Discuss: Political Madness All the Time


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  1. says

    Guardian:

    There was another terrorist attack in Cambrils before five suspects were shot dead, authorities have confirmed.

    A spokesman for the regional government of Catalonia said:

    The alleged terrorists were in an Audi A3 and apparently knocked down several people before coming across a police patrol and a shoot-out ensued.

    Seven people, including one police officer, were injured. The officer’s injuries are not life-threatening but one other person is critically injured and another seriously.

    The five suspects were in an Audi A3 car, which was driven deliberately into pedestrians on the seafront in Cambrils on Thursday evening.

    Police said some of the attackers were wearing what looked like explosive belts, adding that they were “working on the hypothesis that the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils could be linked to what happened in Barcelona”.

  2. blf says

    The Grauniad is pointing out that despite other advisory boards disbanding in protest, hair furor’s evangelical panel is intact and none of its members have condemned teh nazi or his comments, Trump’s evangelical panel remains intact as others disband. […]:

    As three other advisory boards disband following the president’s [sic] response to the Virginia violence, Jerry Falwell Jr tweets support for Trump

    [… T]he president’s [sic] religious evangelical advisory board, a mix of radical born-again preachers, televangelists and conservative political influencers, still stands pristine. Not only have members avoided criticism of the president [sic], while occasionally scolding the violence in general — some have been openly supportive of Trump’s statements assigning blame on many sides and slamming those who turned up to oppose the militant neo-Nazis.

    Jerry Falwell Jr tweeted on Wednesday: Finally, a leader in the White House. Jobs returning, North Korea backing down, bold truthful statement about Charlottesville tragedy. So proud of Donald Trump. […]

    The article then goes on to list and give a brief description of the members of teh trum-prats council of nazis. Some of them are:

    ● Michele Bachmann
    ● James Dobson
    ● Jerry Falwell Jr
    ● Robert Jeffress

    …you get the idea. A gallery of some of the most evil bigoted scammers you can find.

  3. says

    Barcelona/Cambrils attacks:

    – they still haven’t officially identified the perpetrator of the Barcelona attack; four people have been detained so far
    – a woman who was a victim in the Cambrils attack has now died
    people from 34 countries were killed or injured in the Barcelona attack
    – the Cambrils attackers had an axe and knives in their car, and stabbed someone in the face before they were killed; they also wore belts with fake explosives
    – none of the four people arrested had a history of terrorist involvement

  4. says

    “‘Art of the Deal’ Ghostwriter Thinks President Trump Will Resign Before the End of the Year”:

    The ghostwriter of Donald Trump’s famous memoir The Art of the Deal doubled down on his prediction that Trump will resign the presidency before the end of the year.

    “The snowball is beginning to gather momentum as it comes down the mountain,” Tony Schwartz told Anderson Cooper on CNN Thursday. “It reminds me a lot of Watergate and the last days of Nixon… He’s put himself in an isolated, no-win position. The level of his destructiveness is staggering.”

    His television appearance echoed tweets he had published the day before saying Trump would resign office — and soon….

    David Cay Johnston was on All In last night saying that Trump’s behavior is only going to get uglier and more destructive.

  5. says

    Trump is tweeting:

    “The Obstructionist Democrats make Security for our country very difficult. They use the courts and associated delay at all times. Must stop!”

    “Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!”

    He gets more dangerous by the hour.

  6. blf says

    Trump could lose honorary law degree after Charlottesville remarks (Grauniad edits in {curly braces}):

    ● Lehigh University considers rescinding president’s [sic] doctor of laws status
    ● Robert Gordon University took back Trump’s honorary business degree in 2015

    One of the three universities to give Donald Trump an honorary doctorate is considering whether to revoke it in the wake of his controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville last weekend.

    The board of trustees at Lehigh University […] will decide whether to rescind the president’s [sic] doctor of laws status when it next convenes in October.

