• I’ll Be Speaking at Yale February 7; Free and Open to the Public

    February 4, 2017

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    Please come join me for a bit of speaking and discussion at Yale University on February 7. The event is free and open to the public.


    My speech is part of Yale’s Macmillan Center for Global Justice Program, and I’ll kick off this semester’s slate of speakers. The event will be held in the ground-floor seminar room at 230 Prospect Street beginning at 4:30 pm. No advance tickets or reservations needed.

    I’ll offer some thoughts on whistleblowing, my own case as well as those of Manning and Snowden, leading into wider reflections on Iraq, the First Amendment, and what options exist from inside government when one deeply disagrees with specific policies.

    Kinda timely stuff.

    There will be open discussion and plenty of time for questions. Those who oppose free speech are also welcome to come and punch me in the head.




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    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Sorry I can’t be there. I will be at the Trump speech for the memorial service for victims of the Bowling Green Massacre because I hear that Frederick Douglass is also gonna speak.

      02/4/17 6:49 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Educate, etc.. Lucky attendees. Once again, geat work for the people Peter.

      02/4/17 8:33 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Yale. Speak very slowly. Remember, this is where George W. learned his education.

      02/4/17 9:29 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      …and be ready to explain why 26,000 sorties flown over Libya as a favor to America by NATO pilots is not actually a war but instead a “kinetic action”. That’s a Donna Brazile gimme. You owe me.

      02/4/17 9:57 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      What options Feds have if they disagree? Spicer already set the only option they have: GET THE F OUT!

      02/4/17 10:09 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Pose this question to the students: why are you wasting your time and money learning facts when alternate ones are just as good? In Trump World, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

      02/4/17 10:20 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Obama killed a 16 year old. Trump killed his 6 year old sister. “Exceptionalism” O, “We came we saw he died” H.C. (War Criminals)… Blow the whistle on them all…WANTED… Whistle Blowers from all sides. Truth is good.

      02/4/17 10:37 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      This so-called country deserves its so-called presidense.

      02/4/17 10:49 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Why did President Obama do nothing to help stop the Police State at Standing Rock? Answer, He built it. What will Trump do? Kill younger humans? Water is Life…Vote D or R?

      02/4/17 1:21 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Killery/2020

      02/4/17 1:21 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Chuck , that might happen since cloning is making huge leaps. They can now clone a batch of head lice so why not move just a few millimeters up the food chain to Hillary- the FIRST CLONED POTUS! That is a more significant first female POTUS. She’d dig it!

      02/4/17 2:02 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Pussy Power. Power is the problem, it is Evil. Grab it, or Truth. Make a good choice, or else. Have a nice day!

      02/4/17 3:17 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      I’m with Her. Repeat…

      02/4/17 3:18 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Bomb Iran, etc. . Give Palestine the equal nukes Israel might have. Have a nice day. FBB

      02/4/17 3:20 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Ask the students if they plan to max out their student debt because they probably won’t have to repay it with the lunatic in charge:

      Fox News interview that will air on Sunday, Pres. Donald Trump said that Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin’s habit of murdering his opponents and critics is proof that he’s a strong leader and that our own country isn’t “so innocent.”

      The Washington Post‘s Abby Phillip reported Saturday night —

      When asked about his relationship with Putin, Trump told O’Reilly, “I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them.”

      “Putin is a killer,” O’Reilly responded.

      “There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers,” Trump said. “Well, you think our country is so innocent?”

      02/4/17 9:21 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      Best of luck Peter. Should be stimulating — I wish I could be there.

      Any chance of posting a recording (?).

      02/4/17 9:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      Oh, and one more:

      I just noted the vaunted inscription, “Lux et veritas”. Please do not ask why, but immediately I thought of “Lux Interior” your fellow Ohioan and founder of the punk band, “The Cramps”.

      (Just so as you know where MY mind dwells. God but he had a killer of “Route 66”, IMHO.)

      . . . but back to academic pursuits.

      02/4/17 9:47 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Ask the students how much Trump has to make a travesty of our democracy before they go to D.C. and shut the government down before it is too late.

