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President Donald Trump on Friday called out a school resource officer as a coward for failing to confront the gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week. He seems quick to point to those he finds lacking when it comes to valor. In July 2015, candidate Trump dismissed Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war for roughly five and a half years during Vietnam, by stating, "I like people who weren't captured." He publicly disrespected Khizr Muazzam Khan and Ghazala Khan, the gold-star Pakistani-American parents of Army captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in combat in 2004 and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery.

Like the students who survived this latest massacre, this disabled vet calls B.S.

In 1968 more than half a million American men were stationed in Vietnam by the end of the year, one of the bloodiest 12 months of the conflict. On the day of 22-year-old Donald Trump's graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, 40 Americans were killed in Vietnam, according to The New York Times. Trump was a fit athlete who played football, tennis and golf. And as proclaimed earlier this year, was the picture of health. He was exactly what those men, and his country, needed.

But instead of stepping up, he did what most sons of the wealthy did at the time…he dodged the draft. For many years he claimed it was a high draft number that kept him out of the war.

“I’ll never forget; that was an amazing period of time in my life,” he said in the interview, on Fox 5 New York. “I was going to the Wharton School of Finance, and I was watching as they did the draft numbers, and I got a very, very high number.”

Forget he’d graduated from Wharton 18 months before the lottery. Mr. Trump had been medically exempted for more than a year when the draft lottery began in December 1969, well before he received what he has described as his “phenomenal” draft number.

Between 1964 and 1972, a few months before the draft ended, he received five deferments — in addition to his "bone spurs" claim, the other four were based on his educational status. He received two deferments while he attended Fordham University from 1964 to 1966, and two more after transferring to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Selective Service records that remain in the National Archives — many have been discarded — do not specify what medical condition exempted Mr. Trump from military service, and Trump has been as hazy as his records. He doesn’t quite remember when it stopped bothering him and often has trouble identifying which foot. He does know he’s never had surgery to correct the condition.

On February 15th, that officer had moments to decide whether he wanted to face down an unknown assailant or assailants armed with assault weapons with his handgun and no backup. Trump had years to find excuses to avoid serving alongside the thousands who served in Viet Nam.


Coalage3 1 year 11 weeks ago

Trump's non-military service has nothing to do with the officer who failed to go into the school. Now, if Trump had actually been enlisted in the military and had failed to act in a similar situation, you might have an argument. But that is not the case.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 11 weeks ago

Is it possible that Trump means to push for gun control?

Meanwhile Donnie has given up Sunday golf as he practices running into schools unarmed. Sunday is the day the orange one says that the next mass shooter will choose because there won't be any armed teachers around. And of course no students either. See how easily the world's No.1 self hugger has solved the head scratcher?

America, greatly armed, is great again.

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Riverplunge 1 year 11 weeks ago

Just try to keep your blood pressure down and let his time run out. Thank God we have term limits on Presidency. ..VOTE!!

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 11 weeks ago
Quote Riverplunge:

Just try to keep your blood pressure down and let his time run out. Thank God we have term limits on Presidency. ..VOTE!!

If only there were term limits on ignorance Trump might already be gone. Thank god he can't do any more harm with the time left to him, maybe another 4 years?

Reading today's news:


AR-15s Are Biblical 'Rod Of Iron' At Pennsylvania Church

March 1, 20188:02 AM ET



And Putin sez he has an "invincible" missile. Meanwhile the Pentagon prepares for the grand march. Down 5th Avenue is it? By god no one can stop civilization's steady march.

Ain't we got fun...

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medookubgu 1 year 10 weeks ago

If only there were term limits on ignorance Trump might already be gone.

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miso88 1 year 10 weeks ago

Call me ignorant but i do think trump has right method on this things, just give him a little time, come on the man hasnt been 2 years on WH ffs, cut him some slack people.


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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 10 weeks ago
Quote miso88:

Call me ignorant but i do think trump has right method on this things, just give him a little time, come on the man hasnt been 2 years on WH ffs, cut him some slack people.


OK, ignorant.

