Dennis D. Brust: President deserves a chance

Interest in writing this letter started last November, when Donald Trump won the presidential election. I believe that our citizens should know more about the positive changes we will have in our country and around the world in the months to come.

It seems that politicians promise everything when they campaign and when elected fall into the swamp of doing very little. Right now, Democrats, the media, many liberal TV networks, liberal talk radio and some Republicans are doing everything possible to stop our president’s agenda. This is a sorry situation and is very embarrassing.

The following are issues our president has promised to work on.

• Build a wall to keep illegal immigrants and drugs out of United States. Deport the criminals in our jails, prisons.

• Put pressure on sanctuary cities to follow the law or lose federal funding.

• Repeal and replace Obama Care to put health care back in the hands of doctors and patients to get a better plan at a lower cost.

• Get education in the hands of parents, teachers and local districts.

• Extreme vetting of immigrants coming to the U.S.

• Improve the economy, keep companies in the U.S. and get jobs back.

• Support law enforcement and the 2nd amendment.

• Cut taxes for our corporations and citizens.

• Attain self-sufficiency in energy, save the coal industry and build the Keystone and Dakota pipelines.

• Demolish and destroy IS.

• Cut regulations to allow business to cut expenses and grow.

• Repair our infrastructure.

The president said he will improve pay for workers, add millions of jobs, improve our infrastructure, keep us safe and make better trade deals. President Trump’s speech to Congress was outstanding. He has accomplished an amazing amount of good for the country in his first 40 days.

It must have been embarrassing for the Democrats to not agree with any of his agenda, and just sit in anger, when they wanted some of the same things.

We need to hold our Congress and president accountable but give them a chance to succeed. Many of you will have different opinions, so you should get involved with finding the true facts.

Don’t believe the fake news and lies that are circulated.

Dennis D. Brust

North Routt County

Community comments

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(Martha D Young) marthalee says...

His cabinet and adviser appointments have been awesome.

Posted 3 March 2017, 7:19 a.m. Suggest removal

(bill schurman) expublicdefender says...


Of Course there is Kellyanne Conway. And, we are paying for her to remind us that it's all "fake" news.


Posted 3 March 2017, 9:14 a.m. Suggest removal

(Neil O'Keeffe) rokboat says...


Posted 3 March 2017, 7:32 a.m. Suggest removal

(Julie Hagenbuch) jhagen says...

The only thing I want is the infrastructure. The rest of it undermines our country and its values.

Posted 3 March 2017, 7:53 a.m. Suggest removal

(Don Thayer) dthayer2000 says...

Seriously? Fighting against the murder of innocents, the execution of gays and christians undermines our country and its values? Supporting the US Constitution, advocating for local control, reducing the tax burden on citizens, enforcing federal immigration law all violates our values?

Posted 3 March 2017, 2:33 p.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

How is it that declaring war on the media, Muslims, protesters etc. supports the Constitution? Unless of course you're excluding the First Amendment...

Posted 6 March 2017, 11:45 p.m. Suggest removal

(Don Thayer) dthayer2000 says...

The media has declared war on Trump - look at the 2017 campaign. Trump is simply advocating vetting Muslims from the world's main areas of terrorist activity. Protesters - really? Destroying businesses, attacking civilians, destroying vehicles parked on the curb? You're actually defending these actions? Trump hasn't advocated against peaceful protests, check his Twitter feed to see his actual statements. Name any statement from Trump that advocates violating the 1st Amendment.

Posted 13 March 2017, 10:12 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric Morris) ericsmorris says...

Per the words of the constitution, and not its penumbras and emanations like Wickard and Roe, much of this is beyond the purview of the Feds, much less the person on the Oval Throne.

Posted 3 March 2017, 8:20 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric Morris) ericsmorris says...

I have asked that a libelous statement be removed, and an apology for that false statement.

Posted 3 March 2017, 8:49 a.m. Suggest removal

(tom bedell) tombedell says...

Delusion's are great! Why not add- Make the bad people good to the list.

Posted 3 March 2017, 9:06 a.m. Suggest removal

(Fred Duckels) fredduckels says...

Obama had a hard time finding a cabinet because no one had paid their taxes Eric.

Posted 3 March 2017, 9:33 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

Still waiting for those Trump tax returns. At least Obama paid his? Kinda the sorta thing we shouldn't need to legislate, but I'll betcha dollars to donuts such legislation passes even a Republican-majority Congress before 2020. Really no excuse to break with a custom & practice that never needed legislation to enforce. UNTIL NOW.

Posted 6 March 2017, 11:48 p.m. Suggest removal

(Dan Shores) dshores says...

Given a do what? His entire address to congress was based on lies, as was his entire campaign!

Our borders are already secure, building a wall is crazy.

We already have extreme vetting. Where's the health care replacement plan?

