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  • God appointed Donald Trump to be President – Obasanjo

    07/23/2017 1:56:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Information Nigeria ^ | July 23, 2017 | Tope Alabi
    Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has given the answer to the mystery behind how Donald Trump became US President through GodÂ’s intervention, Obasanjo said Trump became US President so that America can be humbled. The former president who was said to have mocked the US election that took place in November 2016, made this known at an event held at the French Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. It was gathered that he said Africa can take charge of its own future if it needs foreign direct investment. The two-time Nigerian Head of state, who said he was happy about the turnout...
  • PetroChina unloading first Chinese purchase of oil from US strategic reserves

    07/20/2017 8:14:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    hydrocarbon processing ^ | 7/20/2017 | SINGAPORE (Reuters)
    PetroChina is unloading the first Chinese purchase of crude oil from US strategic petroleum reserves at a port in eastern China. Supertanker Cosrising Lake, is unloading the US oil at Qingdao port in Shandong province this week, The crude according to the US Department of Energy, is similar in quality to Middle East Oman crude. More Asian refiners are turning to the Americas for oil after OPEC cuts tightened heavy crude supplies and as governments respond to a call from United States President Donald Trump to buy US oil and gas. State-owned PetroChina is one of the key players moving...
  • Evan F. Moore: NRA ad nothing but anti-liberal rhetoric

    07/20/2017 6:22:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The La Junta Tribune-Democrat ^ | July 20, 2017 | Evan F. Moore
    When it comes to propaganda, the lines can become blurred rather quickly. And in this day and age where people respond to facts based on their partisan politics, trying to separate truth from lies can have dangerous consequences. In late June, the National Rifle Association, an advocacy group for gun owners and 2nd Amendment rights, released an ad all but calling for an open rebellion against those who opposed their rhetoric. “They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler,” says conservative commentator Dana Loesch in the ad....
  • Ex-MP Louise Mensch makes 'death penalty' claims about Steve Bannon and Donald Trump (BIZZARE!)

    07/19/2017 5:39:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 19, 2017 | Staff
    Former Conservative MP, Louise Mensch has claimed on Twitter that her "sources" have told her that senior White House adviser, Steve Bannon, is facing the "death penalty for espionage" and the same may be the case for US President Donald Trump. Mensch is prolific on the social media platform, constantly tweeting conspiracy theories around investigations into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. She was even thought to be the source of unsubstantiated claims by Donald Trump himself that he was "tapped" by President Obama's officials. The former MP who is also a novelist, was roundly mocked on social media after...
  • Sen. Jerry Moran on healthcare: ‘We must now start fresh’

    07/17/2017 8:25:50 PM PDT · by jonefab · 27 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | JULY 17, 2017 8:10 PM | KATHERINE BURGESS AND JONATHAN SHORMAN
    U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran came out against the latest version of the GOP’s healthcare plan late Monday, effectively killing its chances of passing the Senate. Moran, who years ago was the first member of Congress to formally seek repeal of Obamacare, announced his opposition along with Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah. The two defections are enough to prevent supporters from mustering the 50 votes needed. "We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy," Moran said in a statement. "… We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater...
  • What Trump Supporters Think of Russia Probes Doesn't Matter (Beyond their normal nonsense)

    07/16/2017 9:53:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Newsweek ^ | July 16, 2017 | Alexander Nazaryan
    “No one talks of it.” That is how Max Frankel, a reporter for The New York Times, described the feeling of “Middle Americans” in Dayton about the “remote controversy” called Watergate. Frankel published his Ohio dispatch on September 15, 1972, as President Richard M. Nixon was campaigning for reelection against Sen. George S. McGovern. Nixon won, but 692 days after Frankel published that article, the president resigned from office, felled by the very scandal Dayton deemed irrelevant. Think of Dayton every time you read an article about how supporters of President Donald J. Trump “don’t care” about the several investigations...
  • Curious? Test? Smoky Backroom?

