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Good for Senator McCain! He just came out against republican healthcare 3.0!
This latest republican effort DOA?
Let’s hope so!
Republicans can’t govern. All they can do is say no. I guess this will shut them up for their ‘repeal and replace’, or ‘repeal’ or whatever they’ve been lying about to their gullible constituents for the last several years.
You just can’t trust these guys.
What up Drift?! Good to see you post. Seems as though hardly anyone is engaged with the Forum anymore. At least not enough to post. I’m sure there are several hundred thousand, or more, who read us daily but are constrained to post due to some debilitating condition. Have a great time on your journey Forum bro. Bummer about your bike.
Thanks for the WSLCB post. I won’t put my name in a state registry. I agree that all options are off the table and fully agree with your 5th amendment argument.
On that note I shopped at Mary Jane’s House of Glass on 99 a couple weeks ago in search of a new glass pipe. I was greeted by a ‘damn I wish I was a few decades younger’ very pleasant young lady. The store was empty so she took her time and eventually I took her advice and purchased a sweet little vessel of god’s green earth. She demonstrated the pipes durability by throwing it down on the hard floor and not breaking it. It’s best feature she said, was it delivered great hits. Anyway, to make a short story long, she asked me if I was a WS medical subscriber to get a discount, and I told her no for the reason of privacy, not wanting my name on big bro’s hit list. She said she totally understood. I love the pipe. I’ve been smoking with glass for a number of years now, but have a metal pipe I use for hash. I vape most of the time, probably about 70%.
The laws need changing for the better for sure. Having said that, I so appreciate living in a blue state with legal pot. Beats the hell out of living in a place like Bama. Bad enough we have their redneck Senator as AG.
Whoa..I had started this post earlier and finished and readying to post and noticed luvit and vanwa posting. What’s up guys?
luvit – So right. This weirdo we have as president is so embarrassing…and dangerous. Almost as dangerous as republicans in office trying to take away millions of americans healthcare while making it unaffordable to many. No wonder they give this commie loving prez a pass. They are amoral. The evangelical crowd especially.
vanwa – I see it’s still the same old, ‘garbage in-garbage out’ unmasking crap. Less concerned about content than conspiracy driven BS. Grow up and absorb real journalism.
Just checking in.
My studies into the daily use of marijuana continue. Going good and continue to store data in my fatty cells.
Trump continues to embarrass America. What a ridiculous UN speech yesterday. I hope Moeller’s investigation wraps up by Christmas and the pressure for republicans to impeach their leader will be relentless.
Weather is changing. The wet will be setting in soon.
Trump sucks. Republicans tend to suck.
Anyone still think God is real? If so, why? What is your evidence?
That’s about it. Time to strum a bit as a reminder why Page hasn’t dialed me up to gig with him.
Riding or driving you guys take care.
Great weather for riding.
Glad I don’t live in Florida.
Glad I don’t live in Texas. For many reasons.
Cruz ‘likes’ porn.
Gonna rain next week.
Fox News is Trump State TV. People who watch it a lot tend to suck.
Great weed here. Glad I live in Washington State for many reasons.
Whipped cream is great in coffee.
Republicans can’t govern when in charge of our government, then blame government for everything.
Glad I don’t live in Florida. Folks getting snake bit.
-Aides Clip Toenails, Wash Hair Of Mumbling, Bedsore-Ridden Trump As President Enters 155th Straight Hour Of Watching Cable News-
WASHINGTON—Carefully maneuvering to avoid blocking his view of the television, White House aides were reportedly called upon Tuesday to clip the toenails and wash the hair of the bedsore-ridden, incoherently mumbling President Trump as he entered his 155th straight hour of watching cable news. “It’s important to reposition the president every couple of hours because it keeps his blood circulating and prevents his sores from getting infected,” said White House aide Ryan Powers, one of the many staffers tending to the president during the past week of uninterrupted television viewing, performing tasks such as emptying his bedpan, sponging his clammy skin, and gently dabbing the drool off his face. “We have to make sure someone’s here at all times to change channels during commercials. Otherwise, he starts shrieking, and then it’s pretty much impossible to calm him down. But he’s generally pretty comfortable and has a call button for requesting another bowl of Fruit Loops whenever he wants them, which is a lot.” At press time, frantic aides were rushing to soothe the president, who had accidentally rolled onto the remote, shut off the television, and had to spend a full 10 seconds in a quiet room with his own thoughts.
