Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Trump's Secretary of Commerce is laundering Russian money to Trump

Donald Trump cabinet member and business associate co-owned bank that is laundering Russian money
Deutsche Bank has mysteriously loaned more than a billion dollars to Donald Trump and his business partners over the past few years, at a time when most other banks viewed him as too big a risk. We’ve also reported that Deutsche Bank was busted for laundering Russian money for clients in places like New York, where Trump lives, raising the question of whether its willingness to float loans to Trump was really just a cover for Russia to funnel money to him.

But as it turns out, Deutsche Bank was laundering the money through Bank of Cyprus.
The two most prominent owners of Bank of Cyprus?
One is Donald Trump’s associate Dmitry Rybolovlev.
The other is Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross
That’s the missing link -- suddenly, you realize this is all one larger scandal.

Russia was laundering money into Deutsche Bank, through another bank owned by two Donald Trump associates, at the same time it just happened to be inexplicably loaning large sums of money to Trump even though he was a poor investment risk. 

Trump then rewarded one of the go-between bank’s owners by making him the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. 

And the other owner of the bank just happens to be the guy who does real estate business with Trump and keeps flying into whatever town Trump visits whenever he’s away from the White House. 


I hope you Republican sonsofbitches are happy with the so-called president

President Donald Trump was asked by the crew on Fox & Friends about the failed raid in Yemen that took the life of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, and the president was quick to deflect blame onto others.

When asked about criticism from Owens’s father about the failed raid, Trump pointed out that planning for the mission actually started under former President Obama.

“This was a mission that was started before I got here,” Trump said. “This was something that was, uh, you know, they wanted to do. They came to see me, they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected. My generals are the most respected that we’ve had in many decades, I believe. And they lost Ryan.”

Trump is a cross between a carnival barker and a trained seal.  Has he ever taken responsibility for anything?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Chinese give Trump $15 million bribe

In one of the first major business deals concluded since Donald Trump became president, a Chinese businesswoman just closed on the purchase of $15.8 million condo owned by Trump’s real estate business.

According to Mother Jones, businesswoman and consultant Xiao Yan Chen bought a four-bedroom, six-bathroom condo in Trump’s Park Avenue high-rise on February 21. The property was purchased from Trump Park Avenue LLC, where Trump was on the board of directors before resigning just before being sworn in as president.

Chen is the founder and managing director of a business consulting firm called Global Alliance Associates which sells itself as a go-between, connecting wealthy business people with Chinese interests to develop new business ventures in her home country.

The company’s website states they specialize in, “Establishing a network of credible and proprietary relationships, known by the Chinese as ‘ghanxi,’ is the single most important aspect of initiating and sustaining a successful business venture in China.”

Mother Jones reports that, as of last week, the luxury condo Chen purchased was listed on real estate website Zillow for $14 million, or about $2 million less than the business consultant paid.

NOTE:  The Chinese word is not "ghanxi,"  It's "gwanxi," pronounced "gwan-she" -- it means relationship.  And, yes, that's how business is done in China, all based on personal relationships usually greased with $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ -- as in BRIBE.

Fox interviews "Swedish military expert;" Swedes say "Never heard of him."


On the February 23 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly brought on a guest named Nils Bildt, who was introduced as “a Swedish defense and national security advisor,” to discuss Sweden’s refugee policies.


According to a translation of an article in the Swedish outlet Göteborgs-Posten, the press secretary of the Swedish Armed Forces has said that they “do not know who Bildt is,” and that he is “definitely not a spokesman for the Armed Forces.” The translated Göteborgs-Posten article reported that Bildt currently lives in Japan.

First they book a prankster who claimed to organize anti-Trump-protests for money.

Then they book somebody who claims to be an organizer for women's rights protests, but is actually just the friend of a friend of an organizer.

Then they book a Swedish military expert who is NOT Swedish, NOT military, and NOT an expert in anything.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

This is the Republican definition of fiscal responsibility

Right-wing radio host and author Laura Ingraham is facing a lawsuit filed by the Associated Press after she bounced a check to the wire service for unpaid fees and lost revenue on her website LifeZette.com.

Mediaite.com reported on Saturday that the AP is suing Ingraham and LifeZette for $50,000 in a suit filed Friday in Washington, D.C. Superior Court.

In July of 2015, LifeZette reportedly signed an agreement with the AP to pay $4,200 per month for the rights to run AP content on its homepage. In February, 2016, the AP canceled the deal due to non-payment.

Ingraham’s company, Ingraham Media Group Inc., sent the AP a $42,611 check last month, but it was returned by the bank over insufficient funds. It was then, Mediaite said, that the wire service chose to take legal action.

“Per the filing, the AP is looking for a total of $49,267. That amount includes $24,937.21 for unpaid fees and $17,674.50 for the revenue AP claims it lost after it was forced to suspend LifeZette’s account. (These two totals equal the amount of the bounced check.) AP is also seeking additional funds in interest and attorney fees,” wrote Mediaite’s Justin Baragona.

Ingraham launched LifeZette in late March of 2015 with the goal of providing conservative readers a one-stop news source in a field already crowded by other outlets like the Daily Caller, the Washington Free Beacon and Breitbart.com.

The website came under fire last year for its perpetuation of “fake news” conspiracy theory stories about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In spite of its credibility issues, LifeZette was one of the first media organizations called on by Press Secretary Sean Spicer in early press conferences in the White House briefing room, which raised hackles among professional journalists.

Ingraham herself said in late 2016 that she was briefly considered for the position of White House press secretary before the job when to Spicer, formerly a high-ranking official in the Republican National Coalition (RNC).

Talk show host Stephen Colbert accused Ingraham of racism over controversial passages in her book The Obama Diaries, which came out in 2010 and featured racially-charged digs at President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In addition to being abominably written, Colbert told Ingraham that the book relies on “hideous, hackneyed racial stereotypes.”

Colbert asked Ingraham during a notoriously uncomfortable interview, “What are the odds that Barack Obama’s private musings would completely and perfectly match up with the narrative that the right is trying to push about him?”

The book portrayed Michelle Obama as a glutton who ate barbecued ribs at every meal and Obama himself as a selfish egomaniac with a grudge against white Americans.

Back in January, Virginia Republicans were peeing in their pants in anticipation because Ingraham indicated she would run for the Senate against incumbent Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D).

Looks as though that silly idea is dead.

Can anyone in the Tea Party spell "DEFUNCT?"

This is funny.  It's also encouraging.

The players in this drama are the "Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation" and local Virginia Tea Parties, specifically the 99th District Tea Party and the Montross Tea Party.

According to its website, the "Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation (VTPPF) is a statewide tea party organization comprised of local, non-partisan groups established to advance and strengthen the Founding principles and God-given rights predicated in the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions."

The VTPPF held its 2017 "kick-off meeting" this weekend -- February 25, 2017 -- to lay the groundwork for electing Tea Party candidates in the November 2017 Virginia general election.

