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User Name: Oscar D. Grouch
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Topic: Barbara Bush 1925 -2018
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2018 6:47:05 AM
As Barbara Bush flew over the wreckage of New Orleans from hurricane Katrina she looked down upon the Superdome and said "Those people are so much better off in there." Inside the Superdome a young girl was being interviewed by a TV news crew. The young girl, commenting on the AstroTurf, said "See, when you step down the pee comes up." The people in the Superdome were living in an open sewer. Barbara Bush was clueless.
Topic: Cambridge Analytica Exposed !!!
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:12:43 AM
Andrew Schultz wrote:
Speaking of stories being spun, the Russian embassy in the UK tweeted out CA as proof "everyone does it." This is wrong on several levels, but ... sometimes the deception is less believable than in the dailycaller article linked.

That is a very clear admission of guilt by the Russians.
Topic: Cambridge Analytica Exposed !!!
Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 8:15:04 AM
Hidden camera undercover report reveals the truth about Cambridge Analytica.

"Senior executives at Cambridge Analytica – the data company that credits itself with Donald Trump’s presidential victory – have been secretly filmed saying they could entrap politicians in compromising situations with bribes and Ukrainian sex workers.

In an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News, the company’s chief executive Alexander Nix said the British firm secretly campaigns in elections across the world. This includes operating through a web of shadowy front companies, or by using sub-contractors.

In one exchange, when asked about digging up material on political opponents, Mr Nix said they could “send some girls around to the candidate’s house”, adding that Ukrainian girls “are very beautiful, I find that works very well”."
Topic: Committee to Investigate Russia interviews James Clapper & John Brennan
Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 6:48:11 AM
James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, and John Brennan, former CIA Director, are interviewed on Russia's attack on the 2016 election.
Topic: Fact check of the US State of the Union speech
Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018 12:09:40 PM
I hope that I'm not the only one that caught this blatant lie. The donald called himself "righteous." The self-admitted "grab 'em by the pussy" lying sack of shit fake president is "righteous." This is laughable!
Topic: tRumps lies off the scale
Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2017 5:35:55 AM
I will be blunt...

The tRump tax cut bill is nothing short of a gang banging orgy that screws the middle and lower classes. There is also talk of "cutting entitlements" in order to help offset the increase in the national debt induced by the tax cuts. So, why use the term "entitlements?" Clearly, it has negative connotations. They must be bad. "Entitlements" implies something that someone feels "entitled" to, i.e., money for nothing. In reality, "entitlements" refers to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Disability (SSDI), etc... Medicare and Social Security, for example, are most certainly not "money for nothing." People who have worked their whole lives have paid into Medicare and Social Security. These programs, in turn, provide some protection against becoming impoverished in old age when one is no longer fit to work. However, the banana republicans wish to steal the money ordinary folks have paid into these programs and let people drown in the resultant quagmire while the money goes to giant corporations.

Moreover, the tRump tax cuts are doomed to failure. Trickle down economics never worked for Ronny "Bedtime for Bonzo" Reagan. The only "trickle down" effect were the poor saps drowning their sorrows in a bar and were too drunk to make it to the urinal.

More recently, the state of Kansas drank the "trickle down" Kool-Aid and found it to be a bitter poison that nearly bankrupted their state.

The Great Kansas Tax Cut Experiment Crashes And Burns

"Just as President Trump is ramping up his push for a major tax cut that he believes will pay for itself through faster economic growth, the Kansas template for that approach has crashed and burned. After four years of below-average growth, deepening budget deficits, and steep spending reductions, the GOP-dominated Kansas legislature has repealed many of the tax cuts at the heart of Governor Sam Brownback fiscal agenda.

Brownback vetoed the legislature’s first attempt to reverse his tax cuts, but two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate overrode his veto. The measure would boost state taxes by $1.2 billion over two years, in part by raising the top income tax rate from 4.6 percent to 5.7 percent and by once again taxing sole proprietorships, partnerships, and other pass-through businesses. Pressured by Brownback, the legislature had made pass-throughs tax free.

In a worrisome echo of that plan, the Trump Administration says it will propose cutting the federal individual income tax rate on pass-throughs to 15 percent, far below the top current rate on wages of 39.6 percent or Trump’s preferred rate of 35 percent.

Since Kansas enacted tax and spending cuts in 2012 and 2013, Brownback and his allies have argued that this fiscal potion would generate an explosion of economic growth. It didn’t. Overall growth and job creation in Kansas underperformed both the national economy and neighboring states. From January, 2014 (after both tax cuts passed) to April, 2017, Kansas gained only 28,000 net new non-farm jobs. By contrast, Nebraska, an economically similar state with a much smaller labor force, saw a net increase of 35,000 jobs.

While overall employment barely increased and economic activity was lower than other states, Kansas saw a significant increase in the number of individuals with business income. The likely reason: That zero tax rate on pass-throughs.

The tax cuts did produce one explosion, however. The state’s budget deficit was expected to hit $280 million this year, despite major spending reductions. Kansas falls well below national averages in a wide range of public services from K-12 education to housing to police and fire protection, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute’s State and Local Finance Initiative. Under order from the state Supreme Court, the legislature has voted to increase funding for public schools by $293 million over the next two years.

