US Politics


#973

Interesting to see that many who preach “freedom of speech” are more than happy to challenge the right of those who have different beliefs to exercise it.


#974

You’ll always get that while people believe and act like “freedoms” are a one-way street.


#975

Hahaha. Awesome.


#976

Sadly not surprising.

In a series of early-morning tweets, Trump also appeared to blame some of Puerto Rico’s residents for the slow pace of relief from the battering caused by Hurricane Maria, saying “they want everything to be done for them.”

“The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump,” the Republican president wrote from his private golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, where he is spending the weekend.

“Such poor leadership by the Mayor of San Juan and others in Puerto Rico who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

I mean how dare these non-white Americans expect the US gov’t to help them when they’ve lost everything?
Didn’t they learn the US govt’s care level after Hurricane Katrina?

Cruz said she wasn’t alone in concluding that federal action to help the US commonwealth recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit on September 20, had been inadequate so far.

“General Buchanan has said he doesn’t have what he needs in Puerto Rico to get the situation under control,” she said of Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan, who’s been appointed to lead all military hurricane efforts in Puerto Rico. “Don’t take my word for it, take a three-star general’s word for it.”

Trump’s outburst came after a day after Cruz, delivered a sharp retort to comments from a top Trump administration official, who said the federal relief effort was a good-news story.

Wow.

“Actually, I was asking for help — I wasn’t saying anything nasty about the President,” she said.

The level of ignorance of so many Americans is astounding:

A Morning Consult-New York Times poll shows that more than half of Americans do not realise that Puerto Rico is a US territory and that its residents are US citizens.

Xavier Totti, who moved to the mainland US from Puerto Rico says he is still asked routinely if he is “legal”, and when he mails packages to relatives back home he has to fill out an international form.

‘Poor leadership’? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Trump received a measure of praise for his handling of the recent hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida but has come under fire for a flat-footed response in Puerto Rico, where he sought to defend slow relief efforts by saying: “This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.” In the past 10 days he has been distracted by a long weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, an election contest in Alabama, a major tax reform plan and a racially charged dispute with sportsmen who kneel during the national anthem.

But of course golfing and attacking black sportsmen is more important than helping a devastated US territory.

With terrible timing, there have also been revelations about Trump’s cabinet members taking expensive charter flights at taxpayers’ expense, culminating in the resignation of the health secretary, Tom Price. Critics have warned that Maria threatens to become “Trump’s Katrina” – a reference to the 2005 hurricane that smashed New Orleans and became a defining failure of George W Bush’s presidency.

“We are dying here,” Cruz said at a press conference, speaking with tears in her eyes. “I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of [160 km x 60 km]. So, mayday, we are in trouble.”


#977

Any news from trump on gun control following the disaster? NOPE

Bill Orielly of the far right saying “it’s the cost of freedom”… that cunt is fucked in the head!

Not one elected official from the right or White House mentioning gun control.

The far right have spent the day peddling fake news that the shooter was a democrat.

Sums up the state of partisan politics in the US.


#978

Trump showing his skills, really hoping for the job operating the T-shirt cannon at Miami Heat games.


#981

Sir, we seem to have misplaced your empathy chip.


#982

A Fairfax Media headline writer didn’t read the story:

The New York Times story I’d just read elsewhere actually says a senior Republican US Senator said that; and from the looks of it the Washington Post story Fairfax are republishing does too:


#983

A lunatic is in charge of the asylum:

Ah… The best meeting ever?

Or (while I’m digging up old - and somewhat unpleasant - sayings,) has this now become like kicking a cripple?


#986

#987

Mark Kenny:

…balance his contemporary position on Iran against his contention that the crisis with Pyongyang should have been resolved before the rogue state had a nuclear capability. This makes sense. Yet Trump is blind to the argument’s obvious application to Iran – a country that was on the path to a nuclear capability but has agreed to stop, in exchange for sanctions being lifted, and its international bank accounts unfrozen.

While there are concerns over Iran’s behaviour (mostly outside the agreement’s purview, but not entirely), its nuclear retreat is a real-time, real-world example of how coordinated international pressure, coupled with a willingness to recognise legitimate, sovereign, defence and economic aims, can enhance global security.

The US Idiot in Chief is insistent on dragging a defeat from the jaws of victory; his actions could only push Iran back to developing nuclear weapons. :persevere:


#988

Third time’s the charm…? Not quite.

Which ban was this?

This ruling affected the new restrictions announced by the Trump administration in September

It targeted citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and some Venezuelan Government officials and their families.

While previous bans had time limits, this ban was open-ended.

President Donald Trump issued these restrictions because the previous ban, which was partly revived by the Supreme Court, expired in late September.

The fool that doesn’t learn…

The judge found Mr Trump’s new ban “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor.”

Hawaii had argued the order was essentially a continuation of his campaign promise to ban Muslims from entering the US.

The judge said the new restrictions also ignore a federal appeals court ruling that found Mr Trump’s previous ban exceeds the scope of his authority.


#989

What a scumbag:

Oh, and WTF?:

Plus it’s not just the Trump that’s caught with more lies:


#990

The story about Melania Trump having a decoy was fake, but it wouldn’t surprise if she did have a stand in so she didn’t have to hang out with him.


#991

Former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleads guilty to lying to the FBI, while former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his offsider Rick Gates have been indicted on money laundering and tax evasion charges, and former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn is rumoured to be the next to be indicted.

On Twitter, Trump is still in denial.


#992

The Trump Campaign knew that the Russians had the leaked emails from the DNC for months before the public knew.

This is fucking amazing. Watergate 2.0


#993

I’d love for the late-1990s BBC (3-part?) documentary “Watergate” to be aired again, soon (ABC, SBS,??? Please???).

It was a great doco, it added so much to the picture of what had happened back then.


#994

@realDonaldTrump does not exist :laughing:


#995

A very telling graph posted to the front of The New York Times website this morning.
massshootingsUSA


#996

They’ll never understand that more guns equals more mass murders.