Dear President Trump:No I am not tired of winning

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For all the kicking and screaming and tantrums of the “Educated Left”, they are now chowing down on a massive meal of CROW. The rabid NeverTrumpers ranted and raved on how “Literally Hitler” was “pushing us towards a nuclear war because of his stupidity”…

DONALD Trump has been credited for the return of North Korea and South Korea to the negotiating table for the first time in two years

North Korea also agreed to restore a military hotline communication channel with South Korea, according to chief South Korean delegate Cho Myoung-gyon.

Two solid years and now they come back to the table. Might have something to do with a certain President whose wife doesnt have his balls in a jar.

Tired of winning yet?

Not me.

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  1. 1
    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Two solid years and now they come back to the table. Might have something to do with a certain President whose wife doesnt have his balls in a jar.

    Not possible. Der Fubar never had any balls to put in a jar in the first place.
    :em07:

  2. 2
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    :em05:

    Not possible. Der Fubar never had any balls to put in a jar in the first place.

    Cant say as its true or not, but rumour says he doesnt…and she does. :em05:

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    Retired Spook growls and barks:

    Had a friend, who had a big Chesapeake Bay retriever. The dog was strong as a bull, and the best retriever I’ve ever seen, but his good behavior was based on what he calculated was the likelihood that his owner could run him down and wear his ass out if he screwed up. If he thought he was somewhere where his owner couldn’t get to him, he’d do whatever the hell he wanted. The closer the owner was, and the more solid the ground was, the better the dog behaved.

    Apparently, that principal also applies to whacko fat-boy dictators.

  4. 4
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Should I remind you that one of those solid years was the current imbecile?

    The current PRESIDENT is the one who actually made this happen, jackass.

    Obumboy had EIGHT YEARS and did fuck all.

  5. 5
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Secondly, what is it exactly that Donald do here? From what I can see, this all happened in SPITE of Trump.

    Well he didnt do this for a start:

    The fact he didnt knuckle under. The fact that when Kim made threats the US didnt drop out, the fact that sanctions were not only placed but enforced, the fact that the President let China know they had been CAUGHT illegally selling oil to Kim, the pressure he put on them to intercede and the fact he made Kim well aware that force would be met with force.

    China has apparently been secretly selling oil to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions and its own promises to drastically curb trade with the country.

    A report from South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo on Tuesday said that US spy satellite images show that Chinese ships have transferred oil to North Korean ships in the West Sea around 30 times since October, citing unnamed government sources in the South Korean government. A report from the Financial Times on Wednesday confirmed the story with other diplomatic officials in the regio

    No two guesses as to who ordered those released. Or why. NK is a buffer state under China’s influence.

    You didnt know?

    Your TDS is showing and its getting more than a little PATHETIC.

  6. 6
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Oh and heres another policy failure the current President has to try and fix

    https://www.majorityleader.gov/2015/07/22/21-reasons-iran-deal-bad-deal/

    The Iran deal

    Though the deal was originally being negotiated to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, in its final form the agreement would allow just that when it sunsets in 10-15 years.

    This deal will accelerate regional nuclear proliferation. Saudi leaders for instance have said that this deal is worse than the nuclear pact former President Bill Clinton made with North Korea.

    Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said this deal will give Iran “hundreds of billions of dollars to fuel their terror and military regime.”

    Sanctions relief isn’t tied to Iran complying with the deal, meaning Iran gets massive amounts of relief before they’ve demonstrated strict adherence.

    And the money can’t be taken back once Iran gets it.

    That relief can be used to expand Iran’s malign and destabilizing influence in the region that has exacerbated sectarian conflict.

    The money can also be used to further fund Iran’s terrorist proxies like Hamas, Hezbollah, Assad, and Houthis in Yemen.

    In fact, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Iran will not change its anti-American policy.

    To enforce the deal, world powers must first know if Iran violated the deal but that is an unclear process that can be delayed for weeks while Iran would be able to hide and obfuscate banned activities.

    Iran doesn’t have to come clean on its past nuclear activity, leaving world powers little ability to verify future illegal advances.

    Iran’s foreign minister interprets the deal very differently than the Obama Administration does.

    For example, he believes that the scale of foreign investments would effectively prevent the world from re-imposing sanctions on Iran, making the “snapback” provision of the deal effectively meaningless.

    He also said that Iran could deny inspectors access to nuclear and military sites under the deal.

    He also said that Iran would not be violating the deal if it broke the UN resolution prohibiting the purchase of conventional arms and missiles because the arms embargo is implicitly out of the scope of the nuclear agreement.

    Even if Iran adheres to the arms embargo, the embargo is lifted in 5 years, giving Iran access not only to conventional arms to further fuel terrorism and their drive for regional dominancy.

    In 8 years, the missile ban will be removed, allowing Iran to acquire missiles that could carry nuclear payloads.

    The Obama Administration pushed for the UN to vote on the deal in an attempt to jam Americans and their elected representatives before they’ve even had a chance to review the deal.

