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So the media is comparing Hillary Clinton’s email scandal with trump’s treason, abuse of power and other far more severe infractions/crimes?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/lock-him-up-new-poll-shows-many-democratic-primary-voters-want-to-put-trump-in-jail

Do you remember the liberal media’s righteous indignation when then-candidate Donald Trump suggested that we should “lock up” Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election? Well, as it turns out, their party is increasingly falling victim to the same naive, authoritarian tendencies that they spent years decrying the Right for.

According to a new poll from the Republican outfit Firehouse Strategies, a majority of Democratic primary voters in the three early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina want not just to see President Trump impeached, but to see him actually put in prison. As covered by Axios, the poll surveyed a representative sample of 1,765 likely primary voters via phone. It found 53% support for Trump’s imprisonment among Iowa Democratic primary voters, 50% among a similar group in New Hampshire, and 54% in South Carolina.

So it’s official: Trump’s “lock her up” chant has come back to bite him. Nonetheless, it’s just as disturbing to see such authoritarian tendencies surging among the Democratic electorate. Locking up your political opponents is authoritarian in the extreme, and in the absence of extraordinary circumstances, is almost never worth doing.

As an American, without regard to my party affiliation, I would support ANYONE who has done the things trump has done, to be imprisoned.

First, what actual crimes has Trump committed that are somehow worthy of imprisonment? Even an impeachment-worthy abuse of power is not necessarily a criminal offense.

Crimes against humanity, such as policies that cause the death of asylum seekers, excusing the murder of an American journalist because MBS buys planes from the USA, and now giving a green light for Turkey to use ISIS militia to kill Kurdish civilians for whatever reasons, are crimes that are worthy of imprisonment.

Kalima
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Those now being targeted in Turkish attack include thousands of female fighters who battled Islamic State.

Kurdish troops fight for freedom — and women’s equality — on battlegrounds across Middle East

http://theconversation.com/kurdish-troops-fight-for-freedom-and-womens-equality-on-battlegrounds-across-middle-east-91364

Kalima
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Makes no sense.

So where is James Mattis? Isn’t this why he resigned?? It’s time to speak out and not the time for a book tour.

U.S. Forces Try to Stop Syrian Regime Forces From Helping Kurds Fight Turkey

https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-forces-reported-preventing-syrian-regime-forces-from-helping-kurds-fight-turkey

Kalima
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Kalima
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Wtf??

WATCH: Trump supporters celebrate video at his golf resort showing president conducting mass shooting

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/watch-trump-supporters-celebrate-video-at-his-golf-resort-showing-president-conducting-mass-shooting/

Macabre Video of Fake Trump Shooting Media and Critics Is Shown at His Resort

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/13/us/politics/trump-video.html

TOCB
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INTENT. What’s up with trump’s State Department using WhatsApp to conduct what is “suppose to be” official State Department business? We went through at least a year of investigating Hillary Clinton for using a private email server to conduct official State Department business, and republicans wanted to “lock her up”. However, a lifelong republican who was the Director of the FBI decided that there was no nefarious intent on Clinton’s part and no classified data was compromised.

(source: Black’s Law Dictionary)

Criminal Intent: Overview
Criminal intent is a necessary component of a “conventional” crime and involves a conscious decision on the part of one party to injure or deprive another. It is one of three categories of “mens rea,” the basis for the establishment of guilt in a criminal case. There are multiple shades of criminal intent that may be applied in situations ranging from outright premeditation to spontaneous action.
It is possible to establish criminal intent even when a crime is not premeditated. Individuals who commit a crime spontaneously may still understand that their actions will cause harm to another party and contravene existing criminal law. In other words, an individual that takes or withholds action with the knowledge that such behavior will lead to the commission of a crime can be said to possess criminal intent.

Trump and his merry band of idiots not only used private communication to conduct “supposedly” official government business, but they MAY HAVE tried to conceal the fact that they were using official government status to conduct personal business on behalf of the “president” and themselves. They seem to have had criminal intent!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/clinton-email-critics-do-a-role-reversal-as-trump-administration-draws-fire-for-private-phone-use/2019/10/09/4e9fa357-2964-417f-a128-d543b8ac28b4_story.html

More than four years after a squad of House Republicans led a charge against then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her handling of sensitive diplomatic information, the State Department is once again under scrutiny for how diplomats use personal phones to conduct official business.
But some of those same House lawmakers are now on the opposite side of the controversy, playing defense for U.S. diplomats.
On Tuesday, lawmakers said that President Trump’s top envoys for Ukraine and the European Union used personal phones and an encrypted messenger app as they conducted U.S. policy on Ukraine, a matter that was revealed during House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
The most vocal defenders of the Trump administration’s actions include some of the most aggressive critics of Clinton’s handling of sensitive information, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R) of Ohio, Rep. Mark Meadows (R) of North Carolina and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who as a Kansas congressman had attacked Clinton by underscoring the solemn role of soldiers in defending U.S. secrets.
“We have soldiers today in the field, fighting to protect classified information from getting out . . . [risking] a lot of their lives to keep the information safe. And Secretary Clinton handled this in a very different way,” Pompeo told a television host in February 2016, adding that she had violated “multiple laws.”
On Tuesday, Meadows dismissed concerns about the communications of the two diplomats, Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, saying their use of personal phones or encrypted apps was acceptable because they ultimately handed over their correspondence to the State Department.