Where are the tax returns he promised to release?

What happened to the plan to defeat ISIS within 30 days?

We already support law enforcement. The overall crime rate is dropping and has been dropping for years.

Those coal jobs aren't coming back. Coal is being phased out, not by a liberal agenda, but because of market forces and the inevitable switch to clean renewable sources of energy. We don't need more pipelines.

Cut regulation to help business, you mean like ordering the EPA to stop preventing companies from dumping pollutants into our rivers and streams and telling oil companies they no longer need to disclose the chemicals they are putting into the earth.

Repair our infrastructure? What? Obama wanted to do that forever but was blocked by republicans in congress. Trump thinks he can do it with private, for profit companies rather than public works type projects. Really. Private industry is going to build roads, bridges, dams, airports?

Cut taxes? you mean for the wealthiest Americans. When all the deductions and loopholes are taken into account, our corporate tax rates are consistent with the rest of the world. Cut revenue and build a wall and spend billions on our already bloated military? Remember when Bush cut taxes and started a war at the same time? How'd that work out?

Give him a chance to take away more of our personal freedoms? I don't think so. Trump is not normal and should not be treated like a normal human being. He has proven himself to be a pathological liar, racist and bigot. Not normal!

Posted 3 March 2017, 9:48 a.m. Suggest removal

(Don Thayer) dthayer2000 says...

Lies? Really? Obama and the ACA.

Posted 3 March 2017, 2:34 p.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

Or Flynn and Sessions colluding with the RUSSIANS?

Posted 6 March 2017, 11:51 p.m. Suggest removal

(Erin Biggs) erin says...

Thank you Dan.

Posted 3 March 2017, 3:48 p.m. Suggest removal

(Nancy Spillane) NSpillane says...

I'm with Dan. Our president is a pathological liar. Mr. Clinton was impeached for one lie. One.

Posted 3 March 2017, 9:57 a.m. Suggest removal

(Don Thayer) dthayer2000 says...

Hillary - No i didn't use a non-secure server. No I didn't email classified information non-securely - while Secretary of State. For the record, she used her personal server EXCLUSIVELY. She did not use the State Dept's secure server.

Posted 3 March 2017, 2:43 p.m. Suggest removal

(Erin Biggs) erin says...

And what of Mike Pence's emails?

Posted 3 March 2017, 3:49 p.m. Suggest removal

(Don Thayer) dthayer2000 says...

Pence didn't use a personal email SERVER to have complete control in order to hide his actions from the people when campaigning for President in the future. He didn't LIE about his personal email use. He didn't transmit CLASSIFIED information. He didn't ILLEGALLY delete emails after having them subpoenaed. His use of a personal email was not illegal, Clinton's server was. Pence used a personal email in addition to his government email, Clinton used her illegal server EXCLUSIVELY.

Posted 4 March 2017, 4:31 a.m. Suggest removal

(Robert Huron) rchuron says...

Can someone please explain how you can again have massive tax cuts combined with massive military and infrastructure spending and not add $Trillions more to the National Debt. Both Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush did this and our debt has climbed from $900 Billion in 1981 to $ 20 Trillion( $6 Trillion for the Iraq War alone) today. The Debt ceiling will be reached in a few weeks and the Government will be out of cash in June and you have not heard one word about this. Tax cuts have never paid for themselves. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result I believe is called INSANITY.

Posted 3 March 2017, 10:42 a.m. Suggest removal

(Don Thayer) dthayer2000 says...

Here's the IRS link:

To summarize, between 2000 and 2003 total revenues declined each year over the previous. The tax relief act of 2003 was signed into law 5-28-03. After the 2003 Tax Act, revenues increased strongly every year, even though the tax RATES were decreased

2003 total revenue was $1.95T, 2004 - $2.02T, 2005 - $2.27T, 2006 - $2.52T, 2007 - $2.69T, 2008 - $2.75T.

To clarify further - 2004 - 3% increase, 2005 - 12%, 2006 - 11%, 2007 - 7%, 2008 - 3%

Posted 3 March 2017, 3:03 p.m. Suggest removal

(Tim Keenan) EarsOfTheWorld says...

I've seen enough, thanks.
It's really sad what the right-wing media echo chamber has done to this country. I don't know how we're supposed to work toward common goals when a vocal minority of the country believes things that aren't actually true.
How do we bridge the reality gap?

Posted 3 March 2017, 11:15 a.m. Suggest removal

(Scott Wedel) Scott_Wedel says...

If Trump can make many of his promises come true then that would be great. Many of his promises appear to be fantasies devoid of reality.

Though, "Don’t believe the fake news and lies that are circulated." is a concerning statement because it implies that news that doesn't support the Trump agenda suddenly becomes "fake" and that any news critical of Trump becomes "lies".

