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Kim Phones Trump

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 06/16/18 20:28

by Dave Mindeman

Headline: Trump says he gave North Korea's Kim his direct number

Trump: Hello?

Kim: Hello Big Donnie. It's me Kim.

Trump: Well, hi, Lego Man, how goes the grind.

Kim: Oh, just doing my thing. Arrested a few people. Executed some deserters. Expanded my gulags. Played some buckets with Rodman. And made everyone watch me eat a seven course meal on State TV.

Trump: Sounds like a full day. I love the way everyone pays so much attention to what you do. They really, really love you.

Kim: Hey, Donnie boy, I expect nothing less. I get their loyalty -or else.

Trump: That's what I like about you Short Round. You stay on point. Wish I didn't have to cow tow to the free media. They can mess up my narrative really bad. Say, you plan to have any military parades soon? I'd sure like to be there. Love the hardware.

Kim: Sure Donnie, my man. I can conjure up some big equipment shows anytime. My army does a mean goose step. Love to have you as my guest.

Trump: Great, ButterBall, let's have our people get that arranged. Oh, by the way, how's that nuke dismantling coming?

Kim: Still getting the inventory together. Might take a few months, maybe years, to get that on paper. But we are working on it. I'll keep you informed.

Trump: Thanks, Stuffing and Gravy, you know how persnickety my deep state can be about getting results. You'd never guess that I just prevented nuclear war.

Kim: Yeah, I get it. My generals got all hot under the collar when our nuclear test site collapsed. Set us back pretty good. But I told them that you would be willing to stall things out until we get back in the groove. I appreciate that you trust me on these things. Nobody else ever has taken my word for things before. But you understand the big lie. We can communicate.

Trump: Yeah, Bubble Boy, we are kindred spirits. Nobody gets my approach here at home either. But you know how this works. It's the show that counts. Keep it superficial and everybody wins......Well, sorry, got to get back to imprisoning kids at the border. Never seems to end down there. But don't be a stranger. You can call me anytime.

Kim: Thanks, Big Donnie, I appreciate that very much. Say hi to Mikey for me. He still owes me for that backgammon game. Bye for now.

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Timeline: Russia/Trump Conspiracy

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/19/18 15:14

by Dave Mindeman

Politifact has a timeline of how events involving Trump and Russia unfold. Looking at all of it in one place is kind of chilling....

you can find the full time-line here.

The timing of things is most curious. For instance, it was March of 2016 that John Podesta's e-mails were hacked...but they were not released until an hour after the Access Hollywood tape became public, October 7, 2016.

Everything keeps building as info is gathered - and there had to be an American plan to coordinate with the Russian plan.

Besides the timeline, let me add these dates that happened earlier.

November of 2012, shortly after Obama's re-election, Trump applies for a trademark on "Make America Great Again" - knowing trademark paper work is a lengthy process.

In 2013, Trump retweets several fake accounts that "encourage" him to run for President.

Also in November 9, 2013 - Trump holds the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

November 12, 2013 - Moscow newspaper says Trump planning skyscraper in Moscow - which Trump retweets.

2014 - Russia sends operatives into America to gather information on our election process and our electorate.

May 27th, 2015 - Trump gets final approval on his trademark.

June 16th, 2015 - Trump announces for President.

Tell me that these things are NOT part of a Russian conspiracy with Trump as the focal point.

It begs credulity to think these things are not dots being connected.
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Gun Inaction Must Have Consequences

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 02/16/18 07:49

by Dave Mindeman

The dialogue is familiar. The arguments the same. The results predictable.

Guns in America is a serious and deadly problem. This type of problem only exists here. It only occurs here. It only succeeds here.

The NRA is perceived to be protecting the individual right to bear arms. That is a falsehood. The NRA is a lobby arm for gun manufacturers. They do not care about hunters, sportsmen, recreational gun users. They ONLY care about selling guns and the right to sell guns with the least amount of difficulty.

I have heard Republicans rail against the use of labor dues as political weapons. But their own equivalent is the NRA - which uses dues from its members to essentially buy votes in Congress....and hold them hostage.

Nobody wants to eliminate the Second Amendment. The Amendment, itself, is not the problem. The problem is the constant war against any restriction of gun sales of even the smallest nature by the NRA. Even the restrictions that have been there in the past have been targeted for removal by this gun lobby.

I'm sick of it. I have blogged about guns and the need for changes for several years. And, predictably, gun trolls are on watch to make sure I am properly chastised for thinking such evil thoughts.

Funny, how gun advocates make argument after argument about why unrestricted gun sales are so vital - yet, very seldom do I EVER hear them talk about the victims of these shootings as worthy of comment.

Guns over people. That is the road we travel. People die and the chorus of gun protection is immediate and swift.

Thoughts and prayers. The phrase has been uttered so often that it is now meaningless. There is a gun sold for every prayer uttered. And somewhere another person dies at the hand of a gun for every sympathetic thought.

I fully realize that there is not one answer to this. Mental health is essential to the conversation - buy why do we not fully fund this?

Counselors in the schools would seem to be a necessary help. But counseling is the last thing that gets funded and our schools often go without because of more budget cuts.

Programs about bullying should be on the list. But Christian groups fight it as if it makes them a target - without considering the victims.

But guns laws. That is the toughest nut to crack. It has become a type of sacred order for the Republican Party. You must be anti-abortion and pro-gun to get anywhere in the Party of Lincoln. It is an absolute. Guns and fetuses get equal protection - almost as if they are the same.

And it would seem that the only solution that has any hope of making inroads into this issue is for Republicans to pay a political price. Obviously, they cannot be persuaded, because that would cost them contributions. And worse, they could be a target for a primary challenge.

Yes, Republicans are too far gone. They have sold out to the gun lobby. And there is no purchase price big enough to get them back - because the NRA would just match it anyway.

No, people like Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, and Tom Emmer must face defeat. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson must be held accountable for their NRA money as well. This problem will NEVER go away until the NRA is challenged head on.

The National Rifle Association protects evil. That is what I have come to believe. The membership is not evil, but they have been duped into being complicit.

There must be consequences on this issue this November.
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