Parkland. Right, Parkland. I think that’s where Gary Cohn and Stormy Daniels made up that unsigned trade agreement even though Jared what’s his name wasn’t cleared. Or is it - you know - where Donnie’s new 16 par golf course with those self-driving vans blocking public view? No. That’s not it. Either. Parkland, Parkland. I got it. It’s where Jeff Bezos lives with his porn star Amazon. Christ. Goddam fake news everywhere.

ContryThrower 1 year 10 weeks ago

I use to listen to Thom Hartmann when he was on Air America radio from about 2004 until this last election of 2016. I had been voting Democrat since the 2000 presidential election, I also had called myself a Progressive, now that my eyes are open, I no longer call myself a Progressive I have become an Independent, I was a Sanders/Stein supporter but I ended up voting for Trump, I plan on voting for Trump again in 2020 and I see my relatives also leaving the Democratic party, and giving Trump a closer look. I also don't listen to Thom any longer after he endorsed Hillary, well it's getting late and I'm watching CPAC 2018 on youtube. (Washington State)

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 10 weeks ago

These days I suspect that a good many people who have become slaves to Social Media fancy themselves independent. So easy, so comforting. They no longer need to think, to reason. Others do it for them while all they have to do is shift with the wind. And perhaps watch CPAC on Youtube.

It's the culture, damit.

Does any younger than, say, 40, know how a strawberry should taste? Or that the u.S. has been waging war – killing people - in 10 or 15 (it’s hard to keep count - the essay supposes as many as 76) different countries for most, perhaps all, of their adult lives? All kinds of people – babies, children, women, oldsters, the infirm – well, anyone who happens to be in the path of the grand spread of democracy. Well, democracy u.S. style. And a strawberry ought to taste like a strawberry.

Here’re some paragraphs from another fine essay by Rebecca Gordon, posted on tomdispatch:


Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, America's Wars, A Generational Struggle (in the Classroom)

Posted by Rebecca Gordon at 8:06AM, February 22, 2018.

The 9/11 Hijackers Were Iraqis, Right?

Teaching in a Time of Wars

By Rebecca Gordon


Here's another thing I remember from those early years. To my surprise, many of my students supported torture -- less as an interrogation method than as punishment for truly heinous crimes (torture, that is, as righteous vengeance). Terrorists should be tortured, some argued, as payback for 9/11, but perhaps because their own childhoods were still so near in time and memory, a number of them thought that those most deserving of torture were not political terrorists, but child abusers.

Just about all of them were certain of one thing: the men who flew the planes on 9/11 were Iraqis.

When Johnny (and Janie) Come Marching Home Again...

Eventually, of course, war veterans began to appear in my classes. They were older and in many cases more mature than the other students in ways that didn't just reflect their age. I often teach an ethics class in which students work with a community-based organization. One veteran chose to do this "service learning" with Swords to Plowshares, which provides services for vets. They'd helped him when he first got out, and he wanted to return the favor. "If anyone tells you they came back whole from Iraq or Afghanistan," he assured me, "they're either lying or they just don't know yet."

He was right, I think. One thing I've noticed over the years: like many survivors of war, those vets never volunteer to talk about what they've seen. Nor do their fellow students show much curiosity about it, and I don't ask directly. But some, like the young man who'd served five years as a sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, are clearly in pain. He'd suffered a broken back and brain trauma when an improvised explosive device blew up his Humvee. He was bitter about the war and his own role in it, certain that he'd been lied to by his government. Since leaving the military he had learned a lot of history. Now, he sat in the last row of the classroom, back to the wall, one leg bouncing uncontrollably up and down. Usually he left early. The anxiety of being in a room with that many people, he explained to me, was more than he could endure.

Such veterans, however, are classroom oddities, rare exceptions to the general rule that the U.S. can fight an endless war on terror without pain, sacrifice, or even, in recent years, much attention at all. These days, my students live in a country that has been at war almost since they were born, and yet, as is true with most of their fellow citizens, the fighting could be happening on Mars for all the impact it has on them. Most of them no longer know people directly affected. Their friends and family, of course, aren't among the tens of millions of Iraqis, Syrians, Afghans, or Yemenis made refugees by those American wars and their consequences.

Most of them haven't yet realized that, if their government hadn't spent $5.6 trillion and counting on those very wars, there might have been federal money available to relieve them of the school debt they will carry for decades.

Those Who Fail to Learn...

