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From Russia with Trump

 Posted by at 12:18 pm  Politics
Dec 102016
 

For months, running up to the election I had no doubt that Russia was trying to interfere with our election, and that Putin was trying to put Trump in the White House.  It didn’t require rocket science.  It was obvious to anyone willing to look at it objectively, but i didn’t have a smoking gun, I didn’t know who had proof, and I didn’t know how long they had it.  Now we do, and it’s criminal.

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American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials.

They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks.

In the months before the election, it was largely documents from Democratic Party systems that were leaked to the public. Intelligence agencies have concluded that the Russians gave the Democrats’ documents to WikiLeaks… [emphasis added]

From <NY Times>

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I remember that some Stein supporters were angry when I said that, since the most likely source for Assange’s material, that Stein was parroting on RT, was Putin’s FSB that Assange  was not acting as a whistleblower and had gone over to the dark side.  Now we know it’s true, but it gets much worse.

Rachel Maddow covered this incident in two segments.  In the first she digs out the dirty details with the Post’s Ellen Nakashima.

Now we know why Mrs. Bought Bitch Mitch is to be Transportation Secretary.  In the second, Rachel calls for more investigation with former Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul.

I agree that there needs to be more investigation, especially into collusion by Trump, Pence and their staffs.  That’s part of the coverage from Lawrence O’Donnell with Malcolm Nance and David Corn.

I have no doubt that Trump colluded in this.  Giuliani accidentally admitted it.  We need a smoking gun so both Trunp and Pence can be criminally charged before they take office.  There should be some way to invalidate the election, but I have no idea how.  Unless this is ignored, it could result in a Constitutional crisis.  The founding fathers never envisioned anything like this, but I think they would consider collusion in a cyber attack on our country by a foreign power treason.\

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Dec 102016
 

Yesterday was a trying day.  My computer did not update properly and gave me intermittent problems all day.  My Internet connection was flaky, because of the ice storm.  The HSP with PP’s servers was acting up intermittently.  Nameless taught me that 467 is too many slideshows for one article.  😉 I lost an article, and by that time I was completely exhausted.  I’m trying to do better today.’

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:51 (average 5:51).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From The New Yorker: Calling his action “long overdue,” President Barack Obama on Friday signed an executive order requiring that the President of the United States be a federal taxpayer.

The order, which makes a non-taxpayer ineligible to serve as President, goes into effect immediately.

“Since the President has such a large say in how federal taxes are spent, it only makes sense that he or she contribute to those taxes, too,” he said, noting that everyone who has served as President has been a taxpayer.

The President urged people “not to read too much into the timing” of his executive order. “It just seemed like the right thing to do,” he said.

Dang, Andy! I wish he would!

From NY Times: Rex W. Tillerson, the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has emerged as President-elect Donald J. Trump’s top choice to become secretary of state, according to a person with direct knowledge of the search process.

The news is the latest turn in what has become the most extended drama of Mr. Trump’s transition effort, with a rotating cast of seeming front-runners to become America’s top diplomat. Choosing Mr. Tillerson would add to a long list of wealthy businesspeople in high-ranking Trump administration posts.

As Exxon’s top official, Mr. Tillerson has extensive experience working with foreign leaders. Some of his foreign relationships, especially those with Russia, could come under particular scrutiny during a Senate confirmation hearing.

It better come under scrutiny!! Tillerson is Putin’s pick for State. Tillerson recently negotiated joint ventures with Russia’s state owned oil company to drill baby drill in both the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

From Daily Kos: There has been continuing discussion in the Kos Community on the role of the FBI in tipping the election to Trump.  www.dailykos.com/…  .  I had previously written that the FBI intervention, ( defined as Comey’s letters, FBI anti-Clinton leaks, and other anti-Clinton FBI actions) was decisive in the election. www.dailykos.com/…   Decisive means the FBI intervention changed what looked in late October like a modest Clinton victory (according to CNN Exit Polls) and a Democratic Senate majority into a split decision for Trump and a Republican Senate majority.  Obviously, there were many other reasons why Clinton was only slightly ahead at the end of October.