Seems that the great majority of news stories have been factually accurate and what Trump claims is "fake news" are facts he doesn't like.

Posted 3 March 2017, 11:22 a.m. Suggest removal

(Nancy Spillane) NSpillane says...

Well said, Scott.

Posted 3 March 2017, 11:49 a.m. Suggest removal

(Fred Duckels) fredduckels says...

Those who are very smug and opinionated when it comes to politics in my observation have no credibility. I have grown tired of pay to play politics on both sides and Trump is at least a hope. He will be swimming upstream as big money wants to continue the gravy train,

Posted 3 March 2017, 11:40 a.m. Suggest removal

(bill schurman) expublicdefender says...

Allegedly, Donald is big money (he refuses to release his tax returns to prove it) as are the majority of his cabinet. The rich on both sides are getting richer and you and I aren't. Big business as usual.

Posted 3 March 2017, 2:22 p.m. Suggest removal

(Zac Brennan) zacman says...

Isn't Trump big money or is it bigly?

Posted 3 March 2017, 10:45 p.m. Suggest removal

(Scott Wedel) Scott_Wedel says...

Trump's recent proposal to spend more money on defense, for instance, would seem to break campaign promises that government is so ineffective and poorly negotiated that Trump, using his business experience, could get so much more for less.

Also, Trump's promises to get other countries to pay their share and be more responsible for their defense should allow the US to have fewer carrier groups, not need more.

Is it "fake news" to point out the differences between his campaign promises and his current actions?

Posted 3 March 2017, 11:55 a.m. Suggest removal

(Scott Wedel) Scott_Wedel says...

There are currently lots of high paying jobs available that just require the specialized skills of a high paying job. Never again will there be such a lack of competition that there will be low skilled manufacturing jobs that pay well. Automotive manufacturing has far fewer employees making more cars in the past. And those jobs do not include using rubber mallets to get poorly made body panels to sort of line up as there were 40+ years ago, but now include jobs like maintaining and upgrading the robotic manufacturing process. Tesla has dozens of high paying jobs listed for their manufacturing plant, but the job descriptions could just as easily be to work at Microsoft.

Trump's promises on manufacturing are talking about a time prior to technology. It is almost funny to watch CNBC with erstwhile Trump backers saying that Trump doesn't mean what he says, but an alternative pro-business plan, the exact opposite of what Trump has proposed, is what Trump will do.

Posted 3 March 2017, 1:19 p.m. Suggest removal

(Nancy Spillane) NSpillane says...

Mr. Brust: I sincerely appreciate and respect your point of view on what Mr. Trump's plans are for our country. After a month in office, here is what I see as his plan for America:
1) Take away American's health care and have no viable replacement.
2) Destroy the environment for future generations by rolling back environmental regulations that have kept Americans safe.
3) Deny the science of climate change to guarantee that we are thrust past the tipping point and allow oil companies to feed on the remaining fossil fuels.
4) Install advisors and cabinet appointments that don't have a clue, but have a big agenda to destroy and do harm and follow the Bannon Plan to dismantle the democracy.
5) Create fear of the "other' to allow military build up and hatred between people and countries.
6) Take away the reproductive rights of women.
7) Take away the rights of LGBTQ Americans.
8) Roll back Wall Street regulations so the top 1% can get even richer and so far, Wall Street is loving it!
9) Demonize the Press and have at least several lies a day to confuse and distract the people.
10) Have a secret and extensive relationship with a Russian dictator.
11) Watch as anti-Semitism grows and racial bigotry thrives and do nothing. Nothing.
12) Put up walls and implement bans to keep immigrants/Muslims/the other out.

Posted 3 March 2017, 1:21 p.m. Suggest removal

(Scott Wedel) Scott_Wedel says...

Russell Westbrook, Isiah Thomas, James Harden fan? Watching them break down defenses with their dribble?

Sorry for replying with such drivel.

Posted 3 March 2017, 5:14 p.m. Suggest removal

(Tim Keenan) EarsOfTheWorld says...

I thought maybe Trump would shake up our foreign policy a bit; take a "what have you done for me lately" approach which would see us put more pressure on a country like Saudi Arabia. So far, he's made a mess of things, and I don't see the upside.
I was thrilled when he said he would rebuild our infrastructure because as everyone knows, it's in dire need.
So far, barely a peep about that and already resistance from Congressional republicans.
What we did get was increased pollution, (mine waste into streams,) methane, one of the worst greenhouse gasses, able to be released by oil companies without notification); a bungling national security team partially led by a man who seems to believe in World War III; collusion with Russia by seemingly half his cabinet for reasons we can only guess at; an FCC commissioner on a mission to destroy net neutrality and allow ISP's to sell your data without permission; financial advisors who can again talk you into vehicles that will help them but may not help you; a complete cluster related to refugees and immigrants from certain countries that was so sloppy it was struck down by the courts... ...
The list goes on, and I'm missing quite a few things.
I think he's made it pretty clear through his actions which way he's going to go, and I'm not going to wait till he's done to try to slow him down.
I applaud government officials and congressional republicans who have had the guts to call him out and expose the lies told by his administration. For the good of your country, keep it up!

