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Intangible
#141 Posted : Monday, July 13, 2020 8:34:13 PM
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Seriously, just think about it...

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#142 Posted : Monday, July 20, 2020 10:31:38 PM
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This should concern every American!



Trumpettes hate the Hitler comparison, but this is just one more startling case! After Hitler convinced all his followers that the media was corrupt, the "Lying press", and only HE will tell the truth, he created his Schutzstaffel and the Brownshirts. The Brownshirts are infamous for their operation outside of the law and their violent intimidation of Germany's leftists and Jewish population.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#143 Posted : Thursday, July 30, 2020 7:35:22 PM
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Seriously... who would have thought that you could die from a HOAX!?!


Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized with the coronavirus

The former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died, his official website and the conservative website Newsmax said on Thursday. He was 74.


Cain tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month, 11 days after attending President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He tweeted a photo of himself at the rally in which neither he nor those around him wore masks.


The day before he was hospitalized, Cain expressed support for the Trump campaign's decision not to require masks at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#144 Posted : Saturday, August 8, 2020 3:42:43 PM
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Trump said he's going to sign and executive order requiring health insurers to cover preexisting conditions. That's already the current law under Obamacare, which Trump has repeatedly tried to repeal.

* President Donald Trump said that in the next two weeks he'd be working on an executive order to require health insurance companies to cover those with preexisting conditions.

* This requirement — that insurers cover those with pre-existing conditions — is already law, and it has been since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

* Trump, since taking office in 2017, has sought to repeal or undermine President Barack Obama's signature law.

* In June of this year, the Justice Department asked the US Supreme Court to try to overturn the law.


At a last-minute press conference held in the ballroom of his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Friday night, President Donald Trump said that in the next two weeks he'd be working on an executive order to require health insurance companies to cover those with preexisting conditions.

This requirement — that insurers cover those with pre-existing conditions — is already law, and it has been since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Trump, since taking office in 2017, has sought to repeal or undermine President Barack Obama's signature law. During the summer of 2017, Congress failed to repeal the entirety of the law. However, the passage of the GOP tax cut bill at the end of 2017 eliminated the tax penalty for the individual mandate, which said that everyone must have insurance coverage or pay a penalty. With the tax penalty gone, 19 states led by Texas sued to say the law was unconstitutional without it.

The Trump administration backs this suit, and in June of this year, the Justice Department asked the US Supreme Court to try to overturn the law.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#145 Posted : Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:50:39 PM
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Final Report on Russian Interference and Ties to Trump Is Released by G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel

A Republican-controlled Senate panel that has spent three years investigating Russia’s 2016 election interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign released its final, sprawling report on Tuesday, drawing to a close one of the highest-profile congressional inquiries in recent memory.

The Intelligence Committee’s nearly 1,000-page report was expected to substantially confirm the findings of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, putting a bipartisan Senate imprimatur on a set of conclusions that President Trump and his allies — including some Republican senators and Attorney General William P. Barr — are trying to pick apart.

The committee did not preview its findings. Lawmakers and aides who wrote the report cautioned ahead of time that it would contain no meaningful new evidence of coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign but rather would add details to the already vivid web of contacts between the two worlds. Mr. Mueller found that Russia expected to gain from a Trump presidency and that the campaign expected to benefit from the Kremlin’s interference but did not establish an illegal conspiracy.

Releasing the report less than 100 days before Election Day, lawmakers hope it will refocus attention on the interference by Russia and other hostile foreign powers in the American political process that has continued unabated.

The report is the product of one of the few congressional investigations in recent memory that retained bipartisan support throughout. Lawmakers and committee aides interviewed more than 200 witnesses and reviewed hundreds of thousands of documents, including intelligence reports, internal F.B.I. notes and correspondence among members of the Trump campaign. The committee convened blockbuster hearings in 2017 and 2018, but much of its work took place in a secure office suite out of public view.

Portions of the report containing classified or other sensitive information were blacked out.

The Intelligence Committee released four previous volumes on its findings over the past year. The first focused on election security and Russia’s attempts to test American election infrastructure, and included policy recommendations to blunt future attacks. The second provided a detailed picture of Russia’s use of social media to sow political divisions in the United States.

Lawmakers then produced a study of the response by the Obama administration and Congress in the highly partisan run-up to the 2016 election. Most recently, they found that a 2017 intelligence community assessment, assigning blame to Russia and outlining its goals to undercut American democracy, had been untainted by politics and was fundamentally sound despite attacks on it by Mr. Trump’s allies.

