Carrie should be here shortly. I will have no April Fools Day post today, because any notion of support for the Republican Reich is just too obscene for humor. I’m feeling tired and plan to get some rest, but I will harvest Bill Maher’s clips for tomorrow.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 2:46 (average 4:30). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From Daily Kos: Former FBI Special Agent and current Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute Clinton Watts is testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee since the House Republican one is being run by a fucking imbecile who can’t make a decision without the go-ahead from the guy being investigated. Here’s an interesting interaction between Watts and the Intelligence Committee.
I ran out of meds yesterday. Today some of the congestion and coughing has returned, so I called Megan’s office to see if they will refill my Prednisone prescription. My concern is that the coughing will exacerbate the muscular damage. I still have quite a bit of pain in my ribs, and want to keep it tolerable. Tomorrow morning I have a home visit coming from the agency that pays for around 20% of the care I get from Wendy. I am more disabled than I was a year ago, because of my eyes, so I’m not worried about losing it, until Republican budget cuts reach the state level. Then on Saturday, Carrie will be here filling in for Wendy, instead of Sunday, so my uploads will be abbreviated until Sunday. I’ve decided not to do a Monthly Report for March. First we do not have a full month’s data. Second, after everything, I don’t have enough gas left in my tank to design as new report format for our Analytics.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:20 (average 5:04). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From YouTube (GQ Channel): Could Donald Trump Pass a Sanity Test? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann
Why? In a single word, the Lemon Lunatic is a Republican. RESIST!!
From The New Yorker: Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Wednesday that he just spent several days alone in his apartment holding hearings on President Donald J. Trump’s ties to Russia and that those hearings “went really great.”
“Having concluded several days of hearings on my own in my apartment, I am one hundred per cent satisfied that the President had no involvement with the Russians,” Nunes said. “Now it’s time to move on.”
While Nunes would not reveal who testified at the hearings in his apartment, he called their testimony “credible and productive.”
Andy, if he said that, it would not surprise me at all. RESIST!!
Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about resistance by Chairman Devin Nunes to hear from former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and the priorities of Democrats on the committee.
I agree with him. The investigation should also contain looking at the quid pro quo, first by the Trump campaign and now by the Trump Reich to compensate Russia for their cooperation. I also think Sally Yates testimony may be critical. RESIST!!
Another day, another nickel! I am still feeling a little lost time wise since my mother passed. I know things will right themselves before too long, if no other reason than I have taxes to do for the end of April, and of course I still have my mother's estate to prepare. I am running into a few bumps in the road estate wise, but nothing I can't handle. The rest of the week is busy but I hope to be back with another OT.
YouTube — Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – World War Trump (HBO) March 15, 2017
The Atlantic — As it turns out, this was only a warm-up for the dual press conference the two leaders held later Friday afternoon, during which Merkel stood beside Trump as he ridiculed a German reporter, lied about his statements on his baseless conspiracy theory that President Obama surveilled him, and refused to back down on claims that have set off a diplomatic incident with the United Kingdom.
The fact that it might be a tense conversation was clear from the two leaders’ opening statements. Trump, during his, once again complained about the cost of NATO. “I reiterated to Chancellor Merkel my strong support for NATO as well as the need for our NATO allies to pay their fair share for the cost defense,” he said. “Many nations owe vast sums of money from past years and it is very unfair to the United States. These nations must pay what they owe.”
As for Merkel, she used her own statement to issue a veiled scolding for Trump, who previously said she was “ruining” Germany with a “catastrophic mistake” of an open-door refugee policy. “I've always said it's much, much better to talk to one another and not about one another, and I think our conversation proved this,” Merkel said. …
During the press conference, the American journalist Mark Halperin asked Merkel a question about whether she thought Trump’s “different style” than past president was good for the world. The chancellor gamely tried to answer.
“For Germany I can say, well people are different, people have different abilities, different traits of character, have different origins, have found their way into politics along different pathways,” she said through a translator. “Which, well, that is diversity, which is good! Sometimes it’s difficult to find compromises, but that’s what we’ve been elected for.”
The fact that Merkel had to work hard to say something diplomatic in response to such a softball question said a great deal about the press conference. But give the chancellor credit for effort—Trump didn’t even bother to try diplomacy.