    Iran will be allowed to conduct advanced research and development that will pave the way for centrifuges that are modern and efficient. They will be able to enrich huge amounts of Uranium that will shorten their breakout time for a bomb.

    The deal also provides sanctions relief to Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, who is a designated terrorist who is responsible for the deaths of at least 500 U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    On top of that, the deal lifts sanctions on two Iranian atomic scientists who worked on Iran’s illegal nuclear program and a nuclear proliferator who has previously helped smuggle nuclear components.

    The murderous Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called this deal a “great victory” and congratulated Iran on their achievement.

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    LCBrendan says:

    The current PRESIDENT is the one who actually made this happen, jackass.

    Exactly. Just remember, D.J. Allyn is a master of “Devil’s Advocacy”. Most of what sounds batsh!t crazy to most is, in reality, principally a wind up.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LCBrendan says:

    The current PRESIDENT is the one who actually made this happen, jackass.

    Much like some Prozis are currently trying to make the point that the current boom of our economy (after 8 years of 1-1.5% growth) is entirely due to the “Light Bringer’s” brilliant policies finally kicking in, just as His LIghtyness had planned all along.

    Funny how the Utopia of Next Tuesday™ always seems to kick in after the previous Prozi leaves office, isn’t it?

  9. 9
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Heres a SMALL list of TeH Wun’s™ failures

    The Obama administration has been marred by debt, scandals, foreign policy failures, and an overall fragmentation of this country. He has plunged the United States into an abyss of economic debt that will create generations of American servitude paying off his wayward spending endeavors. The Red, White and Blue’s epitaph will read like a litany of failures perpetrated on both the American people and the world by this president:

    Scandals:

    IRS targets Obama’s enemies

    Benghazi

    Spying on the AP

    The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme

    Sebelius demands payment

    The Pigford Agriculture Department Scandal

    The General Services Administration Las Vegas Spending Spree.

    Veterans Affairs in Disney World and neglecting vets

    Solyndra

    New Black Panthers Voter Intimidation

    The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer

    Obama’s LIES about the Affordable Care Act

    “I’ll Pass My Own Laws”

    NSA Spying on American People

    Foreign Policy

    Lack of solidarity with Israel

    Disaster with the Arab Spring

    Crimea

    Leaving Iraq too soon and letting ISIS take over

    Handling of Syrian Red Line

    Calling ISIS “JV”

    Failing to Recognize ISIS as a Radical (or Devout) Muslim Movement

    Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits

    Lack of Confidence by NATO nations

    Signing a Disastrous Nuclear Deal with the Mullahs of Ira

    Paid $5 Billion & Released 5 Taliban Prisoners For Deserter Bergdahl

    Waging war by attacking Libya without Congressional approval

    Allowed the building of Chinese bases in the South China Sea and off the coast of Somalia at the entrance to the gulf of Aden

    14. Paying ransom to Iranian for hostages- and using foreign currency in unmarked plane

    15. Lying about paying ransom (which media ignored!)

    16. Pays tribute to Japanese at Hiroshima on US Memorial Day

    17. Obama trashed America 18 times on Asian Tour

    Domestic Policy

    Failure to secure the Border

    Illegals bringing guns, drug and diseases through the southern border

    Bowe Bergdahl swap

    Passing on the keystone pipeline

    9 Trillion dollars more in debt

    Vast expansion of government

    Racial Division at all-time high

    Inviting Bomb Boy Ahmed to White House

    Disrespect for Cops

    Failed economic stimulus plan

    Constant disregard for the Constitution and tyrannical rule

    China overtook America as world’s largest economy

    Double Downgrade

    Housing policies failed to stop foreclosures

    Price of healthcare has drastically risen for those purchasing it

    Education policies failed to curb college costs

    Highest percentage of Americans on Food Stamps and Medicaid

    Record 92,898,000 Americans over 16 years not working

    Lowest Labor Force participation rate of 62.7%

    Denying the notion of American Exceptionalism

    Securing the Olympics for Chicago in 2016

    Naming numerous Communists/Socialists/Progressives to Czar Positions

    Mismanagement and cover up of Terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, California

    Mismanagement of Gulf Oil Spill

    Disastrous Vetting Process of “Immigrants” from Muslim Nations

    Refusing to Listen to CIA/FBI that there is no way to properly vet certain immigrants from Muslim nations

    27. Fort Hood Shooting

    28. Colorado EPA Disaster

    29. Veto of 911 Crime Bill- which was overturned

    30. Worst economic recovery since the depression with anemic GDP numbers

    31. Over 94 million Americans out of the workforce

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/27/obama-backed-green-energy-failures-leave-taxpayers/

    Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2.2 billion in expected costs from the federal government’s energy loan guarantee programs, according to a new audit Monday that suggests the controversial projects may not pay for themselves, as officials had promised.

    Nearly $1 billion in loans have already defaulted under the Energy Department program, which included the infamous Solyndra stimulus project and dozens of other green technology programs the Obama administration has approved, totaling nearly about $30 billion in taxpayer backing, the Government Accountability Office reported in its audit.

