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Manners maketh man!

Good manners does not mean using the right fork, or knowing the correct way to address a Duke. (The outside one and Your Grace.) It means always putting the feelings of the other person first. To pick up the right fork but make the person next to you ask for the mustard - instead of offering it without being asked- classifies as poor manners.

Believe me, there are few worse things to say about someone. It means they don't care enough to try. It would, however, make him a great leader in wartime: just not right now.
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For someone with right leaning views (I am more liberatarian than Republican)It feels at least culturally speaking... we are at war.   IMO for far too long American politics has been about feelings.   Governments have made decisions that made their populace feel good, but not giving much thought to truly right wise decisions. "Feeling" have been weaponized. While on a personal level he may seem rude he fights for values that are very important to me.   For an example no American President has ever push as hard for religious freedom as Trump. This means a lot to me. Technophobe even though you are right in your accessment...   There is a reason why Trumps biggest support comes from the most unlikely group, religious conservative. These are the nicest people in the world and they love Trump. Its not just religious freedom but all types "values" issues Trump is a great on.   I have never seen a president fight for my values the way he does.

Working in healthcare has changed my definition of what is nice or not. We deal with life or death... so if you are a bit rude in your attempt communicate as directly and clearly as possible... it isn't a problem because everybody understands. Life matters more than politeness.   I have also found usually the "nice" nurses don't tend to be as good at their jobs. They can get stuck in their feelings.   They may try so hard to please the one patient that is complaining that they ignore other patients.   They are often slow to the point that they need help from others and that causes animosity of the staff. Of course compassion is a good thing in healthcare, but it must be tempered and contained.   The hardest thing for me was realizing...   All my co-workers actually care about their job even though t often doesn't seem that way.   They wouldn't be there and doing a good job every day if they didn't. We just all show compassion in different ways.
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BBC News - Trump impeachment: Second whistleblower emerges
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“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent,” she said.


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“If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that’s a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps.”


Mr Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have been attempting to draw attention to the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son, by alleging without evidence that he has been involved in corruption.

Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, described the allegations against the Bidens as “totally groundless” on Monday.

In Ukraine, the country’s top prosecutor Ruslan Ryaboshapka said he was not aware of any evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.

However, Mr Ryaboshapka added he is reviewing several cases related to the owner of Burisma, an energy company where Hunter Biden served as a board member.

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Well put, DT! Although that tallies with my belief in good manners. A small amount of rudeness, to spare the person greater hurt, IS good manners.

It all comes down to ettiquette VS manners; they are not the same thing! Ettiquette says use the right fork, speak politely and do not offend.* But offence to prevent a larger hurt is REAL manners and good ettiquette, which can be used to shame another or deliniate class differences can then be the lowest of the low

So, no arguments from me there. I still differ in my opinion of Trump's motives, but accept you may see something there which I miss. Possibly you have a more understanding nature than I do. It could also be that you are so intrinsically honest you can't spot the liar. Either way demonstrates great spiritual integrity, so kudos to you!

Belonging to a long-persecuted group of pagans, as I do, I also 'grock' the joy of religous freedom. So that is another win for the (almost) Omnipotent Orange One.








*This actually sprang from good manners, the right fork makes people eat more daintilly (which is less likely to offend other diners) but is not the same thing, or as important as real caring.
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Will we be going after the Chumps family.....

Kettle... Calling the pot ...black.....

What about the Tax returns......

Just asking.....lol
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The Independent: 'Republicans in Congress believe he is wildly unfit to be president': Trump impeachment would be supported by GOP in secret ballot, House expert says.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-impeachment-republicans-secret-ballot-congress-biden-ukraine-a9144901.html
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Religious freedom means to me,

If you believe in an imaginary person you can get away with

Murder......
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Carbon how do you take that story?   If there is any mention of unmanned sources or in this case its close second "secret ballot" please don't give much value to them.   Would some republicans rather not have to deal the circus that follows Trump and go back to the good ole days? I am sure you can find more than a handful. Impeachment has been voted on twice in this country... both other times actual crimes were alleged and you got a strict party line vote in the senate.    So with Trump so far we don't have any crime allegation against him.(yet)   So while the Republicans would rather not deal with Trump... there is no way in hell they vote to impeach.

