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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 4:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I am brought to wonder... now that 45 seems to be focusing his ire on a veteran's pregnant widow*, how much love, respect, even consideration can our armed forces be giving him? I know that the vast majority of military strictly follow the chain of command, which ends with the president... but his actions violate the expected behavior of the top commander of the military. I am almost certain that they will never enact a military coup... but they might be resentful, and that might affect their actions and reactions slightly. It's human nature.

*A pregnant war widow. Trump knows how to pick 'em. All this lady needed was to have a medical condition and be out selling matches in a blizzard on Christmas Eve to be a more "perfect" target. Slimy moron.

James J. - Trump technically didn't sink so low, I believe, because he was pretty much there from the campaign and from Day One. But he does have to set himself up as superior to every action, every word, every single thought - and had Clinton been president recently enough, I'll be Trump would be fighting against him too.

This egotistical ass has to prove himself superior to everyone in everything at all times, to prove himself faultless and superior constantly.

Hell, I'll bet Trump's golf handicap is worse than Obama's too. But at least Trump is constantly working to improve that.
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 4:26am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

It has to be said. Trump has some weird obsession with reversing every single thing that Obama did. There is definitely a weird psychology driving his decisions in this area.

After reading a few op ed pieces about Trump and thinking about the subject for a while, I think he should be made to take an Alzheimer’s test. There are starting to be too many instances of him showing no recollection of what he has previously said either through changing what he thinks was said, just repeating it or flat out denial.

We are saying this is just ego. I’m thinking it is looking too much like my mother in law 10 years ago when we started to twig she had early on set Alzheimer’s.
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His behavior has already been assessed, and doctors have warned us that Trump seems mentally ill:


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Donald Trump has a “dangerous mental illness” and is not fit to lead the US, a group of psychiatrists have warned during a conference at Yale University.

Mental health experts claimed the President was “paranoid and delusional”, and said it was their “ethical responsibility” to warn the American public about the “dangers” Mr Trump’s psychological state poses to the country.

Speaking at the conference at Yale’s School of Medicine on Thursday, one of the mental health professionals, Dr John Gartner, a practising psychotherapist who advised psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, said: “We have an ethical responsibility to warn the public about Donald Trump's dangerous mental illness.”
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It has to be said. Trump has some weird obsession with reversing every single thing that Obama did. There is definitely a weird psychology driving his decisions in this area.

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Nothing weird about it. He hates black people and has the idea that anything done by a black president is inherently bad. If Obama had somehow been Republican, Trump would still be a Democrat and he’d still be trying to reverse everything Obama did. He’s so pissed off at the democrats for running a black man for and electing him president, he has to do everything he can to undo it. 
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 5:22am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

In addition to his vicious, dishonest attack on Rep. Wilson, it should not be forgotten that Gen. John Kelly (of whom it has been suggested is one of the adults in the room bringing order to the daily chaos in the White House) not only poured gasoline on the fire, but most disturbingly, asserted that only a small percentage of people could ask him about it: 

"At the end of the briefing, he said that he would take questions only from those members of the press who had a personal connection to a fallen soldier, followed by those who knew a Gold Star family. Considering that, a few minutes earlier, Kelly had said most Americans didn’t even know anyone who knew anyone who belonged to the “one per cent,” he was now explicitly denying a majority of Americans—or the journalists representing them—the right to ask questions."

These are the gatekeepers, and they couldn't even manage a simple phone call.
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 6:19am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

how much love...can our armed forces be giving him?

Would this be the same armed forces that threw their love and support behind draft dodgers Bush and Cheney and shunned a military hero named John Kerry?
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Don Z. - I don't recall Bush and Cheney working over the armed forces during B II's tenure in office, nor John Kerry ever assaulting their honor and character.

Let me say it plainly; Trump is showing contempt and disrespect for at least part of the military, and I believe he is very irritated that they are not subject to his complete control. I can't remember any other president who had this attitude toward the armed forces. That's my point. I may be mis-remembering, but I don't recall Bush, Cheney, or Kerry acting this way - nor receiving disfavor from the military in return.
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Well, there was the whole business of Cheney running Halliburton until he became vice president, and then being paid millions of dollars by Halliburton after he was vice president and awarding billions of dollars worth of military contracts to Halliburton, including the award (without bidding) of restoring Iraqi oil wells to Halliburton subsidiary KBR, which was then alleged in a lawsuit to have messed up the health of servicemen. LINK The lovely KBR then sued the veterans LINK

If that wasn't enough, Dick Cheney's wife Lynne sat on the board of Lockheed Martin up until Cheney became vice president, including years when the company was found guilty of ripping the military off. LINK LINK


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 Brian Miller wrote:
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It has to be said. Trump has some weird obsession with reversing every single thing that Obama did. There is definitely a weird psychology driving his decisions in this area.

Nothing weird about it. He hates black people and has the idea that anything done by a black president is inherently bad.

This may be broadly true, but I think it's as simple as Obama making fun of him.  Seriously, it's that petty.  After years of birther crap instigated in large part by Trump, Obama had some fun at his expense at the 2011 White House Correspondent's Dinner (Link).  Thinned skinned as he is, unable to take a joke or leave a slight (no matter how small and insignificant) unanswered, Trump decided to run for president.  Clear as day, his main mission from April 2011 until now has been to dismantle anything that Obama, Michelle and his White House created or passed.  Large legislation or small.  Doesn't matter.  Doesn't matter that his vindictive nature hurts the American people.  As long as he destroys it all (and makes a healthy profit along the way) he's happy.  Sad thing is, Congress is all too happy to go along with it.  
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Posted: 25 October 2017 at 2:12pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Legalized bribery? 

