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Topic: Feeling Happy!
Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2019 10:27:16 PM
Mic drop today by my husband. At dinner with our family for Thanksgiving & my birthday he gave me a much-needed smart cover for my iPad. It was slightly larger but I was thinking I could work with it when he pulled out a new iPad Air & said "Maybe this will fit". The family loved how smoothly he did it! Our son set it all up for me.

After all these years we don't usually give birthday gifts so it was a great surprise. Now I won't need to leave it plugged in all the time because the battery was shot on the old one.

Flowers are from family!❤️ Great dinner, visit, and really enjoyed a long talk after dinner with our grans! Fabulous.




Maybe getting old isn't so bad after all. 😀


"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2019 12:58:50 AM
The slaughter is sickening. Imagine the Kurds having to turn to Russia for help while Trump plays golf. Senior US military officials, US military who have worked with the Kurds, and SOME US veterans are livid. One veteran tweeted they will be remembering this in 2020.

Cannot verify but read the US earlier made the Kurds destroy the tunnels and escapes they had made in case of attacks by Turks. Anybody know if this is true?

Commander of Kurdish forces in Syria to US official:

"I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, stopping these bombs falling on us or not... If not, I need to make a deal with Russia and regime now & invite their planes to protect this region”

https://edition-m.cnn.com/2019/10/12/politics/syrian-kurds-us-turkey-military-operation/index.html


No defence of Trump by FounDit?

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:34:53 PM
With Ukraine Trump cancelled Pence's trip, withheld $400 M in military aid, and a Zelensky visit to US had a condition. Sounds like a banana republic asking foreign countries to remove opponents. Or even blackmail pretending to be negotiation?

But I guess Turkey held all the cards, oops, hotels. US troops have been moved so Turkey can kill the Kurds, who after all were just dispensable US allies fighting against ISIS. Then US troops - made into mercenaries - are to be or have been sent to protect the Saudis where Trump has financial interests. A Kurd being interviewed said they had helped to defeat DAESH and ISIS and Trump is "not a human being". And other Kurds and Americans have said worse.

So now Turkish forces have fired on a declared U.S. military outpost in northern Syria. Turkey knows all US locations down to the precise grid coordinate as confirmed by SECDEF and CJCS only two hours ago. This was not a mistake.

ISIS militants have broken out of prison in Syria after the bombing.

"JUST IN from MarthaRaddatz: ISIS has breached several prisons in northern Syria. Official says Turkey is deliberately targeting American bases so we will depart." ABC

Indeed, Romany. Your and Lotje's quotes are so apropos.



Only ten years, but the last three seem like forever - THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: 10 years ago, former Pres. Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:41:42 PM
Whatever, FD. Write it all off as silly and illogical as you defend the indefensible with semantics.

And by just ignoring the parts that prove my point - Trump said, "Knock the hell...I'd like to punch him in the face...I'll defend you in court...I'll pay your legal fees". This is encouragement for physical contact.

You say you haven't heard invective by your president, I give you examples, and you twist it that insults are not violence. I mention how he suggests/hints at violence and you dismiss them as inconsequential. Normal people may be able to brush off Trump's hyperbole, but unstable ones can't - and some just don't want to. Lawyers for Trump's 'Super Fan' said Trump's rhetoric inspired the Terrorist bomb-sending plot against Democrats and the media. There are many other shooters around the world who named Trump as inspiration. Trump gives a nod in a tweet to someone who disagrees with him or competes with him and shortly thereafter his followers overwhelm the target with death threats.

FounDit wrote: "And if saying nasty things are violence, then all of you here are guilty of it also."

Who is saying that saying nasty things are violence? You are the one who brought that up.

Besides, I skimmed the thread again and see only two names you might call insults that are not particularly nasty of Trump in this whole thread - "little donny" and "Captain Sphincter Blossom". The rest is truth and the criticism is not said nastily. I see where a comment of yours, not his, was called childish and Romany has a right to her opinion about your statement. A children's singsong actually came to my mind as I read that statement that you've said before. In fact the only real (attempted) insults in the whole thread were your continuation of your "dunce" theme three times.

I think it was McConnell who said on TV he would make Obama a one term president and tried to destroy his presidency. Where was your outrage then? Plus I didn't hear Obama accuse Republicans of not being able to get over the election. He just went on doing his job. After all the investigations of Hillary since the 1990s that turned up nothing, she's a private citizen, and you still want her to answer for some thing you have no proof of. I'd like to see GW Bush answer for starting a war that has had serious consequences for the world but... As for Pelosi, she actually has a list of bills Dems have passed in what she calls "McConnell's graveyard".

