Trump’s Worst Day

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, January 26th, 2019 - 141 comments
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Pear shaped President Donald Trump has had a pear shaped day.

Before dawn, armed FBI agents took Trump advisor Roger Stone off to court, where he arrived in handcuffs to face multiple charges of lying to the Mueller enquiry.

Later in the morning, Trump caved in to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, ending, at least temporarily, the lockout of 800,000 Federal employees.

The agreement provides no additional funding for Trump’s wall.

Trump has been thoroughly exposed as a hopeless negotiator, completely unable to cut a deal with people who aren’t powerless. This is the fundamental difference to his bragging in his book the Art of the Deal; this time he’s not dealing with contractors and business people who need him more than he needs them.

This is a defeat of historic proportions. It may be the day that Donald Trump realises that one term is all he’s getting.

The right aren’t best pleased, with Ann Coulter tweeting that Trump has overtaken the late George HW Bush as the wimpiest President ever.

However bad the political optics, it’s the arrest of his best bud Roger Stone that will be causing Trump the most worry.

The Stone charge sheet includes what is possibly the most pointed line in the Mueller enquiry so far:

“ … a senior Trump campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information [WikiLeaks] had regarding the Clinton campaign”.

This order was given to the senior Trump campaign official after 22 July 2016, a month after it was reported that it was Russian government hackers who had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems.

This clearly contradicts Trump’s claims that his team had nothing to do with the leaks, Wikileaks or the Russians. If not outright collusion, it is at least a coordinated effort to attempt collusion.

So who was the senior campaign official? Who gave the order? Does that person have the surname Kushner or Trump?

Stone says he ain’t saying. But that may be of no significance anyway, as it looks very much like Mueller is in possession of the facts anyway.

My favourite sidebar to today’s events is that among the FBI agents who raided Roger Stone’s house this morning were volunteers who have not been paid for a month because of the Trump shutdown.

They say in the States that ‘you can’t fight City Hall’. In this case, Trump has taken on the entire apparatus of Government and lost very bigly indeed.

A great day for democracy, a lousy day for the President.

And I’m so looking forward to Trump’s next book: The Art of the Plea Deal.

141 comments on “Trump’s Worst Day”

  1. Adrian Thornton 1

    Could the wall be closing in….

    • NZJester 1.1

      unfortunately for Trump, he has no competent R2D2 helping to shut down those walls from closing in and open the escape hatch for him. His lawyer Rudy Giuliani has in interviews on numerous occasions admitted to a lot of things he should not have. Trump will get squished by the walls unless he can find a competent R2D2 to put in as a temporary president as he resigns that will Pardon him and his family.
      Trumps, Daughter, Sons, and son-in-law are all heavily implicated. Only his wife so far seems to be possibly looking in the clear. All they have dug up on her is she apparently did a nude lesbian porn photoshoot in the past, but that is not illegal.

      • Andre 1.1.1

        I didn’t pay much attention when the topic was in the news a lot, but isn’t it still a bit unclear exactly how legal her immigration and early work in the US actually was?

    • mauī 1.2

      lol Adrian. You’ve got it.

  2. Andre 2

    Then there’s the challenge coins the Secret Service makes for special occasions. Guess what symbol they chose for the coin commemorating working without pay for this shutdown?

    https://theguardiansofdemocracy.com/secret-service-agents-sharing-challenge-coins-mocking-trump-shutdown-with-image-of-baby-pacifier/

  3. rata 3

    Not sure that there are any winners in this kind of issue.
    A lot of hot air emissions but what changed?
    Is illegal immigration resolved?
    I think the Dem’s are missing a trick here.
    Better to let Trump build the wall.
    If it fails the the Dem’s can say I told you so.
    if it succeeds they can say we did right by supporting it.
    Trump in power guarantees the Dem’s endless point scoring opportunities.
    Why get him out and let a tougher opponent in?

    • ropata 3.1

      Agreed, Dems cannot pretend to be entirely blameless. But the shutdown really exposes Trump and the Republicans as irresponsible idiots who care nothing for ordinary workers.

    • mpledger 3.2

      At some point you’ve got to stop political point scoring when the cost is to high. And I think the cost of the wall at anywhere between $8 billion and $150 billion is a cost too high. And even worse it’s money that would be spent on something that very few people think would work.

      There is a ton of American infrastructure that needs replacing – especially along their water ways – think New Orleans and Houston. There’s many better ways the money could be spent.

  4. I’d rather he spent military money on the wall than on military things.

    • woodart 4.1

      Id rather he spent military money on a proper healthcare scheme for americans.

    • One Two 4.2

      POTUS is not in control of the war machine, nor the corporate war machine production lines…

      That funding tap can’t and won’t be turned off…

      It supports the position of those who actually pull the levers…

      • marty mars 4.2.1

        lots of lever pullers – which ones resonate with you one two – who’s the baddy in your story.

        • One Two 4.2.1.1

          We’ve had this discussion before, marty….and if I’ve read your comments as you intended, we are essentially on the same page…

          Specifically, and with regards to the obsession some authors and a clutch of commentators have with Trump and the alleged ‘Russian Connection’….

          At the upper echelons…where the levers are being pulled…whoever the big players are…they are not paraded in the public eye day in day out…

          At the upper echelons , it is far more likely,in my opinion, that there is a collaboration of sorts…

          It’s about levels, marty…that’s all…levels with interests in keeping the levels ‘below’ them in a constant discombobulated state, where they are left to duke it out using scraps of data they are fed…used at the whim of others…

          ‘Forced’ to eat, drink, breath, wear and exist in a toxic world designed by others…barely fit for human existence…but like the rest of the natural world we are dying along with it…where the manufactured statistics are argued over to decipher to what degree the shameless bullshit that people are fed, is being absorbed and propagated outwards…as if it matters…

          Works well on this site…

          PS – Congrats to TRP on another century….

          • marty mars 4.2.1.1.1

            Who or what is at the top.

            The illuminati get orders.
            The aliens get orders.
            The shapeshifters get orders.
            The politicans get orders

            who is giving the orders in your opinion.

            • Macro 4.2.1.1.1.1

              forty two

            • One Two 4.2.1.1.1.2

              I’ve given you my opinion, marty…

              Industry and corporations who manage and exert the level of control which permeates all aspects of existence, are there for all to see…

              Designed to exert influence into every single interaction of human life…hardly controversial, is it…

              So who or what locked in the design, likely depends on which version of so called human history resonates most with you…perhaps it’s all in the vatican vault eh…

              But hey…who really knows , marty…it could all just be an illusion…there is no reality test, is there…

              So why get hung up on the labels talking points and actors the corporate media industry direct the narratives towards…

              That is my position…but you already know that…because I’ve explained it to you multiple times…

              • marty mars

                Thanks – so the corporations, business and industry owners/leaders are the ones pulling the strings – I assume to make more money, accumulate more things.

                It’s funny. They all die too, just like us. In 3-4 generations they won’t even be remembered, just like us.

                That is why I give zero fucks about the “owners” “controllers” of us or their motives – IT IS ALL ILLUSION.

            • francesca 4.2.1.1.1.3

              This from Bryan Bruce is not a bad answer Marty, pretty similar to One Two

              https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2019/01/28/guest-blog-bryan-bruce-the-delusion-of-davos/

          • te reo putake 4.2.1.1.2

            Thanks for the mention, One Two. If only my batting was as good as my writing; I was out for a two ball duck last innings! Just for the record, MS gets far more readers than I do, which is a better marker of influence I reckon.

