Norma Bates 
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Updated on March 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM

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Re: “Republican policy leader: the GOP, taken over by white nationalism, is "fundamentally broken"

Peas in a pod. Trump and Putin.

"Putin’s Buddy Trump Is About To Get National Security Briefings. Intel Officers Are Worried. 'The notion that the Trump team could request intel briefings on Russia when they clearly have close ties is horrifying,' said one former intelligence official."

"Members of the intelligence community are worried that Donald Trump ― who has deep ties to Russia and is apparently the preferred presidential candidate of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ― could have access to highly classified national security briefings as early as Friday.

"Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will begin receiving the briefings after the Democratic National Convention ends on Thursday, ABC News reported Monday. As the Republican nominee for president, Trump is now among a handful of people who do not hold a security clearance but have the potential to get these briefings. But he also has closer ties to a foreign government than perhaps any presidential candidate in recent history."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/putin-…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 07/25/2016 at 1:50 PM

Re: “Republican policy leader: the GOP, taken over by white nationalism, is "fundamentally broken"

Roy's absolutely right about the "Southern Strategy" metastasizing throughout the GOP's body politic.

"For the ensuing decades, it identified Democrats as the party of civil rights and Republicans as the party opposed to civil rights.”

Here's the same prognosis, from a different angle.

"Why the Democrats are likely to become the majority party for decades to come."

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/why-the-de…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 07/25/2016 at 1:43 PM

Re: “As Democratic convention begins, polls show tight race

Ronald L. Feinman is not my mechanic's mother-in-law's astrologer down in Redondo Beach, but he might as well be 'cause she said pretty much the same thing - as your Norma duly noted in these blogs.

"Why the Democrats are likely to become the majority party for decades to come."

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/why-the-de…

What your Norma's waiting for, meanwhile, is Trump to go all mental in August, as my D.C. insider warned.

I'm hoping H-U-G-E! White men descending in white coats wielding nets! An "intervention" at Bellevue with Ivana, Marla, Melania, Donald, Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany and Roger Ailes!

Like that.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 07/25/2016 at 12:42 PM

Re: “As Democratic convention begins, polls show tight race

Things are getting better? Not if you live in a GOP-run state and you happen to be black, gay or a woman.

"The Supreme Court Smacked Down this Draconian Anti-Abortion Law, but Texas Has Other Plans. The war on women is far from over."

"That regulation isn't used in the interest of women's health," Hagstrom Miller said, "it's a political tool."

A political tool used by the religious right to oppress and demonize Americans - in their never-ending drive to achieve a Christian theocracy.

Remember that when you vote.

Things will NEVER get better under the GOP, as facts and history show: except for the 1%.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/0…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 07/25/2016 at 12:07 PM

Re: “It's Sunday and the line is open

Reince Priebus, who should change his elite appellation to John Doe or something that doesn't make girl gangs want to beat him down and boy gangs want to make him their bitch, now claims Donald Trump has the right to say ANYTHING, about ANYBODY, without fact-checking or liability for libel.

Namely, his made-up bullshit about Ted Cruz's father, Lee Harvey Oswald, and JFK's assassination.

“He’s got a right to talk about whatever he wants to talk about, however, I don’t think he was ever saying this was some sort of factual information,” Priebus said. “It was something he referred to. He’s talked about it, he’s gotten off from it. As far as I’m concerned, we can move on from it.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/rnc-chair-…

Of course, the story is bullshit.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fi…

But Reince Priebus just gave Trump a free pass to lie about any fucking thing he wants to, if he thinks it will win the POTUS for the GOP.

Like "Crooked Hillary." The FBI's exhaustive investigation cleared her of any crime in connection with Benghazi.

Same with everything else she's been repeatedly and continually accused of by the lying "vast right-wing conspiracy" she first pointed out in 1998 - which has wasted millions of dollars and man-hours and ruined lives (Susan McDougal?) trying vainly to pin some crime or other on Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Doesn't matter. Now the GOP wants her "shot for treason." Or, failing their kangaroo court execution, "Lock her up!"

Don't think for one second that this desperate bunch won't try every trick in the book to steal the upcoming election for Donald Trump.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 07/25/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “It's Sunday and the line is open

Wait! Benji Hardy! It's Benji Hardy who's headed for a Pulitzer, then a "Widow's Web," then the immortal film in which - oh, there's a plethora of potential Pulitzer Prizes staffing the Arkansas Times.

Plus Benji Hardy and David Ramsey sound confusingly similar, or something.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 07/25/2016 at 7:55 AM

Re: “It's Sunday and the line is open

Gotta love Matt Taibbi. (This is where your David Ramsey's headed - and beyond. Time's a'wastin', David. You've got a "Widow's Web" in you and your fan base is eager. And from that, a film, of course. With perhaps a role for - oh, it's too exciting to even contemplate!)

Meanwhile, more Matt.

"His [Donald Trump's] celebrity guests were a bunch of D-listers ready to eat snails, walk on coals, swap wives or (in this case) publicly support Donald Trump to keep their fading celebrity alive.

"The big exception was Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, an actual huge star who scored cheers attacking the media.

"'It's been a rough year for the media experts,' he said. 'They don't hang out with folks like us who like to hunt, and fish, and pray, and actually work for a living. I don't even know if they know how to talk to people from Middle America.'

"It was hard to listen to Robertson's defiant spiel and not wonder at the fact that both he and his most ardent fans probably still have no idea that he was put on TV to be laughed at. Duck Dynasty viewers think they're the experts on hunting, but actually they're the hunted ones, just another dumb demographic to be captured, laughed at and force-fed commercials for Geico and Home Depot by the Smart People in New York and L.A.

"Trump's voters will almost certainly share the same fate. They will be mined by cable news shows for their entertainment value before ultimately being held up as dangerous loons whose noisy little revolt will serve as the rationale for a generation of Democratic Party rule at the White House level."

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/featu…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 07/25/2016 at 1:34 AM

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