It's not an accident that my students arrive at college with little understanding of U.S. history or, for that matter, knowledge of how their government works. Nor is it their fault. Education is crucial to citizenship in a democracy and, for many years, those on the right in this country have done their best to defund and dismantle public education. Under President Trump we have a secretary of education who makes no secret of her belief that, like other public goods, education is best left in the tender hands of the market.

The other day I asked my "Ethics: War, Torture, and Terrorism" class to name the countries where the United States is currently involved in some military action. They were able to come up with Iraq and Afghanistan. A veteran then added Djibouti, where U.S. Africa Command has a key base. "Syria?" someone wondered. A ROTC member mentioned Yemen. No one even thought of Somalia or Libya. No one had heard of the West African country of Niger, where Sergeant LaDavid Johnson died in an ambush set by an ISIS affiliate. (If asked, some might have remembered that when Donald Trump called Johnson's widow, he made news by struggling to remember her husband's name and suggesting that Johnson had known "what he signed up for.")

Nor could they name any of the other countries, 76 in all, affected in some fashion by their country's undeclared, never-ending "generational" war on terror.

The good news is that they want to learn.

The bad news: nowadays, they tend to think that the men who flew those planes on 9/11 were from Iran.



Someday, if you wander northeastern hills in early summer, you may discover what a strawberry tastes like. And one of these days, if you’re curious and persistent enough, you may know what really brought down those World Trade center buildings as so many of their occupants, while the buildings burned and collapsed, jumped to their deaths.

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Regina86 1 year 9 weeks ago

Many steps and sharp actions look very irritating, find English grammar corrector at because you can not act like this when you are the head of state.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 9 weeks ago

It doesn't get any better than this. The unvarnished truth...


MARCH 9, 2018

Me Orange Hulk! On Managing a Child President



MARCH 9, 2018

America’s Troll Farm Media



MARCH 9, 2018

Roaming Charges: I Know Porn When I See It



+ Has anyone seen the 1970 German film of Nabokov’s Bend Sinister, directed by Herbert Vesely? I’d give away our two cats to find a copy. Day by day that book seems less like fiction and more like prophecy…The wonderful Pnin (the master’s best novel) is something of a retake on its themes, more playful and less raw. But these are not playful times.


The film, Bend Sinister, is available on Internet but not for free. No doubt worth the small investment. Anyone can download the book, Pnin, for free in PDF format.

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zapdam. 1 year 9 weeks ago

WHAT'S going on in Hartmannland, these posts havent been updated since the 24th of February , it's the 15th of March today.

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Alberto Ceras 2 1 year 9 weeks ago
Quote zapdam.:

WHAT'S going on in Hartmannland, these posts havent been updated since the 24th of February , it's the 15th of March today.

Another unsolved mystery. Here we wake up...or not.


ho hum…


FEBRUARY 16, 2018

American Carnage


Americans have a remarkable tolerance for child slaughter, especially the mass murders of the children of others. This emotional indifference manifested itself vividly after the disclosure of the My Lai Massacre, when dozens of Vietnamese infants and children were killed by the men of Charlie Company, their tiny, butchered corpses stacked in ditches. After the trial of Lt. William Calley, more than 70 percent of Americans believed his sentence was too severe. Most objected to any trial at all. In the end, Calley served less than 4 years under house arrest for his role in the execution of more than 500 Vietnamese villagers.

Twenty-five years later, American attitudes toward child deaths had coarsened even harder. When it was revealed that US sanctions on Iraq had caused the deaths of more than 500,000 Iraqi children, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, icily argued that the deaths were “worth it” to advance US policy in the Middle East. Few Americans remonstrated against this official savagery done in their name.

Now the guns are being turned on America’s own children and the rivers of blood streaming out of US schools cause barely a ripple in our politics. If the Columbine shooting (1999) was a tragedy, what word do you use to describe the 436th school shooting since then?

Don’t look for an answer or even solace from any of our political leaders. All you’ll get is cant, hollow prayers and banal vituperations of the sort we’ve been hearing for two decades from the likes of Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi’s most restrictive gun control proposals wouldn’t have stopped any of the recent shootings. She plays politics with the blood of children as cynically as the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. Both are adept at fundraising off the bodies of the dead.


And on and on.


ho, ho

to be continued.

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