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    I'm sorry, but this is more pie in the sky moderate nonsense. The problems in the world are caused by a fundamentally broken system that creates an embarrassment of riches for a few, and endless deprivation and conflict over diminishing resources for the rest. Flowery language about finding common ground and bringing people together isn't going to solve any of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNIGHT OF THE LAKE View Post
    Clinton is on a massive media tour right now. Her only stake is to get more publicity and more money. Calling a Presidential contender a Russian asset with no corroborating evidence which immediately split the primary field with people defending her and just divided the party. The only thing it really did had a negative impact and got Clinton more coverage. And not for nothing, Tulsi never indicated she would run as a third party candidate and when Clinton suggested it, she immediately came out and said it was nothing she had any interest in.

    Sorry I really don't take her as some good faith actor who is trying to be the guardian of the Democratic Party. It's always opportunity based.
    All I will say on this Hillary/Tulsi bs is Hillary should have just shut up and not brought this up. It just gave Tulsi life and an "enemy" and a victim of attack line. She had NOTHING in this primary no life, no chance to ever be a contender, and frankly still doesn't. But, now what she has is a victim line, getting free press out of this. And Hillary boosted her profile even in discrediting her for nothing.

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    On this date in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, as well as 2018, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day posted profiles of the U.S. House Representative from South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District, Trey Gowdy, the U.S. House Representative from South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District, a would-be witchfinder general who obsessively looks for conspiracies being carried out by Democrats that never actually manifest, and complains about the media when they have the nerve to report when he's unable to find any wrongdoing. Gowdy was placed in charge of the Benghazi Select Committee in 2014, and in 2016, Gowdy's Benghazi committee finally ended not with the repeatedly promised bang, but a whimper. Before it was all over, he had to concede that all of the reports that concluded nothing could have been done to save the lives of the four Americans killed there could have been saved by any possible intervention, and he and the Republicans on that committee had to begrudgingly release the report to the press that concluded there was no culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton or the State Department..

    In addition to the Benghazi Committee/fiasco/waste of taxpayer money that Gowdy has been making himself famous for, he also tried hyping the IRS scandal, calling for Lois Lerner to be held in contempt of Congress for invoking her 5th amendment right to not testify against herself. It was the first time that Congress held someone in contempt for doing that since... wait for it... Joe McCarthy during the Red Scare hearings. Gowdy also expressed his desire to use torture not just against terrorists... but against IRS employees to root out all the crimes they committed, "like Jack Bauer on 24", and tried hyping outrage about the closing of the World War II Memorial during the 2013 Government Shutdown by claiming that special consideration was given to Occupy Wall Street protestors to stay in that park (Zuccotti Park was privately owned, not by the government). During the House Oversight Committee’s witch hunt against Planned Parenthood, Gowdy grilled the organization’s president, Cecile Richards, repeatedly interrupting and badgering her while attributing quotes she had made which she never had said. Rounding out Gowdy's resume is one of the most conservative voting records in Congress, and an hard policy in favor of Voter ID laws that disproportionately curb the ability of minorities to get registered to vote, which he feels "can't be racist" by his logic because sometimes, people in South Carolina elect minorities.

    That’s only the beginning of the bad news. While new House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz abruptly resigned in 2017, it meant a field promotion for Trey Gowdy, who was given the field promotion to run the House Oversight Committee during the Trump administration. And guess who, in spite of the most blatantly corrupt White House since at least the Reagan administration, if not ever, is all thumbs and unable to find anything worth investigating? TREY F’N GOWDY. Yeah, with the Trump administration colluding with Russians, with the Trump business empire enriching itself off of its presidency, with practically every member of the Trump Cabinet of Horrors abusing private jets on taxpayer expense for personal trips, et cetera, et cetera, Trey Gowdy buried his head in the sand and pretend that everything is JUST FINE. After eight years of playing make believe with the Obama administration, a group of unqualified morons without moral compasses move into the White House, literally skip out on all their ethics training (and act like it), and Gowdy is an accessory to all the crap they’re pulling to the extent that he accuses the people who are the “leaks” informing the media of all these scandals of criminal wrongdoing, echoing Donald Trump himself. He spent the energy to cast doubt on the Steele Dossier even as the intelligence community keeps confirming that detail after detail in it is accurate. It would be sad if it wasn’t so predictable.

