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Re: “Trump declares ban on transgender people in military

Facts, razor? Facts? please provide the source citations for your 'facts.'

in contrast, a simple, quick google of 'military times viagra' lists quite an array of primary sources, including that leftist rag, "Army Times," as well as others. Those are our sources. What, exactly, are yours?

Dear readers, maybe not the most respected of sources, but clearly the most entertaining headline award goes to the NY Post:

US military blows millions a year on Viagra for its troops

| New York Post
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21 hours ago - The US military blows $41.6 million a year on Viagra for its troops about five times more than the estimated medical costs for transgender servicepeople, according to a new report. ... Trump announces ban on transgender people in the military. ... Spending on the little blue pills is

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 07/27/2017 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Trump declares ban on transgender people in military

did donny ever have his alleged bone spurs treated? i don't think those things go away on their own. if, as i guess most of us suspect, the 'bone spurs' were not treated, someone should review the license of the physician who wrote little donny his note from the doctor. also, would not donny have been sent to another physician for a second opinion? getting people out of their duty to serve on the basis of simply paying someone with a medical license should not have been allowed, nor should any parties to the crime be forgiven. are the x-rays available for review?

Cato, you have my sympathy. The army newspaper at the time, i forget the name, ?army times?, called out fort polk as a particularly forsaken outpost.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 07/26/2017 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Trump declares ban on transgender people in military

razor, add me to the list of people who have served and lived in barracks, etc., and i would be far more comfortable sharing a barracks, foxhole, shower, or neighborhood with someone of the lbgtq description than i would with you. i understand that you are unable to comprehend and come to grips with the reality that things have changed, are changing, and will continue to change. i don't ask that you gain understanding, but please do at least recognize that you have been told that the times, they are a'changing.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 07/26/2017 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Trump's Boy Scout backlash

The relevance of Max having earned the rank of Eagle Scout is that he learned what was needed to achieve that rank and all the things one learns over the years in scouting, both from one's fellow scouts and from the adults who gave so generously of their time to help young people learn how to be adults.

The relevance of Max having served as a Den leader is that he voted with his feet and moved beyond the empty talk phase of arguments on the topic. In addition, my experience has been that one learns things in teaching that one does not learn otherwise. if you are wise enough to listen, kids can teach one quite a bit.

now, take a moment and consider, one by one, the elements of the Scout Oath, listed by ms terry, above. once you recover from laughing about the first one, 'trustworthy,' and work your way on down the list, looking for one that donny might be able to claim, about the only one for which i see any chance is 'clean,' and that one only if limited to physical cleanliness. any form of moral cleanliness is far from donny's grasp. when i recited that pledge, i did not stop to ponder the meanings of 'clean,' and at the time would not have considered a person with all the baggage of donny to have been deserving of anything resembling respect.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 07/26/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Trump's Boy Scout backlash

https://qz.com/1038359/boy-scouts-presiden…

The president of the Boy Scouts needs the Trump administration to approve his mega-merger

Written by Heather Timmons
SCOUT'S HONOR
Randall Stephenson, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during the "American Leadership in Emerging Technology" event in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Randall Stephenson, left, listens as President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in June. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Randall Stephenson is probably best known in corporate circles as the chairman and chief executive of telecommunications giant AT&T, but he has also been president of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since May of 2016.

The two roles are suddenly presenting him with an unusual conflict. Some parents are angry at the scouting groups management after US president Donald Trump gave a political speech at the scouts annual jamboree on Monday in West Virginia. The tens of thousands of boys in attendance, aged 11 to 17, booed Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama, and cheered as Trump derided the Washington, DC cesspool and fake media.

The BSAs Facebook page has been inundated with comments by parents threatening to pull their children and donations from the 2.4 million-strong organization unless the group denounces the speech, which they say was not in keeping with the groups values of kindness and courtesy. The sitting US president is traditionally the honorary president of the BSA, but past presidents have generally kept politics out of speeches to the scouts.

The BSA said it was wholly non-partisan in a statement this morning, and that the invitation for the president to visit was a long-standing tradition, not an endorsement. However, parents and ex-scouts want an apology from the BSA for letting the jamboree become politicized.

But to issue such an apology might put Stephenson in a tough spot. In his other role, he has been trying to court Trump and the administration as AT&T shepherds its $85 billion deal for Time Warner though the Department of Justice (DOJ). The department is currently conducting an antitrust review, which evaluates how the deal would affect competition in the industry. The process is supposed to be private and apolitical, but there are concerns in Congress that president Trump is trying try to influence it.

