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bluedahlia wrote:

Here we go.............

But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they? - Scarecrow, Wizard of Oz.
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May 14, 2019 08:37PM ChiSandy wrote:

Latest word is that little Donny Jr. will testify in a closed-door Congressional session next month after all. "Closed-door" because publicly endlessly repeating "On the advice of counsel, I refuse to answer on the ground that it might tend to incriminate me" makes for boring TV and lousy ratings.

Last night, O'Donnell had my second favorite sportswriter (Bob Costas is my fave) Rick Reilly on to plug his new book Commander in Cheat, which describes what it's like to play golf with Il Ducebag and is basically a metaphor for how Trump gets through life. Unsurprisingly, the rules don't apply to him--as they never have from his childhood on. He drives his cart on the green; kicks other players' balls into the rough or onto a less advantageous fairway lie; when he hits a shot into a water hazard (with an audible or visible splash), it miraculously reappears on the green ("must be the waves," he claims).

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May 15, 2019 08:38AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Be grateful simply for being alive. When you are grateful for life, pure and simple, your life becomes one you can be grateful for. That may strike you as circular or even backward logic, but your attitude really does have an effect on how things work out. When you can't change your life any other way, you can still change your attitude. When you do, your life changes. You find more chances to love, and you will be surprised to see how much more love is returned to you. -Bernie Siegel

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May 15, 2019 08:51AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Mr. Wolff ( Fire and Fury ) has a new book out as well Sandy. "Siege" is a continuation of Fire and Fury and goes up to Mueller's release of findings. I think the Reilly book sounds like a good read. Both would have a familiarity I think since Trump is who he has always been. In my opinion a damaged human being who could NEVER play by the REAL rules. I just remain sad that people ( thinking ordinary non-politicians just like all of us ) either didn't look at Trump seriously before they voted or maybe worse yet, simply didn't care. I know this is hashing over what is old and stale now -- and I do think there are some that feel genuine sorrow for having voted for Trump.

I certainly hope there are enough that it will keep him out of office when the time comes. He isn't helping anyone in the states that put him over the top. So while he should be worried, he hasn't enough sense. The idiot Reps will have to find ways to prop him up and cheat up the yazoo.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 15, 2019 08:53AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Talk about a good question:


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May 15, 2019 09:01AM IllinoisLady wrote:

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May 15, 2019 01:05PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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May 15, 2019 01:17PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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May 15, 2019 01:24PM MissouriCatLady wrote:

I just found this board and I love it, woowoo, yay! Love that post, Ruth.

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May 15, 2019 04:51PM ruthbru wrote:

Welcome, Cat!

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 15, 2019 05:56PM IllinoisLady wrote:

May 15, 2019

Kuttner on TAP

Over to You, John Roberts. The future of American democracy may literally come down to the decisions of one man, Chief Justice John Roberts. That's because all of Trump's efforts to place himself above the law—stonewalling subpoenas, telling his people to defy contempt citations, making dictatorial claims about executive power—will eventually end up in court. The Supreme Court.

And as we all know, the current court is divided 5-4, with five far-right toadies and four beleaguered liberals. Though one of the five, Roberts, occasionally seems to have second thoughts about the Constitution, the democracy, and the reputation of the high court.

This sure as hell needs to be one of those times.

The signs are far from auspicious. Roberts has been utterly promiscuous in overturning settled law when it served Republican partisan and ideological purposes. He has had a view of executive power almost as extreme as Trump's.

But occasionally, he gives defenders of democracy some hope. In NFIB v. Sebelius, where the court's conservatives hoped to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Roberts voted with the liberals—sort of. He held that the ACA was not legal under Constitution's Commerce Clause, but was OK under Congress's power to tax.

However, Roberts opined, both the individual mandate and the required state expansion of Medicaid were illegal. Now, however, in a new pending case backed by the administration, conservatives argue that with the mandate gone, the ACA is no longer an example of Congress's power to tax and should be tossed out in its entirety. So Roberts may either have outfoxed himself, or maybe was foxier than we thought.

Last November, Roberts professed to be offended at Trump's characterization of an "Obama judge." He declared:

We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.