Posted 3 March 2017, 1:41 p.m. Suggest removal

(Nancy Spillane) NSpillane says...

Tim, well written. Thank you.

Posted 3 March 2017, 2:11 p.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

Nancy Spillane's childish diatribe is right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook, a.k.a. Liberal Smear 101. Don't like what the other side is doing? Ascribe the most malevolent motivations possible, and shriek about impending Armageddon. To wit: reducing regulatory burdens = Environmental Destruction! Obamacare repeal = Heath Care Destruction! Bruce Jenner can't dangle his jingle bells in the ladies' can = LGBTQ Destruction! blah blah blah, ad infinitum, ad naseum. From the same seething cesspool of derision and contempt that enabled Preezy & the Plagiarist In Chief to so easily insult millions of conservative Americans (like me) as teabaggers and terrorists.

I suspect this is the same Nancy Spillane who recently signed onto [this togetherness pap][1], wherein we were lectured to embrace "...questions and concerns instead of insults and easy dismissals."

A month into El Presidente's term, and it's abundantly clear that Ms. Spillane & her ilk are deploying the dismissals thick and fast. The tone deafness is breathtaking.

You want more Trump, gang? Stick to the template laid out by Spillane & Co. *That's* how you get more Trump.


Posted 3 March 2017, 3:52 p.m. Suggest removal

(Melanie Turek) Melanieturek says...

Hi Dennis. You write, "He has accomplished an amazing amount of good for the country in his first 40 days."

Can you please list here exactly what those accomplishments are? Not promises--actual laws.


Posted 3 March 2017, 4:04 p.m. Suggest removal

(Melanie Turek) Melanieturek says...

Harvey, why the nasty? All I did was ask Dennis, who took the trouble to write about how wonderful our new POTUS is, to explain WHAT, specifically, he's done.

But since you couldn't tell me either, I went to the official White House site. He's signed four pieces of legislation. One was designed to allow General Mattis to serve as SecDev even though he hadn't been out of service for seven years. So, let's call it three meaningful laws...

Go look for yourself...

Posted 3 March 2017, 5:41 p.m. Suggest removal

(Chris Hadlock) chadlock says...

I trusted him to keep our country safe but it appears his administration talks to Russia more than I am comfortable with. More importantly they keep lying about it. Hmmmm, why?

I trusted him to educate our children but Betsy seems more effective at demolition that coalition.

I trusted him to balance the budget, but his 1st proposal seems more like fiction than policy.

I trusted him to release his tax returns as promised. Still waiting on that one.

Posted 3 March 2017, 6:41 p.m. Suggest removal

(Melanie Turek) Melanieturek says...

Harvey, I was speaking of your tone, not your link. In any case, the link I provided shows everything POTUS has done. Check it out.

Posted 4 March 2017, 7:45 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

[tone][1] *noun* (MOOD)

[ U ] the mood or general feeling of something:
*The tone of his remarks was confident and reassuring.*

literature [ U ] The tone of a piece of writing expresses the writer's attitude toward the subject or the reader:
*The angry tone of this essay reveals her feelings about the war.*

Don't quit your day job, Debbie. Ye gods.


Posted 4 March 2017, 9:20 a.m. Suggest removal

(Randy Hiley) Rh says...

I'm sure the 48% of folks who pay no income taxes want the 52% who pay all the income taxes to pay more. As George W would say, I'm just not in aggreance with that. Enough is enough! I think if we all pay 40% of our income, there might be enough income to fix all the social issues. (I can hear the screaming now from the 48%). But you can't tax the 52% at 100% and fix anything.

Btw, keep up the spirited debates. I'll bet both sides are 100% certain they are correct on all issues. Gotta love US. I'm gonna go walk my dog(maybe off lease).

Posted 4 March 2017, 9:49 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

Income tax distributions in 2015 (the most recent year for which I could find the stats):

$0 - 24,200 account for 4.5% of total US income, pay -2.2% of federal income tax.

$24,200 - $47,300 account for 9.3% of total US income, pay -1% of federal income tax.

$47,300 - $79,500 account for 14.8% of total US income, pay 5.9% of federal income tax.

$79,500 - $134,300 account for 20% of total US income, pay 13.4% of federal income tax.

Above $134,300 account for 51.3% of total US income, pay 83.9% of federal income tax.

Those percentages as derived from the various income levels have been essentially static for 50 years. I've always been baffled how that's insufficiently progressive for the "progressives" among us.

Posted 4 March 2017, 9:54 a.m. Suggest removal

(Randy Hiley) Rh says...