In the Podesta Email dump before the 2016 election high level Democrats talked about accusing their opponents of doing the exact same dirty deeds they are doing to muddy the waters.    In physiology it is called projection.... for the democrats it is politicking.

So I am not at all surprised that there is allegations about Trumps kids. If it happened before office I don't care it is a personal civil or criminal issue that they need to take care of.    If it happened while in office it would bother me greatly.   However Trump knows he is under a microscope so I doubt you find much on him and his family while in office.
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The word forgotten about in that call between heads of state is "CROWDSTRIKE".   Why is this word so important?

Sometime early 2016 the Democratic National Committee suffered a massive data heist.   This is the source of the email dump that I refereed to in the last post it was shared with wikileaks and released right before the election.   
The DNC never let the FBI investigate their servers, instead they turned to a private firm Crowdstrike.   Meanwhile there are stories that the data heist was an inside job.    Even people saying they confessed to doing it.   There was very strange and mysterious deaths and the stories went away.Seth Richards
Crowdstrike declared Russia responsible. However Crowdstrike has been wrong before in a dispute between Russia an Ukraine.   They are also known to be strongly anti-putin.
Now comes a counter intelligence investigation against Trump that leads to somehow the FBI wiretapping Trump and the whole Russia Hoax is born.

Trump has a specal prosecuter and his Inspector general investigating these maters and will have reports soon.   THEN things will go nuclear.

Trump is getting close.   THIS word is why all this chaos is happening over this phone call.    The Bidden Story is just cover.
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Dan Bongino - Obama, Mueller and the Biggest Scam in American History


I know it is a long video and is asking a lot of you... but Bongiono is a great story teller and you will learn a LOT.
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For those not familure with the American political system I want to explain my earlier comment about Trumps government not being faithful to him. The president only appoints the heads of agencies and departments. The vast majority of the people that actually do the work of government work regular jobs with incredibly good job security.

The jobs tend to be highly unionized, and because of geography and demographics of Washington DC you a heavy liberal and left leaning bias within the bureaucracy of Government.

The military tends to be politically conservative, but most of the rest is strongly liberal.

Theoretically Trump could direct his staff to replace whole departments... but it would cause absolute chaos and I doubt even Trump would have the guts to do it.
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Ukraine ambassador says in 'damning' testimony that he was told Trump wanted quid pro quo deal, report says
Ambassador Sondland said, ‘everything’ was dependent on [a publicly declared investigation], including security assistance’

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The US ambassador to Ukraine has contradicted Donald Trump, telling House impeachment investigators that military aid to the former Soviet state was dependent upon a declaration of an investigation into the Bidens.

Ambassador Bill Taylor said during closed door hearings on Tuesday that he stands by calling it “crazy” to make the military assistance contingent on an investigation into Mr Trump’s potential political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.


Upon his arrival in Kiev, Mr Taylor claimed that he was alarmed by secondary diplomatic channels, and that other US diplomats said they were working on convincing Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens. During a phone call with EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, Mr Taylor said, according to prepared remarks, he was told that the president felt that aid was dependent on a public announcement that Ukraine was opening an investment into Hunter Biden‘s business dealings with Ukrainian oil company Burisma.

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“During the phone call, Mr Sondland said that President Trump had told him that he wants President Zelensky to state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election,” Mr Taylor said in his prepared remarks.


He also told House investigators: “Ambassador Sondland told me that he now recognised that he had made a mistake by earlier telling the Ukrainian officials to whom he spoke that a White house meeting with President Zelensky was dependent on a public announcement of investigations – in fact, Ambassador Sondland said, ‘everything’ was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance’”.

