Saturday, May 26, 2018

Trump Sneaks Lawyer in 'Gang of Eight' Meeting To Obstruct Justice

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Lawmakers are finally starting to realize the extent of Trump's effort to obstruct justice.

His all out attack on the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the last week, claiming his campaign was being spied on, is the latest example of the lies he spreads to muddy up the waters of the Russia investigation.

The DOJ has been knuckling under to Trump's demands to investigate his latest conspiracy theory.

On Thursday two of Trump's close cronies, Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy, were going to meet with DOJ department heads, leaving the Democrats out of the loop, but at the last minutes Adam Schiff was allowed to attend.

Trump had demanded the meeting be held because he wanted to expose the FBI's confidential informant, and tie him into his phony spy conspiracy that his friends like Hannity were all too glad to attack.

Then later in the day when the so-called Gang of Eight (four Democrats and four Republicans) met to get the same briefing (after a bipartisan Congressional outcry) from the DOJ.

Trump sent his Chief of Staff Kelly and his lawyer to attend...a clear violation of the way things are done.

No White House members have ever been allowed to attend Gang of Eight meetings. Trump, as usual, flouted conventions (and possibly the law) and sent his two "spies" in to listen.

There's no doubt what's happening. Trump is panicking and has gone into a survival mode that's rocking the laws of our land with impunity.

I fault the DOJ for not fighting back at this point. Rosenstein is trying to appease Trump in hopes he won't fire Mueller  who is getting closer to announcing the results of his investigation.

But Trump is a bully, and giving in to him only makes matters worse. At some point, Rosenstein is going to have to stiffen his spine and stand up to these breeches of our laws and conventions.

It might cost him his job, but history will prove him right in resisting Trump's assault on everything we hold dear in America. 

Make no mistake, we are in a constitutional crisis and it's going to be up to Republicans to help stop Trump from crippling our democracy.

They can start by stop enabling the corrupt bastard!

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, May 25, 2018

Donny's Dream of 'Reality Show' Diplomacy With North Korea Dumped

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                                             Good Day World!

There was a rumor, right after Trump was elected, that circulated among the White House staff. 

According to this rumor, Trump told a staff member he "better like reality TV," because that's the way things were going to be with him as president.

He was right. A mixture of reality TV and an open assault against democracy have been getting him "yuge" ratings with his base.

The majority of the nation, and the world, thinks he's a narcissistic nut looking for applause in all the wrong places. His open desire to be like the strong men, aka dictators, that he worships, is deeply embarrassing coming from a US president.

During the whole North Korea dog and pony show in the last month or so, it looked like Trump might arrange a peace summit in Singapore. To the casual observer.

At one point Trump was fantasizing about how great the summit would be if it were held on the border between the two countries.

He talked about the party that could be held afterward as if the whole problem - stretching back for over four decades - could be solved in one hurried meeting.

It would be the pinnacle of Trump's wheeling and dealing career. That he even thought it was a realistic negotiation shows how na├»ve he can be. 

That certain Trump supporters starting talking about a Nobel Peace Prize for Trump BEFORE the meeting even took place is not surprising. They've bought into Trump's alternate reality.

I wonder what's going to happen to all those gold coins that Trump had minted to commemorate his great accomplishment, with his and Kim's faces on them? Taxpayers paid for that piece of vanity.

Trump, to his dismay, is finding out that being the president in real time isn't anything like his reality TV personality, where he could get away with saying anything without any repercussions. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

A Deadly Sound Strikes American Diplomats Again, is it Russia's Work?

                                              Good Day World!

Someone has developed a new technological weapon that is baffling American authorities.

This new weapon has been described as an "acoustic element" such as a "high-pitched beam of sound," or a "baffling sensation akin to driving with the windows partially open in a car.

The weapon appears to have premiered in Cuba where numerous diplomats have suffered "acoustic element" injuries over the last year. Cuba has denied doing it.

Victims experience ear pain, headaches, ringing in one ear, vertigo, disorientation, attention issues and signs consistent with mild traumatic brain injury or a concussion.

Yesterday a report was released regarding an incident involving a US government employee stationed in China who reported "abnormal sensations of sound and pressure" suggesting a mild brain injury.

US officials have said the China incident is "entirely consistent" to those experienced by American diplomats posted in Havana.

Thus far officials have issued a health alert in China. There's very little public speculation on who is conducting these sonic attacks. 

That troubles me. It either means we have no idea of who is orchestrating these sonic attacks, or we've discovered Russia has a new weapon, and we don't want to admit it for security reasons.