Ouch, maybe my percentages were off a bit. I was using some alternative facts. Looks like 52% pay only 84% of taxes. Thanks Brian

Posted 4 March 2017, 10:28 a.m. Suggest removal

(Scott Wedel) Scott_Wedel says...

But then nearly half the population has minimal assets/wealth so we don't have, for instance, a middle class doing well that has moved tax burdens to crush the wealthy.

Posted 4 March 2017, 12:33 p.m. Suggest removal

(Scott Wedel) Scott_Wedel says...

So Trump says Obama administration was wiring tapping Trump Towers. Assuming that is true then a federal judge signed off the warrant. Thus, Trump has persuasively argued the need for a special prosecutor so that the criminal investigation can continue.

Posted 4 March 2017, 12:35 p.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

I'm old enough to remember when Preezy promised there was *no* way to drill our way thru any energy challenges we may face.

[American Shale Ready to Take On Petrostates][1]

"The U.S. shale boom is back and better than ever. After weathering a collapse in crude prices that saw the value of a barrel of oil drop from more than $110 in June 2014 down below $30 in January 2016, American fracking firms (the ones that survived, that is) are looking fit once again. As Bloomberg reports, these companies are already taking advantage of a petrostate production cut that ceded valuable market share and pushed oil prices back above $50 per barrel. . . .

So now, nearly three years after a global glut sent oil prices into a tailspin and American oil producers to their nearest lenders, U.S. oil production is once again floating above 9 million bpd. And as positive as this is for both the American economy and our country’s energy security, it’s a major threat to oil-soaked states both inside and out of OPEC. Those petrostates banded together late last year to finally agree on a production cut, and they managed to induce a price rebound of roughly $10 per barrel as a result. Now, however, their worst fears are being realized: U.S. shale producers are seizing the opportunity and bringing rigs out of retirement."

I'm starting to wonder if that Barry fella didn't know what he was talking about. Or maybe he did, and chose to prioritize AlGore/lefty/Armageddon scare tactics instead.


Posted 5 March 2017, 9:57 a.m. Suggest removal

(Scott Wedel) Scott_Wedel says...


Well, a whole lot of people were wrong on the effectiveness of fracking. Look at all of the investors that put money in prior to the prices collapsing. Chesapeake, Chevron, Shell, and so also got it wrong at a cost to them of billions.

Obama resisted the calls from the left wing to ban fracking such as suggested by Bernie.

Posted 5 March 2017, 1:51 p.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

"I've seen enough, thanks. It's really sad what the right-wing media echo chamber has done to this country. I don't know how we're supposed to work toward common goals when a vocal minority of the country believes things that aren't actually true. How do we bridge the reality gap?"

Seems to be a Sisyphean task when, despite being a black man, the HUD secretary gives a prepared speech about how Africans "immigrated" here with dreams that their children could "pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."

Not quite MLK's "dream speech" is it? Talk about "alternative facts"!

No really, African slaves willingly braved the middle passage to get here on H1B visas out of choice, despite knowing the squalid conditions prevalent on ships of the time, because they were true believers in American Freedom. :( Quite possibly the stupidest person alive on Planet Earth in our times. Gifted brain surgeon? Give ya one guess who I think his next patient should be. ;)

Except I'm not sure lobotomies can be reversed?

Posted 7 March 2017, 12:07 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water (playground) after this claim:

Yup. Probably!!! Obviously the best solution to the dangerous moose infiltration in & around Steamboat, is firearms in schools. For the sake of the kids!

Posted 7 March 2017, 12:23 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

I'm sure I'll look more kindly on the notion of arming grade schools against grizzly bears, the second our elected representatives start allowing concealed carry in state/federal facilities. Politicians who favor guns in the workplace/school routinely exclude their own places of business, so I was stunned to finally actually see it proposed, in Arkansas yesterday:

If sometimes the place isn't guarded, increase funding for guarding, the infrastructure's already there by way of metal detectors, in this day and age. Love me a sweet .357 but I'd hate to think I'd need to bring it along to visit the State House to protect me from the dumbass politicians who think this is a *good* idea...

"In New Hampshire in January, Republican Rep. Carolyn Halstead dropped her loaded gun on the floor near some children. It didn't fire and nobody was hurt. Later that month in Kansas, Republican Rep. Willie Dove acknowledged he inadvertently left a loaded gun in a public committee room where a secretary found it a few minutes later."

Until adults prove capable of responsibly handling firearms in the grownup workplaces, let alone even allowing firearms where THEY work, can we please table the discussion about putting them in schools, especially if the SecEd's best rationale is grizzly-bear protection?

"A proposal to allow concealed handguns at college campuses has stalled after facing resistance from the National Rifle Association over age and training requirements."

