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a gentleman and a scholar

I just heard this morning on NPR that the Trump administration is optimistic that Jared Kushner is going to negotiate a Middle East peace plan and all I can say is whatever they are smoking I want some. The word on this whole thing from the Palestinians is that they want their own state which is what past administrations have tried to help them achieve while this one couldn't be closer to Netanyahu.

Meanwhile race relations in the United States continue to become terse under this new era of empowerment for fringe right groups who saw this election as a sign to come out and be seen.

So to look for a bit of sanity in commentary we turn to Bill Moyers.

He was Lyndon B. Johnson's press secretary and a distinguished journalist for many years. He is an intelligent and dignified man and an old school reporter with many decades of service to his profession. Lawrence O'Donnell is no slouch either and listening to both of them is sheer pleasure.



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  1. "... all I can say is whatever they are smoking I want some." Indeed, don't Bogart. But we know that Trump and his cronies have little desire or impetus to share anything.

    Bill Moyers is a voice of reason in a crowd of fear mongers and the disenfranchised. The cover of Time magazine illustrates what I fear most, that we might descend into a Nazi-like disaster. I sincerely hope Bob Mueller and his team are burning the midnight oil and working seven days/week. I'll bet they are but it's hard to be patient.

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    1. it is hard to be patient is an understatement but I still have faith in the fundamental goodness of the American people will prevail and that 30% for whom he can do no wrong will only have their brief moment in the sun...

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