    The hefty $2.2 billion price tag is actually an improvement over initial estimates, which found the government was poised to face $4 billion in losses from the loan guarantees. But as the projects have come to fruition, they’ve performed better, leaving taxpayers with a shrinking — though still sizable — liability.

    “As of November 2014, DOE estimates the credit subsidy cost of the loans and loan guarantees in its portfolio — that is, the total expected net cost over the life of the loans — to be $2.21 billion, including $807 million for loans that have defaulted,” the GAO said in its report to Congress.

    The green program loan guarantees were created in a 2005 law and boosted by the 2009 stimulus. The first applications were approved in 2009, and through 2014 the Obama administration had issued some 38 loans and guarantees, covering 34 projects ranging from nuclear power plants to fuel-efficient vehicles to solar panels and wind-generation technology.

    You mentioned law enforcement.

    The guns have found their way north, too. A weapon owned by Nadir Soofi, one of the two Muslim terrorists who tried to shoot up Pamela Geller’s “Draw Muhammad” contest in Texas last May, was acquired through Fast and Furious

    You mentioned obstruction of justice

    While under questioning, Comey openly admitted that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server by referring to it as a quote “matter” rather than an investigation. While that itself may not appear problematic, it becomes a larger legal debacle with some additional context. On April 10th 2016, President Obama said the following on Fox News Sunday concerning the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server: “I continue to believe she has not jeopardized America’s national security.” The eleven-word quote by the former president can be deemed as obstruction of justice when grouped together with the actions of his appointed Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.

    oh and

    When asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” about Loretta Lynch pressuring Comey into downplaying the Clinton investigation, Feinstein responded with the following: “I think we need to know more about that. And there’s only one way to know about it and that’s to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that.” Feinstein (a democrat herself) sits on the Senate judiciary committee and seems to acknowledge just how serious this accusation toward the Obama administration really is.

    This is, btw the same Feinstein that you laud for the “release” of a dossier that stinks so highly of bullshit that even a herd of cows wont go near it.

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    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    LCBrendan says:

    The current PRESIDENT is the one who actually made this happen, jackass.

    Make WHAT happen? So the NorKs and SorKs sat down face-to-face the other day to iron out details on allowing the NorKs to enter their figure ice skating team in the Winter Olympics. In case you weren’t aware, they met in SPITE of Trump.

    If you think that the face time between the two countries is going to stop Un from firing off missiles and setting off more nuclear tests, then you really are delusional.

    LCBrendan says:

    Obumboy had EIGHT YEARS and did fuck all.

    Well, he didn’t start a nuclear war with China and Russia either.

    Which is exactly what we will end up with if we push this too far.

    ANY solution on the Korean Peninsula will require the approval of both Russia and China. If you manage to get your head out of your ass for a few moments you would realize that American interests and China interests for that region are diametrically opposed. China’s goals for that region is going to be a “China First” approach. They want the US completely out of that economic sphere. They are positioning themselves to completely control the economics of the entire Asia region, including Japan and South Korea.

    You have to ask yourself this question: Where is North Korea getting all of its missile technology from? Where is it getting the fuel to fire off their missiles. The answer is simple: They are getting support from both China and Russia, in spite of sanctions and Trump’s belligerent tweets.

    Emperor Misha I @ #10:

    AND

    LCBrendan @ #11:

    Both of you do realize that

    a) Obama hasn’t been president for over a year now;
    b) Hillary Clinton is no longer running for office; and
    c) Trump is the only one currently running the show.

    Obama and Clinton might as well be on a different planet right now for all they mean to anything. I have no interest in rehashing old shit that means absolutely nothing right now.

    I’ll check back in a couple of weeks or so. You can let me know then how well your boy has done. :em05:

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Make WHAT happen? So the NorKs and SorKs sat down face-to-face the other day to iron out details on allowing the NorKs to enter their figure ice skating team in the Winter Olympics. In case you weren’t aware, they met in SPITE of Trump.

    If you say so. Anyone else with three brain cells knows different.

    Well, he didn’t start a nuclear war with China and Russia either

    No one has..There isnt one. Did I miss a memo?

    Obama and Clinton might as well be on a different planet right now for all they mean to anything. I have no interest in rehashing old shit that means absolutely nothing right now.

    Pity they arent. We might get a lot more done. Mind you it’s a great idea in principle.

    If, eight years ago, we had sent them both off to Mars, think of all the problems we wouldnt have now.

    Sometimes you do make sense, Allyn.

    Rarely, if ever, but now and then, you do have your moments.

  12. 12
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Actually, Allyn, putting aside whether or not he said it, the fact is that, even if he did say it, guess what..he is saying what a lot of people have been thinking for a very long time.

    “Racist” is a garbage label thrown at anyone who dares ask questions about the wisdom of importing thousands of “refugees” – read as”illegal ECONOMIC immigrants” – when quite frankly, there are issues enough at home to warrant the question.

    Maybe it is about time the US looked inward.

