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>

Photo credit: Protect Our Elections

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 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?

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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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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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Fuhrer Tanks China Relations

 Posted by at 10:45 am  Politics
Dec 032016
 

I, for one, have been concerned that Drumpfenfarten, Fuhrer of the Republican Rectum-Rage Reich, has been refusing foreign intelligence briefings, claiming to get information from other sources (Kremlin, perhaps?).  He just tanked our China relations so badly, that without major damage control, we may find ourselves back in a cold war with China. 

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President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke by telephone with Taiwan’s president on Friday, a striking break with nearly four decades of diplomatic practice that could precipitate a major rift with China even before Mr. Trump takes office.

Mr. Trump’s office said he had spoken with the Taiwanese president, Tsai Ing-wen, “who offered her congratulations.” He is believed to be the first president or president-elect who has spoken to a Taiwanese leader since at least 1979, when the United States severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan as part of its recognition of the People’s Republic of China.

In the statement, Mr. Trump’s office said the two leaders had noted “the close economic, political, and security ties” between Taiwan and the United States. Mr. Trump, it said, “also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year.”

Mr. Trump’s motives in taking the call, which lasted more than 10 minutes, were not clear. In a Twitter message late Friday, he said [Twit Tweet delinked] Ms. Tsai “CALLED ME.”… [emphasis added]

From <NY Times>

Lets dispense with the idiotic "called me" excuse.  First, if I called the Fuhrer, it wouldn’t pick up the phone.  The call would go to a low level aide, who would want to know who I was and what I wanted.  If that aide thought it worthwhile, I’d be passed to a mid-level aide, who would grill me for much more detailed information.  If i passed that test, I’d be passed to a high level aide for the final vetting of my call.  If I passed, we would find a time that fit both the Fuhrer’s and my schedules, and I’d be given a special number to call at that time.  I would call the Fuhrer at the appointed time, and only then would it answer the phone.  Second, given the long-term absence of US formal relations with Taiwan, Ms. Tsai would have no reason to call, unless she had reason to believe it would be well received.  In short, the "CALLED ME" claim is a Republican Lie.  That call was prearranged!

Rachel Maddow covered the incident in much more detail and discussed it with Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).

Did the Fuhrer understand the impact of what it was doing? There is no way to tell. Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten is certainly devious enough to return us to a cold war footing with China intentionally. However, the Fuhrer is also stupid enough to have had no idea what he was doing.

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Nov 242016
 

Wendy’s niece couldn’t make it, but Wendy came.  Last year, I lobbied my doctors for a week to talk them into allowing me to leave my unit and eat Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital cafeteria.  For at least ten years before that, I cooked a holiday meal and shared it with people less fortunate than I.  So it’s been a very long time since I had a holiday meal, home-cooked by someone else.  Wendy brought turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls, creamed corn, cranberry sauce, and fruit salad.   It was to die for.  I contributed cherry pie, raspberry pudding ring, and truffles.  Purrrr!!

Julie called this morning.  Her girlfriend is now her wife.  She and Killer Dawg send greetings to you all.

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Today’s took me 3:14 (average 4:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Journalism to be thankful for

 

May we get the journalism we need help us to RESIST!

From Daily Kos: Dan Rather is sounding the alarm and we would do well to listen and then take action:

Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.

HIstory will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.

When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation’s capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.

Our Declaration of Independence bequeaths us our cherished foundational principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

These truths may be self-evident but they are not self-replicating. Each generation has to renew these vows.

E Pluribus Unum! E Pluribus Unum!! E Pluribus Unum!!! RESIST!!!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Long reach to find precedent for 2016 popular vote gap in US past

Rachel Maddow looks back 140 years to Reconstruction era U.S. history to find a remotely comparable gap between the popular vote and the electoral vote winner, and warns against leaping to conclusions about the significance of the 2016 popular vote.

 

Fuhrer Drumphenfarten is NOT MY PRESIDENT! RESIST!!

From The Last Word: Scientists call for swing state recounts

A group of computer scientists are urging Hillary Clinton to ask for a recount, claiming voting irregularities surfaced in three swing states. Gabe Sherman joins MSNBC’s Ari Melber to share his reporting.

 

Jill Stein is raising money for a recount. Although nothing she can do will ever make up for the way she helped get Trump elected by parroting and drawing attention to Putin’s disinformation on RT, Russia’s propaganda network, I am glad that she is is helping in this effort.  Recount and RESIST!!

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Nov 192016
 

I did manage to get a little sleep yesterday, but I’m still behind the curve.  Tomorrow is a holy day in the Church of the Ellipsoid Orb, but my Broncos are taking the day off.  To honor the LGBT community, they have a bi week.  May the Divine Orb shine it’s blessed light on your team.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 5:13 (average 6:42).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

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From Rachel Maddow Show: Trump makes extreme choice in Flynn for NSA

Congressman Adam Schiff, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump naming Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor and why he thinks Flynn is not well-suited for the job.

With want other politician does this extremist wing-nut share a love of Putin’s propaganda network, RT? Flynn reminds me of General Ripper in Doctor Strangelove.

From YouTube (Media Matters Channel): Trump’s Election And The Power Of Fear

 

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. (Hos. 8:7 KJV) That’s only half right. We have ALL reaped the Republican whirlwind.

From International Business Times: The election may be over and president-elect Donald Trump may be wavering on whether he wants a special prosecutor to investigate former rival Hillary Clinton, but that hasn’t cooled the ardor of congressional Republicans who want to investigate her private email server.

Five House and Senate panels may be planning to continue probing Clinton’s use of a private server during her tenure as secretary of state even though the FBI concluded her actions didn’t rise to the level of criminal conduct.

Why are Republicans so anxious to twist the knife, even though Hillary’s political career is effectively over? There are two reasons. Republicans politicians are hateful and vicious, and it detracts from the crimes they have never stopped committing regularly.

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