The committee focused its work on intelligence and counterintelligence matters. It did not investigate attempts by Mr. Trump to hinder the work of federal investigators.

The report arrived in a fraught political moment, particularly for Republican senators on the panel who signed off on it and thus may find themselves at odds with Mr. Trump and other influential figures in their party. Since Mr. Mueller finished his work, Republicans close to Mr. Trump have sought to recast the president as the victim of politically motivated national security officials in the Obama administration.

The Justice Department’s independent inspector general has found that law enforcement officials had sufficient basis to open the Russia investigation and acted without political bias.

But two other Senate panels, the Judiciary and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees, are conducting investigations premised on picking apart aspects of the special counsel’s inquiry. And though they have not disputed Russia’s interference, they have decidedly turned the party’s focus away from the actions of a hostile foreign power toward the workings of the investigation it spawned, arguing that Mr. Mueller should never have been appointed and that the F.B.I. should have dropped any inquiry involving the Trump campaign long before he was.

The Justice Department is undertaking a similar post-mortem. Mr. Barr told a congressional committee last month that he was determined “to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus ‘Russiagate’ scandal.” He has appointed a criminal prosecutor, John H. Durham, to review the investigation and the actions of intelligence and law enforcement officials trying in 2016 to understand the Kremlin’s interference and possible links to Trump associates.

Much of the Intelligence Committee investigation was overseen by Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, but he temporarily stepped aside as the chairman of the panel in May because of a federal investigation into a rush of stock sales he made before the coronavirus pandemic began rattling the United States. As they watched a similar House investigation over Russian interference splinter under partisan bickering and Mr. Trump attacked Mr. Mueller, Mr. Burr and Mr. Warner worked steadily to ensure they could come to an authoritative bipartisan conclusion. Mr. Burr voted to endorse the final conclusions.

The findings are expected to broadly echo Mr. Mueller’s report on Russian election interference released publicly in April 2019.

That report documented attempts by Moscow to undermine confidence in the electoral process and sway the election toward Mr. Trump by hacking and dumping Democratic emails and engaging in sophisticated manipulation campaigns using social media.

After years of work, Mr. Mueller found dozens of contacts between Trump associates and Russian-connected actors, evidence that the Trump campaign welcomed the Kremlin’s attempts to sabotage the election and “expected it would benefit electorally” from the hacking and dumping of Democratic emails.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#146 Posted : Monday, August 24, 2020 11:02:43 PM
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In a private recording, Trump's sister says, 'You can't trust him'

Taken together, it appears many of those who get to know Donald Trump the best don't believe he's fit for the presidency.

Last year, Donald Trump's older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, generated national headlines when she stepped down as a federal appellate judge under a cloud of controversy. The New York Times had uncovered evidence of systemic fraud within the Trump family -- alleged fraud the president exploited to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from his father -- and the controversy led to questions as to whether the jurist violated judicial conduct rules by participating in fraudulent tax schemes with her siblings.

A year and a half later, Maryanne Trump Barry is suddenly making headlines again, this time after the Washington Post reported on private remarks she made to her niece, Mary Trump, about the president.

Barry, 83, was aghast at how her 74-year-old brother operated as president. "His goddamned tweet and lying, oh my God," she said. "I'm talking too freely, but you know. The change of stories. The lack of preparation. The lying. Holy s**t."

The retired judge also reflected on Donald Trump's refusal to read much of anything, his "phoniness," his "cruelty," and his ability to get into University of Pennsylvania "because he had somebody take the exams."

In audio recordings that were also obtained by NBC News, Barry ultimately said of her younger brother, "You can't trust him."

The context for all of this is important: Maryanne Trump Barry apparently thought she was having private conversations with a family member, and she probably didn't know Mary Trump was secretly recording their chats. This is not an instance in which Barry made a deliberate, public denunciation of the president; this is a situation in which the public is getting a peek into unvarnished and personal reflections of someone who didn't expect the public to hear her concerns.

And while there's certainly room for debate about the propriety of these circumstances, the fact remains that we can't unlearn what we now know: Donald Trump hasn't even earned the respect and/or trust of some members of his own family.

It's part of a striking pattern. The president also isn't trusted or respected by former members of his own cabinet. Or former members of his White House team. Or former executives at the Trump Organization.

