Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GOP Again Seeks to Kill the ACA (Obama-care) With More Than 60 Attempts

Sponsors: Graham, former Army Lawyer; Cassidy, former MD (Liver Expert)

Impact of Graham-Cassidy Bill (Not Pretty for Millions)
(Same old GOP BS: Talk one way, Act another, Hurt the needy)

Healthcare is “class war fare” despite GOP BS talk otherwise … examples in the new so-called Graham-Cassidy repeal bill (Chicago Tribune) – with no replacement are in these highlights = also coverage is here (CNN) and impact here (Commonwealth Fund site):

The bad keeps getting worse – details follow:

1.     It would effectively strangle the efforts of states — predominantly Democratic — that have been most successful in extending coverage under the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, tax credits and cost-sharing reductions.
2.     It would, conversely, lavish new funding on states — predominantly Republican — that have resisted the coverage expansion opportunities the ACA offered.
3.     It would dramatically cut funding for states that have successfully extended coverage under the ACA in which California would effectively receive $28 billion and New York $19 billion less.
4.     It would however dramatically expand funding for states that have largely ignored their uninsured and not expanded or gone alone with the ACA – i.e., Texas would increase by $8 billion over currently projected levels.
5.     It would immediately — and retroactively — end the individual- and employer-mandate penalties, while offering nothing in return to encourage healthy enrollees to maintain coverage.
6.     It would also do nothing to compensate insurers for the reductions they must make in deductibles and other cost-sharing for low-income enrollees, an issue that is currently driving up premiums.
7.     It includes some funding that could be used to help stabilize insurance markets, but does not specify how the money would be used, and in any event, it provides too little money.
8.     It would give additional funds and allow ACA-resistant states to do more to cover their uninsured, states would first have to establish programs to distribute the money. This would likely require state legislation, administrative rules and possibly the establishment of new agencies.
9.     It would allow states to waive the ACA requirement that insurers must cover essential health benefits, such as prescription drugs or mental health and substance-use disorder services, as well as the ACA’s prohibition against insurers charging higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions.
10.  States would have to describe how they intend “to maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions,” but it is unclear what “adequate and affordable” means and difficult to understand how coverage could meet this standard if services to treat preexisting conditions are not available or if individuals with preexisting conditions can be charged higher premiums. Moreover, the bill contains no mechanism for revoking funding to a state if it fails in fact to meet its commitments.
11.   It would allow states to spend up to 15 percent of their grants on covering traditional Medicaid enrollees through private insurance.

States could simply replace their traditional Medicaid expenditures with Graham-Cassidy funding or use the funds to make up for Medicaid shortfalls as other provisions in the bill limit federal funding of traditional Medicaid. This would reduce the money available to cover the low- and moderate- income people that the ACA now covers.

The kicker as it were: The entire block-grant program depends on private insurer participation, but insurers would face 50 different state regulatory and financing systems, each of which could change from year to year. Many private insurers may decide this is just too risky a market to play in.

My conclusion: Okay, see the pattern developing?

Simple: GOP is playing harsh partisan politics to keep their base in tow, get votes, and stay in power all the while hurting people in need and millions now with health care – some for the first time in their lives by ripping it away worse: puts pressure on states they say they are helping – yeah, selective helping for votes, power, money, and support).

Under this new law, if passed, it is quite possible that the individual insurance markets could totally collapse in some states before 2020.

Time is running out for millions of Americans about to get the shaft from the GOP – as they keep the gold mine.

Thanks for stopping by and oppose this any way possible. 



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump Thrives on World Center of Attention in His First Full UN Speech

I am sick of seeing this well-rehearsed and practiced Trump pose
(Thumb-to-Index Finger sign)

Trump’s maiden UN speech – he goes off the rails… and as expected, mostly about him.  – Story from this great rundown here (The Washington Post).

The speech and my notes:

I watched and listened to the 44-minute speech, and I got mixed signals and now how a stark reaction to most of it.

I admit that some parts were good, very good in fact; his intro and ending, but most everything else in between was harsh, threatening, mean, or politically staged for and about him - material to spoon feed to his red meat base, who BTW already hates the UN and our involvement. Score that Trump 1 - UN and the World 0.

