[Discussion] Hope to Remember The Trump Administration Thread as being 'transparent and honest'

Let's follow and discuss what our newest presidential administration gets up to, the good, the bad, the lawsuits, and the many many indictments.

ranalin wrote:

I'm assuming that if only I knew the language this would fit perfectly in the context of this conversation. It's much more fun than the alternative that it's simply the wrong thread.

Report: Brett Kavanaugh racked up thousands in debt buying baseball tickets

It's cool though guys:

The White House says his friends paid him back and he stopped buying tickets.

The Hammonds were flown from prison back to their home in Burns, Oregon on a private plane.

That plane was owned by Lucas Oil Products dba Lucas Cattle Co. which is in turn owned by Forrest Lucas, a Indiana truck driver turned multi-hundred millionaire petroleum product manufacturer. In 2008 Lucas paid $121 million for the rights to name the Indianapolis Colts' stadium for 20 years.

Lucas is also the founder of Protect the Harvest, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit which, according to its website, is dedicated to fighting "radical" organizations, like "animal rights groups and anti-farming extremists." Protect the Harvest "has primarily been known for [its] strong stance on animal regulation, actively opposing attempts to limit or monitor mistreatment of pets and livestock with laws that would, for example, establish minimum spacing for hen cages or veal calf pens, crack down on puppy mills, or prevent intentional mutilation of Tennessee walking horses."

Another thing Protect the Harvest doesn't like is the government owning public lands and telling ranchers and farmers what they can or can't do. The nonprofit hosts "Range Rights" conferences and streamed symposiums to promote this idea.

And through that we get the intersection of Lucas, Protect the Harvest, and the Hammonds.

Six months ago Protect the Harvest started working with US Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) in an effort to get the White House to consider granting the Hammonds clemency.

Lucas himself personally worked his close personal friend, former Indiana Governor now current Vice President Mike Pence. The two are so close that when Pence flew to Indianapolis in October 2017 to watch the Colts play at Lucas Oil Stadium--and to tweet a photo about how he was upset about football players kneeling during the National Anthem before leaving in a huff--he first took a bunch of photos with Lucas and Dave Duquette, another of Lucas's close friends and the national strategic planner for Protect the Harvest.

In addition to working Pence, Lucas also worked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke--a job which, f*ck me, the Trump transition team heavily considered giving to Lucas--and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, whose top adviser is a former employee of Lucas’s.

If this swamp-soaked story wasn't enough there are also reports from one of the III%ers involved in the Malheur takeover that Protect the Harvest provided material support to the Bundy's and the rest of the militants.

Guess I am never buying or for commending Lucas oil again.

Looks like I picked a good year to quit the NFL for life.

NathanialG wrote:

Report: Brett Kavanaugh racked up thousands in debt buying baseball tickets

It's cool though guys:

The White House says his friends paid him back and he stopped buying tickets.

Who, exactly were his friends? And who the heck spends roughly his entire year's salary on baseball tickets? And, apparently, this isn't the first time he's racked up big debts. I mean, it may very well be perfectly innocent. But it still sounds pretty weird.

Yeah, who pays your debts is a pretty big fact that people will want to know. And with his history, you Mueller's team is already following that money trail.

Gremlin wrote:
NathanialG wrote:

Report: Brett Kavanaugh racked up thousands in debt buying baseball tickets

It's cool though guys:

The White House says his friends paid him back and he stopped buying tickets.

Who, exactly were his friends? And who the heck spends roughly his entire year's salary on baseball tickets? And, apparently, this isn't the first time he's racked up big debts. I mean, it may very well be perfectly innocent. But it still sounds pretty weird.

I think they misspelled "loan shark"

thrawn82 wrote:
Gremlin wrote:
NathanialG wrote:

Report: Brett Kavanaugh racked up thousands in debt buying baseball tickets

It's cool though guys:

The White House says his friends paid him back and he stopped buying tickets.

Who, exactly were his friends? And who the heck spends roughly his entire year's salary on baseball tickets? And, apparently, this isn't the first time he's racked up big debts. I mean, it may very well be perfectly innocent. But it still sounds pretty weird.

I think they misspelled "loan shark"

You don't need knee caps or fingers to make SCOTUS decisions.

Hobear wrote:
thrawn82 wrote:
Gremlin wrote:
NathanialG wrote:

Report: Brett Kavanaugh racked up thousands in debt buying baseball tickets

It's cool though guys:

The White House says his friends paid him back and he stopped buying tickets.

Who, exactly were his friends? And who the heck spends roughly his entire year's salary on baseball tickets? And, apparently, this isn't the first time he's racked up big debts. I mean, it may very well be perfectly innocent. But it still sounds pretty weird.

I think they misspelled "loan shark"

You don't need knee caps or fingers to make SCOTUS decisions.

That's what clerks are for.

But Scott Pruit said that low level workers were the ones that were supposed to pay your debts to start out with?

North Korean officials a no-show for meeting about U.S. troop remains

WaPo wrote:

North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.

The two sides had been expected to meet at the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone and discuss the return of U.S. troop remains from the 1950-1953 war — an arrangement the State Department had announced after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang last Friday and Saturday.

On Thursday, however, Department of Defense and United Nations Command officials were left waiting in the DMZ’s Joint Security Area. The expected North Korean officials never arrived, according to the official who requested anonymity as he was not permitted to talk publicly about the event.

“We were ready,” the official said. “It just didn’t happen. They didn’t show.”

Of course Trump has been telling folks at his rallies that the remains of American soldiers have already been returned and spent today tweeting about a letter Kim sent that praised him rather than pressuring the North Korean government to fulfill their promise.

