Forum posts made by principessa

Topic The president and the law
Posted 09 Feb 2017 18:17

I'm not so sure. I bet there are a whole bunch of folks who feel abandoned by the political process (you know -- Trump voters) that sees this whole shit show as a good thing. I've yet to see ANY politician (other than Trump that is) coming across as smug since the inauguration. They all look a little off-balance and off their collective games. Remember that those voters are predominantly feed up with the "system" and that change regardless of outcome is a net positive in their view.

President Obama ran on change in 2008; he attempted to effect it with minor muscle movements and ultimately failed to deliver.

President Trump is attempting extraordinary change with major muscle movements, and I'm betting that change will come. I'm just not too sure that it will be the changes he has in mind. The electorate is more interested and involved -- primarily in opposition to the White House -- than it has been in decades. Congressional leaders may finally be faced with situations in which they will be forced to set aside party rivalries and work in unison to rein in White House overreach.

You forget that immediately after President Obama's first inauguration Mitch McConnell vowed that he would be a failed president and that the GOP would block him every step of the way. They did and became the party of "no". They would not even put forward legislation for programs that they had suggested during the campaign because they feared that he would get the credit. So, the inertia had a cause and it was the GOP, not the President.

Trump is flying by the seat of his pants as he always does. If this were Freudian analysis, he operates only on id and ego, with none of the superego incorporating values and morals and controlling impulses encompassed in the id. He has no plan. Bannon is the one with the plan. He told us that he is a Leninist and wants to blow up the government. Bannon wants constant drama and chaos, and he is getting it.

I hope that you are right and that the Congress will work in unison to rein in WH overreach. I am cynical enough to fear that this will only happen when that reaches criminality and Trump has to be impeached. Trump is reckless, stubborn and determined, not to mention out of touch with reality. He would not likely resign even knowing that the votes were there to impeach him and put the country through that awful process. And then we would get Pence, a right wing religious zealot. A fresh hell.

Topic The president and the law
Posted 09 Feb 2017 11:09

He was just shilling for Ivanka's brand this morning and both Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer did so as well. (Great way to get points with the boss but bad judgement.) This was after news that Nordstrom was dropping her brand because of weak sales. Does Trump think he is on HSN rather than president? Does he not have more important things to think about? He will have to develop a thicker skin and not respond to every perceived affront.

Trump has not put his assets in a blind trust but rather left his sons in charge. He has not provided his tax returns to the public. He continues to hype his companies and properties. His son-in-law is now a close adviser in the Oval Office presumably with security clearance. I could go on and on about his conflicts of interest and ethical lapses, but he is not being called on them by the GOP who control both houses of Congress. I predict that this will continue until it cannot be ignored as it evolves from mere nepotism and questionable ethics to criminality and then the GOP will have no choice but to deal with it.

Trump sees himself as above the law and the boundaries that have been traditionally adhered to by previous presidents. He has shown his lack of respect for the law by disrespecting a judge during the campaign and more recently the three judge panel hearing the government's appeal regarding his immigration ban and the judge who granted the stay that was being appealed. He has no idea about how government works and imagines that he can just issue orders rather than having legislation go through Congress. Executive orders cannot do everything.

Think about it. He has been in power less than a month and already there has been more questionable behaviour than in Obama's two terms. I think that some who voted for him wanting change are having some regrets. Surely this circus is not what they wanted. Of course it is Steve Bannon's plan to have so much going on that any opposition is diluted in an effort to fight all of them.

One day the minority of the electorate who voted for Trump will realize that the Emperor is naked.

Topic Elizabeth Warren silenced in debate on Sessions for AG
Posted 08 Feb 2017 17:12

Just a question....What does that letter have to do with the nomination of Sessions?

The relevant Senate committees hear testimony in support and against the nomination of members of the president's cabinet before voting on them. As I said they had already heard from civil rights icon John Lewis who was almost beaten to death marching for civil rights in Alabama. Jeff Sessions' record on race, civil rights, and voter suppression should have disqualified him from the position of Attorney General of the US. The AG is meant to uphold the Constitution of the US and protect all of the rights it describes for all US citizens. His history and views are antithetical to that, as is the case with many of Trump's cabinet picks in that their views do not match the brief of their department, and have actually been in opposition to the work they are tasked to do.

His nomination has passed with a 52-47 vote in the Senate. He is to be confirmed tonight.

Topic Can Donald Trump Read?
Posted 08 Feb 2017 16:30

Sometimes I think he gets his information from the National Enquirer or the Globe.

Or Breitbart News, Steve Bannon's alt right site.

