Though it may be called the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland today, it all began in Wessex almost 1100 years ago. From Wessex to England, England to Britain, Britain to Great Britain, the UK has had a few names changes as it grew from one of the seven Heptarchies into the British Empire. Here are the stories of the monarchs who ruled.
Alfred the Great
Edward the Confessor
House of Normandy
William the Conqueror
The House of Plantagenet
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Richard the Lionheart
Hundred Years War
House of Lancaster
House of York
War of the Roses
House of Tudor
House of Stuart
English Civil War
The Glorious Revolution
William and Mary
House of Hanover
House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
House of Windsor
27 Dec 2018 @realDonaldTrump: This isn’t about the Wall, everybody knows that a Wall will work perfectly (In Israel the Wall works 99.9%). This is only about the Dems not letting Donald Trump & the Republicans have a win. They may have the 10 Senate votes, but we have the issue, Border Security. 2020!
Me: You mean where they have shoot to kill orders?
@DaveSteffenhage : Every time you shoot its shoot to stop the threat. This usually winds up being a kill. Don’t kid yourself.
@DaveSteffenhage Ok, let’s get something clear, border agents as well as IDF are in a very dangerous job. Ask them. It’s not political to them it’s daily reality. You want them protected? They both need a nice big wall.
Me: I didn’t realize you’ve been to the border; I’ve worked on the border and talked to many agents, I think I know a thing or two about it:
@DaveSteffenhage: Now I’m surprised, you use phrases like shoot to kill but your involved in border security? You seem to be in Favor of illegal migration with all the risks it poses to both illegals and border agents yet your involved in border security? This doesn’t make sense.
Me: No, I haven’t worked in border security, I’ve worked along the border. I ran immersion workshops to bring border agents, migrant service organizations, and others together to discuss border security and safety.
Me: Most of the people on the American side of the border want high tech not low tech.
Me: For example there’s a strip of fence near El Paso where there is a physical barrier but there’s less high tech; I have personally witnessed people just going under the fence through a storm drain into the United States. We need high tech and increased people + foreign aid
@DaveSteffenhage: I’m in favor of using all tools necessary to stop illegal border crossing. It doesn’t sound like you are. The border agents questioned in the survey below want a border wall as well as high tech tools.
Me: That feels like an unfair dig. If you aren’t going to take me at my word, there’s little reason to go back and forth. It’s also unclear whether you read the article you posted; it says agents want a wall as part of a system in strategic locations.
Me: If you think I’m in favor of illegal migration then either I’m not expressing myself clearly or you’re projecting what you think I believe on to me. I am opposed to illegal migration. But I’ve been to the border, I’ve interviewed agents, and I would say 70% are against the Wall.
@DaveSteffenhage: Yes I did read it and I agree with the findings. I think a wall at strategic locations as well as other barriers be they electronic or physical will work. I wasn’t saying you were being dishonest, just that you didn’t ask that many agents. The survey was of 600
Me: The section of the border I worked along is primarily rural, and those agents wanted hi tech when I interviewed them, but clearly in hi traffic areas a physical wall makes more sense. There’s no one size fits all.
@DaveSteffenhage: I know one thing for sure, border agents are sick of drug traffickers and human traffickers having it so easy. Ever seen a rape tree while on the border? It’s time to use every means necessary. That includes building walls.
Me: I believe in using wall at strategic locations like the border agents survey said, but not building a total wall just for the sake of building a wall. In rural areas, hi tech and manpower are more important as the border sheriffs and others have said.
@DaveSteffenhage: Exactly. The fight now is purely political. The democrats won’t allow any funding of a wall at all. Placing politics above national security. I guarantee the next president will do nothing. Especially if it’s a democrat. It needs to happen now.
Me: I’m glad you agree that the fight is purely political and that the supposition of a “wall” is relative, I just wish Trump understood what you understand: that as the agents’ survey states of “adding a ‘wall system’ in strategic locations” but not necessarily everywhere.
@DaveSteffenhage: Are you fucking kidding me? Your calling me a racist? I’ve NEVER said a damn thing that’s racist! I’m in favor of border security at both borders! Take it back fucking NOW!
