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Just one more bit of history and then I will shut my yap. Yeah right. I can’t shut my yap because the on-off button is still in the up position. I think Kennedy was wrong about a lot, but ask not if he would have not been good for his country. Creepy leftists were suddenly patriots! Comedians were having a field day of “good hearted humor.” Peter   

JFK’s Vietnam Withdrawal Plan Is a Fact, Not Speculation By James K. Galbraith . . . My essays in Boston Review and Salon established that the plan to withdraw US forces from Vietnam by the end of 1965 existed. And that President Kennedy had decided to implement that plan. In 2003, this was controversial. Many historians had denied it. Peter Dale Scott, John Newman, and Arthur Schlesinger were exceptions. They were right, and documents and tapes released under the JFK Records Act proved them right.

The issue was resolved by early 2008 when Francis Bator, who had been President Johnson's Deputy National Security Adviser, opened his reply to my letter in the New York Review of Books with these words: Professor Galbraith is correct [Letters, NYR, December 6, 2007] that “there was a plan to withdraw US forces from Vietnam, beginning with the first thousand by December 1963, and almost all of the rest by the end of 1965…. President Kennedy had approved that plan. It was the actual policy of the United States on the day Kennedy died.

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Bloomingdale’s. Night blooming. Spring bloom. Bloomin’ onion. Hmmmm?

This loser didn’t even try to get in on the debates. Bloomberg thinks he is better than any of the Democratic candidates and that is why the former Republican is saying he is now a very rich Democrat. Bloomin’ Onion will announce by this weekend. Obvious to everyone, is that a primary fight with President Trump would not end well. So the “moderate” is hoping his style, substance and political rhetoric will outshine the President’s record and talents, and he will get the usual 40 percent plus Democratic votes in the election. And even if he loses a close fight he will be tested and primed for his real goal which is “President Bloomberg in 2024.”

Yes, my fellow Americans or is it my fleeing Americans, I Michael Bloomberg will beat President Trump and if I don’t I will be your next VP. Trump denies rumors Haley will replace Mike Pence, because I will replace Mike Pence. I endorsed Hillary in 2016 and Judge Judy has endorsed me for 2020. What choice does he have . . . ?    

Notes on Bloomberg blooming. Bloom (TV Series 2019– ) Jan 01, 2019 · Created by Glen Dolman. With Bryan Brown, Phoebe Tonkin, Ryan Corr, Nikki Shiels. A year after a devastating flood has killed five locals in an idyllic country town, a mysterious new plant appears. The plant's phenomenal ability to restore youth is so formidable that attempting to harness it means re-evaluating values.

Aristolochia Gigantea  Known in the names of Brazilian Dutchman’s Pipe and Giant Pelican Flower, this is an ornamental plant native to Brazil. Its red-coloured flower emits a smell like faeces which invites bees and other insects, effectively facilitating its pollination. The glossy texture provides further mode of attraction. It has a structure similar to the host plants of Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies, where they lay eggs. Since the caterpillars can’t survive on it, the plant is a general threat to the butterfly.

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Supposedly, Mike is a left libertarian. Bull shit. Bloomberg is really for a “nanny state.” And he will be a smiling but vicious nanny. Mike “Bloomin’ Onions” Bloomberg’s positions. Abortion: strongly for a woman’s rights. Higher taxes.  Turned NYC’s 5 billion dollar deficit into 4 billion dollar surplus. Discrimination against blacks means same against Jews.

Reduce crime but with a more racially sensitive police force. (Sep 2010) Apologizing for police racial errors kept city calm. (Sep 2010) OpEd: never a conspicuous civil libertarian. (Sep 2010) Educate prisoners: build more classrooms at Rikers Island. (Jan 2008) Fewer homicides in NYC than any year on record. (Dec 2007) Reduced murder rate by focusing on domestic violence. (Dec 2007) Mandatory minimum sentencing for gun crimes. (Dec 2006) Lock them up and throw away key, but no death penalty. (Dec 2005) No legalization; pot lowers IQ by 5 to 10 points. (Feb 2015) Stopped smoking at 30; then became anti-smoking proselytizer. (Sep 2010) Dubbed "Mommy Mayor" and "Nanny Bloomberg" for anti-smoking. (Sep 2010) You bet I smoked pot; and I enjoyed it. (Apr 2002) Smoking ban has spread from NYC to every big city. (Mar 2013)

Push Voc-Ed: plumbers earn more than Harvard grads. (Feb 2015) $218M effort led to closure of 282 coal-fired power plants. (Feb 2019) America should be big part of climate solution. (Apr 2018) Direct charge over cap-and-trade, to raise cost of carbon. (Nov 2007) EPA failing to focus on clean air and clean water. (Apr 2018)

Partner with World Bank: reduce traffic fatalities worldwide. (Apr 2011)

Visited Israel for first time just before candidacy. (Sep 2010) Peace is fragile and democracy is fragile. (Sep 2010) Childhood home included kosher kitchen, but mom bent rules. (Sep 2010) 2008: I know foreign policy from negotiating deals worldwide. (Sep 2010) Four trips abroad in first four months of 2007. (Apr 2007)

Maintains mayoral office for UN relations, run by his sister. (Feb 2008)

We can never afford to replace employer-based health system. (Jan 2019) Ban trans-fats and replace with fruit & vegetable vendors. (Jan 2008) Pay-for-prevention towards goal of universal coverage. (Jun 2007) Banned trans fats in NYC restaurants. (Apr 2007)

 

Supported building mosque near Ground Zero. (Nov 2010) 1960s: Rejected as "1Y" when volunteering for Vietnam. (Sep 2010) Social Security. Don't kick the can down the road with retirement funding. (Dec 2017) To reduce the deficit we must cut entitlements. (Mar 2013) 
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On 11/26/2019 at 5:13 PM, Peter said:

Supposedly, Mike is a left libertarian. Bull shit. Bloomberg is really for a “nanny state.” And he will be a smiling but vicious nanny.

