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About Godolphin

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  1. Yes, it was the GOP's bill and it certainly shows most Republican congressmen up for what they are, especially the "Freedom" Caucus: a rump of ideology-driven right wingers whose main aim is to attack and strip away as many rights and conditions as they can. And for who they truly represent: the business elite. People hate Trump? He's certainly giving people plenty of currency to fear, mistrust, and, yes, hate what he is doing. As for hatred being the only motivation for opposition to Trump, well that's casting a big net over a growing proportion of the population which seems to be growing daily. Honestly, do you blame people for not liking this man?
  2. It's like an arsonist crying sorry after burning a building down.
  3. I'm with you on Bernie Sanders. I think the "powers that be" would have gone into top gear and kept the foot down with him. Especially as he was the only candidate pointing to Wall Street and the corporate elite as the real cause of the meltdown of 08 and its consequences. As for "no one really knowing the full extent that they are, as individuals, controlled like puppets," have you had more than a casual glance at Bannon and his agenda? Have you looked at who Trump has appointed and their track records in government and business? Bread and circuses eh? I've heard it said that government is the entertainment sector of big business. This is so the case today. "It is as useless to attack Trump as it was Obama or any of the puppets before them." I think the opposite blazes. I think it is incumbent on every single person to attack this dangerous, unstable man, a man who has as we speak, the nuclear war codes at his fingertips. I believe his agenda, orchestrated by his "puppet masters" as you say is one of authoritarian rule and the dumping of democratic norms. Evil happens when good men say nothing.
  4. Tragic, absolutely tragic. Poor bugger. And I fear that this story will be played out in various forms all over the nation as these savage health care cuts really start to bite on struggling families.
  5. As opposed to the quiet, reasoned and fair conduct of the Tea Party movement, Fox News, et al, who were accepting of President Obama for eight years. They didn't shriek much did they? Are you advocating that people who are genuinely concerned about the state of the nation should just shut up? Labeling opposition to the absolutely unprecedented actions of this odd Presidency as "shrieking" doesn't offer much to the debate imo.
  6. G'day all. First time on this sub-forum. I'm an unashamed Doggies supporter, have been all my life. My grandfather played for the club. Don't mean to gloat but last year was one of the finest of my life, as you can imagine. I don't spose you other AFL tragics mind a Dogs supporter putting in his two bob's worth during this season?
  7. As was quoted above: "You don't take information that the committee hasn't seen and present it orally to the press and to the White House before the committee has a chance to vet whether it's even significant," U.S. Representative Adam Schiff told a news conference. This is brazenly partisan and political and grandstanding. Nunes has put himself above Congress and decided to usurp democratic processes. Another little step towards authoritarian rule imo. He wouldn't be trying to take the heat of his reckless, floundering leader, (described by Wall Street Journal yesterday as acting like a chronic alcoholic) would he? We will no doubt find out what his motives are soon. Or will we? One thing we do know is that this guy cannot be trusted. The whole issue is getting more bizarre by the minute
  8. Here's the thing though iReason: Trump supporters, because they swallowed all the rhetoric about "making America great again," are now in a very difficult place. Day after day, almost hour after hour the evidence keeps mounting up that this President is, at the very least a serial liar (not just over Russian involvement in the election campaign, but just about every issue), and at worst a criminal deserving of impeachment and possible imprisonment. That is hard to swallow for people who naively believed this demagogue had something to offer an ailing US. It probably terrifies them to think that it all might be just the big con that it is. Argue the minutiae of this or that point, dredge up Hillary and stuff that is now dead history, tell critics to "get over it" and accept the election result, despite the conservatives throwing every vile piece of crap they could during the Obama years, and remain blindly loyal to a man who could keep a dozen psychiatrists in work for years, let alone political analysts. All this while the very base of Trump's heartland: alienated middle and working class Americans are now seeing their health care, education and social services attacked and stripped away while their real enemies, the insatiably greedy corporate class, is being given free reign. Meanwhile those upright, moralistic, upstanding "Christian" hypocrite Republicans stand by and watch the citizens they are paid to represent go to hell. None so blind ... etc.
  9. I've just finishing It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. It was written in 1935 and imagines an America taken over by its own style of fascism. There are so many parallels in this book to what is happening now that it is eerie. From the blurb: "A vain, outlandish, anti-immigrant, fear-mongering demagogue runs for President of the United States - and wins ... the story of Buzz Windrip, who promises poor, angry voters that he will make American proud and prosperous once more, but takes the country down a far darker path." Sound familiar?
  10. Ah yes! Maynard and Dobie and Zelda -- that was a great TV show. I loved Maynard's reaction whenever the word "work" was mentioned. "Work!!!"
  11. I wonder what mental trapeze work Spicer et al will perform to try and throw a smokescreen over these damning findings. It is hard to think of a period of American government so chaotic, so immersed in controversy, so polarising as this one. And he was only inaugurated in January! In my view this poisonous administration may very well try and cook up a military confrontation to divert the nation's critical eye from this raft of lies, incompetence, corruption and arrogance. I hate to say it but I think it would be a tempting move for the narcissistic POTUS and the various "Dr Evil's" guiding him.
  12. Tried to "Like" you mate but was unable to. Seems like a recently-subscribed troll wants some feeding. I would just ignore the poor fellow. You are right though. Meals on wheels, healthcare, you name it: many of those who took the blowhard at his word are and will continue to be victims of his "making American Great" again agenda. And this is only the beginning.
  13. Absolutely. Imagine being a Trump-appointed official of the United States government trying to represent their nation in international affairs based on the daily whims of a man who seems to change his ideas with the wind. I actually feel sorry for Sean Spicer, as a fellow human being, for having to go in to bat every day for a man who is so unhinged from reality and sees the world as a reflection of his ego processes. Surely Spicer will blow a head gasket somewhere down the track. Tillerson intimating armed conflict with North Korea. Trump childishly refusing to shake the hand of Merkel, the USA's most important NATO/European ally, the cuts to so many socially progressive programs , the Obama Care cuts which will seriously affect the welfare of those most in need, ie the legions of suffering people who voted for Trump in the first place, all add up to a very disturbing outlook for the US, and, by consequence, the world. I hate to say it but the only way out for this egoistic charlatan is armed conflict somewhere and somewhere soon. Hopefully, some of the saner, less hidebound Republicans will have the guts to stand up and call this ghastly pretender out but don't hold your breath.
  14. You got me! But, Aussies have adapted Cockney slang in terms like Warwick Farm for arm, and Port Melbourne Piers for ears. Sort of a localised offshoot of cockney. Then there are words like bludger and chunder and bodgie which I think emerged spontaneously in Oz but may very well have been used in England and died out.