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Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 29, 2017 - 06:33pm PT
Trump has a pet that masquerades as a trophy wife
Malemute

Ice climber
great white north
Dec 29, 2017 - 06:37pm PT
Melania is his Russian controller, duh
Lennox

climber
in the land of the blind
Dec 29, 2017 - 06:53pm PT
A scorpion?



The Scorpion and the Frog

—A Parable for our Republic—

One day, a scorpion looked around at the mountain where he lived and decided that he wanted a change. So he set out on a journey through the forests and hills. He climbed over rocks and under vines and kept going until he reached a river.
The river was wide and swift, and the scorpion stopped to reconsider the situation. He couldn't see any way across. So he ran upriver and then checked downriver, all the while thinking that he might have to turn back.

Suddenly, he saw a frog sitting in the rushes by the bank of the stream on the other side of the river. He decided to ask the frog for help getting across the stream.

"Hellooo Mr. Frog!" called the scorpion across the water, "Would you be so kind as to give me a ride on your back across the river?"

"Well now, Mr. Scorpion! How do I know that if I try to help you, you wont try to kill me?" asked the frog hesitantly.

"Because," the scorpion replied, "If I try to kill you, then I would die too, for you see I cannot swim!"

Now this seemed to make sense to the frog. But he asked. "What about when I get close to the bank? You could still try to kill me and get back to the shore!"

"This is true," agreed the scorpion, "But then I wouldn't be able to get to the other side of the river!"

"Alright then...how do I know you wont just wait till we get to the other side and THEN kill me?" said the frog.

"Ahh...," crooned the scorpion, "Because you see, once you've taken me to the other side of this river, I will be so grateful for your help, that it would hardly be fair to reward you with death, now would it?!"

So the frog agreed to take the scorpion across the river. He swam over to the bank and settled himself near the mud to pick up his passenger. The scorpion crawled onto the frog's back, his sharp claws prickling into the frog's soft hide, and the frog slid into the river. The muddy water swirled around them, but the frog stayed near the surface so the scorpion would not drown. He kicked strongly through the first half of the stream, his flippers paddling wildly against the current.

Halfway across the river, the frog suddenly felt a sharp sting in his back and, out of the corner of his eye, saw the scorpion remove his stinger from the frog's back. A deadening numbness began to creep into his limbs.

"You fool!" croaked the frog, "Now we shall both die! Why on earth did you do that?"

The scorpion shrugged, and did a little jig on the drowning electorate’s back.

"I could not help myself. It is my nature."

Then they both sank into the muddy waters of the swiftly flowing river.

Self destruction - "Its my Nature", said the Trump...
xCon

Social climber
909
Dec 29, 2017 - 07:21pm PT
In a 30-minute interview, President Trump made 24 false or misleading claims

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/in-a-30-minute-interview-president-trump-made-24-false-or-misleading-claims/ar-BBHuIgy?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Dec 29, 2017 - 07:36pm PT

I don't know if this will work, as I pulled it off FBook, but it's good for a giggle. Unless, that is, you're still holding on the the DT idea for dear life. Then...probably not so funny.
Malemute

Ice climber
great white north
Dec 29, 2017 - 08:27pm PT
The terms “post-truth” and “fake news” have become increasingly prevalent in public discourse over the last year. This article explores the growing abundance of misinformation, how it influences people, and how to counter it.

http://opiniontoday.com/2017/10/16/beyond-misinformation-understanding-and-coping-with-the-post-truth-era/

http://websites.psychology.uwa.edu.au/labs/cogscience/Publications/Lewandowsky.2017.JARMAC.pdf
Happiegrrrl2

Trad climber
Dec 29, 2017 - 08:28pm PT
For some reason, my Screenshot thing isn't working, so bear with me(and if someone cares to make shots and post, that would be cool).

So here's Dear Leader's most recent post(as of this moment)


Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump

Many reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with regime’s corruption & its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves. The world is watching! #IranProtests
10:42 PM - 29 Dec 2017


5,448 replies 6,896 retweets 21,759 likes



Buuuuuut.....