    Trey Gowdy announced his retirement from Congress in 2018, because while he had limitless energy to attack the previous administration over phantom scandals, playing defense for the corruption of the Trump administration was something that it only took a few months of him running the House Oversight Committee and trying to do nothing before he was exhausted and ready to bail. And he knew sure as hell he wasn’t going to be able to plug all the leaks in the dam like a little Dutch boy that were coming once Republicans were in the minority. Gowdy continues to putter around Washington, and his name occasionally comes up as someone who might be a lawyer to try and defend Donald Trump during impeachment. Because someone’s got to be stupid enough to try, and step in as all the previous attorneys he's hired keep getting pinched by the feds for committing crimes. Since Gowdy has retired, we’ll also retire his profile at this time to go ahead and take a look at a different wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 792-40, since this was established in July 2014.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Chris Wallace is right. But Trump thinks he can be both President and hotel magnate simultaneously. Michael Bloomberg knew you couldn't do that and he was only Mayor of NYC. During his time as Mayor, he handed over his media empire to someone else. Once he was no longer Mayor, Bloomberg went back to managing his media empire. Is Trump worried that his hotels won't be there once he's no longer President? Is he worried that someone else might bankrupt the business? I can't imagine why he would think that.

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    E. Ray Moore

    Welcome to what is the 792nd original profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profile, where we’ll be taking a look at E. Ray Moore, who in 2014 was a candidate to be Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. Moore’s political background comes from him working as a campaign staffer for several campaigns for Pat Robertson in the 1980s, before that Fundamentalist lunatic decided he was content to just manipulate our country’s Evangelicals through the 700 Club. Moore is noteworthy to CSGOPOTD for his obsession with the separation of church and state, which he would prefer didn’t exist. He is particually annoyed that children in public schools aren’t indoctrinated with what he judges to be the “correct” version of Christianity. He is currently serving as President of Frontline Ministries, Inc. and author of extremist books like Let My Children Go (with his wife, Gail) and The Promise of Jonadab: Building a Christian Family Legacy in a Time of Cultural Decline, as well as Executive Producer of the documentary IndoctriNation .

    Now, “IndoctriNation” is a bit of Evangelical propaganda that focuses on the allegedly destructive nature of the public school system, which Moore demonizes as the “main culprit” when it comes to why young adults leave the church. Public schools are like “playing Russian Roulette with your children’s souls,” he claims, channeling Bobby Boucher’s Mama from the film The Waterboy by declaring everything “THE DEBBIL!” No, we’re serious. Moore describes public schools as “godless and pagan by precept and design,” since they don’t allow for “God in the math class and in the science class as much as in the Bible class.” Instead of letting children attend public schools, Moore would prefer parents should do what the Bible demands of them: homeschool them or place them in Christian schools. We’re not overexaggerating here, in 2006, Moore submitted a resolution to the Southern Baptist Convention urging an exit strategy from the public school system, arguing that Christians should not be exposed to any knowledge that doesn’t fit with his theocratic views.

    This hatred of public education was the focus of Moore’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign, as he went on to declare that public schools were causing a “silent holocaust” in American churches because they dared to teaching evolution and homosexuality. And warning that current curriculums could turn students into anti-Christian “janissaries” that might grow up to be the next Hillary Clinton. Instead, Moore wanted South Carolina to replace public schools with an education system led by “churches, families, and private association”. Moore cited dubiously accurate studies that said “80 percent of Southern Baptists youths are leaving the church and abandoning the Christian faith, and we think all of this is pretty much attributable to government schooling.” (He either wrote, or paid someone to do that study, dollars to donuts.)

    In 2017, Moore began directing his prayers to God to protect Trump from the demonic “Deep State.” Mind you, he was vague as to what the Deep State was, but seemed to indicate it was some supernatural force that was not loyal to the Constitution but instead serves “principalities and powers,” “demonic and Satanic forces” and “fallen angels”. Much like Evangelical lunatics who think you can “pray the gay” away, he thought prayer would be an appropriate means to vanquish the deep state. Moore describes Trump as “a man in the government who is a friend of God’s in a unique way in modern American history,” and thinks of his election as a miracle.