Kalima
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An assassination of a Kurdish politician and Turkey celebrates. A war crime.

Kurdish politician, other civilians ‘executed’ by Turkey-backed group

Hevrin Khalaf, her driver and seven others killed by fighters allied with Ankara on road outside Tel Abyad in northern Syria, monitor says

https://www.timesofisrael.com/kurdish-politician-among-9-civilians-killed-by-turkey-backed-rebels-monitor/

Kalima
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There you go, Rudy. Your leader trump just said he doesn’t know if you’re his lawyer or not. Watch out for that speeding bus.

Giuliani Is Said to Be Under Investigation for Ukraine Work

Prosecutors are investigating whether the president’s lawyer broke laws meant to prevent covert foreign influence on the government.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/us/politics/rudy-giuliani-investigation.html

AdLib
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Now Trump has caused an attack on American soldiers. He has turned his back on American troops, instigated this danger and attack on our soldiers and just turns his back and walks away.

Exclusive: Turkey Bombs US Special Forces in Syria Attack, Apparently by Mistake

https://www.newsweek.com/us-troops-syria-turkey-1464727

TOCB
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Trump AND congressional republicans are a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE USA!

AdLib
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How can military families keep supporting this monster who couldn’t care less about the lives of US soldiers and helps massmurders and insanity start up in the worst part of the world?

Do they hate black people THAT much that they’d sign on to have their sons and daughters senselessly murdered?

Kalima
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U.S. forces say Turkey was deliberately ‘bracketing’ American troops with artillery fire in Syria

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/10/12/us-forces-say-turkey-was-deliberately-bracketing-american-forces-with-artillery-fire-syria/

Kalima
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Willing to destroy Kurdish allies by pulling out of Syria and leaving them under attack while guarding 10,000 isis fighters and their family members, but can send troops to the border where crossings are down, and some to spare for the cash flinging Saudis. He’s sick to his black evil soul.

U.S. to send 1,800 additional troops to Saudi Arabia to boost defenses against Iran

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/us-to-send-additional-troops-to-saudi-arabia-to-boost-defenses-against-iran/2019/10/11/7b8c8de6-ec42-11e9-9c6d-436a0df4f31d_story.html

AdLib
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The news now is that Trump is pulling out those 1,000 troops so Turkey and Russia will have fre reign to take over and purge that section of Syria.

How can the world see Trump’s led army as anything other than the cowards and traitors he’s turned them into…mirroring himself?

Kalima
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Just heard that Turkey is using Isis and al Qaida terrorist while calling the Kurds “terrorists”, to fight the Kurds and the Kurds had to make a deal with the devil Assad through Russia to help them fight the Turks on the border. Thousands of Isis family members have broken out of the camps. Stupid trump says the Kurds did it on purpose to make him look bad. FY!! What a frigging mess after the Kurds fought so hard for that land and lost 11,000 fighters.

Trump is [email protected] up the whole world. Get the bastard out of the WH.

Chaos in Syria: ISIS Detainees Escape as the U.S. Pulls Out

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/chaos-in-syria-isis-detainees-escape-as-the-us-pulls-out

Kalima
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The go ahead for the ethnic cleansing of allied Kurds. No one will want to partner with the U.S. again for a very long time. Trump’s promises are meaningless as he ruins America’s standing in the world over and over again.

Trump is the Trojan Horse for the alt right like bannon and miller, and for putin who has devastated Russia’s economy by relying on oil and gas to bring the country back to greatness. He failed and now wants to destroy Western democracy instead to feel better about himself. Trump is a willing tool to help him do it. Those transcripts from his meetings with Vlad would prove that he sold out America to a foreign adversary without even blinking. Everything he does is for Russia and for himself. He did it in 2016, and has been doing it ever since. He’s an unregistered foreign agent.

Kalima
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Breaks my heart.

Trump makes new enemies for America. As if these people haven’t suffered enough.

Betrayal leaves a bitter taste’: spurned Kurds flee Turkish onslaught

As they seek safety away from Turkish shells, Syrian Kurds burn with anger at Donald Trump’s betrayal

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/10/betrayal-leaves-a-bitter-taste-spurned-kurds-flee-turkish-onslaught

AdLib
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I don’t know how the next President can address the hatred Trump has churned up in the Kurds, this won’t be forgotten. And Repubs just sit on their hands as America is destroyed and terribly endangered day after day…not to mention their supporting a president who has for the first time, colluded on ethnic cleansing.

