Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trump Budget in Simply Easy-to-Read Graphs: Raw and Graphic (So, Hide the Kids)

View Shared by Millions of Parents, Kids, and Seniors Harshly Impacted
(“Flim-Flam Man-2” Written and Directed by DJT, Inc.

Trump's “Bottom Line” More Since January 20, 2017
(Market Trump Name 24/7)

A taste of what lies ahead (no pun intended) from this excellent series of charts from The Atlantic – which highlights this fine story:
To afford a beefier military, Donald J. Trump intends to substantially cut a slew of government departments, like the EPA and DOL.
(I note: Cuts to the EPA is what most of the GOP and a slew of others have wanted for years (hell with clean air we need to breath, safe water to drink or even safe food, and cuts to the DOL which makes GOP & Business anti-Union types gleeful with their happy feet dance).
Since the president has promised to maintain spending on entitlements like Social Security and Medicare, he intends to shift the burden of paying for his defense program to the government’s smaller agencies, some of which are responsible for keeping workplaces safe, monitoring air and water quality, and making sure the government’s bills are paid on time.
Impact: Nearly two-thirds of the cuts come from departments that constitute only 20 percent of the budget.
His budget outline would fund some federal departments at the lowest level since the 1980's, when adjusted for inflation.
On first glance, Trump’s push to increase military spending might seem reasonable. After accounting for inflation, his proposal would fund the Department of Defense at 2016 levels — which, you know, was only two years ago.
(I note: Ironic that Trump and GOP considered those days as: “Obama cuts”).
Granted, the U.S. no longer has hundreds of thousands of troops fighting overseas, as was the case for most of the last decade. Nor does it have a belligerent rival superpower to outspend, as it did with the USSR.
Trump made no secret of his ambition to increase military spending, so perhaps voters have shown they support a modest increase.
Time will tell, but it doesn't good and then add to the public, the expense for building his wall, which BTW is the lie of the century. 
Continue the article… excellent graphs of what lies ahead (well, maybe a pun was intended after all).
Thanks for stopping by.  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The “Tweeter-man” Strikes Again – Duck!!! What Duck??? The Ryan Kind – Oops

Screen grab from the FOX segment 
(Video link below)

Pirro Implies This is Speaker Paul Ryan
(Or entire GOP)

My quick introduction and supposition of the following: Okay, sure, Donald J. Trump did not coordinate any of the following with FOX news host Jeanine Pirro (in her video statement seen below) even though he tweeted watch her show on FOX.
Specifically and the punchline: Trump tweeted on Saturday morning that we should watch “Judge Jeanine on Fox News.” Pirro (*yeah that Jeanine he meant) opened her FOX show segment by calling for and flat out saying that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) should “step down.”
She went on to say: “Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the house. The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his healthcare bill.”
The real irony is that Pirro then added that she hadn’t spoken with Trump about “any of this, but I can imagine that he and his aides took on healthcare because they believe you had his back and you didn’t. The American people won’t forget this and neither should the president.”
Her summary is more stunning: “I want to be clear this is not on President Trump.”
The Ryan part (short version) of Pirro’s statement here … truly astonishing stuff that Trump again denies being any part of… truly amazing.

The entire Pirro segment is here (and a bit longer) and from YouTube (a bigger look):

(About 8 minutes)
Does this sound like Mr. Trump almost every single day: “You can believe and trust me in everything I say not matter – just believe and trust me – trust and believe that is my only goal – I’m going to be the most-honest more believable than anyone ever before in this office to do great things for America believe me – it’s gonna be great.”
Whew boy. We are in very troubling water, folks, and there is no land in sight.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) House Intel Chair: Lost Credibility — Likes Leaks

Trump and Nunes vis-à-vis Leaks 
(Their stance today)

Nunes and Trump vis-à-vis Leaks
(Their view on Feb 15, 2017)

That screen grab above is from the short video clip posted below via FOX with Hannity (aired on February 15, 2015). 

Nunes: “No doubt a crime was committed.”

Yes, but wait a minute — wait a frigging minute. That was Nunes quote in February, but what about this now today?

Democrats are pissed at House Intel Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for “leaking (hand-carried actually)” data gathered from a FISA report at Trump Tower (such leaking, BTW, is a serious crime) and handed it directly to Trump at the White House as reported on here (NY Times).

