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  1. Stuart Stevens’ It Was All a Lie is a sustained attack, both jeremiad and confession, on the Republican party he served for 40 years. His is the hand at Belshazzar’s political feast: “All of these immutable truths turned out to be marketing slogans. None of it meant anything. I was the guy working for Bernie Madoff who actually thought we were really smart and just crushing the market.” Related: Paul Begala on Trump: 'Nothing unites the people of Earth like a threat from Mars' Stevens, a consultant, is refreshingly frank about his role and responsibility. “Blame me,” he writes, adding: “I had been lying to myself for decades.” He seeks a new leaf on a “crazy idea that a return to personal responsibility begins with personal responsibility”. Unsurprisingly, he starts with race, “the original Republican sin … the key in which much of American politics and certainly all of southern politics was played.” Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Republicans have had difficulty appealing to African American voters. Stevens is not surprised. “What happens if you spend decades focused on appealing to white voters and treating non-white voters with, at best, benign neglect? You get good at doing what it takes to appeal to white voters.” How, for instance, does a black person hear an “avowed hatred of government”? The policy effects are shocking; the electoral effects only recently came into focus as demographics change. Yet the strategy “was so obvious that even the Russians adopted it, attempting to instigate tensions among black voters to help Trump win”. You can always say no. I so wish Republican leaders would try it Stuart Stevens This self-deception extends to other areas, notably foreign policy, in which “the Republican party has gone from ‘Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall’ to a Republican president who responds to Vladimir Putin like a stray dog, eager to follow him home”. All without much protest from those who know better. Stevens believes Donald Trump “just removes the necessity of pretending” Republicans care about social issues. Instead, it’s all about “attacking and defining Democrats”. The idea that “character counts”, so prominent in earlier decades, is forgotten. In short, stripped “of any pretense of governing philosophy, a political party will default to being controlled by those who shout the loudest and are unhindered by any semblance of normalcy”. The first casualty is the truth. “Large elements of the Republican party have made a collective decision that there is no objective truth” and that a cause or simple access to power is more important. Rather than saying the sky is green, the new strategy is “to build a world in which the sky is in fact green. Then everyone who says it is blue is clearly a liar.” Sadly, it has worked. Stevens notes that once “there is no challenge to the craziest of ideas that have no basis in fact, it is easy for Trump to take one small bit of truth and spin it into an elaborate fantasy.” He rightly calls this fear and cowardice: “To willingly follow a coward against your own values and to put your own power above the good of the nation is to become a coward.” People know better – including Republican members of Congress – but will not speak. Yet Stevens recalls that the “story of Faust is not just that Mephistopheles takes your soul, he also doesn’t deliver on what he promised.” The remedy is simple. “You can always say no. I so wish Republican leaders would try it”. What was Trump’s role in all this? Both enabler and someone who took a shaky foundation and crushed it. Trump “brought it all into clarity and made the pretending impossible”. For Stevens, the GOP “rallied behind Donald Trump because if that was the deal needed to regain power, what was the problem? Because it had always been about power.” Stevens has high praise for two former clients, George W Bush and Mitt Romney, “decent men who tried to live their lives by a set of values that represented the best of our society”. Yet neither could win today. He quotes George HW Bush’s impassioned resignation letter from the National Rifle Association after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and realizes few would do so now. Related: Could this anti-Trump Republican campaign group take down the President? Stevens is deeply concerned about the future of American democracy, comparing some tests in the study How Democracies Die with actions under the Trump administration. With one party having failed its “circuit-breaker” role, he cites the “urgent need for a center-right party to argue for a different vision and governing philosophy” as Democrats drift left. Though moderate Republican governors remain popular, he is distinctly pessimistic today’s Republicans can be that party, as they have “legitimized bigotry and hate as an organizing principle for a political party in a country with a unique role in the world”. Stevens has little hope the GOP will save itself from Trump or rise to the challenge of adapting to an increasingly non-white America. Losing, badly, is his only hope for concentrating Republican minds to the new reality of American demographics. Absent that, his prescription is definitive: “Burn it to the ground and start over.” The former may happen. The latter is less predictable.
