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Oh the horror, GOP in the U.S. abandoning their ways and taking after Canada....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/in-a-switch-gop-deserts-its-budget-cutting-mantra/2017/10/07/5a62b8be-a943-11e7-850e-2bdd1236be5d_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_deficithawks618pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.2cd56d652e72

With the House passing a critical budget resolution this past week, GOP lawmakers are charging forward next week with plans to cut taxes in a way that could add more than $1.5 trillion to the government’s debt over 10 years, with the goal of legislation by early next month. That is on top of an effort to significantly increase military spending. White House officials say their focus is on growing the economy now and dealing with the debt later.

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The economic logic of this policy is sound imo, but implementation requires a specific mentality and special skill sets, which Canada's current government does not appear to possess.

 

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Judging by the fact that the Canadian economy is booming after shrugging off 9 years of Harper regime, whilst the U.S. is sputtering along, I think the Great White North is just that.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/gdp-june-statistics-canada-1.4269811

Canada's economy is expanding at its fastest annualized rate in six years, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.

Canada's gross domestic product grew by 1.1 per cent between March and June, an improvement from the 0.9 per cent growth seen in the previous three-month period. 

That's an annualized rate of expansion of 4.5 per cent, the highest the figure has been since the third quarter of 2011.

The 4.5 per cent annualized growth pace is also 50 per cent higher than the pace at which the U.S. economy is growing

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2 hours ago, deicer said:

Judging by the fact that the Canadian economy is booming after shrugging off 9 years of Harper regime, whilst the U.S. is sputtering along, I think the Great White North is just that.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/gdp-june-statistics-canada-1.4269811

Canada's economy is expanding at its fastest annualized rate in six years, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.

Canada's gross domestic product grew by 1.1 per cent between March and June, an improvement from the 0.9 per cent growth seen in the previous three-month period. 

That's an annualized rate of expansion of 4.5 per cent, the highest the figure has been since the third quarter of 2011.

The 4.5 per cent annualized growth pace is also 50 per cent higher than the pace at which the U.S. economy is growing

It all depends on the part of our country that you live and the industry you are in.  We await the impact on airline vacation travel after the recent hurricanes. But not to rain on your parade deicer however the meat of the article is:

Consumers carrying the economy

There are several commonly cited reasons for the glum outlook after such a positive report. 

First, the GDP numbers fell short of expectations. A consensus of economists predicted a whopping 4.2 per cent growth rate for the first quarter. Some even called 4.7 per cent growth.  

Secondly, there are legitimate questions about sustainability and the long-term ability of the Canadian consumer to shoulder the weight of economic growth.

"Overall, the latest quarterly expenditure data show that economic growth is still uneven, heavily supported by household-related spending," says David Madani, senior Canada economist at market research firm Capital Economics.

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Karl Schamotta, director at Cambridge Global Payments, says the first quarter numbers may show Canada outperforming many other countries but things look less cheerful beneath the headlines.

"We remain convinced that risks to the Canadian economy are tilting toward the downside," he says, referring to the same lack of balance in the economy.

Add in concerns over trade with the U.S., wage growth and a bad run for both Canadian stocks and the loonie, and you have the case for not popping the champagne. 

But despite those concerns, there is an awful lot of good economic news to focus on.

Consider the following:

Doug Porter, chief economist at BMO Financial Group, called this week's GDP report an "impressive power display." Sure, he says, the headline figure missed expectations, but monthly GDP for March alone surpassed expectations (0.5 per cent over the consensus of 0.3 per cent). And Statistics Canada revised its readings for the previous two quarters, bumping them up slightly.

An impressive start to the year

Porter says all this kicks off the second quarter on good footing.

"This still leaves the Canadian economy expanding at an underlying pace well above any other major economy at this point — quickly reversing the underperformance of the Canadian economy after the oil shock."

The bottom line is the Canadian economy undoubtedly still poses something of a riddle, especially for policy-makers like those at the Bank of Canada. Interest rates remain at emergency levels. And just a week ago, the central bank said it was expecting "very strong growth in the first quarter will be followed by some moderation in the second quarter."