So, Mr. Nunes and Mr. Trump, what game are you two playing, um?

Is leaking legal or not?

Or do you two “pick and choose” what to leak and then what to discuss in public or via some silly-ass tweet, and then what to believe is true or not, or label it reliable information or “fake news” and use it to fit your political agenda and PR narrative?

Make up your minds. It can't be both ways not matter how hard you two try otherwise.

This folks is one huge mess and the finger prints for design and promulgation of this scheme is, I strongly believe, no one other than Stephen K. Bannon – Trump’s guru and closest adviser working to dismantle the establishment (in his own words, not mine).

No doubt about it: We need to get to the bottom of this ASAP or sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Is Donald J. Trump Prepared and Fit for Access to “The Football” – Nuclear Codes

Officer With Nuclear Code Suitcase: Nickname is “The Football”
(At all times near the President)

Trump's World View: “If you got 'em, why not use 'em…”
(View held by many people)

Introduction: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced just in 2015 that that they had decided to move its famed “Doomsday Clock” three minutes closer to midnight – effect 3-minutes closer to the “End of Humanity.”

While that Bulletin focused on the threat from climate change, a spokesperson added that:A nuclear arms race resulting from modernization of huge arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity.”

(My Note: I wonder if Donald J. Trump read that or even knows what “Threat to the continued existence of humanity” actually means.)

Backdrop for this post: Mr. Trump said on this as reported on by Reuters on Feb 23, 2017 that he wants to build up the U.S. nuclear arsenal to ensure it is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity. 

Wow – what a profound statement that is probably 100% incorrect and based on the following and much, much more:  

For example, nuclear weapons do not address the threat of ISIL in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere, or another Ebola (or similar) viral outbreak, or the continued insurgency in Afghanistan, or countering Russian expansion into Crimea and the Ukraine or now in Syria.

Conventional military forces, medical assistance, and diplomacy (which Mr. Trump and his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, both hate, and yes, I mean this Rex Tillerson – my assessment is based on their words and actions or lack thereof) are essential in addressing those issues and deserve to be prioritized for current and foreseeable threats to the United States and its allies. Nuclear weapons have lost much of their value since the end of the Cold War.

A 2012 study conducted by a group of experienced former national-security officials and political leaders chaired by former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General James Cartwright and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, declared:

“No sensible argument has been put forward for using nuclear weapons to solve any of the major 21st century problems we face including threats posed by rogue states, failed states, proliferation, regional conflicts, terrorism, cyber warfare, organized crime, drug trafficking, conflict-driven mass migration of refugees, epidemics, or climate change. In fact, nuclear weapons have on balance arguably become more a part of the problem than any solution.”

One Myth: The threat of a nuclear weapons attack on the United States is as great as or greater today than it was during the Cold War:

Actually, that is not true, and while our current relationship with Russia is strained, it certainly does not rise to a Cold War–level of risk of a nuclear exchange. As Lt. General James Kowalski, Vice Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, stated in 2013, a Russian nuclear attack on the United States is such “a remote possibility that it is hardly worth discussing.” The biggest concern he said was not a nuclear strike, but a self-inflicted wound: “The greatest risk to my force is doing something stupid.

FLASHBACK: A recently declassified 1982 briefing given to President Ronald Reagan estimated that 80 million Americans could be killed in a nuclear confrontation with the Soviet Union. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996, and now today we have New START on the table.

Historical Info: At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread, recap:

1.     The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.
2.     Just four years later in 1948, the former Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion.
3.     Then the UK in 1952, France in 1960, and China in 1964 all followed suit.
4.     Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968, and then the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.
5.     India, Israel, and Pakistan never signed the NPT and all of them possess nuclear arsenals.
6.     Iraq initiated a secret nuclear program under Saddam Hussein before the 1991 Persian Gulf War but it basically went nowhere.
7.     North Korea announced its withdrawal from the NPT in January 2003 and has tested nuclear devices ever since.
8.     Iran and Libya have pursued secret nuclear activities in violation of the treaty’s terms, and Syria is suspected of having done the same.
9.     Still, nuclear nonproliferation successes outnumber failures and dire forecasts decades ago that the world would be home to dozens of states armed with nuclear weapons have not come to pass. At the time the NPT was concluded, the nuclear stockpiles of both the United States and the Soviet Union numbered in the tens of thousands.

