Morning Reads – Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy FLAG DAY! On this date in 1777, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag of the United States. The Flag Resolution stated “Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” On May 20, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed June 14 “Flag Day” as a commemoration of the “Stars and Stripes.”

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xdog
xdog

I want to know if that woman has a tiny head or just found an especially large tailpipe but the link is dead.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yo, Mitt. Come gets your girl!

Complacency is our enemy. Anyone that does not embrace the @realDonaldTrump agenda of making America great again will be making a mistake.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 14, 2018

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Noway2016
Noway2016

Ain’t that the truth. Just ask Mark Sanford!

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s interesting that Sanford’s real sin was not his ‘in flagrante delicto’, but his criticism of Dear Leader. I mean, Republicans couldn’t very well reject Sanford’s personal behavior and support The Adulterer-In-Chief at the same time. That would make their heads go all wonky like Arnold’s disguise head in Total Recall .

So the choice was, vote for the guy who had an affair, or vote for the person who supports the guy who has had multiple affairs. Cult of Personality wins again.

drjay
drjay

the sanford case was really a product of both, it was not as clean as “he thumbed his nose at trump and he got defeated for it” he had a really close primary in 2016 against a woman that incorrectly claimed to be descended from jefferson davis and got called on it (55-45) there was a ceiling to the amount of support sanford still had even in the low country and the trump stuff was enough for someone to figure out how to muscle past him…

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Does anyone find it comical that liberals that supported Clintons, every Kennedy, Gary Hart and on and on refer to Trump as the adulterer in chief? Has Melania been out calling every accuser a liar and try to destroy Stormy? Is Stormy claiming rape? How about assault in the Oval Office? Is Trump getting serviced under the desk at the White House? If I were some folks I would drop the subject. All of these politicians have warts all over them as does the general public. Just hold you nose, you have to vote for one of them.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Not as comical as you guys roasting all those others but are willing to overlook this concentrated mass of bad behavior. Clinton got impeached. Apologized. Fessed up. Kennedy was in the 60’s. I think. Not sure what you are referring to. Gary Hart dropped out. Al Franken quit. So your premise is false. Your right wing echo chamber wants you to believe that we tolerate this but we don’t. You do. Your guys continue to run and sometimes win. If we’re going to generalize, you guys support child molesters and racists. If you were a white supremacist, what party would… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Eh, not so sure Clinton apologized.

Oh, forgot to mention that Ken Starr, righteous hero that he is, recently resigned from his gig as President of Baylor after it was uncovered that he helped cover up multiple sexual assaults by Baylor football players.

atlindy
atlindy

@Benevolous: First off, lots of conservatives have been appalled by Trumps behaviour from the beginning. Are you going to pretend that the “never Trump” movement didn’t exist? It is just that after the guy won, what were you going to do? Democrats like this guy believe that Republicans should act to blow up his administration and with it their own agenda “on principle” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/jeff-flake-and-moderate-republicans-should-stop-talking-about-the-dangers-of-donald-trump-and-do-something.html but Republicans rather justifiably say that they will do so only when Democrats prove themselves capable of doing the same. Also, Bill Clinton did not get impeached for his personal behavior. He was impeached for lying… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The difference is that Starr got tons of convictions Mueller’s racked up some guilty pleas as well and he’s only been at it a year. Whitewater went from, what 1993ish until 1998? Give Mueller 5 years and we’ll see how many convictions come out of it. So I wouldn’t say that there’s a difference. It’s more a situation where the entirety of one investigation has played itself out while the other one is still ongoing. Yes, the Republican Party attracts a small number of fringe extremists. Steve King, a guy who has been in Congress for 15 years, is not… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

“Lots of conservatives”. That’s fine. But you guys actually nominate and elect these people. There have been several stories recently- a nazi nominated in Chicago, Mark Sanford, Rep from Iowa retweeting a white supremacist, Trump… Not sure what the point all that about Clinton is. “Republicans and independents have a different view of the world that are based on legitimate economic, social and political views as well as life experiences. There was a time when Democrats fully acknowledged this. Sadly that time has passed.” Speaking of talking points! That sounds an awful lot like a justification for, say, slavery. If… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I have no idea what you are talking about with the Antisemitism. You’ll have to expand on that. Linda Sarsour, who is Palestinian-American, is pro-BDS and anti-Zionist. That isn’t, per se, antisemitism since it’s possible to divest attitudes towards the State of Israel from attitudes towards the Jewish people, but it’s certainly an issue for a lot of Jews. Tamika Mallory, on the other hand, has re-tweeted Louis Farrakhan and attended Nation of Islam events. Farrakhan is, as we all know, a virulent anti-Semite. Does that make her antisemitic? No, but Farrakhan should be roundly condemned for his views, regardless… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sniv, what exactly is a Neo-Confederate? What makes a person one of them?

