Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Who Will Revoke Trump's Clearance: Not His Free Speech — Classified Give-Away

Oval Office (May 15, 2017) Three Men and Secret Spilled
(Also, I fired Comey last week. Lavrov: Ho Lee Sheet)

From the Washington Post (May 15, 2017) – the White House (in the Oval Office): Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak two-on-one with no reporters or other Americans in the office only Russian translator.

President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. 

After Trump’s meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the NSA.

“This is code-word information,” said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump “revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies.”

The info: One day after dismissing Comey, Trump welcomed Lavrov and Kislyak — himself a key figure in earlier Russia controversies — into the Oval Office. 

It was during that meeting, officials said, that Trump went off script and began describing details of an Islamic State terrorist threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. 

My 2 cents: A simple logical question: Who will pull Trump’s security clearance – you know the one uses to he shoot off his mouth to the Russians … 

By all standards and reports the info was extremely classified and not for release and especially to an adversary – the Russians for Christ’s sake.

We are on the edge of total national insanity under Trump – wake up, America and more now since 2016 is under election attack … related from here is the latest on their efforts to hack GOP allies and 2018 already, also.

Utter insanity – stay tuned – we have this kind of crazy news daily and you know what: Trump thrives on the attention – he needs it – he has to have it constantly to feel needed and useful … yeah, right, but useful to whom?

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Supplemental Story: This Ties in to the Big Story Post That Follows

A different kind of wall
(* Never to be funded)


As the post title says, this supplements the post that follow the day before. This post comes from the place Trump tweets asThe failing NY TIMES. 

Well, they are not failing, and there is not way Donald J. Trump can make them fail, either — thank goodness for the TIMES.  

Today: “Our democracy is in serious danger” – an excellent article from the NY TIMES (Tom Friedman) – in part:

President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.

That is, either Trump’s real estate empire has taken large amounts of money from shady oligarchs linked to the Kremlin — so much that they literally own him; or rumors are true that he engaged in sexual misbehavior while he was in Moscow running the Miss Universe contest, which Russian intelligence has on tape and he doesn’t want released; or Trump actually believes Russian President Vladimir Putin when he says he is innocent of intervening in our elections — over the explicit findings of Trump’s own CIA, NSA, and FBI chiefs.

In sum, Trump is either hiding something so threatening to himself, or he’s criminally incompetent to be commander in chief. It is impossible yet to say which explanation for his behavior is true, but it seems highly likely that one of these scenarios explains Trump’s refusal to respond to Russia’s direct attack on our system — a quiescence that is simply unprecedented for any U.S. president in history. 

Russia is not our friend. It has acted in a hostile manner. And Trump keeps ignoring it all.

Continues at the NY TIMES link above. A very good read for sure. Food for thought as they say.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Atomic Bomb Story: If True, Say Goodbye Trump, GOPers in Congress, and Cohorts

Jr’s. quote from Business Insider (Feb 2018) — Eric's from 
Vanity Fair (May 2017)

This story depending on how it pans out, probably just blew the lid off of Trump tower.

This story is more than dynamite blast – it is Atom bomb huge and potentially devastating.

Now it's very clear that many, if not most of the Trump camp knew the source of money came from or was coming from the Russians (as early as August 2015) – plus remember the Don Jr. and Eric quotes about that seen above?

BTW GOPers had to have known what was going on, especially those who were digging for dirt on Trump until he won the GOP nomination and they backed off.

Then the DEMS picked it up from there and the outcome was the Christopher Steele DOSSIER after the DNC and others paid him and his oppo firm to dig up dirt on Trump and apparently he did and here we are today.

All the info from those countries in the story has to be T/S (SCI) and that’s why it was then passed to John Brennan who headed the CIA at the time.

Due to the sensitivity of that information at that very early stage of the 2016 election season shows plainly what he knew and why he couldn’t discuss it openly then or now, again showing the professional that he truly is and regard for security of the information with a full investigation and that is what we have right now.

We also know why Sessions lied and said he had no contact with any Russians and then when caught in that lie had to recuse himself when the Mueller investigation was getting started.

More related stories and links at the same site above – good stuff – check them out.

My 2 cents: Ho Lee Sheet – this is huge – Atom bomb huge. 

