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I wonder how much of our polarization is due to Putin and his gang.

Trump to roommate with Edward Snowden


"Mr. Snowden?"

"Yes, Hi. I...don't think it's such a good idea. I..."

"Hear me out. Don't hang up. The President has agreed that you get the master bedroom."

"Yeah, but I've got the whole place right now. And it's not that big. I've got a lot of stuff in the other bedroom. That's where Glenn Greenwald sleeps when he visits...although it's been a while."

"President Trump doesn't need much space. Look, President Putin said you need to let President Trump stay with you. He..."

"No, he didn't. He said Trump could stay with me if I was Ok with it. I'm not. I have standards. I'm one of the good guys. Trump is kind of a lowlife."

"Mr. Snowden! How dare you? You are talking about the President of the United States..."

"Yeah, for about two more months until people find out he..."

"The President of the United States. Unlike yourself, President Trump has actually served President Putin. You are lucky you get to roomie with President Trump. Lucky!"

"Who is this, by the way?"

"I'm President Trump's assistant, er, Arnold Farnsworth."

"Your voice sounds so familiar."

"Everybody says that if I didn't have the Australian accent, I would sound just like President Trump. I'm proud of that, er, mate. No other President has ever done anything like he has done. It's like nothing anyone's ever seen."

"Are you sure you're not Trump? You sound a lot like Trump. That accent's not fooling anyone. It's Liverpudlian."

"Ok, it's me. Whatever. My accent is great. Everybody says so. But whatever. Listen. Ed. Can I call you Ed?"


"Ok, Edward. I can make this very worth your while. What if I pardoned you? You could come back home."

"I like it here now. Here I can live a life of freedom. Russia is a place where I can speak my mind with no fear of government surveillance."


"Are you laughing at me, Trump! That's not going to get you a room here, Butterball."

"It wasn't me."

"Oh. That's odd."

"Look, if it's a matter of getting you know...really nice girl there in Moscow...I can help you with that. Wait, oh shit, Cohen has all my numbers..."

"That's Ok. I'm set there. Thanks for the offer...look I really have to...oh my gosh look at the time. I'll need to get back with you."

"Ok, ok. Do you have my number?"

"Yeah, I'm pretty sure I have it."

"Better let me give it to you again in case you lost it."

"Ok. Shoot"


"Ok. Got it."

"Can you repeat that back to me?"


If Trump's 4.1% GDP growth is "historic," what about Obama's 5.1%?

And the three Obama "above 4.1%" (4.9 and 4.7) quarters in the last seven years? Trump is in full peacock preen about a number that is only the fourth best in the last seven years. Obama bested Trump, in other words, three times over in only the last seven years. But Trump's song and dance continues.

And Obama didn't have to borrow $1.5T on the taxpayer credit card and give it to corporations as stimulus.

On edit: Ok, so it's 5.1 for Obama. Thanks to Isidore for the correction. I also corrected the two of Obama's I had at 4.6% and put in two that were, instead, 4.9% and 4.7%.

I feel sorry for farmers suckered by the city slicker and his Republicans.

Trump's tossing them some chicken feed while taking away their livelihood. And they still support him. They think voting for Trump and his Republicans is voting for old-fashioned American values and hard work. The exact opposite is true. It's voting for posing, pitiless liars. Trump's not a businessman; he's a lying schmuck. Republicans aren't boy and girl scouts; they are a pack of self-serving, mouthy yahoos.

These markets that farmers are losing aren't going to come back soon. Through Trump, these farmers screwed their biggest customer. That customer isn't going to forget. It's done. For love of a schmuck. I feel sorry for the farmers who voted for him and especially sorry for the ones who didn't.

I'm not sure why people don't just call Putin what he is, a gangster.

I keep hearing he's a thug, a bully, a murderer. Yeah, but he also stands very credibly accused of being the leader of an ongoing clandestine criminal enterprise. Put those things together you've got "gangster," "mafioso," "Don." The people we call oligarchs are just "bosses." Putin is their capo di tutti capi. He's "Don Putin."