Benevolus
Benevolus

My point is thatthe GOP is being taken over by racists and nazis. You can deny that that is happening or you can agree, but you can’t deny that the GOP is attracting those elements, and either way you should denounce those in your party who advocate those positions if you don’t what the GOP to be that way. (I don’t identify with the GOP but I don’t want the GOP to be that way.) Steve King should say something about that nazi he re-tweeted but he hasn’t. And I don’t think any GOP leadership has either.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Racism and anti-intellectualism are GOP features, not bugs.

Caroline
Caroline

The GOP cares absolutely nothing about people having extra-marital affairs unless their name is Bill Clinton.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

refer to Trump as the adulterer in chief That’s because he’s currently the President, nimwit. To your larger point, is there some hypocrisy at play? Sure. But Trump is largely getting away with the type of bombshell story that would have derailed any President before him. If it came out Obama had an affair with a pornstar and used campaign money to buy her silence, Republicans would have impeached him on the spot. (and Steve King would have totally tried to start a lynch mob) But, let’s remember, the Republican Party impeached Clinton over his affair with a White House… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

White supremacist? What party had a Senator that was the Grand Dragon of the Klan? Which party was founded to get rid of Slavery? What was the party of the Klan in the first place? What party was against integration? How about against women voting? And against the Civil Rights Act. And that party lies about the other guys being racist every election. Oh and says the other guys hate women, their mom and gay folks. How do you try to get away with such hogwash?

bethebalance
bethebalance

They say conservative means slow to change. From comments like this, it seems more about being stuck in the past.

Caroline
Caroline

Who nominated a neo-nazi just Tuesday. The fact that ya’ll have to go back decades speak volumes. Nobody cares that the GOP once was pro-slavery. Maybe you can explain what happened to the GOP between 1864 and 1964 when they welcomed segregationists with open arms?

Ellynn
Ellynn

The tribal whataboutism is strong today.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Yeah, I’m opting for heirloom popcorn since we are whatabouting back a couple of centuries now.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Whatabout the Whigs and their hypocrisy in opposing Indian removal while simultaneously favoring banking and economic policies which discriminated against Indian tribes? Huh?! Huh?! Have you thought about that?! Millard Fillmore wasn’t as “woke” as you make him out to be.

Noway2016
Noway2016

All this new Injun talk!! Does this mean you support Fakeahontis in ’20?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Hey, look who logged on to respond to my joke with a racial slur.

Never change, buddy. Never change.

Benevolus
Benevolus

The fascism is right on the horizon. Only the GOP can stop it now.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ahhhhh, one “facist” from B!! Do I hear a second???

Will Durant
Will Durant

Yeah, your puppeteer, Putin.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s on the horizon, but nah, the popular majority of Americans can stop it, with the help of the deep-state and courts.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

To be clear, my position is that everyone should shut the heck up because the one truism of politics is that everyone involved (save Obama) is a horrible, reprehensible human being who only sought elected office because of part of their soul died a long time ago.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, IG says Comet overstepped his authority. Entire investigative conclusions now tainted, bastardized and compromised. Time to reopen entire case. New eyes. And from prosecutors this time. TGM, using his best golf lingo, will call for a mulligan!!! MAGA!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Have you read the IG report already?

Or are you just repeating what Alex Jones said about it?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Clearly you are a man who has his own independent thoughts! I’m striving to be like you one day. DOJ has no obligation to follow the pronoucements of a man who was not authorized to make such broad prosecutorial directives. In other words, it possible DOJ might order a second glamce at the enumerated violations of law already outlined in Comey’s presser! Ouch!!!

Noway2016
Noway2016

And I already called Alex on speed dial to offer my learned opinion!

Caroline
Caroline

That’s the infowar line I’m sure. The actual report said that Comey aided Trump in the election. And there’s probably going to be a lot of stuff coming out on Giuliani with regards to the NY field office.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Here is the FBI aiding Trump again. The press is aiding Trump too. Just look at all of the free crap that FBI agents and their attornies get from the press if they keep leaking good stuff! You can’t make this up!! Oh, but there is no bias at all! Right?
Just keep leaking stuff to us and you too can get free golf, dinners and game tickets!

http://dailycaller.com/2018/06/14/agent-journalist-gifts-could-be-federal-crimes/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

This isn’t just an FBI issue. It occurs across government and it’s occurring in the White House on a daily basis. It was occurring before Trump. It will occur after Trump.