    The job of the US President is to look after the well being of his own citizens. Not some broke dick third world hellhole like Venezuela that has shit in its own nest and whose people are starving thanks to the – again – utterly FAILED – policies of the Chavez regime that took an oil rich nation that should be an economic powerhouse and flushed it down the toilet.

    Fuck the UN, fuck their policies, for a body that doesnt want the US to be the “world policeman”, they sure seem to have a hard on for the US to shoulder burdens they wont accept.

    Half a million homeless, Allyn.

    Last year 1.56 million people, or about 0.5% of the U.S. population, used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. Around 44% of homeless people were employed.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night.

    FORTY THOUSAND veterans who served their nation are homeless, Allyn. FORTY THOUSAND.

    How about the President takes the money and resources for these “refugees” and sees to it these vets get health care, housing and employment. Shouldnt THEY be the priority?

    Two-thirds of homeless Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in one major sample had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — a much higher rate than in earlier cohorts of homeless veterans, who have PTSD rates between 8 percent and 13 percent, according to a study in press in the journal Administration and Policy …

    Many veterans fall into homelessness or poverty because the skills they learned in the military aren’t transferable for the civilian workforce. Post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, and substance abuse contribute to problems that lead to homelessness or risk of homelessness for veterans.Jun 17, 2015

    Veterans in the western states of Montana, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico have the highest suicide rates in the country at 60 per 100,000 individuals, according to new data from a study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), ABC News reported. This is compared to the national average of 38.4 per 100,000 individuals.

    The western region of the U.S. had the highest overall rate in the country, at 45.5 per 100,000 individuals. Female veterans were found to be 2.5 times more likely than female civilians to commit suicide, whereas men were only 19 percent more likely than male civilians

    https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2951

    Findings show there is variability across the nation in the rates and numbers of deaths by suicide among Veterans. Overall, the Veteran rates mirror those of the general population in the geographic region, with the highest rates in Western states. While we see higher rates of suicide in some states with smaller populations, most Veteran suicides are still in the heaviest populated areas.

    The suicide rate among middle-age and older adult Veterans remains high. In 2014, approximately 65 percent of all Veterans who died by suicide were age 50 or older.

    After adjusting for differences in age and sex, risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adults. After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 19 percent higher among male Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult men. After adjusting for differences in age, risk for suicide was 2.5 times higher among female Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult women.

    President Trump has laid his finger on a problem that, again, to this day goes unaddressed.

    The message is the same one as his campaign.

    AMERICA FIRST.

    Charity begins at home.

  13. 13
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Yet they still can’t get anything done.

    They have gotten a lot done….they will get a lot more done when they arent sidelined by a politically motivated BS “investigation” into “Russian collusion:that as yet has ZERO PROOF of any wrongdoing..

  14. 14
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    LCBrendan @ #:5

    Obumboy had EIGHT YEARS and did fuck all.

    Bush the Lesser was pretty useless with respect to the Norks, too.

  15. 15
    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Bush the Lesser was pretty useless with respect to the Norks, too.

    Agreed,

    My point is this:

    This “racist:”slur is thrown at anyone who DARES question immigration policy,.

    I have my own doubts about who we take in as well and why. As an Australian, or an American, as a citizen it is a fucking RIGHT to ask if what our government is doing is in the best interests of their CITIZENS, who by rights should be provided for FIRST.

    Yes or no, Allyn?

  16. 16
    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Well, I remember the DPRK testing nukes during Obama’s administration, so clearly they weren’t too worried about the US. A few days ago Kim Jong Un blustered that he has a button on his desk with which to launch a nuclear attack. Trump responded that he also has one, it’s bigger, and it actually works.
    When some spoiled child makes a threat, and someone else counter-threats, someone whom they KNOW isn’t bluffing, said spoiled child back-pedals and makes nice. Kim, J. U. is a spoiled child, but he’s quite aware that he can become a radioactive footnote if he pisses the wrong parties off. Ant, meet boot.

    As for China, they’re none too happy that Fatty McCrazy is their neighbor. But he’s the one they have, and they have to make it work. As for nuclear technology, the DPRK has plenty of people smart enough to figure this stuff out without help from China, whom THEY don’t like too much, either. Either way, that genie’s out of the bottle, so.

    The whole deal is: NOBODY wants a lunatic with nukes starting a war on a piece of real estate BORDERING China, with easy warm-water access to the Pacific, the shallow bathtub Yellow Sea, and Russia’s only warm-water port just a hop and a skip up the coast. Plus, Khavarosk is also ‘way too close for Russians to be comfortable with even short-range nuke-capable missiles.

    Trump called Kim’s bluff. Kim knows Trump has a royal flush, and Kim’s looking at his own Jack-high hand …

  17. 17
    DJ Allyn, MPSE growls and barks:

    LCBrendan says:

    Actually, Allyn, putting aside whether or not he said it, the fact is that, even if he did say it, guess what..he is saying what a lot of people have been thinking for a very long time.

    Hey stupid? There isn’t a question as to whether he said it or not — HE DID. All this pretending he didn’t or calling it ‘fake news’ only continues to illustrate how fucking ignorant you are.