One of our local Northern Neck Tea Parties -- the Montross Tea Party -- made a big deal of the "first summit meeting of 2017" on their Twitter and Facebook pages.

Now, thanks to "The Bull Elephant" blog (TBE) -- which claims to be the per-eminent conservative blog in Virginia -- we learn that the VTPPF summit meeting was a HUGE BUST.  How do we know this?  Well,. according to TBE, here are the results of the summit meeting straw poll for the Tea Party's choice for Virginia governor.

Denver Riggleman 19
Ed Gillespie 13
Undecided 11
Corey Stewart 7
Frank Wagner 0
 First, let me explain.  Virginia elects governor, lt. governor, and attorney general in odd-numbered years -- 2013, 2017 . . .   Governors serve one four-year term while the Lt Gov and AG can run for re-election.  Virginia Republicans are constantly arguing about the best way to select candidates for these offices.  Rightwing dingbats want a state convention of about 2,000 people from around the state.  Real Republicans want a nominating primary that allows tens of thousands of Republicans from around the state to vote on their candidates.  The rightwingers want a convention because they can pack the convention with "activists" and true believers who tend to nominate people as crazy as they are.  For example, in 2013, the Republican party of Virginia convention -- dominated by hardcore rightwingnutjobs -- nominated a slate of loons:  Ken Cuccinelli, "Bishop" E. W. Jackson, and Mark Obenshian.  The Democratic slate killed them.  This gave a boost to Republicans who wanted a statewide primary election that likely would have nominated a very strong slate of candidates, not the gaggle of nutcases who appealed only to the looniest of the loony.

So -- this brings us to the VTPPF "summit meeting" yesterday and its straw poll.  First, note the number of votes:  19, 13, 11, 7, 0 -- total of 50 votes.  That's it. This is the statewide Tea Party Patriot Foundation summit meeting and all they could muster was 50 people??????

The candidates tell us a lot, too.  Riggleman owns a distillery, has no political experience, and basically is a raving Tea Bagger.  Ed Gillespie is the establishment candidate -- former chairman of the Republican National Committee, no connection to Virginia except that he lives in the state.  Corey Stewart is the hero of the far right who made his mark by arresting innocent "immigrants" in Prince William County -- and who was fired by Donald Trump from his position as Trump's Virginia campaign manager.

What's really telling is the tiny number of people who attended the VTPPF summit meeting -- their first meeting of 2017 is supposed to set the tone for Tea Party politics in Virginia for 2017.  At a similar meeting in 2013, over 200 participated.  Today, fewer than one-fourth that many showed up.

The demise of the VTPPF reflects the fate of our two local Tea Parties here on the Northern Neck.

99th District Tea Party

Named after the 99th Virginia House of Delegates district, this Tea Party emerged in 2008 and at its height managed to almost elect an absolute flake and nutcase, Catherine Crabill, to the state General Assembly.

The 99DTP collapse was evident as early as late 2015 when they held a candidates' forum for local school board and supervisor candidates in Lancaster County at which 99DTP President Don Johnson shouted down questioners, would not allow questions critical of Tea Party favorites, and generally made a fool of himself.  Johnson soon disappeared from the 99DTP and is now content to fire off Twitter comments that make him look dumber than Donald Trump

The avuncular 99DTP past president, Edgar Doleman, disappeared from view as did "Director of Communications" Lyn Niera.

The 99DTP attempted to reinvent itself in mid-2016 as the First District Freedom Coalition, but that attempt sputtered out when they couldn't even hold an inaugural meeting.

Now, the 99DTP website is empty and their Facebook page has not been updated since April 2015.  They no longer announce their meetings in the local newspapers.

Montross Tea Party

Just as the 99DTP emerged in the aftermath of Obama's election, so did the Montross Tea Party pop up.  Both groups presented themselves as "grassroots" organizations when, in fact, they were nothing but "astroturf" -- supported and formed by the Koch-funded National Tea Party Federation.

The MTP is failing fast.  As of late 2016:  (1) only 7 - 9 people at each meeting; (2) canceled about as many meetings as they held; (3) their "patriotic events" in the town of Montross draw only a tiny handful of people; and,(4) in spite of their plea, no one from the MTP attended the VTPPF summit meeting, Feb 25, 2017.

Frankly, it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.  I know several of these people personally.  They are nice people who live in the past.  They long for the 1950's -- when father knew best, when women stayed in the kitchen and when black people rode in the back of the bus.  They are confused by global and national trends and they make no attempt to understand things, preferring instead to support candidates who want to repeal the 20th Century.

I'm glad to see them fail.  Their influence will be with us for a couple of more election cycles after which we in Virginia will put Democrats back in control of the General Assembly and get on about the business of moving Virginia forward.

UPDATE:  The Bull Elephant apparently is embarrassed by the fact that the Virginia Tea Party Patriot's Federation can muster only 50 people at their February 25 meeting.  The article that I cited above with the actual vote count has been followed by an article that talks about the percentage of votes received, not the number of voters.  Very misleading.  Feb 26, 10:30 PM EST.

UPDATE:  Here's a photo of the "crowd" at the VTPPF meeting, Feb 25.  I count about 40 people.

Why do Republicans accept fake news and anti-science? Protestant religious fundamentalism is the culprit.

Courtesy of Religion Dispatches:  

What is it about Republicans that seems to make them more credulous to fake news than Democrats? 

The answer to this question might have to do with the religious roots of today’s Republican Party in the Christian Right. Beginning with the Moral Majority, founded in 1979 by Jerry Falwell and Tim LaHaye, and continuing through church organizations such as Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition and James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, conservative Christians have helped reshape the Republican Party and its policies. Its “family values” positions on abortion, the sexual revolution, gender roles, pornography, and homosexuality have been heavily influenced by its conservative Christian theology. 

Voters have continued to “sort” themselves over the last few decades, as political liberals became less religious and political conservatives more religious. Sociologists call this the “God gap” in partisan religiosity. Conservative white evangelicals have formed a hugely important and highly motivated core group of the Republican electorate for several cycles. In 2016, Donald Trump garnered 81 percent of the white evangelical vote, higher than Mitt Romney, John McCain, and even the born-again George W. Bush.


Christian fundamentalist Bible colleges and universities, publishers and bookstores, newspapers and magazines, radio and then television shows, museums and campus ministries, together formed a set of institutions that resisted elite, secular expert knowledge. Recognizing the power of expertise’s infrastructure, Christian fundamentalists created this counter-infrastructure to cultivate and curate its alternative forms of knowledge. 

This alternative knowledge—the forerunner of today’s alternative facts— took the form of creationism and an alternative Bible scholarship demonstrating the Bible’s inerrancy and traditional authorship. This alternative educational and media ecosystem of knowledge was galvanized and mobilized when the Christian Right emerged in the late 1970s to influence the Republican Party. There were two long-term consequences for our fake news world. First, theologically and politically conservative Christians learned to distrust the proclamations of the supposedly neutral media establishment, just as they had grown to suspect the methods and conclusions of elite experts like scientists or historians. And second, they learned to seek the truth from alternative sources—whether a church sermon, Christian media (newspapers, books, radio or television shows), or a classroom in a Christian college. 

