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    16 Jul '19 11:351 edit
    It's no coincidence that the timing of Donald J Trump's recent verbal racist attacks against female lawmakers coincide with the legal news regarding Michael Flynn. As part of his deal with the government, Flynn was supposed to testify against his former business partner Bijan Kian and his sentencing in Washington was postponed so he could appear as a witness in Virginia.

    That all changed last week when the government removed Flynn from the witness list and instead named him as a co-conspirator in the case. The government also said it had extensive information that the Turkish government attempted to influence the Trump campaign through Flynn.

    With so many of Donald Trump's associates either serving jail time, awaiting sentencing, on trial, entering plea deals, not to mention hush money payments, embezzling money from his charitable foundation, and his desperate attempts to keep those tax returns from the public eye, you can bet there will be more racist and sexist rants to come to rev up his base of voters, and divert attention from his many legal woes.



    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain-


    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/michael-flynns-ex-business-partner-points-the-finger-at-him-in-court/ar-AAEn7UR

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46407999
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    @no1marauder said
    According to the United States Elections Project, a sort of database about the United States electoral system, 49.3 percent of the voting-eligible population turned out to vote this year, with more than 116 million ballots being counted so far. That’s the highest voter turnout percentage since 1914, when 50.4 percent of eligible voters went to the polls. It surpass ...[text shortened]... rcent.

    https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/19/18103110/2018-midterm-elections-turnout
    Sir - You can quote stats all you want, but it doesn't change the fact that a massive amount of eligible voters did not vote in 2016.

    Let's try to see the forest through the trees - shall we? 🙂
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    @tobias9122 said
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Plan

    Debate this. The USA and the Marshall Plan which helped the battle torn countries in Europe recover from a war we did not start. But we sent our troops and money to your aide.
    Don't come here and post criticisms of my country and expect me to just sit silently and take your crap. I won't, we won't. The question is, without the help the USA provided with the Marshal Plan, where would Europe be today?
    Well, I'm an America too Mr. Tobias, and your arrogant, brainless post here is exactly what I expected from you. Your "might makes right" babbling totally ignores the fact America gave this aid with many strings attached, including nearly unfettered access to intelligence info. gathered from Europe on the Soviets, and many terrorist organizations. Europe helped America win the cold war in a big way, as well as saving countless American lives from impending terrorist attacks. So don't stick your nose in the air too far Mr. flag waver, Europe did it's part as well.
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    @duchess64 said
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/12/nancy-pelosis-renewed-attacks-on-aoc-arent-just-disrespectful-theyre-dangerous

    "Nancy Pelosi’s renewed attacks on AOC aren’t just disrespectful, they’re dangerous.
    As America grows increasingly brazen in its bigotry, Pelosi should be standing up
    for her new colleagues – so why isn’t she?"

    "America is becoming an ...[text shortened]... ssions, of course, is servility. What unity really means is
    uniform acceptance of the status quo."
    Polite racism builds different sorts of walls; it leverage concepts like “civility” and
    “unity” to make sure certain voices are kept out of power, or are dismissed as
    trouble-making and divisive when they try and critique power. What “civility” really
    means, in all of these discussions, of course, is servility. What unity really means is
    uniform acceptance of the status quo."


    This is a nice theory, but it's not working in the real world. Women, people of color, and members of the gay and lesbian communities were nearly unknown in the halls of congress, law schools, med schools, etc. just 50 years ago. Clearly that's not the case today. Advocates of the status quo may be able to slow this process a bit, but that's all they can do. As far as speaker Pelosi is concerned, as I stated previously, she'll be gone soon-
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    @ghost-of-a-duke said
    And yet your avatar is a pot of coffee.

    No coincidences in this thread.
    My avatar is a TEA pot.
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    @patzering said
    So people are saying they will storm area 51 to see the so called aliens.
    Well go ahead. Their is nothing there.

    I met a government official once and spent 7 years around him.
    One day I asked if he knew "things" and he said yes.
    So of course I asked about Area 51.
    He said he can't tell me anything but he did explain to me that if you give the people a place to focus ...[text shortened]... ade me promise.

    I was dating his daughter at the time.
    Hard to believe I'm sure but it happened.
    You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.” Gen: 2-17

    Tell people they are not allowed to eat something, drink something, smoke something, go somewhere, or do something, and that's exactly what those silly creatures want to do; no matter how silly, wasteful, useless, or dangerous it might be.

    -Some things never change.
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    @caesar-salad said
    Just me, but I really don't think of coffee as being spiritual.

    It seems more yang to tea's yin.

    Maybe it's strange that an Amerikaner from the Midwest should be more of a tea-drinker, but that's how I am.

    I do sometimes drink coffee, though, for social reasons, and sometimes for carnal reasons (e.g., delicious young flower of manhood at the coffee-sampling table), but can't think of any spiritual associations.
    I really don't think of coffee as being spiritual.

    I agree 100%. Though most in my area, The Pacific Northwest (Home of Microsoft and Starbucks) where tech nerds and bookworms reign supreme, see coffee a divine thing.