    07/12/2017 12:25:34 AM PDT · by 1_Inch_Group · 15 replies
    Umfafa ^ | Today | Umfafa
    I was just kind of curious to see what would happen if I did this.
  • Why a Women's March Cofounder Says Every Feminist Should Care About Gun Control

    07/11/2017 9:57:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Pop Sugar ^ | July 11, 2017 | Chelsea Hassler
    It has been a big year for Tamika Mallory. A lifelong social justice activist, she also happens to be one of the four women who created the Facebook event which would eventually become the epic Women's March and later evolve into a movement in and of itself. In June, Mallory took the stage at the BET Awards to receive the Shine a Light Award for her fearlessness, and presenter Solange Knowles praised her for all the work that she's done in drawing attention to essential causes and for raising the voices of women of color around the world. But Mallory...
  • George Lopez Says If Trump Wants Safer Streets, Deport The Police

    07/11/2017 9:19:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Huffington Post Latino Voices ^ | July 10, 2017 | Doha Madani
    George Lopez has taken a shot at President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The comedian posted a message to his Instagram on Saturday that was specifically aimed at the president’s administration. Lopez made it clear he didn’t support Trump’s handling of immigration, which led to a 38 percent increase in deportation arrests in the president’s first 100 days. In that time, the arrests of undocumented immigrants without criminal histories doubled. “The Trump administration is deporting Latinos to make the streets safer ... you wanna make the streets safer, deport the police!” Lopez’s photo said.....
  • Trump’s speech in Poland sounded like an alt-right manifesto

    07/10/2017 1:27:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Vox ^ | July 6, 2017 | Sarah Wildman
    “For family, for freedom, for country, and for God.” This morning in Warsaw, Poland, President Donald Trump issued a battle cry — for “family, for freedom, for country, and for God" — in a speech that often resorted to rhetorical conceits typically used by the European and American alt-right. It sounded, at times, not just like the populists of the present but the populists of the past. Drafted by Steve Miller, the architect of the travel ban, Trump’s speech used the type of dire, last-chance wording often utilized by the far right on both sides of the Atlantic: "The fundamental...
  • Russia’s Air Defence Challenge in Syria

    07/09/2017 10:00:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    rusi ^ | 29 June 2017 | Justin Bronk
    Russia is heavily invested in and has deployed its’ most capable air defense systems in Syria; Su-35s variants and Surface to air, S-400 Triumf. to Latakia, Northwester Syria, on the Med. Russia implied that it could target, track, escort or destroy, coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates. Kremlin has compelling reasons to avoid doing so at all costs. Tit-for-tat escalation would follow, and the Shayrat example shows how TLAMs and other standoff weapons would quickly swamp S-400 and point defenses at Latakia. Likewise Russia’s Su-35s and some derivatives are nimble, but not combat prime and would be very unlikely...
  • CNN, journalists should have no pity for anonymous internet trolls

    07/08/2017 7:27:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    USA Today | July 7, 2017 | Kirsten Powers
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  • Trump is a big, big problem (Everything you want in a short libtard editorial)

    07/08/2017 3:39:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    While the story concerning President Donald Trump hanging fake covers of Time, featuring none other than himself, in multiple Trump resorts seems like it should be a minor affair, it really isn’t. It’s emblematic of just what sort of person we have serving as our president. He’s self-absorbed and possesses such a high opinion of himself that he’s incapable of recognizing his own errors, while simultaneously unable to remember the campaign promises that earned him his base. The problem is a portion of those who support the man also don’t care enough to be upset that the campaign promises he’s...
  • Far Right Unites In ‘Meme War’ Against CNN

    07/08/2017 2:20:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The National Memo ^ | July 8, 2017 | Media Matters for America
    Members of online forum boards dedicated to President Donald Trump and far-right ideologies have called for the “next meme war,” this time against CNN. The call to arms is retaliation for allegations that the cable network blackmailed a Reddit user into publicly apologizing for creating a pro-Trump GIF that depicted Trump tackling a man who had a CNN logo superimposed on his face, and removing his hateful posts on these message boards. This declaration of a meme war is the latest example of these online community members banding together in highly organized troupes to create and distribute memes attacking their...
  • Republicans are winning and Democrats have no plan or platform (Racism alert)

