Monday 16th of December 2019

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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 13:58

The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has flatly rejected a question from a reporter who asked her whether she “hates” Donald Trump, saying: “Don’t mess with me.”

Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, was walking away from her podium to end her weekly press conference on Thursday when a reporter shouted a question about whether she hated the president.

“Do you hate the president, Madam Speaker?” the reporter asked.

Pelosi quickly turned on her heel to address the reporter directly, angrily telling him that she did not hate the president and that she resented being asked such a question.

“I don’t hate anyone,” Pelosi said, jabbing her finger at him and citing her Catholic upbringing. “I still pray for the president,” she added.

Pelosi threw a number of insults Trump’s way, calling the president a “coward” on gun violence, “cruel” on immigration and “in denial” about climate change. But she emphasized those were issues for the 2020 election, and she did not hate the president.

“This is about the constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the president’s violation of the oath of office. And as a Catholic I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me.

“So don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that,” Pelosi told the reporter. And with that, she walked out.

The incident came two hours after she said Trump’s conduct and the constitution left the House no choice but to move forward with the impeachment process. Moments later, Trump and House Republicans lashed out in heated personal tones.

Trump tweeted that Pelosi “just had a nervous fit” and added: “She says she ‘prays for the President.’ I don’t believe her, not even close.” The House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, tweeted “Pelosi and the Democrats are clearly are blinded by their hate for the President.”

Pelosi has generally dominated confrontations with Trump all year in her second turn as House speaker. Now, she is leading an impeachment inquiry over Trump’s political pressure campaign on Ukraine – only the fourth presidential impeachment proceedings in history.

“The president’s actions have seriously violated the constitution,” Pelosi said earlier from the speaker’s office at the Capitol. “He is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit. The president has engaged in abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections.”

“Sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Pelosi said.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/05/dont-mess-with-me-nancy-pelosi-rejects-question-hates-trump

 

 

Pelosi: Bill Clinton was impeached for "being stupid"

 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked why she's supporting impeachment now when she didn't in the past.

She said she opposed impeaching President George W. Bush despite repeated calls to remove him. Pelosi then moved on to President Bill Clinton, who she said was impeached because of "personal indiscretion and misrepresenting about it."

"Some of these same people are saying, oh, this doesn't rise to impeachment. Right there, impeaching Bill Clinton for being stupid in terms of something like that. I mean, I love him, I think he was a great president, but being stupid in terms of that, what would somebody do, not to embarrass their family, but in any event, so they did Bill Clinton, now they want me to do George Bush, I didn't want it to be a way of life in our country," she said.

Read more:

https://edition.cnn.com/politics/live-news/nancy-pelosi-town-hall-2019/

 

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 13:29

More than 680 homes have been destroyed by bushfires in NSW this season, the Rural Fire Service (RFS) has confirmed.

Almost 250 houses have been damaged, while more than 2,000 outbuildings have been destroyed or damaged.

The updated totals come as three blazes burning north of Sydney this morning joined to create what has been dubbed a "mega blaze".

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-06/properties-destroyed-total-fire-bans-in-place-as-nsw-burns/11772568

 

Please note: with global warming, this situation can ease for a little while and come back worse... Nature is nature with "fluctuations", but adding CO2 in the atmosphere is changing its levels of reactivity. The major present problem has been THE LACK OF WATER. No rain. This was predicted by Tim Flannery about ten years ago, but most shock jocks laughed at him as it rained for a few years until his prediction of 40 percent less rain is now coming to be. Summer could be a long one.

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 13:10

Attorney-General Christian Porter has been dragged into the ‘doctored documents’ saga amid revelations he was asked by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to witness his phone call to the NSW police commissioner.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has described that phone call to Mick Fuller “ill-advised” because it leaves Mr Morrison vulnerable to accusations the government is interfering with a police investigation.

But the new revelations put the nation’s chief legal officer in the frame, with Mr Porter confirming to The New Daily he was present during the entire call.

Mr Porter’s spokesman confirmed “he was there” and that Mr Morrison and the Commissioner had given completely accurate accounts of the call.

Author and columnist Nikki Savva told ABC TV’s Insiders on Sunday Mr Porter had witnessed the conversation.

“Someone should have said to him, ‘Do not make that call’,” Savva said.

“Porter, as the first law officer of the land … should have grabbed the phone out of his hand and said, ‘Don’t do this, it’s not a good idea’.”

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said on Sunday Mr Morrison’s credibility and integrity had been left in tatters with his antics of the past week.

“When you’re the prime minister of the country and one of your cabinet ministers is under police investigation, you don’t ring mobile to mobile,” Mr Albanese said.

“There were methods in which he could have found out if indeed a police investigation was under way.

“Unlike the Prime Minister, I won’t be interfering in that investigation.

“But this minister [Angus Taylor] has misled the Parliament.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2019/12/01/christian-porter-scott-morrison/

 

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We can trust Christian Portaloo as much as humbugshit Scumcrap.

WHY CALL THE NSW police commissioner JUST TO ASK ABOUT THE WEATHER AND THE status of the garbage bins in the SHIRE?  HOW STUPID IS THAT?

taylor is a waste of space


by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 12:38

 

A pastor confused gasoline with holy water during a healing service in a church in Lagos, Nigeria, causing a huge explosion and killing a devotee.

"The pastor took a canister filled with gasoline, thinking it contained water," said Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema).