    As far as “a lot of people” thinking in these terms? That “lot” would be a distinct minority here in the States. We used to call them the ‘fringe’ here, but Trump has been trying to mainstream racists and bigots with very little success.

    In another thread you were making a big deal out of some texts that FBI agent Peter Strzok wrote about Donald Trump. It might surprise you to learn that the majority of Americans — two out of three, if not more — agree with virtually everything Strzok wrote in his texts about Trump.

    I mean if you want to talk about what “a lot of people are thinking…”

    LCBrendan says:

    “Racist” is a garbage label thrown at anyone who dares ask questions about the wisdom of importing thousands of “refugees” – read as”illegal ECONOMIC immigrants” – when quite frankly, there are issues enough at home to warrant the question.

    You might have an argument if we were only talking about this one statement about ‘shitholes’. But there is a LONG history of Donald Trump’s racism and bigotry that predates his foray into politics. I lived and worked in New York for several years in the 80s and 90s. We were quite familiar with “The Donald” and his tabloid antics. There is a reason why Trump lost his home state by a mile, and it has nothing to do with political affiliations.

    In 1973, he was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for housing discrimination against black renters.

    In 1989, and maintaining as late as 2016, that a group of black and Latino teenagers were guilty of raping a white woman in the 1989 Central Park jogger case even after, in 2002, Matias Reyes, a serial rapist in prison, confessed to raping the jogger alone, and DNA evidence confirmed his guilt.

    In 2011, he became the leading proponent of the already discredited conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the US, and he repeated the false claim for the next five years.

    Trump launched his 2016 presidential campaign with a speech in which he called Mexican immigrants “criminals and rapists”

    He attacked a federal judge who was hearing a case against him for being “Mexican”, and therefore “shouldn’t be allowed on the bench” hearing his case..

    He has tweeted fake statistics claiming that black Americans are responsible for the majority of murders of whites, and in speeches he has continually linked blacks with violent crime.

    During his presidency, comments he made following a Charlottesville, Virginia rally were seen by many as implying a moral equivalence between the white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them.

    I could go on. And on, and on. There are dozens of examples of Trump’s bigotry and racism. It isn’t just one or two isolated events, it is a lifelong pattern.

    LCBrendan says:

    Maybe it is about time the US looked inward.

    LOL! Perhaps you should take your own advice.

    LCBrendan says:

    Last year 1.56 million people, or about 0.5% of the U.S. population, used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. Around 44% of homeless people were employed.

    Oh great. An expert on the homeless in the US from a twit in Australia. Just what we need. When you cut and paste something like this, maybe you should quote the entire statement instead of just the sentence that tries to prove whatever point you have. Also, you should attribute the quote that you just plagiarized. (no worries, I posted the entire quote for you below)

    This isn’t unique to the US. You want to talk about “looking inward”, let’s look at Australia and YOUR homeless issues.

    Apparently, there are 105,237 homeless people in Australia in 2012 (the last known figures) Roughly 0.43% of YOUR population. The US, with 564,708 homeless people (2015) is roughly 0.18% of OUR population.

    It seems OUR numbers are much better than YOURS. So before you start throwing shade at others, try dealing with your own crap and keep your nose out of everyone else’s mess.

    I don’t deny that there isn’t a serious issue with homelessness here in the US. I am currently here in Seattle and I get to see it up front and central. It is a sign of FAILURE.

    It would be nice to be able to point at one thing as a cause for the homeless issue here. The problem is, there are several different causes that are happening at the same time and nobody seems to know what the fuck to do about it. There are hundreds of ‘experts’ who SAY they know what they are doing, but new tents are popping up every day around here.

    One of my ADR engineers is currently homeless. He doesn’t make enough money to be able to afford rent in the Puget Sound area. He’s living in a storage shed behind a church in Bellevue right now. He got into trouble a few years ago with tax debt, and the IRS is taking most of his money. So his is a financial one.

    But there are other causes of homelessness.

    DRUGS. With the opioid crisis in full bloom, the problem continues to get worse. Most of these addicts didn’t start with heroin, they started with a prescription. Doctors over prescribed opioids for every pain and ailment they could think of. The pharmaceutical reps were literally lying to doctors about how addictive these drugs are. As people got hooked, they started doctor shopping to keep a steady supply. Eventually, they exhausted the prescriptions and went to the cheaper heroin.

    So what are we doing about opioids? NOTHING. Jeff Sessions has decided that the evil marijuana is the problem, when in reality, marijuana might actually reduce the number of people hooked on opioids. Republicans are actively trying to gut the ACA, which provides funds for drug treatment programs.

    MENTAL ILLNESS. One of the major causes of homelessness is untreated mental illness. Union Gospel Mission (UGM) goes out into the different homeless encampments to try and get people out of the tents and into shelters and programs. Most of the homeless people refuse those services Many of them WANT to be out there in their tents.

    What are we doing about mental illness? NOTHING. If anything, Republicans continue to CUT funding for mental health. They have been attempting to gut the Affordable Heathcare Act which further reduces access to mental health treatment.

    LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. Seattle has the fastest growing economy in the US right now. We are the home to Boeing, Microshaft, and Amazon. We have a large (and growing) Google and FaceCrack presence here also. The median wage in Seattle is $80,000 compared with $59,039 nationwide. The number is so much higher because it is being artificially raised by the high-paying tech jobs coming here. Subtract the tech jobs paying $150k+ and the median wage would drop back to around $60k

    The problem is, there are only x-number of housing units available and everyone wants one. Houses that were going for $250k five years ago are now going for $800k The house I bought in West Seattle in 2004 for $380k could sell today for $1.2 million. (and I literally mean TODAY. If I were to list it today, it would probably sell TODAY)

    A one-bedroom apartment that went for $800 five years ago is now renting for $2500. Vacancies are very low. People are snapping them up as they become available.

    Remember when I said the median wage is currently $80,000? Almost half the people in the Puget Sound area are earning less than $40k. When you consider that housing should make up a third of your take-home income, that means there are almost half the people here who can only afford rents in the range of $950 a month. NOT $2500.

    New construction would normally increase housing inventory. Increased inventory would normally decrease rents. The problem is, they are tearing down cheaper housing and displacing lower income renters to build the more expensive units being filled with tech workers coming in from China and India.

    Ironically, some of the people building the new housing units are homeless themselves. That construction worker who used to make enough money to live a comfortable middle class life is no longer able to afford the high cost of living in Seattle.

    What are they doing about this? NOTHING.

    Misha posted a thread on the assinine sugar tax on drinks here in Seattle. That should give you an idea what we have to deal with when it comes to the homelessness mess here in the greater Puget Sound area. We have a LOT of high-paid “experts” on homelessness on the payroll in Seattle. Hell, we even have a “Homelessness Czar” that our former child-molesting mayor hired for $185k a year. Still, the problem grows.

    So basically, the Seattle Socialist government is not SOLVING the problem they are only allowing it to continue by actively doing NOTHING.

    There are homelessness “activists” who don’t want the city to go in and ‘sweep’ out the homeless encampments alongside and under our freeways, bridges, and overpasses. It’s “inhumane”, they wail.

    That’s just Seattle. Homelessness is everywhere, and not just in Socialist Seattle.

    But this homelessness is nothing new. We’ve been here before, numerous times. Homelessness emerged as a national issue in the 1870s during what is known as “the Gilded Age

    The last time we had 500,000 homeless people on the streets was during the Reagan Administration.

    Here is the rest of the quote that you posted here.

    The number of homeless people grew in the 1980s, as housing and social service cuts increased. After many years of advocacy and numerous revisions, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act in 1987—this remains the only piece of federal legislation that allocates funding to the direct service of homeless people. Over the past decades, the availability and quality of data on homelessness has improved considerably. About 1.56 million people, or about 0.5% of the U.S. population, used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. Homelessness in the United States increased after the Great Recession in the United States. — Wiki [emphasis mine to highlight the parts of the quote you ignored]

    Context means a lot.

    LCBrendan says:

    President Trump has laid his finger on a problem that, again, to this day goes unaddressed.

    Jesus. Well, kudos to Trump for “putting his finger on a problem” that everyone already knew. THAT is the easy part. Actually SOLVING the problem is the hard part. And yes, it continues to go unaddressed to this day, and there is ZERO effort on the part of the Trump administration in addressing it. If anything, the Trump administration is doing everything it can to make it even worse.

    I mean, while the socialists in the city of Seattle can’t seem to agree on what they can do and have instead chose to just throw $300 million at the problem over the past two years with worsening results, the Trump administration is doing everything it can to do away with programs that could actually help solve the problem.

    So while you sit there on the other side of the globe singing the praises of a president who is pretty much disengaged with just about everything, the reality is that Trump isn’t doing a damn thing.

    Which brings us all the way back around to my initial comment here:

    What is it exactly that Trump is doing?

    YOU think he is doing something. TRUMP thinks he has accomplished more than any other president alive. He’s taking credit for an economy that was already going gangbusters before he was elected. He’s taking credit for the stock market’s record rise, when in reality the stock market has been in a steady rise for several years now. What he is failing to tell you is that the stock market has rising at a lower rate than the other markets in the world.

    Wages still remain stagnant, while the cost of living rises. Remember all those Carrier jobs that Trump “saved” last year? I just saw on the news the other day that not only have all those jobs been sent down to Mexico, but an additional 1000 jobs have been eliminated.

    How about all those coal jobs that Trump was going to bring roaring back? With the falling prices of natural gas, and the rapidly shrinking number of coal-fired power plants in the US, the demand for coal is almost non-existent. Whatever coal is being produced here in the US is headed towards China and India. Which would be fine, except for one small problem:

    China and India are in overdrive building renewable energy power plants. They are going solar and wind powered. They are rapidly moving away from fossil fuels, and within the next five years they will have ZERO need for coal.

    Why is this important?