  5. Adrian Thornton 5

    At this point there is still only one case of election rigging in the 2016 US elections that is undeniable and that is The Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton’s campaign..so why never ever any discussions around that?
    Why is it that all these people who actually got caught cheating are still working in or around the Democratic Party?
    That is where progressives need to look first, clean house, reevaluate…and then take down Trump on his terrible policies, and inept leadership, not this convoluted bullshit Russian conspiracy theory peddled by the fucking FBI (the sworn enemy of the Left) of all people! …Russiagate is going nowhere and will never go anywhere..that is a fact.

    The FBI Is Not Your Friend
    “There’s nothing to celebrate about the FBI — it isn’t, nor has it ever been, a guardian of democracy.”
    https://jacobinmag.com/2017/05/james-comey-firing-donald-trump-fbi-history

    “Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, abruptly said she was resigning after a trove of leaked emails showed party officials conspiring to sabotage the campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/25/us/politics/debbie-wasserman-schultz-dnc-wikileaks-emails.html

    Donna Brazile Admits Cheating, But Clinton Campaign Has Yet to Apologize
    https://observer.com/2017/03/donna-brazile-admits-primaries-rigged-for-hillary-clinton/

    Elizabeth Warren agrees Democratic race ‘rigged’ for Clinton
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41850798

    How Hillary Clinton Rigged The Democratic Primary — And May Have Broken The Law
    https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/how-hillary-clinton-rigged-the-democratic-primary-and-may-have-broken-the-law/

    • Andre 5.1

      Don’t worry, Lindsey Graham will cover that for you. Just as soon as he’s finished with his new investigation of her e-mails.

      https://www.salon.com/2019/01/23/lindsey-graham-renews-probe-into-hillarys-emails-democrats-burst-out-laughing/

    • McFlock 5.2

      lol

      Longest govt shutdown in US history, numerous arrests and convictions of campaign staff, whitehouse staff, and employees or associates of the President, but whatabout Hillaaarreeeee….,

      • Andre 5.2.1

        Gotta admit, that’s some truly awesome Hillary-hate going on there. Coupla levels up from ordinary MAGA-grade.

        Maybe we should all sing him that song from Frozen.

        • woodart 5.2.1.1

          you’ve got to laugh at right wing males. on one hand they hate and are scared of strong determined women (hillary clinton, helen clark jacinda etc). on the other hand(maybe both hands) they lust over nasty bullying women(.thatcher , judith collins, pauline hanson etc). why dont they just visit their local dominatrix for the spanking they obviously desire???? says a lot about what goes on in the minds of a right wing male, deeply conflicted, miss their mothers, need to be told what to do and think. hate themselves, pretend to be self reliant, but riddled with self doubt…….

      • Adrian Thornton 5.2.2

        Yeah what about Clinton..exactly, rigged the primaries with the DNC losses and then just walks away, her co conspirators all still work in the Democratic Party..and people wonder why politicians are so mistrusted and hated, and half the population don’t vote…it beggars belief that you don’t see that coalition..you know the one that is actually undermining democracy in the US….not the Russians.

        • McFlock 5.2.2.1

          lol

          • The Al1en 5.2.2.1.1

            No point Russia paying for on-line agents in dingy moscow apartments to skew debate in NZ and fluff for Trump when we already have home grown putinbots who’ll do it all for free. 🙄

            • Andre 5.2.2.1.1.1

              You sure they’re doin it fer free?

              • The Al1en

                Now isn’t that a question?

                • Adrian Thornton

                  @Andre@ The Al1en@McFlock,
                  You guys really are a bunch of morons aren’t you, so fucking caught up in your FBI induced fantasy conspiracy about Russia/Trump that you can’t see how sad and pathetic you sound….”fluff for Trump”…”putinbots” …holy shit, what an idiot.

                  • woodart

                    you mean that you are a locally grown troll? acting like a dickhead for nothing??? if so, that would mean you are truly stupid, as the putinbots would at least be getting paid. I can understand someone acting like a dickhead for $$, but to do it for nothing makes you look foolish. …..nothing personal…..

                    • McFlock

                      I believe that Adrian is expressing a genuinely-held opinion. I also (from other comments he’s made) believe he is genuinely left wing, and has some well-considered opinions. I don’t always agree with him, or to the extent to which he thinks should be done, but I think he’s honest and straightforward.

                      I suspect his whataboutism is a coping reflex for Bernie losing the primary. Maybe it was that beyond mere bad wishes there were DNC shananigans regarding the primaries (although nobody has adequately explained to me what those shananigans were other than “DWC said mean things in a leaked email).

                      On the plus side, it looks like some genuine Democrat democratic socialists will be running in 2020, so the pearl-clutching will probably wither away in a few months.

                  • One Two

                    Adrian, why do you waste your time and energy caring what dudes think or write who don’t know anything more than yourself…

                    Everyone here is speculation…using the crumbs of available data…

                    The Alien, if it’s the same operator…has not commentated here for a while now…but take a look at the archives…they are equally as ‘thick’ as the recent return…probably the same operator…

                    People have limitations..some seek to overcome them…some seek to manage them…and many more are not even aware they have limitations..let alone what they might actually consist of…

            • Ike 5.2.2.1.1.2

              Unbelievable ignorance on display here. Russia is not involved in any of this shit. You must be the most gullible idiot on the planet if you believe that. The whole “Russian Collusion” thing has been democratic party fabrication from start to finish. Two years Mueller has been trying to find evidence to stitch up Trump and all he has is couple of spurious alleged crimes manufactured by his own deceitful methods of interrogation.
              Lets see if in twenty one days Te Reo Putake is still crowing. He who laughs last laughs longest.

  6. Dennis Frank 6

    A tactical retreat. The war resumes after three weeks of paper-shuffling. Obviously it was silly of him to assume the Democrats would act in good faith.

    The important thing is that both sides continue to wage war against the people, in the guise of warring against each other. Pelosi is doing that quite well so far, by copying Trump’s tactics. Tit for tat always works…

    • Kevin 6.1

      More like the big mouth orange turd’s ineptness, and that’s being generous, has been exposed yet again. He couldn’t sell a glass of water to someone dying of thirst in the desert

    • One Two 6.2

      That is right, Dennis…

      Many still believe the ‘red v blue’ paradigm…

      Not recognising the entrenched systematic rigging of all systems…to function as protection of the very few…from the very many…

      But yeah…Trump…

  7. A 7

    They’ve [Clinton Arkancide Squad] been after Roger Stone for years and attempts have been made on his life.
    Unfortunately this is just one of many times. Hope he lives through imprisonment.

  8. Andre 8

    This Politico piece is the best read about the Stone indictment I’ve come across so far.

    “This indictment is significant because it alleges coordination between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks,” said Barbara McQuade, a former federal prosecutor who called the language in the paragraph “particularly alarming” because it used the passive voice when describing the campaign officials.

    “This language is very different from other language we have seen Mueller use,” she told POLITICO. “He usually is careful to use some identifying language so that the person can be referenced easily. One reasonable inference is that the person who directed the senior campaign official is someone who cannot be indicted: the president himself.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/25/roger-stone-charges-mueller-1127624

  9. joe90 9

    Never tRumper puts the slipper in.

    Another good barometer of how scared Trump’s media allies feel on any given day is how much they try to litigate the composition of Mueller’s staff or legal tactics as opposed to the underlying facts. The arrest at Stone’s love shack has become today’s hissy-fit shit-show screaming point by Trump and Stone fanboys like Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft, who ran a headline that captures the Trump-right drama-queen take on the arrest perfectly: “FBI Raid Would Make Gestapo Proud.” Did your eyes just roll? Because my eyes just rolled. The door-knock and the FBI’s handling of Stone was hardly a kinetic entry for a violent felon.