The consequence is that theologically fundamentalist Christians have for years explained to themselves that what seems to be worldly wisdom and conclusions are really the results of conspiracies, biases, and misplaced human pride in academic, scientific, and journalist communities. This cognitive training to reject expert knowledge and to seek alternative, more amenable explanations has helped disarm the capacity for critical thinking and analysis.

This is what I've been saying since I left the Baptist church 50 years ago and never looked back.

The acceptance of supernatural explanations for the world around us makes us more susceptible to every kind of bullshit that gets presented to us throughout our lives.

Astrology, phrenology, numerology, past lives regression, palm readings, fear of contrails, seances, "reality" TV shows about chasing freaking Bigfoot, all of it relies on the suppression of the critical thinking skills that we need to safely navigate through our lives,

And without the ability to sniff out bullshit we find ourselves living in a country led by a cross between PT Barnum and an Oompa Loompa.

  I cannot help but feel that if more of us rejected it we would be living in a much better world, with a much brighter tomorrow ahead of us.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Day 31

Surprise!! Surprise!! Trump is lying.

On Saturday morning, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to point out a fact he thought the media was underreporting: the decrease in the national debt in his first month.

"The media has not reported that the National Debt in my first month went down by $12 billion vs a $200 billion increase in Obama first mo(nth)," tweeted Trump.

The tweet, which echoes something Herman Cain said on Fox News' Fox & Friends an hour before, doesn't make sense for a few reasons.

First, it is true that the debt has probably ticked down but as noted by the Atlantic's David Frum, this is mostly due to the federal government rebalancing its intra-governmental holdings. Debt outstanding to the public has barely budged since Inauguration Day.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tweet-on-national-debt-in-first-month-under-obama-stock-market-2017-2

Friday, February 24, 2017

Can you Bullshitting Elephants explain this??

How is it that a man who raped his wife and refers to his daughter as "a piece of ass" can determine which bathroom people use?

Please, Sweet Jesus, let it happen!!!!

Rumblings from the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) indicate that a huge freak show is forming to lose to Senator Tim Kaine in November 2018.

So far it looks as though --
--  Laura “If Newt Gingrich would be President tomorrow, I would be a happy person” Ingraham, 
--  Carly “Demon Sheep” Fiorina,
-- Ewwwww Jackson, and,
--  Jim “Drove Virginia Into a Ditch” Gilmore, 
all are battling it out for the opportunity to get annihilated by Sen. Tim Kaine next year!!

Any way to persuade Ken Kookinelli to run also?  And “Sideshow Bob” Marshall?  Even Dick Black?  Maybe even Former Governor Rolex Bob McDonnell will show up in his borrowed Ferrari.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Another way to make your voice heard:

Democratically elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has turned off all of his public telephones and fax machines due to overwhelming protests in favor of Obamacare/ACA, Planned Parenthood, and Medicare, other issues such as tax returns, etc. He is also turning away voters delivering signed petitions. 

So here is the new tactic: 

Please mail postcards to his HOME address: 


Please PASTE and COPY this info and share. Let’s see what 67 million cards in the driveway looks like…

CPAC exposure of Jake Tapper turns out to be 10-yr-old tape of Dog the Bounty Hunter

CNN’s Jake Tapper hit back on Thursday against Twitter trolls who claimed to have unearthed audio of him engaged in a five-minute racist rant. 

The satirical news site OMFG News published the tape on Thursday claiming it was part of James O’Keefe’s exposé of CNN. 

However, the tape is actually a 10-year-old phone message from reality TV star Dog the Bounty Hunter, which Tapper pointed out.

While SEALs died, Trump tweeted

WASHINGTON ― As a team of elite U.S. commandos found themselves under unexpectedly heavy fire in a remote Yemeni village last month, eight time zones away, their commander in chief was not in the Situation Room.

It’s unclear what he, personally, was doing. But his Twitter account was busy promoting an upcoming appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network.

“I will be interviewed by @TheBrodyFile on @CBNNews tonight at 11pm. Enjoy!” read a tweet from President Donald Trump’s personal account on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Whether it was Trump himself or an aide who sent out that tweet at 5:50 p.m. ― about half an hour into a firefight that cost a Navy SEAL his life ― cannot be determined from the actual tweets, and the White House isn’t saying. Likewise, it’s not clear who deleted the tweet some 20 minutes later, or why the new president, just a week on the job, chose not to directly monitor the first high-risk military operation on his watch.


John Boehner laughs his ass off when told about the GOP "plan" to replace the Affordable Care Act

Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replace of Obamacare is “not going to happen.”

Boehner, who retired in 2015 amid unrest among conservatives, said at an Orlando healthcare conference that the idea that a repeal-and-replace plan would blitz through Congress was just “happy talk.”

Instead, he said changes to former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement would likely be relatively modest.

“(Congressional Republicans are) going to fix Obamacare – I shouldn’t call it repeal-and-replace, because it’s not going to happen,” he said.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/john-boehner-obamacare-republicans-235303

Another bust by rightwing hero James O'Keefe . . . no "there" there

Conservative activist James O’Keefe vowed to drop a bomb on CNN this week — but it has very quickly fizzled out.

While O’Keefe had promised to “expose” CNN’s liberal bias against President Donald Trump this week, on Thursday it was revealed that O’Keefe simply has obtained 119 hours’ worth of audio recordings from low-level CNN staffers that were made in 2009.

Politico reports that while O’Keefe initially had some CNN reporters worried that he’d discovered some embarrassing revelations, his first publicized “bombshells” are total duds.

“In Project Veritas’ news release about the tapes, the first highlighted segment are two producers talking about the use of certain polls and why then-CNN polling director (now NH1 News political director and anchor) Paul Steinhauser declined to use a poll by Rasmussen, a group whose polling methods are still not widely accepted,” Politico writes. “Another highlight is of an assignment desk editor saying ‘Fox News is unbearable,’ and a news desk editor talking about how ‘there’s no debate’ about climate change.”

Additionally, O’Keefe admitted that he hasn’t even listened to all the raw tape he has so far — and is calling on volunteers to help him get through it.

When asked to comment on the story by Politico, a CNN spokesperson simply responded by saying, “I don’t think there’s anything to comment on.”