Unfortunately all political figures get ridiculed and insulted, often unfairly, but I have never ever seen any president cry and whine about it, calling it harassment daily - and it IS daily - on Twitter. Check for yourself. I would have no idea Obama got the most death threats of any president if I hadn't stumbled upon it online.

In Trump's case he gets what he gives.

If I were to do his favourite past time of insulting name calling of anyone who opposes him, it would have something to do with the constant in Trump's life - betrayal.

He has betrayed his revolving-door White House staff, the DOJ who wouldn't do his bidding, his business partners, his customers, his employees, his friends, his wives, people with more melanin, his constituents who are not his followers, and all the ex US allies.

US and Russia vote against allies in UN meeting re Turkey:

PKK - https://www.vox.com/world/2019/10/9/20906239/turkey-invades-syria-trump-erdogan-kurds


One thing I am afraid you are right about - he will not be impeached or removed from office. He has made the Republicans, his supposed own party, too scared for their jobs to speak up.

BTW - "The President has ultimate power and responsibility for law enforcement and intelligence while at the same time recognizing that in certain matters, the Executive branch needs internal divisions of authority that achieve a type of independence from presidential control." From a law website.

If my truthful criticism of a man such as Trump puts me in the dunce corner, I will proudly sit there with my head held high. As long as I can have my iPad on my lap of course. Angel


"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 10:54:36 AM
FounDit wrote:
Hope123 wrote:
FounDit, it is hard to reconcile the reasonable post you just wrote about the damage done by hatred and divisiveness in the US with previous rants you've posted about Liberals in general. Also you seem to condone, by ignoring and not denouncing, the invective spewed by your president every single day, and especially at rallies. He actually encourages/hints that the right violence will be condoned, or that pardons are forthcoming for his cronies.
I don't believe I've ever heard him say any of the things you accuse him of saying. I've not heard invective "every single day", not at rallies. Neither have I heard him condone violence. As for pardons, if they were falsely convicted, or if the sentences weren't just, I have no problem with that. Also, I don't "rant", I make observations.


Answers in green.

I don't know where to start with this one.

If you haven't heard it, as Lotje's quote indicates you're listening only to your focus. And your memory is not as good as mine re earlier writing in an angry and emotionally charged manner, especially during the campaign.

There are so many lists of Trump's insults to over 600 people that some are listed alphabetically. Several tweets daily. Videos of nasty things said to journalists, especially women and women of colour. Promising pardons to guilty people to save your own skin is not the same as pardoning innocent people.

He has openly encouraged or supported violence against his opponents, critics and media.There are many times he has hinted at violence such as against Hillary during the campaign, and then he uses plausible deniability.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/14/trump-again-nods-toward-violence-by-his-supporters-maybe-something-bigger/

Here are just three where he encourages violence outright.

“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, okay? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise,” he said. Of a heckler: “He’s walking out with big high-fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you. Less than two weeks later, Trump repeated his legal-fees promise to those taking a protester out of a rally in Warren, Mich., saying: “Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.””


Words matter - especially those of someone with Trump's power!


Is it just a lack of awareness that you do do not see that disconnect and also see the fact that you had to specifically spell it out once again that you think posters who disagree with you on this thread are dunces is also promoting discord? We got the implication in the first post just as you got the fool's one in repartee but they were general at first, not directed at posters personally till your next post.
I wasn't thinking of posters in my first post. I was thinking of the Democrats and Republicans that hate the President, but if the shoe fits...


I already said we knew the first post was not for posters. It was the second one.

It has been pointed out to you many times that democrats have moved on from anger at the election loss to anger at what Trump is doing. I understand why Trump uses the election as an excuse so he doesn't have to face up to the fact they don't like him and what he is doing, but surely you can see past that?
Now who is disconnected? The Democrats haven't moved an inch from their anger over the election loss. Hillary was just on TV tonight still complaining about it. Everything the Democrats have done since that election has been motivated by their anger over that loss. How do you not see that?


How do you not see that it is Trump who brings up Hillary all the time, especially on Twitter and still prompts rallies to chant "Lock her up". This time she was responding to his tweet when she said "Don't tempt me to run again." Republicans have been talking about opening investigations into her emails recently! Besides she's only one person and only a civilian now.

You and Trump and Republicans need to forget about Hillary.

Nancy Pelosi is the Democrat directing the discussion and she talks about what is happening now with Trump's policies and how they can't get any of their many initiatives to help the people through Mitch McConnell. About how Trump is breaking many laws. Schumer and Schiff too. The only election they are thinking about is 2020.



BTW, there is no need to point out once again that non Americans have no say in the matter as they are well aware that your president is disrupting their lives, even shortening them (as the Kurd allies now know), and they have not even the control of one vote.
He is looking out for our lives, for Americans, which is exactly what he should be doing. But feel free to inform us along with Romany on how much influence and weight your opinion has on what happens here in the U.S. It should be informative.