      02/4/17 10:01 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      J.P.

      Do you s’pose “kinetic action” derived from “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”?

      In the annals of my childhood, I just that static little stiff-jointed doll which had no locomotion abilities of its own being described as “kinetic”.
      (He did have big biceps and cool military gear, though.”

      02/4/17 11:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      chuck says,

      Give Palestine the equal nukes Israel might have.

      . . . do you REALLY think that’s a smart idea?

      I mean, I know we’re all social workers now, and the jackbooted liberals have imposed BDS at most colleges and universities to the left of Oral Roberts U. But, if we were to remove our imposed good Liberal anti-Zionist agenda, we would have to see what nation is actually the only stable democracy and ally of the U.S. in the M.E.

      And if we were really responsible, we would read the history of Israel in its early years, way before the 1st Intifada, and see a far more functioning, co-relational society.

      As always, the power-meisters fomented dissent, to their own benefit. The Palestinians have probably never had an honest broker.

      Egypt’s visionary Anwar Sadat’s assassination was most instructive for all M.E. leaders to follow.

      02/4/17 11:26 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Lisa- Kinetic military action has replaced the banished term “war”. Does that mean that America’s war fighters are now kinetic actioneers? Where’s the macho in that? Way too close to Mousekateers.

      02/5/17 8:27 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Lisa, Obama said he would not speculate on a county in the M.E. having nukes. Ban all nukes, and liars.

      02/5/17 8:53 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Lisa said…

      “I mean, I know we’re all social workers now, and the jackbooted liberals have imposed BDS at most colleges and universities to the left of Oral Roberts U. But, if we were to remove our imposed good Liberal anti-Zionist agenda, we would have to see what nation is actually the only stable democracy and ally of the U.S. in the M.E.”

      geeezus… spare me. Meanwhile, the Dumbest Country on the Planet keeps bending over for their daily 16th Amendment buttfuck that provides Israel with 38 BILLION fucking dollars, which they’ll spend on WMD’s, like adding the latest Nuclear Sub
      to their war crime arsenal..

      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/israel-us-military-assistance-228110

      …. notwithstanding the last 50 yrs of US taxpayers fucking labor to pay 100’s of billions more.. and you’re bitching about some “jackbooted liberal anti-zionist agenda”???????

      Hahahahahahahahahaha… I’ll file that under Great Moments in Monumental Idiocy.

      btw…fuck you and your bullshit.

      02/5/17 8:58 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      oh..ps…did I mention.. fuck you?

      02/5/17 9:00 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      God I love the smell of bleach in the morning. Had to sanitize this place a bit..reeked of stale propaganda and horse shit. So, excuse me while I wipe the place down..

      02/5/17 9:07 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Lisa, you are today’s winner of a Free Palestine t shirt. Where should I mail it!

      02/5/17 9:14 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Come people of the U.S.. Today is the day we all come together. Super Bowl Sunday!!!!! (BDS)

      02/5/17 9:15 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Lisa- Kubrick was well ahead of us in his sardonic cinematic messages. He has his soldiers- ooops I mean kinetic actioneers – singing the Mickey Mouse song at the end FULL METAL JACKET. So America’s war fighters were Mousekateers all along? Who knew?

      02/5/17 9:20 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      @ Lisa.. whoever you are..

      Dear Jackass, please inform your Israeli colleagues, most benefactors of gifts usually have the courtesy of issuing a brief but sincere ..THANK YOU. But noooooooooo.. on the contrary. Israel simply raises their middle finger while Bibi quote’s Barnum’s best known axiom.

      btw, had I received my Hazmat outfit from ebay, I’d have added ammonia. Oh well..next time.

      02/5/17 9:28 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      !

      02/5/17 9:30 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Lisa, Let’s hope Joe Leiberman runs with Hillary in 2020. He’s the best (off to get bleach and take meds) How many pitchforks could be bought with 3.8 billion a year for ten years, and why?

      02/5/17 9:38 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Dear Peter.. please excuse my lack of subject matter commentary. Most of the time, I read clear through the comments. But sometimes, I come across something in the comment section that makes me lose control of my demeanor beforehand. Sorry.