Important key parts:

1.  The threat to “totally destroy North Korea” and thus as president of the United States threaten to kill some 25 million people, and that is not even counting those in South Korea who would die within hours long before he could complete his deed on North Korea (Note: Seoul alone has some 20 million).

2.  His threat to kill the Iran nuke deal – which most GOPers also hate and want to see it tossed.

3.  Then the many threats to other nations by name and reason.

FYI: Is it important to know that North Korea does not bother with or care about U.S. threats or those by anyone else. They are the masters of threats and PR stunts for anyone who ever seen any of the North's fancy parades. 

What Trump failed to mention and possibly does not even know however is that war there would wipe out South Korea, too... as I said millions in Seoul (which is a mere 30 miles from hundreds and hundreds of North Korean artillery and missiles aimed directly across the DMZ to the South).

They would die within hours including thousands and thousands of U.S. military personnel and thousands and thousands of American civilians as well as other nation citizens who live and work in and around Seoul.

Followed by that, the North would probably as a last ditch stand hit Japan and fling missiles all across the Pacific as far as possible. 

All that would overflow into China and Russia, both land-connected to North Korea.

Does Mr. Trump really advocate such a massive action just to remove one lunatic like Kim, Jung-Un? Tough talk and threats are insane. But, Kim and Trump are both pros in that game of hyperbole, emotional stunts, and massive PR attention. 

Folks, we may be on the brink of the end of time with this Alpha Male pissing contest.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Kim Jung-Un & Donald J. Trump: “Art of Narcissistic Dance Studio” Could Soon Open

1st Round: “Hey, Donald, mine is bigger than yours. Wanna bet?”


From NBC News, in part:

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un promises his country would continue to develop its nuclear weapons program with the ultimate goal of establishing “equilibrium in military force with the U.S.,” according to a North Korean state media statement.

Kim added: “We should clearly show the big power chauvinists how our state attained the goal of completing its nuclear force despite their limitless sanctions and blockade.”

Under Kim's leadership, North Korea has accelerated its nuclear program and issued increasing threats against the U.S. Their latest missile reached an altitude of about 478 miles, traveling 2,300 miles past the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the sea. That means it had the capacity to reach the U.S. territory of Guam.

So, what exactly does Kim want – total and all-out nuclear war – hopefully not, then what?

In public statements, North Korea has said it wants:

1.  An official end to the Korean War – (the war was halted by a July 1953 armistice but no peace treaty has ever been signed – simply the longest cease-fire in history – thus in essence there still exists the same war that started in June 1950 when the North invaded the south (the UN and 16 world nations with U.S. leading reacted – nearly 34,000 Americans died in that war and nearly 5,000 reported MIA. Some 2.5 million Korean civilians died on both sides).

2.  It also wants full normalization of relations with the U.S.

3.  They want to be treated with respect and as an equal in the global arena.


I say: Okay Mr. Kim, let's deal. First, you back off from the daily nuclear missile tests and then:

We sit down at any table and talk and work out the details we all agree on to move forward peacefully, including what you want, and what the entire world wants, too.

You stop your nuclear tests and aggressive threats, and we will recognize you as world nation among other peaceful nations. 

Then you have a real chance to lead and work to unite into a one Korea, which would benefit all sides and their citizens. It really is very simple solution to a very complex problem, so, let's make a deal shall we? 

I wonder if the Trump team reads this and would ever take my advice? Probably not (smile). 

Passing note: I have dealt with North Koreans in the past and know a lot about them including their language, not that it matters (LOL).

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Friday, September 15, 2017

North Korea: Showboating Staged Propaganda TV Reality Show 24/7 and Dangerous

Translation is mine: “Please God let me touch Kim Jung-un.”
(Always phony well-chosen people used as props weeping in joy around him)


Kim, Jung-un: The world's #1 Pathological Narcissist – some of the traits:

The pathological narcissist, though self-absorbed, does not have high self-esteem.

The pathological narcissist is the epitome of the ego maniac with the inferiority complex.

The narcissist brags to the world, but deep inside knows that none of it is true. 