#FrontLoadedOilShock

For a long while there, economists and policy-makers swore up and down that a recovery was just a quarter or two away. Remember the phrase "front-loaded shock"? Way back in April of 2015, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz said he expected the shock to the system caused by the collapse in oil prices wouldn't last.

"It's a very front-loaded or one-time kind of shock," Poloz said at the time. "Starting in the second quarter, we think the positives will be more important than the negatives, and certainly in the second half of this year, this shock should be fully behind us."

Well, here we are two years later and (some of) the data show we may finally be emerging from that shock. But forecasters are gun-shy and the pessimism about an economy stuck in the mud this long may be as much muscle memory as anything else.

 

 

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Morning Malcolm

While there are always flags and naysayers, I for one think that if you are going to experience a slide, you would want to start from a higher position.

Two indicators for me that there isn't as much downside to the economy as they make out is the fact that although measures have been introduced to slow the housing market, it has had the effect of slowing sales, yet the average price keeps going up:  http://creastats.crea.ca/natl/index.html

Secondly, every time they release an Iphone at a more rediculous higher price, the sheep still line up to buy it.  When that line disappears, then the economy will truly be in trouble.

Much to the chagrin of some, the Canadian government has been doing the right thing at the right time now, which I used the article above to illustrate that even the Republicans in the U.S. are acknowledging to effect a change in their own policy.

As for debt levels, so what?

Debt is a way for governments and corporations to keep the average citizen in slavery these days.  The can control by your debt.  My advise to anyone is live debt free and you will truly be free.

To look at it in another way, has a country ever pushed another country into bankruptcy?  Even the EU found they couldn't control Greece by squeezing, so it is a tactic that doesn't work at that level.

No money in the system?  No problem if you're a country.  Just look at the U.S..  Hit the debt ceiling, raise the roof.  No problem.

Globalisation is a foregone conclusion.  We all want goods that cannot be produced locally at prices we can afford.  Capitalism has concentrated too much of the money into too few hands, and much like the discussions years ago on this forum about 'three legged stools',  and 'pendulums',  I feel that the time is coming that the tide is going to turn and things are going to start to re-balance.

South of the border, all we are seeing is the last stand of the angry old white man who is p.o.'d that he is losing control of his fiefdom.  

Change will happen.

 

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6 hours ago, deicer said:

Google has evidence of Russian meddling...

LOL, at any point in the process,  I would have cheerfully bet money that they were meddling. Of course they meddle, anyone really think they don't? Or won't at least give it their best effort? It's like asking Ontario drivers not to tailgate. I simply can't imagine that the US doesn't do the same thing in spades.  In fact, I bet they invented it. The issue is collusion, the question is collusion. Where is the collusion?  Show me collusion. Collusion, collusion, collusion. And thats the conclusion of my interest in collusion resolution...

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the way things appear to be going, either the US neutralizes  North Korea or they replace Trump.  I tend to think both are necessary.

October 17, 2017 2:10 pm

If you strike at the king, don’t fail: How Trump’s removal might actually work

140106_cain.jpg?quality=60&strip=all&w=4 By Patrick Cain National Online Journalist, News  Global Newsnstitution’s 25th Amendment until former chief strategist Steve Bannon told him he thought it was the biggest threat to his administration.

It’s safe to say that until he became president many people had never heard of it either.rike: here’s how

 

A Cold War-era bit of constitutional housekeeping, the amendment sets out rules for replacing a president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” a situation left otherwise undefined.

In recent weeks, however, Republican Senator Bob Corker warned that Trump was “on the path to World War Three,” a stone-faced Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to deny calling Trump a “f*ing moron”, and reports are emerging that Trump is given to belittling vice-president Mike Pence in private.

READ MORE: Donald Trump could set U.S. on ‘path to World War III’: Republican Senator Bob Corker

Trump has shown a taste for humiliating powerful men whose support he needs (a presidential tweet referred to “Liddle Bob Corker,” and Tillerson had to respond to a suggestion from Corker that Trump’s clashes with him over foreign policy had left him “castrated“).

