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Offline Jeff Wrangler

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1095 on: August 11, 2017, 09:23:15 AM »
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/08/11/are-we-on-the-brink-of-nuclear-war-with-north-korea-the-consensus-is-probably-not/?utm_term=.438619970722

I do not take comfort in those responses, for the same reason I said that I'm seriously worried and scared: That fool in the White House, who just might do something to show he has the balls to do it (pardon my language).

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1096 on: August 11, 2017, 09:52:53 AM »
Trump Hands McConnell a Daunting To-Do List to Regain His Favor

By Laura Litvan   August 11, 2017

President Donald Trump laid out a path for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get back in his good graces: replace Obamacare, overhaul the U.S. tax code and find a way to pay for big infrastructure improvements.

Yet clearing Trump’s agenda anytime soon is close to impossible in the narrowly controlled Republican Senate that already has a packed agenda of must-pass legislation.

Trump’s direction for McConnell came after he assailed the Senate Republican leader for two days on Twitter over the Senate’s failure to replace the Affordable Care Act. When asked by a reporter whether McConnell should step down, Trump said Thursday he would withhold judgment.

“If he doesn’t get repeal and replace done,” along with taxes and infrastructure, Trump said, “then you can ask me that question.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-11/mcconnell-handed-daunting-to-do-list-to-win-back-trump-s-favor

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1097 on: August 12, 2017, 08:04:14 PM »
Horror and hate in Charlottesville

BY TAYLOR LORENZ AND WILL SOMMER - 08/12/17 08:05 PM EDT


Clashes between “alt-right” white nationalists and counter-protesters turned this Virginia college town into a battlefield on Saturday, leaving three people dead and more than a dozen injured after a car plowed into a crowd of counter-protestors.

The fatal crash came a day after white supremacists already in town for the “Unite the Right” rally scheduled for Saturday marched through Charlottesville with torches, clashing with outnumbered left-wing activists.

The images of torch-lit white nationalists occupying the center of an American city went viral on social media, increasing the pressure on liberal activists to prevent Saturday's event.

Saturday saw many storefronts in Charlottesville shuttered ahead of expected fighting, which began hours before the noon start time for the planned right-wing rally.

The event brought various white nationalist groups together, and was meant to protest Charlottesville's removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/346359-horror-and-hate-in-charlottesville

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1098 on: August 12, 2017, 08:06:52 PM »
Virginia governor to white nationalists: 'Go home ... shame on you'

By Jason Hanna, Kaylee Hartung, Devon M. Sayers and Steve Almasy, CNN
Updated 9:02 PM ET, Sat August 12, 2017



One person was killed and 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, where a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups had been scheduled take place, the city tweeted on its verified account.

A 32-year-old woman was killed while walking across the street, Thomas said. Police were still in the process of notifying her family.  Two Virginia State Patrol troopers were killed in a helicopter crash while "assisting public safety resources with the ongoing situation in Charlottesville," the agency said in a news release. The pilot, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper Berke M.M. Bates, who would have turned 41 on Sunday, died in the crash.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe McAuliffe had a pointed message for the right-wing groups that flocked to Charlottesville on Saturday: "Go home. ... You are not wanted in this great commonwealth. Shame on you."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/12/us/charlottesville-white-nationalists-rally/index.html

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« Reply #1099 on: August 12, 2017, 08:10:27 PM »
Trump’s Remarks on Charlottesville Violence Are Criticized as Insufficient

By GLENN THRUSH and MAGGIE HABERMANAUG. 12, 2017


President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters.  After days of genially bombastic interactions with the news media on North Korea and the shortcomings of congressional Republicans, Mr. Trump on Saturday condemned the bloody protests in Charlottesville, Va., in what critics in both parties saw as muted, equivocal terms.

During a brief and uncomfortable address to reporters at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., he called for an end to the violence. But he was the only national political figure to spread blame for the “hatred, bigotry and violence” that resulted in the death of one person to “many sides.”

For the most part, Republican leaders and other allies have kept quiet over several months about Mr. Trump’s outbursts and angry Twitter posts. But recently they have stopped averting their gazes and on Saturday a handful criticized his reaction to Charlottesville as insufficient.

“Mr. President — we must call evil by its name,” tweeted Senator Cory Gardner, Republican from Colorado, who oversees the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm of the Senate Republicans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/us/trump-charlottesville-protest-nationalist-riot.html

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1100 on: August 13, 2017, 11:44:02 AM »

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1101 on: August 13, 2017, 11:48:08 AM »
and as stated in that story, several R's tweeted directly to dt

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name," tweeted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado. "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."

He always criticized BO for not using the term radical islamic terrorists, and now he refuses to use the term white supremacist...what a coward.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1102 on: August 13, 2017, 12:04:26 PM »
and as stated in that story, several R's tweeted directly to dt

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name," tweeted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado. "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."

He always criticized BO for not using the term radical islamic terrorists, and now he refuses to use the term white supremacist...what a coward.

The word I'd use starts with an "a" and ends with an "e."

