sgsmith 
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Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Spy Vs Orange Spy

Seriously, what do you expect the CIA to say?

The Plame affair (also known as the CIA leak scandal and Plamegate) was a political scandal that revolved around journalist Robert Novak's public identification of Valerie Plame as a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer in 2003.

In 2002, Plame wrote a memo to her superiors in which she expressed hesitation in recommending her husband, former diplomat Joseph C. Wilson, to the CIA for a mission to Niger to investigate claims that Iraq had arranged to purchase and import uranium from the country, but stated that he "may be in a position to assist".

After President George W. Bush stated that "Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa" during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Wilson published a July 2003 op-ed in The New York Times stating his doubts during the mission that any such transaction with Iraq had taken place.

A week after Wilson's op-ed was published, Novak published a column which mentioned claims from "two senior administration officials" that Plame had been the one to suggest sending her husband. Novak had learned of Plame's employment, which was classified information, from State Department official Richard Armitage. David Corn and others suggested that Armitage and other officials had leaked the information as political retribution for Wilson's article.

The scandal led to a criminal investigation; no one was charged for the leak itself. Scooter Libby was convicted of lying to investigators. His prison sentence was ultimately commuted by President Bush, and he was pardoned by President Donald Trump in 2018.
Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plame_affair

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Posted by sgsmith on 09/10/2019 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Sex Talk

I find it so quaint that both TUSD and parents think that they will have any say in how children become educated about sex when Madison Avenue, their peers and social media have been laying the foundation since they left the womb.

Sex education is to human sexuality what Ikea is to furniture: the illustrations raise more questions than they answer, the instructions are confusing, and in the end -- after all the fitting, inserting, sliding and screwing -- you decide if it is something you share and enjoy or hide away in the closet.

And just so you know TUSD, if you want fourth-graders to know about sex education, you are going to have to do a better job educating fifth-graders.

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Posted by sgsmith on 09/08/2019 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Weekend At Donnie’s

So this is the defense...failing mental health, like some elderly mafia don facing life in prison, we roll out the ultimate alibi for a life full of greed, malfeasance and criminal hubris and allow a man who has systematically despoiled and destroyed every branch of the American government, as well as dangerously diminished this country's credibility, standing and safety among the nations of the world to simply fade away to some retreat to continue living in a world of his own imagination and machinations.

This is no Camelot. This is no dream of what could have been. This is a nightmare dredged up from the depths of a man with no soul, no remorse, no morals, no ethics, nothing but a monstrous ego with a twisted Midas touch that instead of turning everything to gold transmogrifies, corrupts and rots until there is nothing left but broken promises, countless lies and hollow husks of what used to be the men and women he used to surround himself so no one could see the sad bully that would be a king in a land ruled by fear, racism, ignorance, loathing and blind loyalty to someone who -- without his inherited and ill-gotten wealth -- would have been one of those lonely and forgotten wretches that live on the edge of society awaiting oblivion as the only escape from the demons of their own making.

"And thus I clothe my naked villainy with old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil." -- William Shakespeare (Richard III, Act 1, Scene 3)

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Posted by sgsmith on 09/05/2019 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Sahuarita Pecan Festival Cancelled, FICO Blames Global Tariffs

"We're going to win. We're going to win so much. We're going to win at trade, we're going to win at the border. We're going to win so much, you're going to be so sick and tired of winning, you're going to come to me and go 'Please, please, we can't win anymore.' You've heard this one. You'll say 'Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don't want to win anymore. It's too much. It's not fair to everybody else.' And I'm going to say I'm sorry, but we're going to keep winning, winning, winning, We're going to make America great again." -- Donald J. Trump

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/18/2019 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Rock Star

There is no doubt that he sees himself as a king, but as "The King" no way, unless you're intimating that he will bite the big one sitting on the thrown mid-twitter.

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/09/2019 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Claytoon of the Day: Consoling The Wounded

The City of El Paso missed an opportunity.

They should have put a vehicle boot on Air Force One until Trump pays the city the approximately $500,000 his campaign owes.

"Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity." -- Frank Leahy

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Posted by sgsmith on 08/08/2019 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Lawmakers spar over family separations, detention center conditions

Simply put, our federal government is broken.

Some would like to lay all the blame with the current administration, but the truth is we have been on this path for more than 50 years thanks to the growing perfect storm of apathy among the electorate, hyper-partisan politics, gerrymandering and the unbridled introduction of gross amounts of money tied to special interests into the system.

Now, when we are faced with threats from outside, including Russia, China, North Korea and others, and threats from inside, including ever-growing racism, an obscene wealth gap, and manufactured doubts about nearly every institution upon which our culture is based, we have reached a point where all the talking, finger-pointing, posturing and hand-wringing in the world cannot free a single child from a cage.

I do not pretend to know what the solutions are, but we had a saying in the military -- lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

However, if we are waiting for our elected representatives to lead, there are going to be many more children in cages, and if those same elected representative keep following the same corrupt and ineffectual "leaders" that have sold their souls for power and wealth, we will find ourselves in cages built of ignorance, fear and injustice.

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Posted by sgsmith on 07/27/2019 at 7:57 PM

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