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The testimony marks just the latest US official to break against State Department efforts to squash attempts by House Democrats to compel disclosures through subpoenas. The subpoena was issued shortly after the State Department signalled it would not voluntarily allow its officials to testify.


And, Mr Taylor’s comments show why: he has provided some of the most damning information to the president since the revelation of the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry itself, according to Democrats.

“It was just the most damning testimony I’ve heard,” said representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, during an interview with The Washington Post.

The testimony appeared to confirm claims that Mr Trump had used US money as leverage in order to force the investigation into Mr Biden, who is the son of former vice president Joe Biden, a key figure who pushed for the removal of a Ukrainian prosecutor. Mr Trump has claimed, contrary to evidence, that Mr Biden had acted on behalf of his son’s interest to get the prosecutor fired, even though the effort was indicative of the Obama administration’s foreign policy and had international consensus.

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Mr Trump has denied any clear quid pro quo had occurred during a 25 July phone call with Mr Zelensky, even though a rough transcript released by the White House appears to show Mr Trump pushing for the investigation as a favour to him.

“He drew a very specific direct line from President Trump to the withholding of foreign aid and the refusal of a meeting,” Ms Wasserman Schultz said, describing a meeting between the two presidents that was a part of the discussions. It “directly related to both insisting on Zelensky publicly say that he’ll have an investigation, that they will investigate”.

Mr Trump has cast the impeachment investigation as an witch hunt, mirroring language he used to describe the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling, which included potential wrongdoing by the president as well. On the same day as Mr Taylor’s testimony, Mr Trump has received criticism for comparing the impeachment inquiry to “lynching”, dredging up the ugly history in America in which African Americans were suppressed with murder.

Democrats have indicated they want to move quickly on impeachment, and have said they could introduce articles before the end of the year. Moving quickly on the matter would allow Democrats to put as much distance as possible between the highly polarising measure and the 2020 election campaign.

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Originally posted by DeepThinker DeepThinker wrote:

Let me make it as clear as possible...

Trump made his money the old fashion way. He worked hard and earned it   Maybe you don't like his business practices that is fine... but at least he was providing goods/services, employing people, you know doing things the way you are supposed to.


Hard work? Trump was born into wealth and his personal business ventures pretty much all failed either when his father couldn't bankroll them anymore, or financial institutions got wise to him and finally cut off his line of credit. Trump Steaks, Trump Vodka, Trump Airlines, Trump University, and the Trump casinos all went belly up, with the man himself usually being blamed as the principal reason. Seriously - who can’t make money from casinos in a place like Atlantic City?

And as far as doing things the way you're supposed to, Trump has a long and storied history of not paying his debts, stiffing contractors and suppliers and threatening them with years of litigation rather than pay them what they were owed. Many small businesses have been driven into bankruptcy simply trying to get Trump to hold up his end of the deal. He's wealthy because he's been willing to grind anyone into the dirt for a profit while hiding behind a team of lawyers - personally I find that very hard to admire.


"...between 1985 and 1989, a period when the economy was forging ahead and Trump was busy portraying himself as a billionaire with the Midas touch, his core businesses—apartment buildings, hotels, and casinos—somehow managed to lose $359.1 million. That was only the beginning. As the economy weakened, in 1990 and 1991, Trump’s core businesses racked up losses of $517.5 million. And, between 1992 and 1994, as the economy recovered, they lost another $286.9 million."


https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/donald-trumps-business-failures-were-very-real



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You could also say that Trump was 'wise' enough to play the system. But personally, I think that absolutely execrable (for him and those who facilitate him). It all depends upon whether you value money or people.

Trump clearly sees people as a means to an end. It is the extreme end of egocentricity. I am not sure he even understands that people ARE people. They are all, in his eyes, either Trump sattelites or rogues. I suppose you could call it a 'God Complex', although no view of God in any pantheon is that unethical.

This is not to say that everything he does is bad. He has made a few good decisions. But the good stuff happens by accident in my opinion; the inception of his behaviour is utterly venal.
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Oh, and while I am on the subject: Turkey/Syria!

