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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  September 1, 2018

    Love is in the air at Trump’s rallies.

    “President Trump said he would award himself an “A+” job approval rating because he said the “level of love” at his rallies is “just a beautiful thing to watch.””

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/404513-trump-gives-himself-an-a-due-to-the-level-of-love-at-his-rallies

    • Gezza

       /  September 1, 2018

      Aljazeera tv news summary said Aretha Franklin’s funeral is underway and showed excerpts, & numerous members of the great and good, including Bill Clinton, shown delivering a eulogy. They mentioned that Trump was not there – he was told specifically by the family that he was not invited.

      • MaureenW

         /  September 1, 2018

        I don’t know what to make of your comment – in the same sentence where you refer to the great and good, is Bill Clinton’s name. A joke surely?

        • Gezza

           /  September 1, 2018

          Some of the “great and good” attendees (i.e.VIPs or celebrities)

          Entertainers:
          Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Whoopi Goldberg, Tyler Perry, Gladys Knight, Pete Davidson, Chaka Khan, Omarosa Manigault Newman, Jenifer Lewis, Jennifer Holliday, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, Cicely Tyson, Angie Stone, KEM, Big Sean, John Schneider, Renee Lawless, Aaron O’Connell

          Political figures:
          Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton (whoever she is), Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Mayor Mike Duggan , Eric Holder, Dennis Archer

          Athletes:
          Isiah Thomas, Tommy Hearns, Greg Kelser, Willie Horton

          Religious figures:
          Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton (gave Trump a serve, by the sound of it), Louis Farrakhan, Bishop Paul Morton, T.D. Jakes

          Gospel musicians:
          Shirley Caesar, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Dr. Bobby Jones, Ricky Dillard, Dottie Peoples

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 1, 2018

        They still haven’t forgiven him for winning.

        • Gezza

           /  September 1, 2018

          Probably. I can’t stand that Rev Sharpton character.

    • Corky

       /  September 1, 2018

      I agree. His support base at the moment is as strong as ever. However, I would give him an A+ for doing something. That is what makes him great. Especially when compared to past presidents, some who lied way more than Trump. Lyndon Johnston for example

      • Gezza

         /  September 1, 2018

        Um .. no, I’m pretty sure Trump would be far in the lead in the lying stakes Corks.

        • Corky

           /  September 1, 2018

          Not really. Lyndon Johnston was telling the American people there was no way he was sending American boys over to Vietnam. Little did the public know he was simultaneously having the Pentagon draw up plans to send American troops over. Eventually, roughly 60,000 American boys died. I don’t think Trump is in the same ball park yet.

          BTW…it’s time for Trump to strike N Korea. No one else will have the guts to. A unified Korea is just what the West needs in that part of the world.

          • Griff.

             /  September 1, 2018

            Corky they are at war in Korea .
            After years of fighting they stopped at basically the same place they started at.
            The war has never been called of north and south Korea are still officially at war right now.
            If you think Trump is going to do any better than America has in any of its wars in the last eighty odd years that just exposes your conservative war mongering delusions.

            • Corky

               /  September 1, 2018

              ”Corky they are at war in Korea .”

              Yeah, I know. Hence my comments.

              ”If you think Trump is going to do any better than America has in any of its wars in the last eighty odd years that just exposes your conservative war mongering delusions.”

              John McCain told American officials at the time the biggest mistake they made in Vietnam was not sending enough troop to finish the job.

              Ditto the gulf wars. Even an analogy could be made to Lange stopping Douglas finishing the restructuring of our economy.

              Now, I know you are a wet liberal who doesn’t understand military tactics, or how to read a man…but do you think Trump is the type of person to start an offensive in a half hearted way? Hell, no.

              That he has told his military in such situations they will make the decisions, tells you he’s not like other presidents.

            • Pink David

               /  September 1, 2018

              “John McCain told American officials at the time the biggest mistake they made in Vietnam was not sending enough troop to finish the job.”

              John McCain was painfully wrong. The biggest mistake they made was ignoring the South Vietnamese army.

            • Pink David

               /  September 1, 2018

              “If you think Trump is going to do any better than America has in any of its wars in the last eighty odd years that just exposes your conservative war mongering delusions.”

              He is using a different strategy, and there is a lot of sense to it. The economic targeting is very low key, but does seem to be having a major impact.

            • Corky

               /  September 1, 2018

              Talking of impacts. How many presidents would have the guts to do this?
              Notice the picture. A Freudian slip to the Left?

              https://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/us-cuts-funding-palestinian-refugees

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 1, 2018

              The biggest mistake they made was taking over from the French and starting a war they couldn’t win while simultaneously driving the Vietnamese into the arms of their traditional Chinese enemies.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 1, 2018

              80 years? That spans WW2 which US is generally reckoned to have won militarily, economically and politically?

  2. Missy

     /  September 1, 2018

    How to win friends and influence voters Macron style (though maybe not influence in the way he would like).