    If Trump is stripped of his degree it would be the second time controversial remarks have cost him an honorary academic qualification. Robert Gordon University, in Aberdeen [Scotland], revoked Trump’s honorary doctorate in 2015.

    The move by Lehigh comes after Kelly McCoy, a former student, launched a petition urging the university to revoke Trump’s doctorate.

    […]

    McCoy wrote: “{Trump’s} rejection of diversity and his lack of respect for the differences of others around him stands in direct opposition to the principles laid out here. He does not reflect Lehigh University’s values. Therefore, he does not deserve to bear the distinction of an honorary degree from Lehigh.”

    […]

    Trump is currently the holder of four honorary doctorates. He was made honorary doctor of laws by Lehigh in 1988, honorary doctor of humane letters by Wagner College, in Staten Island, in 2004, and he holds two honorary doctorates from Liberty University [sic], in Lynchburg, Virginia.

    In February, 33 academics at Wagner College co-signed a letter condemning Trump’s actions since he took office. The letter, published in the Staten Island Advance, said Trump’s travel ban, stance on climate change, and stance on LGBTQ rights represented “a threat to our democracy, our economy, our American values, our international alliances”.

    Asked if Wagner College is considering revoking Trump’s honorary doctorate, spokesman Lee Manchester said: “We have no comment on this story”.

    […]

  7. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Any word on Miller and Gorka? *crosses fingers in futile hope*

  8. says

    Here’s the NYT article about the meeting referred to in #29:

    President Trump dined on Thursday night at his Bedminster golf club with a handful of his most generous donors, as he tried to build support for his hobbled legislative agenda amid mounting criticism from within his own party, three people briefed on the dinner said.

    The dinner was scheduled weeks ago as part of a donor-outreach initiative by the Trump administration as it prepares an overhaul of the tax code, according to several people involving in the planning.

    But it came as the White House is struggling to move past the racially charged controversy that Mr. Trump fueled in the wake of the deadly white supremacist rally last weekend in Charlottesville, Va….

    The invited donors and their families have combined to donate millions of dollars to committees supporting Mr. Trump’s campaign and inauguration, and Mr. Trump’s team hopes they will contribute millions more to groups pushing his legislative agenda. They included the New York investor Robert Mercer, the Kentucky coal executive Joseph W. Craft and the Wisconsin roofing magnate Diane Hendricks, according to people familiar with the dinner.

    Mr. Mercer’s presence was noteworthy, since the White House confirmed Friday that Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, had been ousted. Mr. Mercer has long funded the political and business activities of Mr. Bannon, who was brought onto Mr. Trump’s campaign at the recommendation of Mr. Mercer’s daughter, Rebekah Mercer.

    …The White House has worked assiduously to cultivate more support from advocacy groups and their donors ahead of a push to overhaul the tax code. Their support could be even more critical if businesses and trade groups, which might otherwise support tax reform, hold back out of concern of affiliating with Mr. Trump.

    Populism all around!

  9. militantagnostic says

    SC @37

    Bannon is already back in charge of Breitbart.

    Back to the ministry of truth.

  10. says

    Bannon:

    …“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said Friday, shortly after confirming his departure. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

    Bannon assigns blame for the thwarting of his program on “the West Wing Democrats,” but holds special disdain for the Washington establishment – especially those Republicans who have, he believes, willfully failed to provide Trump with meaningful victories.

    And, he believes, things are about to get worse for Trump. “There’s about to be a jailbreak of these moderate guys on the Hill” – a stream of Republican dissent, which could become a flood.

    As for himself, Bannon says the fight is just beginning.

    “I feel jacked up,” he says. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons. Someone said, ‘it’s Bannon the Barbarian.’ I am definitely going to crush the opposition. There’s no doubt. I built a fucking machine at Breitbart. And now I’m about to go back, knowing what I know, and we’re about to rev that machine up. And rev it up we will do.”

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