I strongly suspect the culprit is Russia. 

They easily could have been the bad actor in both cases. Causing dissent between other countries and America is a primary goal of Putin. We saw that in the 2016 election.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out with trade negotiations, and talks about North Korea with, China. 

The game is afoot...

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Trump's Battle To Keep The Swamp Full

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Trump, aka swamp rat, has been fighting an uphill battle to keep the swamp in Washington DC well-stocked since the first month of his Russia/Saudi,UAE assisted theft of the presidency.

Here's a list of 30 White House staff and cabinet members who were appointed by Trump, who are gone now. To Trump's dumb surprise, it's harder to keep the swamp full than he thought.

Nearly every one of the 30 people listed above, were involved in scandals to some degree.

Several of his current appointees, Scott Pruitt, Ben Carson, and Betsy DeVos, are being investigated for a range of reasons running from ethics violations to ripping off taxpayers with over-the-top indulgences.

Here's an interesting contrast to what's actually happening:

Remember when Donny was going TO DRAIN THE SWAMP? Oct. 25th, 2016

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Price For Starting a Wildfire, Rumors of a Supreme Retirement, and New Dem Direction

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Tuesday is like driving in second gear. You're starting to pick up momentum for the week. 

I live in Medford, Oregon and can recall last summer's fires when the Rogue Valley was plagued with smoke and unsafe air qualities for nearly two months.

It sucked hard, so I didn't feel a lot of sympathy for the clown who started it - a teenager too young to be publicly named. The courts ordered him to pay for that fire yesterday to the tune of 37 million dollars.

I'm not sure what monthly payments would look like, but the kid has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade.

I'm also willing to bet he never pays the whole bill.

Moving on...Those troublesome rumors of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring have resurfaced. The rumor originally started last Spring.

As you can imagine, Republicans are salivating at the thought. If Kennedy retired right now it would give the GOP's Senate majority time to confirm his replacement before the midterm elections.

I'm crossing my fingers he stays, at least until the end of the year...or longer.

Moving on...

Have you heard the Democrats latest campaigning strategy for the midterms? They're going to highlight the corruption under the Trump administration. 

Normally, that would be a good tact to take. It's helped elect many  a president. But in this era of Trumpism, good is bad, and bad is good.

With the help of Fox News, Hannity, Brietbart, The National Inquirer, InfoWars, and alt-right trolls, truth will be trampled in conspiracies and lies.

Trump's supporters are like lemmings, and will walk off a cliff with Donny without considering the ramifications.

I'd like to see the Democrats concentrate on what's important in the area they're planning on representing, and to ignore Washington politics. 

Trump is like the tar baby of lore, the more you hit him, the deeper you sink.

Time for me to walk on down the road... 

Monday, May 21, 2018

We're No Longer The United States

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United is the last word I'd use describing the state of affairs in America.

People often talk about the polarization between Democrats and Republicans, but it goes much deeper than that.

Americans are also divided by where they live, their religion, ideologies, and race.

For example:

Look at the Parkland shooting in Florida and compare that to what happened at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The Parkland students organized and protested the slaughter they said was because of lack of gun control laws.

But it was a different story in Texas. No students talked about gun control after the massacre. No teachers of local authorities talked about gun control, instead opting out for they've made a difference in the past.

Another example:

States and cities have been standing up to Trump's racist agenda and his assault on so-called sanctuary cities. That's ended up being a battle between states rights and the federal government under a dictator.

The latest knee-jerk reaction to that is happening in Illinois where some cities are declaring themselves sanctuaries for guns. True story.

In the relatively short time that Trump has been assaulting the rules of the land and carrying out his racist agenda, the country has lost it's moral bearings.

Nazi's are good people too, according to Trump. By giving the alt-right the room to crawl out from beneath their hidden places in society, the Trump regime has let the genie out of the bottle.

California has been talking about succeeding from the United States and becoming a country in it's own right, with the 5th largest economy in the world.

American unity is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. Most of the southern states would willing succeed to establish a new confederacy if they thought they could pull it off.

It's more than just different dialects separating regions from Maine to Texas in the Trump era. Extremists on the right and left have become emboldened enough to seek public offices, running on lies and people's fears.

In our national dialogue you have the uneducated attacking colleges and anything they suspect is "elite," like Hollywood for instance.

As a result of the things I mentioned above, our nation has become so fragmented that it's no exaggeration to say we are no longer The United States of America.