The more troubling lesson for Republicans in Congress: While Brownback was reelected in 2014, his popularity has since plummeted and his approval rating now hovers at around 25 percent, second lowest among all sitting governors. And while the GOP enjoyed tremendous national electoral success in 2016, the party lost seats in the Kansas legislature. At least in one deep red state, the Trump formula of big tax and spending cuts is no longer the path to political success.

In 2012, Brownback called his tax plan a “real live experiment.” It appears to have failed."

Welcome to Kansas!

Stop tRump.

Before he further destroys our country.
Topic: tRumps lies off the scale
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:29:08 PM
Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s

"After we published a list of President Trump’s lies this summer, we heard a common response from his supporters. They said, in effect: Yes, but if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be just as bad.

We’ve set out to make that list. Here, you will find our attempt at a comprehensive catalog of the falsehoods that Barack Obama told while he was president. (We also discuss George W. Bush below, although the lack of real-time fact-checking during his presidency made a comprehensive list impossible.)

We applied the same conservative standard to Obama and Trump, counting only demonstrably and substantially false statements. The result: Trump is unlike any other modern president. He seems virtually indifferent to reality, often saying whatever helps him make the case he’s trying to make.

In his first 10 months in office, he has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure. That’s an average of about two a year for Obama and about 124 a year for Trump.

Separately, we have updated our earlier list of Trump's lies, which also includes repeated falsehoods. This article counts only distinct falsehoods for both Trump and Obama.

If we had used a less strict standard, Trump would look even worse by comparison. He makes misleading statements and mild exaggerations – about economic statistics, his political opponents and many other subjects – far more often than Obama. We left out any statement that could be plausibly defended even if many people would disagree with the president's interpretation. We also left out modest quantitative errors, such as Trump's frequent imprecision with numbers.

We have used the word “lies” again here, as we did in our original piece. If anything, though, the word is unfair to Obama and Bush. When they became aware that they had been saying something untrue, they stopped doing it. Obama didn’t continue to claim that all Americans would be able to keep their existing health insurance under Obamacare, for example, and Bush changed the way he spoke about Iraq’s weapons capability.

Trump is different. When he is caught lying, he will often try to discredit people telling the truth, be they judges, scientists, F.B.I. or C.I.A. officials, journalists or members of Congress. Trump is trying to make truth irrelevant. It is extremely damaging to democracy, and it’s not an accident. It’s core to his political strategy.

As for Obama: His falsehoods tended to be attempts to make his own policies look better or to overstate a problem he was trying to solve. In a few cases, they seemed to be careless exaggerations he avoided repeating.

Over all, Obama rarely told demonstrable untruths as president. And he appears to have become more careful over time. We counted six straight-up falsehoods in his first year in office. Across his entire second four-year term, we counted the same number, six, only one of which came in his final year in office.

In all, we found 18 different bald untruths from Obama during his presidency. Trump told his 18th separate untruth in his third full week in office, and his list keeps growing.

In fact, Trump tells falsehoods about Obama and his administration more often than Obama told falsehoods about all subjects. Since his inauguration, Trump has told 10 separate untruths about Obama, including false allegations of wiretapping and false descriptions of Obamacare. We counted only two falsehoods Obama told about Bush.

Postscript: George W. Bush

As we mentioned above, it was not possible to create a similar list for George W. Bush, because the various fact-checking groups – whose work we used heavily here – were not operating continuously when he became president, in 2001.

But several sources did try to evaluate some of his claims at the time. Their work suggests that Bush sometimes told falsehoods but was fundamentally different from Trump. Bush instead seems to be somewhere on the pre-Trump presidential spectrum.

In 2001, for example, Bush said significantly more stem-cell lines existed than actually did. Most infamously, Bush and his advisers justified the Iraq War by talking about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, which did not exist. But as costly as these claims were, Bush evidently believed them at the time. And for the most part, once his statements became demonstrably false, he stopped making them."

Topic: Robert Mueller files first set of charges
Posted: Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:53:48 AM
The first charges have been filed in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russia interference in the 2016 US election, media reports say.
Topic: Need Photo Website to Host Pix on TFD (free)
Posted: Thursday, October 26, 2017 5:26:24 AM
Topic: Donald J. tRump: Murderer
Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 4:45:02 AM
Chemical industry insider now a top EPA hazards watchdog

"WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems.

So scientists and administrators in the EPA’s Office of Water were alarmed in late May when a top Trump administration appointee insisted upon the rewriting of a rule to make it harder to track the health consequences of the chemical, and therefore regulate it.

The revision was among more than a dozen demanded by the appointee, Nancy B. Beck, after she joined the EPA’s toxic chemical unit in May as a top deputy. For the previous five years, she had been an executive at the American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association.

The changes directed by Beck may result in an “underestimation of the potential risks to human health and the environment” caused by PFOA and other so-called legacy chemicals no longer sold on the market, the Office of Water’s top official warned in a confidential internal memo obtained by The New York Times.

The EPA’s abrupt new direction on legacy chemicals is part of a broad initiative by the Trump administration to change the way the federal government evaluates health and environmental risks associated with hazardous chemicals, making it more aligned with the industry’s wishes.

It is a cause with far-reaching consequences for consumers and chemical companies. The EPA regulates some 80,000 different chemicals, many of them highly toxic and used in workplaces, homes and everyday products. If chemicals are deemed less risky, they are less likely to be subjected to heavy oversight and restrictions."

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