Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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Compulsory Patriotism – Why I Don’t Insist You Salute Or Observe Anything

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by Richard Cameron   I’ve seen a lot of angry people expressing their outrage about football players kneeling during the anthem. I respect their right to their viewpoint, while at the same time, I don’t share it.  Donald Trump, predictably, got in the middle of this, seeing in it another opportunity to exploit the anger of his remaining base voters.  At a rally in Alabama, Trump juiced up the crowd with, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that…

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Communication Breakdown – The Trump Administration’s Policy Messaging Disconnect

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by Richard Cameron Communication Breakdown – it’s always the same… Since Trump’s swearing in as president, he has consistently issued public messages, mostly through social media avenues that contradict those of his cabinet officials and even the men and women  in the White House communications office, whose task it is to disseminate orderly and consonant information to the public through the press, radio and television. This week has been remarkable in that respect. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson reported that he had embarked on a diplomatic initiative involving private talks…

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North Korea Dictator Kim Jong Un Ignoring Trump’s Reality TV Trash Talk And Bellicose Rhetoric

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by Richard Cameron On August 9th, President Trump, during a visit to his Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster, NJ, made the statement that: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen… he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.” Things were quiet for about a week and half, from the…

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USS John S. McCain Collides With Oil Tanker In Malacca Strait – 10 Crewman Missing

by Richard Cameron SINGAPORE Early Monday – at 5:24AM Malaysia time, the USS John S. McCain – a guided missile destroyer was involved in a collision with a Liberian registered oil tanker, resulting in extensive damage to the Navy vessel and the status of 10 sailors of the destroyer’s crew unaccounted for at the time the incident was first reported. The McCain was on the way through the Malacca Strait, headed for a port visit in Singapore, when the collision occurred between it and the AlnicMC. First photo of damaged…

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White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon Fired By Donald Trump

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by Richard Cameron WASHINGTON, D.C. – As has been tumbling vigorously in the Beltway rumor mill and outside of it for close to a month, White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon has been fired by Donald Trump – as confirmed by White House Deputy Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders.  “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement. That’s the White House version. Unofficial reports…

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Trump Has Trapped Himself In A Corner Over North Korea

by Tony Wyman When President Trump told the world that any further threatening acts by North Korea would be met by “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he backed himself into a corner from which he has no escape without either losing credibility or engaging in a war that the American people don’t want to fight. The North Koreans, recognizing President Trump’s blunder, immediately responded with detailed plans to launch four missiles over Japan to strike American military bases in Guam, a U.S. territory. “As already clarified,…

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President Trump Channels King Richard III With Ego-Driven War Mongering

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by Oletta Branstiter Schoolyard Bullies The U.S. President and the North Korean President are engaging in a playground competition to compare the size of their respective “missiles”, endangering the entire globe. Did we expect anything less? In his usual style, Trump tweeted a threat to Kim Jong Un: Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 11, 2017 When confronted by media for the bombastic tone, the Commander-in-Chief doubled down by…

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Trump’s Battle of Words With Jong Un Escalates into More Division Among Conservatives

By Janice Barlow China has announced it will remain neutral regarding its position with North Korea (DPRK) unless the United States preemptively attacks. This, the culmination of a long week’s battle of words flying back and forth between President Trump and Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s threat to launch missiles with nuclear warheads near Guam, a U.S. territory with approximately 300,000 occupants, both citizens and military. What has changed in recent history regarding the power of North Korea? George W. Bush referred to the relatively small nation as one…

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Trump Retweets Classified Information From An Intelligence Leak Regarding North Korea

by Richard Cameron Donald Trump and his galaxy of defenders have been hammering a consistent narrative about how improper the leaks regarding internal administration matters have been. They have called for an internal investigation to discover who is behind them and to subject them to criminal prosecution. There is just one flaw in the narrative. Donald Trump himself, really does not believe in it. As additional proof, Trump was on Twitter again this morning, in the midst of his “working vacation”, re-tweeting an article published today on the “Fox and…

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