Jul 152017
 

The last couple days have been extremely hectic.  On Thursday I went to my Prosthetist, Amanda and got new shoes.  They were a little loose, but I figured they were workable, as I broke them in.  I lay down to rest for a couple hours after I returned home and published.  I found out that, when my foot is up and not in a shoe, it gets smaller.  When I put the shoe on to get up for supper, and transferred from my bed to my wheelchair, hopping with my walker, my foot came out of my shoe, and I almost fell.  The new shoes have to go back.  ARGH!  My appointment with Megan was interrupted by a fire drill at Providence Professional Plaza, and they evacuated a large six floor medical building, myself included.  Megan cleared me for surgery, and I returned home at around 4:30.  I’m very, very tired, but surviving medical mahem.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:00 (average 4:59).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (RWW Channel): RWW News: Trump Wants To Repeal Johnson Amendment So RR Pastors Can Praise Him

Barf Bag Alert!!

 

Any pastor has always been able to speak out and say that he or she supports a particular candidate. The Johnson Amendment never prevented that, nor was it intended to. What it did prevent is a pastor ordering his church to support a candidate or using the church’s tax exempt facilities for the benefit of a candidate. That should remain a violation of 501(c)(3).  I don’t mind paying a little more in taxes so churches’ tax exemption helps pay for the charitable work some churches do.  I do mind helping them fund political activities, especially ones I oppose.  RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: The House Republicans tried to exempt themselves from Trumpcare and the reaction was so angry and so bad that they had to abandon the effort. But that example wasn’t enough to deter Mitch McConnell.

Senate Republicans included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from part of their latest health care plan.

This exemption could have the effect of ensuring that members of Congress have coverage for a wider array of benefits than other Americans who purchase their own coverage.

If RepubliCare becomes law, which I doubt, the Republicans that pass it should be the first to experience the RepubliCare Death Benefit: if you can’t pay, you get to die! RESIST!!

From Washington Post: The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country.

It further outraged voters by planning to post that information publicly.

Voters directed that outrage toward the Trump White House and the voter commission, often using profanity-laced language in the 112 pages of emails released this week.

Just as Trump and his Republican Rectum Reich released these emails from voters, you can be sure that the Republican so-called Election Integrity Commission will either publish voters’ personal information, or forward it to Putin’s FSB (formerly KGB). RESIST!!

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The Smoking Gun Went BANG!

 Posted by at 1:39 pm  Politics
Jul 112017
 

Covering the criminal cooperation between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to steal the presidency of the United States from the the American People and deliver it to US Billionaires and Vladimir Putin is a daunting task.  My fingers were still tired from explaining the smoking gun yesterday, when it went BANG!  Before Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafart met with a Russian lawyer, Trump Jr. had been informed that he would be given information collected by the Russian government to help his father win the election.

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Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

The email to the younger Mr. Trump was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former British tabloid reporter who helped broker the June 2016 meeting. In a statement on Sunday, Mr. Trump acknowledged that he was interested in receiving damaging information about Mrs. Clinton, but gave no indication that he thought the lawyer might have been a Kremlin proxy.

Mr. Goldstone’s message, as described to The New York Times by the three people, indicates that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information. It does not elaborate on the wider effort by Moscow to help the Trump campaign… [emphasis added]

From <NY Times>

Nobody does a better job of breaking down the details of a complex situation like this than Rachel Maddow. It’s a twenty minute video, but she even explains the significance of the Fuhrer’s 6/9 [typo corrected] tweet about Clinton’s email better than Keith did.  Invest the time.

You just can’t get a more obvious example of criminal conspiracy than this.

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Jul 102017
 

With every passing day, more evidence piles up that the Resident of the United States is a traitor, having colluded with Russia in an assault against our nation’s electoral integrity. In the most definitive evidence so far, Donald Trump, Jr. now holds the smoking gun.

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Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged Sunday that he met with a Russian lawyer who had promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton in June 2016.

The news, which was first reported by the New York Times, represents the most direct suggestion to date of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and it is the first indication that someone from President Trump’s inner circle met with Russians during the campaign. Trump Jr. also brought then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law and now-top White House adviser Jared Kushner to the meeting.

But the information isn’t just troubling because it suggests the Trump campaign sought out the help of Russians to win the presidency. It also contradicts a number of claims made by the White House, the campaign and Trump Jr. himself — claims made as recently as this weekend. For an administration and campaign that have repeatedly denied contact with Russians and had their denials blow up in their faces, it’s yet another dubious chapter.

Let’s recap all the times they suggested this kind of thing never happened…

From <Washington Post>

Click through for a long list of denials and lies from the inner circle of the Trump Reich.

MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts covered the story

Now the latest Republican lie to deflect guilt is the claim that the Russian’s pulled a bait and switch.  They say that the Russian lawyer had no information, so there could have been no collusion.

According to Raw Story, Keith Olbermann found the very first tweet (6/9/2016) from the Twit that tweets after Manafart, Kushner, and Trump, Jr. met with Veselnitskaya.  Trump tweeted to Hillary, "where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted."  Keith has not posted a Resistance video recently, but I can’t wait to see this one.

In short, Trump began using the information obtained from Russia immediately, making it clear that he was a willing participant.  That smoking gun is still loaded.

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Jun 242017
 

When I first learned that Obama had known about Russian interference in our election to hurt Hillary Clinton and assist Putin’s Puppet, I felt very upset that he had not made it public, instead of deferring to Republican demands to keep it secret.  It made no sense to me, until now.

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Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.

The White House debated various options to punish Russia, but facing obstacles and potential risks, it ultimately failed to exact a heavy toll on the Kremlin for its election interference.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump…  [emphasis added]

From <Washington Post>

I urge you to click through and read this entire article.  It is a gold mine of information, and I have shared just part of the introduction.

Rachel Maddow summarized some of the highlights.

I would have included her interview with Ellen Nakashima, but MSNBC did not share it for embedding.

Now, let’s assume the probable fact that the Republican Reich, up to including Trump, were working hand in glove with Putin and the KGB to steal the election.  Add that projection (accusing opponents of their own crimes) is the Republicans’ favorite tactic to deflect attention from their own evil deeds.  So as soon as Russia’s handiwork started to surface, Trump regularly started accusing Obama and Hillary of fixing the election.  And in addition to his legitimate fears about a Russian response, Obama knew that revealing the truth would make Trump’s accusations appear accfdurate.  I have never seen anything so devious before.

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Jun 132017
 

I got tangled in medical mayhem, had to reschedule my cataract surgery, and am way behind schedule.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:13 (average 4:30).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (GQ Channel): Donald Trump’s Odd Obsession with "Hookers" | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Spot-on! Putin’s Piddle Pervert needs a shower to feel golden. RESIST!!

From All In: T1/T2: Schumer perfectly lampoons Trump cabinet meeting

The best response to President Trump’s first cabinet meeting, where members showered him with compliments, came from New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

 

LOL! Kudos to Schumer. RESIST!!

From TPM: Voter databases and software systems in an overwhelming number of states—39 to be exact—were targeted by Russian cyberattacks over the summer and fall of 2016, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.

That number, and Bloomberg’s revelation that hackers attempted to delete or alter voter data in Illinois and successfully accessed a campaign finance database in another state, indicates that Russian’s election interference was even more vigorous than has previously been reported.

It builds on a NSA document leaked to The Intercept and made public last week that offered hard evidence that Russian meddling involved not only the strategic hacking and distribution of campaign communications, but efforts to interfere with America’s election infrastructure.

This in itself should invalidate the election. RESIST!!

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Brennan Adds Fuel to the Fire

 Posted by at 2:15 pm  Politics
May 242017
 

Former CIA Director, John Brennan testified before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday.  He added fuel to the fire building under Donald Trump, aka Putin’s [R-RU].  Equally important, he resisted attempts by House Republicans to twist his testimony into providing a false appearance of innocence for Trump.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered in the 2016 election process," despite U.S. efforts to warn it off. Brennan testified in an open session of the committee, one of a handful of congressional committees now investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Brennan said he told his Russian counterpart, the head of Russia’s FSB, last August that if Russia pursued its efforts to interfere, "it would destroy any near-term prospect for improvement in relations" between the two countries. He said Russia denied any attempts to interfere.

In his opening statement, Brennan also recounted how he had briefed congressional leaders in August of last year, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about the "full details" of what he knew of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Brennan said he became convinced last summer that Russia was trying to interfere in the campaign, saying "they were very aggressive."

Brennan said he is "aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign." Brennan said that concerned him, "because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals," and that it raised questions about whether or not the Russians "were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals." Brennan added he didn’t know if "collusion existed" between the Russians and those he identified as involved in the Trump campaign… [emphasis added]

From <NPR>

First, note that the "gang of eight" know about both Russian interference and Trump campaign Russian contacts in August, and Republicans refused to release the information to the public.

Second, note that the CIA does not investigate crime.  They gather intelligence and turn it over to the people who do investigate crime, the FBI.  Brennan would not know if collusion existed, because even considering that determination was outside of his purview. 

Lawrence O’Donnell covered Brennan and interviewed former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin.

Note how Trey "Benghazi Barf Bag" Gowdy tried to get a No from Brennan, trying to box him in.

I think Trump was "suborned" before the urine was dry on the hotel room sheets.

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