Trump said on the campaign trail that the deal concentrates too much power in the hands of too few, and since he was elected president has railed against Time Warners CNN and its coverage of his administration. White House advisors have reportedly considered (paywall) using their influence on the deal as leverage against CNN, and one advisor said the administration wont support the merger if CNN president Jeff Zucker remains in his role. Trump, meanwhile, has been publicly dressing down the DOJs top official, attorney general Jeff Sessions, over other matters.

Stephenson himself has had several calls with the president to lobby for the deal, the New York Post reports, and visited him at Trump Tower before the inauguration. He also attended a White House meeting on technology in June, where he was seated next to Trump, who praised him for his management style.

The BSA and AT&T didnt immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 07/26/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Trump turns Boy Scout appearance into political youth rally

re the opening of the season for professionals to comment publicly on what they see of donny's sanity, or gaps therein:

a pre-ps, the infamous picture of blake farenthold is in the original link. although i am generally of the opinion that comments on the physical appearance of a person with significant public responsibility distracts from the more important matters under consideration, in this case, Collins' comments on blake are quite justified.

Senators on hot mic: Trump is crazy, Im worried
By Philip Bump July 25 at 12:39 PM

Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) visits Face The Nation Feb. 10, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Chris Usher/CBS News/Getty Images)
At the end of a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning, Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine) didnt switch off her microphone. Apparently speaking to Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking Democrat of the committee, Collins discussed the federal budget and President Trumps lack of familiarity with the details of governing.

After Reed praises Collinss handling of the hearing, held by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she laments the administrations handling of spending.

I swear, [the Office of Management and Budget] just went through and whenever there was grant, they just X it out, Collins says. With no measurement, no thinking about it, no metrics, no nothing. Its just incredibly irresponsible.

Yes, Reed replies. I think I think hes crazy, apparently referring to the president. I mean, I dont say that lightly and as a kind of a goofy guy.

Im worried, Collins replies.

Oof, Reed continues. You know, this thing if we dont get a budget deal, were going to be paralyzed.


I know, Collins replies.


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[Department of Defense] is going to be paralyzed, everybody is going to be paralyzed, Reed says.

I dont think he knows there is a [Budget Control Act] or anything, Collins says, referring to a 2011 law that defines the budget process.

He was down at the Ford commissioning, Reed says, referring to President Trumps weekend event launching a new aircraft carrier, saying, I want them to pass my budget. Okay, so we give him $54 billion and then we take it away across the board which would cause chaos.

Right, Collins replies.

Its just and he hasnt not one word about the budget. Not one word about the debt ceiling, Reed says.

Good point, Collins replies.

Youve got [Budget Director Mick] Mulvaney saying were going to put in all sorts of stuff like a border wall. Then youve got [Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchin saying its got to be clean, Reed continues. Were going to be back in September, and, you know, youre going to have crazy people in the House.


In a more salacious part of what was recorded, Collins then addressed a radio interview in which Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) suggested that if Collins were a man, hed have challenged her to a duel for opposing the Senate Republicans Obamacare overhaul bill.

Did you see the one who challenged me to a duel? Collins asks.

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I know, Reed replies. Trust me. Do you know why he challenged you to a duel? Cause you could beat the s out of him.

Well, hes huge, Collins replies. And he I dont mean to be unkind, but hes so unattractive its unbelievable.

Did you see the picture of him in his pajamas next to this Playboy bunny? she continues, referring to an infamous photo of Farenthold, below.

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At that point, the mic went dead.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 07/25/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Trump turns Boy Scout appearance into political youth rally

Cato, you state some good points. my interpretation of the situation was that germans were neck deep in the big muddy of economic despair, which gave hitler a valid fulcrum to leverage his campaign, whereas the republican campaign seemed to be lock her up (for what?), benghazi (for which millions of dollars of investigation revealed nothing), email server (but not going back after colin powell for his use of server or showing any evidence that hillary revealed any significant material that was secret at the time of being left out on the kitchen table), oh, and the mantra of jobs, jobs, jobs (for which, see the rutledge-schiffer interview and reflect on the unemployment rates of 4% or so, also known in economic circles as full employment, around which the obama economy has been wandering for quite some time now. and yet donny convinced a sizable minority of the american voters that the bad people were coming after their jobs.

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Posted by deadseasquirrel on 07/25/2017 at 12:33 PM

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