    Stone acolyte Jacob Engels, Pizzagate hoaxer Jack Posobiec, greased-ham cosplayer Dan Bongino, Bongino’s handmaiden John Cardillo, and the usual cast of thousands raced to their fainting couches, declaring that the Deep State Gestapo was upon us. Trump Twitter ragebots always ready to scream “Lock her up” have suddenly discovered compassion and a love of due process and delicate treatment for those in the legal system. Several thousand kids in cages down on the border are muttering, “”¿Qué pinga?”

    […]

    The irony of today is that the weird, bullshit arc of Stone’s long investment in Trump is over today. What must truly sting for Stone is the inevitable process of Trump-world’s denials and distancing; after investing 40 years of his life in Trump, Stone was screwed out of the massive financial payday he expected from the campaign, then frozen out of the massive lobbying windfall that lesser lights like Corey Lewandowski have enjoyed. If he holds the line, he’s of no use to Trump and will be forgotten and dismissed. If (and more likely when) he breaks, he’ll be a traitor, a coffee boy, a ghost in the Trump machine.

    Stone was an architect of Trump’s world view, his politics, and his ideological positions, such as they are. Roger was there at Trump’s side when Orange Bull Connor declared Central Park Five were guilty and deserved to be executed. He was at Trump’s side as one of the architects of Birtherism. His toxic brand of dumb ratfuckery for the sake of ratfuckery is the Trump Administration writ large.

    Roger survived for decades on his wits, blustering one campaign, interest group, scam PAC, or donor after another on his “I elected Nixon, Reagan, and Bush” line of white-hot horseshit. As I wrote in my book Everything Trump Touches Dies, Stone’s outsize image and reputation were his primary product, not elections or campaign work. As the famous (and sometimes infamous) Ray Harding, then chairman of New York’s Liberal Party, once told me in the late 1990s, “The only two people who believe Roger Stone’s bullshit are Roger Stone and that fucking moron Trump.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/roger-stone-welcome-to-the-barrel-cosplaying-supervillain-meets-robert-muellers-real-life-feds

    • Dennis Frank 9.1

      Roger Stone the trickster: “In the first grade, Stone claims, he broke into politics to further John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign: “I remember going through the cafeteria line and telling every kid that Nixon was in favor of school on Saturdays … It was my first political trick.”” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Stone

      Anyone who calls deliberate lying to defeat a political opponent a trick has no moral compass. Rather ironic that he was doing it as a leftist!

      • I don’t see how it would work, anyway. The kids can’t vote, and if they told their parents Nixon wanted them out of the house on Saturdays, I would have thought there’d have been votes in it for Tricky Dicky.

        • Dennis Frank 9.1.1.1

          You’re probably right. Shows what a devious nature the kid had though, and no surprise he switched to working for Nixon a few years later. Amoral.

    • Ad 9.2

      Fun writing there.

      Just loving how long the list if indictments is now.

      • Ike 9.3.1

        You believe Wikipedia? The so called font of truth that listed Juan Guaido as the President of Venezuela within minutes of Washington announcing they no longer recognized Maduro as President. Its ironic really. “Democracy is now having your President elected by Washington

        • te reo putake 9.3.1.1

          Your claim regarding Wikipedia is incorrect, Ike. The site records him, accurately, as the President of the National Assembly.

          And some mistake in your last sentence, too? The irony du jour isn’t having a President elected by Washington, it’s having a President selected by Moscow.

          • Ike 9.3.1.1.1

            You ‘re correct regarding the initial text of Wikipedia re Juan Guaido but on the right hand side under his photograph it says
            “Interim President of Venezuela
            Incumbent
            Assumed office
            23 January 2019”

            If you have followed the Russiagate saga and still believe that the Russian Government was involved there is little hope of changing your mind. Next thing you will jump the shark and tell me they poisoned the Skripals.

            • te reo putake 9.3.1.1.1.1

              Well, I’m a fact based kinda fella, Ike, so yeah, on what we know so far, I do think its most likely Russia influenced both the US election and Brexit.

              And even Blind Freddy can see the Russians poisoned the Skripals, unintentionally killing Dawn Burgess in the process.

              • francesca

                What !
                Dawn Burgess?
                A new victim ?
                I can see you’re keeping an attentive eye on things
                I wonder if Charlie’s roof is being replaced, as it seems the major amount of novichock was spilled there.
                How on earth did the novichock get in to the Skripal’s rafters?
                I’m sure you have a smooth answer, being such a fact based kind of guy

                [Fransesca. Yes, the person the Russians killed was named Sturgess, not Burgess. Big whoop.

                The whole of the Skripal’s house was searched in the days after the Russian attack. There is a possibility that some Novichok was unwittingly spread by the searchers, so the entire house is being decontaminated and parts of it are being removed as a precaution. No further Novichok has been found and your claim that a “major amount” was found is a straightforward lie.

                If you waste my time like this in future, or deliberately lie again, you’re gone. Only warning. TRP]

                • francesca

                  Now come on TRP , thats really not fair of you
                  It was said that Novichok was spilt all over Charlie’s hands , and then sprayed on Dawn’s wrists
                  A spillage sounds a lot more to me than a spray on the door handle, later transferred somehow by both Skripals all over town and emergency vehicles
                  A spillage definitely sounds like way more than what the Skripals were exposed to from a bloody door knob, but there’s no mention of Charlie’s house being dismantled

                  How the Novichok was spread to the roof framework is a mystery
                  And you have deliberately misrepresented my words
                  THE major amount, not A major amount means more than what was sprayed on the doorknob
                  Spray versus a spillage if we are to believe Charlie’s and the media’s reportage

              • Really? a facts kind of guy? Just depends where you get your so called ‘facts’ from I guess.

                “so yeah, on what we know so far, I do think it’s most likely Russia influenced both the US election and Brexit.”

                LOL. Good one.

  10. Adrian Thornton 10

    Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment
    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/19/mueller-investigation-findings-914754

    “The public, they say, shouldn’t expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths.”
    Perhaps most unsatisfying: Mueller’s findings may never even see the light of day.

    ..I wonder why that is?

    Here is a piece from a guy who has actually done his home work..
    The Manafort Revelation Is Not a Smoking Gun
    Proponents of the Trump-Russia collusion theory wildly overstate their case, again.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/manafort-no-smoking-gun-collusion/

    • DJ Ward 10.1

      Yep Its going to be a great day when people finally wake up to the fact they have nothing. Today’s arrest was supposed to be the key player and in detail it exposes that there was no involvement between Trump and Wikileaks or anybody else in the US.

      I can imagine it now. Years of hate Trump Fake News. The Mueller stuff will be released. Trump will be exonerated, which today’s event exposes. Fake news will majicaly forget in embarrassment any of this happened in a day or two and move on to something else to lie about.

      The new narrative will be Trump got away with it. He obstructed the investigation. Mueller is a Trump stooge. Aliens were involved.

      LOL.

      • Ad 10.1.1

        Number of indictments so far?

        Number of guilty pleas?

        Number, scale, and depth of security institution alerts about Russia so far?

        These things are not hard to find DJ.

        • DJ Ward 10.1.1.1

          None. Not one for collusion with Russia.

          But guess what, they raided Cowen, they raided this guy. Taking everything.
          Taking everything to get information on Trump. Every comment, every text, every email. All they have exposed is a few dodgy financials and the obscene use of a technical trap.

          2 years ago on day X, month Y, did Joe Bloggs communicate with you.
          A: No says the 66 year old man.

          Well actually he did. You lied to us. Your obstructing, your lying to the FBI.

          Just and evil witch hunt.

          So how many here even remember a post they did last week let alone more than a year earlier.
          Thank your lucky stars your not under this scrutiny. All of us would be doing time.

          Forget the fact they are supposed to be investigating collusion. Strange that not one charge is about collusion. Yep just a profoundly corrupt witch hunt.