Trump capmpaign manager blackmailed by Russians

Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort quit Trump’s campaign in August under a cloud of suspicion, but it now appears that more than potential investigations may have been behind his departure. Manafort was also being strong-armed by someone with inside knowledge of under-the-table payments and a secret meeting between Donald Trump and a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician.
The undated communications, which are allegedly from the iPhone of Manafort’s daughter, include a text that appears to come from a Ukrainian parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko, seeking to reach her father, in which he claims to have politically damaging information about both Manafort and Trump.
Attached to the text is a note to Paul Manafort referring to “bulletproof” evidence related to Manafort’s financial arrangement with Ukraine’s former president, the pro-Russian strongman Viktor Yanukovych, as well as an alleged 2012 meeting between Trump and a close Yanukovych associate named Serhiy Tulub.
Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist, has claimed to have no connection to the texts, but whatever their source, the author seemed to have advance knowledge of the investigation launched by Ukrainian officials into more than $12 million in off the books payments supposedly funneled to Manafort. These payments may have continued while Manafort was employed by Trump.
As for the meeting between Trump and Tulub …
The White House did not respond to a question about whether Trump had met with Tulub, a hunting buddy of Yanukovych’s who had served as part of government when Yanukovych was prime minister.
Serhiy Tulub is the former coal industry minister and head of the Cherkasy Regional State Administration, and a close associate of Yanukovych. It’s unclear what reason he would have had for meeting with Donald Trump.
It’s also not clear that Manafort himself brokered this meeting, as he and Trump supposedly did not work together before the campaign. At the time of Trump’s possible meeting with Tulub, Viktor Yanukovych was in power in Ukraine and Manafort was working to support Yanukovych.
Paul Manafort was hired to install pro-Russian strongman Yanukovych using a campaign of deceptive propaganda and staged protests. He not only put Yanukovych in a position to gift Russia with a sweetheart treaty and push Ukraine away from the West, but also provided Vladimir Putin with an excuse to invade Crimea. For his work, Manafort collected millions in overt pay, and possibly many millions more under the table.
In 2013, an escalating wave of protests against Yanukovych’s government began after Yanukovych reversed earlier promises, turned away from the EU, and signed a treaty with Russia. At the start of 2014, Yanukovych passed a series of laws making protests illegal, but that only increased the level of discord. Within two months he fled Kiev in the middle of the night and escaped to Moscow.
Even though Ukrainian officials were previously eager to go after Manafort for his involvement, that desire has cooled.
[Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] and his allies, who are scrambling to establish a relationship with the Trump administration, have distanced themselves from those efforts, and from Leshchenko.

What if . . .

First, read this story:

At least one person was dead, and two were seriously wounded after an intoxicated man hurling racial slurs opened fire inside a packed Kansas bar on Wednesday night, police said.
The gunman fled Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe after blasting off several rounds around 7:15 p.m., cops said in a news release. Cops arrested him at his home in Clinton, Mo. some 80 miles away after they were able to negotiate with him over the phone early Thursday.

The three male victims were taken to an area hospital, where one of them passed away. At least one of the other two was listed in critical condition.

Patrons at the bar told the Kansas City Star that the gunman is white and in his 50s. Before the shooting, he had apparently been drinking hard, and continuously exclaimed racial slurs. When a bar regular told him to stop, the man pulled out a gun and started shooting.

Two of the victims were reportedly of Middle Eastern or Indian descent.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-shouting-racial-slurs-kills-wounds-article-1.2980033

Got that?  " . . .  Cops arrested him at his home in Clinton, Mo. some 80 miles away after they were able to negotiate with him over the phone early Thursday."

Now, tell me:  What would have happened to the gunman if:
-- He had been black
-- He had been Muslim

Tell me again about how there's no such thing as white privilege.

An open letter for you rightwingers to think about

Throughout last year’s campaign, we watched as you –  the Republican party – supported the candidacy of a man who was clearly unfit for any office, no less the most powerful office in the country.

We watched as you ignored his bigoted and racist remarks, made excuses for his mockery of the disabled – even laughed-off his remarks about grabbing women by their “pussies” as somehow appropriate for a potential occupant of the Oval Office.

We watched as you stood silent when your candidate “tweeted” comments that were truly bizarre in content, often demeaning those who he perceived had slighted him in some way – behavior clearly demonstrative of a vitriolic, paranoid man who lacks the clear-headedness and measured decision-making skills that the presidency demands.

We watched – with a combination of horror and disbelief – as you encouraged your constituents to elect this incompetent, inexperienced, mentally unstable man to the presidency. And with that election, you put him in charge of our armed forces, our foreign policy, the direction of our nation – and the nuclear codes.

Since Trump’s inauguration, we have continued to watch as you have repeatedly ignored his blatant lies, his refusal to participate in fully comprehensive intelligence briefings, the conflicts of interest surrounding his businesses, and his use of his office to promote his family’s personal financial interests.

We have watched as you have supported his putting equally incompetent and inexperienced people in charge of our country’s vital departments, and in positions of power that affect every aspect of our nation’s security and well-being.

As though all of the above wasn’t horrifying enough, we have watched you make every possible attempt to minimize the facts that have emerged – and continue to emerge – about the probability  that your president, members of his administration, and his closest advisors acted in collusion with a foreign power to undermine our democratic elections, thwart the will of the people, and put a man in the White House who will do the bidding of that foreign power without question or hesitation.

By refusing to agree to and cooperate with an independent investigation into such serious allegations, you are aiding and abetting the enemy. You are, with malice aforethought, placing our very democracy in peril by refusing to leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of allegations which, if proven, represent an unprecedented crime committed by those in the highest offices in our government.

And we are still watching. We are watching your every move and listening to your every statement with more scrutiny than has ever been brought to bear on a political party and its elected representatives. We are determined to pursue the truth, and your every attempt to obstruct our access to that truth will be duly noted by ALL citizens, regardless of party affiliation.

I strongly advise any Republican up for re-election in 2018 to think carefully about their options. As this administration’s ties to Russia become increasingly apparent, increasingly compelling, increasingly provable, the last thing you want to be seen as doing is aiding and abetting those who actively worked with our nation’s enemies for political gain.

Despite your efforts thus far to distract the populace from the facts, the truth will out. It always does. The “Russian ties” story is not going away – in fact, it now has a life of its own, and won’t be stopped by even the sleaziest snake-oil salesmen you have among your ranks.

The country is now afire - as you've seen from the angered citizens who show up at your town halls, protestors marching in the streets, protestors showing up at your offices and your homes.  Your liles about "paid, professional protestors" are falling apart as people recognize themselves and their neighbors as the protestors.

Whose “side” you’re standing on when the smoke clears is up to you. Just remember that collaborators never fare well when it finally dissipates, especially those who claim they had no idea what was going on - right before their eyes.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ivanka learned her lesson well . . . she's as big a crook as her father

It has been a tough month for presidential first daughter Ivanka Trump, with retailers dropping her fashion lines due to poor sales, and it got worse as it was revealed that she has been hit with a lien for failure to pay back taxes owed by her New York jewelry store.

According to documents acquired by the Daily Mail, Trump owes over $5,000 in taxes related to Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry — officially listed as  Madison Avenue Diamonds LLC — located in Trump Tower.

According to the report, the high-end jewelry business routinely sells items in the $1,000 to $20,000 range.

Ivanka Trump has seen her brand take hit after hit since her father was elected, with major department stores dropping her clothing  and jewelry lines.

