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1767) Nell 
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Yesterday at 17:42 Write a comment

Something cuter to look at.


Nell Yesterday at 17:45
From The Daily Telegraph's Cute Animal Photos.

Lise Yesterday at 18:55
Ahhh… so loving.

Nell Yesterday at 19:55
In case you decide to post any pictures, and in case you missed it, Robbie responded on how to set up right clicking on a Mac on page 2 of this guestbook.

Nell Yesterday at 20:13
#1731.

I'd love to have a Mac one day.
1766) Nell 
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Yesterday at 16:24 Write a comment

Trump congratulated and praised Princess Eugenie after her wedding. He didn't acknowledge American Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry with even a single word. Hmmm. Three guesses as to why that might be.

Lise Yesterday at 17:03
I think Meghan once called Trump a misogynist.

Trump has thin skin.

Nell Yesterday at 17:11
That's true, I do seem to recall her calling him divisive and a misogynist prior to her marriage. In private conversations with others, they say neither Meghan nor Prince Harry care much for him.
1765) Nell 
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Yesterday at 16:06 Write a comment

Donald Trump Was The 'Dumbest Student I Ever Had' Business School Prof Said.

[www.inquisitr.com]
1764) Lise 
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Yesterday at 15:45 Write a comment

All the President's men:

What to make of this painting?

[www.theguardian.com]

Lise Yesterday at 15:48
It's hanging in the White House.

Nell Yesterday at 16:15
I don't wish to body shame anyone, including a man who is only too happy to do that to other people. But that is not even close to Trump's physique, except perhaps in his wildest dreams.

Lise Yesterday at 16:43
LOL As the author of the article the painter got the tiny hand right. Like a porcelain doll he wrote.

Nell Yesterday at 17:15

Hey Jude Yesterday at 22:32
Nell: You're right! No way does Trump look like that!LOL He has a bit of a gut on him. I had to laugh watching him board the helicopter the other day. He walked away from the reporters like a neanderthal!LOL
1763) Lise 
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Yesterday at 12:50 Write a comment

"Hey, look, in the meantime, I guess I can't be doing so badly, because I'm President, and you're not," he told Time's Washington bureau chief, ..."

Sound reasoning!!
1762) Lise 
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Yesterday at 11:44 Write a comment

It'll change back Trump says. Climate change not a hoax but denies lasting impact.

[www.theguardian.com]

Lise Yesterday at 15:12
Scientists have a political agenda says Trump.

What could that be?
1761) Nell 
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Sunday 13:17 Write a comment

I'm surprised the Central Park Five didn't sue Trump. His ads were vile, slanderous, and an obvious example of ugly racist targeting and bullying.
1760) Nell 
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Sunday 02:08 Write a comment

Female veterans star in new Democratic ad.

This is so cool! Video is 1/2 way down the page.

[www.bustle.com]

Lise Sunday 12:06
That is terrific! Thanks Nell.

I couldn't watch the video but found it on YouTube:
[www.youtube.com]

Nell Sunday 12:54
Bruce Springsteen gave a thumbs up to use of his music.

versus

All the musicians who had to ask Trump's team to stop playing their songs at his rallies and events without their permission:

Neil Young
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler
The Rolling Stones
Adele
R.E.M.
Widow of Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti
Estate of Beatle George Harrison
British singer Paul Rodgers from the band Free
Queen
Twisted Sister
Estate of Prince
Elton John

Rubyrosebuds Sunday 17:33
At this rate Trump will have to perform his own songs!

Lise Sunday 20:22
I'd dearly love to hear that!!

Now if it were Obama… That man can sing. And so does his Missis. :<)

Nell Yesterday at 01:24
Maybe some cowboys or country musicians in middle America will let Trump play their songs. I don't mean that as a dig against cowboys or country music. I just think he might possibly get a yes from a few of them. If his team suddenly decides to ask first, that is.
1759) Lise 
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Saturday 19:05 Write a comment

Newsroom CNN

Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an unsubstantiated claim insinuating missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a terrorism sympathizer -- a move that comes as the administration of his father, President Donald Trump, faces pressure on how to respond to the journalist's disappearance.

Nell Sunday 02:10
Horrid and so racist. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
1758) Lise 
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Saturday 16:09 Write a comment

@NBCNews
First Lady Melania Trump said she could be "the most bullied person" in the world.