Me: Why is it a wall in the south and “border security” in the north?
@DaveSteffenhage: Calling someone racist nowadays can lose them their jobs, reputation, friends. That’s why leftists call people racist every chance they get. It ends the debate when they know they aren’t winning. I don’t want to lose my job or reputation so I’m out.
For the record, I didn’t get an opportunity to clarify, I was blocked before I received the notification/message. This is a person that I’ve debated on Twitter for 6 months or so and who uses the words ‘Democrat,’ ‘Hillary,’ ‘liberal,’ leftist,’ dossier,’ and ‘FBI’ as if the terms are swear words. In other threads, my patriotism is questioned as is my commitment to stop drug dealers and rape. Even in this thread as you can see I was essentially called a liar. Perhaps I went too far at the end, perhaps not. However, the ‘take my ball and go home mentality’ with the ‘getting the last word’ is frustrating when people want to make declarative statements but become offended when the declarative statements are made to or at their expense.
Two hundred and thirty-eight years ago, the French army was barracked in Providence, Rhode Island. On Christmas Eve 1780, the people of Providence celebrated with the Catholic French-speaking soldiers bunking at University Hall at Brown University, singing carols and lighting candles.
One hundred and four years ago, enemy soldiers stared across the cold battlefield of northern France and, out of respect for each other, a Christmas truce sporadically broke out along the Western Front… French, German, and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk. In some areas, men from both sides ventured into no man’s land on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to mingle and exchange food and souvenirs. There were joint burial ceremonies and prisoner swaps, while several meetings ended in carol-singing. Men played games of football with one another…
In World War II, specifically, on December 24, 1941, at precisely 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, as dusk gathered and the temperature dropped, the red-coated Marine Band on the White House lawn struck up “Joy to the World,” accompanying choirs from area churches. Thousands had gathered in the fading light. After some further carols, the band began “Hail to the Chief.” As the sunset gun at nearby Fort Myer boomed, the president and Mrs. Roosevelt appeared on the South Portico with a group of guests, the Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
These days, instead of honoring allies like playing “Joy to the World” to the Prime Minister of Britain, or singing carols to French soldiers away from home to help America, no, instead of celebrating friends or even seeking a temporary white-flag with enemies like the 1914 Christmas Truce, as I’m recording this right now at approximately 6pm Eastern, the President of the United States has spent Christmas Eve 2018 sending out more than 10 tweets already today attacking Democrats, Republican Senator Bob Corker, Trump’s own former anti-terrorism envoy Brett McGurk… and complaining about US allies overseas… that’s right, rather than support foreign allies or seek a detente to the domestic tensions at home, President Trump shows he’s more Grinch than Gingrich, forcing a government shutdown for the holidays after the House and Senate had already passed a bi-partisan bill to avoid this, the third shutdown of the year. Oh, you know, the shutdown that, on December 11, 2018, Trump proudly declared “I’ll tell you what: I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck. I will take the mantle… I will be the one to shut it down — I’m not going to blame you for it.”
Weird how now Trump and his few allies left, like Mark Meadows are trying to blame the Democrats in the Senate for blocking the appropriations bill. Apparently, the approximately 3 million Federal civil servants aren’t as important to the Republicans as Neil Gorsuch was, otherwise the filibuster rule would be removed entirely, right?
So here we are. The second year of the Trump Administration. The filibuster rule that was in place for 100 years has been removed by Republican Senators to seat a conservative justice. The US has broken its treaty responsibility under the Paris Agreement. The US has threatened its own allies in NATO. The US was withdrawn from the Iran Framework. The US has announced its withdrawal from NAFTA and renegotiated the agreement. The US has withdrawn from a nuclear weapons deal with Russia negotiated by Ronald Reagan. And, this fall, the US has done nothing as a Saudi resident-alien living in the United States is murdered on diplomatic grounds by the goons of Mohammed bin Salaman. Most recently, Trump talks with Turkish dictator Erdogan and then announces the withdrawal of US forces from Syria. Cui bono? Who benefits? Dictator Erdogan, Dictator Al-Assad, Dictator Putin, and -ironically- even the Iranian backed terrorist group Hezbollah… and who suffers? The stateless Kurds. The same Kurds that were betrayed by the US in ‘91, the same Kurds not given enough support in IS’ Northern Iraq offensive in 6/2014 & now Trump’s betrayal in 12/2018…
Why does Trump coordinate more with Dictator Orban, Dictator Duarte, Dictator Putin, Dictator MBS, and Dictator Erdogan than Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, or Shinzō Abe?