How come nobody I know who's actually an NRA member believes me when I mention this? Is this some fake-news alternative fact I've been duped into believing by the leftist MSM? Presumably, the NRA doesn't favor armed K-12 if they're opposed to armed universities, if the concern is age & training?

Wonderful that Trump's appointees come down as more extremist than even the NRA on concealed carry, because grizzlies and such. I disagree with the OP's entire premise, here, that somehow I'm "not giving Trump a chance" because IMNSHO, appointing idiots to key positions in your administration makes you one of 'em.

Even if they aren't Vlad Putin's puppets, which I'm reserving judgment on (i.e. giving Trump a chance) until a special prosecutor's been duly appointed to get to the bottom of the blatantly obvious coverup. Which Trump himself can put an end to at any second, seeing as he wields ultimate declassification powers. If an investigation/"tapp" happened or is ongoing and found nothing, all he has to do is declassify it? Then it wouldn't leak out, drip... drip... drip... like my faucets on a cold night.

Posted 7 March 2017, 1:21 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

"Pence didn't use a personal email SERVER to have complete control in order to hide his actions from the people when campaigning for President in the future."

No, he was even more stupid by using AOL (aka SOL) to circumvent the open-records laws of the State he was Governing. (Yeah, *now* they're being selectively released and archived, at Pence's discretion -- wait, what? Lock Him Up!!!) It never occurred to me I'd have cause to defend Hillarity on this one, but at least a private server can have its login restricted to known terminals/devices/incoming phone #'s/IP addys and whatnot.

Putting state business on AOL to hide it from open-records requests is just stupid, because anyone anywhere can put a bot to work on your password, and I doubt we'll ever see two-factor authentication on AOL e-mail. I don't care if Indiana's State business doesn't rise to the level of SecState of the US, but isn't Pence the Veep now? Let's not be cavalier about this, Republicans, just because he's one of you.

Scary how careless that was, not to mention the political optics -- Hillarity's e-mail foibles were known from pretty much day 1 of the Obama administration, in light of that, Pence decides to conduct State business on his personal AOL account, assuming it'd never be hacked? Starting how long after Clinton's server was known? Despite e-mail retention has been a recurring White House scandal for the past THREE administrations? Dumb***. So I'm sure he has Trump's full confidence. ;)

Posted 7 March 2017, 1:35 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

Just a note as it doesn't seem to have been discussed much and I doubt this forum will exist much longer given how our local paper's going, so while I'm here...

I'm hereby boycotting any business advertising in the space formerly occupied by "Baby Blues" and "Overboard." Yeah, EVERYONE just LOVES "Mallard Fillmore" and re-runs of "Doonesbury" so OBVIOUSLY this wasn't a BRAIN-DEAD DECISION in light of all the debate in the archives here, the last time our precious comics were cut in half. CAVEAT VENDOR!!! :)

Can I get some thumbs-up on this post? ;)

Posted 7 March 2017, 1:59 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

[Supreme Court Won’t Hear Major Case on Transgender Rights][1]

According to [this analysis][2], the school doesn't have to let students use facilities that do not correspond to their actual (as opposed to imagined) gender:

*Although [Grimm] had prevailed in the 4th Circuit and a federal district court had issued an injunction that would allow [her]***** to use the boys’ bathrooms until the case could be resolved on the merits, the Supreme Court over the summer put the injunction on hold. . .[T]oday’s ruling means that the school need not provide [Grimm] access to the boys’ bathroom. The court of appeals’ decision has been vacated by the Supreme Court, so there is no ruling on which the district court would base an injunction*.

Whichever way the 4th Circuit rules, the loser will probably try to get it back in front of SCOTUS. But not until El Presidente has made at least one appointment to the bench.

*The original text refers to the plaintiff as "him." Sorry, darling. Until you undergo some radical surgical alterations, you're not a dude.


Posted 7 March 2017, 9:45 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

Shaun King – the white BLM leader who [pretends to be black][1] – clearly has no use for the fancy book-learnin' his white oppressors are so fond of. From his Twitter account:

*A few serious, but wild questions.
1. Could the people of the United States somehow hold a vote now, or in the next year, to oust Donald Trump? Like a recall of some sort.
2. What other ways exist for the American people to legally oust an unethical President? Impeachment only?
We have long since crossed a point where @RealDonaldTrump is so dishonest, so unethical, that it is truly dangerous for our democracy.
In laymen’s terms, what would it take for the USA to pass a constitutional amendment for a Presidential Recall like CA has for governor?*

Um, read the Constitution and figure it out, partner. The peaceful transition of power that took place a month or so ago is explicitly spelled out there. In "laymen's terms", we all get to live with El Presidente for the next 4 years, regardless of how whiny & butt hurt you are.


Posted 7 March 2017, 10:28 a.m. Suggest removal

(Dan Shores) dshores says...