  2. The Department of Homeland Security has reassigned its top intelligence official, according to media outlets, following news that his office compiled intelligence reports on journalists and protesters in Portland, Ore. Brian Murphy, who had been the acting undersecretary for the department's Office of Intelligence and Analysis, was removed from that position, according to The Washington Post, which was first to report the news. In the days leading up to Murphy's removal, the Post broke news that the DHS had circulated three "Open Source Intelligence Reports" to federal law enforcement agencies. The newspaper says the reports describe tweets from two journalists — a reporter for The New York Times and the top editor of the blog Lawfare — "noting they had published leaked, unclassified documents about DHS operations in Portland." Murphy has reportedly been moved to an administrative support role within the department's management directorate. The call for Murphy's removal was made on Friday by the acting secretary of homeland security, Chad Wolf, who, following the Post's revelations, instructed the office to stop collecting information on the press and ordered an investigation into its proceedings. Another intelligence report, according to the newspaper, showed that the DHS had tracked and documented exchanges among protesters found on the Telegram messaging app. Murphy had previously denied that his office had access to protesters' devices and messages, according to the Post. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff issued a statement Saturday saying the committee had been conducting an investigation into Murphy and the Office of Intelligence and Analysis for more than two weeks before the reassignment. "In light of recent public reports, we are concerned that Murphy may have provided incomplete and potentially misleading information to Committee staff during our recent oversight engagement, and that the Department of Homeland Security and I&A are now delaying or withholding underlying intelligence products, legal memoranda, and other records requested by the Committee that could shed light on these actions," Schiff said. He added that his committee would be "expanding" its oversight in the coming days. Murphy's removal fuels criticism around the DHS, which has been under heavy scrutiny in recent weeks for its use of federal officers at Portland protests. Agents from various divisions within the department were deployed to the city to protect federal property during the ongoing protests for racial justice sparked by the police killing of George Floyd. The federal agents have clashed with protesters. In July, the acting deputy secretary of homeland security, Ken Cuccinelli, acknowledged that federal agents had used unmarked vehicles to pick up people in Portland. He said the action was meant to keep officers safe and away from crowds. He later said in a letter to Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee that his office would be investigating allegations that law enforcement officers from his agency "improperly detained and transported protesters." On July 23, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon issued a restraining order preventing federal agents from "arresting, threatening to arrest, or using physical force directed against" anyone they know to be a journalist or legal observer, unless they have probable cause to believe the person has committed a crime.
  3. you mind your own business and i will mind mine. go cry to the mods with your holier than thou crap. if i had given the joke away it would not have worked. and i have always admitted when i am wrong on here and apologized. and yes i am a lazy typer and i am not going to change. i am not a typest and it take me long enough. look i get it. you do not like me and that is fine. and see you cannot be thqaat shinning light you think you are and tell someone to gfy. so when you fix your problems give me a call. all you did was allow the other side to probably get a laugh at my expense because you had to be hitler. i am pretty sure we are in smack talk. maybe you should iggie me because i am not going to pretend to be anyone other than me buddy. no you wanted to be a jerk. you could have messaged me or handled it differently.
  4. look you do you and i will do me. i was trolling like fishing to see what would bite. i have done it before. and i have no reason to lie because i do not know anyone on here in real life. things get serious on these boards and there is nothing wrong with a joke now and again. maybe in the future you should tell a mod and quit lecturing me. that is a bad look as well and you do it often and not just with me. plus basically calling me a liar because you think you know me and think you know exactly what reason i am doing something for is not a good look. i am pretty sure joking on here is allowed.
  5. you know your boy trump votes by mail right? if it is good enough for him it is good enough for me. oh.....and of course he screwed his up with the wrong date or something. go look it up............
  6. ok daddy. i will when you do. i still wonder why his body was so far away from the officer tho. and unlike others on here if i screw up i admit it. i do not have a bit of problem with it.
  7. nope. but if brad had not busted me out a whole bunch of yall would have had a fit. but yes i do like catfish. you buying?
  8. how do you know i am not trolling brad? you guys act like no one ever gets trolled on this board.
  9. hey! lets go on a road trip to his grave site and we can bury some auburn stuff in the dirt above his coffin. and being that my bladder is not as dependable as it was i can take a whiz for all the auburn fans out there that might want some payback without hurting anyone.
  10. some of the witnesses said he was walking off. they were talking to folks that were there. i do however understand a lot of people lie. if he was not then it is on him. and i might be confused about him being let go.
  11. At the height of the family separation crisis, Trump adviser Stephen Miller was paying special attention to a key administration official critical of the policy. That official, Commander Jonathan White of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, was the federal health coordinating official overseeing the emergency response to reunite thousands of children taken from their parents at the border by the Trump administration. “This was the witness HHS sent to the hearing,” Miller wrote about White to then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, sharing a press clipping about White's testimony before Congress. Miller's email to Kelly was part of a raft of emails between Miller and the Department of Justice released recently in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News. What Commander White said directly contradicted the administration's claim that family separations were not harmful to children. Though, if it was up to the administration, he never would have said it. Days earlier, in a key meeting, White had been pressured by Trump administration officials to give a different version of his response, at a secret meeting to prepare for his testimony. Chip Somodevilla/Getty If the judicial branch of the federal government wasn’t keeping the Trump administration busy enough as it struggled to undo its family separation policy, the legislative branch had questions about the Trump-made disaster, too. On a summer Saturday, June 28, 2018, a