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

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Re: “An open line and the daily news report

"Some in Manchester, and beyond, see the attack as one that targeted women and girls."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europ…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 05/23/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “An open line and the daily news report

Whoever sacrificed a virgin to whatever volcano, wherever; the gods have clearly spoken.

"Sinkhole forms in front of Mar-a-Lago."

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

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Posted by Norma Bates on 05/23/2017 at 4:33 PM

Re: “An open line and the daily news report

"The Trump administration's proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a president's budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan."

A sop to Christian theocrats - restoring America to the bad old days of coat hangers and back alleys. A particularly ugly sop that primarily targets minorities and the poor.

Christians. Hurting women for 2,017 years. (I know. Just when you're eager to cite Islam for the Manchester bombing that was reportedly targeted at women - the artists and main concertgoers.)

Terrorism is terrorism, no matter who lies in the name of their "faith."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/planne…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 05/23/2017 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Explosion in England; more Trump revelations

Yep. Religion, again.

"The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Tuesday for the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead."

http://start.att.net/news/read/article/the…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 05/23/2017 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Explosion in England; more Trump revelations

Y'know all Trump's lies about "fake news" and how firing Comey "got rid of that pressure [from the investigations]" and "Comey told me three times I wasn't being investigated" and "the dog shit in my pants"?

Well, "President Trump is moving rapidly toward assembling outside counsel to help him navigate the investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in last year's election, and in recent days he and his advisers have privately courted several prominent attorneys to join the effort."

Reince Priebus in Riyadh gifted Trump with a handy pocket-size laminate - a little cue card - so Trump can whip it out at a moment's notice to correctly plead the Fifth Amendment. A sign of things to come. Which is why Priebus was sent home early with a note.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/tru…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 05/23/2017 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Explosion in England; more Trump revelations

Here is the Republican Party - and Donald Trump - lying again as they lie about everything from affordable health care to Obama's birthplace to tax cuts, budget cuts - got an hour?

Trump doesnt care about workers: Carrier employees react to announcement that 632 jobs are moving to Mexico."

Remember when Trump bragged he'd "saved" a "minimum" of 1,100 Carrier jobs from going to Mexico? Well, he didn't. Another failed "deal."

Even Republican supporters are catching on. They've already lost the under 30 demo. The older generation is dying off. People are turning more beige. "None's" are the same or greater percentage as evangelical Christians. None of that's good news for the GOP's future.

But the GOP, by hook or - you guessed it - crook, now runs all three branches of government and has captured state legislatures as well.

Despite being an increasingly out-of-touch party with a backward-thinking, fearful, paranoid, bigoted, bullying, fact-free agenda - they will do everything in their power to implement their agenda and grab as much power and control over the future course of events as they can.

Unless and until people stand up to them. The longer Americans wait to stand up to the Republicans, the worse the coming (global?) clash is going to be.

Thankfully, show business never dies.

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Posted by Norma Bates on 05/23/2017 at 6:28 AM

Re: “Explosion in England; more Trump revelations

Every day, more and more Americans and people worldwide (including the Middle East, now), are waking up not only to Donald Trump's monumental ignorance and incompetence - they're realizing that every Republican who supported and voted for him; all those Republican state governors and legislators - is directly or indirectly connected to an egomaniacal con-artist whose entire family (and many aides) are indebted to and owned by Russia, to greater or lesser extent.

Even Fox news staffers are catching on.

"Fox News host Sean Hannity continues to peddle a debunked conspiracy theory about former DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was murdered in Washington, D.C. last summer."

"ARE WE STILL AIRING THAT SHIT?!" was the response of one anonymous Fox News political reporter.

"The re-emergence of Rich conspiracy theories has been echoed by the Russian Embassy in the UK, who on Twitter said #WikiLeaks informer Seth Rich murdered in US but MSM was so busy accusing Russian hackers to take notice."

Which means Fox News is also, wittingly, playing the Russian party line.

The entire Republican party, in other words, and its propaganda network.

Including, far down the line - but still - your own Mike Huckabee, Asa Hutchinson and his Republican hillbilly yahoo stereotypes - your Leslie Rutledges and Jason Raperts - whose takeover agendas are indelibly tied to similar Russian interests - a police state by any other name - in this era of momentous and dramatic shifts in world powers over the next three to four years especially.

Bad enough to be effectively governed by (witting or unwitting) American Russian agents. Worse still to realize they're all bullying, incompetent fools. See Trump's idiotic "Middle East" comment to the Israelis, just now.

Donald Trump had better have Alzheimer's. Otherwise he's just another born-privileged know-nothing would-be tyrant - a complete (and repeated) business failure who's been enabled and propped up (now subject to blackmail) by Russian money (according to his own son, who quickly shut his mouth) for well over a decade.

Russia's now in the White House, having bought influence permeating the Republican Party and its agenda. Pence, et al., are as deeply implicated as Trump.

Momentous shifts in world powers, indeed.

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/are-we-sti…

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Posted by Norma Bates on 05/23/2017 at 6:00 AM

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