          Started by Hillary and the DNC funding a foreign agent to create a Fake Doseir to interfere in the election. And Hillary destroyed the evidence with a hammer. Then used to get a FISA warrant by a corrupt hate Trump group in the FBI. Appointed by the Dems.

          Actual corruption. Real collusion. Real money. Real acts. Real obstruction. Real lying.

          As for Mueller. The person who testified before congress. Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, Mueller. Yep that’s right, a strait up deep state honest stooge.
          LOL.

          • North 10.1.1.1.1

            LOL Donald J. Ward ! How I love your heroic effort @ piss-take @ 10.1 above.
            Lovely relief from your usual earnest protestations that Donald J. Trump is an excellent role model for children….

    • McFlock 10.2

      Manafort? Oh, I remember that guy. So many arrests ago… glad to hear there’s no evidence of any wrongdoing by the oompah-loopah’s campaign, lol

      • Adrian Thornton 10.2.1

        Have I ever implied that Trump wasn’t the terrible corrupt person that he is?

        Do you really think he will ever be impeached or even for the slightest moment be hindered by your FBI fueled witch hunt? it will never happen. and now instead of the US ‘liberal’ media attacking Trump from the Left, now that they are acting like puppets of the FBI and the military industrial complex, they (and by association you) are much of the time and on many issues, actually attacking him from the Right!

        Democrats attack Trump – from the right
        https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/democrats-attack-trump-%E2%80%93-right

        And remember your ‘progressive’ Pelosi just voted for Trumps biggest military budget in history…
        House And Senate Democrats Vote Overwhelmingly For $716 Billion Military Budget
        https://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2018/06/20/house-and-senate-democrats-vote-68-percent-and-85-percent-for-massive-military-spending/#6eca20be5101

        Yep,,that is the heart of your resistance.

        And that is exactly what happens when corporate democrats get away with stealing elections from real progressives..so in the mean time I will keep “pearl-clutching” while you can go on supporting the ‘resistance’…what a joke.

        • McFlock 10.2.1.1

          Your comment on a post about the latest issues facing a corrupt president was to distract with a whinge about the Clintons again.

          So yeah, in your own way you are defending dolt45.

          As for what I hope will happen to that fool? I suspect the best reasonable outcome is that the ongoing federal investigations actually reveal enough evidence to interest state-level prosecutors with things like tax evasion. I doubt he’ll face any federal repercussions.

          In the meantime, the dems are looking good for 2020. And some of the new wave from last year look like they’ll genuinely rock the boat from the inside, so that looks promising. They’ll never be left wing enough for you, but they can do a shitload better than the current prez.

          • Adrian Thornton 10.2.1.1.1

            No you are quite wrong again.

            I was commenting about Hillary/DNC corruption because TRP brought the Clinton tapes and the Russia gate conspiracy into a story about the US govt shutdown, hardly a distraction.. so how about you get your facts right n future before you start a whinge at me.

            And believe me I am NOT defending Trump, but am very concerned that good people are being so easily distracted by this pointless Russiagate rubbish…I mean where is the story and support for the teachers strike in the US…that is real life resistance in real time…now!

            L.A. Teachers Showed Us How It’s Done
            http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2019/01/la-teachers-showed-us-how-its-done

            • McFlock 10.2.1.1.1.1

              The story was not just about the dealmaker caving over the shutdown and getting absolutely nothing. It was about dolt45’s bad day, which started with yet another of his associates being indicted. It would be a bit difficult to mention the indictment and why it was bad for the oompah-loompah without actually mentioning what the indictment was about.

              But please, continue your railing against the people who lost the election two and a half years ago, people who never acted as agents for foreign governments while doing whatever you believe they did, and whatever other BS you want to use to distract from the current president of the USA and his staff. Because calling Bernie names in emails is totally more important than whether the president of the USA is actually a pawn of another country. /sarc

  11. joe90 11

    heh

  12. joe90 12

    Pelosi saying it out loud.

    Indictment and Arrest of Trump Campaign Advisor Roger Stone
    January 26, 2019

    Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Special Counsel Mueller released a seven-count indictment of top Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone, for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction:
     
    “The indictment of Roger Stone makes clear that there was a deliberate, coordinated attempt by top Trump campaign officials to influence the 2016 election and subvert the will of the American people.  It is staggering that the President has chosen to surround himself with people who violated the integrity of our democracy and lied to the FBI and Congress about it.
     
    “In the face of 37 indictments, the President’s continued actions to undermine the Special Counsel investigation raise the questions: what does Putin have on the President, politically, personally or financially? Why has the Trump Administration continued to discuss pulling the U.S. out of NATO, which would be a massive victory for Putin?
     
    “Lying to Congress and witness tampering constitute grave crimes.  All who commit these illegal acts should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.  We cannot allow any effort to intimidate witnesses or prevent them from appearing before Congress. 
     
    “The Special Counsel investigation is working, and the House will continue to exercise our constitutional oversight responsibility and ensure that the Special Counsel investigation can continue free from interference from the White House.”

    https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/12519-4/

    • DJ Ward 12.1

      How many times has she lied in the house. Hypocrite.
      How many times has she mentioned Russian collusion. Lies.

      Send her to prison.

      • McFlock 12.1.1

        You’re getting a little bit shrill, there, DJ. I’m sure, as you say, everything was above board. lol.

      • North 12.1.2

        Yay……Lock Her Up Lock Her Up !……sure worked for Michael Flynn. Oh my, what a Kool Aid Kock you are Donald J. Ward. Fact is the Grandma from SF screwed your punk. Everyone (including you)……knows it. Bloody hilarious to watch !

        • DJ Ward 12.1.2.1

          People in the Trump team were prosecuted for lying, or accidentally making a statement from false memories.

          Lock her up.

          Please next time realise your point of veiw has nothing to do with integrity. It has nothing to do with lady justice being blindfolded. It’s based on how much you hate Trump and support bias and corruption in the FBI.

          All of the actual corruption was by Democrates.

    • Siobhan 12.2

      Guess you’re looking forward to nothing ever changing under Pelosi #paygo.

      • joe90 12.2.1

        Of course, I forgot. As a pure and pristine progressive, you’re exempt from voicing support for the only person that’s been able to get anywhere near to exercising some control over this vile human.

        • One Two 12.2.1.1

          Oh Joe…

          That’s what you think happened…Pelosi exerting a degree of control the ‘Russian Plant’, Trump…

          Explains why you like the picture enough to post it…

          It was the russians what did it…

          Support Pelosi…support merica…

          You’re being played…you and the rest of the dopes here…

          • Macro 12.2.1.1.1

            “Freedom belongs to the progressive expansion of love”

          • joe90 12.2.1.1.2

            It is time to take empathy to the next level.

            If you have never experienced this uprising through non-local interactions, it can be difficult to self-actualize. Although you may not realize it, you are mythic. How should you navigate this intergalactic world?

            http://sebpearce.com/bullshit/

      • Macro 12.2.2

        Do you really seriously believe that the current chaos that is the present state of unaffairs in the US would still exist under the presidency of someone who is sane? Would Hillary, for instance, have removed the US from the Paris Climate agreement – an agreement (whilst only a baby step) is the very first step a united world has made towards combating a serious threat to humanity. It might also be noted in this regard, that it was precisely the intransigence of the US republicans that held up govts coming to such an agreement in over decades of talk. (24 years to be precise).
        And if that is not enough how about this appalling fact.

        EPA civil penalties for polluters under the Trump administration have fallen to the lowest average level since 1994. Civil fines have averaged more than $500 million a year, when adjusted for inflation, over the past two decades. Last year’s total was 85% below that amount – or about $72 million.