The belief that the FBI election intervention was decisive now seems like old news ( many have come to the same conclusion including Paul Krugman and Markos "kos" Moulitsas in his legendary post-election screed and others).  My FBI analysis is different.  I don’t believe Comey was the only problem.  I believe what happened was a deep partisan intervention in the election by a significant portion of the Agency. Further, while Comey’s removal might be called for it would not necessarily prevent partisan FBI electioneering from happening again and would in the short term impede a more thorough investigation.

When Crawford Caligula was defeated in 2008, bringing the Fourth Reich to an end, I warned that Republican "moles" were "burrowing in" to key positions in government agencies. That is temporary political appointees were being moved to permanent "nonpartisan" career jobs, based on political reliability, not qualifications. This was particularly true in the DOJ, CIA and FBI. I warned about this at the time. Those articles were lost, when we moved the site to WordPress, but I repeated my warning December 2010 that we most expose and eradicate them. Is it time for an "I told you so"?

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Dec 092016
 

It’s been a day for surprises.  Late this morning, Store to Door called to tell me that my grocery order was cancelled, because my regular driver is snowed-in.  I asked them, if there was any way they could put my order, which had already been shopped, onto another route, because confined to a wheelchair, I have no way to get out for emergency supplies.  They checked and said they could, but my food would probably not come until between 4:00 and 5:00 PM.  So I got an intentionally late start writing to be finished later.  Just as I started writing, Store to Door came several hours early.  I’m not complaining.  I’m just grateful to have my food.  One year ago today, I came home from three months in the hospital.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:55 (average 6:07).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Let’s Take a Look at Trump’s Cabinet of Villains | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

After the November disaster, I had nightmares about the Fuhrer’s Reich. I’m sorry to share that the coming reality is far worse.

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Poll shows Trump voter gap with facts, rest of Americans’ views

 

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten is watching you!

From NY Times: World War II and Korean War hero. First American to orbit the Earth. Kennedy family friend and confidant. The only four-term senator in Ohio history. An astronaut again at the age of 77.

Newspaper writers and evening news broadcasters will detail John Glenn’s one-of-a-kind biography — and most of them will surely observe that his passing on Thursday at the age of 95 marks “the end of an era.”

Rest in Peace, Hero!

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Dec 082016
 

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Here is the eighty-ninth article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. In the past, it has been my policy to deny Republicans more that one parade, but I have decided to change that.  With the advent of a Republican Reich and the character of their new Fuhrer, Republicans now have the opportunity to do evil at levels they could only imagine before.  Today’s honoree is Republican conspiracy theorist and fake news agent Alex Jones.  He is so honored for posting a special message on pizzagate.  His last award was in 2013

1208JonesAt midnight last night, Alex Jones posted a special message on his Facebook page about “Pizzagate,” the bizarre conspiracy theory popularized by fake news websites and right-wing conspiracy outlets—including Jones’s InfoWars [hate delinked]—that a Washington, D.C., pizzeria houses a secret pedophile ring led by Hillary Clinton and her closest advisers.

While Jones did not mention it in his video, an armed man was arrested yesterday after entering and firing shots inside the restaurant, claiming he was there to “self-investigate” the Pizzagate claims. The restaurant and nearby businesses have faced harassment and threats for GOPweeks as false claims have spread through the far-right news swamp that the restaurant hosts an underground tunnel network where the rich and powerful abuse and traffic children.

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump surrogate Michael Flynn—now the president-elect’s pick to be national security adviser—shared a fake news website’s sorry that claimed that Clinton was part of a pedophile network. Flynn’s son, who is involved with Trump’s transition team, continued to promote [tweeting twit delinked] Pizzagate claims on the day of the incident.

In the video he posted last night, Jones, standing next to a Christmas tree, criticized CNN and other major news outlets, insisting that they are the real purveyors of fake news while InfoWars and other Pizzagate investigators are merely trying to uncover the truth.

Jones claimed that a number of political figures, including President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, participate in child sex acts, a conclusion that Jones arrived at after he uncovered supposed pedophile code words in emails from Podesta that were released by WikiLeaks. He claimed that elites have parties “where they’re drinking blood and they bring little kids to the party—I don’t know if it’s human sacrifice but they have little kids at these parties.”… [emphasis added]

From <Right Wing Watch>

No matter how hateful I say this Republican is, it pales before the video.  Do not play if youngsters are present.