Time for me to walk on down the road...


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Don Jr. and Senior Trump's Excellent Adventures

                                           Good Day World!

Lying is an art form in the Trump clan. Being dumb also goes with the territory.

Our Liar-In-Chief is so dumb it hurts to look at him. It doesn't help that he's proud of the fact that he doesn't read. 

Fun fact - all White House morning briefings have to be under a page, or Donny's attention wanders off. Graphics are also very important to keep him focused for a few minutes. 

And then there's the apple that fell from the same tree of stupidity...Don. Jr. 

I'm sure he makes his dad proud when he lies to investigators about colluding with Russia - and now about two more foreign governments - that wanted his daddy to win real bad.

What we know:

Mueller is already investigating a meeting at Trump Tower involving Don Jr. and other Trump associates looking for dirt on Hillary Clinton. In June 2016 a foreign government - Russia - supported Trump and did everything it could to get him elected.    

And now, thanks to the New York Times, we find out that Don Jr. was a very busy boy drumming up support from other foreign countries that wanted his dad to win the election.

A small group gathered three months before the 2016 election. It consisted of two wealthy Arab princes, an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation, and a Republican donor with a controversial past in the Middle East as a private security contractor.

One of Trump's most prominent supporters, Erik Prince, the former CEO of the controversial security firm Blackwater, now called Academi, and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, organized the meeting, according to the Times report.

The two wealthy Arabs were there on behalf of their countries: Saudi Arabia and The United Arab Emirates. 

They must have gotten their piece of the Trump pie along with the Russians when you think about the elaborate reception Trump got when he came to Saudi Arabia as a newly minted American president.

Then there was the time Don. Jr. claimed daddy didn't know a thing about the Trump Tower Russia meeting, got caught lying about it, and changed his daddy dictated a new response to the media for his dumb son.

I could go on, but enough about past bumblings. I'm enjoying watching the current dumb things junior and dad are saying almost daily. It's (stealing the presidency with a little help from foreign friends) been an excellent adventure thus far.

I can't wait to see the conclusion.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Saturday, May 19, 2018

More Dead Students:Trump Sends Prayers, Parkland Survivor Scolds Politicians, Nothing Changes

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I'm sure glad that I'm not a kid going to school these days. 

It's just not safe.

With yesterday's latest school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, there's been 31 incidents of guns going off in schools across the nation this year.

And it's only May.

These school shootings are like a deadly version of the 1993 movie, Groundhog Day

Once again a disturbed white boy who lived and breathed guns, 17-year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has chosen to murder his classmates in dramatic fashion.

Do you find it disturbing that I said, once again a white boy is the killer? Don't. How many of these school shootings have been done by people of color? 

I'll wait while you look, but I can save you time and say the answer Imagine if one of those shooters were Black or Hispanic? The uproar would have triggered riots against people of color until the next decade.

That's the nice thing about white privilege in America. You get a pass on a lot of things.

As politicians and the NRA scramble to put a spin on this latest attack, there's one thing we can count on...nothing will be done. No bills passed. No new safety measures.

It doesn't matter if it's 16 students slaughtered, or ten; politicians will crawl into their protective shells and wait out the flak from an enraged majority of Americans.

We know Trump won't do anything about gun control. He showed us that after the Parkland massacre. His tough talk about not being afraid of the NRA was just another Trump joke on us.

Remember what happened? The day after he teased other politicians about being afraid of the NRA he met with their leadership - in the Oval Office - and went on to do exactly nothing to reign the gun group in.

Watch how the Trump administration pretends its going to do something about gun control after this Texas shooting. Expect more lies to calm the public down. And more false prayers.

Just don't be fooled; there will be no gun control in this country until Trump, and the NRA-beholden Republicans (think Marco Rubio) in Congress are run out of Washington DC.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Friday, May 18, 2018

Guilty of Being Black In the Trump Era

                                            Good Day World!

Trump ran on a lot of hateful agendas in 2016. The overall effect since he's been in office has been a boon to racists.

It's no longer safe to be black in America since the racist toads who have been hiding under rocks were liberated by the Racist-In-Charge.

