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Kalima
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Putin is guzzling vodka shots thanking trump for being so very stupid. Enough humiliation yet, trump? Could you look any weaker? Those soldiers you removed hate you.

There goes the ME.

In Syria, Russia Pleased to Fill an American Void

As the United States withdraws from Syria, Russia is stepping in, running patrols to separate warring factions, striking deals and helping President Bashar al-Assad advance.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/15/world/middleeast/kurds-syria-turkey.html

Kalima
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Former White House official bolsters the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower’s allegations

Fiona Hill, who used to direct European policy for the National Security Council, just boosted House Democrats’ impeachment case.

https://www.vox.com/2019/10/15/20915579/trump-impeachment-ukraine-fiona-hill-whistleblower

Giuliani pressed Trump to eject Muslim cleric from U.S., a top priority of Turkish president, former officials say

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/giuliani-pressed-trump-to-eject-muslim-cleric-from-us-a-top-priority-of-turkish-president-former-officials-say/2019/10/15/bf43d1ec-ef68-11e9-b648-76bcf86eb67e_story.html

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Stephanie Rulhe interviewed Rand Paul this morning and they discussed two pertinent issues, trump using the presidency to influence Ukraine to investigate one of his political opponents, and socialism versus democracy.

Stephanie asked some good questions and challenged Paul on his responses, and Paul made the typical so-call small government conservative responses, including defending and making excuses for trump’s criminal acts. He also employed the “both sides” excuse for Ukraine, of course, using a false equivalency with Hunter Biden and Donald Trump and ignoring what trump is doing related to emoluments violations related to his business interests as well as activity by Ivanka and Jarred.

I don’t think Bernie helped himself last week by saying he is not capitalist. I supposed he was being honest, but most Americans are not sharp enough to understand the difference between a pure socialist form of government, and using economic socialism along with capitalism as part of democratic republic. As I appreciate the difference between Warren and Sanders, other than one says she is a capitalist and the other says he is a socialist, Warren explains how she plans to accomplish the things she wants to use the government for to apply economic socialism in SOME areas of our economy, while Sanders proposes using economic socialism but not explaining how he is going to do it. In Bernie’s defense though, neither he or Warren is proposing a pure socialist form of government. The challenge they both have is educating Americans about the optimal mix of capitalism and economic socialism. It should be fairly easy to use Medicare-For-All/universal single payer insurance to fund healthcare as an example, because it is a simple concept to focus on healthcare from the perspective of treating diseases and maintaining a healthy society as opposed to focusing more on making profits than on healthcare, i.e., the private healthcare insurance industry.

As far as Ukraine is concerned, the issue is pretty simple and clear. Trump used the office of the presidency to strong-arm a foreign nation to investigate a political opponent in order to help him in an election. THAT is a crime. It doesn’t matter that 12% of Americans (all of whom are republicans) don’t care if it is a crime. Our laws are not enforced based on whether the public likes them or not. The public’s part in laws is voting for representatives to “make” laws and presidents to “enforce” them. If the public doesn’t like a law, they can change it, but they can’t selectively enforce it.

https://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=(title:52%20section:30121%20edition:prelim)

52 USC 30121: Contributions and donations by foreign nationals

§30121. Contributions and donations by foreign nationals
(a) Prohibition
It shall be unlawful for-
(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make-
(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election;
(B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or
(C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 30104(f)(3) of this title); or

(2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national.

This is the law; It is not a suggestion.

TOCB
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.