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I am confused. What has Trump done that the  Republican congress opposed but went along with? Is repealing Obama's agenda not what most of the GOP ran on. Obama governed  a lot by Presidential order because Republicans opposed him on things. The bombastic rhetoric is Trump but the ideas are Republican. 
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I am confused. What has Trump done that the  Republican congress opposed but went along with? Is repealing Obama's agenda not what most of the GOP ran on. Obama governed  a lot by Presidential order because Republicans opposed him on things. The bombastic rhetoric is Trump but the ideas are Republican. 

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The bombastic and impulsive rhetoric is what the Republican Congress goes along with.

As far as policy, one example is the transgender military ban. The GOP, at least the Senate side that has to deal with a more mixed constituency, weren't quick to embrace it, but the sense I'm getting is that they've mostly washed their hands of dealing with it. 

Ending DACA was another thing that I felt many Republicans in Congress wish Trump hadn't done, because while they opposed Obama's DACA program, there's more Republican support for letting the DREAMers stay. Now Congressional Republicans have to come up with a solution rather than being able to play both sides by having the DACA boogeyman while not having to actually deal with deporting DREAMers.
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Posted: 26 October 2017 at 5:31am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

I am confused. What has Trump done that the  Republican congress opposed but went along with?
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Raised the debt ceiling and repeatedly let Ivanka be intimately involved in the highest level of Presidential proceedings, for a start. Replacing Obamacare at any cost with any replacement no matter how unsuitable or unpopular also does not seem to go down with Congress, which is why they have repeatedly failed to back Trump in House votes on the matter, but Trump appears to be over-powering them by not letting the issue drop and forcing the issue by damaging Obamacare. 
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Posted: 26 October 2017 at 8:11am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Trump has one of the great memories of all time.*


*Source: Donald J. Trump


Really this diatribe is very amusing: LINK

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Posted: 26 October 2017 at 8:15am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Yeah, the guy with "one of the great memories of all time", couldn't remember pertinent facts 35 times during a deposition....

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Eric, you don't recall the war in Iraq? Great for Cheney's pocket book and Bush's ego, not so good for everyone else.

And read my post again--I never wrote that John Kerry "assaulted" the troops. His character was smeared during the campaign by other veterans who chose to stand behind draft dodging war criminals.
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Posted: 26 October 2017 at 11:03am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Don Z., I don't get why you're missing the point of what I said. I didn't think I was that vague.

Yeah, I remember the Iraqi war. I don't CARE about Bush and Cheney's ego and pocketbooks - how did they directly insult soldiers during that?

I know about John Kerry, but again - what statements did he make or actions did he take that disparaged the military?

YOU brought these men up about my comment regarding the question how could our armed forces support a man who has degraded them as much as Trump has. Make the connection for me, 'cause I don't see what you're obviously seeing.
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As far as I remember, Bush and Cheney made sure they publicly fetishized the troops and military service, while oh-so-respectfully feeding active duty servicepeople into the Iraq meatgrinder for three years without an occupation plan, and instituted stop-loss policies that effectively reimposed the draft, just specifically on active duty personnel who had completed their duty. 

Their budgets also slashed veteran benefits to a degree I'm not certain. My late father, a disabled veteran, went from being an obnoxiously born-again Republican in 2000 to cursing Bush's very name once the 2002 budget was unveiled. 
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As someone who started working in the Veterans services field back in 2004, one of the fortunate byproducts of an unfortunate war is that there was a pronounced increase in awareness of Veterans programs and benefits that picked up right about when I got in the field. I was inundated with Veterans in just those first few years who previously had no idea that they might still be eligible for education and employment and training benefits even though they had been out of the service for a few years or had served between named-conflict eras. For over 8 years I facilitated a Transition Assistance class on a military installation where they went over benefits and tried to prep soon-to-transition servicemembers for the civilian workplace.
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Down goes Paul Manafort -- Flynn may be indicted next. One can only hope it leads to more of those bozos in the WH, but it's too early to tell.


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George Papadopoulos will be the one who ties it all together....
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And now it’s looking like he was wired a good bit of the time. Holy shit, what a time to be alive!

Sean Hannity has even referred to Hillary as “President Clinton” twice tonight. 
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And now Facebook says around 80,000 posts were added to its site by a Kremlin-linked company in two years leading up to the election, reaching up to an estimated 126 million Americans.

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Now it begins. Names will be named, facts will be revealed, and asses will be covered.

I wonder exactly how many people will roll over on Trump... how many times will we hear, "Mr. Trump told me that this was what he wanted me to do," or something similar. How influential is Trump REALLY when push comes to shove? We shall soon see, I suppose.

And how insanely will he react? Because he has the Football, he could try to distract things with an attack on North Korea... which, I've noted under previous cover, would have to be seen as a nuclear attack on Russia and China as well. Could the 25th amendment be enacted quickly enough to stop Trump from pushing the button?

And a presidential pardon might keep these people out of prison on federal charges, but I am not conversant enough with federal law to know if they could still be charged or sued under more regional courts - and if Trump has enough pardons for all of these.

And let's also recall... a presidential pardon requires that the subject be found GUILTY. It would still destroy reputations... and in Washington, the brand is more important than the man, it would seem.

The circus is just beginning. Get your torches and pitchforks here...
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Eric, I said the military shunned John Kerry in favor of the draft dodgers Bush and Cheney--I never wrote that Kerry insulted the military. Try again. 

You also posted you don't understand why the military would support a man like Trump. I pointed out that our military has a history of standing behind draft dodgers as long as they have an R next to their name.




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