Dr. King Would Grieve

 Posted by at 9:49 am  Holiday, Politics
Jan 162017


It was a pleasure to work with Dr. King on Vietnam Summer.  Of all the people I have met in my life, he stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Normally, I would wish you a Happy Martin Luther King Day, but my conscience will not allow it at a time when Donald Trump and the Republican Party have trashed so much od what he accomplished, and today, Dr. King would grieve.  But he would also…


Jan 162017

On Friday, we discussed how the US intelligence community had been in possession of the dossier that indicated Trump had been coopted by the Russian government through blackmail, and that he was a willing participant in hacking the US government.  They say they have made no determination about the accuracy of that material, but there is now evidence that they are lying to the American people.

0116trump-gsThe humor writer Andy Borowitz recently joked that Donald Trump had been named the Kremlin’s “employee of the month.” I giggled at that, and then winced. It’s painful even to joke about.

Some of the most explosive reports about America in the last few days appeared in Israeli newspapers. They suggested that American intelligence officials had warned Israel to “be careful” about sharing classified information with the Trump White House, for fear that it would be given to Russia.

American intelligence officials reportedly cautioned that Vladimir Putin might have “leverages of pressure” to extort Trump. That presumably was a reference to the hanky-panky recounted in the dossier alleging that Moscow compromised Trump by filming him cavorting with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.

Perhaps more troubling are suggestions of collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign…

From <NY Times>

Photo credit: Democratic Underground

The way I see it, unless the US intelligence community had more evidence than completely unverified claims, they would not be warning their counterparts in other countries.


Jan 162017


Pat has been a regular commenter here for over two years and followed us on Care2 for over a year before that.  She has won twice before. She posted the 59,000th comment in December 2014.  She developed some health issues, and we hadn’t seen her for much too long, when she suddenly popped in and almost immediately posted the 84,000th comment in November, just two months ago,.  She has become a force to ne reckoned with, because here she is again! She hails from across the pond, and is still exactly whom I think of when I see British programing featuring the slightly eccentric Lady of the Manor in a castle where the pets rule.  Her heart is huge.  She is dedicated to food safety, human rights, animal rights, and the environment.  Her sense of humor is magnificent, and her comments make her well loved by all here.

Please join me in reminding Her Ladyship just how special she is.  Thanks Pat!

Jan 162017

Yesterday my day was thrown out of kilter, because a squatter escaped the cold outside and set up camp in the only bathroom with a handicapped shower that is properly set up for my use.  Not realizing it, we waited for half an hour, before knocking on the door and asking the occupant how long they might be.  The guy said soon, but sounded drunk.  Fifteen minutes later Wendy went back and explained through the door that she had a handicapped client that could not use any other shower.  Another fifteen minutes passed, we knocked again, and he wouldn’t answer at all.  I called management, and a manager came and opened the door.  They kicked out the squatter, but hew had trashed the bathroom so badly, that they had to clean the room, before it could be used.  By the time I was done, my half hour shower had consumed 2 1/2 hours of my Wendy time, and that’s why you got only a Personal Update yesterday.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 6:06 (average 5:43).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (SNL Channel): Donald Trump Press Conference Cold Open – SNL


Baldwin was …ummm… golden!  RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Trump’s plans for a triumphal Inauguration were upended over the weekend when a karaoke machine that had been engaged to perform at the event abruptly backed out.

In an official statement, the karaoke machine said that it was withdrawing because it “did not want my participation at the Inauguration to in any way be construed as an endorsement of Donald Trump.”

The President-elect wasted no time in lashing out at the karaoke machine, taking to Twitter in the early hours of the morning to call the entertainment device a “loser” and “sad.”

Dang Andy!! That machine is smarter than a bunch of people!  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

As it turns out, that may have been an understatement. Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, whose work in the region goes back to defending Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, has gone through a series of studies by the Financial Times to show how funds from Russian crime lords bailed Trump out after yet anther [sic] bankruptcy. The conclusions are stark.

Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. …

The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources.

He was their man.

The article includes a petition to appoint a special prosecutor on Russia’s ties to the Trump campaign. Please click through to sign it.  RESIST!!




Can You Contain Your Outrage?

 Posted by at 1:14 pm  Politics
Jan 142017

Here it is in a nutshell.  The FBI had all the dirt on Trump, including his golden showers and other perversions, bribes, money laundering collusion with the GRU to interfere in our election on his behalf and everything else in the dossier that just surfaced, and the FBI was actively investigating this material way back last summer.  At that time, Comey blasted Hillary Clinton for carelessness, even though the FBI found no criminal violations.  Then in October Comey made an 11th hour announcement of a new criminal investigation into Clinton.  The allegations proved to be bogus immediately, but the damage had been done.  And in all this time he did not whisper a peep about the investigation into far more serious crimes by Trump.  In my view, that double standard prompted the following.


A number of House Democrats left Friday’s confidential briefing on Russian hacking fuming over the actions of FBI Director James Comey and convinced he’s unfit to lead the agency.

"I was nonjudgmental until the last 15 minutes. I no longer have that confidence in him," Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, said as he left the meeting in the Capitol.

"Some of the things that were revealed in this classified briefing — my confidence has been shook."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, delivered a similar condemnation.

"I’m extremely concerned — extremely," he said.

"I’ll just — I’m very angry," echoed Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.).

The intelligence community believes Russia hacked Democratic groups in an effort to help elect President-elect Donald Trump, claims Trump had publicly cast doubt on before this week.

Comey has been under fire since several weeks before the Nov. 8 elections, when he announced a new leg in an FBI investigation into the use of a private email server by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — a probe that, as with the first round, resulted in no criminal charges. In response, many Democrats have accused Comey of altering the course of the presidential race in favor of Trump.

Friday’s briefing, featuring Comey and the heads of the other top intelligence agencies, was classified, restricting the freedom of lawmakers to reveal details… [emphasis added]

From <The Hill>

I suspected the reason behind it, but Rachel Maddow unraveled it.  I speculated that Steele, the former MI6 agent that compiled the dossier, was hiding out of fear of fatal retribution by Putin.  I’m not the only one who thinks so.

Rachel isn’t done. In the next segment she documents what the FBI knew and when they knew it.

Rachel makes an excellent point that if the intelligence community had found these claims against Trump to be baseless, there is nothing to prevent them from saying so and putting the matter to rest.  That they have not done so, is a strong indication that at least some of thge allegations have merit.

Christopher Steele may also be the one who leaked the memo to the press.  He was frustrated and thought there was a cabal in the FBI to harm Clinton and cover-up for Trump.

No wonder House Democrats could not contain their outrage.  Can you contain yours?