Peter,

It's even worse with the New Kid on the Block Bloomberg.

This idiot thinks raising taxes on the poor makes them live longer because, without money, they can't buy stuff that is bad for them.

He doesn't even realize how condescending and nuts he sounds.

Good luck running that one against President Trump.

:)

Michael

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Even Brit Hume is gobsmacked.

And he put it even better than I did.

In Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand flipped the Robin Hood story upside down in her campaign against altruism. She said take from the poor and give back to the rich, but Ragnar only took from the governments that claimed to represent the poor and gave only to those who produced the wealth, not the crony corporatist rich.

Bloomberg just managed to flip the myth outrageously, almost in competition with Rand but on the other side. Bloomberg wants to take from the poor--the actual have-nots who really don't have anything--and keep the money in order to keep them poor for altruistic reasons. Take from the poor to screw them. Screwing them is actually good for them, you see.

That particular Robin better not go to the Hood these days. I don't think he will be welcome there.

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Michael

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Thar she blows!

Biden may not even make the primary at this rate.

Joe Biden Stuns Crowd by Talking about Kids Playing with His Hairy Legs and How Much He Loves Children on His Lap and Roaches… WTH? (Video)

Here's the video:

He's bonding with black kids by telling them how kids stroked his hairy blonde legs, and about roaches and how much he loves kids jumping in his lap.

Seriously.

That looks like a quip, but it isn't.

Imagine if this guy got elected, then some dictator or other demanded concessions with his finger on the nuke button.

What would be on his mind at that moment?

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Michael

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20 hours ago, tmj said:

WWCPD

(what would corn pop do)

As the world turns, Biden is making more gaffs. Fair is fair. Wormy Bernie. Foreign Warren. Lie-in Biden. Bloomin’ Onion Bloomberg. I propose a socialist wealth tax. Everyone who is running or voting for socialist programs that confiscate YOUR money, should pay The Socialist Tax. All extra revenues can be directed to the socialist programs these un-American bastards want to “privately” fund. I propose a 90 percent tax rate for them and a 99 percent tax rate for all socialist billionaires. Isn’t “socialist billionaire” an oxymoron anyway? Peter

Notes. Democrats Release Tax Hike Plan by Ryan Ellis . . . . Increase the top marginal income tax rate from 37 percent to 39.6 percent. This nearly 3 percentage point increase in the top personal rate is not only a hike in the top bracket levy, but it's also a direct tax increase on small and mid-sized businesses. The 30 million companies which are organized as sole proprietorships, partnerships, Subchapter-S corporations, and LLCs pay their business taxes on their owners' 1040 personal tax returns. Hiking the top tax rate is a small business tax increase.

Increasing personal income taxes would be particularly unfortunate since workers are now seeing the results of lower rates in their paychecks. Thanks to the new IRS withholding tables, in February of this year over 90 percent of workers saw higher take home pay in the form of fatter direct deposits (for a humorous spectacle of the New York Times desperately trying to get people to down-talk their bigger paychecks, click here). They will continue to see those bigger paydays for as long as the tax rates in law remain in effect. This higher tax home pay is a down payment on a lower tax liability. Typical families of four should see their federal income tax decline from $2000 to $4000, depending on their income level and number of children.

Increase the corporate income tax rate from 21 percent to 25 percent. Up until this year, the United States labored under the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world. As a result, jobs and capital were fleeing America for more normal tax rates that could be found in tax havens like France and China (sarcasm font very much activated). Finally, after many years of bipartisan consensus that the U.S. corporate rate had become an impediment to attracting new jobs and investment, Congress cut the rate all the way from 35 to 21 percent. Even doing that only puts us in the middle of the pack of developed nations, but that's a heck of a lot better than dead last.

 

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From The Economist Dec. 5.  Biden 27, Warren 18, Sanders 13, Buttgieg 12, Bloomberg 3.

Democrats' Diversity -- Only in the Back of the Bus, By Patrick Buchanan December 06, 2019. The "Our diversity is our strength!" Party is starting to look rather monochromatic in its upper echelons these days. The four leading candidates for its presidential nomination -- Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg -- are all white. The six candidates who have qualified for the Dec. 19 debate -- the front four, plus Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer -- are all white. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer are both white, as are Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Whip Dick Durbin. The chairs of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees managing impeachment, Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler, are both white. And as Congressman Al Green railed Wednesday, all three experts Nadler invited to make the Democrats' case for impeachment were white law professors. How come? Absent affirmative action by the DNC, neither Cory Booker, the leading black candidate for the nomination, nor Julian Castro, the leading Hispanic, will be on the stage Dec. 19.

But though there is zero racial diversity among the top six Democrats in the presidential field, there is gender, ethnic and ideological diversity. Warren would be the first woman president; Sanders, the first Jewish nominee; and Buttigieg would be the first gay nominee. Yet the lack of racial diversity across the party hierarchy is going to put immense pressure on Joe Biden, should he win the nomination. If he hopes to reunite the Obama coalition, a woman and/or person of color as his running mate would seem an absolute imperative . . . . Bernie Sanders, an unapologetic socialist who went to the Soviet Union, Reagan's "Evil Empire," for his honeymoon, is holding on to half of the loyal base from his impressive 2016 race against Hillary Clinton. The other half of Bernie's base, however, has been captured by Warren. In October, she took the lead in national polls, only to lose that lead when she could not explain how, without major new taxes on the middle class, she could abolish private health insurance and put the entire country on the Medicare rolls . . . .

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