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  • UN human rights chief: Trump's attacks on press 'close to incitement of violence'

    08/12/2018 10:30:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 13, 2018 | Julian Borger in New York
    Donald Trump’s anti-press rhetoric is “very close to incitement to violence” that would lead to journalists censoring themselves or being attacked, the outgoing UN human rights commissioner has said. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince and diplomat, is stepping down this month as UN high commissioner for human rights after deciding not to stand for a second four-year term, in the face of a waning commitment among world powers to fighting abuses. Zeid said the Trump administration’s lack of concern about human rights marked a distinct break with previous administrations, and that Trump’s own rhetoric aimed at minorities and at...
  • Art exhibit features photo of Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary

    08/11/2018 8:48:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Post's Page Six ^ | August 8, 2018 | Richard Johnson
    Stormy Daniels as the Virgin Mary? “Virgin,” a show of photographs by Nika Nesgoda, opens Thursday at the Spur, the Southampton co-working space and social club. Inspired by Caravaggio, who used a prostitute model for “Death of the Virgin” in 1606, Nesgoda had adult-film actresses Stormy, Tera Patrick (who has since retired from the industry) and other porn stars pose as the Virgin Mother in 2002. “Stormy doesn’t care what other people think of her. She’s a free spirit,” Nesgoda told The Post. “My show’s a playful look at art history. Pornography is art that we deem excessive in a...
  • Bill Maher Says ‘QAnon’ Shows That Trump Supporters Will Believe Anything

    08/11/2018 11:09:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Decider ^ | August 11, 2018 | Michael Haskoor
    Last night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the host laced into Trump supporters for getting behind the conspiracy movement QAnon, claiming that their blind support shows that they will truly believe anything. “I am Q,” Maher revealed during his New Rules segment of the show, under the guise of the newly-popular anonymous conspiracy theorist. The host went on the defensive, frustratingly demanding: “If Trump supporters don’t want us to call them stupid they have to stop coming up with things like Q.” “Just a few months ago…I was talking about how Republicans are now the Conspiracy Party and...
  • AWAN WALKS

    08/11/2018 2:24:32 AM PDT · by Rabin · 34 replies
    power line ^ | JULY 3, 2018 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Debbys’ Awan, & Robs’ magnificent nine. Free… snipp HTTP://DAILYCALLER.COM/2018/06/04/WASSERMAN-SCHULTZ-AWAN-ISLAMOPHOBE/ WASSERMAN SCHULTZ SCREAMED AT HOUSE OFFICIALS TO KILL HACKING PROBE, INTERVENED IN PAKISTANI CRIMINAL MATTER // snipp // https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/cyber/iranian-mabna-hackers On February 7, 2018, a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, indicted nine (non DWS) Iranian nationals for their alleged involvement in computer intrusion, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft offenses. //snipp// State-Sponsored Cyber Theft Nine (non DWS)Iranians Charged in Massive Hacking Campaign on Behalf of Iran Government https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/nine-iranians-charged-in-hacking-scheme-032318
  • Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ Trailer Aims To Expose Trump’s ‘Evil Genius’

    08/09/2018 7:02:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | August 9, 2018 | Matthew Jacobs
    “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore’s polemic about George W. Bush and the War on Terror, remains the highest-grossing documentary of all time. If the national mood was splintered when that movie opened in 2004, it’s nothing compared to what it is now, almost two years into Donald Trump’s presidency. So, naturally, Moore is channeling his most famous film to explore that exact subject: “Fahrenheit 11/9” seeks to “bring Trump down” before November’s midterm elections. HuffPost has an exclusive look at the first trailer for “Fahrenheit 11/9,” a reference to the day Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election. It...
  • ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Justin Roiland Posted Nude Drawing of Barron Trump

    08/07/2018 11:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 26, 2018 | Ben Kew
    A nude drawing of President Donald Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron posted by the creator of Rick and Morty Justin Roiland has resurfaced, days after his co-creator Dan Harmon apologized for a fake baby rape video he filmed in 2009. In the drawing posted by Justin Roiland in April 2017, Barron Trump is seen wearing a pair of virtual reality goggles and a t-shirt but is naked from the waist down. President Trump and cartoon characters Homer Simpson and Family Guy’s Peter Griffin are also seen in the background of the image. “Donald trump forcing baron to play VR, while homer...
  • Willfully thick stand by Trump