Topic Elizabeth Warren silenced in debate on Sessions for AG
Posted 08 Feb 2017 15:42

McConnell used an arcane rule to silence Warren and said, “Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” he said. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

There are now tweets with the hashtag #she persisted everywhere.

We must all persist, resist, and be resolute in opposition to this administration.

Topic Elizabeth Warren silenced in debate on Sessions for AG
Posted 08 Feb 2017 13:01

Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Sessions was reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King during the debate on the nomination of Jeff Sessions for AG of the US. The letter was written in 1986 when Sessions was nominated to be a federal judge. In 1986 he lost on the basis of his long record of voter suppression and denial of civil rights as well as racist remarks to colleagues. John Lewis has already spoken strongly against his confirmation. If this passes it will be another travesty of the Trump choice being precisely the wrong person with the wrong record to run a government department.

Here we see one woman reading the words of another woman being silenced by men.

Topic Seeking an honest conservative perspective
Posted 04 Feb 2017 08:05

It's for all views whether you agree with them or not, but it's got to be fact. Nobody can say anything they like about anyone else. You can't just make things up about people. There's a law against it.

You can respond with documentary evidence that something is not the truth or sue for libel if you meet the criteria of the law. But you cannot make things up and call them "alternative facts" as Kellyanne Conway did. As I said before, it is the job of the press to expose lies, hypocrisy, and corruption. If President Trump or one of his administration says the earth is flat that is not a reason to believe it and deny the press the right to question it and prove him wrong.

Topic Seeking an honest conservative perspective
Posted 03 Feb 2017 19:37

Freedom of speech is not for views that you agree with, it is for all views whether you agree with them or not. The press is free to report the news and investigate issues, especially when politicians mislead the public or are guilty or hypocrisy, lies, or corruption. When they have credible evidence and print the story, they are fulfilling their obligation to the public. Freedom of the press and expression are principle pillars of democracy. So, in the era of Trump, we have to understand there will be constant tension between the White House and the press. The President, with Bannon and Conway, have a very loose relationship with the truth and deflect with aggression when they are caught lying.

There are reputable media sources with more conservative views, but Fox News and Murdoch publications are not among them.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 03 Feb 2017 17:44

As we are tinkering with badges, I would like to suggest that those ranked 1, 2 or 3 in a story competition get a badge indicating that in gold, silver or bronze and that those who were the remaining in the top ten get a finalist competitor badge. It would be good if these could be awarded retrospectively just as the number indicators on other badges are being done.

The competitions here are fierce and those in the top ten in each contest deserve some kind of recognition as well as the winners and seconds and thirds. This information also could be listed with the competition information after it closes for readers looking for something interesting to read.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 03 Feb 2017 13:24

That was the true sucker punch to U.S. democracy. No one saw that coming. You can see Bannon's fingerprints on everything, wanting a Secretary of Education that doesn't believe in public school, a Secretary of Energy that wants the position abolished (when he can remember it), a head of the EPA who has sued it multiple times to stop its actions.

They aren't merely conservatives. They are essentially anarchists. They call themselves Libertarians, just trying to halt the size and spread of government by being "disruptors." But the glee with which they go about destroying any regulation/amendment/civil right/treaty/accord in their path shows their love of destruction for destruction's sake.

Exactly right. Don't forget that Bannon called himself a Leninist with the goal of blowing up government. He is on the way to achieving his goal given the choices Trump has made for his cabinet and what he has done. They rail against the media when it reports anything negative about the administration and call it fake news, and then lie with impunity about what they are doing or have said. The media will not just shut up as advised by Bannon. But for Fox News, Breitbart, and Murdoch publications they are not the mouthpiece and lapdog of the administration as the press was in Soviet Russia. But we know how much Trump admires Putin and the power he wields.

Bannon has found the perfect empty vessel to choreograph in Trump. He is now on the National Security Council which is a policy and security group, and not a political one. The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff was removed - an unheard of move. Trump will go along with everything so long as his ego is flattered and he gets attention. He has no appetite for the real work. There are no Cliff Notes for being president. As I have said before, I think Trump will not last a full term. He will either be caught in scandal and criminality and forced to resign (or be impeached), or he will resign for health reasons because he cannot cope.

By the way, Trump's approval rating in a new poll is 44%. That is the lowest number for a president at this point in his tenure since Eisenhower when such polling began.

Topic Bannon: Media should keep its mouth shut
Posted 01 Feb 2017 19:05

Thank you, Amy.