I'll leave it to our readership decide what that makes Trump. It's no wonder Trump and Putin want the Mueller investigation stopped. I smell RICO. Hundreds of billions of dollars in Putin Mafia hands are at stake. I'll bet Putin is putting out feelers for Republican Congresspeople he can buy. The DOJ and FBI are probably running out of paper printing FISA warrants right now.

Obama handed Trump a boat sailing smoothly. Trump is rocking it for no reason.

Trump is nothing but trouble. People need stability in their lives. Obama got us back to that, despite Republicans dragging their heels and sabotaging the economy his entire two terms. Now real people have to be thinking, "I've got it pretty good now. Why is this clown rocking the boat when things are going well for a change?"

Trump is a con man. He tells everyone how awful everything is. Everything is a "disaster." Then he ham-handedly jerks everything around for a while, causing damage the whole time. Finally, when his stupid "banging on the TV" doesn't leave it completely broken, he stands back and says, "What a great picture!"

Trouble is, that con he is pulling really is breaking things. Real people are losing the stability they finally got back after the first "Dubya-style" (all mouth; no brain) Republican leader George W. Bush took it away. Mr. Orange Numbskull is screwing everybody over and just having a terrific time laughing at how dumb people are to believe him.

If only being President of the U.S. needed mere third-rate sneakiness skills.

Trump would be able to do it then. Listening to the tape of him talking about the playmate payoff, Trump sounds like he knows how to be clever. Business-wise, he ended up with less money than if he had just taken the money his Dad gave him and put it in an index fund. True, he also had to declare multiple bankruptcies, stiff a bunch of people, sell shoddy products to trusting fools, and, likely, get shady cash from Russian oligarchs. But what Trump lacks in business acumen he has been able to make up for with sneakiness and a willingness to cut moral corners.

Unfortunately, that doesn't add up to a skillful guy. It adds up to a schmuck.

Should Dems oppose far right wing politics, regardless of religion?

..Bill Browder. Here's the Biggest Mistake Putin Made When Trying to Get Access to Me Through Trump

I wasn’t watching the Donald Trump–Vladimir Putin press conference from Helsinki. But when my phone started burning up with messages, I knew something was going on. I quickly discovered that Putin had mentioned me by name. No journalist had asked about me. He just brought me up out of the blue.

Putin offered to allow American investigators to interview the 12 Russian intelligence agents just indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for allowing Russians to have access to me and those close to me. This is no idle threat. For the last ten years, I’ve been trying to avoid getting killed by Putin’s regime, and there already exists a trail of dead bodies connected to its desire to see me dead. Amazingly, Trump stood next to him, appearing to nod approvingly. He even later said that he considered it “an incredible offer.”

I’m lodged so firmly under Putin’s skin because I’m the person responsible for getting the Magnitsky Act passed in the United States in 2012. This is a law that allows the U.S. government to freeze assets and ban visas of human-rights violators around the world. Some of these human-rights violators had killed Sergei Magnitsky, my Russian lawyer who was murdered in a Moscow jail for uncovering a massive $230 million government-corruption scheme that we’ve since traced to known Putin cronies. In essence, Putin received some of the proceeds of this crime, and he is terrified that the Magnitsky Act could be applied to his offshore fortune, which is probably one of the largest amassed in modern times.

The Helsinki summit is not the first time my name has come up at a Putin press conference. Back in 2006 at the G-8 Conference in St. Petersburg, a young reporter for the Moscow Times asked why I’d been denied an entry visa to Russia and declared a threat to national security, all with no explanation. She pointed out that I was the biggest foreign investor in the Russian stock market, and that the prime minister of the United Kingdom had asked Putin about my situation earlier that day.


Putin's essentially just an organized crime boss. His oligarchs are the Mafia bosses. I wonder if there is a RICO case here.
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