    08/05/2018 12:19:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Scranton Times-Tribune ^ | August 5, 2018 | Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post
    It’s a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war. Given Russia’s well-established preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016, it’s possible, if not likely, that the next round of election meddling will be geared toward keeping the Republican majorities in the House and Senate. For Democrats, this added pressure from Russia could begin to feel like a threat. Imagine believing...
  • Getting the GOP Rats to Go Down With the Sinking Trump Ship

    08/04/2018 12:25:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Blue Virginia ^ | August 3, 2018 | Andy Schmookler
    Part I of this series, with the subtitle Terrible, Yes. But Compared to What?, argued that the disaster of Trump’s being elected should be compared with the alternative, i.e. Hillary’s having won. And that alternative was dark and troubling in its own way– not because Hillary wouldn’t have worked in competent and constructive ways, but because the signs were already clear that today’s destructive Republican Party would likely have continued its long-standing record of acting like a wrecking ball upon America. And Hillary was likely not going to be equipped to take that Party on and defeat it. All of...
  • The cost of xenophobia in Trump's America

    08/03/2018 10:38:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2018 | Professor Khaled Beydoun, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and UC-Berkeley
    Donald Trump's onslaught on immigrants continue. This time, however, he is targeting skilled workers at the top instead of the "huddled masses" at the margins. His administration plans to rescind the policy that allows the spouses (and children) of graduate-level workers to work legally while in the United States. This policy, signed by President Barack Obama in 2015, aimed to create additional incentives for high-skilled workers (H-1B visas) to immigrate to the United States to strengthen American economic and industrial interests. Trump's slated elimination of it is fuelled by the very same brazen xenophobia that galvanised support for the Mexico...
  • Trump’s border policies undermine our democracy

    08/02/2018 10:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Gainseville Sun ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jim Hightower
    In early June, I traveled to “The Valley,” as the McAllen-Brownsville area of Texas is called, down where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This river, one of the longest in the U.S., forms the entire Texas-Mexico border, meandering south and east 1,250 miles from our far-west desert city of El Paso to the semi-tropical tip of my state. Its cartographic function aside, the narrow and shallow Rio Grande has historically been viewed by families in the region as more a connector than a divider, and it has long fostered a rich, cross-fertilized culture along its length,...
  • Wanna Beat Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee? Focus on Marijuana

    08/01/2018 8:21:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 30, 2018 | Jeff Hauser
    What if I were to tell you that there is a political issue that galvanizes young voters? An issue that unites libertarians, independents, and African-Americans? An issue with bipartisan power, that works not only in cities, but has demonstrated strength in red states like Kentucky and West Virginia? It’s an issue likely to generate cases to be heard by the Supreme Court in the next decade and one on which the Trump administration’s leading law enforcement official—Attorney General Jeff Sessions—is already on the losing side politically. Given all that, you would think this issue would be a central part of...
  • Alyssa Milano: A 3D printed gun is downloadable death

    08/01/2018 4:24:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2018 | Alyssa Milano
    Imagine this: the convicted domestic abuser next door tries to buy a gun. He's turned down because he fails his background check. When he gets home, he opens up his browser, and in half an hour he's printing out his own undetectable, fully functional plastic gun, with no background check and no record of his purchase. As of August 1, it will be a reality in America -- unless we are able to stop it. Due to a settlement between the State Department and Defense Distributed -- a Texas based designer of 3D guns -- felons, domestic abusers, terrorists, those...
  • 3D-printed guns are coming to America unless Congress acts. But the NRA doesn't want them to.

    08/01/2018 2:43:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 1, 2018 | Harley Rouda
    It took a federal judge and a temporary injunction on Tuesday night but, at least until next Thursday, it's not yet legal for anyone with access to a 3D printer, the correct materials and enough patience for a YouTube tutorial to print any kind of guns from the comfort of their own home. The last minute court ruling comes on the heels of a settlement between Trump's State Department — which had initially called the gun blueprints a violation of U.S. export law — and the Texas-based nonprofit Defense Distributed, which legally permits the latter to re-release the plans. In...
  • How Much Money Is Stormy Daniels Making From Her Alleged Affair With Trump?