Taken together, it appears many of those who get to know Donald Trump the best don't believe he's fit for the presidency.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
paulwhut
#147 Posted : Tuesday, August 25, 2020 7:31:21 AM
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"Improved Americas image abroad">.......????????

poor murky, the last four years went right over your head.

the previous eight years filled with fake news. which is rampant today thru you and the media and hollywood.

poor murky.........just like a dem, will not accept rejection and persists in error and lies.

you murky are fake news,,,,chew on that.

The jesuits are running the dems and many of the GOP.

Poor murky, you can not trust him......he loves

obama, pelosi, schumer, holder, rice, comes, ......

you will ignore the past four years.........only a fool..............

BUT THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT DOES HAVE A LEGACY:

Here are Obama’s political scandals:
The ATF-led “Operation Fast & Furious”
The 2012 Benghazi attack
The Clinton Foundation’s pay-for-play scheme
Uranium One
The Department of Justice’s tracking of journalists, including Fox News’ James Rosen
The Veteran’s Affairs scandal
The Hillary Clinton private email scandal
The IRS targeting of conservative groups
The Solyndra scandal
NSA spying on Americans and the PRISM program, exposed by whistleblowers
Obama’s nuclear Iran deal
Obama’s intervention in Syria and subsequent failure to act on his “red line” declaration
Anything else?
Obama and other top members from his administration have made similar claims since President Donald Trump assumed office last January, despite the overwhelming amount of facts that disprove their outright dishonesty.

Even Obama’s messaging has not been consistent. He admitted earlier this year that his administration “didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.” At that private event, Obama never disputed his administration had scandals, like he did publicly this week.
Many wonder today why the Republican party does nothing to defeat the treasonous
schemes of the Democrats. It is because the pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly
infiltrated the Republican party as well as the Democratic party. Many wonder why
the news media lie so much to support and protect the Democrats. It is because the
pope’s Jesuits have thoroughly infiltrated the news media. The news media and
schools and colleges, with their lies and propaganda, have so conditioned the
people of the country that they are unable to recognize what has been done to them.
Victory for the Jesuits seems very near. The Jesuits are like a cancer that has
pervaded nearly every fiber of the society of the United States. We are being
defeated by the enemy within.

For many years the Jesuits have prevented the United States from developing
additional sources of energy within its own territory. Exploiting the vast oilfields on
the Alaskan north slope, that probably contain more oil than the entire middle east,
is forbidden. New nuclear power plants, the safest source of electric energy ever
discovered, are not permitted. There is no end to the lies people have been made to
believe about Nuclear energy. The environment is used as the club to subdue the
people of the country into going along with this idiocy. Modern technology is able to
develop these sources of power without any damage to the environment. France
gets 80% of its power from nuclear power plants without any problems. Needless to
say, without sufficient energy, the United States will not be able to defend itself. All
the papacy has to do is cut off the oil supply from the middle east.

The United States is now starting to feel the pinch of the energy shortage the Jesuits
have created. People have experienced blackouts over large areas as power is shut
off to stay within the limits of generating capacity. Today, instead of constructing
additional nuclear power plants, some of these plants are being dismantled! Will the
people of the United States be able to wake up in time to prevent the coming
national tragedy?

Not only in the United States is this treachery being perpetrated by the papacy, but
they are secretly at work all over the world to subvert all the nations of the world.

"And all the world wondered after the beast." Rev 13:3 last part.
Intangible
#148 Posted : Tuesday, August 25, 2020 6:13:49 PM
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Once again, Paulwhut posts the same worn lies! Despite the fact I have told him otherwise, he persists in trying to speak for me. I have told him repeatedly that I do not support Pelosi, Schumer, Holder or Rice. I do not live in California or New York, so I cannot vote for or against Pelosi or Schumer.

Just like Trump, Paulwhut is apparently a nasty little man that cannot take the truth without calling people names... pray for them!



paulwhut wrote:
"Improved Americas image abroad">.......????????

poor murky, the last four years went right over your head.

the previous eight years filled with fake news. which is rampant today thru you and the media and hollywood.

poor murky.........just like a dem, will not accept rejection and persists in error and lies.

you murky are fake news,,,,chew on that.

The jesuits are running the dems and many of the GOP.

Poor murky, you can not trust him......he loves

obama, pelosi, schumer, holder, rice, comes, ......

you will ignore the past four years.........only a fool..............