    07/06/2017 3:35:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Amsterdam News ^ | July 6, 2017 | Roger Caldwell
    Democrats can never win in America without the Black vote and a progressive platform. Trump and the Republicans are winning with approval numbers below 40 percent, and the Democratic leadership has no strategy to change the trajectory of this administration. The Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, and there appears nothing the Democrats can do. The Democrats can filibuster, resist and obstruct the Republicans’ policies, but when it is time for a vote, the Republicans win. In the House they win by 24 votes, and in the Senate they win by two votes. In the special...
  • What goes on in the mind of 'trolls'

    07/05/2017 8:02:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    KBZK-TV ^ | July 5, 2017 | Jill Filipovic, feminist attorney and journalist
    (CNN) -- Here we are today, in Donald Trump's version of "modern day presidential": Random badly behaved men on the Internet suddenly find their juvenile online aliases thrust into the national spotlight, as "HanA**holeSolo" did this week when he conceded he had created the Trump v. CNN meme -- and it was further revealed that he was a regular purveyor of racist and anti-Semitic content on pro-Trump subreddits. For women who write on the Internet, the existence of these kinds of trolls isn't new. It would get boring to recount all the harassment I've received from anonymous men on the...
  • Chris Christie - epitome of sleazy politicians

    07/05/2017 5:28:05 AM PDT · by Degaston · 30 replies
    I used to like Chris Christie. But the very idea of him abusing the system like he did this past weekend is disgraceful. He certainly had to know that the beaches were closed to all the people due to the State shutdown. But His Majesty went ahead and allowed his royal family to have their own private beach party. Such behaviors by leaders is not acceptable in the 21st century. He should've told his family that the beach was closed and that any of them going out to the beach could not expect him to vouch for them with any...
  • How Freedom Cities Can Make All People of Color Safer

    07/04/2017 10:01:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Yes! Magazine ^ | July 4, 2017 | Zenobia Jeffries, associate editor. She covers racial justice issues.
    This summer will mark the third anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who was killed by police officers outside of a neighborhood convenience store in Staten Island (he was suspected of illegally selling loose cigarettes). Garner’s death is one of many that has raised Americans’ concerns about the increasing number of Black men, women, and children killed by U.S. law enforcement officers. At only 13 percent of the U.S. population, African Americans are killed by police, incarcerated, live in poverty, and have poor health at higher rates than White Americans, who make up the majority...
  • Trump has dragged America into a permanent state of crisis (Spread a tarp on the floor)

    07/04/2017 3:49:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    CNN Opinion ^ | July 4, 2017 | Michael D'Antonio
    Shortly before his first Fourth of July in office, Ronald Reagan honored the NAACP by addressing its convention. Eight years later, President George H.W. Bush declared, ''The law cannot tolerate any discrimination, and my administration will not tolerate abuse of that principle.'' In 2001, his son used his first July Fourth in office to advocate "brotherly love" in Philadelphia. Bush's successor, Barack Obama, made news when he warned that Russia's Vladimir Putin still had "one foot" in the Cold War. Flash-forward to 2017. Independence Day finds America plunged into what can only be called a crisis of the "new abnormal."...
  • Historian Timothy Snyder Predicts A Trump-Led Coup Is "Inevitable"

    07/04/2017 1:10:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    Bustle ^ | July 4, 2017 | Joseph D. Lyons
    The resistance movement against President Donald Trump has one of the country's premier historians onboard — and his reasons for opposing Trump are pretty terrifying. Leading historian at Yale, Timothy Snyder, warns that Trump could try overthrowing democracy during his presidency. In fact, he predicts it's "inevitable." Snyder has spent his career working on Modern Eastern Europe, and as such he has plenty of knowledge on authoritarian leaders. Using his research, he wrote a book to help get America through the Trump presidency and it's called On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. The book is more of a...