Those of you who are Americans probably do not realise how you are viewed by the rest of the world; it's not good.

During the Vietnam war, there were Vietnamese who helped the Americans. When the US forces left, these people were abandoned. Their fate was rather unpleasant in most cases.

Going back a bit further, We (the Brits) were America's allies in WWII. We have only just finished paying back the money lent us. By contrast we did not charge anyone for our help. Of course we got none of the spoils, like paperclip scientists, either.

So, the only people surprised that the Kurds were abandoned without prior warning were those not paying attention.

The surprise - no the shock - was that Trump is trying to sell this as a triumph. Worse, even America lost out on this mess. Russia (YES RUSSIA!!) now controls that part of the Middle East. A diplomatic failure, a military failure and a shameful display of. "I'm alright Jack!"

Surely most of the American people can't be stupid enought to believe that was a triumph.
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What a nice man you have a leader,

I would not what this vile non human being

To wash my toilet.......

I wouldn't talk to a Dog the way he speaks about people,

America at its lowest level for years....

Your troops having rotten fruit and vegetables throw at them

All your good work gone in a second

Obama is worth 1000x1000 of this excuse for a president.....

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Syrians hurl rocks and rotting tomatoes at departing U.S. military vehicles

Syrian Kurds pelted a convoy of U.S. military vehicles with fruits and stones as it passed through Qamishli, a Syrian city near the border with Turkey, on Oct. 21. (ANHA via Storyful)
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U.S. military vehicles pulled out of Syria on Monday — and were pummeled with what appeared to be rocks and rotting food in the process.

As armored vehicles flying the American flag rolled through Qamishli, near the Turkey-Syria border, frustrated Syrian Kurds were filmed hurling small items at the withdrawing vehicles. Some ventured onto the exit route, attempting to block the troops’ departure by standing in the streets with their hands up.

For many Kurdish residents, the pullout of U.S. troops by President Trump roused feelings of abandonment. Kurdish fighters were instrumental in destroying the Islamic State caliphate in Syria; the pullout of U.S. military forces near the Turkey-Syria border essentially paved the way for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch a military offensive to clear the area of Kurdish groups — including those who fought alongside the United States — that he labeled a national security threat to his country.

Trump said he ordered the U.S. pullout as part of his campaign promise to end what he called the country’s participation in “endless wars.”

But his decision sparked widespread concern in the United States and around the world that the pullout could also create a military and political power vacuum that could lead to the resurgence of the Islamic State. Earlier this month, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) labeled Trump’s decision “a major blunder,” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned that “a precipitous withdrawal” would benefit Russia, Iran and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad.

Some service members said Trump’s Syria withdrawal betrayed an ally, and Kurdish forces described the U.S. departure as “a stab in the back.”

“When American troops first arrived in North Syria, kurds received them as heroes with flowers and ululation. Now terrified Kurds in Syria are throwing tomatoes and stones at departing American forces,” tweeted journalist Jenan Moussa before linking to another short video clip in which a male voice shouts: “It’s the biggest betrayal in history. We will never forget that.”

“Stones and rotten fruit for the withdrawing US force. What a farce this has been,” tweeted ABC Middle East correspondent Adam Harvey on Monday.

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said Monday that the Pentagon is discussing keeping a “residual force” of American troops in some Syrian cities to deny access to Syrian oil fields to the Islamic State and other groups that “might want to seek that revenue to enable their own malign activities,” as The Washington Post’s Kareem Fahim and Susannah George reported.

At least 70,000 Syrians have been displaced as a result of the latest escalation in the conflict, the United Nations said earlier this month.

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Originally posted by Technophobe Technophobe wrote:

Surely most of the American people can't be stupid enough to believe that was a triumph.


Nobody I've spoken to views it that way, Techno.



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On another forum, someone reported on a conversation with someone from the deep south working with rice farming.

The problem with draining the swamp is that you are left with slime
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