Drumpf knows nothing of diplomacy. He is like the proverbial "bull in a china shop" and it is quite obvious that he doesn't care. The National Postran an article in which it recorded the following,
President Donald Trump said Saturday that Germany owes "vast sums of money" to NATO and the U.S. "must be paid more" for providing defence, reiterating his stance that European allies need to end their part of the bargain if they are to continue benefiting from the military alliance."
It is quite clear that Drumpf does not know or understand the funding formula that was agreed upon in previous years. The NATO agreement was signed on 4 April 1949 and constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. I probably know more about NATO than Drumpf does, and that can't be good. In the picture, this handshake is the most awkward looking handshake. Drumpf looks like a downright nasty beast.
msn.com(USA Today) — The Pleasant Run Elementary students had just won a robotics challenge at Plainfield High School, and the students — new to bot competition this year — were one step closer to the Vex IQ State Championship.
The team is made up of 9- and 10-year-olds. Two are African American and three are Latino.
As the group, called the Pleasant Run PantherBots, and their parents left the challenge last month in Plainfield, Ind., competing students from other Indianapolis-area schools and their parents were waiting for them in the parking lot.
“Go back to Mexico!” two or three kids screamed at their brown-skin peers and their parents, according to some who were there.
More despicable behaviour as a result of Drumpf's targeting of minorities. What well adjusted young people that are putting the hate behind them and enjoying the learning experience and the competition.
Washington Post — On the 60th day of his presidency came the hardest truth for Donald Trump.
He was wrong.
James B. Comey — the FBI director whom Trump celebrated on the campaign trail as a gutsy and honorable “Crooked Hillary” truth-teller — testified under oath Monday what many Americans had already assumed: Trump had falsely accused his predecessor of wiretapping his headquarters during last year’s campaign.
Trump did not merely allege that former president Barack Obama ordered surveillance on Trump Tower, of course. He asserted it as fact, and then reasserted it, and then insisted that forthcoming evidence would prove him right.
But in Monday’s remarkable, marathon hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Comey said there was no such evidence. Trump’s claim, first made in a series of tweets on March 4 at a moment when associates said he was feeling under siege and stewing over the struggles of his young presidency, remains unfounded.
Comey did not stop there. He confirmed publicly that the FBI was investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and associates with Russia, part of an extraordinary effort by an adversary to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election in Trump’s favor.
I'll bet that "He was wrong." was hard to swallow for narcissistic Drumpf! . . . or did he really hear and understand it? Will he demand Comey's resignation? Who knows. My bet says he will bring it up again. . . . and again . . . and again. He doesn't know when to quit! After all the Monday drama, in dire need of some adulation to feed his narcissistic soul, Drumpf headed out to Missouri for yet another rally that is nothing more than a love fest so his supporters thinking he is looking after them. Or should I say to fleece his flock?!
YouTube — The Most Telling Thing About the FBI’s Probe into Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ
Keith hits it out of the park, doesn't he!
YouTube — The Only True Surprise? Trump’s an Idiot | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ
Another fine piece by Keith. "These people are idiots!" Truer words have not been spoken!
Resist and Persist!!!
My Universe — This gives new meaning to going postal!
I’m running a bit behind schedule as I had several tasks this morning, and everything takes so long to do. For example, restocking my pill caddy with all my meds for one week, except Advair, just took me 45 minutes. But now I can orient myself to desphincterizing the White House and unreichifying everywhere else.
Please remember Lynn Squance in prayer or however you connect to the infinite. Today is her mother’s memorial service.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 4:08 (average 5:10). To do it, click here. How did you do?
From YouTube (GQ Channel): Why Trump is Refusing to Confront Reality | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann
Our voices must continue to dissent as long as we have breath. RESIST!!
“The Attorney General concealed from Congress during his testimony under oath the contacts he had with the Russian government during the campaign. An ‘I don’t recall’ defense is wholly inadequate, especially for the nation’s top law enforcement officer. The only way for him to restore the American people’s faith in our Justice Department is to resign.
“This latest unraveling of the cover-up only reinforces the fact that there are many more questions than answers about the Trump campaign’s knowledge of and possible coordination with Russian activities during the 2016 campaign. To get to the truth, we need a fully empowered, totally independent special prosecutor to thoroughly investigate this matter — as soon as possible.”