Then stating in the 1970’s, the U.S. and former Soviet Union:

1.     Negotiated a series of bilateral arms control agreements and initiatives that limited, and later helped to reduce, the size of their nuclear arsenals.
2.     Today, the United States and now-Russia, each deploy more than 1,500 strategic warheads on several hundred bombers and missiles, and both are modernizing their nuclear delivery systems.
3.     China, India, and Pakistan are all pursuing new ballistic missile, cruise missile, and sea-based nuclear delivery systems. In addition, Pakistan has lowered the threshold for nuclear weapons use by developing tactical nuclear weapons capabilities to counter perceived Indian conventional military threats. North Korea continues its nuclear pursuits in violation of its earlier de-nuclearization pledges.

Even in view of all that, our last five presidents: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan have all negotiated agreements with Russia to reduce their nuclear stockpiles. Now a NEW START that Trump hates:  

His past statements made in his campaign at various places and times on this subject: Speaking to a crowd in Fort Dodge, Iowa on November 15, 2015 – they roared and applauded as he addressed his plan for defeating ISIS when he said:

I would bomb the shit out of them. I’d just bomb those suckers. I’d blow up the oil pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up every single inch — there would be nothing left.”

Later on the same subject he said:

“I wanna be unpredictable.” 
“I love war.” 
“I know more about ISIS than the Generals do.”
“I love war, in a certain way”
“Nuclear is the power of devastation ... very important to me.”

Trump is not smart on the nuclear weapons question – he has to avoid reckless statements that tend to upend decades of successful efforts to reduce bloated nuclear arsenals and renewal of dangerous U.S. and Russian nuclear competition – another arms race.

Related: Mr. Trump and others who support his stance seem to know the history or the facts except from political sound bites, for example: The larger the arsenal, the tougher it is to protect, the more expensive it is to maintain, and the more likely it is that there will be accidents. The United States has a less-than-perfect track record of nuclear stewardship, for example: 

At least 1,200 nuclear weapons were involved in “significant” accidents between 1950 and 1968.

1.  An incident in 1980 in which a dropped wrench led to a fatal explosion of a nuclear missile in Arkansas.
2.  In 1961, and based on a declassified report, shows that the Air force dropped two nuclear bombs over NC which had a combined blast power of 260 times the bomb that devastated Hiroshima – miraculously they didn’t detonate.
3.  In 2014, when two Air Force nuclear commanders along with other officers were fired for incompetence and rampant cheating in both the Navy and Air Force nuclear programs.
4.  In 2007, we saw a very serious Bent Spear that involved an accidental flight of six nuclear-armed cruise missiles across the United States without authorization or proper security – which also highlights the inherent risks of maintaining a large nuclear arsenal.

So, I ask again in summary: Is Donald J. Trump fit to have access to the nuclear weapons? 

What would stop him from “pushing the button?” This is not a rhetorical question my friends – not one bit. There is no place where any living things to duck and hide if … yeah, if… so, ponder that.

Stay tuned.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Nepotism by Another Name is Still Nepotism — Call it Like it is: Wrong

Like Father, Like Daughter
(Why for crying out loud)

Headlines quite startling:

First daughter Ivanka Trump-Kushner gets West Wing office

She gets everything, including security clearance and access to classified information, but not in or on official government or payroll since that would be illegal.

So, why is this acceptable? A security clearance and access to classified documents and a government furnished office and all the trimmings – wow. Well, okay then?

Still, it makes no sense. 

More from here (the AP) and here (LA Times) and here (Business Insider).

I see this situation as a very messy one, you know what? The Trump's don't give a damn – they just want their name in lights.

Plus, if anyone tries to challenge them, they will sue them, insult them along the way, and if necessary ride them out of town tarred and feathered and on a rail.

So, there, get out of the way of our new marketing project since we are busy.