    Macron has insulted his own countrymen on a visit to Denmark by saying French ‘Gauls’ are resistant to change unlike ‘Lutheran’ Danes.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-45352744

    ‘President Emmanuel Macron has angered opponents by accusing French “Gauls” of being resistant to change.
    On a visit to Copenhagen, Mr Macron said his attempts to remodel labour laws were impeded because the French were not as open to reform as “Lutheran” Danes.
    Opposition politicians accused him of showing “contempt” for his own people.
    Mr Macron later rowed back slightly, saying his comments were meant to be humorous.
    The French leader came to power on a pledge to overhaul France’s enormous labour code. He has long stated his ambition to move towards a more “Nordic model”.
    His speech in Denmark was not the first time he has used a foreign visit to highlight what he sees as the resistance to those reforms.
    Last year, on a visit to Romania, Mr Macron said France was “not a reformable country”, adding: “Many have tried and failed, because the French hate reforms.” ‘

    • Gezza

       /  September 1, 2018

      He’s probably right about the French being reform-resistant. They seem to be always throwing up barricades and burning stuff in the streets over something someone doesn’t like. Macron may have had some Gaul to say it, but he probably did mean it wittily. He’s a Gaul too innee?

  3. Trump confirmed off-the-record remarks he made to Bloomberg News this week that any trade deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms”. The Toronto Star first reported on the remarks citing remarks it had obtained.

    “At least Canada knows where I stand,” he later said on Twitter.

  4. Blaming media again.

    • Griff.

       /  September 1, 2018

      In late news .
      Trump lies.
      Trump has his lie refuted by the press with his own comments.
      Trump attacks those that point it out he lied as dishonest.
      Must be another day with d in it .

      Free trade according to Trump .
      Free for the USA to screw you over .

      • Corky

         /  September 1, 2018

        It’s killing you, huh, Griff. Here’s an important figure- 87. Trump and his supporters don’t give a flying fig what you and other critics think.

        God speed, Mr President.

        https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44324545

        • Gezza

           /  September 1, 2018

          Trump and his supporters don’t give a flying fig what you and other critics think.

          Oh, sure 🙄 – that’s why Trump sends out endless streams of tweets whining about what his critics think.

          • Corky

             /  September 1, 2018

            Speaking things into reality, Gezza. The man is a genius. However, hang around. The show will eventually end. I just hope not for another 7 years.

  5. Blazer

     /  September 1, 2018

    Trumps genius lies in realising that the average intelligence of the average voter is way less than anyone ever thought.

    • MaureenW

       /  September 1, 2018

      It works for the Catholic Church.

      • Gezza

         /  September 1, 2018

        It works for all the Abrahamic religiions. Pretty well all religions really.

    • Corky

       /  September 1, 2018

      And the Stats…employment, stockmarket and economic growth. What’s the IQ of those numbers?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 1, 2018

      Dunno. I reckon Labour was onto it long ago.

  6. Joe Bloggs

     /  September 1, 2018

    another sleazy influence peddler and close buddy of convicted felon Paul manafort, Sam Patten, just pled to serving as an agent of Konstantin Kilimnik and Serhiy Lyovochkin without registering under FARA.

    His plea agreement (which notes he first made a proffer to Mueller’s team on May 22, meaning this is another investigation that has been going on months that is being finalised in the last days of August) included a cooperation agreement.

    https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.199752/gov.uscourts.dcd.199752.7.0_4.pdf

    I suspect we’ll see a lot more straw purchasers funneling money from foreigners who backed his campaign into trump’s pocket before this investigation is done.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  September 1, 2018

      Think about the amount of ‘scaffolding’ that’s going to fall when this whole conspiratorial shebang comes down… the wreckage, the turmoil and political fallout, the rage of those who bought it all – hook, line and sinker (and won’t believe the truth…)…

      • Pink David

         /  September 1, 2018

        “Think about the amount of ‘scaffolding’ that’s going to fall when this whole conspiratorial shebang comes down… the wreckage, the turmoil and political fallout, the rage of those who bought it all – hook, line and sinker (and won’t believe the truth…)…”

        I do think about it, and look forward to it’s occurrence. I just don’t think it’s going to have the outcome you so desire.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  September 1, 2018

          see below as another scaffolding plank crashes to the ground….Whispering Bob strikes again.

  7. Joe Bloggs

     /  September 1, 2018

    Meanwhile yet another Republican supporter of the unindicted co-conspirator in federal crimes has been busted for corruption:

    State Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R-Little Rock) was indicted on Friday by a federal grand jury for allegedly using tens of thousands of dollars of campaign contributions for his own personal benefit and concealing the scheme by falsifying campaign finance reports and income tax filings.

    https://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2018/08/31/lawmaker-jeremy-hutchinson-indicted

    There seems to be a growing number of rats caught up in the traps around the swamp, and not just in the inner circle of BLOTUSville.

  8. sorethumb

     /  September 1, 2018

    • Corky

       /  September 1, 2018

      Black support rising. Thanks Thumbs..that picture is so beautiful. Makes me proud to be a Rightie. Pity Alan wasn’t here to bask in our reflective glory