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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  September 18, 2018

    Trump lends his support to Ted Cruz as he defends his Senate seat against Democrat challenger O’Rourke. With friends like this who needs enemies?

    • Gezza

       /  September 18, 2018

      They’re certainly not as nice to each other in the same party as we are over here – well maybe except for one leaker.

  2. Blazer

     /  September 18, 2018

    interesting debate at the TS ,OP -TRP….one enlightening opinion..

    Sanctuary 20
    18 September 2018 at 8:51 am
    Identity and class intersect. If you are brown, you are more likely to be working poor or just plain poor. LGBTQ are (despite the capitalist love of the “pink dollar”) more likely to be marginalised by capitalism. But are progressive victories within the construct of late capitalism just a chimeras, a co-option of form over function? Capitalism is fundamentally unchangeable, although it is highly malleable. Capitalism will only mainstream marginal groups when they comply to it’s social constructs – is same sex marriage a victory for queer culture, or a surrender to the rewards offered to those who embrace mainstream conventions? Is wealthy Iwi corporate types sending their kids to expensive private schools a signal of Maori resurgence, or a repudiation of a cultural collectivist tradition and an abandonment of race in favour of individualism and greed? Do progressive “victories” actually usually just amount to defeats for alternative world views, economic models and lifestyles?

    The collapse of 20th century communism led to a crisis of ideology and, worst of all, a temporary end to the hope of an alternative to capitalism. The response was a bourgeois abandonment of socialism in favour of social liberalism, the terminating of class warfare in favour of “progressivism’ and an embracing of neoliberal capitalism as the best vehicle for delivering social justice – which meant in practice a form of bourgeois curated (and punitive) welfare.

    But times change, even if the new conservatives have not (they even still regard themselves as “left wing”, because this is an important part of their self-identification – a conceited narcissism entirely keeping with the core tenents of the neoliberalism they’ve embraced). A quarter century after the the fall of the USSR, neoliberal capitalism collapsed into crisis under the weight of it’s own greed and in the decade since the GFC the left has been re-thinking Leninism, Marxism and communism and the how to learn from the lessons of the 20th century. The fragile green shoots of socialist hope are once again germinating in the ideological soil made barren as much by Blair and Clinton as by Reaagan and Thatcher.

    Prgressive identity politics as the main engine of what passed for opposition to the rampant greed of late capitalism is just about over. Almost dead and buried, but for a entrenched media rearguard of new conservative “third way” pundits who opinions are increasingly exposed as those of emperors with no clothes, or rather no wider constituency beyond the bubbles of Washington DC or Westminster or Thorndon. It provided, perhaps, a lifeboat for the left post the events of 1989-91. Whatever usefulness it had for the left is now long past it’s use by date.’

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  September 18, 2018

    Abuse of power. obstruction in an investigation into his own campaign and associates, a distraction from the swampland of Kavanaugh’s lies and alleged sexual assault, a distraction from manafort’s flip…
    The smell of a dirty suit and desperation. He isnt going to make it

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 18, 2018

      Ha ha! Collusion laid bare, but not Trump’s.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  September 18, 2018

        bullshit ya big lemming. Nunes has already played this game – and look where that memo ended up. trumpy’s just playing rope-a-dope with you.

        It’s a desperate gambit, I think, throwing the last of the Steele dossier details out there, plus a picture of what the investigation looked like in August 2017 – way before the FBI learned that donny junior entered into a conspiracy with Russians exchanging Hillary emails for sanction relief.

        trump cares nothing about America, and all about his narrow self-interest. The more the walls close in around trump, the more we’re going to see him try to take direct control of DOJ, and shitting on sources and methods to own the Dems

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 18, 2018

          How is publishing all the facts shitting on sources, Joe? Oh, just showing there are none?

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  September 18, 2018

            those are the “facts” as at August 2017, not September 2018, and even you will agree that plenty has emerged since over a year ago. So once again you’ve lied with your telling “all” the facts

            Let’s be clear about what is going on here: trump is doing nothing to reveal what went on when the Russian government tried to determine the outcome of the US election. He has done nothing but obstruct that investigation.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 18, 2018

              Excellent. Tell Trump to release some more then!