We are not even two weeks into this nightmare and he is succeeding. Trump thrives on attention and Bannon makes it happen with chaos and drama. The immigration ban and choices for the cabinet have his name all over them. They could not have chosen more unsuitable people. They mean to encourage controversy at a level way beyond anything we have seen before. They mean to distract us with multiple issues so that any opposition will be diluted among them. How many fires can you fight at once?

The Democrats had better start rebuilding and organizing now from the bottom up and take a page out of the Tea Party's book. Resist, obstruct, and deny Trump and his coterie on every issue and in every circumstance. Anything else will be viewed as weakness. Become the new party of "no". They will not have to pledge to make Trump a failed president. He will manage that on his own. I have no doubt that he will not last the full term, never mind two. The GOP establishment made a Faustian deal and now they will have to live with it. The majority of the American people did not vote for him. He does not have a mandate. He played the game to win the Electoral College and succeeded with Bannon's help. Bannon wants to blow up the government and slash the threads that hold US society together: no comity, no consensus, just a jingoistic nationalism that includes racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and more. He will self-destruct with incompetence, ethical lapses and criminality. It will culminate in his being impeached or forced to resign with the knowledge that the votes are there to pass a bill of impeachment. It will take years for America to repair the damage wrought by Trump and Bannon.

Each day there is a new outrage. It is so bad that it could be an amalgam of "Dr. Strangelove", "The Manchurian Candidate" (the original one), and a Mel Brooks film. Unfortunately it is real.

Topic what is your favorite movie quote
Posted 01 Feb 2017 12:25

"Snap out of it!" said Cher as she slapped Nicholas Cage. He had just told her that he was crazy in love with her in "Moonstruck".

Topic What is your favorite movie based on a book?
Posted 01 Feb 2017 12:22

"Out of Africa" from the memoirs of Isak Dinesen, the pseudonym of Karen Blixen. She also wrote "Babette's Feast" which is also a great movie.

Topic New question to help me understand...
Posted 31 Jan 2017 17:16

I feel less safe not because of immigrants or refugees, but because Donald Trump is POTUS.

It was one thing to contemplate this when he was part of the circus of the GOP primary campaign, but once he became their candidate it was not funny any more. He has appealed to the worst in people and normalized racism, xenophobia, sexism and pathological lying - all that with impunity and encouragement of his followers. Now he is POTUS. Most of his choices for his cabinet distinguish themselves by ethical issues and backgrounds/views completely antithetical to the departments they have been chosen to run. A racist AG. An Education Secretary who plagiarized answers on her application package. A HUD Secretary with no background at all. And now we have Steve Bannon, a presidential appointee who need not pass any Senate scrutiny and a well known ideologue sitting in on NSA meetings. This man said he was a Leninist in that he wanted to completely blow up government. He has his own alt right agenda and has found the perfect empty vessel in Trump to carry it out. All you need to do is flatter him, as Putin well knows.

Trump is a man who cannot let go of what he deems an insulting tweet. How will he deal with an international crisis? I cannot imagine him negotiating out of a situation like the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 60s. The fact that he is capable of starting a nuclear war should give all of us sleepless nights.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 31 Jan 2017 13:13

During Watergate, Nixon asserted that anything the president does is legal because he is the president. Without getting into the entire history of that sad episode in US history, I will just say that Alexander Cox had been appointed to investigate the scandal and criminal wrongdoing that led all the way to Nixon. He had a dramatic confrontation with Nixon when he subpoenaed the tapes the president had secretly recorded of his Oval Office conversations. When Cox refused a direct order from the White House to seek no further tapes or presidential materials, Nixon fired him in an incident that became known as the Saturday Night Massacre. The AG then, Elliot Richardson, resigned rather than obey Nixon's order to fire Cox. More resignations followed at the Department of Justice until someone agreed to fire Cox, Robert Bork. Fast forward to the end: Nixon was forced to resign after being informed that there were enough votes to impeach him for criminality and more.

That is probably too much information, but my point is that this has happened before.

Topic President Trump's First Week
Posted 31 Jan 2017 13:01

I think Steve Bannon is the behind the scenes power player. His fingerprints are all over the travel ban and how it was rolled out without consultation with the departments which would have to administer it or the interim AG. He has said he is a Leninist and that his goal is to blow government up entirely. Every day has brought a new drama and that is what he wants, to create so much chaos that any resistance or questioning is diluted by the mere number of fires to put out. He found his perfect candidate in Trump, a preening narcissist who has no appetite for the hard work of governance. Trump thrives on attention and adulation and has shown himself to be remarkably thin-skinned. He does not want to read the briefing books, do the meetings where policy is developed and discussed, seek consensus to push his agenda through Congress. Far easier to delegate the work and rule by fiat (executive order). Bannon is happy to choreograph this crazy show and feed Trump his lines. This is the alt right's wet dream come true.