        You can’t tell me that Hillary would have allowed this sort of environmental vandalism under her watch. Trump, with the appointment of vandals to head the EPA, has simply encouraged it.
        The new school of Democrat legislators include 81 women – the largest representation of women ever in US politics. They have policies that include super taxes on the wealthy, Health services available for all, improvement in social justice, voting rights, worker rights, improvements in infrastructure (if you have ever driven down a US main road in recent years you would know what that meant), and a raft of other policies that any left leaning person would support.
        So yes! I am looking forward to a new Democratic President in 2020 and I’m sure the majority (at least 55% at last count) of Americans are looking forward too. Even in Florida the majority think Trump should be replaced.
        https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000168-7cef-de11-af7d-feff7b080001

        • One Two 12.2.2.1

          Macro, why are you still hypothesizing on unknowns…things that didn’t happen…

          I’ve called your folly on such methods more than once…

          Yet still, you keep on trying to suggest what might or might not have transpired…

          You know…as consequence of events which didn’t …you know …transpire…

          • Macro 12.2.2.1.1

            🙄

            • joe90 12.2.2.1.1.1

              I suspect the dude/ette’s actually a Deepak Chopra quote machine that wanders around dropping arcane absurdities all over the shop.

              Information relies on the light of brightness _

              http://wisdomofchopra.com/

              • He’s deep, deeeeeeeep… understanding is just illusion built upon delusion – you won’t get what won’t be got.

                • Andre

                  The word is deepity. It’s related to truthiness.

                  “Deepity is the quality found in a statement whose author takes a failed stab at profundity. It seems deep at first glance, but it’s actually squishy and meaningless when you examine it.”

              • Andre

                Bit harsh there. I would have said ‘indistinguishable from a rudimentary chatbot with a database of vaguely patronising putdowns’. That’s a (small) step up from just a random phrase generator. But when you hit them with one of the wisdomofchopra quotes the algorithm doesn’t seem to know what to do with it and shuts down.

              • Macro

                🙂 Yeah they certainly have that “quality” about them.
                I read their comments sometimes and think – wtf are you on about? – and ffs leave the poor beggar alone. A bit of a troll I suspect – and not a particularly pleasant one. Has been warned once or twice about dragging up personal matters previously given in comments in a snide way. Not nice.

                • One Two

                  That you believe I am not ‘pleasant’ Macro, is simply because you do not like being a called out on the elementary level mistakes you make, while simultaneously sharing your work history, and academic records….

                  That you don’t understand or can’t comprehend my comments, is an indicator of how unaware you are of the flaws in your thought patterns which materialize through written word…

                  Example: One which you have used on numerous occasions

                  You can’t tell me that Hillary would have allowed this sort of environmental vandalism under her watch.

                  You see, Macro…it didn’t happen…can’t happen…not ever…not by Hillary…because it has already been done…even if Hillary one day was in a position to reverse it…would not legitimize your flawed thinking…

                  If you’re looking for unpleasant, then go no further than Andre, J90 and marty mars who are regularly called out , not only for lacking in fundamental observational capacities, but for repeated use of slurs and abusive remarks…

          • Macro 12.2.2.1.2

            why are you still hypothesizing on unknowns…things that didn’t happen…

            hypothesis /hʌɪˈpɒθɪsɪs/
            noun
            – a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation.
            – a proposition made as a basis for reasoning, without any assumption of its truth.

            You really should stop using big words you don’t understand.

            • One Two 12.2.2.1.2.1

              How long did that take you, macro…

              And , once again…after all that time…you’ve managed to ape psycho milts self immolation tactics…

              Post a break down of the comment you made, and which definitions you believe best fit the erroneous statements you continue to repeat…

              I’ll get you moving along….once again….

              Do you really seriously believe that the current chaos that is the present state of unaffairs in the US would still exist under the presidency of someone who is sane? Would Hillary, for instance, have removed the US from the Paris Climate agreement

              Chop Chop

              • Macro

                LOL! Do you think I have nothing better to do, than to answer your supercilious comments? You sanctimonious prick!

    • joe90 12.3

      Meanwhile, as the real progressive left refuse to acknowledge the part Pelosi’s political chops played in outwitting tRump..

      ..AOC gives credit where credit is due.

  13. DJ Ward 13

    Patience people.
    Stone unlike the others is pleading not guilty.

    According to Stone the only thing they have him on was them asking about some obscure email or text that he forgot he had. Hardly the crime of the century. It wasn’t even incriminating in any way.

    Maybe Schumer should go to prison for lying to congress when he talked about the wall not working, or Trump not negotiating.

    Far worse. A real criminal.

    Anybody here understand how pathetic this stuff is yet.

  14. Sabine 14

    i think the closure of La Guardia Airport in New York has had something to do with it, also the cut down on check in lanes etc in other airports. Superbowl is coming up, Atlanta is what the busiest airport *,and all hell would break loose if that Airport shut down because staff are calling in sick so as to drive an Uber to pay rent or insulin.

    * i only used Atlanta once and that was during the three day black out on the east coast in 2003 and we were all diverted to there, nightmare is an understatement, it was the 10th Hell of Dante, stuck in an Airport in US of A when people think another terrorist attack had happened, are understaffed and hundreds of flights supposed to land in KFC, LaGuardia,Newark etc are queuing up to land.

    IRS workers which were furloughed as non essential staff had been called back last week, and it appears that some 15.000 of 45.000 called back to work choose to call in sick. It is tax season, the banks already complained two weeks ago that they could not lend etc because they need the assurance that the tax refunds for businesses would be processed :), and it also appears that these guys actually have a decent Union contract so are not to worried about being fire summarily.

    Its fire prevention season and contractors did not receive the government contracts to start controlled burns. The window is small and this is for federal land. So yeah,
    the next 4 weeks, money will be dished out, wages will be paid back, and hopefully some parks will be cleaned up of the vandalism and rubbish. the damage is done and it will last for a long time.

    People i know long time from an american blog (since 2003) are not planning on a celebratory dinner tonight, they plan on eating in and they plan to do so in the future. They do not believe that this will not happen again.

    He had no other choice, either declare a emergency or start negotiating. And declaring an Emergency for the ‘humanitarian crisis at the southern border” while at the same time ‘sending’ back Asylum seekers to Mexico, while expelling “protected people’ from the Vietnam War and the illegal bombing of Cambodia, translators etc from Afghanistan and Iraq made that a bit non believable.

    It will be an interesting 4 weeks.

  15. phil99 15

    I believe Trump will use emergency powers after continuing to refuse to negotiate during this reopening period

  16. joe90 16

    Sinking ships and rats.

  17. joe90 17

    I reckon we’re just warming up.

    1/15

    (Reuters) – The House Intelligence Committee will release all transcripts of interviews in its probe of Russian election interference to the special counsel’s office, its Democratic chairman said on Friday after Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump, was charged with lying to Congress.

    https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1PJ23X?

  18. Macro 18

    hmmm Nunes’ has skin in Russia – even if it is only wine skins..

    But some anti-Trump Republicans increasingly believe there’s more to it than extreme party loyalty – and they’re increasingly being vocal about it. They worry that some GOP congressional members defend Trump while also believing he’s a danger to both U.S. economic interests and national security.

    These Trump critics believe, in short, that at least a handful of prominent congressional Republicans are compromised by Russia, just like Trump.

    Devin Nunes

    Write Painter and Watt: “There is no logical reason for Nunes to go so far in trying to obstruct the Russian investigation unless he has something personal at stake.”

    https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/57b774c5098316/congressional-republicans-also-caught-by-russia-so-protect-trump-exgop-white-house-lawyer.html

    • Andre 18.1

      The alternative explanation for the craven capitulation is simple cowardice. Fear that if they don’t suck up to Darth Drumpf he’ll unleash the Drumpfkins and primary them at their next election. There may also be an influence connection through the NRA and Butina and Torshin layered on top of the primary fear.