I didn't write this so I cannot take credit, but this is what I have to say to give him a chance!

I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
I listened as they said he wasn't born here.
I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.
I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile
I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme
Court no matter who the nominee was.
I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn.
I watched as they did just that.
I listened.
I watched.
I paid attention.
Now, I'm being called on to be tolerant.
To move forward.
To denounce protesters.
To "Get over it."
To accept this...
I will not.
I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the
embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be.
I will do this as quickly as possible every chance I get.
I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country.
I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.
I will let you know in a loud voice every time this man backs away from a promise he made to them.
Them. The people who voted for him.
The ones who sold their souls and prayed for him to win.
I will do this so that they never forget.
And they will hear me.
They will see it in my eyes when I look at them.
They will hear it in my voice when I talk to them.
They will know that I know who they are.
They will know that I know what they are.
Do not call for my tolerance. I've tolerated all I can.
Now it's their turn to tolerate ridicule.
Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in
our country from this day forward is now Trump's fault just as much as they
thought it was Obama's.
I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.

Posted 18 March 2017, 8:47 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

Wow, not a single thumbs-up for better comics! I'm disappointed in y'all.

Posted 21 March 2017, 12:04 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

"The media has declared war on Trump - look at the 2017 campaign. Trump is simply advocating vetting Muslims from the world's main areas of terrorist activity."

No, if that's "simply" what he was advocating, the courts wouldn't have issued injunctions based on all the times Trump (let alone his cronies) have called for an outright Muslim Ban. Thankfully, it still matters in COURTS OF LAW what someone says, even IF it was while campaigning for President, because shouldn't it ESPECIALLY matter in such circumstance?

Do you seriously need links to back this up? I personally think it's awesome that the courts in this country hold people accountable for what they say, instead of allowing them to just hand-wave around it as "not having been serious at the time, just trying to get votes." That's what the court system is for -- a check and balance against even a President who either doesn't understand, or could care less about, that Oath of Office he took, certainly as regarding the FIRST AMENDMENT which is all about freedom of speech (which Trump hates for everyone but himself), assembly (how many peaceful protesters have been beaten up & thrown out of his rallies), religion (how dare anyone be Muslim in Trump's America, even Muhammad Ali Jr.), and the press he's outright declared an "enemy of the people" but you REALLY want to CHALLENGE me on how you think Trump SUPPORTS the First Amendment? Srsly, dude?

That the courts have also taken the position that the President can't just ban all immigration from countries whose citizens have never harmed us (without even mentioning all the Hellfire we've rained down on them from Predators, which might just give them cause to harm us i.e. "blowback") based on unsubstantiated speculation that they JUST MIGHT SOMEDAY BECOME A PROBLEM, is also exactly what I love about America. Why is it you HATE that about my country and its Constitution? Maybe YOU should find somewhere else to live?

Because this country's "vetting" is already incredibly harsh. If, MAYBE, something had gone wrong with that which led to some sort of attack from someone originating in those seven (OK, six now) countries, then MAYBE you'd have a logical leg to stand on, supporting Trump's, well, I'm not afraid to call it what it is and say that's the closest thing to a mandate he has, MUSLIM BAN. Because apparently it also applies to Muhammad Ali Jr., Canadian church groups, French scientists, British jazz bands scheduled for SXSW and any and everyone else some jack-booted teenage thug of a border guard THINKS just MIGHT BE a Muslim, or somehow threatens American jobs? Where is POTUS on this issue? Certainly not stating in public that the border-control folks are being a tad overzealous? Or do you agree TOURISM SHOULD BE OUTLAWED? Because we're certainly going to take a hit to our local economy, now that it tacitly has been!

Posted 21 March 2017, 12:31 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

Half of my family immigrated here, improbably at the time, despite obviously being "Catholic Communists from Eastern Europe." Maybe that WAS the main source of the "Red Scare" at the time, but it was still just so much BS and now that I've been BORN here, you'll just have to deal with me. I certainly never colluded with the freaking RUSSIANS to become PRESIDENT. It's so easy for you to conflate being in, say, Iran with being, undoubtedly, a terrorist because Muslim. Reality, otoh, isn't as black and white as you apparently would like to think, unless you agree Trump's a Manchurian Candidate until proven otherwise?

Do I REALLY need to post links to back all this up, or are you deliberately ignorant/uncaring/obtuse about what's actually going on in this country nowadays, and think all of those reports are just FAKE NEWS, and comment on what you fervently WISH to be the truth instead of paying attention to WHAT'S ACTUALLY GOING ON in this country?

"Protesters - really? Destroying businesses, attacking civilians, destroying vehicles parked on the curb? You're actually defending these actions? Trump hasn't advocated against peaceful protests, check his Twitter feed to see his actual statements. Name any statement from Trump that advocates violating the 1st Amendment."