As an aside I heard an interesting observation on television last night. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is an Orthodox Jew. The Sabbath for him runs from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. It was noticed that some of Trump's outrageousness has been occurring during this time, when Kushner is out of the loop. He and Ivanka may be the only brake on The Donald.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 17:36

Many points made here are very true and valid, but I think some people have lost sight that when a mob forms, many times, a mob mentality takes over.

I agree with you. The willful blindness of some Trump followers to some of his obvious deficiencies is astounding were it not so frightening. Mob mentality is exactly what he has encouraged during the election, against anything that could be labelled other.

This reminds me of the Groucho Marx quote about being caught at something naughty. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes? (And ears in this case.)

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 16:45

I'm not singling you out Principessa, But quoting what I see a lot of here. In general, comments like these make me laugh. The hypocracy of saying that here, a sex site where everywhere you look there are porno images and I'd say 80% of the women and men in relationships, are here behind their partners' backs. How dare he even joke about something like grabbing a pussy.

It was no joke. He was showing off to Billy Bush about doing this habitually. There is a difference between consensual sexual contact and sexual assault. That has absolutely nothing to do with who is on Lush, what they do here or whether their partners know about it. Hayley was comparing Trump favourably to Bill Clinton and sexual allegations against him. I reminded her of his remarks and what he admitted doing.

Topic Are You A Different Person When Drunk?
Posted 29 Jan 2017 16:22

Yes. For better or worse, yes. But still harmless. A happy inebriate. A resolute inebriate. A meticulous inebriate. A thorough inebriate. A full immersion inebriate. Burp.

So the only difference is the burp.

I get silly. drunken

Topic Give a Stripper name to the person above you!
Posted 29 Jan 2017 16:15

Blue Cherub

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:47

haley wrote:
And I was is no way going to help Bill Clinton back into the White House and gift him interns. You know who I'm quoting when I say "DJT said he could whereas BC actually did!... and his wife tried to cover up for him by persecuting the women involved.

So a man who brags about grabbing women's pussies with impunity just because he can (as he has power over them) is your hero. In most jurisdictions that is sexual assault. Perhaps he is the one who should be locked up.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:40

This is a comment written by John Griswald of Utah and posted in response to a column in the NY Times today written by Frank Bruni.

So, it's time to start printing the "I am a Muslim" buttons, time to reach out to somebody who looks different, time to tell Uncle "Charlie" that his racist cracks are NOT welcome at the table, time to "take our country back". America belongs to the educated as well as the "poorly educated", to the scientists as well as the Flat Earth Society, to those who extend the hand of hospitality as well as those who turn a cold shoulder. The question is, who and what will prevail? Will courage win or will cowardice? Will love of knowledge and truth win or will superstition? Will the Lady in the New York Harbor win or will the little man in the gold painted tower? Time to stand up and be counted. I am an agnostic and I am a Muslim.

Topic President Trump's First Week
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:35

With Trump and his fascist cabinet now bent on destroying the US Constitution and our civil rights, now is a good time to make financial contributions to the ACLU.

Absolutely. But that is not enough.

Resist. Organize. Mobilize. Be as determined and loud as the Tea Party was against President Obama in working for the ouster of the GOP at every level of government.

To borrow a phrase, take your country back.

Topic President Trump's First Week
Posted 29 Jan 2017 11:12

Hayley, with respect, for you to compare being a Trump supporter with being an inmate in a concentration camp or survivor of one is not only insensitive but oblivious to what those people actually went through before they were murdered, or for the few lucky ones, before they were liberated. You mention Christians, some of whom were in this group, as were unionists, homosexuals, artists and others, but the vast majority of those killed were Jews. Six million of them. The last of the survivors are dying. There will only be the history of their stories that they left behind, but time should not erase that memory. Any suffering that you think you are going through as a Trump supporter is in no way comparable and it is disrespectful to even float that idea.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 29 Jan 2017 10:53

Given that we do not differentiate, or should not differentiate, on grounds of religion, what do you think of the options in the original thread? If we were to adopt totally open borders, would the question of religion even be raised?