However, all three men, in different ways, share parts of the power to remove Trump from the White House if they chose to, and in recent days the possibility has been more and more openly discussed.

Here’s how the rules work:

  • If the vice-president and at least half the U.S. federal cabinet (eight of them) declare the president “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the vice-president becomes acting president on the spot;
  • The president can either dispute this or not. If he does, Congress votes on whether he is deposed. For him to stay deposed, two-thirds majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate would have to agree.

How might this play out in the real world?

Something extreme would have to trigger it. 

For both Republicans and Democrats, there are strong incentives to do nothing. Democrats may want to wait until the 2018 midterms and run against a historically unpopular president. Republicans have much to lose personally by making enemies of Trump’s supporters. (Corker isn’t running for re-election.)

As with any human situation that involves sticking your neck out, there are as many rationalizations for not doing so, or not doing so right now, as creativity can come up with.

READ MORE: Democrats call Trump’s nuclear powers ‘frightening,’ seek to restrain them

One thing that could change the calculation quickly, however, is a crisis involving Trump’s nuclear authority.

One paradox of the American system of checks and balances is that the president’s most extreme power has no constraints at all. With a phone call to the Pentagon from the White House, silos open, missiles are launched, millions of people are obliterated and the conditions of human life on the planet change. Officers involved in the process could refuse to co-operate, but the nuclear launch system will interpret that as damage and bypass it.

It’s not hard to imagine a crisis that leads at least some cabinet members to see triggering the 25th Amendment as unavoidable.

(Toward the end of Richard Nixon’s presidency, as he started drinking heavily and talking strangely about his nuclear authority, then-defense secretary James Schlesinger quietly ordered the Pentagon not to act on a nuclear launch order from the White House unless officers there had talked to him first.)

READ MORE: Why a ‘nuclear mutiny’ against a President Donald Trump would likely fail

“I can see a point if reckless bluster and talk starts moving toward reckless action – at first there would be resistance from the foreign policy establishment, and you could imagine a situation where – I don’t want to use the term ‘military coup,’ but I imagine that there would be resistance to any ill-thought-out decision, particularly with regard to the use of nuclear weapons,” says University of Toronto political science professor Ryan Hurl.

“You could see a situation where Trump’s cabinet, if they were unable to prevent the president from engaging in rash actions, would resist, and that would be something like a constitutional crisis. It’s difficult to know what would happen after that point.”

(Hurl doesn’t expect the 25th Amendment to be used, “barring a complete mental breakdown of the president that would be obvious to anyone.”)

From start to finish, it can only be attempted once. 

One important thing to remember about the 25th Amendment is that Trump has the power to fire his whole cabinet at will, if he wants to. If he got wind of a conspiracy, or if it came up a few votes short on the first attempt, he could simply replace them with loyalists and carry on. After that, it would be much harder to ever try it again.

So it would have to be prepared in conditions of total discipline and secrecy and only started if there was a certainty of success. 

The whole necessary process of lining up votes, persuading the nervous, promising rewards and so forth would be filled with risk. At every stage where another cabinet member had to be negotiated with and persuaded, the plan itself would be at risk.

READ MORE: It would be pretty easy for Donald Trump to launch a nuclear strike: here’s how

“No member of the cabinet, certainly not Mattis or Kelly, would pursue invoking the 25th Amendment unless they could be sure of victory,” Hurl says. “Military people understand the need to win with overwhelming force. They would not proceed with it if the circumstance was in doubt.”

The constitution allows Congress to create a body which would also have the power to trigger the 25th Amendment, but that has never happened. Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic representative from Oregon, has proposed giving living former presidents and vice-presidents the authority. (That group, if ever assembled, would have 10 members: six Democrats and four Republicans. Three would be in their late 80s or 90s.)

Making it stick would need serious support from Republicans in both houses of Congress.

There are GOP majorities in both the House and Senate. Assuming that all Democrats and independents voted to trigger the amendment, it would still need at least 19 Republicans in the Senate and 95 in the House.