I think that no one told him is equally possible as him lying.

Man, just think of how disappointed all those parents are now.

Some highlights from this weekend.

In regards to the Russian attacks on the election:

Mr. Trump appeared to blame Mr. Obama for allowing the attacks to occur. “Certainly, I’ll be asking about it, but again, this was during the Obama administration,” he said. “They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration.”
...
“We had much better defenses,” Mr. Trump told CBS, suggesting that the Russians could not hack the Republican National Committee. “I think the D.N.C. should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked.”

Concerning his upcoming meeting with Putin:

“Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia, over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn’t good enough — that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!” Mr. Trump said in a pair of tweets. “Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people.”
...
Mr. Morgan eventually brought up Mr. Putin, asking whether Mr. Trump considered him a ruthless dictator.

“I assume he probably is,” Mr. Trump replied, adding, “I think we could probably get along very well.”

Regarding global paranoia and misunderstanding of trade:

Asked during the CBS interview whom he considered to be his biggest foe globally, Mr. Trump named the European Union, citing “what they do to us on trade.” He added: “Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe. Russia is a foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly a foe.”

Is anyone else impressed that Trump could name two Russian cities?

H.P. Lovesauce wrote:

Is anyone else impressed that Trump could name two Russian cities?

Not when his talking points are given to him by Russian handlers.

thrawn82 wrote:
H.P. Lovesauce wrote:

Is anyone else impressed that Trump could name two Russian cities?

Not when his talking points are given to him by Russian handlers.

Trump didn't write those, someone else did. I saw an article on it earlier this morning.

It is still a little amazing to me that we have a president openly calling the media an enemy of the people and it’s just a side note.

'Piers Morgan eventually brought up Mr. Putin, asking whether Mr. Trump considered him a ruthless dictator.

“I assume he probably is,” Mr. Trump replied, adding, “I think we could probably get along very well.”'

I just... I mean, I can't even... GAH.

obirano wrote:

It is still a little amazing to me that we have a president openly calling the media an enemy of the people and it’s just a side note.

Yeah, man. It’s so depressing.

When I was young and read 1984 I used to comfort myself with the knowledge that the main mode of totalitarianism was being fought constantly by politicians in America. I didn’t agree with them about US politics, but I felt secure in the knowledge that we’d never reach a place like today.

Now the very same party that claimed to value truth and the Bill of Rights has failed this country completely. Their failure might result in the curtain of fascism falling on the previously enlightened West.

Reporter: Mr President, you blamed the US for the bad relationship with Russia. Is there anything specific that Russia is at fault for the bad relationship.

Trump: Of course we are all to blame. Especially Hillary Clinton. I beat her.

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Maybe this should've been posted in the satirical videos thread, but I don't have the heart to search for it right now. I didn't laugh once while watching this video, but that's not a reflection on the jokes being bad. It's a reflection on how I'm feeling about how f*cking low the US has sunk in two years under this president.

Putin tells him he didn't meddle with the election and our president apparently believes him wholeheartedly. Meanwhile he spent 5 years before being elected not accepting the word of our then president about being born in the United States.

Yeah, man. It's bad.

Find your local political group and start knocking on doors. Very few months left until the 2018 elections and we're not going to get anywhere waiting for an investigation to replace trump with pence, that's not really even a victory.

It's as bad as it's ever been. We need to get out there and make sure people have access to the right to vote and are armed with information. If not us, who?

Satirical news show clips

D&D Videos

You should visit D&D videos. The latest video I posted there may lift your spirits a bit.

I.R.S. Will No Longer Force Kochs and Other Groups to Disclose Donors

NYT wrote:

The Trump administration will end a longstanding requirement that certain nonprofit organizations disclose the names of their large donors to the Internal Revenue Service, a move that will allow some political groups to shield their sources of funding from government scrutiny.

The change, which has been long sought by conservatives and Republicans in Congress, will affect labor unions, social clubs and, most notably, many political groups like the National Rifle Association and the Koch network’s Americans for Prosperity, which collect what is known as “dark money.”

Treasury officials said the reporting change would protect privacy and reduce compliance costs for nonprofits, and that the I.R.S. could still request donor information from groups in the rare event that it was needed for tax scrutiny.

“Americans shouldn’t be required to send the I.R.S. information that it doesn’t need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the I.R.S. simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in a statement on Monday evening.

But critics denounced the measure, saying it increases the likelihood of illegal donations from both domestic and foreign contributors.

“There’s a lot to this administrative rule under the semblance of reducing paperwork,” said Steven Rosenthal, at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center in Washington. “It adds another layer of opaqueness to the tax-exempt funding.”

Political nonprofits will still have to collect the information, but will not be required to turn it over to the government unless they are audited.

Previously, nonprofits such as unions and organizations classified as 501(c)(4) groups were required to report to the government the names of donors who contributed more than $5,000 in the span of a year. That information was redacted on the publicly viewable forms the groups file annually, though amounts of donations remain visible.

Nonprofits that exist primarily to influence political campaigns, including so-called 501(c)(3) and 527 organizations, will still be required to report the names of large donors, as will charities that accept tax-deductible contributions.

I'm sure this has nothing to do with the high level Russian agent who got in trouble for funding the NRA.

Remember the last time a red-headed female Russian spy got caught and we all found the story adorable?

Rat Boy wrote:

Remember the last time a red-headed female Russian spy got caught and we all found the story adorable?

Wait, wasn't she trans and asian? Clearly she had quite the agenda to destroy American pop culture from the inside.