    08/01/2018 11:57:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 6, 2018 | Chase Peterson-Withorn
    Stormy Daniels has been adamant that money is not what motivated her to tell her story. That may be so, but she certainly finds herself able to make a lot more of it these days. Since allegations of a 2006 affair with Donald Trump and a $130,000 hush payment made by Trump’s lawyer surfaced in January, Daniels has become a household name—with the earning power to prove it. “Stormy’s essentially become the most famous porn star of all time,” says Alec Helmy, publisher of adult industry news outlet XBIZ. “And with that level of fame comes a windfall of opportunity.”...
  • Kerry to Abbas: 'Stay strong and do not give in to Trump'

    07/30/2018 9:56:33 PM PDT · by Rabin · 43 replies
    The Jerusalem Post - Israel News ^ | January 24, 2018 08:08 | BEN CASPIT/MAARIV
    The White House has confirmed that there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration. Former US secretary of state John Kerry met in London with a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha. Stall, play for time, do not break. Trump will not remain in office for a long, within a year Trump would not be in the White House. Kerry offered to help Sheppard his alternative peace initiative and promised to help garner international support from Europeans, Arab states and the international community. He promised to use all his contacts and...
  • Auntie Maxine Waters Continues To Righteously Call Out Donald Trump on His Lies....

    07/30/2018 1:10:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hip Hop Wired ^ | July 30, 2018 | O
    While Republicans continue to hide their heads in the sand and allow Donald Trump to run roughshod over the Constitution and reality in general, Rep. Auntie Maxine Waters (D-CA) continues to call out Vladimir Putin’s puppet on his lies, hypocrisy and racism. This time around the never scared congresswoman teed off on the laziest president in American history during an interview on MSNBC after she was asked about Trump’s threat to shut down the government if he doesn’t get funding for his border wall. You know, that same border wall he promised Mexico was going to pay for and is...
  • Robert Mueller of having conflicts of interest

    07/29/2018 11:11:06 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 29, 2018 | Naomi Lim
    Is Robert Mueller ever going to release his conflicts of interest with respect to President Trump, including a contentious business and professional relationship: "I kicked him out of my Golf Club in Sterling" and later turned him down to head the FBI. The Mueller formal rejection rejection for FBI, was one day before he was FBI “selected” special counsel, tasked to clearly demonstrate established FBI dominance.
  • Thinking of moving to Arkansas. Pistols are banned from a lot of places. What gives?

    07/29/2018 6:32:06 PM PDT · by Celerity · 25 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 7/29/18 | Celerity
    STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION -- Article 2, Section 5. “The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms, for their common defense.”
  • Will Trump face a military coup?

    07/28/2018 10:05:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 116 replies
    The Kyiv Post ^ | July 29, 2018 | Alexei Bayer
    A military coup in the United States? What a far-fetched idea! The US military has always been under strict civilian control and has stayed out of politics. America is no banana republic where generals strut around in peacock uniforms and tell politicians what to do. However, over the past year and a half America has changed beyond recognition. Who could’ve imagined that a US President would lie on average three times per day, attack the free press and the judiciary and side with a foreign enemy against the CIA and the FBI? Who could’ve thought that the Republicans would gleefully...
  • No Convicted Terrorist Should Be a U.S. Citizen.

    07/27/2018 10:35:50 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | July 27, 2018 | HANS A. VON SPAKOVSKY
    Prior 03/22/2017, |by SeekAndFind Mohammad Rauf, (aka Iyman Faris, a Pakistani) came to us from Bosnia in 1994, claiming asylum). By 2002 he had joined Osama bin Laden at an Al-Qaeda training camp, then returned to join up with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. In 2003, Rauf pled guilty to planning a second wave of attacks with al Qaeda. He’s due for release in 2020. Justice Department (is) seeking to strip U.S. citizenship // Snipp // July 11 2018, Judge Staci Yandle, an outstanding Obama appointee to the Illinois District Court, is having none of it. She has ruled, the government has...