But that was posturing. The high court is ideologically split, the five conservatives are shills for Trump, and Roberts himself is Exhibit A.

On the other hand, in three recent cases, Roberts voted with the liberals to deny high court review of lower court rulings that went against the right, but taking care to note that these were procedural decisions, not substantive ones.

In short, unless Roberts gets an attack of conscience, he is a slender reed on which to place the survival of American democracy. That said, he is a much classier act than Trump, and he's what we have. ~ ROBERT KUTTNER
Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 15, 2019 05:59PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Missouri Cat Lady ( I really like the Cat, don't you ?? ) welcome and so glad you found us. We have been here for a long time, but we are hard to find. This and a sister thread ( strong rt. leaning ) are the only ones pretty much where politics can be discussed. The mods saved our sanity allowing us this place to vent to our heart's content --- and that is what we do. A quieter time right now, but it can be quite lively here so hope you will keep coming.

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May 15, 2019 06:04PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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May 15, 2019 09:53PM ruthbru wrote:

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 15, 2019 10:33PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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May 15, 2019 10:44PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Even if we knew it, this is VERY chilling to read.


US Allies Defy Trump On Starting A New War With Iran

US allies are rejecting the Trump administration's claims of an increased Iranian threat while pointing out that the aggression is coming from Trump, not Iran.
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Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 16, 2019 08:52AM ruthbru wrote:

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 16, 2019 08:52AM ruthbru wrote:

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 16, 2019 10:06AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Creative gratitude is an attitude. It is magnetic and will draw good to you. It is good therapy, a road to happiness.Thankfulness is a way of living more fully. Be thankful for your health and you will have health in more abundance. Be thankful for the love you receive and it will be increased. Be thankful for your success and you'll open doors to further achievement. Be thankful for your friends and more friends will come to you. Be thankful for beauty and you'll experience it more deeply. Creative gratitude is a force for harmony and goodwill. It brings people together in love and understanding. It is high on the scale of creative qualities to be practiced day in and day out in our moment-to-moment contacts. -Wilferd A. Peterson

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 16, 2019 11:10AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Gets you in he gut.....


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May 16, 2019 05:59PM IllinoisLady wrote:

MAY 16, 2019

Meyerson on TAP

Our Already Meritorious Immigrants. According to numerous press accounts, President Trump is set to present a semi-new immigration policy in the next few days. It's only semi-new because it still contains funding for Trump's wall and makes no mention of the undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children, leaving them vulnerable to eventual deportation.

What is new—supposedly the result of a compromise between the neo-fascism of White House Svengali Stephen Miller and the general doltishness of White House Son-in-Law Jared Kushner—is a proposal to base admission on "merit." No more of that "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" business.

Ironically, even without the "merit" criterion, the actual pool of newly arrived immigrants is increasingly credentialed. A new study from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California reveals that in 2017 in California—home to more immigrants than any other state—the share of working-age immigrants who'd moved to the United States during the past five years with bachelor's or graduate degrees was 52 percent. By contrast, the share of U.S.-born Californians with bachelor's or graduate degrees in 2017 was 36 percent.

Like the rest of the U.S., only more so, California has a two-tier economy, disproportionately employing higher-paid professionals on one end and low-paid service, retail, and construction workers on the other. Most of the immigrants with no advanced degrees end up in that low-end sector. It wouldn't be so low-end if California hadn't gone through two massive waves of deindustrialization in the 1980s and '90s, losing both its auto factories and then its aerospace plants, at the time the largest private-sector employers in the state. Those factories had just begun to provide an economic ladder to the new wave of immigrants when they were unceremoniously shuttered. Thus were meritorious immigrants ghettoized in meritorious but un-remunerative jobs, their "value," as measured by income, called into question.