Extreme Barf Bag Alert!! This will make you sick!

 

What more can I say?  Jones is a Republican.

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Dec 082016
 

I'm starting to wonder if Portland's temperature will exceed 32° today.  We're under a Winter Storm Watch and a High Wind Warning.  Several schools are closed, including the one where Wendy works, so she's enjoying a day off.  I have my window shut all the way for the first time since March.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today's took me 4:55 (average 5:40).  That bird looked a little tough anyway.  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (TYT Network): Trump Puts Fossil Fuel Shill In Charge Of EPA

 

I disagree. Instead of "Every Polluters Ally", Pruitt will choose the name, "Environmental Pollution Agency."

From NBC: A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount effectively ended it on Wednesday, tying his decision to a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request another look at ballots.

The ruling seals Republican Donald Trump's narrow victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton for Michigan's 16 electoral votes.

Sorry America. Stein has failed.  But she may have succeeded in her attempt to detract attention from her role in electing the Fuhrer, including both winning just enough votes to tip the scale to Trump, and her collusion with Russia to discredit Hillary Clinton by regularly appearing on and parroting disinformation from RT.  She did succeed in taking advantage of our desperation to raise money to fund her future campaigns.

From The New YorkerIn a stunning rebuke of the President-elect, a new poll shows that a majority of Americans favor keeping Air Force One and cancelling Donald Trump.

According to the poll, ninety-four per cent of Americans believe that Air Force One is qualified to be an airplane, while only twenty-one per cent feel that way about Trump as President.

When told that Air Force One has a mobile command center capable of launching a nuclear attack, a broad majority said that they would feel safer with Air Force One flying around with no one in it for four years than with Trump on board.

And, in perhaps the most troubling result for Trump, if a Presidential election were held today, Air Force One would defeat him by seventeen points.

No Satire There, Andy!!

From Daily Kos: With Biden in the chair on Jan. 3, the Senate can confirm a renominated Merrick Garland. Here's how.

Click through and read the article. It might work. Do you think they have the cojones to do it?

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Is Mad Dog Such a Bad Dog?

 Posted by at 1:47 pm  Politics
Dec 072016
 

I trust that you all know already that the Fuhrer has appointed Mad Dog Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense, and that Mattis has not yet been separated from the military for the seven years required to hold that post.  My gut instinct is to oppose the appointment, but I wonder.  Is Mad Dog such a bad dog?

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Several Democratic lawmakers are raising concerns about Congress passing legislation to allow retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense so soon after taking off his military uniform. But President Obama’s former defense secretary Leon Panetta believes Mattis should get the waiver and the job, he told me in an interview.

“It’s important that the Congress in the process of providing that waiver makes sure that Jim Mattis understands that he has to play a role not just on the military side but also on the civilian side. I think he does,” Panetta told me on the sidelines of the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday.

Panetta also said the 1947 law mandating that a defense secretary be out of uniform for 10 years — later changed to seven — was “arbitrary” and was crafted in a different era when generals had a singular role as war fighters, whereas today’s generals have more diverse roles…

From <Washington Post>

Both Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow had segments about the appointment.

I agree with Phyllis Bennis about the importance of the principle of civilian control of the media. I agree with Jeremy Bash that Mattis is a well-qualified military manager. He is also opposed to Trump on torture, Syria, and Russia.

If as waiver for Mattis is to be approved, it needs to be approved to be done openly with congressional hearings and debate. Sneaking it through in a continuing resolution is sleazy! In other words, it’s Republican.

In addition, given the Fuhrer’s penchant for ignoring and breaking rules, caving-in to it sets a bad precedent.  On the other hand, while I don’t like Mattis at all, he is the most qualified and least objectionable of all the Fuhrer’s appointees to date.  He would oppose Flynn, aka General Ripper, by representing at least some honor and decency.  If he is rejected, God only knows what the Fuhrer might appoint next.

I’m still undecided on this one, but I hope this helps clarify the issues.

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