Trump has reportedly stepped away from her businesses in order to advise her father, but is still listed in business filings as the chief executive officer of her companies in both Florida and New York.

According to LawNewz, Trump was previously ordered by a court to pay more than $2 million in a breach of contract case after she stopped making payments to a supplier for her jewelry business.

I'll bet you rightwingers are SO proud of this lying clown . . . and the lying clowns around him

West Palm Beach (CNN) President Donald Trump has made visiting his Florida golf courses a near every-weekend habit in the first month of his administration, and his aides are trying to obscure whether Trump is actually golfing during the visits.

One possible reason: Trump was a frequent and vocal critic of President Barack Obama's golf habit, regularly slamming the former president for playing golf with many pressing issues before the country. Trump even suggested during a 2016 event in Virginia, in a knock on Obama, that if elected he was "not going to have time to go play golf." 
"I'm going to be working for you, I'm not going to have time to go play golf," Trump said at the time.
Trump has visited his two golf courses near his Mar-a-Lago estate -- Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter -- six times in his first month in office.
Aides would not confirm that Trump played golf each time, but through a series of social media posts and interviews with the professional golfers who joined him, it is clear the President golfed during most of these visits. By comparison, Obama played his first round of golf as President on April 26, 2009, at Andrews Air Force Base, three months after he was inaugurated.  Trump, on the other hand, played his first round one week after he took office -- and has played golf ever weekend since.
The level of secrecy around golf is new for the presidency, too. While the Obama administration was hesitant to allow cameras to regularly get shots of the President hitting the links, they would tell reporters who joined the President for each round. Trump's nascent administration has not done that.
According to a picture posted by Clear Sports, a golf technology company, Trump hit the links at Trump International Golf Club on Sunday with Rory McIlroy, one of the top-ranked golfers in the  world.

McIlroy later told No Laying Up, a golf blog, that he played a full 18 holes with the President, the CEO of Clear Sports and Paul O'Neill, the former New York Yankees right fielder.
The professional golfer said Trump "shot around 80" through 18 holes, eight strokes above the course's par 72 layout.
The reported 18 holes of golf, however, directly contradicts how White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Trump's visit to the golf course during a briefing with reporters on Sunday.
"I know he played a couple of holes this morning but I am not going to disclose any of the others that were there," Sanders said, adding that Trump also "played a couple" on Saturday, as well.
Confronted by McIlroy's comments about playing 18 holes with the President, Sanders said the President "intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This is what you Republicans have wrought . . . chaos, lies, hate, ignorance

500 Mar-A-Largo members pay big $$$ to meet with Trump, offer advice.  We truly are ruled by an oligarchy.

Pres. Donald Trump is using his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida as an exclusive salon where members gain unique access to the chief executive and jockey to influence his decisions on issues that directly affect their business interests.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that the 500 people paying $200,000 per year to belong to Trump’s exclusive club include “dozens of real estate developers, Wall Street financiers, energy executives and others whose businesses could be affected by Mr. Trump’s policies.”

“At least three club members are under consideration for an ambassadorship,” wrote the Times‘ Nicholas Confessore, Maggie Haberman and Eric Lipton. “Most of the 500 have had memberships predating Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, and there are a limited number of memberships still available.”

Trump gives young Jewish reporter a public tongue-lashing; Jewish organizations are horrified at Trump's anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitic writers are thrilled that President Donald Trump denounced a Jewish reporter at a press conference and told him to be quiet after he asked the president to condemn anti-Semitism. They said Trump's performance was "amazing" and "one of the greatest things I've ever witnessed in my life" because he criticized "the Jews" and showed that the press is "totally part of the Jewish deep state."

During his February 16 press conference, Trump called on Jake Turx, a reporter for the Orthodox Jewish weekly Ami Magazine, because he was looking for a "friendly reporter." As The New York Times noted, the "young correspondent received a tongue-lashing from the president" after he told Trump that he was concerned about "an uptick in anti-Semitism" and wondered what the government would do about it.

General Barry McAffrey nails it:  No one with any standing in the national security arena wants to work for the Trump Freak Show

Appearing on MSNBC, retired Gen. Barry McCaffery said the Trump administration is having difficulties replacing ousted National Security Adviser Mike Flynn because likely candidates are looking at a “disorganized” White House and have no desire to destroy their careers.

McCaffrey, who served as the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bill Clinton, addressed the fact the former Gen. David Petraeus had withdrawn his name for consideration two days after Vice Adm. Robert Harward opted out after seeing President Trump’s widely derided press conference.

Asked to comment, McCaffrey first pointed out that many likely candidates wouldn’t be considered because they had previously criticized Trump.

“I think part of the problem is the intellectual heavyweights of the defense community and the Republican Party all denounced the president during the campaign, so the pickings are sort of slim,” McCaffrey explained. “Having said that, there are good people out there who I’m sure would consider serving.”

“The problem is the acrimonious nature, the disorganization inside the White House and for that matter, with among the government, is so profound that a lot of good people who are are going to be hesitant to risk their career for public service,” he warned.

Asked about the fact that former Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) has yet to be confirmed as Director of National Intelligence, McCaffery didn’t see that happening.

“Well, I’m — I would not be unsurprised to see Senator Coats withdraw his name,” McCaffery replied. “There was a lot of talk about putting in other unqualified people in the administration and in the intelligence community. ”

 Kelleyanne Conway -- Liar-In-Chief -- is called up short by her alma mater, she lashes back in typical fashion.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway has taken heat from various quarters for everything from challenging reality with ‘alternative facts,” to hawking first daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on during a Fox News interview.

Now she’s under attack by the president of her alma mater, forcing her to lash out once again.
Trinity Washington University President Patricia McGuire recently had some harsh words for Conway, calling her, “Part of a team that thinks nothing of shaping and spreading a skein of lies as a means to secure power.”

Writing on the Trinity President’s blog, under the title, “On lies and the truth we must tell,” McGuire was very blunt.

“We Americans study the history of tyranny and exclaim, “That’s terrible, but it would not happen here!” as we congratulate ourselves on the robust state of our democracy. The experience of the last few months now exposes this once-confident boast as terribly naive and perhaps even dangerous as a new administration indulges in a remarkable torrent of false and misleading statements as a basis for policy and action.”

McGuire then turned to Conway, class of 1989.

“Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trinity Class of 1989, has played a large role in facilitating the manipulation of facts and encouraging the grave injustice being perpetrated by the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants among many other issues. She is one of President Trump’s primary spokespersons, an almost daily figure on cable news shows,” McGuire wrote. ” Some people admire her staunch advocacy for her client’s positions, and others applaud the fact that she was the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign. But in fact, as is true of many of President Trump’s statements, her advocacy on his behalf is often at variance with the truth.”

It's not just the White House -- it's the entire Trump Administration that is in total chaos -- never seen anything like this before -- the US government is paralyzed because of ineptness, ignorance, lies, ego

Trump does it again: Puts his stupidity out there for everyone to see

Demonstrating once again that he really is dumb as a post, Donald Trump managed to display his ignorance as he spoke to a crowd of fans who had been gathered at Boeing for a “rally” in Charleston, South Carolina.