All of which raises questions of their own. Among them: Why is Trump demonizing immigrants when so many of them, even by his administration's own narrow criteria, pass the "merit" test. And who's to say what's really meritorious? If America still had the levels of economic and social mobility it had half-a-century ago, then poor immigrant, and native-born, parents would be raising children who'd grow up to surpass them economically, many of them becoming middle-class in the process. Moral and social merit, of course, has nothing to do with economic merit, but if we should narrow our definition to the one the Trumpians are using, then the shrinking of the middle class—for the native born no less than for immigrants—is the problem we need to address. ~ HAROLD MEYERSON

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 16, 2019 06:36PM ruthbru wrote:

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 17, 2019 09:58AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Healing is the journey. The destination is yourself. The full recognition
of all the different aspects of yourself—your joy, your sorrow, your pain,
your pleasure—all lead you to the source of who you are. Only by having
intimate contact with this source can you experience the fullness of your
life. Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape
of your life and open yourself completely to all the love
and compassion that lives inside you.

Philip Berk

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 17, 2019 02:03PM - edited May 17, 2019 02:05PM by ChiSandy

It just dawned on me (but apparently, on no other TV legal analysts) why Mueller claimed extensive evidence of obstruction exists, but not sufficient beyond a reasonable doubt to convict --yet left it up to Congress and did not make a formal "declination to prosecute" per DOJ protocols.

You see, "jeopardy" does not attach until charges have been filed and either: charges are dismissed "with prejudice;" there is a verdict (acquittal or conviction); or a plea of "guilty" or "nolo contendere" (no contest) has been entered and accepted by a judge. Inability to indict via a grand jury or declination to prosecute do not meet the standard of "jeopardy attaching," but Mueller is taking no chances when it comes to the increasingly Republican Trump-appointed Federal judiciary. He wants to make absolutely sure that Trump & his minions have no success in claiming a defense of "double jeopardy."

Sadly, a retired low-profile general-practice attorney doesn't exactly make a credible TV pundit.

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May 17, 2019 05:17PM octogirl wrote:

I'd watch your show, Sandy!

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May 17, 2019 07:35PM IllinoisLady wrote:

May 17, 2019

Kuttner on TAP

Trump's Itchy Trigger Finger. Earlier in the week, we were hearing from unnamed administration sources about small patrol boats of the Iranian Navy armed with missiles preparing to attack American warships.

Are you kidding? Why in the world would Iran pull such a stunt and bring the U.S. into a war? This Trumped-up provocation has all the credibility of the phony Gulf of Tonkin incident, which Trump is probably too illiterate to know anything about. For that matter, it has all the credibility of George W. Bush's faked pretext for war with Iraq.

But wait, that was in the last news cycle, 48 hours ago—an eternity ago. In today's news cycle, Trump is walking it all back. He doesn't want war with Iran after all.

This is also reminiscent of Trump's two-year folie a deux with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, who went from being Little Rocket Man to being a great statesman and back again without so much as a by-your-leave, and without any change in North Korea's actual policies.

It's bad enough that Trump is promoting lunatic and contradictory policies on everything else from immigration to infrastructure to tariffs. But on the foreign policy front, his ignorant trifling, short attention span, pirouettes, and double reverses could end with all of us getting blown to bits.

And if Trump imagines that he might lose the 2020 election, the risk of an entirely fake national security crisis only grows. But hey, let's exhale and take it one day at a time. We've averted a war for this news cycle. Grateful for small favors. ~ ROBERT KUTTNER
Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 17, 2019 09:18PM Di2012 wrote:

I finally finished reading the entire Mueller report....last night, not knowing I was almost done with it 10 days ago!.....DUMPTRUMP!!!! Come on Mueller, disclose it ALL to the PUBLIC!

TRUMP IS TRYING TO BE OUR KING.........HELL NO!

We had to go cruising, our 4th cruise in under a year....although I watched a LOT of MSNBC in our cabin, I love spring cruising, enjoying our balcony ...FIRST CLASS on DELTA, Good food, drinks and service, limo from LAX to port in San Pedro. .....cruised south to beautiful San Diego, slight rolling seas north bound to Victoria,....off at Vancouver and a BUS to Seatac.....close to home for pick up by our son.

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May 17, 2019 10:20PM ChiSandy wrote:

Good on Judge Emmett Sullivan, who has ordered everything in the Mueller report concerning Michael Flynn be released unredacted.

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May 18, 2019 09:55AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Eternity is not the hereafter. Eternity has nothing to do with time. . . . This is it. If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience.

