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#581 Posted : Thursday, October 29, 2020 3:14:27 PM
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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.
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#582 Posted : Monday, November 2, 2020 7:39:31 PM
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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.
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#583 Posted : Friday, November 6, 2020 1:24:57 AM
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Anderson Cooper declares Trump is ‘like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun’

President Donald Trump gave an unhinged address to the nation on Thursday night.

Speaking from the White House briefing room, Trump pushed bizarre conspiracies theories alleging massive voter fraud.

There is no evidence to support Trump’s position.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was not impressed with Trump’s speech.

“That is the President of the United States,”Cooper said. “That is the most powerful person in the world and we see him like an obese turtle on his back flailing in the hot sun, realizing his time is over,” Cooper said.

“But he just hasn’t accepted it and it wants to take everybody down with him — including this country,” he explained.
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.
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#584 Posted : Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:03:06 PM
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DONALD, YOU’RE FIRED! AMERICANS ELECT BIDEN TO END NATIONAL EMBARRASSMENT

America’s long four-year nightmare is finally over.

Americans have been waiting to hear those words for a long time, and now they can breathe a sigh of relief and sleep like babies because former Vice President Joe Biden is now President-elect Biden.

The race was tight and entirely too close for comfort, but Biden managed to retake critical swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan while flipping traditional red states like Georgia and Arizona that will likely set up Democrats for big victories in the future.

Biden reached 270 electoral votes, and captured the most votes in history, making it very clear who won on this night after a record number of Americans turned out to cast ballots.

Trump can whine and cry fraud all he wants, Biden won this election fair and square. That message from the American electorate should be loud and clear to any Republicans who were planning to sabotage his presidency from within Congress.

Trump tried to bully and level every accusation against Biden he could think of, and Republicans in Congress launched investigation after investigation in a persecution effort that went nowhere because Biden did nothing wrong.

This is a crushing and humiliating defeat for Trump, who will now be forever known as the biggest loser in history. He is the one-term president that Obama never was. And once he leaves office with his tail tucked between his legs in January, he can finally be arrested and prosecuted for his many crimes. Then he can be the first president to rot in prison. Lock him up.
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.
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#585 Posted : Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:18:16 AM
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MELANIA REPORTEDLY ‘COUNTING THE MINUTES’ AS SHE PREPARES TO DIVORCE DONALD

Now that he’s clearly lost any chance of being reelected, it appears that Donald Trump may soon find himself without a wife, too, according to a report from the Daily Mail, which cites former aides as saying Melania will be filing for divorce just as soon as her husband is out of the White House:

Previous reports have described Donald and Melania’s arrangement as “a transactional marriage.”

There have been other signs over the past couple of years that pointed to a less-than-cozy marriage between the two:

“Ex-aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claimed the couple’s 15-year marriage was over, adding: ‘Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce.’

“‘If Melania were to try to pull the ultimate humiliation and leave while he’s in office, he would find a way to punish her.'”

“Melania Trump is famously said to have burst into tears when her husband triumphed in 2016, with one friend saying: ‘She never expected him to win.'”

“(Melania) waited five months before moving from New York to Washington, allegedly because the couple’s son Barron ‘needed to finish school.'” However, former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff said the delay was so that Melania could negotiate a post-nuptial agreement that gave Barron an equal share of the Trump fortune.

Mrs. Trump is also facing legal troubles of her own, even if she does divorce the president, with investigators looking into how money from the 2016 Trump inaugural was spent and whether or not there was fraud in the use of the funds or if any of the money was given by foreign donors seeking access and favors from the Trump administration.

The Trump marriage has long been one that made many people scratch their heads, if only because of the age difference between the two. He is current 74 and she’s 50. Their son is 14.
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.
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#586 Posted : Friday, November 13, 2020 1:24:04 AM
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From Mary Anne Trump:

The Tantrum Continues

As we are subjected to the ludicrous but yet disgusting spectacle of President Trump refusing to admit that he lost the election last week, it is important to remember that Trump is not lying to us; he is lying to himself. He has lived most of his life in a world of delusion, and he refused to give this up when he became President. This latest wolrd wide humiliation of our country at his hands is totally the result of the refusal of our leaders and the press for four years, to face Trump's manifest mental instability and clear unsuitability to be President. It is a reminder of our failure as a country to deal with the reality of a mentally ill person who managed to seize control of our government.

Thank heaven that the United States in 2020 is not the Weimar Republic in 1933. We are going to survive this plunge into fascism. But this time around, we had better learn our lesson about averting our eyes from madness in our leaders, or it will surely happen again.
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.
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#587 Posted : Saturday, November 14, 2020 10:55:21 PM
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Since 2016 Trump whined on and on about election fraud, even though he was declared the winner by the Electoral College... this, despite the fact he LOST the popular vote by some three million votes. This time an overwhelming majority voted to give Trump the boot LOSING the popular vote by more than FIVE million votes and with a slaughter in the Electoral College.. but on and on they whine!



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.
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#588 Posted : Sunday, November 15, 2020 7:51:12 PM
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Often misattributed to Carl Sagan, author unknown

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
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.
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#589 Posted : Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:17:30 PM
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No Matter What Lawsuits He May File, President Trump Is an Epic Loser

Everyone who knows election law is on the same page at this point — Trump has not only lost the election at the ballot box, but also in the court room

Donald Trump is having a terrible November. First, he loses the presidential election as an incumbent in historic fashion. Then, in his much-hyped litigation explosion to show the world that he really won on November 3rd, he has lost in court repeatedly. There’s just no two ways about it: Donald Trump will leave office as an epic loser.