      In that regard, hope your appearance at Yale isn’t marred by a hoard of Anti-Bald zealots screaming for your ..ahem…head. Rumor has it they’ve been seen in and around various Universities, think tanks, laboratories, and other places usually inhabited by an unusual percentage of bald men.
      However, should it turn for the worse, let’s just hope there is at least one proponent of Instant Karma, who isn’t afraid to express his opinion with some other part of his anatomy. Like here..

      https://theintercept.com/2017/02/04/amid-chaos-berkeley-grinning-face-covered-blood/

      After all.. Baldmen-R-Us have rights too. And no one sees these them trying to shove their choice of personal appearance down anyone else’s throat..right?

      On the other hand, I suppose those who espouse a view that hairless men are somewhat inferior to their own persuasion, also have a right to express their opinion. However, when they start provoking those attendees who don’t give a fuck what your head looks like, Instant Karma is the only way to deal with these numbfucks. Meanwhile, as I understand your position on the 1st Amendment.. you always have the option of wearing a hat. Good luck.

      bartender… gimme a shot of 100prf YukYukYuk! Oh..and a bottle of this…
      https://res.cloudinary.com/ratebeer/image/upload/w_250,c_limit/beer_223730.jpg

      🙂

      02/5/17 10:14 AM | Comment Link

    • Chuck said...

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      Lisa, Does Israel have Nukes? Are you for Peace? Shalom.

      02/5/17 11:48 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Where is Mitch? Is he having Visa problems?!

      02/5/17 1:05 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Blow the Whistle. TY PVB. Help Wanted.

      02/5/17 1:49 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “Expect us…” Anonymous . Can’t wait for next leak from somebody! Have a nice day. Who is in 5 eyes and a middle east country?

      02/5/17 1:53 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      deleted

      02/5/17 1:56 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Mitch said he would not come back until Saudi Arabia was added to the visa ban list.

      02/5/17 4:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      BP fork,

      Take your meds and go to sleep like a good boy, now, won’t you, dear?

      02/5/17 5:34 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump’s psychosis may be due to his sleep disorder.

      Donald, take your Meds and go the fuck asleep.

      02/5/17 8:44 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      There will be more FBI agents at your speech than students.

      Just to irritate the pricks, ask them why Trump hates America. If he loves rasPutin so much, why doesnt he leave and move in with his lover?

      COMRADE Trump offered a fulsome defense of Russian President Vladi­mir Putin over the weekend, leaving Republican lawmakers frustrated and flummoxed yet again by the president’s warm feelings toward the rival nation.

      In a Fox News interview, Trump, who during the campaign repeatedly praised Putin, again said that he respected the Russian leader and hoped to get along with Moscow, and he seemed to equate the United States with its adversary when pressed by host Bill O’Reilly, who said: “But he’s a killer, though. Putin’s a killer.”

      “There are a lot of killers,” Trump said in the interview, which aired Sunday before the Super Bowl. “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

      02/6/17 9:59 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      “Any negative polls are fake news, just like CNN, ABC, CBS, and the NEW York Times.”- Demented Donald

      That leaves We Meant Well and FOX News.

      02/6/17 10:09 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      What do the Russkies have on Mike Pence?

      Pence refuses to say America is morally superior to Russia.

      02/6/17 10:17 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Tell friends, family, etc. in the Yale area to see Peter ( disclaimer — Just say no to skull & bones. Wage Peace.

      02/6/17 11:13 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- The USA is not morally superior to Russia and never has been. Do you need to believe such nonsense? Are you afraid of not making heaven because you -as an American- are a bad person?

      02/6/17 11:19 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Future Political Scientists will teach about “Americanism” and the U.S. Media, Clinton/Bush, Obama, and Trump ! The Lies from all and The TV. Also next up, “This Just In”, Fear, and the Empire is falling ? “Breaking News” I’m typing!

      02/6/17 11:22 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      This just in. Hillary lost because of Wiki and Boris. Snowden lies. Assange lies. Chelsea to be Free! The DNC is not corrupt! Vote often.