They secretly feel inadequate and bolster themselves up with excessive self-admiration.

They talk a good game without actually feeling any of it. 

The pathological narcissist is completely dependent on admiration from others.
There is NO self-regard without the attention of others. 
There is NO constructive criticism to be received well and when harsh criticism is received, there is only slapping back, HARD.
The pathological narcissist lives for the admiration of others and likes to trumpet it when received.
The pathological narcissist knows it's a house built on shifting sand. 
Because the pathological narcissist KNOWS that he or she is not really worthy of admiration, they resent the very people they are dependent on for admiration.  
The pathological narcissist has no empathy for his or her admirers and doesn't really like them very much. 
That is Kim, Jung-un – do those traits remind you of anyone else – say some other world “leader?” Oops - thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Free Speech is an American Cherished Right and Right to Be An Ässhølë Also

Laura “Nasal” Ingraham – Ässhølë par excellence (now going to FOX)
 (The Ässhølë part is GOP Conservative DNA)

Laura Ingraham lashes out against DACA recipients serving in the military

Ingraham, who is reportedly getting her own prime-time Fox show said this on her radio show:


LAURA INGRAHAM (Radio Talk Show HOST): “I don't like that. I don't like that. We have American people who should be in the military. I don't want, or we don't need illegal immigrants in the military. That's ridiculous. Citizenship isn't bought and paid for by for signing up and getting a skill. No, no, no. This is the American military. This is not the military of mercenary illegal immigrants!”

FYI for everyonethis story from here: DOD (*started in September 2014) now is allowing undocumented immigrants apply for military service under the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (called the MAVNI program) which allows recruits skilled foreigners, if they qualify as so-called “Dreamers” (young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children who have lived in the country for most of their lives, graduated from high school, earned a GED, and have a clean legal record).

Further, foreigners have fought in the American military since Frenchman Lafayette and the Polish engineer Thaddeus Kosciuszko helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War, so this is not the first time, plus immigrants have fought for Uncle Sam via military conscription including undocumented immigrants of whom many fought in the Vietnam War.

My input: Ingraham is low-down scumbag bioch – but going to FOX – well, that is to be expected – birds of a feather and all.

FYI: We have always had non-citizens in our military – only citizenship is required to be a commissioned officer; NOT for any enlisted member…

Ingraham needs to apologize now to the country and then STFU.

Previously Related to Laura Ingraham: 




Finally for Ms. Ingraham: - Here this fact sheet for you to study and then apologize - will she? Doubtful...

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Art of the Con” — Author Of and Liar-in-Chief Donald J. Trump, Inc.

GOP Liars я Us Troika: Class in Session “My Way or the Highway”


Introduction with a Medical Twist (Def. Compulsive Lying Disorder): This is frequently confused with pathological lying, but it’s important to recognize the difference between the two.

1.  Compulsive liars: Defined as someone who engages in dishonesty because it is their automatic response to any question in any situation.

2.  Pathological liars: Defined as someone who lies in order to manipulate other people and achieve their goals with complete disregard for the feelings of others.

Note: Both compulsive and pathological liars are also associated with antisocial personality disorder, more commonly known as “psychopathic behavior.”

Sociopathic Liars: Defined as someone who lies continuously in an attempt to get their own way, without showing care or concern for others. They are goal-oriented.  Even though it might seem hard to believe, lying is focused – they are focused on getting their own way.  Sociopaths don’t have a lot of respect or regard for the feelings and rights of others. They tend to be charismatic and charming, but they will use their exceptional social skills in a self-centered and manipulative manner.

Compulsive Liars: Defined as someone who continually lies from sheer habit, and tends to be their normal manner of responding to any questions from others. They will always bend the truth, regardless of how small or large the question is. For them, telling the truth doesn’t feel right. They are uncomfortable whenever they tell the truth, while lying makes them feel right. Their lying is often thought to manifest during childhood, due to being put into situations and environments where lying became a necessity. Most of the time, compulsive liars aren’t cunning or manipulative, rather they only lie because it has become such a habit for them.
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With that rather long introduction in mind, here is the focus for today: Donald J. Trump, his documented hundreds and hundreds of lies and this simple question: Why does anyone so easily, or so it seems, brush aside his blatant and obvious and proven lies with a childish: “Oh, well, that’s who he is.”