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  September 18, 2018

              I think you’ll find that it’ll be Mueller doing the releases…. maybe trump can release his tax returns

        • Pink David

           /  September 18, 2018

          “trump cares nothing about America”

          I think Trump cares deeply for America. I think that is a significant reason why those who are so opposed to him, hate him so deeply.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  September 18, 2018

      Declassification to show:

      “Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) said in an interview that aired Monday on “Rising” that the FBI used the “crushing power of the state” to investigate the Trump campaign over the dossier compiled by opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

      “The more you dig in here, you see that it looks like the crushing power of the state was used initially to take this dossier, dress it all up, take it to the secret court to get a warrant to spy on the other party’s campaign,” Jordan told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton.

      “The idea that the state, the FBI, would use that to start this whole investigation is as wrong as it gets,” he added.

      “And then we learn when they did this whole investigation, they never found any evidence of any type of coordination. That’s what it appears and again, it just underscores how wrong this was,” he said.

      Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson hired former British spy Christopher Steele to assist in putting together the controversial dossier that made a series of salacious allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia.

      The dossier was partially funded by Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.”

      https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/407022-jordan-says-fbi-used-crushing-power-of-the-state-to-probe-trump-campaign-based

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  September 18, 2018

        it’s the Nunes memo all over again. Remember how the frothy righties like the Goopers, Wilkinson, and David were crowing over that? Remember how it flew like a lead balloon?

        trump is demanding a look at the inner workings of an investigation into his own campaign, an investigation that he has routinely attacked and undermined.

        He’s not releasing these for “transparency.” He’s looking for ammunition.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 18, 2018

          Why shouldn’t he look for ammunition? That’s what his opponents have been doing for years.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  September 18, 2018

            ‘cos

            1. it’s a bare-faced abuse of power that will likely compromise sources and methods with consequences for us security, and
            2. the sniveling little puke has a country to run.

            trump’s ordered the release of sensitive information into an ongoing investigation of himself and his friends – information that his own Justice Department doesn’t want released because it would jeopardise ongoing investigations.

            That’s corrupt, plain and simple.

            AS I said before, abuse of power, obstruction in an investigation into his own campaign and associates, a distraction from the swampland of Kavanaugh’s lies and alleged sexual assault, a distraction from manafort’s flip…

            The smell of a dirty suit and desperation. He isnt going to make it

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 18, 2018

              So no answer then. He should just put up with his enemies leaking and concealing to suit their political agenda for ever.

              Nope, he’s finally shining a light and a blow torch on them and enjoying their squeals.

    • Pink David

       /  September 18, 2018

      Comedy gold from Joe.

  4. Blazer

     /  September 18, 2018

    Nellies mate…karma…
    ‘Controversial commentator Katie Hopkins, who once said poor people in debt have no one else to blame but themselves, has applied for an insolvency agreement in a bid to avoid bankruptcy following a costly libel case involving the food writer Jack Monroe.

    Last year, the rightwing broadcaster was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages and legal costs after she sent tweets in 2015 which falsely implied Monroe backed the defacement of war memorials by protesters.

    Monroe originally asked for Hopkins to apologise and donate £5,000 to a migrants’ charity or she would sue. But Hopkins – who had confused Monroe with the columnist Laurie Penny – refused to back down, resulting in a costly court case, with the commentator forced to pay £24,000 in damages and a substantially larger sum in legal costs.

    Meanwhile, her mainstream media career collapsed. She parted ways with Mail Online, for whom she had written a regular column, in late 2017, only a few months after losing her LBC radio show when she called for a “final solution” in response to the Manchester Arena terrorist attack. She now works for the far-right Canadian outlet Rebel Media.

    Hopkins, who has already had to sell her Devon home, applied for an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) in May, a filing on the Individual Insolvency Register shows. Monroe told the Guardian that the agreement, which will allow Hopkins to avoid bankruptcy and manage the long-term repayment of her debts, was recently formally agreed following discussion with creditors.’-the Guardian