      Seems to me that’s a totally sufficient explanation for most of them. Although the suddenness of Graham’s surrender coupled with what is known about his emails makes it more plausible there’s yet another layer there.

  19. tc 20

    Worse day so far.

    Mueller v Trump, similar well off north eastern families. Bob goes into serving his country v the Donald chooses to serve himself.

    Muellers very good at this, has a crack team and there’s so much more to come. Most of it already in filed court records by his team as they forge on leaving that material for other jurisdictions to pick up.

    Cohens far from through with the repercussions of his deception as one example.

  20. Tiger Mountain 21

    Pelosi-1-(one)

    Trump-0-(zero)

    • Dennis Frank 21.1

      Looks like you’re right in the court of public opinion: “An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that only 37% of Americans approve of the job President Donald Trump is doing. A significantly higher 58% disapprove. This makes for a net approval rating of -21 points. The previous ABC/Washington Post poll put Trump’s net approval rating at -13 points, so his net approval rating fell by 8 points.” https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/26/politics/poll-of-the-week-trump-pelosi-shutdown/index.html

      “It’s also a reminder that although polls show Trump is more popular with his base than Pelosi is with her own, Pelosi’s enormous legislative acumen — sharpened by years of arm-twisting and friendly cajoling — dwarfs the political infighting skills displayed by the ex-real-estate mogul who’s long touted himself as the one of the toughest negotiators in the world.” https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/25/pelosi-latest-government-shutdown-1128577

      • North 21.1.1

        It’s the Kool Aid don’t ya know…….take enough of it you’ll believe and say any damned thing. Like Donald J. Ward…….”Mr Trump is an excellent role model for children”.

  21. Cinny 22

    Get Me Roger Stone

    Dang what a doco, helping me to get my head around it all.

    I think it’s on the netflix, it’s a 2017 piece.

    Highly recommended viewing

    Makes sense re the fuss surrounding the FBI raid on his home the other day.

    Roger stone is a tremendous influence in trumps life. Puppet master by stealth I suspect.

    Would not be one least bit surprised if he was guilty, however roger stone is one switched on intelligent man, will be fascinating watching the suspected russia link all unfold. The man thrives on money, manipulation and personal exposure.

    Link for the preview….

  22. joe90 23

    Nope, nothing to see here so move along.

    • francesca 23.1

      Tried the links?
      They all go back to one previous NYT “analysis”
      My goodness, one of the dots says that Trump was introduced to the Russian ambassador! Unheard of !
      Another that Flynn got in touch with the Russian ambassador over an upcoming UN vote….pressing him to vote in Israel’s interests
      Another says Sessions SPOKE to the Russian ambassador!
      Pathetic
      We’ve been had before by the same people, but you’re a true believer , salivating like Pavlov’s dogs.

      • DJ Ward 23.1.1

        Yes I listened to the timeline for Stone the other day. No wonder he hasn’t been charged with collusion of any kind. Collusion for Joe90 would include a person phoning Stone after Wikileaks, leaked and that person asking Stone what he thought of it. How dare he do such a thing. With publicly available information.

        I think they are upset that the DNC got exposed doing the dirty on Sanders and Clinton got exposed cheating in the debates. Holly crap they conspired against themselves. I put this down to using password, as a password.

      • Macro 23.1.2

        Well the analysis was based on NY Times investigative work reporting and coverage – where else did you expect it to link – to RT?

        • francesca 23.1.2.1

          Hmm, a bit like me saying the earth is flat then for proof linking to a previous article by me saying the same

    • marty mars 23.2

      Wow – look at all those red pills – “you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

      • DJ Ward 23.2.1

        If you take out legitimate contacts. Non collusion contacts. Legitimate Buisiness contacts. Trump talking to his Miss Universe freind how many do you have left.

        None?

  23. DonQuixote 24

    Any news of the Elisabeth Warren wealth tax ?

    • DJ Ward 24.1

      A 2% tax on assets above $50 million. The tax is not constitutional so is not going to happen. Under the constitution the government can tax income. It would affect 75,000 people.

      Also 75% of nations that have tried such a tax have abandoned the tax. This is due to the difficulties in administering the tax. A person may have a painting. What’s it worth. A person may have shares and be over the threshold on one day but below the next. The rich exit there assets from the nation.

    • Andre 24.2

      It may be unconstitutional.

      https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2019/01/heres-a-longer-look-at-wealth-taxes-and-the-constitution/

      Seems to me that with its compliance with the constitution in reasonable doubt, the Supreme Court would immediately kill it and it doesn’t have a chance of ever actually happening. Let alone the politics of getting 50% in the House and 60% in the Senate to vote for it. Warren probably knows this, and her proposal is probably more of an attempt to shift the Overton window and excite a base of primary voters.

      If she doesn’t know it and it’s a serious policy proposal, then she’s somehow recently lost her marbles. Her legislative record so far has been pretty well-grounded with solid achievements that can stand up to judicial challenge.

      I gotta admit, the juxtaposition of your handle and your interest in a proposal that ain’t ever gonna fly brings me a smile.

    • Ad 24.3

      Warren should stop trying to be the darling of the Bernie crowd – anyone can figure that she’ll get that vote.

      Warren also needs to do a lot more than just being the battlers’ friend.