Why does Trump exude admiration for Dictator Xi when he removes term limits, builts re-education camps for the Uighers? Is it because Xi has recognized more than 125 trademarks for Trump and his families businesses in just these last two years?
I truly believe this is a man who has built his own prison. Attacking the Bush Family, attacking John McCain, attacking the Federal Judiciary, attacking Jeff Sessions, the DOJ and the FBI, pretending George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, and Paul Manafort are nobodies, attacking Michael Cohen, building an administration with the likes of Sean Spicer, Michael Flynn, Tom Price, Steve Bannon, Anthony Scaramucci, Omarosa Newman, Gary Cohn, Ronny Jackson, Ryan Zilke,
Forcing out HR MacMaster, Rex Tillerson, David Shulkin, and firing Jim Mathis for announcing his retirement….
And let’s not forget that Trump now has had three chiefs of staff in less than 2 years…
And this is the guy who complains, on Christmas Eve, that he’s all alone….
Lindsey Graham, who has been described as one of Trump’s closest supporters in the US Senate said, “ I have not found one person, national security-wise, who believes it’s a good idea to remove the 2,200 troops, which was a small footprint, that was a bulwark against Iran expansion and insurance policy against the rise of ISIS. There was a widespread belief that ISIS has not been defeated. They’ve been hurt.”
“I have known 11 Prime Ministers and 7 of them were adulterers”
~Prime Minister William Gladstone~
~The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland~
T.H. White, an American political journalist who covered the six presidential elections from 1960 to 1980 famously once said he only knew of three Presidential candidates who were faithful to their wives: Harry Truman, George Romney, and Jimmy Carter.
While it’s easy to either throw all the presidents under the bus or to blindly defend all of them (or at least our favorites), they are all individuals. Many owned slaves and having sexual relations with slaves was not uncommon. Also, many grew up in times when prostitution was legal. The Reynolds Affair, The Petticoat Affair and the infamous womanizing of Ben Franklin show that the Federal Period of American history had as much sexual scandal as our more modern era.
And we’re not even talking about pre-marital affairs…. Or how about the social acceptance or non-acceptance of age differences?
Grover Cleveland, at age 49, married one of his best friends’ daughter who was 21?? 28 years difference? And if you think that’s bad, Tyler and his second wife were 30 years apart….
GW Sally Fairfax*
GW Venus (Mother of West Ford)*
GW Lavenia Vanderweaver*
GW Mary Gibbons*
Adams (hahahahah, ya, right!)
TJ Sally Hemmings
TJ Maria Cosway*
Adams Alleged to have ‘pimped’ for Czar Alexander*
Jackson Rachel Donelson (technicality)
Harrison A slave (named “Dilsia” or mother of “Dilsia”)*
Tyler Lydia Ann Taylor mother of John Dunjee Taylor*
Pierce Jane Means Appleton?
Buchanan Sen. William R. King*
Lincoln Ann Rutledge? Hannah Armstrong? Matilda
Johnson At age 18, married a 16-year-old Eliza McCardle
Grant Madly in love with Julia!
Garfield Lucia Calhoun
Cleveland Maria Halpin
Cleveland Francis Folsom?
TR Edith Kermit Carow?
Wilson Mary Peck
Harding Nan Britton
Harding Carrie Fulton Phillips
FBR Lucy Mercer, etc., etc., etc….