Welcome to the new American first family.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Investigators Getting too Close — Strategy: Fire Them, CYA, and PR Dodgeball

Preet: Thanks for Agreeing to Stay On. Great. Well, I Changed My Mind

 Always a Middle Man

Trump fires great investigative attorney Preet Bharara (U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York). What was he investigating and what has been his overall track (In a single word: Great!!!).
This story: Bharara was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week. He had been overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the HHS Secretary Tom Price (former Rep. from GA) according to a person familiar with Bharara’s office.
Price came under scrutiny during his confirmation hearings for investments he made while serving in Congress from Georgia. He traded shares worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in health-related companies, even as he voted on and sponsored legislation affecting that industry. Price testified at the time that his trades were lawful and transparent. 
Democrats accused him of potentially using his office to enrich himself. One lawmaker called for an investigation by the SEC, citing concerns Price could have violated the STOCK Act, a 2012 law signed by President Obama that clarified that members of Congress cannot use nonpublic information for profit and requires them to promptly disclose their trades.
The investigation of Price’s trades hadn’t been previously disclosed was still underway at the time of Bharara’s dismissal. 
FYI: Bharara is one of 46 Federal attorneys asked to resign after Trump took office since it is a rather routine practice and standard for a new president to replace those officials with their own appointees.
In Bharara’s case, however, his firing came as a surprise because the president had met with him at Trump Tower soon after the election and Bharara as he left that meeting, told reporters Mr. Trump asked if he would be prepared to remain in his post, and Bharara said he agreed to stay on.
Then the Trump administration (“We need a clean slate” so said Bannon and Sessions some reports say) instead asked for Bharara’s resignation, the prosecutor refused, and then shortly thereafter, he was fired. Trump has not explained the reversal, but Bharara fanned suspicions that his dismissal was politically motivated via his personal Twitter account.
Bharara tweeted: “I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. By the way, now I know what the Moreland Commission must have felt like.”
Bharara was referring to that commission that was launched by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013 to investigate state government corruption, only to be disbanded by the governor the next year as its work grew close to his office. 
In that case, Bharara vowed to continue the commission’s work, and eventually charged Cuomo associates and won convictions of several prominent lawmakers.
Bharara's overall record on illegal stock trading and Wall Street is impressive (He is 79-0 for convictions, with 58 sentenced, and the others waiting).

Bharara’s office and the DOJ and HHS departments also didn’t respond to requests for comment, plus a White House spokesperson didn’t respond to questions about whether Trump or anyone in his cabinet was aware of the inquiry into Price’s trades and the investigation.
Background: Last December, the WSJ reported that Price traded more than $300,000 worth of shares in health companies over a recent four-year period, while at the same time taking actions that could have affected those companies since Price at the time, and an orthopedic surgeon, was the Chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee and he also sat on the Ways and Means Health Sub-Committee.
In one case, Price was one of just a handful of American investors allowed to buy discounted stock in Innate Immuno-Therapeutics 2013 a tiny Australian company working on an experimental multiple sclerosis drug. The company hoped to be granted “investigational new drug” status from the Food and Drug Administration, a designation that expedites the approval process. FYI: Members of congress often try to apply pressure on the FDA for approval.
ProPublica reported that Price’s office took up the causes of the health care companies, and in one case urged a government agency to remove a damaging drug study on behalf of a pharmaceutical company whose CEO had donated to Price’s election campaign.
As far as Innate Immuno-Therapeutics; their CEO Simon Wilkinson, told ProPublica that he and his company have not had any contact with American law enforcement agencies and had no knowledge of authorities looking at Price’s stock trades with them.
Another Price transaction that drew scrutiny was his purpose in 2016 of between $1,001 and $15,000 in shares of medical device manufacturer Zimmer Biomet. CNN reported that days after Price bought the stock, he introduced legislation to delay a regulation that would have hurt Zimmer Biomet. Note: Price stated that trade was made without his knowledge by his broker – how likely is that one wonders?
As reported by Time magazine Price also invested thousands of dollars in six pharmaceutical companies before leading an effort (a House bill and PR campaign that killed proposed regulations that would have harmed those six companies.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) who sponsored the STOCK Act, wrote in January to the SEC asking that the agency investigate Price’s stock trades writing: “The fact that these trades were made and in many cases timed to achieve significant earnings or avoid losses would lead a reasonable person to question whether the transactions were triggered by insider knowledge.”
What federal authorities are looking at, including whether they are examining any of those transactions, is still not known.
Noteworthy: In addition to the Price stock investigation, as stated above, Bharara’s office was also investigating allegations relating to FOX News that had been urged by watchdog groups to look into payments Trump received from foreign governments through his Manhattan-based business.
Finally, Bharara’s former deputy, Joon H. Kim, is in charge of the office, but … he is expected to be replaced by Trump real soon. Oops.
My Assessment:
1.  Preet Bharara was in the middle of open investigation of HHS Secretary Tom Price. Trump fires Bharara. Trump to put in one of his own.
2.  Bharara’s #2, attorney Joon H. Kim, now in charge. Trump ready to replace him, too, and put in one of his own.
3.  Do I detect a pattern here, maybe a coincidence, or just events that all new administrations do when they take over - fire people in the middle of a key investigation?
4.  So, will new Trump appointees shut down the Price investigation? That is the key question isn't it? Think about that for a minute – okay, times up.
5.  Finally, memo for Price:  Whew, boy. Safe for now, um? 
Stay tuned - I suspect this is not over yet.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Presidential, Dignified, Statesman-like, Polite, a Gentleman, Courteous, right? Oops

