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More Proof of Cooperation

 Posted by at 1:35 pm  Politics
Oct 192017
 

Day after day the evidence of criminal activity by Trump and his close associates to aid the Russian theft of the 2016 Residential election on Trump’s behalf continues to grow.  Yesterday a former CIA Director said that Russians could not have micro targeted their propaganda the way they did without American assistance.  Now we learn that close Trump associates assisted in circulating tweets from Russian troll farms.

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Multiple members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and other staffers circulated tweets by professional trolls on the payroll of the Russian government, according to a startling new report from the Daily Beast.

According to the Daily Beast:

“The Twitter account @Ten_GOP, which called itself the ‘Unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans,’ was operated from the Kremlin-backed ‘Russian troll farm,’ or Internet Research Agency, a source familiar with the account confirmed.”

The Russian-backed organization responsible for the tweets engaged in a widespread influence campaign that included popular social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Twitter refused to comment on the revelations, citing “privacy and security reasons.”

This is the first tangible evidence presented to the public that members of the Trump campaign team promoted Russian propaganda materials in the course of the election. Some of these campaign members, including Conway and the president’s son, are influential within the Trump administration… [emphasis added]

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Photo credit: Comrade Donald J. Trump

It is imperative that the US take all necessary steps to safeguard our 2018 elections, so we can remove these criminals from office.

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Oct 192017
 

It’s been another busy day.  I scheduled medical appointments, and lift bus rides.  I ordered a new cover for Stumpy.  Last night, I asked Wendy to measure my circumference three inches back from the tip.  You should have seen the look on her face, when she asked me what on earth for.  So I told her.  She was most relieved, I was talking about Stumpy. Angel

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:15 (average 4:45).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (Funny or Die Channel): Republican Tax Plan: How Much Does Jared Kushner Get?

 

They got that right! How much does Kushner get? Too! RESIST!!

From 11th Hour: Fmr. CIA boss Brennan: World may wonder if Trump’s just reckless

For the first time, fmr. CIA Director John Brennan takes on Trump’s foreign policy – issuing dire warnings on the threat of war with North Korea and Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

 

For a former CIA Director to make such a public statement is unprecedented. RESIST!!

From NY Times: President Trump on Wednesday backed away from his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, throwing the legislative effort into doubt even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.

The latest actions by the White House confused Republicans on Capitol Hill and irked Democrats — but in the end, their effect was not clear. The effort to calm roiled insurance markets appears destined for a showdown in December, when supporters of the compromise, drafted by Senators Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, will have the most leverage.

The mixed signals began Tuesday, when Mr. Trump appeared to give his blessing to the deal to restore subsidies to health insurers that he said days before he would cut off. Mr. Alexander and Ms. Murray agreed on legislation that would continue federal payments to insurance companies through 2019 to reimburse them for discounts that they are required to provide to millions of low-income people who have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

I just received an email from Jeff Merkley [D-OR] that he supports it, but as I said yesterday, the chance of passage is slim at best. RESIST!!

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Another Heck of a Job

 Posted by at 12:54 pm  Politics
Oct 182017
 

Who remembers Brownie, the completely unqualified political appointee, whom Nincompoop Nero, aka Crawford Caligula, praised with “heck of a job” as New Orleans drowned?  It is possible, however unlikely, that Brownie might have done a better job, had he not been deprived of needed  information about conditions there.  With that in mind, thanks to the only Resident worse than GW ChickenHawk in US history, another heck of a job may be just around the corner.

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President Donald Trump officially announced Thursday the nomination of Kirstjen Nielsen, John Kelly’s former principal deputy chief of staff, to be the new nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

At a formal White House event to announce the nomination, Trump spoke highly of Nielsen and her “sterling reputation as a dedicated leader whose number one priority was the security of our citizens, not politics or ideology.”

Trump added: “That sets her apart.”

After Trump’s remarks, Nielsen said it was a privilege to have worked at the White House and DHS, and she implied that she shares the administration’s priorities when it comes to national security.

“I share the President’s commitment to the security of the county and the safety of the American people,” she said. “Truly, there is nothing more valuable than to feel safe in your own country.”…

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That may see, innocuous enough on the surface, but there’s a lot more to this story.

1018NOLAOn Aug 27, 2005, two days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, officials at the American Red Cross wrote to a top homeland security adviser at the White House, warning that the storm was likely to slam New Orleans as a major hurricane.

The message was sent to Kirstjen Nielsen, whose title was special assistant to the president for prevention, preparedness and response. She was 33 years old.

It was the first of many alarming emails Nielsen would receive over the following days as water poured into New Orleans and the city was deluged. And in the storm of blame that followed the costliest natural disaster in American history, Nielsen’s team was widely criticized for its passive and clumsy response.

Twelve years later, President Trump has nominated Nielsen to the top job at the Department of Homeland Security. As DHS secretary, she would be in charge of a 240,000-employee agency with a $40 billion budget whose many responsibilities include managing disasters such as Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico… [emphasis added]

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Rachel Maddow explains in detail how Nielsen sat on the information, neither responding to it, nor passing it on to someone who could.

If Senate Republicans confirm Nielsen, God help the families of all the dead when her Republican response to the next disaster is incompetent to meet the need.

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Oct 182017
 

It’s a busy day for me.  I’m waiting for Store to Door to deliver groceries, and will finish writing, after I put them away and have lunch.  Wendy is coming this evening to de-stink the sweaty TomCat.  Perhaps I should have warned her to bring a gas mask.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:04 (average 5:05).  To do it, click here. How did you do?