    Based on that, we’re guessing that as more people call for the impeachment of Donald Trump by the day, we’re expecting Moore to either claim Trump’s a martyr or that the world is ending. Regardless, we’re hoping this delusional maniac never holds elected office.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Also in that clip:

    "Does he know that it looked lousy."

    "Well I mean, er, I think he knows that people think that it looked lousy."

    So it's not about how people perceive it, it's about how people think they perceive it.


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    I just thought this might avoid some traps

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/18/polit...ard/index.html

    "I'm not making any predictions, but I think they've got their eye on somebody who is currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate," Clinton said, speaking on a podcast with former Obama adviser David Plouffe. "She's the favorite of the Russians."

    Clinton never names Gabbard, but there are only five women running for President -- Gabbard, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and author Marianne Williamson -- and none of the other woman have been accused of being boosted by Russia.
    Clinton did not provide proof about how Russia is "grooming" Gabbard. She and her team pointed to allegations that Russian news and propaganda sites often report on Gabbard's campaign and that moments in Gabbard's campaign have been reportedly amplified by trolls and bots on Twitter with ties to Russia. Gabbard has denied those allegations.

    "They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far," Clinton said.

    Clinton's team also noted that some of Gabbard's foreign policy views align closely with Russian interests.
    Responding to Gabbard's attacks, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said, "Divisive language filled with vitriol and conspiracy theories? Can't imagine a better proof point than this."
    Asked earlier if the former secretary of state was referring to Gabbard in her comment, Merrill told CNN, "If the nesting doll fits."

    "This is not some outlandish claim. This is reality," Merrill said. "If the Russian propaganda machine, both their state media and their bot and troll operations, is backing a candidate aligned with their interests, that is just a reality, it is not speculation."

    On Friday evening, after Clinton's comments drew considerable criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, Merrill backed away from the former secretary of state's allegation, tweeting, "She doesn't say the Russians are grooming anyone. It was a question about Republicans."
    A summation of the report's findings on "comprehensive anti-Hillary Clinton operations" said while the group's assumed Twitter personas had some pro-Clinton content, "the developed Left-wing Twitter personas were still largely anti-Clinton and expressed pro-Bernie Sanders and pro-Jill Stein sentiments."

    Stein, who had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2015, has also compared Russian interference in the 2016 election to American overseas efforts.
    I don't think Hillary Clinton intended to suggest that Tulsi was a Russian Asset, only that Russia has a clear interest in her and has been supporting her in their own ways.

    Stein, however, has been referred to as a Russian Asset.
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    Maybe it's Hillary holding a grudge.

    Maybe she is just being Hillary, i.e. a brilliant analyst and right about pretty much everything.

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    Tulsi Gabbard may not be breaking the law, but as somebody who knows Russia recruitment and targeting tactics cold, she is absolutely being used as a Russian unwitting asset. She Russia’s 2016 do-over.

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    ‘I’m not your n-word’: school guard fired for repeating racial slur

    A high school security guard in Madison, Wisconsin, said he was fired after repeating a racial slur that was used against him. The news spurred protests and demands for reinstatement.

    “Short story....I get called a bit@# @ss Ni€€A by a student, I responded do ‘not call me ni€€a !’ And I got fired,” Marlon Anderson wrote in a Facebook post on 16 October. Anderson also criticized the Madison Metropolitan School District, writing “MMSD I unfortunately expected better.”

    The district said Anderson was fired due to its “zero-tolerance” policy against the use of racial slurs, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    The local teacher’s union said it would file a grievance on behalf of Anderson, NBC 15 reported. Anderson reportedly said he would file suit if MMSD did not give him his job back.
    Anderson, 48, claims he was escorting an unruly male student out of Madison West High School on 9 October when the student started calling him the n-word. The student also allegedly shoved and threatened the school’s assistant principal, the Journal Sentinel said.

    “Every type of n-word you can think of, that’s what he was calling me,” Anderson said. “I said, do not call me that name. I’m not your n-word. Do not call me that.”

    The school’s principal, Karen Boran, told Anderson later that week keeping his job would be “an uphill battle”. Boran then told parents in a letter on Wednesday a school staffer wasn’t coming back to work, following an investigation.