This is the post Saran Sanders, Press Secretary made 3 hours ago.


Sarah Sanders‏Verified account @PressSec

Reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights including their right to express themselves. The world is watching
7:52 PM - 29 Dec 2017

2,315 replies 5,889 retweets 16,584 likes

Can Trump supporters REALLY actually believe that it is normal and acceptable that the president, who supposedly is very proud of his speaking directly to his public via Twitter, and who DOES seem to understand how the ReTweet function works, copied his PS's post, changed the 1st words in each sentence and added a hashtag, and put it off as his own?
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Dec 29, 2017 - 08:40pm PT
In a word, Happi,


YES
Malemute

Ice climber
great white north
Dec 29, 2017 - 09:14pm PT
It is his own ... because 5 minutes after posting, he forgot where he saw it first.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Dec 30, 2017 - 10:24am PT
24 false or misleading claims in a 30 minute interview. DON'T GASLIGHT ME DUDE!
TLP

climber
Dec 30, 2017 - 04:15pm PT
Iranian govt should respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves.

...though interestingly he doesn't think it's OK for US citizens to do the same if they happen to be football players.
xCon

Social climber
909
Dec 30, 2017 - 04:53pm PT
you forget WERE sponsoring the Iranian protestors

when their actually organizing for the general welfare like in Honduras just now they get nothing but the stick and blind eye...
dirtbag

climber
Jan 12, 2018 - 08:57am PT
The most pressing issue is still the president’s fitness for office, highlighted again by this week’s racist and erratic behavior. Yet...we are likely stuck with him for three more years.


https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/no-exit/550391/
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 12, 2018 - 10:05am PT
Dirt, with all due respect, while the President’s propensity for self-parody is embarrassing
it doesn’t necessarily affect the meaningful issues. One of those, which seems to be flying
under the sh!thole radar currently, is the future of Social Security. I received a pre-publication
copy of Peter Diamond’s* latest paper. I can’t divulge anything but STAY TUNED cause this
IS important.

*The Nobel doyen of SS
dirtbag

climber
Jan 12, 2018 - 12:04pm PT
Dirt, with all due respect, while the President’s propensity for self-parody is embarrassing
it doesn’t necessarily affect the meaningful issues.

If we had a normal president, this would be true.

But all of the president’s many defects have already greatly affected domestic and foreign policy, in addition to damaging or destroying long established democratic norms of conduct.

I shudder to think how he will react when the sh#t (whatever the sh#t may be) hits the fan.

Trump’s character and fitness are the number one issues for the next theee years, at least.
August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Jan 12, 2018 - 12:34pm PT
Trump’s character and fitness are the number one issues for the next theee years, at least.

Not necessarily. I would say there is more than a 10% chance that Trump does not serve all of first term.

August West

Trad climber
Where the wind blows strange
Jan 12, 2018 - 12:35pm PT
I shudder to think how he will react when the sh#t (whatever the sh#t may be) hits the fan.

On the one hand, I don't really expect the Trump administration to launch a military attack on NK, but if Trump fires Mueller, and needs a major distraction, can you really rule it out?
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Jan 12, 2018 - 05:20pm PT
Trump can't spell North Korea let alone find it on a map...But he's very stable...
WBraun

climber
Jan 12, 2018 - 05:30pm PT
Oh for fuks sake!!!

You people are insane as Trump .....
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Jan 12, 2018 - 05:38pm PT
I would think that the Republican party would love to get rid of Trump to avoid a bloodbath during the mid-term elections. He has caused numerous congressmen to resign. Most notable is Darrel Issa. I would love to see Trump survive long enough to destroy the Republican party

Issa was subjected to to the largest weekly protest in the country. Every Tuesday between 300 and 600 protesters would meet outside his office. he tried all sorts of ways to stop it. he tried to get the the city to revoke the permit, got deputies to ticket cars for every imaginable violation (think wheels not turned in on hill sort of thing) and even tried to rally counter-protesters. Now that he is retiring from the 49th district rumor is he is going after corrupt Duncan hunters seat in the 50th district, the protesters have promised to follow him there.
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