AS IT STANDS
My name is Dave Stancliff. I'm a retired newspaper editor/publisher; husband/father, Vietnam vet, Laker fan for 63 years. All opinions are mine unless otherwise noted. I also share original short stories.
The day Trump was inaugurated into office marks the beginning of a crackdown on public protests and freedom of speech.
That day, police trapped and arrested more than 230 people. Some were anti-Trump demonstrators; some were not. The next day, federal prosecutors charged them all with “felony rioting”, a nonexistent crime in Washington DC.
More than 200 Americans are facing 60 years in jail for daring to demonstrate the day Trump officially took over our government.
Government prosecutors obtained warrants focused on the anti-Trump organizers.
One sought a list of all visitors to a website that organizers used to promote Inauguration Day protests.
A second sought information on all Facebook friends and related communications of two organizers, the host of a coalition Facebook page, and those who simply “liked” that page.
In other words, the Trump administration is conducting a purge against Trump dissenters. Not only are the charges unprecedented, they appear to be made up out of thin air.
I could site a dozen examples of protesters causing more damage than the inauguration protesters, and not one of them resulted in locking people up for 60 years.
This is exactly the type of action new policies and statutes enacted in DC were meant to avoid, following a 2002 mass arrest that caused the District to pay over $10 million in settlements.
As we celebrate the holidays these protesters are fighting for their freedom in courts that fear Trump. Don't forget them. Time for me to walk on down the road...
Good Day World! With Thanksgiving just a day away, I thought I'd get in the spirit of the holiday with a list of things I'm thankful Donny-Little-Hands hasn't done yet. 1. Paint the White House gold. 2. Make his bald generals wear bad hair pieces like his. 3. Divorce Melania, and have an affair with Ivanka.
4. Wear shorts when he golfs.
5. Declare Trump Tower is a National Heritage site. 6. Fire nukes at Rocket Man. 7. Give pardons to his son and other campaign cronies ahead of any announcement of wrongdoing. 8. Silenced the press. 9. Pass one major legislation since sneaking into office.
10. Get away with defying America's Constitution (not that he still isn't still trying). Time for me to walk on down the road...
It seems like it all started when women started calling out Bill Cosby for sexual harassment last year.
A sudden awareness slowly dawned upon the country as more women stepped forth and told their stories of sexual harassment by other famous people.
During the presidential campaign at least ten women came out and told the world what sexual improprieties Trump got away with them.
The now infamous Access Hollywood tape where Trump bragged about being able to grab pussy's because he was famous, temporarily shocked the nation.
The comments raised a brief stir before dropping off the front pages with the news that WikiLeaks was releasing dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Don't think for a moment the timing was coincidental. Trumpies were working with WikiLeaks (See current Russian investigation by special counsel Mueller), and the Russians, to discredit Hillary in any way possible.
The release effectively buried the sexual harassment claims as the Trump campaign knew it would.
But, the women's claims still stand.
An anonymous “Jane Doe” filed a federal lawsuit against GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump last March, accusing him of raping her in 1994 when she was thirteen years old.
The strange thing is the mainstream media ignored the filing at that time.
Trump has a long history of debasing women he’s worked with, crossing the line on a regular basis. He’s taken lifelong joy in objectifying women, including his proclamation: “Women, you have to treat ‘em like shit.”
So why are people talking about Al Franken's two times of questionable behavior? Simple. Politics.
Franken joined in with his critics and called for an ethics investigation on himself. He immediately owned his error and apologized. Unlike, any of the others.
I can see why people are talking about that pervert Roy Moore running for the Senate.
So far, eight women have come out with stories of him sexually harassing them in their teens. One was 14-years-old.
Look at Hollywood.
Harvey Weinstein was a serial pervert. He had a hit list of nearly 100 actors, publicists, and producers as part of strategy to silence his sexual assault accusers.
He's currently under investigation by the NYPD, LAPD, Scotland Yard, and the Beverly Hills police.
Kevin Spacey joins the list of harassers and has already paid dearly - he was taken off the House of Cards series and essentially banned from acting in Hollywood.
There's many more cases of women calling out their powerful tormentors. I don't have the space to list them all here.
I want to know, with all of this growing awareness in the country, why isn't Trump being taken to task for his sexual misdeeds?
As soon as Trump slithered into office he made it known that he's not going to release his tax returns like every modern president before him.
His excuse was that his tax returns were being audited, which was just another Donny dodge. The IRS said there's no problem releasing them now if Donny wants too.
Make no mistake; Donny never plans on sharing those documents because they could incriminate him.
At the very least, the public will know how much he and his family benefit from his proposed tax reforms.
To show how concerned Trump is about someone seeing his returns, he's instructed the IRS to provide even more security for them than they already had. Now a special safe houses his dark financial secrets.
People keep asking me how Trump can get away with doing things like this?
My answer is two-fold: he's being enabled by career politicians without souls, and financial backing from the Billionaire Boys club of America.
After extensive research on the IRS's methods of auditing, I discovered there is no set time limit.
Factor that in with the pressure Trump is keeping on the IRS (which needs funding from him) and you have the perfect storm of corruption.
Based upon all of the above, it looks like Donny's audit will never end.
The only thing that can disrupt his corrupt intentions is if special counsel chairman Robert Mueller subpoena's them.
However, he might not get the chance, as Trump's minions are actively trying to get rid of him before the investigation goes any further.