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Trump - I'm Not A Crook

by Oui Mon Dec 13th, 2021 at 06:09:06 PM EST

Tricky Dick was a crook ... history repeats itself. Not only the President, but a group close advisors inside the White House are complicit breaking the law.


President Biden's job approval sinking on inflation, crime and Covid-19: Ipsos Poll

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by rifek on Tue Dec 14th, 2021 at 06:39:49 AM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 06:16:46 PM EST

Statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 09:37:33 PM EST
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My prediction is that 2022 will see a variety of executive actions designed to make the states controlled by Republicans suffer. There are plenty of opportunities to adjust the spending profile.

Also, the states run by Democrats generally are the ones that have net negative balances with the federal budget, and if the Republican states don't want federal spending, then the Democratic states can bump up their own state programs. A lot of the stuff in the BBB doesn't really need the funding to come from the feds.

In January the 2022 congressional campaigns will get rolling.

by asdf on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 12:02:47 AM EST
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West Virginians Are Disappointed in Joe Manchin | Sierra Club |

"There is simply no rational explanation for what he's doing on the Build Back Better plan than lining his own pockets."

Manchin, who chairs the Senate energy and natural resources committee, is a well-known coal baron, owning millions of dollars in coal company stocks through Enersystems, Inc., a business he founded and passed on to his son, which earned him about half a million in dividends just last year.

He's received tens of thousands of campaign dollars from Exxon lobbyists, and he's the only Senate Democrat who's also an alumnus of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, the notorious Koch brothers group of legislators dedicated to uplifting the worst elements of capitalism and destroying the climate with impunity. 



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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 02:07:44 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 02:09:48 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 23rd, 2021 at 06:43:11 PM EST
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America's Wars Total (1775 -1991) - Battle Deaths 651,031

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 06:49:25 PM EST
At some point the physicians and nurses, who have been complaining for months that they are seriously overworked and that the system is on the verge of collapsing, will actually take some action. Until then, they will continue to be seriously overworked in a system that is on the verge of collapsing.

How about "no I will not do your hip replacement" or "sorry you got knifed" or "so COVID makes you unable to breathe even though you had plenty of chances to get vaccinated, well, thoughts and prayers."

by asdf on Mon Dec 20th, 2021 at 12:06:29 AM EST
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France urges Johnson to use Frost's exit to rebuild trust with EU | The Guardian |

The French government has called on Boris Johnson to use David Frost's resignation as Brexit minister to "rebuild trust" with the EU amid uncertainty over the prime minister's approach in the new year.

Clément Beaune, France's EU affairs minister, who had a series of run-ins with the prime minister's pugnacious minister, suggested that Downing Street should use the moment to reset the troubled relationship.

He said: "We had difficult relations but we always continued the dialogue. I send my best with respect to David Frost after his resignation. It is time for the British government to rebuild a climate of trust with France and the EU in the interest of all."

The announcement that Liz Truss, the foreign secretary, would take on responsibility for EU affairs has done little to clarify how the prime minister will approach various ongoing issues.



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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 07:30:01 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 07:31:05 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 07:32:56 PM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Dec 19th, 2021 at 07:53:38 PM EST

Congressman Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack, has said the panel will open an inquiry into Donald Trump's phone call seeking to stop Joe Biden's certification from taking place on 6 January hours before the insurrection.

The chairman said the select committee intended to scrutinize the phone call - revealed last month by the Guardian - should they prevail in their legal effort to obtain Trump White House records over the former president's objections of executive privilege.

It's way Bigger than you could have imagined ... indeed, way bigger than anyone ever did. We did it, it has never been done before.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 11:34:36 PM EST
Green card no problem ...

Kurz, the former Austrian chancellor manager in Silicon Valley with Peter Thiel- Corriere.it

This Time Trump Went Too Far: Facebook Caves on Refusal to Police Political Ads | Tikun Olam - June 19, 2020 |

Kaplan's presence was reinforced by Zuckerberg's coming increasingly under the sway of the champion of Silicon Valley libertarianism, Peter Thiel.  One of the founders of Paypal, Thiel had befriended the Facebook founder and mentored him in the ways of the market.  Thiel was one of the sole technology entrepreneurs who embraced the Trump campaign in its early stages.  He was rewarded with unprecedented access to the president.  It was Thiel who secured a secret dinner invitation at the White House for Zuckerberg after one of his days spent testifying before Congressional committees.

Spy sector, a company that cooperates with the CIA; Where did Kurz find a new job?

From the diaries ...



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 30th, 2021 at 09:03:10 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 30th, 2021 at 10:43:15 PM EST
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Is a Netanyahu-Kurz bromance responsible for Austria's new direction on Israel?

Austria is led by one of the country's most remarkable politicians in recent decades: Sebastian Kurz, who was elected chancellor in 2017 at just 31 years old.