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From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump is F*cking Crazy

 

I have a small bone to pick with Keith… a VERY small bone. Keith needs to find another expletive to pair with ‘crazy’. ‘F*cking’ requires far more meat than Putin’s Piddle Pervert has. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Former President Barack Obama has started calling every person in America to offer consolation about Donald Trump being President, Obama has confirmed.

“It’s something I meant to do right after the Inauguration,” Obama said, during a brief break from the phone calls. “I feel terrible that I didn’t get to it sooner.”

The former President said that, although the phone calls are a small gesture, he felt that he had to do whatever he could to extend his sympathy about Trump being President.

“There’s a lot of pain out there that a phone call from me can never fix,” he said. “Still, I want people to know that I care.”

Thanks, Andy! It’s about time Obama got around to doing that! RESIST!!

From NY Times: Two leading senators, hoping to stabilize teetering health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, reached a bipartisan deal on Tuesday to fund critical subsidies to insurers that President Trump moved just days ago to cut off.

At the White House, virtually as the deal was being announced, Mr. Trump voiced support for it while insisting that he would try again to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health law.

The plan by the senators, Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee, and Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, would fund the subsidies for two years, a step that would provide at least short-term certainty to insurers. The subsidies, known as cost-sharing reduction payments, reimburse insurance companies for lowering deductibles, co-payments and other out-of-pocket costs for low-income customers.

Without them, insurance companies said, premiums for many customers purchasing plans under the Affordable Care Act would shoot up, and with profits squeezed, some of the companies would probably leave the market.

“In my view, this agreement avoids chaos,” Mr. Alexander said, “and I don’t know a Democrat or a Republican who benefits from chaos.”

There are several things about this deal that I do not like, but I think I prefer it to the Republican plan to eliminate cost sharing reduction payments. I’ll reserve judgment, until I can count the beans in the can.  Getting it through the House might be impossible.  RESIST!!

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And are they sad that we did, or what?

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Oct 172017
 

As an antiwar activist from my early teens on, I have opposed every war that the US has undertaken during my lifetime.  However, I have always believed that service people are not responsible for starting wars, so loving warriors is equally important with hating war.  I have always honored the service of our troops and supported measures for their care.  That is not so for Republicans.  They claim that we, who oppose war, do not support our troops, but Republican support is only so far as using them as cannon fodder.  When Putin’s Pervert disrespected four dead special forces troops and their families, he evaded and projected by lying about Obama’s support.

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President Trump falsely asserted on Monday that his predecessor, Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty, drawing a swift, angry rebuke from several of Mr. Obama’s former aides.

Mr. Trump was responding to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago when he made the assertion. Rather than answering the question, Mr. Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week. Then he pivoted to his predecessors.

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference in the Rose Garden with the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell. “A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”

Mr. Trump’s assertion belied a long record of meetings Mr. Obama held with the families of killed service people, as well as calls and letters, dating to the earliest days of his presidency. Before he decided to deploy 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, Mr. Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to greet the coffins of troops…

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Rachel Maddow discussed Trump’s disrespect and lies in detail.

In my opinion, Trump may have feared that GOP mismanagement of the military might spark an investigation.  After all, had Hillary been elected before this happened, Republicans at all levels of government would be screaming "BENGHAZI!!" through force of habit.  On the other hand, Trump may not have notices, because he was too busy spending his free tokens from the Kremlin on a webcam girl from FullRussianHookers.com.  Either way, our troops deserve better than anything the GOP will do.

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Oct 172017
 

It’s a chilly day, and that’s OK with me.  I ordered groceries from Store to Door and put the finishing touches on a huge load of γηννα chili, so Squatch had better close her window.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:35 (average 4:56).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Update:

Here is the latest from our own fantasy football league, Lefty Blog Friends.

Scores:

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Wooo Hooo!

Standings:

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Congrats to Pam, who left the league in sole possession of 1st place.  Condolences to Jack who is even under a Bigfoot foot.  I have broken up Pam’s team and her players are available to claim on waivers, through the add player feature.  Whether or not any of your claims are successful will depend on your position in the waiver order and who else claims which players.  Be sure to make claims today.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump is the Harvey Weinstein of Washington

 

Trump is the Harvey Weinstein of the World, but why no outrage from the Reich?  Keith forgot one key element of the Republican world view. IOKIYAR! RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Good News: Voting Rights

 

Oregon leads the way! RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Just minutes after the publisher Larry Flynt offered ten million dollars in exchange for information leading to Donald Trump’s impeachment, Trump contacted Flynt and said that he would gladly provide the information himself in exchange for the cash.

According to Flynt, shortly after their phone conversation Trump sent him a voluminous number of e-mails, phone records, and other evidence of impeachable offenses, after which Flynt wired ten million dollars to Trump’s Swiss bank account.

“That was a lot easier than I thought it would be, to be honest,” Flynt told reporters.

The swift denouement to Trump’s tenure in the White House raised more than a few eyebrows in Washington, with some insiders wondering if Trump’s eagerness to accept the ten-million-dollar payment indicated that his net worth was considerably smaller than he had professed.

Andy, his net worth is way less than he claims. Even if Trump owns $billions, he is worth less than a wormy dawg turd! RESIST!!

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