IKE Kay Summersby
JFK Angie Dickenson
JFK Marlene Dietrich
JFK Gunilla Von Post
JFK Gene Tierney
JFK Pamela Turnure
JFK Marilyn Monroe
JFK Judith Campbell
JFK Ellen Rometsch
JFK Mary Pinchot Meyer
JFK Mimi Beardsley
JFK Mimi Alford
JFK Judith Campbell Exner
JFK Blaze Starr
JFK Fiddle and Faddle
LBJ Alice Glass
LBJ Madeline Brown
LBJ Helen G. Douglas
Nixon Marianna Liu*
Ford Ellen Rometsch
Carter (“I have lusted in my heart many times”)
Reagan Nancy Davis (while married to Jane Wyman)
Bush Jennifer Fitzgerald*
Clinton Paula Jones
Clinton Gennifer Flowers
Clinton Monica Lewinski
But it goes beyond consensual heterosexual relationships, as I mentioned already, there is the issue of non-consensual, whether it be the infamous quote by Donald Trump to Billy Bush, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings or Bill Clinton and his relationships, specifically Monica Lewinski.
Washington, Harrison, and Taylor too are believed to have had sexual relations with their slaves….
GW Venus (Mother of West Ford)
Harrison A slave (named “Dilsia” or mother of “Dilsia”)
Tyler Lydia Ann Taylor (mother of John Dunjee Taylor)
Isn’t it interesting that Gary Hart’s career was ended over consensual sex, and Bill Clinton won the presidency in the very next election? Womanizing is ok, just don’t tell me about it, oh wait, now I know, that’s horrible in 1988 and I guess its ok in 1992 and 2016?
Think of all the social stigmas that have been used to judge people over time, and we all may have different opinions as to whether those were or are legitimate reasons for supporting or not supporting a political candidate. The presumed gay relationship between James Buchanan and VP William King
Deficiencies that may have actually impacted the execution of the office of the President like Grant’s alcoholism or W’s dry drunk syndrome.
And then there are the issues that have been used to derail political careers that are hard to understand such as Thomas Eagleton who had to drop out of the 1972 race because he received electrotherapy for depression… oh, but untreated depression like Nixon’s melancholy moodiness and presumed bouts of depression is ok….
And, speaking of 1972, Edmund Muskie had to drop out because he cried…. And then we wind up with John Boehner as the 53rd Speaker of the House lol
Douglas Ginsburg and so many others who lost their careers or the momentum of their careers because of drug use… then Bill Clinton famously says he didn’t inhale, and we wind up with a wider acceptance of marijuana use by politicians… Clinton, W, and Obama…
I mean heck, Bill Clinton essentially dodged the draft and even went to Russia during the Vietnam War and was elected President… just like W avoided Vietnam by joining the OK Air National Guard, then barely ever showed up.
Obama and the racist lying birther movement that Donald Trump enflamed…
The presidents of the United States have a collective history of owning slaves, Non-consensual sex, alcoholism, drug use, and draft dodging, and almost George Wallacesque use of racist rhetoric… and the losers? Some of them cried and sought treatment for mental health…
So, you know, if someone ever asks you if walking into a pot shop or grabbing a beer will derail your future political career, just remind them, heck, it might even increase your chances these days….
Morality is individual, ethics is collective. Often we talk about the so-called “moral high ground” referring to the consistency of moral behavior or a code of morality that allows a person or even a nation-state to respond to the issues of the day or the actions of other nation-states and individuals… Nixon’s lies, Reagan’s “I don’t recall”, the Bush Family’s oil interests, Clinton’s sexual predatory behaviors… all of these call into question that moral high ground of the Presidency and of the United States of America.
Imagine that. Imagine if the preponderance of evidence indicated that a president was guilty of lies, deceptive recollections of memory or facts, business conflicts, AND sexual predatory behaviors?
Before publically announcing his intention to run for president, Trump mocked President Obama for his vacation days and games of golf. How’s that working out?
Trump said as a presidential candidate that he would drain the swamp and hire only the best people….
General Michael Flynn… has pled guilty…
Michael Cohen has pled guilty and been sentenced to three years…
The National Inquirer has admitted to conspiracy and campaign violations in a prosecuting-avoidance deal with the SDNY…
Campaign Manager Paul Manafort has been convicted of tax fraud, conspiracy, etc…. Trump’s defense? Well, Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan too… thought Trump seems to forget that Manafort worked for Reagan BEFORE the fraud and conspiracy, whereas Manafort worked for Trump after and during the criminal activities….