My Big Q: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said he has not seen any information regarding “collusion” between Trump, his campaign, and the Russians. 

Okay, fair enough, but if the info passed to Brennan and described above from the UK, Germany, Estonia, Poland, and Australia and later the Dutch is real about their taps showing campaign and Russian contacts, then one of two things apply:

(1) The Burr Senate committee never saw the info (which does not compute unless it went only went to Mueller and NOT to Burr or to the House committees, or

(2) Burr did see it and is saying BS about no “collusion” to somehow protect Trump and GOP (his party). 

I assume the info and stories are true and accurate. 

Now watch how this story is spun by the GOP for self-preservation and 2018 survival with lots of bobbing and weaving. 

It ought to be one giant cluster f**k as they say.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Capital "T" — Trump Triumvirate Troika: Clear and Present Danger Rapidly Growing

Written, produced, and directed by 

Co-producers

President Trump's decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance is bad for the country in from the Washington Post –  

(Article was written by David Kris, founder of Culper Partners, a security and technology consulting firm. He was an Assistant AG for national security from 2009-2011 and it is an excellent piece - highlights with my emphasis added):

First: This is clearly retaliation for public criticism of the president, and it appears designed to intimidate others who might consider doing the same. 

Brennan has been a fierce Trump detractor, and now he is being punished. Trump is intent on sending a message to millions of current and former government officials that their clearances now depend on good behavior as defined by Trump's personal preferences.

Trump's revocation of the security clearance also has a more pointed effect. Brennan was the CIA director when the U.S. intelligence community made a public assessment that Russian President Vladimir Putin had “[…] ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Hillary] Clinton.”  The following year, special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”

Second: Trump says:I call it the rigged witch hunt . . . So I think it's something that had to be done” is that the administration will not defend his actions on those grounds

The administration has already begun the process of dressing it up for court with generic, post hoc rationales. We should expect to see a rerun of the strategy used to defend the president's travel ban against mostly Muslim visitors to the United States, which appeared to have been conceived in religious animus but was ultimately defended — and upheld — on a more anodyne basis. If a legal challenge is brought, the president's lawyers will spend down the accumulated credibility of his office as they try to persuade judges that the decision was aboveboard and does not implicate the First Amendment. But Americans will know what is really going on: If you criticize the president, you lose your clearance.

Regardless of whether this strategy yields a favorable legal judgment for Trump, it corrodes the rule of law when the government defends a president's actions with profoundly false justifications.

Third: The president's action harms national security

Intelligence agencies rely on outside advisers, often former government officials, to provide advice and assistance on an ad hoc or continuing basis.

But again, the real significance of the president's decision goes well beyond Brennan.

The intelligence community relies on candid advice from former officials, and it undermines that reliance to try to frighten them into political support for the current administration.

In the end, we all pay the price for the president's relentless attempts to advance his personal agenda.

My 2 cents on that last point: We will all pay a price for Trump’s actions like on immigrants (not his own family of course, just others) and then his new focus on those who have been naturalized – this story from the LA TIMES – a growing story – quite detailed and critical on several key points therein. Check it out.

Then ask yourself – is Trump really doing now as Bannon once said (in essence: Deconstruct and rebuild in our image (his and Trump’s) – cite: 

“Like Andrew Jackson's populism, we're going to build an entirely new political movement. It's everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I'm the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it's the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Shipyards, ironworks, get them all jacked up. We're just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930’s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives plus populists in an economic nationalist movement.”
Then several days after the Trump inauguration, Bannon told the NY TIMES:  “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. I want you to quote this: “The media here is the opposition party.” They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
So, I ask, is it ongoing now or not? Just look around since January 20, 2017 – the answer is clear as this:
Remember the classic court scene in “A Few Good Men” (between Navy prosecutor Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and witness Marine Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson) who asks: “Are we clear? Yes Sir. Are we clear? Crystal.
And we saw what happened to “Colonel Jessep” – he went to jail. Are you paying attention, Mr. Trump? Probably not. So, if all that Trump is doing is in fact eroding the Rule of Law and we end up with his rules for the law or no rules at all. What would we call that? Oh, yeah, right: anarchy.
Just hot air and more hate for Trump DEM rating, um? Hardly — just look around and apply good old-fashioned common sense.
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

FOX Newest Spin: Mueller greater threat to the Constitution than even Vladimir Putin

Unglued and leading the FOX skulk with this latest 
100% wildest spin ever

Highlights from the Washington Post story – video below their words:

Background: When conservative radio host Mark Levin appeared on FOX News with “Sean Hannity” last week to discuss the latest in the Russia investigation, he ended up baffling even some of his most conservative allies with this statement:

Robert Mueller is a greater threat to this republic and the Constitution than anything Vladimir Putin did during the campaign,” Levin said and added: And I am no fan of Vladimir Putin.”

