American State Dept. Carnival of “Primitveness and Loutishness” Descends on Moscow

Putin says trust erodes under Trump, Moscow icily receives Tillerson

4/12/2017

Wed Apr 12, 2017 | 2:49 PM EDT

Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday trust had eroded between the United States and Russia under President Donald Trump, as Moscow delivered an unusually hostile reception to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a face-off over Syria.

Any hope in Russia that the Trump administration would herald less confrontational relations has been dashed in the past week after the new U.S. leader fired missiles at Syria to punish Moscow’s ally for its suspected use of poison gas.

Tillerson started a meeting with Putin in the Kremlin after talking to his Russian opposite number Sergei Lavrov for around three hours. The Kremlin had previously declined to confirm Putin would meet Tillerson, reflecting tensions over the U.S. strike on Syria.

Just as Tillerson sat down for talks with Lavrov earlier on Wednesday, a senior Russian official assailed the “primitiveness and loutishness” of U.S. rhetoric, part of a volley of statements that appeared timed to maximize the awkwardness during the first visit by a member of Trump’s cabinet.

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Most of Russia’s Nuclear Arsenal in Combat Readiness

Russia’s Nuclear Triad Capacity Grows With 60% of Advanced Weapons

4/12/2017

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The combat capabilities of Russia’s nuclear triad have increased with the 60 percent of modern weapons in operation, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

“The combat power of the nuclear triad has increased, it is now equipped with advanced weapons at 60 percent,” Shoigu said in an interview with the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

He stressed that 99 percent of Strategic Missile Forces launchers are on combat alert, 96 percent of which are “in constant readiness for immediate launch”

Pls. Sign to Stop Elimination of Soc. Security Paycheck Withholding

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Last month, Donald Trump and Paul Ryan attempted to gut Medicare and Medicaid to give $1 trillion in tax breaks to the wealthy. Thanks to your resistance, that effort went down in flames. Now, rather than learning their lesson, Trump and Ryan are pivoting to an attempt to destroy Social Security to give tax breaks to the wealthy.

This plan is much more insidious than Trumpcare. The Associated Press reports that as part of Trump’s tax reform proposal, they are considering eliminating the FICA contributions that fund Social Security. Because only the first $127,200 of wages are taxed, Trump’s team are calling this a middle class tax cut. But destroying Social Security’s funding will hurt the very people Trump purports to help.

Sign the petition demanding that Donald Trump doesn’t raid Social Security’s dedicated funding stream to cut taxes for his wealthy friends.

This link works:  https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-dont-let-trump-raid-social-security-contributions

It was reported over the weekend that a GOP lobbyist close to Trump is promoting the plan to completely eliminate Social Security payroll contributions without a firm plan to replace Social Security’s funding source.

Eliminating the payroll tax contributions is dangerous―Social Security has maintained its universal popularity over the past 81 years because everyone pays in, and everyone benefits. This dedicated funding stream also insulates Social Security from the annual appropriations process that Republicans use to squeeze other programs designed to help the middle class.

For decades, Republicans in Washington and Wall Street bankers have told us that Social Security is going broke―even though Social Security has a $2.8 trillion surplus and can pay out 100% of benefits for the next 17 years and over 75% of benefits owed after that.

But Republicans’ tax plans might be a self-fulfilling prophecy. By starving Social Security of its funding, they could finally receive their wish―replacing Social Security’s guaranteed benefit with unstable Wall Street retirement plans.

Demand Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington abandon their attempts to destroy Social Security. Sign the petition to protect Social Security’s funding today!

Together we must stay vigilant in our fight to protect and expand Social Security for current and future generations.

Thank you,

Michael Phelan
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The Shallowest Casus Belli in World History

Donald Trump Is An International Law Breaker by Publius Tacitus

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Donald Trump’s decision to launch cruise missile strikes on a Syrian Air Force Base was based on a lie.  In the coming days the American people will learn that the Intelligence Community knew that Syria did not drop a military chemical weapon on innocent civilians in Idlib. Here is what happened:

  1. The Russians briefed the United States on the proposed target. This is a process that started more than two months ago. There is a dedicated phone line that is being used to coordinate and deconflict (i.e., prevent US and Russian air assets from shooting at each other) the upcoming operation.
  2. The United States was fully briefed …..

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Has Trump Decided He Needs WWIII to Prove Himself?

US going to war to overthrow Assad

4/6/2017

Tillerson: Steps Already Underway for US Removal of Assad

Says Assad Will Have ‘No Role’ in Syria in the Future

by Jason Ditz

Not long after officials began confirming that President Trump was “considering” military action against Syria to remove President Bashar Assad from power, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has confirmed that “steps are under way” in the administration for Assad’s ouster.

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I Was Struck by Car while Walking in Supermarket Lot Today

Wow, it was only going parking lot speed, but it was a car and I wasn’t.  I don’t think I’ve ever been struck that hard.  Left hip, ankle, and wrist most affected.  I did not see it at all before impact.  The young driver was genuinely extremely sorry, and said he didn’t see me at all.  All my routines are interrupted.

Yet much to be thankful for.  No broken bones.  It was a white car, that’s better than many other colors.  Hospital was less than 1/4 mile away.  Brittany the EMT was my kinda smokin’.   Too bad I was in shock and not in full command of what feeble wits I may ordinarily possess.