      She needs policies that show people how immediately better off the great majority of Americans will be. Unless Trump’s taxes are revealed, and those taxes show a mafia-scale fraud, envy-taxes don’t sound like that recipe.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Collins crushes climate
    An essay by Judith Collins MP reported on Carbon News yesterday seems to show an alarming shift in attitude within the National Party. Collins argues against the Zero Carbon Bill, the Paris Agreement, and downplays the magnitude of climate impacts. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 and ratified ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    5 days ago
  • More disappointment
    When they were running for election, Labour promised to overhaul the Employment Relations Act and introduce fair pay agreements to set basic pay and conditions on an industry level, preventing bad employers from undercutting good ones. They followed this up by establishing a working group, which reported back in January ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
    A list of indicators of bad science – many of these are found in articles promoted by anti-fluoride activists. Anti-fluoride activists have been pouring money into a scaremongering campaign warning pregnant women not to drink fluoridated water. They claim fluoride will lower the IQ of their future child. Fluoride ...
    5 days ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
    Nothing Left To Say: Labour's pollster, Stephen Mills, remains swaddled-up in the comforting myths of the 1980s. As if the experience of Roger Douglas’s genuinely radical post-Muldoon policy agenda was literally a once-in-a-lifetime thing – as much as the party could possibly absorb for at least the next 50 years.MEMO ...
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
    The Royal Commission on abuse in care is very significant for the disability community. For many decades last century, thousands of disabled children, and adults who managed to survive, were locked away from families and communities. This was not for anything they had done, but for the perceived threat their ...
    5 days ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
    With an unfair voting system, uneven electorates and an un-elected upper house, the UK's "democracy" is barely worthy of the name. But now the government wants to make it worse:The government has been accused of suppressing voters’ rights with the potential disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of people after plans ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
    Back in the 90's and early 2000's, the building industry was building leaky homes which should never have been granted consent. Now it turns out they've been building dodgy office blocks as well:New imaging technology has revealed hundreds of major buildings nationwide have defective or missing concrete or reinforcing steel. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Local bodies
    Local body election results were released over the weekend, to joy or despair depending on where you live. In Auckland, Phil Goff trounced John Tamihere, who is muttering darkly about running for Parliament again (but which party would want him?) Wellington is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Weta Workshop, except ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • A future of government
      How could government evolve over the next decades? Reports of democracy’s imminent demise are greatly exaggerated.  However, satisfaction with political systems in many countries is low, so there is much to do for governments of all political stripes to improve relevance and trust. Digital technologies are seen as one ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
    Two years have now gone by since the Friday afternoon when my university-student son and I headed out of our Barcelona flat to a nearby primary school, designated as a polling station for the vote that was to be held the following Sunday: the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain ...
    1 week ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
    Overruled: The joint decision of Finance Minister, Grant Robertson (Labour) and his Associate Minister, David Parker (Labour) arguably the two most powerful ministers in Jacinda Ardern’s government, to grant OceanaGold the consents which Land Information Minister, Eugenie Sage (Greens) had earlier denied them, offers bitter proof of how hard fighting ...
    1 week ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
    More than double the number of people who will vote in this year’s local body elections have tried marijuana or urinated somewhere they shouldn’t have. As local elections look set for the lowest turnout in decades, with many regions falling well short of 40%, the Government is exploring a number ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
    A Statement on Abortion Law Reform by the Council of Disobedient Women   On the eve of bringing an end to antiquated, anti-women abortion laws Green MP Jan Logie intends to write women out of the Bill. With a stroke of the pen, the woke are aiming for total erasure ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
    Musings continue apace about “the experienced businessman!” soon to be taking up a National Party MP position. Or to be more accurate, being parachuted into a seat to shut down their former MP Jamie-Lee Ross, who despite his own shortcomings shed at least some more light on the inner workings ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • Barbaric
    The Ugandan government wants to murder gay people:Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on homosexuals. The bill, colloquially known as “Kill the Gays” in Uganda, was nullified five years ago on a technicality, but the government said on Thursday it plans to resurrect it within weeks. The ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
    Freedom Of Speech? The Säuberung (cleansing by fire) was the work of the German Student Union which, on 10 May 1933, under the watchful eye of the Nazi Reichminister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, consigned 25,000 books to the flames in a ritual exorcism of “un-German thought”. According to the logic of the ...
    1 week ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
      “There can be no such thing as kaupapa Māori political parties or politics in Aotearoa” (Willie Jackson, Labour Party (2017). Māori TV, General/List Election Special) I begin with that claim because at the time, I was confounded at first that it fell out of Willie Jackson’s mouth, and then ...
    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    1 week ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
    New Zealand has prided itself for decades with regard to its lack of pollution, and all will be aware that the ‘100% Pure New Zealand‘ meme is under threat through land, water and air pollution of various causes. There is another type of contamination that the country also faces: light ...
    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
    New Zealand’s media is doing its part in Japan, reassuring those in the path of the storm that they won’t miss any rugby while away from their flooded homes. New Zealand sports reporters stationed in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have had the rare and heartwarming opportunity to inform ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones is the only Cabinet member in favour of putting it all on green. As Finance Minister Grant Robertson finds himself with an enormous $7.5 billion surplus, the Government has begun intense, at times contentious conversations about whether to put the money on red or black at ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
    by Susanne Kemp At the start of September close to 100,000 school teachers went on strike in Jordan.  They demanded a 50% pay rise.  A pay rise actually agreed to by the regime back in 2014. In early October, however, in the face of government repression and threats, the teachers’ ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Why do people still think climate change isn’t real? David ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • The SIS unlawfully spied on Nicky Hager
    Back in 2011, journalist Nicky Hager published Other People's Wars, an expose on NZDF's activities over the previous decade of the "war on terror". NZDF didn't like this, and especially didn't like the fact that it was base don leaks from their own. So, they had the SIS investigate him ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • October 2019 – Newsletter
    https://mailchi.mp/7d9133add053/closing-the-gap-october-2019-newsletter ...
    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    1 week ago
  • And they wonder why we think they’re environmental vandals…
    The Zero Carbon Bill is due back from select committee in two weeks, and will likely pass its final stages in November. So naturally, farmers are planning a hate-march against it. But they're not just demanding lower methane targets so they can keep on destroying the planet; they're also demanding ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: Paying the price in California
    Last year, California burned. This year, to stop it happening again (or rather, to stop themselves from being found liable if it happens again), Pacific Gas and Electric is cutting power to half the state for a week:Schools are closed. Traffic lights down. Tunnels dark. Businesses unopened. Hospitals running on ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Let’s Hear It For Up-Close-And-Personal, Hard-Copy Democracy!
    The Best Way: Missing from the on-line voting debate is any reference to the voting system that produces turn-out figures ranging from 77 to 93 percent of registered voters. The voting system used to collect and count the votes cast in our parliamentary elections. The system that involves citizens making ...
    1 week ago
  • 10/10: World Day Against the Death Penalty
    Today, October 10, is the world day against the death penalty. Out of 195 UN member states, 84 still permit capital punishment. Today is the day we work to change that. This year's theme is children. Having a parent sentenced to death or executed causes long-term trauma and stigmatization which ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Talking Freer Lives: a Marxist gender-critical perspective from Australia
    Among the great new bunch of political friends we have been making recently is the excellent Australian-based Marxist gender-critical site, Freer Lives.  So we asked the comrade who set up that blog to write something for Redline on the blog, himself, his analysis of the rise of gender politics and ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Government spin accepted by union leadership
    by Don Franks  The Auckland City Mission is struggling with a 40 percent increase in demand for food parcels this year. A total of 23,020 were needed by June. Last month Missioner Chris Farrelly told the Herald the “cupboards are bare” and without an emergency food drive, he can’t see ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Forbidden Thoughts
    by The Council of Disobedient Women   Massey Wellington Student Association had a sit-in today. Imagine a sit-in. On a campus. Against a women’s rights meeting. Did the ’60s really happen or did we fucking dream it? They gathered in the student square, an echo chamber. Sitting on soft pillows ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Much love to my loyal Ukrainian readership
    For some reasons, my post about the mystery message from inside the Downing Street bunker seemed to catch people's attention.  Quite a lot of hits from NZ (unsurprisingly) and the USA (a bit more puzzlingly, but hi there, USAians!!) and 76 views from the Ukraine.I've celebrated my Ukrainian readers in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Another day of bonkers GNUmours (again, sorry)
    First, almost a score of Labour MPs seem to have sent a letter to the EU basically begging them to accept a deal - any deal - just so Britain can get the Heck on with Brexiting instead of being trapped in limbo:
    To avoid no deal, deliver on the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour vs working class immigrants – again!
    by Phil Duncan In 2016 the National-led government suspended the Parent Visa Category, through which migrants were able to bring their parents into New Zealand.  Since then over 5,700 people have been in immigration limbo, stuck on the visa wait list. Labour is now bringing back the scheme.  Well, sort ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Speak Up for Women press statement: on Massey University and Feminism 2020
    The following was released yesterday (Tues, October 8) by the women’s liberation organisation Speak Up for Women. On 23 September Speak Up For Women announced that we would be holding an event at the Massey University Theaterette in Wellington. The event is called Feminism 2020. The intention of the event ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Farmers support dirty rivers
