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Author: TriSec    Date: 12/10/2016 13:28:17

Good Morning.

America has just 41 days left.

Among all the dangerous rhetoric is the growing sense that the Trump "presidential" team is only going to destroy things.

Think about it - have they told us anything they are going to do? His entire campaign, and indeed, his entire transition, has been a litany of things they plan on destroying, repealing, or otherwise starting over.

America was not built this way.
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Author: wickedpam    Date: 12/09/2016 13:33:19

A little long distance dedication to Trashhole, aka Cheetolini, aka Mango Mussolini, and his future cabinet....

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Now What?
Author: Raine    Date: 12/08/2016 14:20:49

Tina Dupuy has written an amazing and worrisome essay that is important.
As I write this I’m in South Africa on vacation. Just to make this painfully obvious: The whole world is clear on what we’ve done. They know Trump is a dictator. There’s no debate. (He’s actually a pretty stereotypical dictator; we’ve just always thought of America as exceptional.) When I speak with those who’ve lived both under apartheid and now under President Jacob Zuma, they know Trump is bad news. He’ll enrich himself, destroy institutions and hurt countless people both physically and financially with glee. Because South Africans (and arguably most Africans) know bad government when they see it, they use one word to describe Trump: Corrupt. It’s always offered with a knowing shrug, like to them it’s the most obvious thing since the sun rising in the east.

OK, so now what do we do?!

In the wake of the election, activist and filmmaker Michael Moore said he wants to be the leader of the #resistance and build a movement that would “dwarf Occupy.”

As a journalist, I covered Occupy for The Atlantic. I went to eight different Occupy Camps in two countries (one was Canada). So I can say without reservations, Mr. Moore, please don’t.

Occupy as a movement was doomed from the beginning. They decided to go with an anarchist model: No leaders; everyone has a vote; everyone has a veto. They were perpetually bogged down in marathon meetings, with no clear path. This tedium wore down well-meaning activists very quickly. It also made it nearly impossible to build a coalition and grow the movement.
It goes on, (and please take time to read all of it) but as soon as I got to the part I quoted, I was reminded of something I wrote five years ago
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The Art of Lying About the Deal
Author: BobR    Date: 12/07/2016 15:00:39

It's been common knowledge for decades that tRump is a shyster. He has always been more a salesman than a "business leader", and like all salesmen, will say whatever it takes and promise whatever he needs to in order to close the sale. In short - he's a professional liar. During the campaign, his bullshit was flowing at such an amazing rate, it was impossible for fact-checkers to keep up. While it was exasperating during the campaign, it was just that - campaign talk. As I've noted previously, he is already walking a lot of those back.

Now that he is the president-elect, however, his words carry more weight. What he says matters. His comments can effect jobs and the economy, if only because he will have the power to put them into action. In the last few weeks, he has created large ripples by blundering (the Taiwan call... the meeting with the Japanese prime minister and tRump's daughter). What's worse is the blatant lies.
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Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 12/06/2016 11:17:12

And life goes on. We're back on schedule today. Except I have been rather lax of late in prowling for interesting stories to hold.
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The Story was Fake. The Tweet was a Lie... The Gun was Real
Author: Raine    Date: 12/05/2016 13:59:58

If you haven't heard it by now, last night, here in DC, we had a shooting incident. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed.
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Author: TriSec    Date: 12/05/2016 01:32:13

Ettarina Noreen Kibbey (Nee Matayabas, Nee Digianvittorio)

07/21/1942 - 12/04/2016

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Author: TriSec    Date: 12/03/2016 13:08:05

Good Morning.

I'll don my aviation geek hat on this morn.
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Author: wickedpam    Date: 12/02/2016 14:07:24

Last night was the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.


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We Have a Problem.
Author: Raine    Date: 12/01/2016 14:22:06

Way back in the middle of November, it was widely reported that the President-Elect had a business meeting.
Last week, President-Elect Donald Trump took a break from his White House transition efforts to meet with three of his Indian business partners, raising yet more conflict-of-interest concerns regarding the relationship between the for-the-people Trump Administration and the for-profit Trump Organization. The Economic Times reports that Trump met Atul Chordia, Sagar Chordia, and Kalpesh Mehta at Trump Tower on Tuesday, after the trio flew to New York to congratulate Trump on his election victory. The three businessmen are building a Trump-branded apartment complex in western India, one of five luxury development projects underway in the country that have licensed the Trump name.

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