While bringing up a basket of old claims about the Mueller investigation, Levin did not say specifically what made Mueller a larger threat than Putin. Then, the following night, “Hannity’s guest host Jeanine Pirro” made the same comparison asking the NRATV commentator:

Is Mueller a greater threat than Putin to this country,” Pirro asked NRATV spokesman and FOX commentator, Dan Bongino who then said:Well, he’s a serious threat.”

Though far from the first fringe theory pushed by Fox against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, it marks the latest effort to say anything and everything to undermine an investigation that has led to more than two dozen indictments and five guilty pleas in less than two years. And it comes as President Trump and his lawyers make a final push to undermine Mueller’s probe ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

All that also closely aligns with another fringe theory long-pushed by FOX: Mueller is part of a coup d’état to overthrow Trump. No fewer than nine FOX hosts (listed below) and all are pundits have suggested as much since February 2017, and including:

Sean Hannity himself and what he said exactly one year ago:I think this is a good thing. I think, you know what, they’ve been clamoring for it, let them get it. … Let’s get to the bottom of it, game on.”

Comments in the video from these nine FOX-associated a$$holes:

1.  Lou Dobbs
2.  Jesse Watters
3.  Mark Levin
4.  Mike Huckabee
5.  Joseph diGenova
6.  John Bolton
7.  Jeanine Pirro
8.  Dan Bongino
9.  Sean Hannity

My 2 cents: Continue at the link … this video is very telling – FOX sucks. They host people complaining about DEMS/Hillary Clinton and a ton of others all the while it is they taking us down one notch and show at a time.

That video and those comments are pathetic to say the least.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Emperor Donald the XLV" Plan Working: Can GOPers Dispute It — Nope No Can Do

Self-Image: Donald the XLV - Make no mistake about it

Read this excellent article at the NY TIMES and tell me in all honestly that Trump is NOT attempting to do, or trying to accomplish by both his actions and words, or has in some cases already accomplished:

1. Trying to set up a one-man ruled government with his rules only. That is: Government in which he, the ruler is an absolute dictator and not restricted by our Constitution or laws or opposition any party in control of Congress. 

2. Trying to pull a one-man rule copying these six: Vladimir Putin; Xi Jin-ping; Kim Jung-Un; Bashar al-Assad; Recep Erdogan; or, Rodrigo Duterte.

My 2 cents: Memo to Trump loyalists. Try and deny this – bet cha’ can’t … give it whirl but you must provide counter proof - 100% evidence.

As I’ve stated and asked before: What can we the people do since this all GOP-run Congress continues to sit on their thumbs and let or allow Trump basically run wild and amok unchecked and willy-nilly.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Trump's Newest Project - Make a Movie: "The Terminator 45 Attack of T-4 Machine"

Raw script for attack of the T-4 machine 
(The Trump Trade War Years)

T-45's Secret Weapon” 
(MAGA) 

Trump (T-45’s) Tariff Trade War:

London (CNN)The United States ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, called on Britain to side with President Trump on Iran “or to risk serious trade consequences for UK businesses.”

In a pointed intervention into an issue that has strained ties between the two allies, Johnson said the UK should embrace Trump's hard-hitting sanctions on Iran, re-imposed last week, and break with its European partners who are seeking to preserve the deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program, writing in the UK’s Sunday Telegraph: “America is turning up the pressure and we want the UK by our side. It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal. We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort towards a genuinely comprehensive agreement.”

(I Note: Johnson was referring to the 2015 Obama-era Iran nuclear pact agreed upon by the U.S., Iran, the UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia to curb Iranian nuclear weapon development. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal in May 2018, even though all the other signatories and the IAEA all have said repeatedly that Iran is complying with agreement. Trump, however, wants to play hardball as his version of “Art of the Deal” – which really is dangerous ground for him to place the U.S. to say the least, and also going against our closest and best allies).