You missed the point - that's the problem - we have no influence except to support the majority of American citizens who in recent polls want him impeached and removed from office. Many Canadians and Brits do so daily on Twitter and other formats.

Many Americans do not feel "helped". Especially the special American forces with the Kurds who say they feel betrayed. The farmers, the manufacturers, citizens paying more for everything because of tariffs. etc. Even Fox News is having trouble supporting him as usual, and Trump now says "they suck".


Link showing how this has been going on in US long before 2015 election:

https://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/

The issue isn't polarization, it is the degree to which it has risen since the Democrat loss in 2016.



Two things happened in 2016. Democrats lost. Trump rose to power that he is trying to increase by controlling the DOJ and media.

So you really mean the increase in hatred all over the world since Trump, the president of the United States, condones it. The rest of the world doesn't care about the election loss, only what Trump does now.


"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 10:10:07 PM
Now it gets really worse - Horrible breaking news - National Security Correspondent for Fox News Jennifer Griffin says "US military has been ordered by Trump not to help" even though Syrian Kurds under bombardment from Turkish jets urgently request air support from U.S. and “No fly zone” to protect civilians: SDF statement.

A lot of the weapons being used by the Turks to invade Syria and assault the Kurds are made in the US. Turkey is now bombing civilians. The genocide has commenced and Trump is on the sidelines pretending not to cheer. All because of two hotels and greed.

I don't know how Trump, Republicans in government who prop him up, and his supporters who keep him in power can sleep at night. There's now even more blood on their hands. I take one person back - Trump doesn't sleep. He also has no idea how others feel.

Spin this FD, how it is just that the dunces are against him.



Written by an American in the know - they are outright calling Trump corrupt.

"For all the talk about President Trump and Russia, there's also Trump and Ukraine, Trump and Turkey, Trump and Saudi Arabia, and likely elsewhere where the shadow of self-interest and corruption eclipses the clarity of our national interest.




"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:44:11 PM
This just gets better and better.

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2019-10-09/trump-urged-top-aide-to-help-giuliani-client-facing-doj-charges?__twitter_impression=true

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:48:50 PM
Romany wrote:
Towan -

But hey, keep in mind that while the whole of Europe might be down on us - they don't have a vote in the UK, so that's all right, then!


Romany, Europe may be down on you because the UK is affecting their lives too, but the rest of the democratic world is pulling for both the UK and Europe to get this sorted.

Edited - and soon!

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:40:58 PM
FounDit, it is hard to reconcile the reasonable post you just wrote about the damage done by hatred and divisiveness in the US with previous rants you've posted about Liberals in general. Also you seem to condone, by ignoring and not denouncing, the invective spewed by your president every single day, and especially at rallies. He actually encourages/hints that the right violence will be condoned, or that pardons are forthcoming for his cronies.

Is it just a lack of awareness that you do do not see that disconnect and also see the fact that you had to specifically spell it out once again that you think posters who disagree with you on this thread are dunces is also promoting discord? We got the implication in the first post just as you got the fool's one in repartee but they were general at first, not directed at posters personally till your next post.

It has been pointed out to you many times that democrats have moved on from anger at the election loss to anger at what Trump is doing. I understand why Trump uses the election as an excuse so he doesn't have to face up to the fact they don't like him and what he is doing, but surely you can see past that?

BTW, there is no need to point out once again that non Americans have no say in the matter as they are well aware that your president is disrupting their lives, even shortening them (as the Kurd allies now know), and they have not even the control of one vote.


Link showing how this has been going on in US long before 2015 election:

https://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Topic: Whistleblower Report
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 9:59:53 AM
March Hare wrote:
"The most tragic thing in the world is a man of genius who is not a man of honor."

― George Bernard Shaw



True. Whether genius or not, honour is always more important!

But what do we mean by "genius" or "intelligence"?

What we mean by “intelligent” or “genius” ultimately depends on the kind of proof we look for. There is emotional intelligence as well as mental agility intelligence. Geniuses are not noted for emotional or even social intelligence.

Republicans have pretty much always liked swagger, and non-bookish rich popular celebrities they think have "guts" and persuasiveness, like Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan and the proud C-student and baseball team owner George W. Bush, while they overlook the ineptitude and ignorance. They accuse the kind of people Democrats like of being pretentious.

Democrats like technical expertise and educated people who make deliberated decisions that are driven by science. Democrats chose the U.S. Naval Academy-educated engineer Jimmy Carter, the Rhodes Scholar Bill Clinton, the Harvard-trained lawyer Barack Obama. They accuse the Republican choices of being inept..


"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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