BUT THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT DOES HAVE A LEGACY:

Here are Obama’s political scandals:
The ATF-led “Operation Fast & Furious”
The 2012 Benghazi attack
The Clinton Foundation’s pay-for-play scheme
Uranium One
The Department of Justice’s tracking of journalists, including Fox News’ James Rosen
The Veteran’s Affairs scandal
The Hillary Clinton private email scandal
The IRS targeting of conservative groups
The Solyndra scandal
NSA spying on Americans and the PRISM program, exposed by whistleblowers
Obama’s nuclear Iran deal
Obama’s intervention in Syria and subsequent failure to act on his “red line” declaration
Anything else?
Obama and other top members from his administration have made similar claims since President Donald Trump assumed office last January, despite the overwhelming amount of facts that disprove their outright dishonesty.

Even Obama’s messaging has not been consistent. He admitted earlier this year that his administration “didn’t have a scandal that embarrassed us.” At that private event, Obama never disputed his administration had scandals, like he did publicly this week.

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#149 Posted : Thursday, August 27, 2020 8:55:06 PM
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We need a rebirth of this nation, we need to reclaim our leadership in the world, not by force or violence, we need to build back better...


The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#150 Posted : Saturday, August 29, 2020 9:42:48 PM
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The law and order candidate...

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#151 Posted : Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:15:02 PM
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One kid spent time in our military, in Iraq...

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#152 Posted : Monday, September 14, 2020 7:42:18 PM
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Well Nero fiddled when Rome was burning!

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#153 Posted : Friday, September 25, 2020 1:39:09 AM
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More than 200 retired generals and admirals endorse Biden

"Our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the former officers and officials wrote in a letter released Thursday.

"While some of us may have different opinions on particular policy matters, we trust Joe Biden's positions are rooted in sound judgment, thorough understanding, and fundamental values," they wrote.

"The current President has demonstrated he is not equal to the enormous responsibilities of his office; he cannot rise to meet challenges large or small. Thanks to his disdainful attitude and his failures, our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the letter says.

"Climate change continues unabated, as does North Korea's nuclear program. The president has ceded influence to a Russian adversary who puts bounties on the heads of American military personnel, and his trade war against China has only harmed America's farmers and manufacturers," it says.








The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#154 Posted : Saturday, October 10, 2020 11:19:04 PM
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Trump examined as an authoritarian 'strongman' in brutal NYT analysis of his strategy to stay in power

President Donald Trump was compared to some of the world’s most infamous authoritarians in an New York Times analysis by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Sanger.

“President Trump’s order to his secretary of state to declassify thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails, along with his insistence that his attorney general issue indictments against Barack Obama and Joseph R. Biden Jr., takes his presidency into new territory — until now, occupied by leaders with names like Putin, Xi and Erdogan,” Sanger wrote.

“Mr. Trump has long demanded — quite publicly, often on Twitter — that his most senior cabinet members use the power of their office to pursue political enemies. But his appeals this week, as he trailed badly in the polls and was desperate to turn the national conversation away from the coronavirus, were so blatant that one had to look to authoritarian nations to make comparisons,” he explained.

“Mr. Trump’s vision of the presidency has always leaned to exercising the absolute powers of the chief executive, a writ-large version of the family business he presided over,” Sanger wrote. “He is making it clear that prosecutions, like vaccines for the coronavirus, are useless to him if they come after Nov. 3. He has declared, without evidence, that there is already plenty of proof that Mr. Obama, Mr. Biden and Mrs. Clinton, among others, were fueling the charges that his campaign had links to Russia — what he calls “the Russia hoax.” And he has pressured his secretary of state to agree to release more of Mrs. Clinton’s emails before the election, reprising a years long fixation despite having defeated her four years ago.

“Presidential historians say there is no case in modern times where the president has so plainly used his powers to take political opponents off the field — or has been so eager to replicate the behavior of strongmen,” Sanger wrote. “Long ago, White House officials learned how to avoid questions about whether the president views his powers as fundamentally more constrained than those of the authoritarians he so often casts in admiring terms, including Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. They have something in common: Mr. Trump’s State Department has criticized all three for corrupting the justice systems in their countries to pursue political enemies.”

The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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#155 Posted : Tuesday, October 20, 2020 10:34:25 PM
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There is no Nobel prize for killing endangered species for sport.


The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
Sydney J. Harris
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