I am not an expert on immigration policy in the US or anywhere else other than knowing it is a complicated and demanding process. It should be based on parameters like education, skills, family ties, whether the applicant has a criminal record, and other information like ability to speak the language of the country, but absolutely not on race, religion, gender or any characteristic that would be protected in most human rights legislation. Many countries are now looking at the system in Canada which has government sponsored refugees as well as community sponsored ones who are supported in the first year they are in Canada by their sponsors in their integration into Canadian society. The second type is not common in other countries. Of course refugees are a separate stream from ordinary immigrants.

Coincidentally, Trump issued a proclamation on Holocaust Memorial Day on the same day as the immigration ban versus anyone entering the US from several Muslim majority nations. This ban did not include Saudi Arabia which is origin of about three thousand terrorists. The Holocaust proclamation on the same day reminds us of what happens when we close the doors to those fleeing war and oppression. However, Steve Bannon, Trump's communication and policy guru, formerly the head of the neo-Nazi Breitbart News and a noted racist and anti-Semite, seems to have influenced the wording in that there was not one mention of Jews in this document. In Trump/Bannon land even the Holocaust is Juden rein (free of Jews). So, fascism lives on and it is in the White House now. Trump's America has lost its moral compass, but the American people have not as they proved last weekend and last night at various US airports.

Resist. Organize. Mobilize. Be as determined and loud as the Tea Party was against President Obama in working for the ouster of the GOP at every level of government.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 28 Jan 2017 16:21

i'm a british citizen but i'm not white. maybe this makes me biased but i feel that rejecting refugees is intensely selfish. a tiny minority (if any) are terrorists and there are definitely already more homegrown terrorists in the USA/UK. people should not have to flee their homelands and if they're doing this, it's because they HAVE to. would you want to leave the country you'd grown up in, leave behind your home, your language, your family and friends? you have to understand that these people are innocent and desperate. have a heart. we're all goddamn human, aren't we?

why does this child not deserve the same chances as our own children? what has he done wrong? why are we so selfish?

Thank you for that.

That Trump's edict is being applied on Holocaust Memorial Day makes this even more appalling. Did the world not learn anything from history and the rejection of Jews fleeing from Hitler and those who implemented his policies in a long list of European countries? Are we still so fearful and hardhearted regarding the plight of people who are not exactly like us?

I am proud to say that Canadian PM Trudeau has said that Canada will welcome refugees fleeing war and persecution in response to American mass rejection.

Topic IMMIGRATION .... the elephant in the room
Posted 28 Jan 2017 13:56

It is those who wont integrate who are currently the problem - if they wish to follow their religious beliefs so be it, but we are a christian country and we do not want to be told WE ARE WRONG IN OUR BELIEFS. /quote]

You are not wrong in practising your religion, but are wrong to assert that the US is a Christian country. The first amendment to the US Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". There is no state religion in the US or any other western democracy. You are free to practice whatever religion you choose, but not to impose it on anyone else. Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and followers of every other religion have an equal right to worship freely. Your view infringes on that freedom. They have as much right worship as you do and be under the same constitutional protection. Compare that with a theocracy like Iran.

Edit: Did not notice at first that you were in Australia. It makes no difference to my point. Canada, Australia, NZ, and European democracies have similar protections in their constitutions or bills of rights.

Topic Bannon: Media should keep its mouth shut
Posted 27 Jan 2017 15:45

One of the first moves a fascist government makes is to discredit the press and limit the availability of truth to the public. This should come as no surprise.

Exactly. It is the role of the press to question the government and its policies and expose "alternate facts" otherwise known as lies. Bannon is an extreme ideologue and Conway is capable of spinning anything, no matter how outrageous. The press gave Trump lots of space and free air time during the election. Now is the time to expose spin, lies, and contradictions of the new regime.

I find it interesting that all of the complaints about media bias from Trump and the GOP never mention Fox News, which by any standard is as unbiased as Tass was in Soviet Russia.

Topic President Obama's Legacy .... What will it be?
Posted 25 Jan 2017 19:24

Let's see. Eight years with not one scandal. Obama managed to maintain his equanimity through every crisis, including the financial mess left by Bush II that was the deepest since the Depression. He saved the auto industry. He displayed grace and intelligence in the face of the barely disguised racism of his opponents who tried in every way they could to delegitimize him. He brought a health care system to the US at last, not quite as good as that of all of the other western democracies, but an enormous improvement for Americans. He redeemed the respect for the US in the world of nations. He and Michelle managed to bring up their daughters in the White House with a large degree of normalcy. He called to the better selves of the electorate unlike his successor. And, as Michelle said, when they went low, he went high. Very few people could have managed it as he did. A classy man.

History will be kind to him.

Topic donald trump for president
Posted 25 Jan 2017 13:40