Amen Jeff! I worked to help him get that seat and have been proud of him ever since. Oregon Leads the way. RESIST!!
From Reuters: A photo of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton glancing at a newspaper headline about U.S. Vice President Mike Pence using private email has gone viral on social media, with thousands of people commenting on it.
Pence and others involved in the Republican presidential campaign last year criticized Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as U.S. Secretary of State.
Clinton was on an airplane traveling from Boston to New York on Friday when a fellow passenger snapped a photo of her glancing down at Friday’s USA Today newspaper front page headline "Pence used personal email in office".
On a hypocrisy scale of 1 – 10, Pence gets a 537. RESIST!!
In one of the few stories that we would classify as good news, KKK Beauregard, the racist, misogynistic, homophobic, pseudo-Christian bigot that Fuhrer Drumphenfarten appointed as AG, had been caught red handed committing perjury in his Senate confirmation hearing. Although he should resign immediate in the hope of evading charges, he has opted to recuse himself from matters pertaining to Russian interference in our election and contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials in a desperate attempt to cling to power.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he will recuse himself from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, which would include any Russian interference in the electoral process.
Speaking at a hastily called news conference at the Justice Department, Sessions said he was following the recommendation of department ethics officials after an evaluation of the rules and cases in which he might have a conflict.
“They said that since I had involvement with the campaign, I should not be involved in any campaign investigation,” Sessions said. He added that he concurred with their assessment and would thus recuse himself from any existing or future investigation involving President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The announcement comes a day after The Washington Post revealed that Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the campaign and did not disclose that to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in January… [emphasis added]
Beauregard did more than fail to disclose the contacts. He lied under oath and said there were no contacts.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Friday morning that Attorney General Jeff Session’s explanations of why he didn’t disclose two meetings with the Russian ambassador to the Senate are “not credible.”
“You don’t, I think, treat a visit in your office by the Russian ambassador as something casual, something not memorable,” Schiff said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “And when you’re asked about your contacts with Russians in the senate, that should have been disclosed. I think he knew it should have been disclosed.”
Sessions met twice with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in 2016 but said he “did not have communications with the Russians” during his confirmation hearing. The attorney general recused himself Thursday afternoon from any investigation involving the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, which he strongly supported.
Schiff, one of many Democrats to call for Sessions to resign Thursday, said although perjury has a high standard, that is not the standard to evaluate Sessions’ ability to do his job…
Frankly, I think he should be charged. Lawrence O’Donnell has some excellent commentary for us.
Yes, even the Fuhrer threw Beauregard under the bus by mistake. But lest be real for a second. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, who is both chatty and a political wonk, visited Beauregard at his office at the Republican National Convention. To suggest that the campaign never came up in that circumstance has to be BS!
Putin’s Pervert keeps trying to hide the intricate web of interaction between Russia, his campaign first, and now, his administration. But no matter how much he lies and bullies, every time we turn around we see more evidence that the Fuhrer is deeply and criminally involved with the Russians. Here’s the latest.
These connections raise many new questions about Trump’s reliance on the Putin regime, which all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies say interfered in the presidential election on Trump’s behalf, but which Trump disputes.
These relationships between nominee Ross and the oligarchs involve ownership and management of a European bank with a reputation for laundering Russian money and making bad loans.
The study also compared flight records of Trump’s campaign plane and a plane used by one of the oligarchs. During the campaign, the two planes often were at the same airports at the same time… [emphasis added]
With a few more facts we can see that Trump’s initial involvement with the Russians was his involvement with Putin’s cronies’ money laundering. Rachel Maddow paints that picture in three segments. In the first, she weaves together all the loose threads until they all fall into place.
In the second and third, she and David Remnick discuss Putin’s present relationship with Trump and avenues for investigation.
Remnick makes perfect sense when he said that Putin’s intent was not for the Fuhrer to become Resident. Like almost everyone else, Putin expected Hillary to be President, but have a weakened Presidency, because of his activities. Now that the Fuhrer is in the White House, Putin is like the dawg that caught the car. He may be almost as freaked as we are.
Eventually, all these chickens will come home to roost. Until then…