@CharlesMBlow
Oct 11

No, that was the Central Park Five when your husband took out full-page newspaper ads calling for their execution. AND, he still insisted they were guilty even AFTER the evidence exonerated them.

Nell Saturday 17:28
Oh brother. It's not hard to see how Melania and Donald ended up together. It would take a certain mindset, that's for sure.

Nell Saturday 18:31
Arwa Mahdawi - The Guardian

Melania Trump's claims of victimhood have a hollow ring.

The president's wife feels she is 'the most bullied person in the world'. –- Tell that to a child ripped from its parents at the border.

Rubyrosebuds Sunday 17:36
Maybe she was referring to the treatment she gets from her husband.
1757) Nell 
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Saturday 15:23 Write a comment

Kanye West's White House Rant Steals Trump's Spotlight.

[www.nytimes.com]

Those close to West say he struggles at this time of year, leading up to the anniversary of his mother, Donda's, death. It's sad that family or friends who care about him, didn't know enough to try to keep him away from the media at this dificult time. For his own sake. Even if the WH was only too happy to use him.

Nell Saturday 15:28
I'm not a Kanye West fan, but he's clearly losing it. Grief is so difficult to deal with. I hope he gets the help he needs.

Hey Jude Saturday 15:29
I didn't know about his Mother and this time of the year being difficult for him. It was sad to watch and bizarre at the least
1756) Lise 
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Saturday 15:15 Write a comment

"Trump said Kushner had spoken to the prince and said the Saudis “deny it in every way you can imagine”.

Really? Did you expect the Prince to admit he/they were guilty of murder? LOL
1755) Nell 
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Saturday 14:27 Write a comment

Astroturfing:

In politics, "astroturfing" is the term for hiring people to attend a rally or event in order to lend the appearance of grassroots support.

The Trump team paid actors $50 "to wear T-shirts and carry signs and cheer him on" for roughly the 3 hours required of them.
1754) Lise 
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Saturday 13:16 Write a comment

As I've said before, anyone can enter St-Peter's Square.

Yes, the Vatican does have walls, and some are quite large. But anyone can stroll through the Pope's front yard -- St. Peter's Square -- at nearly any time. Only metal detectors stand between the iconic landmark and the millions of tourists who come to see the historic headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

In other words, Vatican City may have walls, but the front door is always open".

Nell Saturday 13:24
I know someone through work who went to see the Vatican not that long ago... Wide open doors to welcome everyone. Just as you say, Lise.

Lise Saturday 13:32
I've been there twice. And everyone is welcome. :<)
People of all race and colour. It's quite multiculti!

Hey Jude Saturday 15:31
Ive been there too
1753) Nell 
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Saturday 12:17 Write a comment

Trump is a racist.



He pays people to show up at rallies to pretend to support him.
1752) Mark 
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Saturday 05:11 Write a comment

Harvey Weinstein wins dismissal one criminal charge.



[ca.news.yahoo.com]

Nell Saturday 12:20
Celebrating violence against women too, Mark. Racism and hatred of women are often flip sides of the same coin.

Nell Sunday 13:00
As I recall, you sang the praises of Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby too.
1751) Mark 
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Saturday 04:55 Write a comment

President Donald Trump meets with Black Pastors because he loves helping black people. He is not a racist.


Nell Saturday 12:29
Former ex-White House adviser Omarosa, pictured above, says Trump is a racist who uses the N-word.
1750) Mark 
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Saturday 04:32 Write a comment

The Pope has a wall but he tells the President of the USA not to build one

1749) Mark 
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Saturday 02:25 Write a comment

(1749) Donald Trump is not a racist.

Nell Saturday 13:14
The photo of President Trump with the leaders of black learning institutions: a portrait of a crowd that does not yet know it has been played. They know it now.
1748) Nell 
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Saturday 01:47 Write a comment

Donald Trump is a textbook racist - Jay A. Pearson.

[www.chicagotribune.com]

Civil rights advocates, social scientists and regular citizens have all called out President Donald Trump as a racist in recent weeks. The president’s supporters have countered with stories about the blacks and Latinos he has hired or befriended, and with personal testimonies: "I’ve known Donald Trump for many years. He doesn’t have a racist bone in his body."