Uncomfortable Setting

Trump snubs Merkel after being asked to SHAKE HANDS by the reporters and then by Chancellor Merkel herself. 

(I can only imagine Trump's reaction if that happened to him by a world leader).

As noted, Trump just sat there like a bump on a log looking snooty, snotty, somewhat uncomfortable, or just plain smug looking.

The man has zero couth… he is undiplomatic and is about as subtle as a hand grenade in a bowl of oatmeal… he is in short: A total disgrace to the office who is shameful and crude and always has to have things go his way.

We face rough times ahead while our dignity is at stake and on the line for the whole world to see and laugh at. 

Trump and those around him only care about one thing: Market the Trump name as well has his family’s business times plus his daughter’s massive import business (goods from China mostly) all the while showing her off where she does not even belong with foreign dignitaries in the White House – why is that anyway? 

It is shameful the Trump represents the whole United States – one word seems to describe him and his actions (publicly, in a nasty Tweet, or in office): Disgraceful.

That handshake snub is seen in this short video:

 End of post.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spicer Strikes Again (under whose orders): Ho Lee Chit Again Calls WTF Moment

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
(He and his controllers all need to go)

UK GCHQ: Their NSA-type cyber (SIGINT) monitoring center
(SIGINT: Signals Intelligence)

Basic story: Trump said Obama tapped my phones
(Obama: BS no way)

SIGINT FAQ from the National Security Agency (NSA) — FYI.

Now the UK is accused of doing the “tapping for Obama says the Trump team” and again as usual, it’s based on FOX TV story... so, yeah, WTF moment for sure.

What follows is UK reaction the same as Obama's wave off to Trump, but more in true Brit charm and with style: “Piss off, mate.” (Actually, what I hoped they would have said – darn – maybe next time).

Now the rest of this story (as the late great Paul Harvey used to say) from various sources.

First, I have to say, shame on the U.S. for this and it falls squarely on Donald J. Trump – the NIC (Novice-in-Charge) and his brain dead minions (Priebus, Spicer, et al). Only one word describes their behavior – they are kind of like this gang:

 The whole FOX segment here and highlights below:

“The Justice Department on Monday asked lawmakers for more time to gather evidence related to President Trump's claim that former President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower's phones during last year's presidential campaign.
“The House Intelligence Committee said it would give the Justice Department until March 20 to comply.
“Current and former administration officials have been unable to provide any evidence of the Obama administration wiretapping Trump Tower, yet the president's aides have been reluctant to publicly contradict their boss.
“On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Judge Andrew Napolitano said that even if the Obama administration did spy on Trump, there may never be a way to prove it.
“He explained that the statutes allow the president to order the surveillance of any person in the U.S., without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant, but that would leave “fingerprints.”
“In this case, the alleged surveillance was reportedly ordered in a way that left no record. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,” Napolitano said. “He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use the Department of Justice.” Instead he said: “Obama used GCHQ.”
“There's no American fingerprints on this. What happened to the guy who ordered this? Resigned three days after Donald Trump was inaugurated,” Napolitano concluded.”
Wow ... from the UK - one reaction is here in part with Spicer's short video clip and then this major update from NY Mag about UK reaction, and rightly so:
Britain's intelligence and security organization has dismissed claims, suggested by the White House, that it helped Barack Obama spy on Donald Trump as “nonsense in an incredibly rare public statement.
Sean Spicer, Mr Trump's press secretary, repeated a claim on Thursday evening – initially made by an analyst on Fox News - that GCHQ was used by Mr Obama to spy on Trump Tower in the lead-up to last November's election.
In a break from its normal practice of refusing to comment on allegations about its activities, a spokesman for GCHQ said: “Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then president elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