select group of interagency officials gathered to prepare for a hearing called by the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee had called before it five administration officials: Matthew Albence, the executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who had advocated for family separations since the earliest days of the administration; Commander White, who had done the exact opposite and was now in charge of reunification efforts; Carla Provost, the chief of the Border Patrol, whose agents carried out the separations; James McHenry, the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, representing the Department of Justice, which initiated the zero tolerance policy; and Jennifer Higgins, the associate director of the Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency responsible for asylum claims. They were participating in a “murder board,” what they called a practice session in which they would be peppered with hypothetical questions they would hear from senators. The gathering went about as well as you could expect, given the tension among the officials. Part of the team questioning the soon-to-be witnesses were Katie Waldman, the Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, and her boss, Jonathan Hoffman, the assistant secretary for public affairs at DHS. Hoffman’s counterpart from HHS was also there, Judy Stecker, the assistant secretary for public affairs, as was Brian Stimson, the principal deputy general counsel for the department. The group walked through the lead-up, implementation, and aftermath of the policy. But one question in particular caused the room to explode: Was separation harmful to children? Commander White, who had long warned of the impacts of separation on children, as had the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, made it clear he believed it was. If asked, he would stick to the scientific facts. Waldman suggested a line that was straight out of the Koch brothers’ climate denial playbook: “There’s no reason to think, or way to know, that separations were harmful to children.” White couldn’t believe it. “I cannot give that answer under oath because it would be perjury.” Stimson, the Health and Human Services lawyer, jumped in. Commander White, he told the DHS flacks, was his “star witness” in the Ms. L. case “and you’re pressuring him to give this answer under oath?” Waldman, Hoffman, Stimson, and Stecker started screaming at one another. After the blowup, Waldman approached Commander White and, as she had done to me on several occasions, used one of her favorite pejoratives. “I’m sure you’re a bleeding heart liberal.” That set Commander White off. “Ms. Waldman, you should save that attitude for journalists. You literally traumatized these kids. Why don’t you go peddle your story to people who don’t work in immigration.” Hoffman, looking out for his department and personal interests, interjected. “Where are your loyalties?” he asked White, using a line that could have come from President Trump. “I swore to protect the Constitution as a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. Under oath I’ll answer truthfully,” he shot back. The following Tuesday, he did. At the hearing, ICE’s Matthew Albence described his agency’s family detention facilities as “more like a summer camp,” an absurd comparison by any stretch of the imagination. Senator Richard Blumenthal, the Democrat from Connecticut, asked the five assembled witnesses, sworn under oath, “Did any member of this panel say to anyone, ‘Maybe this isn’t such a good idea’?” The room sat in silence for four seconds, until Blumenthal looked at Commander White, asking him to speak. “During the deliberative process over the previous year, we raised a number of concerns in the ORR program about any policy which would result in family separation,” White admitted, “due to concerns we had about the best interest of the child as well as about whether that would be operationally supportable with the bed capacity we had.” White leaned back in his chair, his hands folded in his lap as Blumenthal responded slowly. “Now, I’m gonna translate that into what I would call layman’s language. You told the administration that kids would suffer as a result. That pain would be inflicted, correct?” As he promised Waldman and Hoffman at the murder board, White didn’t mince words, and he told the truth. “Separation of children from their parents entails significant risk of harm to children.” “Well, it’s traumatic for any child separated from his or her parents,” Blumenthal said as White nodded. “Am I correct? I say that as a parent of four children.” “There’s no question. There’s no question that separation of children from parents entails significant potential for traumatic psychological injury to the child.” Days later, in the early morning hours of August 4, Stephen Miller responded to an email chain about DACA, emailing a Bloomberg article containing that key piece of White's testimony to Kelly, pointing out to the Chief of Staff what Commander White had said: Separately, this was the witness HHS sent to the hearing— "A Trump administration official said Tuesday he warned for months about the potential for harm to migrant children if they were separated from their parents before the administration launched its "zero tolerance" border policy earlier this year. "There is no question that separation of children from parents entails significant potential for traumatic psychological injury to the child," Commander Jonathan White, a Health and Human Services official who led the agency's family reunification efforts, told the Senate Judiciary Committee." Sent from my iPhone Earlier that month, federal Judge Dana Sabraw of United States District Court for the Southern District of California, who ordered the Trump administration to reunite separated families, had spoken glowingly of Commander White from the bench. “The observation I would make is that Commander White is exactly the person that is needed. And I’m very appreciative that you are here, the way you have explained this process. There is no question that you understand the context of this case, the undisputed facts that have led to this difficult situation,” the judge surmised. “The responsibility of the government and HHS to make it right through reunification, in a safe and efficient manner. I have every confidence you are the right person to do this. When I hear your testimony and I look at the plan, it provides a great deal of comfort.” After Miller's email to Kelly, White remained on the job, coordinating the federal response to reunite the thousands of children and parents taken from each other, a task that continues to this day. Katie Waldman, the DHS spokeswoman who pressured White in the murder board session, later left DHS to become the Communications Director for Vice President Mike Pence. She married Stephen Miller in February 2020.
  12. it is because he was walking off after the altercation. the kid was a thug. yes he assaulted the cop. but he quit fighting and was walking off. the kid should be in prison and not dead. that is the point. we get too damn blood thirsty in this country. the cop got his butt kicked and revenge killed him. he was walking away and unarmed when he was shot. and if my memory was right that is why the cop was fired.
  13. i remember when hannity had a lib partner on the show with him. alan something. hannity was so rude i quit watching. well that and his downright lies..............