Joseph Campbell

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 18, 2019 10:15AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Di -- the cruise sounds wonderful. Glad you kept up with the news with the edge off slightly by where you were and what you were doing. I soooo dislike Trump and the Reps. party who have given him his glide path into so much destruction of all we hold dear. He would be King and sure acts like one. I think only his VERY damaged personality makes him capable of this. Sane people could not behave as he does which makes it all the more loathsome and offensive that he has been allowed and encouraged by men who should know better.

Sandy, I just read a piece that indicated that the House ( Democrats ) were not all that upset that Mueller has not come to testify as yet since Judge Sullivan making the ruling of transparency as he did on Flynn ( hopefully there could be others as well ) paves the way for Mueller to FREELY discuss those aspects of his report. We may only be getting tid-bits but it seems doors, even if slowly are opening. I hope other transparency rulings may come up. It is the only way to get to where we can present REAL fact rather than alternative.

Just as aside -- BOO big time to the old white men who are trying to overturn Roe-v-Wade. It must be frightening to see so many women in the House and in addition so many young ones. Just my opinion but I think they are making a big mistake opening this can of worms in such ferocious fashion right now.


Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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May 18, 2019 10:20AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Dan Rather Yesterday at 7:47 AM ·

It is a fact of a long life, one lived through eventful times, that I have seen a lot. And yet the nature of life is that almost inevitably it is the contemporary that is in most vivid focus. So it is now. And the crises of the present loom seemingly without precedent.

One must be worried, deeply worried, about the attacks on our democratic institutions, by the needless and manufactured emergencies, the divisiveness, the stoking of combustible religious and ethnic animosities, the false sense of victimhood, the lies, the corruption, all of it. Each news alert it seems brings a new low, a new threat, a new debasement of what we thought was possible.

I have shared here before that I am an optimist by nature and by experience, that I have hope for this nation. And I feel it timely to reiterate that once more. I say this without complete confidence that our better angels will prevail. But I believe that is the far more likely outcome, and not just because to acknowledge the opposite is too horrible to contemplate.

I don't know how many laps of the track I have left, but I find myself thinking back a lot. There are the personal memories, thankfully far more happy than sad. But the historical events that tend to crowd my consciousness these days are inevitably other moments of crises.

There is the Great Depression, families on the brink of starvation, the indignity of no work to be found. And Pearl Harbor, very distant but indelibly marked, my parents' faces and hushed words, the shadow over our neighborhood with the coming war. I have gone on to see many wars up close, none quite like Vietnam where men even younger than my then-young-self lost their lives and limbs and hope in a jungle hell, sent by a government of lies. I remember the assassinations of '63 and '68, the protests, the despair, the divide. I remember seeing the true scale of crimes come into focus with President Nixon, and the existential anxiety, everpresent, like the world could end with atomic flashes launched by even a mistaken push of a button. Of course the horror of 9/11 and the wars that followed are never far from my mind. And so is the divide of wealth and race, brought into stark relief through the prism of death during Hurricane Katrina. And so much more.

I do not relate these events to rank our crises or even to try to put our current moment into a broader context. I repeat them mostly to myself to try to understand why and how we as a nation endured, even at great cost.

I do not take the damage occurring today lightly. Real people are suffering in dire and irrevocable ways. And that is set against a backdrop of a legitimate fear that our political system is so wrecked that even a popular vote may not be enough to rescue us from this morass.

But I also believe that we have a spirit in this country to adapt to stress and strain and change. We are remarkably resilient, or at least have been. And I believe we still are. I fervently do. I hear it in your voices and see it in the energy of those who will not give in or give up. We cannot minimize what we face. But we cannot believe that it is insurmountable.

When I cast back in my memories for inspiration, I can't help but think of Dr. Martin Luther King. More than any historical figure I have met, I wonder what he would say to us in this time of need. I remember the early days of his campaigns, when there were more failures than successes, when it seemed like most of America didn't care, or couldn't be bothered. I saw him stay steady, look for his advantages, and believe in the hope that justice would prevail. But that didn't mean he could take it for granted. He might have believed that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Yet he knew that arc was not preordained. It depended on the anonymous actions of countless individuals, those willing to do the hard work and too stubborn to believe in a limit of the possible. It is our turn, all of ours, to answer that call today.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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