 

Read from top. And do not laugh when you find out that the fire blew up the local pipeline as well... Were there candles lit to the Virgin Mary?... Apparently there was one... The pastor is in a serious condition...

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 09:37

 

http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/35571

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 08:58

Brexit has been “one of the most spectacular mistakes” in the history of the EU and followed a campaign marked by “an unprecedented readiness to lie”, Donald Tusk has said.

In his first interview since standing down as European council president last week, Tusk said Brexit was “the most painful and saddest experience” of his five years in office, a tumultuous period marked by the Greek eurozone crisis, bitter rows over migration and the election of Donald Trump.

He also criticised the French president, Emmanuel Macron, for branding Nato “brain-dead” and refusing to open EU membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/05/brexit-one-of-most-spectacular-mistakes-in-eu-history-donald-tusk

 

Brexit is complicated by the UK special relationship with the USA and by the Pound Sterling. Having some special privileges in the EU, the UK also engaged in spying on European leaders on behalf of the Yanks. The election on December 14 will decide one way or the other the mood of the Poms who are the ONLY PEOPLE who can choose Brexit or not. General de Gaulle was correct in not allowing the UK to join the EU, until the UK had come to a less rabidly mercantile status.

 

In regard to NATO, Macron is emulating the good General's "throw the Yanks out" mantra which of course the CIA protégé Sarkozy changed into kiss the Yanks' butt...

 

In regard to Europe admitting new members, the maths do not work out. Without going into details, the numbers of countries in the EU should be limited to 27. Presently the UK is number 28. Tada, see-you-later, au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, hasta la vita, baby....

 

Tusk is president of European People’s Party, which of course could misunderstand everything more subtle than boots and all...

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 08:24

 

One of the arguments often put forward against the concept of "climate change" by the climate change denialists is that there is an "industry" designed to profit for pushing the concept, whether the concept is right or wrong... See:


http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/9568

 

Sydney city seen from less than TWO kilometres away (at Cleveland Street) yesterday:

 

city

 

May 2005: http://yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/1048

 

Gus Leonisky — on the case since 1979.

 

Read also: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 06:55

Paris: French police fired tear gas at demonstrators on Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, the country's high-speed trains stood still and tens of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government's plan to overhaul the retirement system.

At least 87 protesters were arrested in the French capital by evening as the protests wound down.

Unions launched the open-ended, nationwide walkout over President Emmanuel Macron's centrepiece reform in the biggest challenge to the centrist leader since the yellow vest movement against economic inequality erupted a year ago.

 

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/paris-brought-to-a-standstill-by-large-protests-over-retirement-changes-20191206-p53hf2.html

 

(Picture at top by Gus Leonisky...)

by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 06:52

Supermarket giant Coles has agreed to pay an extra $5.25m to one of its milk suppliers to settle a stoush with the consumer watchdog over whether it was passing all of a 10c a litre price increase on to dairy farmers.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission began investigating Coles following a promotional campaign in March in which the company promised it would “pass the extra 10c per litre to processors who will distribute all of the money to the farmers who supply them with milk for Coles brand”.

However, the ACCC alleges that although most farmers received the extra money, this was not the case with those who supplied milk to one processor, Norco.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/dec/05/coles-to-pay-milk-supplier-525m-after-allegedly-failing-to-pass-on-full-price-increase

 

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by Gus Leonisky on Fri, 2019-12-06 06:41

It would almost be funny if it weren’t real: a bill introduced in Ohio that would require doctors to attempt to re-implant ectopic pregnancies – a medical impossibility – or face charges of “abortion murder” (a legal invention).

But it is real. And it’s dystopian – a sign of the disturbing push from the “pro-life” right to treat women’s bodies as incubators, no matter what the physical toll.

The law would criminalize abortion and make it punishable by life in prison; “aggravated abortion murder” would carry the death penalty. That’s right: “pro-life” lawmakers in Ohio want to throw women and girls in jail for life, and even execute them, for ending their pregnancies.

It’s troubling that this even needs to be said, but because legislators in Ohio apparently don’t know: you cannot re-implant an ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies are potentially life-threatening complications where a fertilized egg implants itself somewhere outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube. As the cells multiply and the embryo grows, it can burst the tube, causing serious and potentially deadly complications. As a result, the standard of care for ectopic pregnancies is to dissolve the fertilized egg. Some self-styled “pro-life” healthcare providers refuse to do even this, and will instead remove part or all of a woman’s fallopian tube. The embryo still dies, and the procedure is more complicated, but hey, they didn’t directly “kill” a fertilized egg.

It’s this logic that Ohio’s anti-abortion legislators seem to be following: that a fertilized egg is a life, and therefore, it’s impermissible to remove it. So why not have a doctor scoop it out and stick it in a woman’s uterus?

Because, well, you can’t – there’s no procedure for it, and it’s not so easy to move microscopic fertilized eggs around, especially when they are implanted and growing in a woman’s body. Doctors can certainly try – and in doing so, put their patients through serious and unnecessary surgery, and put them at risk for catastrophic hemorrhage. That’s the choice that these Ohio legislators would force on healthcare providers: put your patients at risk for a made-up procedure that cannot and will not work, or face the rest of your life in jail. As for women, well, the bill treats them as mere incubators, not fully-fledged human beings who may object to having their organs sliced open and their lives put on the line so a doctor can go through the motions of pretending to save an egg.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/04/ohio-abortion-bill-ectopic-pregnancy-jill-filipovic

 

 

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