Who’s this Pagely cat and why did he bogart the Forum?
I have to think you are a complete idiot if you still support this carnival barker.
-President Trump’s list of false and misleading claims tops 1,000-
We have been tracking President Trump’s false or misleading claims for more than seven months. Somewhere around Aug. 4 or Aug. 5, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,057. (Our full interactive graphic can be found here.)
That’s an impressive number by any standard. In fact, we are a little late with this update because we have simply been overwhelmed keeping track of the deluge of claims made by the president in the later part of July. Things slowed down during the president’s “working vacation,” so we have finally been able to catch up.
At the president’s current pace, he averages nearly five claims a day. Many are repeats of claims that have been previously debunked. We also include statements that are unacknowledged flip-flops from previously held positions, such as touting new highs in a stock market that he previously derided as being a “big, fat bubble.”
More than 30 of the president’s misleading statements have been repeated three or more times.
Trump’s most repeated claim, uttered 50 times, was some variation of the statement that the Affordable Care Act is dying and “essentially dead.” The Congressional Budget Office has said that the Obamacare exchanges, despite well-documented issues, are not imploding and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future. Moreover, Congress has been unable to pass a law that would repeal Obamacare, making the continuation of the law Trump’s problem.
Trump repeatedly takes credit for events or business decisions that happened before he took the oath of office — or had even been elected. Forty-two times, he has touted that he secured business investments and job announcements that had been previously announced and could easily be found with a Google search. And 19 times he has boasted that he achieved a reduction in the cost of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, even though the price cut had been in the works before he was elected.
But some of the president’s repeated claims have nothing to do with policy but instead rehash discredited campaign rhetoric, such as the false charge that Hillary Clinton gave 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply to Russia or that the deputy FBI director got $700,000 from Clinton. Both claims were deemed Four-Pinocchios false in 2016. Yet Trump brought them up 11 times.
Some of Trump’s favorite claims are simply odd. Eleven times, he has said that the United States has already spent $6 trillion on “Middle East wars,” money that could have been used instead on building roads in the United States. He often suggests this is a recently calculated figure, but it combines the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (which is actually in South Asia) and then includes future obligations for veterans costs and interest on the debt through 2053.
At the six-month mark, the president was averaging 4.6 claims a day, but he has now increased his pace. At his current rate, the president won’t break 2,000 claims in his first year in office. But with five months to go, all bets are off.
-Congresswoman calls for President Trump’s removal under 25th Amendment-
SAN FRANCISCO —
A Bay Area member of Congress says it’s time to kick President Trump out of office by using a very rarely used constitutional amendment.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier took to Twitter on Tuesday saying, “POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th amendment.”
POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger. Time to invoke the 25th Amendment.
5:36 PM – Aug 15, 2017
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From Senator Ben Sasse
-THE NEXT CHARLOTTESVILLE-
Over the last week, many Nebraskans have told me some version of this: “There are lots of us here who are scared about where the country is headed. I think more violence is inevitable.” That much seems obvious. Less expected was where some of them went next. One of my constituents, a fairly energetic Trump supporter and a middle-aged man, told me: **”To be clear, I think the alt-Right are a bunch of a**holes.” **”And we should admit that the President has done a bad job getting us through this.” **But “when the next rounds of violence come, I’ll bet you most of it will come from the left.” **”And then some folks I know will respond in kind. It’s gonna be a powder-keg.”
My wife and I work hard to have chunks of family time that are “politics-free” in our home, but we haven’t been very successful this week. A few observations from our family tabletalk:
1. We have neglected the American Idea for a very long time. We haven’t done civics well in this country for decades, and we are reaping the consequences. We are a hollow people. We have “a whole lot of pluribus and very little unum,” to quote Ken Burns.
2. America is first and foremost an Idea – that all people are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights. This universal human dignity is because God made us; it’s not because of our race, or our wealth, or even our religious beliefs, as important as disagreements about theology are.
3. White supremacy and racism are un-American, period.
4. The heartbreak in Charlottesville was the fault of the white supremacists. Heather Heyer was murdered by an act of terrorism. The driver used his car to target public marchers.
5. Sadly, I think that the pessimistic Nebraskans I’ve been with this week are right that there will be more violence toward public assemblies in the future.
6. I expect that violence will come when white supremacists and the alt-right fight anarchist groups aligned with the extreme left.