He really needs to be removed from office ASAP.

AdLib
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TOCB
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She nailed it! I have often used that on people who say they are against a woman’s right to choose. If you don’t agree that women should have the right to choose, then don’t exercise that right yourself or don’t get a woman pregnant and put her in a position to choose to exercise that right.

Kalima
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Two-faced Lindsey. Both of them cheap and very ugly.

Lindsey Graham dishes on Trump in hoax calls with Russians

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/lindsey-graham-trump-hoax-call-043991

AdLib
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Poor faux outraged Lindsey, now if Trump turns on him, he may spend the next 13 months crying himself to sleep.

Kalima
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Karma is a bitch, Rudy. The chickens are coming home to roost.

Two business associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani have been arrested and are in custody

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2019/10/10/two-business-associates-of-trumps-personal-lawyer-rudolph-w-giuliani-have-been-arrested-and-are-in-custody/

AdLib
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And Trump is saying he doesn’t know them. And I’m sure Pence never met them…whoops!

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Kalima
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Bet they were wiretapped and ghouliani was on the other end. Hope he can afford a good criminal defence lawyer because trump won’t pay for one.

Yes, neither trump nor pence ever met them and ghouliani was with them at a trump hotel yesterday and I’m sure the FBI was close listening in.

AdLib
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That’s what I’ve heard is a possibility, wiretapped. If so, I’ll bet they’ve got Rudy nailed but are leading up to indicting him because of how close he is to Trump. Probably getting testimony out of his two cronies to hang him on.

I saw a report that Trump was at a dinner with them too, the denials will prove as phony as they seem, as his playing dumb about paying off Stormy was proven to be.

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Dear Kalima, Thinking of you and hoping very much that you will be safe during Typhoon Hagibis. Just a note to let you know that you are in our thoughts. 🙏 Love, Fergie

Kalima
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Dear Fergie, thank you so much for thinking of us. I didn’t know how powerful it is until I read this in my afternoon.

After hubby comes home on Saturday night, we have no plans to go out until it’s over. Praying it turns East into the Pacific.

Thanks again for your kind words and I hope you are doing ok?

‘Explosive’ Typhoon Hagibis has Tokyo area in its sights after rapidly gathering strength in Pacific

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/09/national/typhoon-no-19-likely-hit-japan-saturday-sunday-may-become-super-typhoon/

kesmarn
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Lotsa prayers coming your way, Kalima! Hoping this typhoon decides to detour to Mar-a-Lago and play on the golf course there (avoiding damage to any humans, of course). Maybe it can whip up a little of that turf and deposit it on the top of T’s head — making a nice yellow and green swirling haystack. It could only be an improvement.

Kalima
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Thanks kes. Morning here with rain on and off just waiting for something that’s still hours away. The streets are empty and the sky is grey. No sign of the girls yet. Popping my head out every 30 minutes. Hubby’s home tracking the monster storm.

Thanks for the prayers.

I’d prefer if it blew him away completely and dumped him in the Atlantic.

AdLib
Admin

I read about it earlier in the week and it said it was supposed to skirt Japan, sorry to hear it’s coming your way. Stay safe and stocked up on supplies just in case! Thinking of you too!

Kalima
Admin

Thanks, we are all stocked up and everything that can be tied down is secure except for the two outside kitties but those girls are smart.

The rain has started and the bad stuff starts in our morning. Our business is closed tomorrow too. We will just have to wait. Wind gives me a headache literally.

The house is solid. We should be ok. If you don’t hear from us, we might have landed in S. Korea. Will buy some kimchi for you.

AdLib
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Glad to hear it!

Those kitties better tie themselves to a light post!

If your house is blown away and lands on a witch…check to see if it’s Kellyanne Conway.

Stay safe!!!

Kalima
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In case you missed the gibberish from the Mad House. After reading it, I took out my eyeballs to scrub them.

Pelosi’s reply.

‘You will be held accountable’

Read the White House Letter in Response to the Impeachment Inquiry
OCT. 8, 2019

In a letter to House Democratic leaders, the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, called the House’s impeachment inquiry illegitimate, saying the administration will not cooperate unless until the House votes to open an investigation.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/10/08/us/politics/white-house-letter-impeachment.html

AdLib
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There are no legal arguments in the letter, it is purely a childish rant that can be summed up as, “I don’t wanna help you impeach me!”

It would and will be laughed out of any court as all the other Trump legal arguments are being thrown out of courts regularly.

Stall tactics work…until they don’t.

Kalima
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The stonewalling will be a separate article of impeachment for obstruction. Dumb arse continues to self-impeach because the buggers around him are just as dumb.

AdLib
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Yes, this is plainly violating the Constitution and checks and balances. Dems should go ahead and impeach Trump now but continue with going to court to force Trump and his criminal enterprise to testify and turn over documents. Then if they defy the courts, impeach them al then President Pelosi can appoint her own AG and put the whole Klan in prison.