As a professor who researches and teaches courses on the health effects of race, racism and inequality, I can assure you that the president’s defenders are wrong. Trump is a racist. What he says and does meets the scholarly definition of the term.

Broadly speaking, a racist combines negative prejudicial biases with sufficient power to leverage action against targeted groups. Trump’s words and behaviors demonstrate considerable prejudicial bias, and, as president of the United States — arguably the most powerful office in the contemporary world — he has indeed leveraged action against various groups...

Scholars break racism into multiple categories:

Structural racism: Assigning social value to human populations contingent on misperceptions of inherent differences.

Symbolic racism: Rhetoric that delegitimizes others.

Institutional racism: Incorporating and formalizing misperceptions of differences into society through public policy.
Interpersonal racism: Acting on such misperceptions in direct or face-to-face interactions.

Insidious racism: Unconscious belief in and perpetuation of these phenomena.

Internalized racism: Among victimized populations, accepting and manifesting negative portrayals.

Systemic racism: The influence of these phenomena at multiple levels and across multiple dimensions of society.


Trump’s insensitive, disrespectful and mean-spirited statements and actions partake of all these variations.

Nell Saturday 01:50
Throughout last year’s campaign and his first eight months in office, the president has expressed his bias through government orders and the presidential bully pulpit (systemic racism).

Trump argued that as a "Mexican," U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who was born and raised in the United States, could not fairly arbitrate lawsuits related to Trump University (structural racism). For years, Trump protested, falsely, that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and was consequently elected illegitimately (symbolic racism).

The Trump administration cut funds for Department of Homeland Security programs to combat right-wing fascism and white supremacy and it slow-walked Hurricane Maria aid to Puerto Ricans who "want everything done for them," in the president’s words (institutional racism).

Trump’s actions, according to a growing number of mental health professionals, reveal deep-seated and possibly unconscious prejudices (insidious racism). He blatantly and directly disrespected Gold Star parents of South Asian origin (interpersonal racism).

In response to the Trump travel ban, his threat to "deport them all" and his promise to build a wall on the border, many targeted immigrant populations report increased levels of social insecurity, anxiety and distress. Research demonstrates that among children, the result of such stress is compromised academic performance (internalized racism).

Trump and his supporters seem to believe that simple protestations to the contrary are sufficient to refute and erase his actions. Despite these claims, some in the Republican Party recognize the truth. Rep. Will Hurd of Texas and Sens. Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, John McCain and Mitch McConnell have all specifically spoken out against Trump’s worst behavior.

Perhaps House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said it best when he responded to Trump’s statement about Curiel. "Isn’t that the textbook definition of racism?" Ryan asked.

The answer is simple: Yes, it is.
1747) Mark 
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Saturday 00:52 Write a comment

(1747) Donald Trump is not a racist.

Nell Sunday 13:02
Political optics.
1746) Nell 
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Saturday 00:32 Write a comment

"The Cruelty Is the Point.

President Trump and his supporters find community by rejoicing in the suffering of those they hate and fear."

[www.theatlantic.com]
1745) Nell 
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Friday 23:58 Write a comment

Michael Avenatti: Future Presidential Candidate? - Video

Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox presses Michael Avenatti about the potential skeletons in his closet, why he was the best choice to be Stormy Daniels's lawyer, and if he really wants to run for president.

[video.vanityfair.com]

Nell Saturday 00:09
It's an interesting interview. He says there are other qualified candidates who would make as good a president as him, or better. But it's crucial for anyone running to not only be qualified at this point, but to also stand a decent chance at beating Trump. Too much is at stake to settle for less.

Nell Saturday 00:11
I'm paraphrasing Avenatti's words. He says it better.

Maggie Saturday 04:27
I hope the lesson has been learned about electing a "personality" to be president. Avenatti has done a masterful job and made himself a media star but his basic tactics are just way too much like Trump for my liking. Heck, people are considering him for president without knowing any of his history and, more importantly, any of his potential policies. Substance should be more important than the show.

Aren't there any smart, rational, stable - even boring - people out there that could just do a good job?

Nell Saturday 12:38
Avenatti is more than a mere "personality", even if some in the media wish to reduce him to such a caricature. If a boring person runs against Trump, Trump will beat that person easily. Something Avenatti, Michael Moore, and I happen to believe.