    “As you know, our expectation when it comes to racial slurs has been very clear,” Boran wrote. “Regardless of context or circumstance, racial slurs are not acceptable in our schools.”

    The school district superintendent said on Friday it wants to have a strict policy against racial slurs, but suggested it might be reviewed.
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    ‘I want to see what comes out of the woodwork’

    NEW YORK — It was Week 3 of the ongoing impeachment inquiry, and Joanne Vega was only beginning to pay attention, the details sifting into her consciousness as she half-listened to Fox News or caught snippets on the radio driving to her job caring for special-needs children. Now, outside the Bagel Bin on Staten Island, she lit a cigarette.

    “So, they said he was on the phone with some guy because he wanted to get dirt on Biden, but I don’t know if they got any proof of that,” she said, taking a drag. “And it was something else, too — I don’t know. Rudy’s doing it? Rudy called?”

    As the investigation heads into its second month, this is how the facts and disinformation surrounding the possible impeachment of the 45th president of the United States are seeping into the minds of voters in New York’s 11th Congressional District, a swath of the country as good a place as any to gauge how a defining moment in American democracy is playing out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    I think that is true. Many see the Christian Right, which dominates the GOP, and say, if that is Christianity, that is not for me.
    The best example of that are Black voters, especially older Black voters. Very religious, even oppressively so, but for whatever reason Republican parties stance on social issues don't appeal to them.

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    Russian Cyber Unit That Went Dark After Hacking DNC Is Still Spying

    A stealthy Russian cyber espionage ring known as “The Dukes” is back on security experts’ radar nearly three years after vanishing without a trace. One clue that they were operating came in the form of a cryptic Reddit post that turned out to be a secret signaling mechanism for the spies’ malware.

    Also called “Cozy Bear” and “APT29,” the Dukes have been linked to Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, the SVR. They’re stealthy, sophisticated operators best known as the other Russian hackers in the DNC’s network—the ones who lurked quietly, undetected by the Democrats, for nearly a year before the GRU’s hackers barged in to carry out Putin’s 2016 election interference plan.
    In January 2017, as global concern about Russia’s state-sponsored hacking swelled, the Dukes vanished. A phishing campaign that month against the government of Norway became the last hack attack strongly linked to the group.

    A year later, a Dutch newspaper detailed a remarkable years-long counter-hack against the Dukes in the years before they went dark. The Dutch intelligence agency AIVD broke into the Dukes’ network in 2014, and spent years watching the Russians, at one point literally eyeballing them through the security cameras in the Moscow university the Dukes were operating from. From their privileged perch, the Dutch relayed information to U.S. officials in real time to help thwart the Dukes’ breach of U.S. State Department systems, and then tipped off the U.S. again when the Dukes hit the DNC in 2015. (The FBI later passed the warning to the DNC, which didn’t initially take it seriously). Experts speculated the Dukes had been shut down or were busy regrouping in the wake of unwanted publicity and the embarrassing Dutch counter-hack.

    But a report Thursday by researchers at the European security firm ESET concludes that the Dukes never went away at all—they just retooled, developing new harder-to-spot versions of their custom malware. Based on code similarities, a common custom encryption algorithm and other indicators, ESET said it’s linked the Dukes to a continuous chain of hacks dating back to 2013, and still going on as of last June.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mecegirl View Post
    The best example of that are Black voters, especially older Black voters. Very religious, even oppressively so, but for whatever reason Republican parties stance on social issues don't appeal to them.
    Might be they experienced the bad ol days first hand.

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    Hillary Clinton posts fake letter from JFK to mock Trump’s absurd one to Turkey

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken up a new hobby of trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter.

    The grandmother of three excelled in her sarcasm and stepped up her shade Sunday afternoon by releasing a fake letter from Former President John F. Kennedy to former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.
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    Trump impeachment inquiry: A visual timeline

    President Donald Trump says there’s nothing wrong with the phone call where he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as well as his son Hunter Biden. But it’s against US law for a candidate to solicit things of value from foreign entities and House Democrats have opened an impeachment investigation over it.

    Here’s a look at the key events in the story, going back to 2014. This is pulled mostly from CNN’s body of fact checks on this topic, but also includes background published in the whistleblower complaint, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and from an extremely detailed timeline curated on the website Just Security.
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