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I arrived here to read but progressed to writing. I love this avenue of self-expression.

I am a blonde but a brainy one. Educated, sophisticated, well read and well travelled. Intelligence, humour, grace and authenticity are important to me. And passion, always passion.

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Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 07 Jun 2017 17:48

I agree with Van. This is unraveling like a badly knit sweater. Trump, his family, and those around him have been involved in all manner of ethical lapses, possible criminal activity (such as diverting charity funds for personal use) and collusion with the Russians to skew the election in Trump's favour. Several people involved in his campaign (Flynn, Manafort, Sessions, and Kushner) have conveniently forgotten meetings with Russian bigwigs. The Russian ambassador in Washington is known to be their spymaster in the US. I think one of the reasons we have not seen Trump's tax returns is that he is indebted to the tune of hundreds of millions to Russian oligarchs who are one step removed from Putin. Putin has been playing him like a violin throughout the campaign and to this day.

Much of this is difficult to prove, but it will be proven as a result of following the money, following the threads of communication and confluence among Trump people and the Russians, and just as with Watergate, exposing the cover-up that goes all the way to the Oval Office. It may take months if not years to expose Trump's depth of corruption and dishonesty, and of course cooperation in machinations that undermined the bases of American democracy. Obstruction of justice may be the least of his problems if it is determined that his minions with his knowledge and consent perpetrated what might be considered treasonous acts during the primaries and election campaign.

Comey is going to start the process with his testimony tomorrow and has given a written statement today saying it will allow intelligent questions to be asked.

As Churchill said this may not be the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning.

Topic: donald trump for president
Posted: 05 Jun 2017 12:26


There is a reason that Lavrov and Kislyak are laughing. If there were a thought bubble it would say, "Can you believe we got this idiot elected? He is now revealing top secret information to us to show off."

Topic: Do you believe in any kinda paranormal phenomena?
Posted: 03 Jun 2017 10:31

None. Not since I grew too old for fairy tales. No paranormal phenomena. No New Age ideas.

Topic: Horrible Advice for Talentless Authors
Posted: 01 Jun 2017 15:51

Never mind spelling or grammar. Just write your story as you would a text message or tweet. After all, this is your version of artistic expression. Be sure to tell that to the story moderator who returns your story suggesting corrections.

Topic: Memorial Day In USA
Posted: 29 May 2017 16:08

For the record McCrae was a Canadian. This poem became iconic and is read each Remembrance Day. Children learn of it in elementary school. The poppies that are worn in Canada in the days leading up to Remembrance Day were also inspired by that poem. Tradition now is to deposit your poppy on the war memorial in your city after the service that day. By the end of the day memorials everywhere are blanketed with poppies.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 26 May 2017 07:21

If there is solid evidence, as you suggest there could be, then President Trump will be impeached. If there isn't he will win in 2020.

Meanwhile, after their loss in the election the Democrats formed their own think tank to study, in depth, why they lost. The conclusions of that think tank are far removed from Comey and the Russians. It concluded that to reverse their ongoing slide and win back the House in 2018, they would have to convince those who would normally vote Democrat but chose Donald Trump, to change sides. Their findings contradicts the current party line that mobilisation of support, those that failed to vote must be 'got out' to vote, is the answer.
If the investigations at present underway are not finalised before the 2018 elections, and the advice given by their own think tank goes unheeded, that very think tank says that there will be further losses in 2018. They say as many as 15 more Senate seats will be lost. That's scary for any party.

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I agree that the Dems have a lot of rebuilding to do. They have lost their ability to appeal to middle class Americans, just as the GOP have convinced the same group to vote against their own self-interest for a party whose mantra is tax cuts for the rich. Trump's budget will drastically cut programs such as Medicaid and food stamps whille doing exactly that, providing advantages and cuts for the wealthy. However, you have to give people reasons to vote for you rather than just against the other guys. It is also time that the Dems look to a younger generation for leadership, perhaps someone like Cory Booker.

