Government

Donny, you swore.

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Dear Donny,
You swore an oath to uphold the Constitution. Did you ever bother to read it? Maligning the press, our institutions and those who speak out, is really maligning the Constitution. The Constitution you swore to uphold.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

SpyGate

No Donny, it appears that SpyGate is all in your imagination, or you are conning your base, diverting them from the relentless advance of Robert Mueller. So you insinuate conspiracy after conspiracy, tearing down good men to cover whatever you are desperate to cover. And the cabal around you slowly falls to the truth about them.
There is no deep state, no conspiracy to dethrone you. There is no need. You are doing a fine job of that yourself.

Crippling Loopholes

Dear Donny,
To a person who has never thought further than his wrinkly nose, the rule of law may seem confusing. There is very little use in trying to explain it to you, but consider Robert Mueller. He cannot run roughshod over the rights of the people he is trying to investigate. He cannot use loopholes and tricks. Real estate developers and cheap shysters do seamy things like that. Upright men and women who are bound to the rule of law would never.

‘We’re Gonna Do What International Law Says We Can Do.’ Aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea — TIME

The military needs reigning in. We rattle swords too much. In the Black Sea we thumb our noses at the Russians. In the South China Sea it is the Chinese. We have by far the largest military in the world, and the brass tell us it is not big enough. They want more. The DOD says that increasing our military posture is vital to our defense. We say it weakens us.
Donald Trump agrees. He wants to make the military bigger, stronger and more of a challenge to the rest of the world. He wants to modernize our nuclear capability. Cooperation is out of the question.
Our biggest enemy is debt. You cannot fight debt with more bullets.

From Time-

Crowned with a giant disc-shaped radar — the captains all call it their “eye in the sky” — the E-2C Hawkeye early warning aircraft is typically one of the first to launch and the last to retire on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson. By day’s end, more than 100 sorties will have…

via ‘We’re Gonna Do What International Law Says We Can Do.’ Aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the South China Sea — TIME

Is the Turkish Attack on Afrin Intended to Split the U.S.-Kurdish Alliance? — Astute News

The successful Syrian army operation to liberate Abu-Duhur airbase left a large enclave (pink) controlled by al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters in east-Hama. Further advances towards Idleb have been halted for now to clean up the cauldron that could otherwise create future troubles behind the lines. Most of the al-Qaeda/HTS aligned Takfiris are though to have […]

via Is the Turkish Attack on Afrin Intended to Split the U.S.-Kurdish Alliance? — Astute News

Today’s Word Is Shutdown

Shutdown

There is something strange about repeating the word ‘shutdown’ so many times. There are people who get things stuck in their head, and compulsively repeat those things. Or is this just Donald Trump’s idea of manipulating his viewers, or Congress? The reason behind his odd behavior may, like so many other oddities, never be known.

Just a double-dog dare?

There will be no shutdown. Too many people in Congress are very worried about how voters are feeling about their dismal progress on anything. Too many are seeing their first paychecks and realizing the beautiful tax cut is not going to pull them out of the hole they are in. Too many more are seeing jobs disappear. This is not a good time to get voters riled up. November looms.