Rick Gates? Yup him too….
George Papadopoulos who has pled guilty to trying to coordinate with the Russians….
Trump’s friend and ally, Roger Stone has taken the 5th Amendment in regards to subpoenas by the Republican-led US Senate and is also being investigated by the Mueller probe…
Roger Stone’s associate Andrew Miller held in contempt…
Sitting Presidents “can’t be indicted” because that’s been DOJ tradition since the early 1970s… you know what’s else has been a tradition since the Nixon Era? The release of tax returns by presidential candidates.
The Russia assassination of Alexander Litvinenko? The Russian attempted-assassination of Sergei and Yulia Skripal? Horrible! Tragedies! Against the rule of law! Then there’s that assassination of American resident alien journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?
Trump complained about NAFTA and has renegotiated with the threat of withdrawing from the agreements… like he withdrew from the nuclear weapons deal with Russia, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Iran Framework… But he expects other countries to follow their obligations such as military expenditures under the NATO Treaty agreements… But China does not have to follow its treaty obligations under the WTO, but they do have to pay tariffs on steel and soy, but maybe not if they make a deal to buy agricultural equipment from the US, but not Harley’s because Harley is a bad company because they moved operations overseas…not like Carrier who laid off 200 employees after Trump claimed to have saved 2000 jobs… honestly, I can’t keep up with the whiplash following this guys logic…. Now arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei… Trump’s dangling leveraging Meng with the tariff negotiations, but condemns the use of pressure on Trump Organization and Trump Campaign personnel as virtually criminal acts by the DOJ, you know, his DOJ that’s led by his Attorney-General and his Director of the FBI….
Today, Mika Brzezinski criticized by Trump for her offensive slur against gays…. This criticism by the man who said Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers, Africans come from shit hole countries, and women should be grabbed by there genitals… only he didn’t say genitals, did he? And today, Trump criticized Comey’s non-answers to the House Judiciary Committee, while his own lawyers refuse, limit, and redact questions and answers to the Special Counsel’s Office.
Also today, the House Oversight Committee under Trump ally Mark Meadows began investigations into the Clinton Foundation… what’s weird is that the House is using tax returns to investigate the Clintons…. Imagine if the same committee had access to the tax returns of the president and or the Trump Organization?
Then the OVERSIGHT Committee might look at the 63rd Floor of Trump Tower and Vadim Trincher, one of the leaders of a Russian-American crime ring that operated an international gambling operation from Trump Tower which laundered over $100 million, according to the U.S. attorney’s office and FBI.
Then there’s the 49th floor rented to ex-FIFA official Chuck Blazer frequently attended Trump’s Miss Universe competitions and let Trump film a commercial for Trump University in his apartment. That’s the “university” that Trump would settle lawsuits brought by students against the now-defunct Trump University for $25 million. As for Blazer, he went on to befriend Russian President Vladimir Putin and voted for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup before admitting in court to taking bribes and pleading guilty to tax evasion, money laundering, racketeering, and wire fraud.
43rd floor –- condo of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
26th and 25th floors — Trump campaign and presidential transition offices It was here that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Manafort agreed to take a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after being promised potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton, according to email records. After the election, Michael Flynn and Kushner arranged a separate, private meeting with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower that they said was to establish a “fresh start” in U.S.-Russian relations, according to a statement made by Kushner in July 2017. Last December, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Kislyak and is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigation while facing up to five years in prison. Kushner denies any wrongdoing. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/controversial-residents-trump-tower/story?id=52577191
Then there’s the Wall Street Journal Report from today… Federal -that’s right, FEDERAL- prosecutors are investigating whether the Trump Inaugural Committee misspent $107 MILLION of donations = and is examining whether top donors gave money in exchange for access to the incoming Trump Administration, policy concessions, or to influence official administration positions…. Who!, That sounds A LOT like that whole pay for play that the Clinton Foundation is being accused of, doesn’t it? When did that House Oversight Hearing get called? Oh, right, today… the same day that the Republican owned Wall Street Journal reported that Trump is being investigated for pay for play… I wonder when Mark Meadow’s will have that hearing?