The Republicans who would have to vote to depose Trump would not be voting on a do-over of the 2016 election — Pence is a very conservative Republican. Still, the vote would expose the rift between the pragmatic, business-friendly wing of the party and the more populist wing that has been strengthened by partisan right-wing media outlets in the past few years. Democrats, for their part, would be voting to install the most right-wing president for generations.

“For a large number of Trump’s supporters, it would bring the legitimacy of American government into question, rightly or wrongly,” Hurl says. “Things can always get worse, and the amount of political tension that we experience now in the United States would be exacerbated to an incredible extent if President Trump was removed from office through collusion between the Democratic Party and Republicans opposed to Trump.”

“Removing a president is a delicate business.”

What would the White House be like if the attempt failed?

What if Pence and most of the cabinet voted to depose Trump, but it came up a few votes short in the House? Trump would return to the Oval Office, and it’s not hard to imagine a purge of the disloyal, who might also be the pragmatists with links to mainstream Washington — Mattis, Kelly, Tillerson — people who Corker praised as “those people that help separate our country from chaos.”

“If it was a kind of cabinet revolt, one would imagine that Trump would remove any cabinet officials who had expressed any kind of disloyalty,” Hurl says. “Trump as of now seems to be able to accept a considerable amount of disharmony in his cabinet.”

(One irony: if the process failed, Pence himself couldn’t be removed — he’s an elected official in his own right.)

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REPORT: FBI Hid Evidence Tying The Clintons To A Russian Bribery Scheme

 

” Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.”

 

 

http://www.dailywire.com/news/22381/report-fbi-hid-evidence-tying-clintons-russian-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro

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The Democrat hole gets deeper and deeper...

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REPORT: Robert Mueller Was FBI Director When Agency Hid Evidence On Clinton-Russia Connection”

 

http://www.dailywire.com/news/22398/report-robert-mueller-was-fbi-director-when-agency-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro

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"If you strike at the king, don’t fail: How Trump’s removal might actually work"

Now that the Russia story has turned and started working against your cause, is desperation compelling you to post left-wing fairy tales?

 

 

 

  

 

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52 minutes ago, DEFCON said:

"If you strike at the king, don’t fail: How Trump’s removal might actually work"

Now that the Russia story has turned and started working against your cause, is desperation compelling you to post left-wing fairy tales?

 

 

 

  

 

Comedian award of the week..... you were being funny   ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? right. 

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The 8000 articles Deicer has posted from the NYT suddenly take on a whole new interpretation of what Fake News really is. Trump was spot on once again in his assessments. CNN is the worst of the worst in this regards with the “fake” NYT a close 2nd. They have ONE objective...defeat Trump at ANY cost...screw the consequences...it’s all about power and who has it and who hasn’t ....and right now the LEFT is flushing itself down the toilet at a quickening pace.

 

” Shoe, who is seen describing her job as curating the Times‘ front pages, also describes the approach of American journalists towards covering Trump during the 2016 election: “I think that one of the things that maybe journalists were thinking about is, like, “Oh, if we write about him, about how, like, insanely crazy he is and how ludicrous his policies are, then maybe people will read about it and be, like, ‘Oh, wow, like, we shouldn’t vote for him.'” In her description, the Times‘ front page is used to set the media narrative against Trump.”

 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/10/17/james-okeefe-new-york-times-shoe-narrative/

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"http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-09/icahn-left-trump-victory-party-to-bet-1-billion-on-u-s-stocks"

The link above was posted by Deicer on November 10th, 2016.

Yesterday the stock market topped 230000. Clearly a visionary investor, I wonder what Icahn's billion dollar investment is worth now? 

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2 hours ago, Jaydee said:

The 8000 articles Deicer has posted from the NYT suddenly take on a whole new interpretation of what Fake News really is. Trump was spot on once again in his assessments. CNN is the worst of the worst in this regards with the “fake” NYT a close 2nd. They have ONE objective...defeat Trump at ANY cost...screw the consequences...it’s all about power and who has it and who hasn’t ....and right now the LEFT is flushing itself down the toilet at a quickening pace.