What will be interesting will be to see how far the investigations get before the 2018 election and their impact on GOP candidates. Will they stand by Trump or jump ship if evidence accumulates against him and his team? We'll see. I think that even if it does not go that far, Trump will have a fight on his hands if he lasts to 2020. Four years of him and his Cabinet may well be enough for the American people.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 25 May 2017 19:11


That is from "All About Eve" where Davis famously says, "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." That may be apt for the the months ahead of us as the investigations proceed.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 25 May 2017 19:03

There is another way to look at this. The GOP Congress is up for re-election in about a year and a half. One third of the Senate will be running that year as well. As Robert Mueller's investigation proceeds and the net widens catching more and more members of Trump's team, their instinct for self-preservation may well kick in. There will be Congressional investigations ongoing and journalists following every lead regarding money and paper trails. The steady drip, drip, drip of more and more damning information may reach a critical mass where even many Trump supporters will no longer be able to deny what has gone on in this administration before, during, and after the election. If there is solid evidence that Trump allowed this to happen with his knowledge and consent, or is himself implicated in collusion with the Russians to win the election, it is game over. Surely conspiring with an adversary of the US to undermine American democracy at its most basic level, an election, is a high crime as it is understood as a basis for impeachment. The GOP may desert Trump if it comes to this, but he will not resign instead of putting the country through the process as Nixon was convinced to do. He will have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the White House, still calling it all fake news. As of tonight, Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband is the focus of the Russia investigation by the FBI. This is going to unravel like a badly knit sweater. It may take many months to document all of the malfeasance, but the process has begun.

There is a precedent for this and it is Watergate. Relentless work by journalists connected the dots from a stupid break-in to Nixon's re-election campaign and from there to his close advisors (Erlichman, Haldeman, and of course John Dean) and straight to the Oval Office and Nixon himself.

Topic: Potus45 - Will he be impeached?
Posted: 14 May 2017 16:46

Richard Nixon suborned perjury and obstructed justice in secret. This was revealed in the tapes that were subpoenaed during Watergate. Trump has obstructed justice in demanding personal loyalty from James Comey and in firing him to stop his investigation of Trump and his team colluding with the Russians. He baldly admitted this on national television in his interview with Lester Holt. Even if the investigation did not produce enough evidence to charge Manafort, Flynn, Stone, and others in Trump's cadre, this interference is obstruction of justice. The demand for personal loyalty is out of bounds for a leader of a democracy. The head of the national police force owes loyalty to the public, the Constitution, and the rule of law. Personal loyalty of the police to political leadership is something that happens in dictatorships. Let us not forget that Trump also posted a barely veiled threat against Comey in a tweet soon after he fired him.

Those of us too young to remember Watergate should read "All the President's Men" or watch the movie with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, the legendary journalists who wrote the book and whose dogged and determined work brought Nixon down. The echoes to current events are eerie. Two lessons to remember from Watergate: follow the money and it is the cover up not the crime that tends to get people in trouble. What is needed now is some GOP politicians who put country before party and power and have the backbone to ask a crucial Watergate question: what did the President know and when did he know it?

My personal opinion is that Nixon was a much smarter man than Trump, despite their sharing paranoia, insecurity, resentment. The collusion with the Russians will eventually be exposed and documented and Trump will be impeached if he does not resign. I doubt he will last through his four year term, especially if the Dems retake the House and Senate in 2018. By that time the dam may have broken and public opinion may well have turned against Trump.

Topic: Presidential offspring - out of bounds or fair game..?
Posted: 14 May 2017 16:32

Adult children who have put themselves in the public limelight, especially those involved in politics, are fair game. This would be true for Dick Cheney's daughter who was a right wing commentator before running for office and Chelsea Clinton to the extent that she involved herself in her mother's campaign or comments on public policy. Of course Trump's offspring are not off limits but for his young son. Children of POTUS should be allowed to grow up as normally as possible and without media scrutiny as was the case for Chelsea Clinton and the Obama girls.

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