By now, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two weeks, you know that Trump lost the presidential election to Joe Biden. Biden received 306 electoral college votes to Trump’s 232. This is the same amount Trump won by in 2016, which Trump and his advisers touted then as a “landslide.”

What makes Biden’s “landslide” more impressive is that, unlike Trump, Biden won the popular vote. Whereas Trump lost the nationwide vote tally by 2.8 million votes in 2016, Biden is on track to win the popular vote by 7 or 8 million. (He is currently ahead by 5.7 million, with millions of ballots left to be counted, mostly in Biden-friendly California and New York.) Biden is currently just under 51 percent of the total vote, leading Trump by 3.7 percent. (Both of these numbers should get bigger.) In 2016, Trump received just 46.1 percent of the total vote (losing to Hillary Clinton by 2.1 percent).

Most everyone knows this (even Trump himself apparently). What has been harder to keep track of is just how much losing Trump has been doing in his election-related litigation. Part of the reason is because court cases in multiple states are esoteric and hard to keep track of.

But part of the reason is that there’s just so much losing. By one election lawyer’s tally, Trump is 1-25 in election litigation so far. (By the time you read this, his record will probably be even worse.)

The losses have come in every conceivable way. When the Trump campaign has claimed election fraud, judges have routinely asked for actual evidence. In court, as opposed to on Twitter, litigants who make allegations have to back them up with proof. The Trump campaign has had none, and judges have taken notice. They have lectured Trump’s lawyers on the rules of evidence and the basics of hearsay. They have sifted through affidavits and found the same thing that every state administrator told The New York Times when it contacted each one — there has been no fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Other losses have come because conservative lawyers have quietly asked courts to withdraw their lawsuits. Monday morning, for instance, lawyers asked federal courts in Michigan and Wisconsin to dismiss their claims, leaving no federal court cases challenging the results in those states.

Three cases out of Pennsylvania are emblematic of other problems that the Trump team is having. First, it’s running out of lawyers.

Second, Trump’s attempt to throw out millions of votes is failing with judges because no judge will ever do this.

Third, many of Trump’s cases are over minuscule numbers of ballots that won’t make a difference in the election.

Everyone who knows election law is on the same page at this point — Trump has not only lost the election at the ballot box, but also in the court room.


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.
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#590 Posted : Saturday, November 21, 2020 8:23:29 PM
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Robert Reich posted an episode of a series.

This past week:

—Lindsey Graham pressured Georgia's Republican Secretary of State to toss out ballots in order to swing the election to Trump

—A Republican member of Wayne County, MI's Board of Canvassers rescinded her vote to certify the county's election results after a personal phone call from Trump

—Trump summoned Republican Michigan lawmakers to the White House after he and his allies floated the idea of pressuring GOP state legislatures to appoint their own Trump electors

Let me be clear: Trump's plan to steal the election will not work. Joe Biden will assume the presidency on January 20th, 2021.

But the fact that it won't succeed doesn't make it any less dangerous.
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.
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#591 Posted : Sunday, November 22, 2020 7:28:51 PM
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Face it people, Trump is the biggest loser in history and he refuses to accept the overwhelming majority vote of The People and the clear Electoral vote for Biden. There is NO route to success, no hidden votes, no fraud, Trump was whooped, his fragile ego has been crushed!

Joe Biden has 79,836,191 votes of The People and 306 Electoral votes.

The Whiner in chief received 73,792,443 votes of The People and 232 Electoral votes.

Joe Biden has accomplished something Trump will NEVER be able to claim. Biden has received 51.1% of the vote; Trump has never risen to a 50% approval rate.

"The ball" is no longer in the Trump court, he is a lame duck that is too fragile to admit utter defeat, so he rants on Twitter. He seems to be having a break from reality and no Republican has the guts to tell Trump it's over, he is history and his whining on and on is just embarrassing him and our nation.



Joe Biden
Democratic Party
306
51.1%
79,836,191

Donald Trump
Republican Party
232
47.2%
73,792,443

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.
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#592 Posted : Friday, November 27, 2020 11:24:55 PM
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Trump loses appeal of Pennsylvania election case

A federal appeals court rejected an attempt by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign to keep alive its effort to undo the result of Pennsylvania’s presidential election.

A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit wrote in a scalding opinion that the Trump campaign’s “claims have no merit.”

The court opinion marks the latest court loss for Trump, who has refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden and is falsely asserting that he won the race.

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt by President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign to keep alive its effort to undo the result of Pennsylvania’s presidential election.

The blistering opinion from a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, all three of whom were nominated by Republican presidents, said that the Trump campaign’s “claims have no merit.”

The appellate court’s decision affirmed a federal judge’s ruling from a week earlier that denied the Trump campaign’s request to block the Keystone State from certifying that President-elect Joe Biden won its election.

The opinion marks the latest court loss for Trump, who has refused to concede the election to Biden and is falsely asserting that he won the race. On Wednesday, Trump flatly stated, “We have to turn the election over.”

“Calling an election unfair does not make it so,” the 3rd Circuit’s opinion read. “Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.
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.
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