By the way, any discussion of information being leaked by the FBI needs to include a discussion of Rudy Giuliani receiving “inside information” regarding the Clinton investigation from agents in the New York office. The leaks don’t just flow in one direction, homie.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Remember the hand-wringing over the Clinton Foundation? New York AG’s office is suing the Trump Foundation (including Donald, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric) for violation of state and federal law. The investigation found that the Foundation raised over $2.8 million to influence the 2016 election at the direction and under the control of the senior leadership of the Trump campaign. The AG’s office has emails from Corey Lewandowski dictating the timing, amounts, and recipients of “grants” by the Trump Foundation to non-profit groups. The Foundation also made self-dealing transactions to benefit Trump personally including $100K to settle legal claims against… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Too bad y’all will have to wait until January 2025 to be able to compel him to talk about it!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I thought it was already obvious that Trump played shell games between the Trump Org. and the Foundation, then with the campaign when that came along…
There will be a lot of tax crimes he will have to pardon himself for.
But I’m sure it’s all justifiable somehow…
Yes, because he cut taxes. That makes sense, right?

bethebalance
bethebalance

It also seems like the Foundation’s primary defense is that they “gave away” 19M while only “taking in” 18M. As if the nature of the underlying transactions don’t matter.
It also smacks of a common and basic fallacy about the purpose of nonprofits, which is that they exist only to not make money (i.e. that they can’t or shouldn’t make a profit). Which may indicate lack of competency on how to run a nonprofit. But it’s the purpose of the transactions, not the balance sheet, that matters.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Paragraph 60 of the complaint also lays out a pretty clear federal tax fraud case. I’m sure the AG’s office has reached out to the IRS already.

Caroline
Caroline

It has been reported that the alleged crimes in the suit have been handed over to three separate entities the IRS being one of them. I guess they would be considered criminal referrals.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Is this the same IRS caught abusing conservative donors and conservative organizations? Where is good ole Lois Lerner when you need her? Did anyone lose their job for the biased abuse? Uh, no! Still in the swamp!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

In September, the Trump Justice Department reaffirmed the decision of the Obama Justice Department not to prosecute Lois Lergner, the IRS bureaucrat whom Republicans settled on as a criminal mastermind after they had failed to find an exploitable connection to Obama. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-11-20/gop-surrenders-cherished-irs-scandal-at-last A report released Thursday by the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax matters indicates that the IRS also singled out nearly 150 organizations whose names they suggested they were affiliated with liberal organizations. Without specifically characterizing the politics of the groups, the reports said the IRS initiated reviews when applicants’ names included words such as “occupy,” “progressive,” and… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

Yeah, that’s yet another case of bad news for the Trump family. Of course, anyone who paid attention back in 2016 knew Trump was running a fraudulent foundation. His own son was caught skimming money earmarked for kids with cancer.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Anyone want to know what the administrative overhead at the Trump Foundation? Zero! Nothing, Nada! Would you like to know what the administrative overhead is at the Clinton Foundation? 90%! How is that even a charity? It is an influence peddling slush fund! That is a lot of money for Clinton and his cronies to fly around in G7s with that huge carbon footprint dooming the planet! Oh, what salaries does the Clinton Foundations pay its “employees”?! Oh I think Chelsea gets $750,000. I wonder if they are hiring…The Russians paid that slush fund $140 million. Why was that? Selling… Read more »

chefdavid
Noway2016
Noway2016

Another attaboy for – The Great Man! So richly deserved!

Gregs
Gregs

https://www.gettrumpybear.com

A great gift for you just in time for Fathers Day.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

A small handful of reporters were allowed inside one of the facilities where we’re currently holding immigrant children…

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/a-look-inside-trump-immigration-facility-effectively-these-kids-are-incarcerated-1255393347839

Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Israel’s got the right read on this and they’re right to be concerned. This approach to North Korea undermines all US credibility when it comes to dealing with a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m 100% positive that Fox News will give this New York AG lawsuit the same dogged reporting and wall-to-wall coverage they’ve always given to to stories about the potential criminality of charitable foundations led by political figures.

Caroline
Caroline

Have you seen the video going around where they compare Fox News now with Fox News then? It’s pretty comical. They are nothing short of the American version of TASS or the North Korean propaganda network.

Noway2016
Noway2016

No political bias? Sure, sure…
The best headline that could have EVER been presented to the Deplorables!
“No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it…”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5842335/Inspector-generals-bombshell-report-Clinton-email-case-released-today.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Is the best headline to present to the deplorables because y’all are too illiterate to read 500 pages?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Yeah, a couple of FBI agents kicking it conspired against Trump so the FBI covered it up the conspiracy by helping Trump win the election.