I see what you're doing -- conflating violent protest with ALL forms of protest, including PEACEFUL protest as is all of our right of assembly according to the FIRST AMENDMENT.

Name any statement? Srsly? I'll have to get back to you in 1/2 hour or so with a comprehensive list, but shoot. I've even defended Rex Tillerson here multiple times, but locking journalists out of his recent trip to Asia (except one pro-Trump hagiographer) is NOT how things have EVER been done in this country. Declaring the press "the opposition party" agrees with the First Amendment, to you, in WHAT WAY? Same goes for Muslim bans, cheering on the beating-up of peaceful protesters at campaign rallies, just exactly HOW is it you BEGIN to think Trump SUPPORTS the First Amendment he SWORE AN OATH TO UPHOLD, I wonder?!?

Posted 21 March 2017, 12:35 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

And that's just the FIRST Amendment... if our rights are up to the subjective judgment of a president, then how is it they're our rights? Trump should be impeached for violating his oath to uphold even the First Amendment he so abhors, let alone all the other amendments, the emoluments clause, his lease on the Old Post Office (Sessions would have to prosecute that, not gonna happen, HATE POLITICAL PARTIES), and so on and so forth.

Posted 21 March 2017, 12:35 a.m. Suggest removal

(Eric J. Bowman) Eric_J_Bowman says...

WE THE PEOPLE own that old Post Office down the street from the White House. OUR lease precludes government employees or their family members. Trump is in VIOLATION of this lease.


Not alternative fact, fake news, or anything else. Just the cut-and-dried sort of legal agreement I dare not violate; but in our system, we never thought we needed to pass actual legislation requiring Jeff Sessions to give more than zero f***s about this disregard for our laws in the Oval Office. Or pass legislation requiring presidential candidates to release their tax returns.

Because we never NEEDED to legislate these things which everyone agreed on as being just basic, common sense.

Why I say EVICT TRUMP. Yeah, we'll prolly need to impeach him for the Russian collusion or some/any thing else, but for the time being, damn if I haven't been evicted over far-less-blatant lease violations (if any). If the Clintons were doing this, the "lock 'em up" protests would be 24/7, don't you doubt that for a split second. Liberals are so tame by comparison!

Posted 21 March 2017, 12:45 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

[Trump Lays Plans to Reverse Obama’s Climate Change Legacy][1]

"The executive actions will follow the White House’s release last week of a proposed budget that would eliminate climate change research and prevention programs across the federal government and slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31 percent, more than any other agency. Mr. Trump also announced last week that he had ordered Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, to revise the agency’s stringent standards on planet-warming tailpipe pollution from vehicles, another of Mr. Obama’s key climate change policies.

While the White House is not expected to explicitly say the United States is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, and people familiar with the White House deliberations say Mr. Trump has not decided whether to do so, the policy reversals would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions reduction goals set by the Obama administration under the international agreement."

From the NYT, so of course they're spinning it as a bad thing. But even James Hansen - "[the father of climate change awareness][2]" - says the Paris jive is a fraud.


Posted 23 March 2017, 6:32 a.m. Suggest removal

(james Patterson) skypilot says...

Are you saying that you agree with Hansen in that the Paris agreement is bad because it doesn't go far enough and that the only "solution" is a world wide carbon tax? Just wondering?

Posted 23 March 2017, 7:05 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

I'm saying Paris is a fraud, just like the cult of man-made global warming.

Posted 23 March 2017, 7:09 a.m. Suggest removal

(james Patterson) skypilot says...

The article you referenced and Mr Hansen would tend to disagree with you. Just saying....

Posted 23 March 2017, 7:29 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

Two people can arrive at identical conclusions for entirely different reasons. Just saying...

Posted 23 March 2017, 8:14 a.m. Suggest removal

(Brian Kotowski) Sep says...

My wait & see attitude with Tillerson remains, but so far so good - [at least at the UN:][1]

According to the group UN Watch, in the decade since its inception, the council condemned Israel 68 times, compared to 67 condemnations of all other countries combined.

No wonder Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote recently to UN supporters that unless the council in Geneva ends its bias — and stops admitting serious human rights violators as members — the United States will walk.

And guess what: In other UN corners, such pressure is already showing results.

A UN agency called the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia recently issued a hefty report denouncing Israel’s “apartheid.”

It was written by Richard Falk, a 9/11 truther who in the past also accused America and Israel of responsibility for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Last week, Haley, who’s been outspoken about anti-Israel bias since arriving in New York, demanded that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres remove the agency’s report from the UN website.

He did. Then the director of that agency, Jordanian national Rima Khalaf, resigned.

And with that, a bit of Israel-bashing was gone.

But fighting the UN’s obsession with the Jewish state is just the start.


Posted 24 March 2017, 6:55 a.m. Suggest removal

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