All of this is the work, I suspect, is orchestrated by Stephen Bannon and executed by Priebus and Spicer (and perhaps a few other insiders behind the scenes). 
However, this latest now borders on total incompetence and utter insanity. Those three people have to go. Then this Congress needs to find the guts to seriously look at Donald J. Trump to see and take action which shows that he is not mentally fit for the office.
This UK accusation is very, very serious… people better wake up to the wild, out of control shenanigans by bunch of novices now in charge of our country, really.
We simply cannot wait for more shoes to drop as expression says – by then it could be too late.
And, finally for this White House to constantly bash and belittle reputable mainstream media outlets and then turn around and cite FOX news as reputable, well that alone should raise eyebrows to totally new level.
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nixon Confessed (re: Tapes); Clinton Confessed (re: Blue Dress); Trump Evades (Why)

Person(s) or Persona created by Russian intelligence 
(FSB and GRU)

Dots: Roger Stone; Stephen Bannon; Vladimir Putin; Julian Assange
Lead to: The President

The Web: Duck; Dodge; Deny, Deceive; Dig Deeper Hole

Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”   George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones)

How about for this post this analogy regarding this statement from Bill Clinton being quizzed about Monica Lewinsky and that whole scandal…

CLINTON: “There’s no there there” and this zinger: “It depends on what is is.”

Tons of questions dogged him and all the while he and his team dodged, legally ducked, and deceived the country for months and then BINGO… 
 Clinton 'fessed up and the rest is history.



Note: All presidents since Nixon and Watergate era have released their tax returns to the public. But not Trump.

From the Media: Still asking tons of question and most still unanswered. 

From Mr. Trump: Constant name-calling and media bashing and belittling to obviously deflect everything away from any answers to their inquiries, which now dominate the news.

Let's face it, questions will continue to pile up. So, logically, why not put the tax returns out – all of them. If there is nothing to hide, they surely the taxes papers would show that one way or the other …

Trump’s tax returns may be the 2017 version of the LEWINSKY BLUE DRESS.

Related links to all this:

From Roger Stone (*Dot #1). This latest news: “Trump insider Roger Stone: Banal chats with Guccifer 2.0 but no ties to Russia.”

Updated after this post: CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reported earlier this month that Stone had denied any connection to Russia and refuted allegations he knew WikiLeaks was going to publish the stolen emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. But back in August, Stone Tweeted “It will soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel.” Then nearly two months later, WikiLeaks in fact did begin publishing new Podesta emails every day. 

From Stephen Bannon ((*Dot #2). Formerly the CEO at Breitbart. Now the right hand man to Mr. Trump. This regarding about him: “Stephen Bannon and Breitbart News: In Their Words.”

From Vladimir Putin (*Dot #3). Biggest dot in all and five quotes.

From Fox's Sean Hannity (re: *Dot #4). Hannity’s sudden love for Julian Assange.

Trump's invited Russia to hack Hillary Clinton: Remember that on national TV (July 2016 from FL).

The truth is out there and it seems like right now that it is up to Congress, not the media per se, to push for full and open investigation and disclosure of this big mess — for surely it is.

Thanks for stopping by and I'm sure you are staying tuned into this despite the turmoil from the GOP side about it being more “Fake News.” Quite simply put: This not fake not one bit.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Amendment to National Security Act: Will GOP Approve Yes or No (Predict: 98% No)

“Destroy today's establishment...” WTF Mr. Vladimir Bannon

Re: the above quote and posted here earlier is the following update.