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1103 on: August 13, 2017, 12:59:52 PM »
and as stated in that story, several R's tweeted directly to dt

"Mr. President - we must call evil by its name," tweeted Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado. "These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism."

He always criticized BO for not using the term radical islamic terrorists, and now he refuses to use the term white supremacist...what a coward.

Considering that the event was essentially a gathering of his supporters, he didn't want to upset them.

I also noted the lack of police presence especially in riot gear, unlike at the so-called antifa protests where they are immediately met with water cannons and sound bombs. (or whatever you call those things)

Way to go America, you officially now have a white supremacist government. Sad!

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1104 on: August 13, 2017, 01:03:59 PM »
His base loved it...

— “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. ... No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” — Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website promoting the Charlottesville demonstration on its Summer of Hate edition.

Enough already with the "way to go America" comments.  He has a 33% approval rating and it's an insult to me as a voter to be lumped in with those few.
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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1105 on: August 13, 2017, 03:41:22 PM »
Trump Advisers Signal the Knives Are Out for Bannon


By Dan Merica, Jim Acosta and Kaitlan Collins, CNN   Sun August 13, 2017


Two senior Trump advisers -- one inside the White House and another who recently departed -- signaled Sunday that the knives are out for Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's controversial chief strategist.

The comments come as a source inside the White House tells CNN that White House chief of staff John Kelly has soured on Bannon, a political operative with deep ties to the 'alt-right' and the former head of the conservative news site Breitbart.

Bannon is seen as pursuing his own agenda, which does not fit mesh with the power structure Kelly is putting in place, the source added.  National security adviser H.R. McMaster was asked three times by NBC's Chuck Todd on Sunday whether he can work with Bannon in the White House. McMaster dodged the question each time and eventually left it an open question as to whether Bannon is motived by advancing the President's agenda.

"Can you and Steve Bannon still work together," Todd asked.

"I get to work together with a broad range of talented people," McMaster said. "It's a privilege every day to enable the national security team."   Asked again, McMaster said, "I am ready to work with anybody who will help advance the President's agenda and advance the security, prosperity of the American people."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/13/politics/trump-advisers-bannon/index.html

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1106 on: August 13, 2017, 03:41:29 PM »
His base loved it...

— “Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. ... No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him.” — Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website promoting the Charlottesville demonstration on its Summer of Hate edition.

Enough already with the "way to go America" comments.  He has a 33% approval rating and it's an insult to me as a voter to be lumped in with those few.

Noted.

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1107 on: August 13, 2017, 03:52:22 PM »
Wrath of Right Falls on Google

BY HARPER NEIDIG - 08/12/17 09:27 PM EDT


The firing of a Google programmer who authored a controversial memo criticizing the company’s diversity initiatives has become a cause célèbre for many on the right.  They see the case of James Damore confirming their suspicions that Silicon Valley suppresses conservative viewpoints and are turning their fire on his former employer.

Damore’s internal memo became public when published by Gizmodo last Saturday. Titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” it argued that Google’s initiatives to close its workforce gender gap were misguided because the disparity was more a result of biological differences between men and women than biased hiring practices or sexism.

Women are underrepresented in professions like coding, Damore argued, in part because they are more susceptible to “neuroticism,” leading to higher levels of anxiety and a low tolerance for stress.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/346267-wrath-of-right-falls-on-google

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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1108 on: August 14, 2017, 01:05:57 PM »
^^^

The problem with this situation is that it cannot fully or reasonably be discussed unless one reads the entire ten pages James Damore wrote and also the fact that this memo isn't a "sourced" paper on diversity, so where James Damore talks about the issue, are his viewpoints on the matter his or factually supported by research? So now it's being used as a weapon, right against left, often taken out of context by both, instead of inspiring a discussion.

I glanced through the ten pages. People seem more willing than ever to pounce on anything so that they can find offense with it. Social media and 24 hour news cycles aid in this endeavor and, in fact, seem to demand it. People would rather just be offended than discuss something. We get so much information overload that we revert to some comfortable position without much thought because it's easier.

I suspect many (at least some) of you remember growing up when "the news" was not a part of the majority of your day. You were not subjected to it all day long. You went about your business and didn't "follow" someone on twitter constantly or have to get news info each second. We elected people
to pay attention to and take care of the issues we needed them to address so that "we wouldn't have to."  Politics and government was not a daily TV show that we had to get involved in constantly. Now we argue with people we don't know online because we can. And it is often addictive.



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Re: News and Current Events - 2017
« Reply #1109 on: Yesterday at 06:08:41 PM »
I don't know what to say about 45's press conference today.  He is unhinged.  I shouldn't be surprised, but I was...surprised that it all came so easy to him, and mostly that he wasn't afraid to out himself as a stone cold racist to the world.

I didn't watch this whole thing, it's an HBO film that they did starting Friday night when the nazi's were marching with their little tiki torches...but what they were chanting is chilling.  "Jews will not replace us!"  I wonder how ivanka feels about that...her father is throwing his grandchildren under the bus.

Charlottesville: Race and Terror – VICE News Tonight on HBO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIrcB1sAN8I
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