Standing in front of the newly unveiled Boeing 787 to chants of “USA, USA,” Trump first lavished praise on the company’s workers for making planes in America:
"We want products made by our workers, in our factories, stamped with those four magnificent words: Made in the USA," Trump told Boeing workers and dignitaries in a speech
Except the 787 really isn’t “made in America.”   In fact, the supplier chain for the 787 is rather more cosmopolitan, with major components coming from Japan, Italy, Korea, India, Australia, and Canada.
As pointed out in Business Insider:
The Dreamliner is like the United Nations of planes:
  • Its wings and batteries come from Japan.
  • Its wing tips come from South Korea.
  • India is the source of its floor beams.
  • The front fuselage is made in the US and Japan.
  • The center fuselage and horizontal stabilizers are from Italy.
  • Landing gear and doors? France.
  • Cargo access doors are built in Sweden.
  • The wing/body fairings, which cover gaps on the body, are from Canada.
  • The movable trailing edge of the wings are from Canada, except when they're from the US or Australia.
  • Thrust reversers come from Mexico.
  • Its engines come from either General Electric in the US or Rolls-Royce in the UK.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Trumpsters are snowflakes who melt with the least bit of heat

Donald Trump’s supporters have launched a scathing attack on a Fox News anchor who criticised the US President’s treatment of reporters and his refusal to answer questions at his first solo press conference.

Shepard Smith accused Mr Trump of "repeating ridiculous, throwaway lines that are not true at all."

He said: "It's crazy what we're watching every day. It's absolutely crazy."

His comments came after the US President launched a sustained attack on the media during a fiery and, at times chaotic, news conference.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-fox-news-shep-smith-criticism-boycott-a7585181.html

Trump supporters . . . snowflakes, everyone of them . . . melting in the heat.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

It's about golf

President Barack Obama made it four months into his presidency before his first golf outing as commander in chief. 

George W. Bush made it even longer, first hitting the links as president about 5 ½ months into his first term.

Donald Trump made it two weeks before heading to the golf course. 

On his first vacation as president to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump spent about eight hours at the Trump International Golf Club, February 4-5. 

The next weekend -- February 11-12 -- Trump took his clubs out again for more golfing this weekend, as he is scheduled to play with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Does anyone remember the outrage on the right when President Obama played golf?  Has anyone noticed similar outrage at Trump's golfing?

The Trumps: White trash with money

First Lady Melania Trump is unhappy with the turn her life has taken since her husband was elected President of the United States.

According to sources speaking with US Weekly, the wife of Donald Trump didn’t sign up to be in the political spotlight when she married him in 2005. The reluctance to play the role of wife of the president may be why the very private Melania has remained in their Manhattan penthouse while Trump spends his weekdays at the White House.

According to a friend of the family, the former model, “Is unhappy with how her life ended up. She is miserable.”

The First Lady has remained in New York since her husband was inaugurated. She joins him in Florida when he makes his weekly sojourn to his Mar-a-Lago resort, where she poses for the cameras with him, saying she is most happy there because she “Loves Palm Beach.”

The First Lady was recently photographed over the weekend in Del Ray Beach, accompanying Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to a local church and posing for pictures.
According to the US Weekly source, “Don’t let her smile in those photos fool you. She hates this.”

The heightened scrutiny of being married to what is called the most powerful man in the world is now keeping her from accompanying their son, Barron, to school each day in a chauffeured SUV due to protesters on the streets.

“Melania has the Secret Service take Barron to school and retrieve him,” the source explained.
Added to the First Lady’s woes is the fact that her attorneys now say that attacks on her have damaged her prospects of launching a multi-million dollar fashion line under her own name.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

NSA has intercepts of Trump officials and their collusion with Russia

In an explosive report by the New York Times, it was revealed that that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign were repeatedly in contact with Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the election.

According to U.S. intelligence sources, communications between Trump operatives and the Russians were discovered when they looking into the hacking on the Democratic National Committee. The intelligence agencies sought to find out whether the Trump campaign working with the Russians in regard to the hacking.

Intelligence officials said the intercepted communications not only included Trump campaign officials, but also other associates of the now newly-elected president. The Russians contacted included members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services, the officials said.

The bombshell report comes as the Trump administration is still reeling over the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over contacts with the Russians — which he then lied about.

You can read the whole report here.

Here's an idea for you Bullshitting Elephant followers . . .

No need to get worked up over Mike Flynn's treasonous contacts with the Russians . . . let's go after Hillary's email and Benghazi . . . again.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trump sets a record!!

From elected President to all-time low disapproval ratings in record time -- 8 days!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trump and Russia explained

The following was originally posted on Democratic Underground.

I've seen so many threads here and elsewhere that relate, pertain, or detail various aspects of the treasonous coup recently perpetrated on our democracy, but have yet to see all the available information synthesized into a single, cohesive framework and timeline. Most of the articles written on this subject only cover one or two aspects of what is revealing itself to be an absolute onion of layers and players, all contributing to a still somewhat vague end. Who did/knew what, and when? What is their end game? What is it, specifically, that the players in this vast drama are seeking to achieve and sustain?

Is it to increase and cement the power and wealth of one nation, or a hoped for federation that these acts were perpetrated? Or was it in the interest of one smaller group, sect, or movement within a global power? Or is it corporate interest (in the case of Russia, one in the same) of multinational banks and oil companies? Could it be just the vision of one man pursuing global dominion and a grand place in history? Are we to lay all the blame at the feet of Trump and Putin, or are they just the current agents of a movement within the institutions they represent, and thus just the respective heads of much larger snakes? Is it a cabal?...a nest of vipers? Or are they (Trump and Putin) the only two snakes hiding in the grass; acting for their own selfish ends? Perhaps there is only one snake?.... Perhaps we are, in our ignorance and suspicion, seeing more shadows than need be? Or, perhaps the stakes are even greater than we think... Whomever all contributed to subvert the American election did so for very specific reasons, and will do very specific things with their gained result.

I will attempt herein to compile a brief overview of the evidence and information currently available to the public. I will stick only to referenced sources, and leave my extrapolations, suspicions, or conclusions to a minimum at the end in an effort to let the evidence speak for itself...which I feel it does quite convincingly and intuitively.