Case in Point: Traveling to ND to address and push for his tax reform, Trump bemoaned that the United States is the most heavily taxed nation on earth in an early morning tweet:

Will be going to North Dakota today to discuss tax reform and tax cuts. We are the highest taxed nation in the world – that will change.” @realDonaldTrump

Ding – totally false - a blatant lie (again).

This statement is completely false. According to 2015 data from the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), taxation accounted for 26.4 percent of the United States’ gross domestic product (GDP). Ours is lower than the average for the 35 nations in the OECD (34.3%) and in some cases far lower than comparable countries (e.g., 45.5% in France).

In April 2016, the Pew Research Center concluded that U.S. tax bills are below the average for developed nations by examining OECD data dating back to 2001. They calculated “national-level income taxes plus mandatory social-insurance contributions as a percentage of gross income” for four different family types: (1) a single working parent, (2) a single working person without children, (3) a married couple with two children where both parents work, and (4) a married couple with two children where only one parent works. In all cases, the U.S. was below the average, and further:

PolitiFact rated Trump’s claim that the U.S. is “the highest taxed country in the world” as false in February 2016 after a Republican primary debate. The fact-checking website concluded that the U.S. “is far from the most taxed nation in the world, whether it’s an advanced industrialized economy or not.” They also repeated that same assessment on after this latest Trump tweet.

Additionally about Trump’s other false claim about U.S. has the highest corporate taxes in the world:

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a public-policy think tank, also rated Trump’s claim as false: “Notwithstanding our high corporate tax rate, the U.S. is not close to being the highest-taxed country in the world.” That tax rate in the U.S. is high, at 35% but the effective rate — after accounting gimmicks, loopholes, and other deductions — it stands at about 18.6%, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Finally this informational tidbit on how to determine which country has the highest tax rate is complicated and depends on the data researchers examine. 

Using data from OECD, Investopedia reported that Portugal has the highest tax rate for people with high incomes (61.3 %); Belgium has the highest level for average-earning single people without children (at 42%); and Turkey has the highest levy for average-earning married couples with two children where only one spouse works (at 25.8%). 

Ponder this: According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, Argentina’s total tax rate is an extraordinary 137.3%.

My basic question in closing: Why do we accept such lies from this president? Indeed, why and almost daily? American politics, our national honor and values and such are now nothing but worthless 140 character tweets…

Trump is totally incomprehensible – yet his many followers find him refreshing… what a conundrum?

The way I see Trump supporters after they honestly (not possible, really) review his trail of lies (joke for the day):


Oh, yeah, what are we going to do about such a man? Seems apparently nothing.

That is the national shame. Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, August 31, 2017

GOP Move to Stop Mueller Probe: Please Succeed — Then KaBoom GOP

See Video Link Below 
(Boy I hope the GOP succeeds in this crazy-ass scheme) 

Dedicated and Focused Robert Mueller: GOP Target
(Don't they want the truth? Nope...)


Watch the FOX video clip linked below and tell me honestly, isn’t Fox’s Brian Kilmeade a raving lunatic – and also the GOP Rep. in the clip, too.

Kilmeade is an absolute blow hard moron – no sense whatsoever. Also, it says a lot about Fox claim of being “fair and balanced” – more like they are truly biased, in the tank for the GOP and mostly for Trump that is honestly: “Unfair and Unbalanced” – but boy, does it sell to the “redneck/uneducated goober base.”

Watch this 3-minute video and see what you think.




I also note in the clip that Kilmeade says to DeSantis (R-FL) that: “The NYS AG is an arch-enemy of Donald Trump and has been for some time.”

My View: That last part is truly disgusting for a member of Congress to imply.

So, I ask Rep. DeSantis: “Is your guy, U.S. AG Jeff Sessions (R-AL) an arch-enemy of the public for his stance and view on law and order?