Kurz is immediately striking for a world leader -- he's tall and boyishly handsome, with a mane of slicked-back hair. Since taking the reins, his conservative People's Party has commanded Austrian politics with force, legislating a slew of new economic policies and cracking down on immigration.

Following a scandal in an allied party last year that collapsed Kurz's parliament coalition and forced a new election, the People's Party came back even stronger, winning nine new parliament seats.

Davidi Hermelin, who heads the International Centre for Public Diplomacy in Israel, is a friend of Kurz and has observed his rise up the ladder of Austrian politics.

"He has a quiet charisma that makes people instinctively notice him. It's indescribable, but you notice its effect on a room: People go quiet when he opens his mouth," said Hermelin, a former president of the Young Likud division of Israel's ruling party. "He's courteous, friendly but not gushing. He behaves like what you would expect from a prince."

One of the fellow world leaders Kurz feels closest to is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. That could help explain why Kurz has reversed his country's stance toward Israel during his tenure from very critical to very supportive.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 30th, 2021 at 10:44:17 PM EST
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Photographs don't lie: why does Austria flirt with fascism? | The Guardian - May 25, 2016 |

The images come swimming back. The old black and white photographs are suddenly new again. It is March 1938 and Jews are being forced to scrub the streets of Vienna. Uniformed Nazis and non-Jewish members of the public laugh as they watch the humiliating scene. Jewish men crouch and kneel on the ground at their feet.

These photographs are documents of cruelty: obscene artefacts. That is how the artist Gustav Metzger treats one of them in his installation series Historic Photographs, which revisits some of the most devastating events of the 20th century.



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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 30th, 2021 at 10:46:21 PM EST
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LOL 😂

Uyghur propaganda ... John's friends are not my friends.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Dec 30th, 2021 at 11:58:40 PM EST

Former Attorney General Bill Barr did 'not appear happy' when served summons in Michael Cohen case | Raw Story |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 31st, 2021 at 10:32:40 AM EST
Bad Omen for 2022

Tony Blair, the former UK prime minister is to be knighted with the highest possible ranking in the New Year's Honours List.

Prime minister from 1997-2007, he will be appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter -- the oldest and most senior British Order of Chivalry.

Just unbelievable ... others serve jail time.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 1st, 2022 at 12:57:34 AM EST
Critics say legacy of 2003 Iraq invasion makes former PM unsuitable for Queen's highest honour.

The 10 Downing Street Papers .... Legal advice from Lord Goldsmith fudged ahead of Iraq invasion ... the death of David Kelly ... meeting Gaddafi in his desert village tent to negotiate a preferential oil exploration deal for BP ... massive bribery in arms deal of the century for BEA with the Islamofascist KSA and war criminal Prince "ten percent" Bandar ...

Chilcot report: Tony Blair's Iraq War case not justified

Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he felt the honour, the oldest and most senior British order of chivalry, was "a fitting tribute".

In addition the riches of the Blairs were greatly advanced through the Cherie Blair Foundation who later advised friends Bill and Hillary how to combine statecraft with best relations Arab authoritarian regimes. Somehow the funds dried up after August 2014.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun Jan 2nd, 2022 at 10:40:45 AM EST
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UK government urged to rescind Tony Blair's knighthood - petition signed by over half a million | The Guardian |

The petition on Change.org was created by Angus Scott, who wrote: "Tony Blair caused irreparable damage to both the constitution of the United Kingdom and to the very fabric of the nation's society. He was personally responsible for causing the death of countless innocent, civilian lives and servicemen in various conflicts. For this alone he should be held accountable for war crimes."

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More than half a million people have called on the government to rescind the knighthood given to Sir Tony Blair, but Keir Starmer has defended the former prime minister, saying the honour was deserved.

The Labour leader said Blair was a worthy recipient of the Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, received in the new year honour's list.

"I don't think it's thorny at all. I think he deserves the honour. Obviously I respect the fact that people have different views," Starmer told ITV's Good Morning Britain.

"I understand there are strong views on the Iraq war. There were back at the time and there still are, but that does not detract from the fact that Tony Blair was a very successful prime minister of this country and made a huge difference to the lives of millions of people in this country."

Sorry, Mr Blair, but 1441 does not authorise force | The Guardian - March 17, 2003 |
By Keir Starmer QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specialising in international human rights law

Stunning opportunist ... has the moral stature to be a future British PM.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 4th, 2022 at 09:34:32 PM EST
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Not Forgotten, Unforgiven

I'm not a fan of Royalty, quite medieval where it should remain. Classes breed inequality.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 5th, 2022 at 04:34:22 PM EST
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As I recall, AG Goldsmith's first draft was not to Blair's liking. It considered an invasion illegal, against International Law. On the rebuttal from Blair, it was "reworded" to fulfill the secret decision to go to war with America's George Bush. Balkenende was held back by his legal advice and could not support the invasion militarily ... so not to upset the Americans, the Dutch were willing to give 'political" support.



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