Despite Trump's insistence that he didn't have any dealings with Russia or Putin, there is documented evidence of Trump's (his business, and his family) connections to Russia beginning in the late 80's, and increasing steadily over time. Despite his claim to have no relationship with Putin, it is well documented in his own tweets and (often overtly fawning) public statements over the years. Donald Trump Jr, specifically, has a rich and documented history in the country promoting various Trump business interests there. The Steele dossier claims that Trump has been developed as a Russian asset for the last 4-5 years, and at minimum, the documented reality of Trump in Russia during this time can be taken as proof of the opportunity for the FSB to compile sufficient material for leverage or blackmail purposes. Here is a link to a well researched and referenced 37 page PDF file that details Trump, his children, and some of his closest associates' ties in Russia and/or with Putin over the years: http://media.wix.com/ugd/61e09d_d6d1097337e54b2cb58590b8554b7886.pdf

So we know that Trump has certainly at least had the time and opportunity to be compromised in some way by Putin. It has been noted everywhere how curious Trump's absolute refusal to speak ill of Russia or Putin is. While he will, and has been, quick to attack or malign other foreign leaders, American statesmen, judges, companies, and citizens, he remains strangely obstinate in his refusal to condemn or even perceptively slight Russia and its leader. This is an aberration in his well documented character, and as such deserves further scrutiny. But let's table that for now and allow more of the facts to speak or themselves...

To get at the heart of the Russian ability to compromise our election, we need to go all the way back to Edward Snowden. Here I will link to an exhaustively researched article by Greg Olear that covers in great detail the motivations and maneuverings that made the usurping of our election possible: http://www.theweeklings.com/golear/2017/01/24/dah-donald-russian-blood-money-and-the-fbis-case-against-trump/

The article linked above is an ABSOLUTE must read for this topic, as it details and explains the otherwise seeming contradictions in the FBI and James Comey's approach.

Also, a follow up from the same journalist here: http://www.theweeklings.com/golear/2017/02/10/moscow-on-the-potomac-february-is-going-according-to-putins-plan/

Note that both articles were published well before the developments of the last several days, in which law enforcement sources have begun to publicly validate some of the Steele dossier, lending credit to the document as a whole....

Now, is this the extent of Putin's play? Is his geopolitical aim simply more money and oil, or does he have an even grander vision?

The answer, frighteningly, is that this is just the visible tip of the iceberg of Putin's play. Undermining the U.S., having the American President in his pocket, is the most valuable achievement Putin's Russia has ever attained. To truly understand what Putin's global aims are, we have to establish what sort of political theory and political science drive his policies and actions. To do this, we have to understand Alexander Dugin and Vladislav Surkov. Dugin is widely regarded as Putin's top political advisor, and Surkov is his political strategist. In other words, Surkov's methods are being used to achieve the political ambitions of Dugin and Putin.

Dugin is the original architect of 4th and 5th column political theory (For a firsthand description from Dugin, read here: http://www.4pt.su/en/content/4th-political-theory-and-post-liberalism, and additional reading here:http://crookedtimber.org/2015/03/10/who-is-aleksandr-dugin/), and his aim is to establish a new world order centered on a Eurasian culture and economy, with Moscow and Russia at its heart. This man is after nothing short of a dismantling of the entire liberal global order and capitalist marketplace.

Bannon is heavily influenced by Dugin, and it is evident in his own political theories and motivations. For those of you unfamiliar with what these are, read here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/22/steve-bannon-trump-s-top-guy-told-me-he-was-a-leninist.html

Surkov's methods of propaganda and social unrest are summed up in this article: https://thinkprogress.org/when-everything-is-a-lie-power-is-the-only-truth-1e641751d150#.kt9mbc96h

Here is an excerpt:

His aim is to undermine peoples’ perceptions of the world, so they never know what is really happening.
Surkov turned Russian politics into a bewildering, constantly changing piece of theater. He sponsored all kinds of groups, from neo-Nazi skinheads to liberal human rights groups. He even backed parties that were opposed to President Putin.
But the key thing was, that Surkov then let it be known that this was what he was doing, which meant that no one was sure what was real or fake. As one journalist put it: “It is a strategy of power that keeps any opposition constantly confused.”
A ceaseless shape-shifting that is unstoppable because it is undefinable. It is exactly what Surkov is alleged to have done in the Ukraine this year. In typical fashion, as the war began, Surkov published a short story about something he called non-linear war. A war where you never know what the enemy are really up to, or even who they are. The underlying aim, Surkov says, is not to win the war, but to use the conflict to create a constant state of destabilized perception, in order to manage and control.

Bannon and Trump deployed that strategy with aplomb throughout the primary. Because of the constant media focus on his campaign, Trump was able to bombard the airwaves with an unending stream of surreal falsehoods. At the same time, Bannon turned Breitbart News into a Trump Party organ and used it to disseminate further confusion. Independent of Trump and Bannon, a number of other fake news sites — an improbable number of which happened to be headquartered in Macedonia — inundated social media with inaccurate information. There is some evidence to suggest that Surkov’s employer contributed to the process as well, using the website Wikileaks as a conduit.

Many of the stories promulgated by Trump, Bannon, and their allies — such as Trump’s claim that Sen. Ted Cruz’s father was somehow involved in the Kennedy assassination — were obviously false and easily debunked. But the sheer volume of these stories had their intended effect. When fake news becomes omnipresent, all news becomes suspect. Everything starts to look like a lie.
The relentless downpour of inaccurate or useless information can make people lose trust in even their own minds. It happened to Washington Post reporter Ben Terris during the election.

In March, Terris reported that he had seen Corey Lewandowski, then Trump’s campaign manager, physically attack journalist Michelle Fields. The campaign lied about the incident and said nothing had happened. After days of being told his report had been wrong, Terris began to doubt what he had seen. Even when video was uncovered corroborating Terris’ report, the Trump campaign evaded the issue.
“Trump gaslighted me,” Fields later told Terris for an article about the incident. “I worry now that he’s gaslighting the country.”

In a world where nothing is true, the only real choice available to voters is between competing fictions. Trump offered a particularly compelling set of fictions, but he also found various ways to telegraph that he knew what he was doing. Through irony, evasion, self-contradiction, and obviously ridiculous claims, he let his supporters in on the joke. If everything is a lie, then the man who makes his lies obvious is practicing a peculiar form of honesty.


Taken in sum, it is clear that we have a president beholden unto Russia, and his chief adviser/strategist who is directly influenced by Dugin's vision of a racist and nationalistic global cabal, and is employing Surkov's methods of achieving it. This is much larger than just this election, folks. We are already waist deep in WWIII. The nationalistic fascism sweeping across western democracies are the proxy-battles of this new evolution of warfare. Russia is already many years and several invasions ahead of the rest of us even realizing we are already at war. It is time to wake up! We have to throw off our oppressors here before we can hope to stem the tide of the war on the international stage. America is the linchpin to this global coup... If we fall, so will the rest of the West. However, if we can prevail against this global fascism and its domestic deplorables, then we may yet hold the light for the rest of the West and Europe to follow.

A war in the 21st century need not be fought on the battlefield, when it can be fought in the minds of the masses. The movements of armies, munitions, and media are but the weapons of perception on this new battlefield.

We are already at war, My Friends... The question is: Will we return fire before it is too late?

I'd call this a good start . . . now let's track down a few more of these assholes

A Missouri man who identified himself as the leader of a Ku Klux Klan chapter has been found dead several days after he was reported missing, officials said.

The body of Frank Ancona of Leadwood, Mo., was discovered late Saturday on a river bank in a rural part of the state, Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen said in a statement posted to Facebook.

