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Stevie  ::  Wot you said, yes it's about the Oil/Money, and also, in some respects, Trumperbelle has done a good thing, with this, now  AOC will turn 'merica Socialist, when she gets to be President in the future. Because it won't be Twitter next time, it'll be "Insta"

Cav, thanks for that link and congratulations, on using a real news source, rather than one from the 'shirtless boy school of disinformation', did it hurt?

Mr Flash, you correctly note Left Bias,  I pose a non hypothetical question - If the Pendulum of politics, is swung too far to what most people think is the right, even to the far right, would not a swing back, to the left, be a balancing and desirable movement? And would the Media, be expected to reflect this accurately? Tee tee :)

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Venezuela crisis: Why the military is backing Maduro

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"Previously the military had been more or less confined to barracks, but Chávez let them out and gave them access to cabinet posts, to control of banks and other financial services," Phil Gunson, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, told the BBC.

Mr Maduro, a former bus driver with no previous military links, has continued the trend. The armed forces have played a key role in supporting his government, with many officers holding posts as ministers or other influential positions.

Key sectors now in the hands of senior officers include the crucial food distribution services, run by Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino, and the state-owned oil and gas company PDVSA, which has Maj Gen Manuel Quevedo, head of the national guard, as its president.

Over the years the military has been allowed to become corrupt, Mr Gunson says.

If holding lucrative positions is one incentive for members of the armed forces to keep Mr Maduro in power, the fear of being held to account could be another.

"Parts of the military, particularly the senior officers, would like this to continue because they are making money out of it but also because they are so compromised," said Mr Gunson.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-47036129

 

Sound familiar? Interesting that Putin sent bombers to visit Venezuela, while the US is sending plane loads of food and medicine. Who do you think is better at PR?  :hmmm:

 

 

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7 hours ago, Coss said:

 

Mr Flash, you correctly note Left Bias,  I pose a non hypothetical question - If the Pendulum of politics, is swung too far to what most people think is the right, even to the far right, would not a swing back, to the left, be a balancing and desirable movement? And would the Media, be expected to reflect this accurately? Tee tee :)

 

You mean sort of like a choice between the Nazis and the Communists? I think I'll stay put here in SE Asia.

 

 

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Comment: How to screw up an emergency declaration in 10 easy steps
 
Washington Post   
By: Jennifer Rubin
 
None other than Ann Coulter declared on Friday, "The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot." She has a point. The president's declaration, in the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, amounts to "a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process."

Even the best-executed power grab would have been difficult to defend in court. There is no emergency (border crossings are down), the illegal drug problem (despite Trump's contradicting his own administration) isn't primarily a border problem, and the humanitarian problem that does exist (families fleeing Central America to request asylum) won't be solved by a wall.

Nevertheless, in 10 steps, Trump irretrievably ruined whatever legal case he would have had.

First, he did not address the issue when the Republican Party held majorities in both the House and Senate, when, for example, he had the ability to push through measures on reconciliation.
 
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Second, he rejected a deal for $25 billion in border security in exchange for legalization of "dreamers," which doesn't sound like the sort of thing you'd do in a real emergency.

Third, he signed a continuing resolution that kept the government running until Dec. 8, 2018. Again, you wouldn't agree to that in the face of a real emergency.

Fourth, Congress passed another continuing resolution to keep the government open until Dec. 21, 2018.

Fifth, the president provoked a 35-day shutdown that ended with a three-week continuing resolution. Again, this doesn't give off an emergency "vibe."

Sixth, as appropriators negotiate, the president repeatedly threatens to use emergency powers until Congress gives him what he wants. The critical precondition for an emergency declaration is lack of congressional compliance.

Seventh, appropriators reach agreement - and Trump signs it.
 
Eighth, there is no report or analysis demonstrating why Congress' response is inadequate. Instead, Trump declares an emergency on the same day as the signing, a transparent effort to eclipse his utter failure to deliver on a campaign promise.

Ninth, at a bizarre Rose Garden press conference on Friday, Trump declared, "I didn't need to do this. ... I just want to do it faster." It is difficult to imagine a more damaging confession that the emergency is figment of Trump's frail ego and thirst to avoid disappointing his base.

Tenth, Trump tells a set of ridiculous lies to justify his border wall. For example, he denies replete evidence from his own administration that the vast amount of illegal drugs come through ports of entry and claims that El Paso had an epidemic crime rate before barriers were built. (But now that the city has barriers and is so safe, why the need for the concrete wall?)

According to Trump, he's received legal advice that his emergency power grab is likely to be enjoined. Well, even Trump's lawyers figured that out. However, Trump's irrational, desperate and incoherent approach has not merely damaged his chances of surviving a court challenge. He has made it infinitely harder for Republicans to defend him and vote against a resolution reversing the declaration. Trump told them there was no emergency.

Any intellectually honest lawmaker cognizant of both this fact pattern and his oath of office would be obliged to vote to end the fraudulent emergency. However, we've already seen Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell prove he is willing to ignore facts (and his oath) to support an authoritarian president. Other Republicans no doubt will follow suit.

There is no better reason for voters to throw out Trump and Senate Republicans in 2020. Those who aren't "idiots" are willfully violating their oaths. Either way, they need to go.

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Did Japan's PM nominate Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after president asked him to?

Donald Trump's administration asked Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize after he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un met for a historic summit, according to a Japanese newspaper.  

On Friday (US time), Trump boasted during a White House Rose Garden press event that Abe had handed him "the most beautiful copy" of a five-page letter about the nomination but concluded "I'll probably never get it", the Daily Mail reported.  

The request came months after the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on June 12, according to the newspaper Asahi Shimbun...

 

 

fffffft.....

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Here 'y go Cav...

 

Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality

The Trump administration is launching a global campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality in dozens of nations where it's still illegal to be gay, U.S. officials tell NBC News, a bid aimed in part at denouncing Iran over its human rights record.  

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, the highest-profile openly gay person in the Trump administration, is leading the effort, which kicks off Tuesday evening in Berlin.

The U.S. embassy is flying in LGBT activists from across Europe for a strategy dinner to plan to push for decriminalization in places that still outlaw homosexuality — mostly concentrated in the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.  

“It is concerning that, in the 21st century, some 70 countries continue to have laws that criminalize LGBTI status or conduct,” said a U.S. official involved in organizing the event...https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/trump-administration-launches-global-effort-end-criminalization-homosexuality-n973081

 

This should rile up the base.

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That surprises me since the religious right is very supportive of him. The religious right pretty much has one standard. Anti abortion. That's it. Lip service to anything else. 

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I don't know if you saw the "proclamation"of the 'national emergency', but I have to say, that "word salad", 'rant', 'rambling, 'senile', 'incoherent' don't do it justice.

He really is coming apart under pressure, I do give him credit for standing up each day and sticking to his guns/illusions/confusions/delusions.

It's a shame the mechanisms your government are so slow, this is like the 9th season, of a tv series, that shouldn't have made it,  past series 1 episode 5.

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