Here's a sampling of 10 articles of what it's like to be Black in America today:

1. A Black Man Tried To Return an Item To Hobby Lobby. Then the White Manager Picked up the Phone 

2. A Black Dad Just Took His Baby For a Stroll in the Park. Then a White Woman Freaked Out 

3. Black Men Arrested at Starbucks Tell Their Story

4. White Woman Calls Police on Black Family Barbecuing For "Trespassing"

5. White Woman calls Police on Black Women For Not Waving Back To Her

6. White Woman calls Police on Real Estate Investor

7. LA Fitness Manager Calls Cops On Black Man Who has An Active Membership and Bans Him from Gym

8. Restaurant Manager threatens To Call Cops On Black Couple After They Sit Down 

9. Wal Mart Allegedly Calls Cops On Black Shoppers For Shopping Too Slow

10. Black Teen With White Parents Mistaken For Burglar, Assaulted By Cops In His Own Home

The above stories illustrate my point about being guilty because a person is black. I would also note that these stories were gleaned from publications over a one-month period, and only highlight a fraction of what's happening during that time period.

You'll notice I didn't say anything about young black men being killed in record numbers for the crime of being black. 

It's just another hateful result of letting racism run rampant in this corrupt administration...a subject I'll address in a future blog post.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trump Supporters Can Quit Talking About a Peace Prize for Donny

                                           Good Day World!

Raise your arm up if your surprised that North Korea is already pissed off with the Trump Administration's rhetoric prior to the proposed June 12 summit.

Turns out Kim Jong-un really doesn't like America's new national security advisor, John R. Bolton. 

Kim's first vice foreign minister, Kim Kye-qwan attacked Bolton for demanding that North Korea quickly dismantle its nuclear facilities and ship them out, as Libya did eleven years ago, before the United States lifts sanctions and provide other benefits.

Apparently Bolton's interview on Sunday's Face The Nation was watched by Kim and his associates. North Korea's fierce antagonism toward Bolton goes back to when he called the North's Kim dynasty "tyrannical," when he was under secretary of state to Bush's administration.

North Korean leaders have been calling him "human scum" since. Kim also sees through Trump's good guy (Pompeo) and bad guy (Bolton) routine and is deeply offended by it.

The abrupt change of tone began yesterday when North Korea indefinitely postponed high-level talks with South Korea, blaming the joint military drills known as "Max Thunder" with the United States.

Analysts say the U.S. is sending mixed signals. This comes as no surprise from the Trump Administration which thrives on lies and half-truths.

There are some optimistic analysts who say the summit will still happen on June 12th. They also recognize what Trump hasn't yet...there's no way in hell North Korea will give up it's nuclear armament.

One more thing.

Trump's move, relocating the US Embassy in Jerusalem the other day, sparked a fire in the middle east that will continue to spread. 

Over 60 dead Palestinians, and 3,000 more wounded on the day of Israel's celebration with the U.S. to commemorate the move, was condemned by the United Nations.

Basically, the U.S. lost any chance of brokering a peace deal with the Palestinians and Israelis with this swift move by Trump.

I'd say everything listed above makes a strong argument against even mentioning peace prize and Trump in the same sentence. 

When some group comes up with a booby prize for being a World Disruptor, I'll make sure to nominate Trump.

Time for me to walk on down the road... 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dictator Love: What's Up With Trump and China?

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Trump's admiration for strongmen who ruthlessly rule countries, is no secret to the world.

In his latest example of dictator love, Trump has suddenly reversed sanctions against a Chinese company by the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments for doing business with Iran and North Korea...and for spying!

The sudden reversal was a surprise to Congress. When Trump tweeted on Monday that "Too many jobs in China lost," lawmakers jaws dropped. 

What the hell was happening? What happened to unfair trade practices that Trump was trumpeting about for the last two years?

On Tuesday the nation's top counterintelligence official told the Senate Intelligence Committee that penetration of the U.S. market, by the Chinese telecom firm ZTE could pose a national security risk to the United States.

He warned that the ZTE phones were being used to spy on Americans.

Lawmakers on both sides have come out against Trump's instructions to stop the sanctions and to let ZTE continue to operate in the U.S.

Even Trump supporters find the optics troubling. 

Critics of the sudden move are pointing to the Trump Organization's involvement in an Indonesian theme park backed by the Chinese government, arguing that Trump faces a conflict of interest in negotiations with China. 

Let's face it, the Trump administration is one conflict of interest after another. 

This is just the latest example highlighting Trump's hypocrisy, and ability to flip flop on issues like a mackerel out of water.

Funny how Trump is so concerned about building a wall for the nation's security, while supporting a vehicle by the Chinese government used to conduct espionage against Americans.

Hypocrisy, thy name is Trump. 

Time for me to walk on down the road...


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