As Avenatti says, there's a difference between campaigning and then doing the job itself of leading a country. Something Trump doesn't realize. Avenatti, from what he says, knows the difference.

God help us, and Americans, if a boring person is up for election in 2020.

Nell Saturday 13:37
I don't think Avenatti will be the final person to go up against Trump, nor do I think he should be, necessarily. I only hope whoever does, heeds his words and knows how to fight a fighter like Trump. As qualified as many Dems are, most are too easily run over by him.
1744) Nell 
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Friday 23:27 Write a comment

At Immigration Argument, Kavanaugh Takes Hard Line.

[www.nytimes.com]

A Supreme Court argument on Wednesday over the detention of immigrants during deportation proceedings seemed to expose a divide between President Trump’s two appointees, Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh.

The question in the case was whether the federal authorities must detain immigrants who had committed crimes, often minor ones, no matter how long ago they were released from criminal custody.

Justice Gorsuch suggested that mandatory detentions of immigrants long after they completed their sentences could be problematic. "Is there any limit on the government’s power?" he asked.

Justice Stephen G. Breyer pressed the point, asking a lawyer for the federal government whether it could detain "a person 50 years later, who is on his death bed, after stealing some bus transfers" without a bail hearing "even though in this country a triple ax murderer is given a bail hearing."...

...Justice Kavanaugh [not surprisingly] says the 1996 law puts no time limits on the detentions....
1743) Lise 
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Friday 20:58 Write a comment

Children may be adopted after the parents are deported:

[thehill.com]

Nell Saturday 00:02
I had heard this. The US has become a country of nonstop human rights abuses. The only hope lies with the 2018 midterm election, and then 2020.
1742) Lise 
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Friday 17:07 Write a comment

The heartbreaking story of 5 year old Helen separated from her grandmother at the border..

[www.newyorker.com]

Lise Friday 17:16
And her family have no idea where she is.

Lise Friday 17:37
That should be HAS no idea. embarrassment
1741) Lise 
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Friday 14:56 Write a comment

Trump on TWITTER

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
59m
So nice, everyone wants Ivanka Trump to be the new United Nations Ambassador. She would be incredible, but I can already hear the chants of Nepotism! We have great people that want the job.
1740) Lise 
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Friday 14:41 Write a comment

A foreign government — an American ally, no less — can’t just murder a US resident with impunity while he’s on the soil of a NATO member state because they didn’t like his newspaper columns.

And yet that seems to be exactly what President Donald Trump wants to let Saudi officials do, explaining to reporters on Thursday that he does not want to respond to the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi because “I don’t like stopping massive amounts of money coming into our country” and “I don’t like stopping an investment of $110 billion in the United States.”
1739) Nell 
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Friday 12:35 Write a comment

Turkey Has Proof Saudi Writer Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed.
[ktla.com]

Imagine his poor fiance waiting outside the consulate for him, and he never returns to her.

Lise Friday 19:02
CBC just reported this story.
Murderers, the bunch of them.

Nell Saturday 00:07
This article has been updated with more information since I first posted the link. It's so gruesome. I fear for journalists and writers everywhere. How sad that America's president is not taking a leadership role in speaking out about this.
1738) LIse 
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"Trump's not gonna let a little murder get in the way of his 110 billion arms deal":

[www.vanityfair.com]

Nell Friday 12:25
This is horrific. Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a guest commentator on MSNBC.

Lise Friday 12:38
It's appalling.
It won't move Trump though. Not when all that money is involved.

Maggie Friday 13:09
Trump did acknowledge that this is "no good" and that he doesn't like it but still said that US relations with Saudi Arabia are "excellent".

That's sort of like Mrs. Lincoln saying: "But besides that, the play was great."

Lise Friday 13:26
LOL Maggie.

An old one but a good one. And very apropos.

Nell Friday 18:24
The UK has drawn up a list of potential Saudi sanctions.

Lise Friday 19:09
Well, it's about time UK!!

The Saudi Royalty are very chummy with the British Royalty. Or at least they were..

Lise Friday 19:12
Canada paid dearly for calling out Saudi Arabia on their lack of human rights. And no allied countries came to our defence.

It will interesting to see what happens to the UK now.

Lise Friday 19:19
But will the UK apply the sanctions?
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