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TRUMP’S TALE ABOUT THE IRAN MISSILE & “FAKE NEWS”

TRUMP’S TALE ABOUT THE IRAN MISSILE & “FAKE NEWS”

Regarding the news about a missile strike on Iran after it destroyed our drone, Donald Trump has tweeted and told the media this story:  "We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die," Trump said, "150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone." In his telling of his story about the situation,…

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THE EMBARRASSMENT OF EXCUSES OFFERED FOR THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

THE EMBARRASSMENT OF EXCUSES OFFERED FOR THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN

 Prince Machiavelli once said: "politics has no relation to morals." Nor does it appear to have any relation to logical thinking and honest reasoning  as far as president Trump, Mitch McConnell and the Republicans are concerned. Let's start with the facts and then examine the arguments they are making about the government shutdown. FACT: There is only one reason and one person who is responsible for the shutdown- Donald Trump. He famously took credit for it on public television: "I…

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EXAMPLES OF “LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS”

EXAMPLES OF “LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS”

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone can be blind to the truth because of their bias about their position on an issue. It’s a fact that almost all politicians are regarded as untrustworthy about the truth when political consequences are involved. But the majority of people generally are truthful and past presidents have been careful about their representations because of the media checking on them. None, in recent history, have made it a practice to make totally outrageous fabricated claims about important national…

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“AND WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WALL?” – “MEXICO!” ….No, Wait. That’s the wrong answer. It’s actually U.S. TAXPAYERS!

“AND WHO’S GOING TO PAY FOR THE WALL?” – “MEXICO!” ….No, Wait. That’s the wrong answer. It’s actually U.S. TAXPAYERS!

Let's start the discussion of President Trump's demands of Billions of dollars for a wall with what is a billion? Well, a billion seconds ago it was 1959. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive. A billion years ago our ancestors were living in the stone age. If we wanted to pay a debt of $1 billion dollars by paying one dollar every second, it would take 31 years and 259 days. President Trump demands $5.7 Billion dollars as a…

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ANYTHING BUT TRUMP NEWS

ANYTHING BUT TRUMP NEWS

My tolerance and ability to think rationally about our Washington DC political situation is being tested daily by the continuous news about Donald. Consequently, I'm writing about something else or more accurately any thing else. I've decided some very light subjects are in order. So let's begin with another president. Andrew Johnson was the vice president under Abraham Lincoln who was notorious for two particularly noteworthy events. The first was when he took the oath of office for vice president on March…

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BRET KAVANAUGH IS UNFIT TO BE A JUDGE ON ANY COURT

BRET KAVANAUGH IS UNFIT TO BE A JUDGE ON ANY COURT

Like someone who drank more than they should have and paid the price the next day, I watched too much of the confirmation hearing involving judge Kavanaugh yesterday. It was disturbing enough that it kept me awake that night. Aside from the controversy over whether Brett Kavanaugh did sexually assault Dr. Ford or not, he clearly and undisputedly demonstrated by his conduct that he is not qualified to be on the United States Supreme Court. He is thoroughly lacking the…

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REPUBLICAN SENATORS AND THE MOVIE CADDYSHACK

REPUBLICAN SENATORS AND THE MOVIE CADDYSHACK

In 1980 the late Roger Dangerfield starred in a movie Caddyshack as the character Al Czervik. Dangerfield portrays everyone's worst nightmare for his lack of social skills, total insensitivity and bad manners. In the movie he is a wealthy person who has "crashed" an exclusive golf country club where he goes about insulting everyone around him. Here are some examples from the movie: Al Czervik:  Hey Doll, can  you scare up another round for our table over here? And tell the cook…

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DONALD TRUMP AND THE DEATH OF TRUTH

DONALD TRUMP AND THE DEATH OF TRUTH

In February of this year I lamented the apparent demise of honesty in American government, with particular focus on our president. https://paulluverajournalonline.com/weblog/2018/02/public-service-involves-an-obligation-of-honesty-integrity-and-character-whats-happened-to-american-.html Michiko Kakutani has written a book The Death of Truth. It was reviewed by Chris Hayes in the Sunday, July 29 New York Times. Hayes, who is a host of "All In" on capital MSNBC, begins his review: "The president is a liar. He lies about matters of the utmost consequence (nuclear diplomacy) and about the most trivial (his golf…

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DONALD TRUMP’S NATIONAL POLITICAL DEMOLITION DERBY

DONALD TRUMP’S NATIONAL POLITICAL DEMOLITION DERBY

 For the uninformed, a demolition derby typically consists of five or more cars that compete to win by the drivers deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another until there is only one left that is capable of being driven which becomes the "winner." Popular at county fairs and festivals, the mechanical mayhem is very loud, dramatic and chaotic to watch, as cars repeatedly crash into each other until there is only one left that is capable of driving. Soon, the…

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THE HEAVENLY HEIGHTS OF EVANGELICAL HYPOCRISY

THE HEAVENLY HEIGHTS OF EVANGELICAL HYPOCRISY

I was amazed to read that a conservative political analyst and commentator, Mona Charen, was loudly booed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in March of this year. This is the largest annual gathering of conservatives. She surprised those in attendance when she criticized President Trump for his sexual misconduct and for the hypocrisy of the the GOP as well as evangelicals in failing to condemn his conduct even though they were quick to condemn others for the same…

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