      02/6/17 12:22 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      JP, if Obama said that the US was not morally superior to the Evil Empire, FOX News would be calling for his head.

      02/6/17 12:50 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      Although O’Reilly did not elaborate on specific cases during his sit-down with our nation’s 45th Commander in Chief, Russia’s aggressive and authoritarian history is well-documented. Alexander V. Litvinenko was an opponent of the Kremlin’s who was poisoned with polonium-210 in 2006, and two years ago another by the name of Boris Mentsov was gunned down in the shadows of the Kremlin itself. President Barack Obama at the time spoke out against the killing, calling it a, “brutal murder,” in direct contrast to the more friendly and understanding rhetoric that President Trump has so far invoked while discussing the Russian Federation.

      02/6/17 12:56 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Natasha/2020 Fear USA (give me a hug) Wage Peace…

      02/6/17 1:36 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Native Americans… Welcome Home! Homeland Security.

      02/6/17 1:37 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Rich, I am starting to worry if you make a livable wage! Ever vote D? Are you registered to vote as a party member? Ever write in Bozo or a favorite pet?

      02/6/17 1:41 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Will Peters thing be on 8 track, I’m busy. Twerk me.

      02/6/17 2:01 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Work for Peace and Justice. All of you!

      02/6/17 2:02 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      and Thank You!

      02/6/17 2:02 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Listen, workers.

      02/6/17 3:00 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Amerikan Govt. Reps. . Your fired. Media… FU

      02/6/17 3:03 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      American Box Stores and Malls are History. Those damn Russians. TY

      02/6/17 3:19 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      If you do not work for the People, get out of the way! Have a nice day.

      02/6/17 3:53 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Enjoy! BDS.

      02/6/17 3:53 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      We need more D’s, Ha , ha , ha.

      02/6/17 3:58 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      We nee education. Moronism. Exceptional!

      02/6/17 3:59 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      D R error’s

      02/6/17 3:59 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Poof

      02/6/17 3:59 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Obama was evil. Trump also. Enjoy!

      02/6/17 4:06 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Why does The Guardian not allow comments on most articles? Freedom?

      02/6/17 4:22 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      Israel?

      02/6/17 4:23 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Trump is being nice to rasPutin so he will have a place to run when the CIA tries to kill him, THAT is the only thing they are good at these days.

      02/6/17 4:49 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- Obama did say, “We tortured some folks”.
      He was perhaps implying America had a rueful but fleeting ethical lapse due to an unprovoked and monstrous sneak attack but we are still the moral touchstone of the world. Those pesky terrorists made us lose our temper. Everything is fine now.

      02/6/17 9:42 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I’m doing a little whistle blowing here myself that might get me in trouble with John Denver’s estate. That “Misty taste of moonshine” (TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS) is opioids all the way now in West Virginia.

      02/7/17 8:32 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Peter, whatever you do, DON’T mention the terrorist attacks the MEDIA is covering up.

      02/7/17 9:27 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      And especially the ones the white neo-nazis commit, you know, the ones Demented Donald won’t talk about.

      02/7/17 9:31 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      People should be handing out leaflets at Boston parade telling part of the million to Listen to Peter! It’s free! Freedom Isn’t Free. Say What? Truth is good. Whistle blow.

      02/7/17 1:08 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “No Ban, No Wall, No War.” C.P.

      02/7/17 1:45 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      Thank you, JPoole, for some sanity.

      When the others jump on Trump for, well, everything — including that most heinous act of forcing people to vote for him — it is helpful to have perspective.

      As you note, on torture, Obama mentioned that there was that …

      And specifically, per the “Russia is a BAD man” meme which Mr. Bauer and others slaver over, and Mr. Trump’s comment: “We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?”

      To paraphrase Dirty Harry, “Do you think our country’s so innocent? Well, do ya, punk?”

      02/7/17 2:16 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...

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      “Do you feel lucky”

      02/7/17 2:31 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      The little dick-tator speaks: Tell me his name. We will ruin his career.

      Oh look, Mitch is back after his sex change. He wants to be called Lisa.

      02/7/17 2:51 PM | Comment Link

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