 

” Shoe, who is seen describing her job as curating the Times‘ front pages, also describes the approach of American journalists towards covering Trump during the 2016 election: “I think that one of the things that maybe journalists were thinking about is, like, “Oh, if we write about him, about how, like, insanely crazy he is and how ludicrous his policies are, then maybe people will read about it and be, like, ‘Oh, wow, like, we shouldn’t vote for him.'” In her description, the Times‘ front page is used to set the media narrative against Trump.”

 

http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2017/10/17/james-okeefe-new-york-times-shoe-narrative/

https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/videos/1681691225186994/?hc_ref=ARTdOtG5WHyOrdBQLznvCfNecNgE-W6Ai_R04MEevzwSCDz-iQdurepDlW3Jkb932p0&pnref=story

And you wonder how the right is manipulated?

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Why would I kidd about such a serious matter Malcolm? Articles like the one in question only serve to needlessly excite shallow minded Lefties. Trump is here to stay for another seven years and we should offer thanks to your gods for that.

Other than for his SC nominee, Trump has been unable to achieve a single legislative objective. By example let's consider health care. As Trump has stated, for the past seven years the Republicans of both Houses of Congress claimed they were going to repeal & replace Obama Care, but when the time came the public learned the gang was just kidding and unprepared in any respect; the other initiatives failed for similar reasons.

So perhaps it's time to stop blaming Trump and instead cheer him on as he fights to drain the swamp of those organizations and characters that we now can see are in service to persons other than those that vote?   

 

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DEFCON: no reason to thank gods, existing / non existing, for Trump.  I originally thought he would be a breath of fresh air but lately I have begun to believe that he has some serious cognitive issues.  Here in Canada I don't see a thing that he has done that is positive for Canada and that does not surprise me, as I would never expect the leader of a foreign power to look after our interests.   

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No shortage of fake news from many sources and usually pretty easy to spot. People who do this usually fail to realize how small a club they profess to be a member of. 

BTW, there is a big difference between getting duped and taking a single element of truth and building a "story" around it to support your narrative. That one's easy to spot too. 

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“ When the first half of the 21st century is way back enough for a history to be written unencumbered by agenda, President Barack Obama will be remembered as the worst thing that ever happened to the Democrat Party. And to the NFL.*

If you think that is a stretch, hear me out…

Thanks to George W. Bush’s terrible second term, two unbelievably awful Republican opponents in John McCain and Mitt Romney, not to mention the charisma and impressive political skills as the most leftwing senator in the country, Barry O won two national elections and did so by impressive margins.

The problem is that America’s so-called Smart People misread these victories. And by “Smart People,” I am, of course, sarcastically referring to Democrats, the imbecilic Republican establishment, and the corrupt national media — all of whom deluded themselves into believing that Obama’s victory meant that the country had not just moved to the left, but to the far left.

Buoyed by this mistaken belief, not only did the Democrat Party move to the far-left (Warren, Bernie, Hillary 7.0, etc), so did the media. Over Obama’s eight years, among others, the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC believed they were capturing a zeitgeist by hiring tons of rabid leftwing propagandists, a freak show that includes Ana Navarro, Philip Bump, Jake Tapper, Chris Cillizza, Jemele Harris, Chris Cuomo, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid…

ESPN was so sure of this, it went from a rock n’ roll sports network to MSESPN.

What no one wanted to acknowledge, though, is that almost immediately after Obama’s 2009 inauguration, voters began a major course correction. In February 2010, Republican Scott Brown’s U.S. Senate victory (to replace Ted Kennedy) in, of all places, Massachusetts, combined with the historic wipeout of Democrats just nine months later in the 2010 midterms– this should have told the so-called Smart People that Obama was an anomaly, not a trend.

But because the so-called Smart People chose not to recognize this, chose to keep the velvet bubble in place, over the next eight years, the Democrat Party has been nearly wiped out at every level, local and national.

Nevertheless, our sports and political media, which are now infested with hardcore, Obama-era leftists, have consciously refused to recognize reality. Even as Democrats lose their strongholds in New England, even as Republicans win every special election, the media not only refuse to recognize the fact that America is a right-of-center country, they are intentionally fabricating a reality that says the exact opposite.