This latest from FOX volumes about the state of affairs we see all around us that they blast everyone for, yet never themselves, like DEMS are ruining the country; DEMS are taking away our rights and guns, and other nonsense load of crap.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Afghanistan Poppy Fields and Heroin Business: Two Wars as U.S. Ignores This One

Poppy Field and Yes, a U.S. Combat Tank in the Background


Afghanistan's poppy-opium production goes for more than 90% of heroin worldwide.

Afghanistan has been the world's greatest illicit opium producer, ahead of Burma (Myanmar - the Golden Triangle) and Latin America since 1992, excluding 2001.

Afghanistan is the main producer of opium in the Golden Crescent. Opium production in Afghanistan has been on the rise since U.S. occupation started in 2001. Based on UN ODC data, opium poppy cultivation was more in each of the growing seasons in the periods between 2004 and 2007 than in any one year during Taliban rule.

More land is now used for opium in Afghanistan than is used for coca cultivation in Latin America. In 2007, 93% of the non-pharmaceutical-grade opiates on the world market originated in Afghanistan. This amounts to an export value of about $4 billion, with a quarter being earned by opium farmers and the rest going to district officials, insurgents, warlords, and drug traffickers.

In seven years (1994–2000) and prior to a Taliban opium ban, Afghan farmers' shared a gross income from opium that was divided among 200,000 families.

In addition to opiates, Afghanistan is also the largest producer of cannabis (mostly as hashish) in the world.

In 2004, a Fatwa (religious edict) was issued by Muslim clerics claiming that opium production is contrary to the Sharia law and that opium producers would face punishments in accordance with the sharia. (One assumes death???)

B/L if there is a bottom line to this: Former State Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Thomas Schweich, wrote in a New York Times article, July 27, 2007, that opium production is protected by the government of Hamid Karzai as well as by the Taliban, as all parties to political conflict in Afghanistan as well as criminals benefit from opium production.

Further, and in Schweich's opinion, the U.S. military turned a blind eye to opium production as not being central to its anti-terrorism mission. 

There have been allegations of American and European involvement in Afghanistan's drug trafficking with links to Taliban.

Directly related (everyone does not agree I suppose) from this fine Salon.com article (February 2016).

Finally, my view for what it’s worth: And, here we are today – (again) expanding U.S. troop involvement there and (again), no obvious end in sight.

Ding idea: Why not pay off the Taliban, al-Qaeda, or ISIS with money to stop fighting and then make everyone happy, um? Share in the wealth rather than death?
Hey, nothing else has worked.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

United Police States of America: What the Hell Has Happened to Us, Really

Police Today, or Infantry Combat Patrol in Kabul or Mosul
(Hard to tell the diff isn't it)


Where we are today, or where we are heading tomorrow 
(Protesters: Meet your match)


Call this subject the beginning of the end thanks solely to Donald J. Trump:American Emperor-in-the-Making.”

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) — The Trump administration has lifted a controversial ban on the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments whose battlefield-style response to rioting in a St. Louis suburb three years ago prompted a halt to the program. The new plan takes effect immediately and fully rolls back an Obama administration executive order that blocked armored vehicles, large-caliber weapons, ammunition and other heavy equipment from being re-purposed from foreign battlefields to America's streets.

AG Sessions led the campaign for the program's reinstatement outlined the new Trump EO in an address to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the nation's largest police union, suggesting that Obama's directive was a concession to political pressure applied by civil rights advocates, saying in part:We will not put superficial concerns above public safety. All you need to do is turn on a TV right now to see that for Houstonians this isn't about appearances, it's about getting the job done and getting everyone to safety.”

Further, the administration's action, first disclosed by USA TODAY would:  “Restore the full scope of a longstanding program for recycling surplus, lifesaving gear from the DOD along with restoring the full scope of grants used to purchase this type of equipment from other sources. Assets that would otherwise be scrapped can be re-purposed to help state, local and tribal law enforcement better protect public safety and reduce crime.”

Included in the gear are such things as rocket-launchers and bayonets. According to the Trump plan, the bayonets would likely be re-purposed as utility knives and the launchers used to shoot tear gas canisters, instead of lethal ammunition.