    The government is currently consulting on plans to improve freshwater quality. So naturally, farmers oppose it:South Taranaki farmers are preparing to fight proposed national freshwater changes that some fear will bankrupt them. The Government's proposed National Environment Standard on Freshwater Management, released in September, rated the Waingongoro River as one ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • No-one cares about local government
    Yesterday was the last day for (reliably) posting your vote away in local body elections. Turnouts are mostly much lower than the equivalent time last year (Palmerston North is down 2.3%), and so naturally people are pushing their online-voting snake oil again. Because the online census worked so well, lets ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The political ghosts of eugenics may matter more than the genetic
    This essay, on the political legacy of the eugenics movement, by Kenan Malik was originally published in the Observer on 6 October 2019, under the headline ‘The spirit of eugenics is still with us, as immigrants know to their cost’. Birth control. Intelligence tests. Town planning. Immigration controls. It’s striking how ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • “Surplus” again
    Another year, and the government has announced another enormous government "surplus". And just like last year, its nothing of the sort. When we have people homeless and sick and hungry, when we have schools and hospitals still falling down, when we have underpaid public servants and infrastucture unmaintained or unbuilt, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Inside the Downing Street bunker
    James Forsyth at The Spectator (I know, I know) has tapped one of his contacts inside Number Ten for an insight into the Johnson administration's thinking and strategy.It is fascinating, unsettling and quite, quite mad.  Some key points:Negotiations have stalled and the Johnson administration are keen to blame the EU: ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Taking Control Of The Nation’s Story.
    Fatal Contact: With the arrival of captain James Cook in October 1769, the islands of what would become New Zealand ceased to be the preserve of Polynesian navigators and settlers and became a part of both the world’s map and the world’s history.THE MAORI NATIONALIST assault upon the historical meaning ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Are GNUs extinct?
    Another round of tactical talks about forming a Government of National Unity have come to nothing with the Liberal Democrats still refusing countenance putting Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street:Opposition talks on Monday made little headway over when to try and vote down Boris Johnson's government and who might succeed him as ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour chickens out again
    When the government was elected, it promised to lead the way on electric vehicles, and specifically to make the government vehicle fleet emissions-free where-practicable by 2025.They lied:There are 15,473 vehicles in the government fleet and only 78 are electric. When the coalition Government came into power in late 2017, the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Transgender extremism, violence at work against feminist meeting at British Labour Party conference
    by Nick Rogers The debate around the meaning of sex and gender made an appearance at this year’s British Labour Party conference in Brighton. Women’s Place UK – an organisation that questions the demand that biological males who self-identify as woman should have access to women’s spaces, to all-women shortlists, ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Rebelling in Wellington
    Yesterday I went down to Wellington to participate in the Extinction Rebellion protest. Its part of the latest global wave of XR actions, with actions happening all over the world. Some of those protests are massively disruptive: in Canada, XR is blocking major bridges, stopping people from getting to work. ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
    Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the first reading of the New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension Legislation Amendment Bill. “Every New Zealander has a stake in New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension,” says Carmel Sepuloni. “They are our most common form of social assistance – nearly 800,000 New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
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    2 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New awards celebrate fisheries sustainability
    The Minister of Fisheries is calling for entries for a new public award to celebrate innovation in our seafood sector. “I have established the Seafood Sustainability Awards to recognise and celebrate those throughout industry, tangata whenua and communities who demonstrate outstanding dedication and innovation towards the sustainability of New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More progress for women and we can do more
    Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter welcomes leaders in the private sector taking action on closing their gender pay gaps to ensure a fairer workplace for all New Zealanders. Ms Genter today launched a new report, Addressing the gender pay gap and driving women’s representation in senior leadership, from the Champions for ...
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    2 days ago
  • Proposals to curb environmental damage help our coasts and the oceans
    Government Ministers today welcomed the release of a marine environment report highlighting the four key issues affecting our oceans, estuaries and coastlines.  The release underlines the importance of government proposals to combat climate pollution, ensure clean freshwater, protect biodiversity, make land use more sustainable, and reduce waste and plastic.    Environment ...
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    3 days ago
  • New mental health facility for Waikato
    The Government has approved funding for a new acute mental health facility for Waikato which will provide better care and support to people with mental health and addiction issues. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Dr David Clark announced the $100 million project to replace the aging Henry Rongomau ...
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    3 days ago
  • 500 new te reo Māori champions in our classrooms
    The Government is making progress on its goal to integrate te reo Māori into education by 2025, with over 500 teachers and support staff already graduating from Te Ahu o te Reo Māori,  Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Kelvin Davis made the announcement at an awards ceremony in Waikanae today, for ...
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    3 days ago
  • Minister James Shaw welcomes 2018 Census first release
    Statistics Minister James Shaw has welcomed the first release of 2018 Census data. The first release of data today, 23 September, includes key data on population, regional growth, the number of homes and the size of different ethnic groups in New Zealand. Data from the 2018 Census will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Driving transparency, ethics and accountability in government use of algorithms
    Minister for Statistics James Shaw today announced a public consultation on a proposed algorithm charter for government agencies. The charter has been developed by the Government Chief Data Steward in response to growing calls for more transparency in government use of data. Computer algorithms – procedures or formulas for solving ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Zealand and the Netherlands working together on climate change
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.  “The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and ...
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    3 days ago
  • Protecting fairness for workers and businesses
    The Government is taking action to build an inclusive economy where more of us receive our fair share at work and businesses can compete on great products and services, not undercutting wages and conditions, Immigration and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. Two consultations launched today seek feedback ...
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    3 days ago
  • Indigenous Freshwater Fish Bill Passes
    The future for New Zealand’s threatened indigenous freshwater fish looks brighter with the passing of the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill in Parliament today said Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage. “Until now, our freshwater fish legislation has been 20 years out of date. We have lacked effective tools to ...
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    4 days ago
  • Kiwis to take part in world’s biggest earthquake drill
    At 1.30pm tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis will join about 65 million people around the globe in ShakeOut, the world’s biggest earthquake drill. The annual drill is to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake which is to Drop, Cover, Hold, and to practise their ...
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    4 days ago
  • Rising wages and low inflation supporting Kiwis
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    4 days ago
  • NZ economy strong amid global headwinds
    New Zealand’s economic strength and resilience has been recognised in a major update on the state of the global economy. The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight shows a reduced global growth forecast over the next two years as issues like the US-China trade war and Brexit take hold. ...
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    4 days ago
  • Keeping New Zealanders safer with better counter-terrorism laws
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    4 days ago
  • Improved succession and dispute resolution core of Ture Whenua changes
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  • Speech to CTU Biennial Conference
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  • Minister ensures continued Whenuapai flight operations
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  • NZ joins Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action
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  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Lyttelton Parking
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    5 days ago
  • Feedback Sought – Section 71 – Hagley Oval
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  • CTU speech – DPM
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    5 days ago
  • Police Association Annual Conference
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  • New Zealand announces a further P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark have announced the New Zealand Government’s decision to again deploy a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea. New ...
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    5 days ago
  • New Zealand deeply concerned at developments in north-east Syria
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand continues to have serious concerns for peace and stability in north-east Syria. “Recent reports that hundreds of ISIS-affiliated families have fled from a camp are deeply concerning from a humanitarian and security perspective”, Mr Peters says. “While we acknowledge Turkey’s domestic security ...
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  • Government on high alert for stink bugs
    Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way. “We’re on high alert to stop BMSB arriving in NZ. The high season runs until April 30 and we’ve strengthened our measures to stop stink ...
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    5 days ago
  • Better protections for students in halls of residence
    The Government is moving swiftly to change the law to improve the welfare and pastoral care of students living in university halls of residence and other tertiary hostels. Cabinet has agreed to several changes, including creating a new mandatory Code of Practice that sets out the duty of pastoral care ...
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    6 days ago
  • New trapping guide for community and expert trappers alike
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  • Widening Access to Contraceptives Welcomed
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    6 days ago
  • Major upgrade for Taranaki Base Hospital
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    1 week ago
  • Extra support for rural families
    Extra funding will allow Rural Support Trusts to help farming families, says Minister for Rural Communities and Agriculture Damien O’Connor. “I know that rural families are worried about some of the challenges facing them, including the ongoing uncertainty created by the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak. “Those concerns sit alongside ongoing worries ...
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  • Howard Leaque Beekeeper programme graduation
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    1 week ago
  • Finance Minister to attend APEC meetings
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