In a joint statement just last week, the UK, France, and Germany all said again that the Iran deal was “working and delivering on its goal and said they deeply regret the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions.”

Impact of all this: Europe has attempted to counteract the effects of the sanctions by launching an updated version of its “Blocking Statue” (a measure intended to protect EU companies doing business in Iran from being hit by punitive U.S. measures).

Johnson seemed to disregard that move urging British businesses directly to cut ties with Iran, writing in the Telegraph: “The President has been explicit: any businesses which put their own commercial interests in Iran ahead of the global good will risk serious consequences for their trade with the United States.”

Johnson concluded: “Only by presenting a united front can we exert the maximum possible pressure on the Iranian regime and get them to finally change course and put an end to their malign and reckless activities both at home and abroad.”

Johnson's comments come less than a week after the Trump administration on Tuesday re-imposed a raft of sanctions on Iran that affect, among other things, the purchase or acquisition of U.S. dollars by the Iranian government, the country's auto industry and trade in gold or precious metals. Another phase of U.S. sanctions will be re-imposed in November and will target Iran's crucial oil industry.

My 2 cents: A simple question not just about Trump’s one-man stance against Iran even in the face of contracting our allies, partners, and friends and the IAEA, or his harsh tariff policies impacting China and this threat to the UK, and it seems Turkey as well is in his sights, is this: WTF is Trump’s goal? Seems it’s some sort of global dictatorship plan just for himself and a [????? partner blank].

Their purpose is to divide up the planet by saying: “Okay, you take the Eastern part across the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Asia and everything in between. I pick it up from Asia across the Pacific Ocean back to the Atlantic Ocean shores and link up with your half, then we’ll have a total lock on Mother Earth.”

Sounds far-fetched I know, but think deep about what is going on around and from  and planned by Trump and his [????? fill in the blank partner].

FYI: Fill in the blank for the Trump partner with any name that pops in your head.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Betsy DeVos: The Worse Education Secretary in American History Strikes Again

We know 'em when we see 'em ... DeVos: The worst ever

Well now, we’ve at least closed the circle on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and for-profit colleges report here from Law and Crime with this historical headline:

DeVos Pulled a “Full Marie Antoinette” and Retracted Fraud rules Against For-Profit Colleges with her 
“Let them eat cake” rule

Background: She’s gone from evading questions about whether she would regulate these fraud machines to disbanding the team charged with investigating them. Again change in direction. She now has flat out withdrew “the gainful employment rule,” signaling to all that under her watchful eye” the DeVry schools; the Trump University types; and the Corinthian Colleges – thus making them (again) free to flourish while unwitting students and their families can simply eat cake and literally get taken to the cleaners.

History of the so-called “gainful employment rule” – it was adopted in 2016 under the Obama administration after several cash-cow diploma mills found themselves defending fraud lawsuits brought by swindled students.

The rule prohibited these businesses from using deceptive practices to entice customers to plunk down thousands in student loan money when the corresponding “degree wasn’t worth the expensive paper on which it was printed.”

In other words, that was exactly like what Trump University was accused of doing before they were sued and had to repay some $25 million that they had cheated students out of.

How did DeVos do this but more importantly, why she is doing it? In the DeVos DOE press release she DeVos unctuously couched her decision to eliminate oversight as “a protection for higher ed students” saying in part: “Students deserve useful and relevant data when making important decisions about their education post-high school. That’s why instead of targeting schools simply by their tax status, this administration is working to ensure students have transparent, meaningful information about all colleges and all programs. Our new approach will aid students across all sectors of higher education and improve accountability.” 

My 2 cents based on the excellent article: What a crock of horse hockey pedaled by DeVos – but not surprised, either. She is least qualified of any Secretary of Education ever in American history – hands down the lousiest. 

So, Harvard might also be swindling students, with the only difference between for-profit and non-profit seems meaningless – ergo: American consumers will be better protected if there are no rules, and taxpayers, too? 

Sounds very Trumpish to me. But the DeVos family has … now dig this stat: During Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing in January 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asked her about how much her family had contributed to the Republican Party over the years, and she averred that an estimate of about $200 million might be accurate wow.

