Third Party & Independents

​North Korea - The Honest Threat of a Brutal War

Posted by AllardK on November 17, 2017 at 4:17 PM

We have to avoid the horrific casualties. We couldn't possibly go to war. We are risking a war with China itself. We have to use deterrence by bringing Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table. He's not crazy, he's just a tough cookie, a cold-blooded autocrat. Trump is crazy not Kim. How dare we consider attacking North Korea?!

And so on.

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The President Can Take A Break Over The Holidays

Posted by Roy Ellis on November 15, 2017 at 8:03 PM

Trump was well received on his trip around the world. He summed it up in a speech today. America is back and some wrongs are going to be righted. China has sent a high level official to North Korea to read them the riot act. Trump has a presidential appearance, some very good speech writers and he delivers well. He has bountiful energy, believes what he preaches and seems to like being President.

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​Is a Predatory Media The Only Transparency That Works?

Posted by AllardK on November 15, 2017 at 5:09 PM

Do you really want to know what Member of Congress greeted a former aide of his who was told to deliver some papers to his home, while he wearing only a towel? Maybe that sounds like a little too much information, but of course it isn't too much information to ask for. Not if Capitol Hill is to truly join Hollywood and Wall Street in starting the process of being honest about harassment or abuse by powerful men (maybe a story about a woman harassing her buff young aide will come out someday but that's likely a long way away for now) towards subordinates and/or the vulnerable and young.

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​Does Virginia Really Mean a Tsunami is Coming?

Posted by AllardK on November 9, 2017 at 5:01 PM

Mike Allen - the progressive Democrat-enabling media guru/wonk - is already using the word Tsunami. To be fair to the Axios genius, he puts the world in quotes in his newsletter, but I'm sure he loved putting that quote up in his opening headlines in said mail. Is it delirious to do so when referring to Northam's win as the start of a huge wave? Perhaps.

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​Tax Loopholes & Rending of Garments in Park Slope

Posted by AllardK on November 7, 2017 at 6:22 PM

There is a great deal of gnashing of teeth, wailing of tongues, and rending of silk garments. People are feeling Blue with a capital B in places like New York and California, and parts of New Jersey. Especially in neighborhoods in NYC, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and the like. Why all the despair?

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​Bob Mueller - Too Late To Stop Now?

Posted by AllardK on October 31, 2017 at 2:28 PM

Is this how the swamp gets drained? Manafort and his associate Rick Gates - the latter with a public defender defending him - are out on bail after posting a $10 million and a $5 million bond. No prizes for guessing whose bail bond was bigger. His initials are P. M. And among the dozen or so charges laid against them, there apparently is no mention of President Trump. The charges against Manafort and Gates are mainly about evading taxes on income from their activities as unregistered foreign agents on behalf of Ukraine. And this mostly during the years 2006 - 2007. Shady stuff but stuff that happened before Trump even announced his candidacy. Of course, that raises questions about Manafort being picked to head Trump's campaign.

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​The Man the FBI Couldn't Shut Up

Posted by AllardK on October 27, 2017 at 11:42 AM

The informant who was a key part of the FBI's case against Vadim Mikerin, one of Rosatom's board members, is now free to talk to Congress according to his lawyer. What was forbidden by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election campaigns is now allowed for some unknown reason. A reason which might have to do with the fact that the original non-disclosure agreement the FBI forced their informant to sign wouldn't have held up to any reasonable scrutiny. Which is what it was finally receiving thanks to a series of stories in The Hill and elsewhere.

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You All Have Really Let Me Down

Posted by Weary_Willie on October 23, 2017 at 7:07 PM

I purposely split the same subject into two separate posts as an experiment to see who would choose which.

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Everything We Know About What Happened In Niger

Posted by Weary_Willie on October 22, 2017 at 12:15 AM

Everything we know about the Niger attack that left 4 U.S. soldiers dead

It took President Trump 12 days to speak publicly about a terrorist attack that left four American soldiers dead.

On Tuesday, Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) said that Trump's call to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson was so insensitive it left her in tears.

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What did happen in Niger?

Posted by Weary_Willie on October 21, 2017 at 11:24 PM

Niger attack leaves 4 US soldiers dead: What to know

About 50 Islamic extremists attacked a group of American and Niger troops on Oct. 4, killing four American soldiers and wounding two others. Nearly 10 Niger troops were also killed.

The 12-member team was reportedly in unarmored trucks when the ambush occurred. They had just met with local leaders.

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​The Other Russia Scandal - Who is Vadim Mikerin?

Posted by AllardK on October 19, 2017 at 3:46 PM

The Hillary-Bill-Putin-Uranium scandal broke in 2015, and we know the main details revealed back then. That the State Department and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States green-lighted a Russian buyout of a Canadian firm that controls a substantial portion of the uranium mining capacity in North America. And this was in 2010 with Hillary as Secretary of State. And it is known that Bill Clinton had given a very well paid speech in Moscow (supposedly collecting $500,000). And that some of the firms involved may have been generous donors to the Clinton Foundation.

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​Whose First Amendment Rights Matter More? Google's or Yours?

Posted by AllardK on October 17, 2017 at 6:18 PM

This is why people are worried and angry about the power that Mega Silicon Valley Entities (MSVE's if you will) wield and how that power intersects with civic values that are fundamental to America and other Western democracies.

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​Don't Make Iran Mad - Especially When They Go Nuclear

Posted by AllardK on October 16, 2017 at 5:09 PM

If the Middle East is it's own history-laden world, then Iran has become the Middle East's Soviet Union and President Trump actually has advisers who realize this.

That's one way to look at not certifying the Iran Deal but keeping within it's structure, which is what the president did at the end of this week. Unfortunately, the White House has now passed the ball to Congress, by using the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA) that was written precisely to give America a way to apply pressure on a non-compliant Iran while staying within the framework of the deal. Certification can be, and now has been, withheld if America feels Iran needs to be forced to act in the spirit of the accord.

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Trump On A Roll To Be A Great President

Posted by Roy Ellis on October 11, 2017 at 5:49 PM

Seven months in and President Trump is proving he has the right stuff to be a great President. As we will see in Penn. This PM, Trump's base is solidly behind him and like what he is doing and what he has accomplished so far.

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​Las Vegas - Can We Build Trust Again?

Posted by AllardK on October 6, 2017 at 1:27 PM

Now it appears that the Vegas Police and the FBI are exchanging warning shots. The local bureau chief in Las Vegas, Aaron Rouse, basically told Sheriff Joseph Lombardo to stick to "the facts." This was probably in response to Lombardo speculation on whether Paddock had an accomplice who may have helped him accumulate his arsenal of weapons and may have helped him plan the attack. This after evidence that Paddock may have scoped an earlier music festival by renting a condo overlooking the festival grounds. In other words, same tactics, different venue, with a possible plan that was abandoned for some reason.

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