress in Washington, D.C., than where we started.”

The vice president’s team has devised a unique ancillary strategy to support his cross-country campaigning: partnering with America First Policies — a Trump-backed public-policy nonprofit group designed to boost the president's agenda — to hold public events designed specifically to discuss legislative achievements like the tax bill.

. . . Pence vowed to take sharp aim at congressional Democrats in red states who oppose the president’s agenda. On Wednesday, he used a public event here to remind West Virginia voters that “Joe voted no” on tax cuts — a shot at Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).

. . . “I know that conventional wisdom says that the first midterm election for the party in the White House is challenging — but you know what President Trump thinks of conventional wisdom,” Pence said.

“I was in that campaign in 2016,” Pence added. “I’ll never forget how many times we were treated to the latest polling that showed that the race was all but decided. But I never believed it. And I’ve got the same feeling right now.”


EDITED TO ADD another piece:
David Corn: While You Are Tweeting About the Nunes Memo, Russia Is Plotting Its Midterms Attack

Stolen from Twitter - Trump / Pence 2020 banner

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