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Flynn must have really pissed off someone

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In addition, the Army has been investigating whether Mr. Flynn received money from the Russian government during a trip he took to Moscow in 2015, according to two defense officials. Such a payment might violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution, which prohibits former military officers from receiving money from a foreign government without consent from Congress. The defense officials said there was no record that Mr. Flynn, a retired three-star Army general, filed the required paperwork for the trip.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/13/us/politics/donald-trump-national-security-adviser-michael-flynn.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=64910606&pgtype=Homepage

Thank you so much for the hearts

Õ care for my mom who lives with me and has advanced Alzheimer's. It can get pretty lonely. I found DU right after the terrible, awful thing happened in November and it has been a sanity saver. I enjoy all the wonderful posts and they help me feel connected to the rest of the world. Love my DUers.

So I'm hanging at my favorite pizza/craft beer pub

The bartender asked me if I wanted to get some pizza and I told her the bathroom scale has not been kind recently so I was going to pass. We joked about how those scales lie and I said maybe I have a Republican scale and we laughed and laughed.

Enough already

Whoever it is needs to stop flipping over rocks and letting creepy crawly things out from under them.

Sawing off the branch you're sitting on

Fascists governments have no need for a federal or state legislative branch. If those career politicians don't want to end up flipping burgers they better get busy. Wonder how long it will take them to figure thatt out?

ERIC vs CrossCheck

We all know the issues with CrossCheck. It is a poorly designed program that results in massive "matches" due to limited data analysis. ERIC, a PEW program, uses much more robust data. It is currently used in 21 states. One of which, Washington, used it to increase voter registration. I think it is a great alternative to CrossCheck, a program run by

http://www.ericstates.org/images/documents/ERIC_Membership_Summary_v1.0.pdf

http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/analysis/2016/03/09/eric-mailings-encourage-voter-registration-in-washington-state

I wonder how many federal employees voted for Twitler

The ones who didn't are already pissed. The ones who did probably aren't too happy about the hiring freeze. Nothing like not being able to take vacation because your office is short staffed. His cabinet doesn't have a clue how to run an agency. The folks at the bottom are pissed. Sounds like the making of a giant cluster.

The Double Edged Sword

For better or worse, America has an incredible love affair with individualism. The image of the lone cowboy and the rebel without a cause resonates with many Americans. They are symbols of strength and courage. But as with all love affairs there are downsides. One obvious downside, and we are seeing it now, is a willingness to dismantle the social safety net. Wrapped in it is the belief that everyone should pull themselves up by their bootstraps. That those who donít have, just havenít worked hard enough. Sounds pugly and it is. But along with that comes a disdain of being told what to do or say or think. Trump can tell people not to believe their lying eyes. But eventually many who voted for him are going to get tired of having to defend the indefensible. More importantly his behavior will show him not to be a rebel full of strength and courage but something else entirely different. Then, as happens when we realize the object of our affection is not who we thought they were, the love affair will end. It may end slowly or in an instant as when love suddenly turns to hate, but it will end.

Sometime last month

Trump Ė Hey Steve, whatís this I hear about a womenís march?
Bannon Ė Itís that damn liberal media, got em all stirred up. But donít worry Donny, we got it handled. Ainít gonna be no big deal.

If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy

Happy wife, happy life...The hand that rocks the cradle, rocks the world.
Pithy little sayings but in them is the recognition of the strength of women. Societies don't try to subjugate people they believe are weak, they subjugate those they know are strong. For far too long women have allowed themselves to be judged by rules we didn't write. We are told over and over that we need to look and act a certain way to be respected. But that respect only means we will be free from being demeaned it doesn't mean we will be treated as equals. It's time we quit playing by the rules they wrote for us and start playing by our own rules. Rules that say all women, in their beautiful diversity of body, thought, and action are inherently valuable. That the right to choose runs the gamut from reproductive health to make-up to motherhood. Womanhood, in and of itself, unites us. Do not allow false issues to separate us. That is their game and we don't have to play it.
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