    Trump won ‘coal country’ with the promise of putting the coal miners back to work in the mines. Since the election, there have been less than 1000 new mining jobs. Now they are starting to lay them off again. If there is no demand for coal, then there is no need for coal miners. It’s pretty simple.

    Coal is today what buggy whips were in 1918. The people who bought into Trump’s lie about bringing back coal mining jobs are turning on him right now.

    Because he isn’t doing anything.

    That’s the entire point here: Trump ISN’T doing anything. You are touting all of his claims, but the reality is that Trump really isn’t doing anything but watch cable news and tweet out his opinions and call people names.

    The other day we got to learn about Trump’s actual ‘work’ schedule. Apparently, he has a lot of what he is calling “Executive Time”. Here is an example of his schedule for last Tuesday:

    0700-1100 Executive Time in residence
    1100-1115 Meeting with Chief of Staff John Kelly
    1115-1215 Executive Time
    1215-1315 Lunch in private dining room
    1315-1430 Executive Time
    1430-1515 Meeting with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.
    1515-1545 Executive Time
    1545-1615 Meeting with the head of Presidential Personnel Johnny DeStefano

    1615 – End of the official day.

    What does he do during his “Executive Time”? He watches cable news, tweets, and makes phone calls. So as far as doing ANYTHING constructive — it just isn’t happening. Or at least TRUMP isn’t doing anything constructive.

    So far, in the almost one year of his presidency, Trump has very little to show for it.

    He nominated an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court.
    He happened to be in office when the Congress passed their tax cuts, which he signed into law.

    Trump sure has been golfing a lot. Remember when he used to whine about Obama playing a few rounds of golf? I could post one of the video of Trump promising that he would NEVER go golfing as president, if you want. There are nineteen of those videos.

    As of this morning, Trump has golfed at least one round in 90 visits to his golf clubs. So far this year,he has cost us taxpayers $47,441,951. And that is JUST for his golfing. There was the $60 million that we spent to allow his wife and kid to maintain a separate residence just so we wouldn’t upset the private school of his son. The more likely reason is that Melania can’t stand being around Trump, but that is only speculation with some fairly interesting anecdotes.

    With the break up of the bromance between Trump and Steve Bannon, I am sure we are going to be seeing a LOT of revelations coming out about The Donald and what it is that he is actually doing in the White House. From all indications, it doesn’t appear that Trump is doing much of anything other than yelling at the TV and tweeting out his displeasure.

    LCBrendan says:

    They have gotten a lot done….they will get a lot more done when they arent sidelined by a politically motivated BS “investigation” into “Russian collusion:that as yet has ZERO PROOF of any wrongdoing..

    Okay. So TELL me what YOU think that Trump has accomplished.

    Ya know, it’s funny, but other presidents have had major investigations against them and they managed to continue on and get shit done. Clinton spent his entire term under investigation for a few hundred things that Republicans could dream up. Yet somehow he managed to get a LOT of things done. GW Bush spent some time being under investigation. HE managed to get things done. Even Richard Nixon managed to get a LOT done while being under investigation.

    Ronald Reagan also not only spent much of his term under investigation, but he also spent the last two years probably not remembering much of it. Yet he managed to get a lot done.

    This is what makes your comment so fucking idiotic: Trump enjoys a majority in both houses of Congress, and a Supreme Court with a Republican majority. The Republicans in Congress are NOT operating in what’s known as “regular order”, instead relying on some legislative tricks that only require a simple majority to pass, and yet Trump STILL can’t get anything done.

    Since 2011, when the Republicans took over the House, they have held over 100 votes to completely and cleanly repeal ObamaCare. Since the Republicans took the Senate in 2014, they’ve held at least twenty votes to repeal.

    Yet the moment they have a president who will sign just about anything put in front of him, they can’t seem to get there.

    If you think that Congress is going to do much of anything this year, you would be mistaken. Why? The mid-term elections are coming up. Historically, almost nothing gets passed in election years. They are all playing it safe for their re-election efforts.

    NEXT year, we will most likely end up with Democrats controlling at least one house of Congress if not both. Trump’s approval rating as of this morning is 39.2% (RCP) That means roughly two out of three people here disapprove of the guy. The numbers are even worse for Republican congresscritters.

    Then there is what normally happens in mid-term elections: the president’s party usually loses control of at least one house if not both in Congress. We are on track for a blowout in Congress in November.

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    There is a reason why Trump lost his home state by a mile, and it has nothing to do with political affiliations.

    New York electing anyone but a Democrat BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    In 1973, he was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for housing discrimination against black renters.

    “[The settlement] required the Trumps to place ads in newspapers saying that they welcomed black applicants,” Kranish says. “It said that the Trumps would familiarize themselves with the Fair Housing Act, which prohibited discrimination. So it also specifically said they don’t admit wrongdoing, but they did have to take several measures that the Trumps had fought for two years not to take.