The reason for this goes beyond personal partisan denial. It is a propaganda tactic. Basically, the media believe that the only way to push America to the far left is to manufacture a reality (backed by fraudulent polling) that says we are already there and that anyone who is not on the Progressive Express is in the minority.

Although the everyday American voters who have decimated the Democrat Party have, thankfully, not fallen for it, when you are talking about billions and billions of corporate dollars being spent on this propaganda, it is going to have an effect, and in many ways has.

For example, despite total control over the federal government, the imbecilic Republican establishment have fallen for it, and, as a result, have done absolutely nothing to keep long-held promises or to advance Trump’s agenda. As a consequence, their own base now despises them and a full-blown insurgency is already claiming scalps.

Which brings me to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who also fell for the propaganda and who is also dealing with a five-alarm disaster of his own making.

In Goodell’s provincial world, in his deluded thinking, shaped by ESPN and CNN, he was fooled into believing America is enamored with identity politics and social justice. And so, although every other form of personal expression is banned by the NFL, Goodell actually believed it was a good idea to give the okay for spoiled millionaires to publicly express their hatred and contempt for America. Completely out of touch with the common man and fan, Goodell fell for the media’s fake reality and did irreparable damage to the NFL.

My wife is a perfect example. Since childhood, thanks to a tradition handed down by her father, the Green Bay Packers has been one of the great passions of her life — until this season. And this is what should really terrify Goodell…

My wife’s lost passion is not a political statement or protest. Her passion died a natural death as she watched something she once loved betray her country. She is not angry. She just stopped caring.

 

How does the NFL recover from that, from indifference, from those who have moved on?

Now that it is almost certainly too late, now that the Morning Joe scales have fallen from Goodell’s eyes, now that the ratings and empty stadiums and devastating polls make it impossible for even a somewhat powerful media to keep Goodell’s bubble afloat, the man charged with protecting this institution has finally figured out that it might not be a good idea to open every NFL game with your players giving the American flag the finger.

What a jackass, what a pathetic and delusional fool, a weakling, who allowed the media’s phony reality to drag him into deep water from which he can no longer escape.

The saddest thing, though, is that no one — not Goodell, not the Republican establishment, will acknowledge their own demise as a cautionary tale, as a valuable lesson in never again falling for propaganda.

Rather than come to terms with the reality of an America that looks like this, they would prefer to see it all burn down.

 

 

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/10/21/goodell-fell-medias-fake-reality-destroyed-nfl-possibly-forever/

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3 hours ago, DEFCON said:

Malcolm

With respect, you're watching too much cnn & cbc. 

 

DEFCON: Don't watch either, I do however subscribe to various news outlets from around the world  via RSS feeds (only US feed is Reuters). I do so I can  can read a variety of news outlets and  draw my own conclusions based on the varied or slanted coverage. 

 

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Trump says he’ll allow release of Kennedy assassination files

 US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will allow long blocked secret files on the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump said Saturday he will allow long blocked secret files on the 1963 assassination of John F Kennedy to be opened to the public for the first time. 

The Nov 22, 1963 assassination – an epochal event in modern US history – has spawned multiple theories challenging the official version that Kennedy was killed a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. 

So the release of all the secret documents has been eagerly anticipated by historians and conspiracy theorists alike. 

Trump’s announcement followed reports that not all the files would be released, possibly to protect still relevant intelligence sources and methods. 

But Trump appears to have decided otherwise. 

“Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened,” he said in the tweet. 

The files are due to be opened in their entirety Thursday nearly 54 years after Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas – unless the US president decides otherwise. 

Millions of classified Kennedy files have been released under a 1992 law passed in response to a surge in public demand for disclosure in the wake of Oliver Stone’s conspiracy heavy movie on the assassination. 

But the law placed a 25-year hold on a small percentage of the files that expires Oct 26.  Some reports put the number withheld at 3,100 and say tens of thousands that had been released with portions blacked out are set to be fully declassified.

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