And this quote from her says it all – oh yeah she and hubby are connected to Amway – what does that mean? FYI here:

“I know a little something about soft money, as my family is the largest single contributor of soft money to the national Republican Party. Occasionally a wayward reporter will try to make the charge that we are giving this money to get something in return, or that we must be purchasing influence in some way.”

[…] 

“They are right. We do expect some things in return.”

“We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment; we expect a good and honest government. Furthermore, we expect the Republican Party to use the money to promote these policies, and yes, to win elections.”

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Memo to FOX, Laura Ingraham, et al re: Anti-Immigrant Ranting: Just Drop Dead

Single mom Ingraham and her three adopted immigrant kids
(Adoption is great, but her hypocrisy, pretty lousy)


There has been a massive backlash following Laura Ingraham's anti-immigrant rant on her FOX News show (and rightly so). 

Her so-called “arguments” seen in the clip below seem to be directly reminiscent of arguments made by white supremacists: Jared Taylor, Richard Spencer, and David Duke. Her words and thoughts line pretty close theirs with pro-white only and staunch hatred for non-whites.

The video clip, please:

Watch and see for yourself

This issue of immigration and who comes to America want to immigrate to America is getting out of hand with no logical common sense in play here. 

What we see and hear more and more of since Trump started his campaign with that raw anti-Mexican speech (bring criminals, killers, and rapists and a few good people, too) is nothing more than now except more raw, ugly, nasty, bigoted, and in many cases anger turned into bloodshed riots and such just like in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 for example and is plainly racism that can’t be called anything else.

This unfounded fear of losing “whites-only America” is quite frankly getting out hand and besides wasn’t it whites who brought slavery here to these shores for what? A better life, opportunities, freedoms and such? Yeah, right, and besides how many people of color have died to make us a world leader – that is until Trump? 

Then and now, lest we forget these great American heroes: Harriet Beecher Stowe, MLK, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, César Chávez, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Tecumseh, Sitting Bull, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks, Otis Boykin (invented the pacemaker & IBM computer), Jim Thorpe, P.B.S. Pinchback (1st black U.S. governor-LA), and yes, Barack Obama (1st black president of the U.S.).

My 2 cents: So, for Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, and anyone else on FOX who comes across like those two with their racist rants and all those across America on GOP so-called “conservative Talk Radio” (hosts and callers) I have one simple message, STFU and grow up.

And, BTW: Where did your ancestors come from and how skilled and rich were they when they arrive on our shores (hopefully in a legal way)? 

Oh, BTW: Ingraham, never married, but adopted three children seen above: daughter Maria Caroline from Guatemala, and two sons Michael Dmitri and Nikolai Peter from Russia, yet she has the gall to lecture us about the changing face of America – what a hypocrite. 

Sure that all ranting is their freedom of speech, 100%. But not their abuse of that right to dishonor, disrupt, and degrade others who are here to share in our freedoms with their racist hate-filled fear-mongering ugliness. That is not so hot and not very American by any measurement, okey-dokey. 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trump's DC International Hotel: Making Money Hand Over Fist for His Checkbook

Tons of foreign money pouring in: Family runs it, but Trump can 
withdraw money whenever needed

Trump, according to his financial disclosure report, earned some $40 million last year from his company’s hotel in Washington, DC USA Today reports and seen here from The Hill
·       He earned $40.7 million in the 2017 calendar year alone.
·       He earned $19.6 million from January 2016 to mid-April 2017 – that according to his previous financial report. 
·       More than $350,000 in campaign funds contributed to the hotel’s revenue, 60% of that come from events hosted by the RNC according to the analysis.
This DC Trump International Hotel opened in October 2016, less than one mile from the White House. Since then, it has become a legal headache for Trump as a number of critics have said earnings from the hotel violate the emoluments cause in the Constitution.
(I note: A case was cleared to move forward in Federal court seen here from ABC news).
The clause bars the president from accepting gifts or payment from foreign governments without congressional approval as explained here from Cornell Law.
My 2 cents: Only one question – why is this all GOP-run Congress not fulfilling their duties and pull the plug on this corrupt, arrogant, flim-flim man running his national con.
Oh, I see, they are GOPers like him and scared to death of his power rather than stopping is runaway power grabs for the sake of the country as they always make speeches about.
We shall see so stay tuned.
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