    P.S. Sorry, but I don't see Joseph Smith as a prophet
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    @duchess64 said
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/11/why-should-i-have-to-work-on-stilts-the-women-fighting-sexist-dress-codes

    "Why should I have to work on stilts?': the women fighting sexist dress codes
    Too many female employees are forced to wear high heels, or skirts,
    or even a particular type of bra. But the resistance is growing"

    "Bunion-inducing stilettos, s ...[text shortened]... nine-looking clothing and so forth. And African-ancestry women
    should look as white as possible.”"
    "Why should I have to work on stilts? the women fighting sexist dress codes
    Too many female employees are forced to wear high heels, or skirts,
    or even a particular type of bra. But the resistance is growing"


    Bruce Jenner has the same problem. Red suede pumps are just so 2011! and those bras from Secrets in Lace give off such sexist vibes, not to mention the hungary stares from those savage construction workers. What's a crossdresser to do?? 😲
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    11 Jul '19 21:50
    2016 - 231,556,622 eligible voters

    46.9% didn't vote
    25.6% voted for Clinton
    25.5% voted for Trump
    1.7% voted for Johnson

    According to the United States Election Project, nearly half of eligible voters (46.9 percent of approximately 231,556,622 people) did not vote in the 2016 election.

    When apathy begins to grow, Democracy begins to die.
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    @duchess64 said
    Given that Andrew Yang (a Chinese American) may be the most marginalized
    Democratic candidate for President, he's reaching out to a marginalized,
    if not stigmatized, community--atheist voters.

    "[Andrew] Yang attends the Reformed Church of New Paltz with his family and has
    identified Mark E. Mast as their pastor.[47][48] He identifies as spiritual but not religious.[4 ...[text shortened]... heism."

    P. S. Does the instant 'thumbs down' come from a troll who hates atheists or Andrew Yang?
    I would argue that Andrew Yang's campaign for President is gaining little traction because he is nearly unknown outside the Democratic party, and little known within it. Though Mr. Yang's educational credentials and business skills are impressive, obscurity is a big obstacle for anyone wishing to succeed in politics.

    - and "no" I was not the troll who gave your post a thumbs down. 🙂
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    @duchess64 said
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/tensions-between-pelosi-and-progressive-democrats-of-the-squad-burst-into-flame/ar-AAE5eIS?ocid=spartanntp

    "Tensions Between Pelosi and Progressive Democrats of ‘the Squad’ Burst Into Flame"

    "Six months into the new House Democratic majority, long-simmering
    tensions between the speaker and the squad — Representatives
    Ocasio- ...[text shortened]... should represent the future of women in the Democratic Party?
    Nancy Pelosi or her younger critics?
    Who should represent the future of women in the Democratic Party?
    Nancy Pelosi or her younger critics?


    Obviously Nancy Pelosi's younger critics represent the future of the party. Speaker Pelosi is nearly 80. Age, coupled with her declining popularity within the party would make it difficult for her to serve much past 2022.


    https://48hills.org/2018/12/nancy-pelosi-just-announced-her-retirement/
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    @patzering said
    The race card and the woman card was played too much so the good old USA played the Trump card and won!

    2020 is already decided because of the whining and complaining that is plaguing America.

    The only democrat who can beat Trump in 2020 is the candidate who avoids talking about race, feminism and the mental disorders concerning gender identity.

    Trump 2020 😉
    A couple grains of truth, I'll admit, the Democrats tend do this, but I would also add Trump played the Russian card, which put him over the top, and on to the White House. He needed it too.

    -Just remember who won the popular vote.
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    @mister-moggy said
    a white 1956 ford sedan. drove it to fayetteville, arkansas and back one time.
    Mine was a 1957 Ford sedan. Bought for $150 in '72 when I was in high school. Yeah, It was a piece of junk, but served me well for a few years.
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    @64squaresofpain said
    Hooooooo boy... I've waited a while to make this thread.

    Since 2015 my goal every year has been to reach 2000.
    It has eluded me, until now.

    I've taken a moment to reflect upon each milestone I've broken since joining the site.
    Here's the snapshot:

    Joined site: 2nd Sept 2012

    1300 - (Within first provisional 20 games)
    1400 - 19th November 2012 (After 43 g ...[text shortened]... know:
    What are your current goals?
    And what are you doing to achieve those goals?

    Cheers,
    ~64
    Very well done! Ignore the naysayers - this is no small achievement. You have good reason to be proud. This illustrates the value of setting goals, and a persistent work ethic. Best of luck on getting to 2100.
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    @patzering said
    It's incredible isn't it?
    Countries all over are becoming Nationalist.

    WWIII before 2030 I predict.

    People have always craved for war.

    Our entire history has been war and to pretend we are above that behavior now is absurd.

    I've got 3 scenarios. 🤔

    The first is the battle for economic power, so it's Russia and China against the USA and the world currency whic ...[text shortened]... e third scenario is a poverty vs wealth war.
    (The poor get annihilated in 4 days)

    I can't wait 🤗
    WWIII before 2030 I predict.

    I can't wait 🤗



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