Based on that quote and other statements by Bannon, a bill (H.R. 1248 was introduced in the House on February 28, 2017). 
It is currently working its way through several committees (i.e., House Oversight and Government Reform; House Intelligence; House Foreign Affairs; and House Armed Services).
PURPOSE: “To amend the National Security Act of 1947 to prohibit individuals who threaten to destroy the Government from participating in or attending meetings of the National Security Council, and for other purposes.”
SHORT TITLE: May be cited as: “Make Our Government Safe Act.”
NOTE: Prediction about passage and enactment ( 2% change to pass.
That means 98% of the House (GOP-run majority) will not allow it to pass – why is that do you suppose.
Please read the text carefully –it’s not very long and is easy to comprehend and see the logic of the bill. Yet, early signs say the GOP will oppose it.
Stay tuned on this one ...  and ask yourself: Is the GOP really serious about national security and access to high level classified documents vis-à-vis Stephen K. Bannon or not?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trump Establishes New Cabinet Office and Appoints New Head on His Own

Trump Had No Love for WikiLeaks in 2010 

Trump and Putin Both Love the Man in the Middle
(2016 and now)

Outstanding analysis on what I call Trump’s newest cabinet post just established and apparently already filled. It’s called: “C.O.O.L. with the Acting Chief, Julian Assange.” His official title is still being worked on – staffed as it were.
So, what does “C.O.O.L.” mean and what does it stands for and do?
Simple: COOL means “Control Our Own Leaks.” Yes, a bit of tongue in cheek, but my weak humor aside, it is based on this fine story as I said from Business Insider. Here in various parts designed to fit the blog.

Fact: Candidate Trump once declared publicly, and [click to see and hear Trump on Youtube] here: “I love WikiLeaks!”
He had good reason to display affection to this website run by accused rapist Julian Assange after they released reams of emails stolen from the DNC and from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. It seems to have helped tilt the 2016 election in Trump’s favor.
Funny, Trump has not come out and said anything laudatory about WikiLeaks and their massive disclosure of CIA secrets, which is a treasure trove that many experts already believe may be more damaging than Edward Snowden and the NSA dump. Still, WikiLeaks fan Trump hasn’t condemned them, either – why is that we ponder?
Then we saw vicious Trump tweet attacks on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his TV show ratings. On the New York Times for being against him. And about Barack Obama’s wire “tapping.” But, nary a word about WikiLeaks outing the CIA and their foreign operations, or has Trump not noticed that the CIA he oversees just suffered a devastating breach of security? Or did he simply not feel compelled to comment, or just too darn busy tweeting other stuff?
A third and more discomfiting reason might be: Trump is staying silent because he stands to benefit from WikiLeaks and their latest revelations as tied to this: 
1.  Trump made wild-eyed accusations that Obama had ordered the U.S. intelligence community to wiretap him tweeting: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
2. The White House still can’t come up with one iota of evidence to support this irresponsible allegation, which was denied by FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and calls from many others like Sen. John McCain who said more or less, “Put up, or shut up.” (My words not McCain’s).
3.  Trump would not be dissuaded from pursuing that charge, which serves as a convenient distraction from the far more serious accusations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin while Russia was interfering with the presidential campaign.
Consider this: WikiLeaks dumped that database pertaining to CIA hacking and wiretapping just three days after Trump made wiretapping a major political issue about Obama? Why – a link – hell coordination even? (How’s that for a scandal)?
First, WikiLeaks almost always times leaks for maximum political impact.
Second, WikiLeaks often leaks about American stuff, but never Russian stuff – why is that? In some circles WikiLeaks has been identified by the U.S. intelligence community as a front for Russian intelligence. Possible – yep, it is.
In January, the DNI released a declassified estimate that found “with high confidence that Russian military intelligence … relayed material to WikiLeaks.” That was done with a definite purpose they report said: “Putin and the Russian Government aspired to help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.”
Trump outrageously tweeted about that report: “Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to ‘leak’ into the public. One last shot at me. Are we living in Nazi Germany?” His animus against the intelligence agencies has continued down to his more recent accusations that they allowed themselves to be used by Obama to wiretap him. The consistent (if hardly believable) story line from Trump is that he has no connections to Russia, and that he is a victim of the nefarious machinations of the American “deep state.”
The implication is clear from Trump: He is/was a victim of a “false flag” operation wherein CIA hackers broke into the DNC and blamed the Russians.
Even if there is no active collusion between the White House and the Kremlin, the extent to which their agendas coincide is striking. Both Putin and Trump want to discredit the U.S. intelligence community because they see it as an obstacle to their power.

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