    Yeah this was a bureacratic piece of garbage. Settled with no admission of guilt

    Trump launched his 2016 presidential campaign with a speech in which he called Mexican immigrants “criminals and rapists”

    They are

    On April 27, 2002, Ronald da Silva was standing with a friend in his driveway when he was shot and killed by an illegal alien who had been previously deported. The illegal alien was sentenced to 21 years in prison but will be released in 2020. Ronald da Silva’s mother, Agnes Gibboney, has made a powerful statement, “The guy that killed my son has a determinate sentence in prison but I have a lifetime sentence of grief and pain.” Since the tragedy occurred, Agnes has been on the front line pushing for immigration reform.

    Tessa Tranchant, 16, was killed on March 30, 2007 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Tessa and her friend, Ali Kunhardt, were sitting at a stoplight when Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien from Mexico who was intoxicated and speeding, rear-ended their car. Ramos had a history of prior convictions, but due to Virginia Beach’s sanctuary policies, he was never detained. He was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

    Apolinar Altamirano, an illegal alien from Mexico, murdered Grant Ronnebeck on January 22, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona. Ronnebeck was shot over a pack of cigarettes while he was working his shift at a convenience store. Altamirano was out on bond from a previous conviction while ICE determined whether he should be deported when he killed Ronnebeck.

    An illegal immigrant accused of killing a Marine and his date in a DUI crash last November pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday.Edwardo Morales-Soriano, 26, pleaded guilty to two counts of negligent manslaughter.

    Oh great. An expert on the homeless in the US from a twit in Australia.

    Facts speak for themselves, Mr Twit in Canada. BTW sunshine, as I have been posting and commenting here since I dont know, the late 90’s, why dont you take that straw man and shove it up your smelly Obama fellating rear end?

    Is that,.,.desperation..I hear, Allyn?

    Okay. So TELL me what YOU think that Trump has accomplished.

    Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate
    .
    Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.

    Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.

    Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.

    A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high.

    A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.

    A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.

    Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.

    Killing job-stifling regulations

    Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.

    Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.

    Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.

    Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.

    Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.

    Fair trade

    Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

    Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.

    Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.

    Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.

    Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.

    Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.

    Boosting U.S. energy dominance

    The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.

    Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.

    Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.

    Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

    EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.

    Protecting the U.S. homeland

    Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end “chain migration,” which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.

    Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.

    Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.

    Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.

    Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.

    Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.

    Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

    Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.

    Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.

    Added some 100 new immigration judges.

    Protecting communities

    Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.

    Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.

    Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.

    Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.

    Accountability

    Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

    Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.

    Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.

    Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.

    Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.

    Combatting opioids

    First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.

    His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.

    The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.

    Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.

    Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.

    The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.

    On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.

    Protecting life

    In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.

    Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.

    Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.

    Helping veterans

    Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs to
    fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.

    Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.

    Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.

    Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.

    Created a VA hotline.

    Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
    With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.

    Promoting peace through strength

    Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
    Worked to increase defense spending.

    Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.

    Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.

    Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.

    Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.

    Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.

    Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.

    Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.

    Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.

    NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.

    Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.

    Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.

    Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.

    Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.

    Restoring confidence in and respect for America

    Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.

    Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.

    He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.

    Traveled to Poland and on to Germany for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Oh and this is the best of them all

    9. Withdrawal from Paris climate agreement

    Trump’s decision in June to pull the U.S. out of a sweeping international climate pact drew some of the loudest and most pointed criticisms from his liberal detractors to date. Proponents of the climate deal claimed the U.S. would forever lose prestige in the global community if it walked away from the agreement, which former President Obama had negotiated without congressional input.

    But Trump ultimately followed through on a campaign promise to withdraw from the agreement despite objections from several of his closest advisers. The internal negotiations pitted his daughter and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, against some of his more populist advisers, such as then-chief strategist Steve Bannon and EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

    The outcome of the battle behind closed doors in the West Wing was viewed at the time as a major victory for the nationalist wing of the White House staff, which had counseled Trump not to cave under pressure to soften his hardline position on the Paris deal by simply criticizing it or offering to renegotiate it.

    Note

    If carried out, the energy regulations agreed to in Paris by the Obama administration would destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, harm American manufacturing, and destroy $2.5 trillion in gross domestic product by the year 2035.

    and

    In climate negotiations leading up to the Paris conference, participants called for a Green Climate Fund that would collect $100 billion per year by 2020.

    Can anyone here spell “UN slush fund?”

    The Obama administration ended up shipping $1 billion in taxpayer dollars to this fund without authorization from Congress.

    Then listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:

    “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.

    So what is the goal of environmental policy?

    “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

    Oh and as for RCP? As I seem to recall they declared Hillary the winner before the election. Not a good source to use..there is only one poll that matters…and it wont be for another couple of years in November.

    The end.

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    This blog seems in danger of becoming “The DJ Allyn Show.”

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    LC Thresher growls and barks:

    LC Xystus says:

    This blog seems in danger of becoming “The DJ Allyn Show.”

    No kidding. I can safely assume now that whenever there are more than a handful of comments on a post, it is a Loyal Citizen responding to some asinine retardation from DJ.

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    Special Ed growls and barks:

    Holy schmoley DJ, Here’s an opponent as long-winded as you! Keep up the good work, Valued Opponent!
    (Vancouver, really? Hie thee to an island of the same name, forthwith! Victoria is B-E-A-utiful!