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    Our Rapidly Blossoming Authoritarian State Is Headed to Another Level

    Camp Runamuck is showing its teeth these days. The president* wants to put the ghastly Stephen Miller in charge of all immigration matters, and now he's tossing the head of the Secret Service out as well, and in such a manner that Senior Administration Officials are calling it a "purge" which, historically, do not end well for spies and intelligence operatives. He also seems to be gathering a large portion of federal law enforcement under his control, which, again, historically does not end well for a country. If the president* is trying to draw fire away from the Mueller Report, he's going about it quite enthusiastically.

    Once again, an entirely new cast of characters will discover what it's like to work for a petulant would-be authoritarian whose empathy for other human beings stops at what he sees in the mirror, and whose idea of whimsy is to mock the disabled and to accuse the victims of natural disasters of ingratitude while they're trying to avoid starvation and cholera. He will be done with them soon enough. After all, apparently part of what set off the current tantrum was a reluctance of DHS officials to break the law on his command. Again, from CNN:
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    Trump Again Threatens Violence If Democrats Donít Support Him

    One of Donald Trumpís favorite riffs is a wish, cast as a warning, that his supporters inside and outside the state security services will unleash violence on his political opponents if they continue to oppose the administration. The specifics of the riff donít vary much. Trump laments that his opponents are treating him unfairly, praises the toughness and strength of his supporters ó a category that combines the police, military, and Bikers for Trump, which he apparently views as a Brownshirt-like militia ó and a prediction that his supporters will at some point end their restraint.

    He does it again in a new interview with Breitbart:

    I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they donít play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump Ė I have the tough people, but they donít play it tough ó until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.
    Early warnings that Trump could undermine the Constitution have not been borne out, which has produced a certain complacency about the issue. It is true that Trump is only an aspirational authoritarian, and to date has failed to bring his most illiberal dreams to life. He has used the government to punish independent media, prevailing upon the Post Office to raise rates on Amazon in retaliation for Jeff Bezosís ownership of the Washington Post, and repeatedly told his staff to order the Justice Department to block a merger in order to punish CNN. So far, this has had little effect.
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    NRA is continuing to implode with Oliver North now leaving.

    BREAKING: Oliver North says he will not serve a second term as president of the National Rifle Association.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDogindy View Post
    So, anyone interested in what's going on in the city of Baltimore with the mayor?
    It doesn't fit the narrative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    It doesn't fit the narrative.
    What, corruption in Baltimore? I mean, I'm pretty sure we've all watched the Wire and this is our surprised faces. :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetengine View Post
    All I'm seeing is the same arguments for isolationism that failed prior to both world wars, said wars also raising the USA to an industrial juggernaut and world power.
    I mean, I agree with this. Isolationism is bad altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNIGHT OF THE LAKE View Post
    Unless Assad is fighting the fights we want him to, then we are totally cool with it. That's the point. There are no good guys here. And the innocent people who die because you felt "so bad" about Assad, well those dead people don't make you on high ground either.

    In some cases there are things that suck in the world that has nothing to do with us. And if we are getting involved, it's because it directly effects our interests.
    Nihilism never made the world better, sweetie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetengine View Post
    All I'm seeing is the same arguments for isolationism that failed prior to both world wars, said wars also raising the USA to an industrial juggernaut and world power.
    You don't even have to go that far back. Intervention in the Kosovo was the right thing to do and stopped genocide.

    Non-intervention in Rwanda caused endless suffering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    Nihilism never made the world better, sweetie.
    First learn the definition of the words you use and how they apply to your statements, sweetie

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    NRA In Chaos As Wayne LaPierre Is Reportedly Asked To Resign

    The confrontation between the gun rights groupís longtime leader and its recently installed president coincides with the NRAís annual meeting. Oh, good! Seeing the NRA in chaos makes me happy.

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    Driver In Bay Area Crash May Have Been Targeting Muslims, Police Say

    Thereís evidence the driver intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people he thought might be Muslim, Sunnyvale police said.

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    Trumpís Federal Reserve Pick Said The Working Poor Arenít Taxed Enough

    Stephen Moore also once noted that income inequality is a problem ó and the solution is more billionaires. Remember folks, this shitstain was chosen by Trump, a "man of the people" which includes all the desperate, fearful, dumbass midwestern knuckleheads who put their brains on pause long enough to vote for him.

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    Starr Report Veteran Says Trumpís Crimes Are ĎThousandfoldí Worse

    ďMy view is that thereís ample reason right now for the House Judiciary Committee to begin an impeachment inquiry.Ē Doesn't matter, such inquiries would die a quick death in the Republican controlled Senate which remains under orders to protect Trump at all cost.

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    Trump Has Changed White Evangelicalsí Views On Morality In One Major Way

    White evangelical Christians used to care deeply about politiciansí moral failings. That has changed dramatically since they started backing Trump, a study finds. Yeah, white bible thumpers, disgusted that a black man spent eight years as president turned their backs on morality to support Caramel Caligula.
    Oliver North is being forced out. Apparently he's too 'good' for the NRA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KNIGHT OF THE LAKE View Post
    First learn the definition of the words you use and how they apply to your statements, sweetie
    Maybe it's just cynicism. I don't care to know you well enough to work out the details of your selfish cruelty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBullion View Post
    You don't even have to go that far back. Intervention in the Kosovo was the right thing to do and stopped genocide.

    Non-intervention in Rwanda caused endless suffering.

    Intervention in the Kosovo cost the NATO a potential ally in Serbia and drove Serbia to turn to Russia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PwrdOn View Post
    There is such a large segment of America eager to put special forces soldiers on a pedestal and worship their honorable and self-sacrificing badassery, that you can hardly be surprised that a few of them let it go to their heads. Ultimately these guys are human beings like anyone else, you can't expect that showering them with money, fame, and political power won't turn at least some of them rotten.
    Yes, including Chris Kyle, the author of the book American Sniper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Oliver North is being forced out. Apparently he's too 'good' for the NRA.
    Totally missed a chance to say he got shot down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zetsubou View Post
    Intervention in the Kosovo cost the NATO a potential ally in Serbia and drove Serbia to turn to Russia.
    It also saved thousands of people, and Serbia hardly has much to offer to the Russians or NATO.
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