7. What will happen next? I doubt that Donald Trump will be able to calm and comfort the nation in that moment. He (and lots of others) will probably tell an awful combination of partial truths and outright falsehoods. On top of the trust deficits that are already baked so deeply in, unity will be very hard to come by.
8. Besides ability and temperament, I also worry that national unity will be unlikely because there are some whispering in the President’s ear that racial division could be good politics for them.
9. I worry that some on the left are also going to salivate over these divisions. Like the President’s ear-whisperers, they see a divided nation as good for their political objectives.
10. Bizarrely, many on the center-left seem not to see that there is little that some on the President’s team would love more than to transform this into a fight about historical monuments.
11. I wish more folks understood how many of the monuments now being debated are not really from the post-Civil War period as a way to remember war dead. Rather, contrary to popular understanding, many of these statues were explicitly erected as Segregation Monuments in the twentieth century, during Jim Crow, as a way of shouting – against the American Idea – that public spaces were to be whites-only spaces. Tragically, many of these monuments were erected exactly when lynchings of black Americans were being celebrated in those communities – and the timing overlap here was not accidental. (It’s also worth noting that Gen. Robert E. Lee had opposed erecting Confederate Memorials because he worried, wisely, that they would become scabs of bitterness to be endlessly picked at.)
12. But I’m also against mobs tearing down the statues, or city governments removing them in the middle of the night. That doesn’t advance the civics discussion and debates we need; it just exacerbates the unhelpful “on both sides” grievance culture. Rather, we need an orderly debate about such monuments.
13. Every single place I’ve been this week, I’ve gotten a question like this: **”Washington and Jefferson owned slaves; do we have to tear down their statues too?” **”Explorer X didn’t treat native Americans the way he should have; do we abandon states west of the Appalachian Trail?” **”Even Tom Osborne isn’t a saint; must we tear down the statute outside Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium?”
The people asking these questions (over and over and over) are not racist. Rather they’re perplexed by the elite indifference to their fair questions – about the “unnaming” movement now unfolding at Yale, for example. Most of these folks voted for Trump, to be sure, but many quietly admit to being dissatisfied with his leadership. But they have ZERO uncertainty about a choice between a Trump who would defend statues of Washington and Jefferson, and a national media elite who they assume would not defend monuments to Washington and Jefferson. That’s the divide many here are seeing and hearing.
14. The white supremacists from Charlottesville now feel emboldened. They’re headed to another city sometime soon – with the express purpose of spreading their hateful rhetoric and inciting violence. This is the most attention they’ve received in years.
15. Tragically, there are some who want violence. Most Americans see the images from Charlottesville and our hearts break. We yearn for leaders, who raise high the exceptional American Idea of universal human dignity. But there are others who want to see these divisions exacerbated — not only the extremists on the ground but also some cable news executives who jump at division and know that what’s bad for America is good for ratings.
16. There is so much more nuance and texture inside local communities than broad-brush national “Crossfire”-like journalism usually distinguishes. One example from Nebraska right now: There seems to be a major gap on race issues between two types of generally Trump-supporting Republicans. Among more frequent church-goers, there is a lot more sadness and worry right now, whereas among more secular conservatives there seems to be a lot more “let’s fight.” I could be wrong, but that’s been my repeated experience this week.
BEFORE THE NEXT OUTBREAK OF VIOLENCE COMES
We have a glorious heritage in the American Idea, but we have neglected it at our kids’ peril.
This is the right time for each of us – parents and grandparents, neighbors and patriots – to pause and teach our kids again about universal human dignity and about love of neighbor. This is a time for discussion and education and humility, not intimidation and mobs and midnight wrecking balls.
Let’s teach our kids why our First Amendment Society fights with debate, not violence. Let’s teach them that those standing in threatening mobs don’t stand with America. Let’s teach them that white supremacy is a cancer to our union. Let’s teach them to reject identity politics. Let’s teach them that all of us are created equal, with infinite dignity and limitless potential. Let’s teach them that what makes us Americans is not our skin, our wealth, or our religion but our shared creed.
That creed, ironically, was put to paper most profoundly by a very fallen slave-holder, who spoke for the long-term future of America in writing that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights…” We eventually went to war to preserve a creedal “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” And that creed eventually perfected our union from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, with the proclamation that “the goal of America is freedom.”
It feels like violence is coming. I’m not sure if this moment is like the summer of ’67 or not. But it might be. Before that violence strikes again, it’s up to us to reaffirm that exceptional American Creed again today, with our neighbors, and in our kids’ hearts.