A family headed to fish in the Big River came across the body, KMOV News reported.
 I'm a native of SW Mississippi . . . Wilkinson County to be exact.  My granddaddy (1896 - 1972) hated the Klan and everything about it.  When I was growing up there in the 1950's, the county was like a lot of Mississippi in that the Klan ruled.  Because he refused to join or support them, he carried a pistol and slept with a shotgun.

There's one way to deal with the Klan and this is it:

Senator John Cornyn (R, TX) says Texans don't want the wall

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, believes that constructing a physical wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would not rate high among Texans.

"I think people would say, if you are talking about a physical wall, it would rate very low. Because I think most people in Texas understand that our 1,200-mile border is not ... the same at every point along the way," Cornyn, the Senate majority whip, said in an interview Sunday with John Catsimatidis on AM 970 in New York.

Cornyn said that he agreed with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly's view for a "layered approach" that would consist of "fencing, technology and boots on the ground."

The Texas lawmaker also said that President Trump should have a right to implement his executive order that suspends immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, but noted that the measure was rushed by the White House. "Well, I think the executive order is clearly within the president's authority, although I think they got in a big hurry," he said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319098-texas-senator-a-physical-wall-would-rate-very-low-among-texans

Where is his brith certificate?

Here's an announcement from "The Bull Elephant," which promotes itself as Virginia's leading conservative voice.

Puneet Ahluwalia is challenging Democrat incumbent Kathleen Murphy in the 34th district of the House of Delegates.  As one of her biggest supporters, he has the support and endorsement of Barbara Comstock.

Ahluwalia is a representative of the 10th district on State Central Committee and he is a lobbyist and consultant for the Livingston Group and New World Strategies.

 "Puneet Ahluwalia???"  I want to see his birth certificate.  The LONG FORM of his birth certificate.  He needs to show us his papers.

Meanwhile, there's also this:
Another Indian American, Subba Kolla, is running for the 87th district of the House of Delegates against Democrat incumbent John Bell. 
"Subba Kolla??"  We need his birth certificate also.  The LONG FORM.  Papers, please.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Can you say: "Republican dingbat?"

Republican official who pushed "death panels" bullshit has a history of bizarre beliefs . . . chemtrails, Clinton murders, Obama a Muslim . . . typical Republican.

According to the Post, this is not the first time that Akins has pushed conspiracy theories and outright lies — using his Facebook account to push everything from the government using chemtrails to control the populace to accusing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of murdering her political foes.  (NOTE:  "Chemtrails" are the vapor trails left behind jet aircraft.  They consist of water vapor formed when the hot jet exhaust hits the cold air at upper altitudes . . . like blowing your breath on a cold day.  Crazed conspiracy theorists believe these vapor trails are "chemical trails" that "the government" is using to kill people, or something like that.)

On chemtrails, Akins suggested the government was killing “some elderly with lowered illness resistance with chemicals to lessen the load on social security and medicare.”

Akins also said Bill and Hillary Clinton had potential trial witnesses against them murdered, and that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was financed by the Saudis.

Along with conspiracy theories, Akins compared black protesters to monkeys, said Muslims could not claim racial discrimination, and accused President Barack Obama of being a foreign-born Muslim.

Here are some photos from his Facebook page.

You rightwingers have elected a train wreck and it's going to kill us all

People who aspire to elected office tend to have big egos.  After all, if you think you can wrestle with the problems at local, state, or national level, you do need some level of belief in yourself.  My experience is as the higher up you get, the bigger ego you have.  To be in the US Senate, House, or in the White House, you do need a very inflated sense of yourself and your judgement.  This can lead to one becoming a self-centered, deaf-to-anyone-else asshole.

A real executive encourages a bit of competition because that's the only way you get competing ideas and various points of view.  However, if the executive doesn't get the egos under control -- even if it means getting rid of some of them -- he's headed for a train wreck.

It seems as though now the Trump Freak Show has reached or passed that point at which we are now headed for a train wreck on a national scale.

Less than three weeks into his administration, Donald Trump is already considering overhauling the White House. And somehow, that may not even be at the top of his (growing) list of concerns.
A galling new investigation from Politico, based on interviews with two dozen people who have spent time with Trump since the inauguration, suggests the president is completely cowed by the complexities and responsibilities of managing a federal bureaucracy, his staffers bordering on mutinous: “[It’s] a powder-keg of a workplace where job duties are unclear, morale among some is low, factionalism is rampant and exhaustion is running high.”

Here are five of the more explosive findings from its bombshell report:
1. Trump possesses a tenuous grasp of how government actually works
Trump often asks simple questions about policies, proposals and personnel. And, when discussions get bogged down in details, the president has been known to quickly change the subject — to “seem in control at all times,” one senior government official said — or direct questions about details to his chief strategist Steve Bannon, his son-in-law Jared Kushner or House Speaker Paul Ryan. Trump has privately expressed disbelief over the ability of judges, bureaucrats or lawmakers to delay — or even stop — him from filling positions and implementing policies.
2. Leaks from the White House are driving him up the wall
The administration is considering limiting the universe of aides with access to the calls or their transcripts, said one administration official, adding that the leaks — and Trump’s anger over them — had created a climate where people are “very careful who they talk to.”
Last week, Trump told an associate he had become weary of in-fighting among — and leaks from — his White House staff “because it reflects on me,” and that he intended to sit down staffers to tell them “to cut this shit out.”
3. Jared Kushner’s feud with Chris Christie is alive and well
Kushner, who is among Trump’s most trusted advisers, has been incensed by reports that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has ripped the White House over its implementation of Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, is telling people that he expects to enter the White House as part of a “second wave” of staffers that will replace initial hires. Kushner has long had tensions with Christie—who as Attorney General of New Jersey prosecuted Kushner’s father—and played a key role in blocking him from getting a senior job in the administration.
4. Trump can’t quit his “SNL” habit, and it’s threatening Sean Spicer’s job security
Trump, a voracious consumer of cable news, has been known to critique aides and surrogates for their appearances. After Spicer’s press briefings, the president has told his spokesman that he’s unhappy about specific answers or his demeanor.
The president, who is obsessive about looks and appearance, even was unhappy with a Saturday Night Live parody of a Spicer briefing, partly because the combative press secretary was depicted by a female comedian, Melissa McCarthy. After it aired, Spicer had proposed cracking a joke about the send-up during his next briefing, or even firing a squirt gun, as McCarthy had done in the sketch. Trump vetoed the idea, according to one person briefed on the matter.
5. Administration officials can’t stand each other, and they’re all miserable
Two visitors to the White House last week said they were struck by how tired the staff looks.

For all of Trump’s frustrations about staff drama however, it isn’t clear they’re going away any time soon. Tensions remain between the staffs of chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon. Priebus’s advisers blamed Bannon’s team for the botched rollout of the travel ban executive order, saying that they hadn’t done the needed legwork ahead of time.