My Conclusion: Wow – Amerika now starts to resemble Nazi Germany of the 1930’s or at the very least a segment from the popular TV show like “24” or some media clips from the latest Stallone flick: “The Expendables,” or something similar.

Armed hostage situations with cops under fire, or terrorist attacks, and like situations, yes, perhaps those things are needed. But, not needed to squelch angry protesters riled up about unwarranted police shootings or some other public outrage. I’m not so hot or sold on that aspect… what about you?

I say: Save the military action on the battlefield and not on the streets of America with our police forces – unless of course Trump, Inc. knows something we do not.

Or perhaps he has a longer range plan in this power struggle that he believes he needs a “Jack Bauer and CTU busting down doors or breaking up angry citizens, or maybe a platoon of APC’s or tanks with platoons of infantry dressed cops armed with PRGs, bayonets, and large caliber weapons.  

Hardly.


Stay tuned. 


Saturday, August 26, 2017

Trump Slaps Rational Justice in the Face with Arpaio Pardon — S.O.P. for Trump

.“No Sweaty da, Joe. I Got Your Back” – 
(Arpaio: Convicted of criminal contempt for profiling Latinos)


Another crazy-ass Trump stunt to stay out front in the limelight to gain attention:

WASHINGTON (from USA TODAY and Washington Post – the highlights) — 

Almost everything about Trump's pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio is unusual.

(From The Post):

Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman wrote after Trump’s belligerent Phoenix rally speech that such a pardon would represent an “assault on the federal judiciary, the Constitution and the rule of law itself for which the remedy is impeachment.”

Political scientist Jeffrey Crouch in his book on the pardon power makes clear, pardons are granted for two reasons: (1) either to provide mercy or (2) correct a miscarriage of justice, in an individual case; or on more general grounds based on public policy.

Trump’s pardon of Arpaio does not fit either category very well.

As regards to mercy: Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist that pardons were needed, since otherwise “justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel.” Presidents have sometimes pardoned elderly convicts, for instance, rather than see them die in prison.

Arpaio is now 85, but he had not even yet been sentenced; that hearing was set for October. As a procedural matter, the guidelines of the Justice Department’s office of the pardon attorney — not binding on the president, of course, and not consulted in this instance — state that petitions for clemency are normally considered only after five years have passed after a conviction. And, further, in considering such petitions, “The extent to which a petitioner has accepted responsibility for his or her criminal conduct and made restitution to its victims are important considerations.”

Pardons also serve as a check against the judicial branch, when the president feels a grave miscarriage of justice has occurred. At his Phoenix rally, Trump seemed to make this claim, saying that “Sheriff Joe was convicted for doing his job.”

(My Note: Another standard and relatively routine and blatant Trump lie).

(From USA Today):

1. Trump chose a politically polarizing anti-immigration sheriff as the recipient of his first pardon — the kind of controversial grant of clemency recent presidents have reserved for the 11th hour rather than their first act. 

2.  Arpaio didn't even meet the Justice Department guidelines for a pardon.

3.  His conviction wasn't five years old, he hadn't expressed remorse, and he hadn't even applied to the Office of Pardon Attorney. 

Plus, and another White House lie, the day before press secretary *Sarah Huckabee Sanders* said the president would follow “a thorough and standard” process in considering the pardon. That process usually requires seven layers of review and an FBI background check – Note: None were followed.

[I Note: *This pitiful lying uninformed and misleading and dumb woman should be canned from this important job – she is worthless, useless, and disgusting in her job performance and appearance as major spokesperson for the White House – the public should demand she be replaced ASAP. The worst part: She knows when she is relaying a lie,  if not, then it's even worse].





But none of this matters except to generate political hype, etc.  – The constitutional authority to “grant pardons and reprieves for offenses against the United States” is the most-absolute of all the powers any president has.

So turmoil, public anger, and all that aside: Almost every president has done this, and some (see the article examples) have been pretty awful and on a president’s last day in office – but, none ever this early like Trump’s. 

I conclude: What can the public do? Nothing except gripe and moan – or just grin and bear it, or whatever.

Also, Trump loves this kind of power: It can’t be overturned, is rock-solid authority, and unquestionably all his. 

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