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.


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.



What Is Beauregard Hiding?

 Posted by at 1:08 pm  Politics
Jun 122017

Attorney General Jefferson Davis Sessions, aka KKK Beauregard, appears to be bending over backwards to evade public testimony about the many crimes he and his Republican colleagues committed before, during, and since the installation of Donald Trump, aka Fuhrer Drumpfenfarten, as Resident.  Keeping his testimony secret before the Gang of Eight guarantees that the Republicans who knew of his crimes when they confirmed him can help him cover them up.  What is Beauregard hiding?


Back in early March, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions first recused himself from the Russia investigation, I noted that it was an example of something that is peculiar to big political scandals. Certainly at the start, it is all but impossible to judge their full scope and detail. We don’t know enough. But often we can infer the depth and scope of big scandals by the intensity of the gravitation that surrounds them.

That was my first thought when Sessions meetings and recusal hit the news in early March. I have a very low view of Jeff Sessions. But it never occurred to me he was tied up, even in the sense of possibly inconsequential meetings, with the Russia story.

Now we have more. Possibly a lot more. Let’s take a moment to go through it.

Yesterday afternoon the Justice Department sent out a statement from Sessions announcing that he would be meeting Tuesday with the Senate intelligence committee to discuss issues raised by James Comey last Thursday. Sessions had been scheduled to testify before the House and Senate judiciary committees about next year’s budget – a mundane and routine part of regular congressional oversight. But Senators had alerted Sessions that they would use the opportunity to ask about issues raised in Comey’s testimony. The Committee at some point between Thursday and Saturday asked for Sessions to return to speak to them. Sessions announced that he would send Rod Rosenstein to discuss the budget in his stead and testify – it now turns out in closed session – before the intelligence committee.

Congress has a fair degree of latitude in arranging its hearing schedule in such high profile cases. I see little to no reason why Sessions had to choose between the two hearings. Though I do not believe the intel committee hearing was his idea or (in a broad sense) voluntary, Sessions appears to have used the intel committee hearing to avoid public testimony… [emphasis added]

From <TPM>

Click through to read the entire article.  What is Beauregard hiding?  It may be more appropriate to ask, "What ISN’T Beauregard hiding?"


Jun 032017

Today I’m catching up on video articles, and I’m still working on the new poll and the Monthly report.  If you are in our fantasy football league and have not done so, please let me know if you are playing: Dusty, Jack, Pam, Rob, Robb, and Seth.  Patty Monster, Squatch, Vivian, and I have committed.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:22 (average 5:17).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From All In: White House weighing attempt to block Comey testimony

The President is consider whether to try and stop former FBI Director James Comey from testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week by invoking executive privilege.


I don’t think he can win on executive privilege, after all his bragging and threats, but it will proclaim his guilt again, if he tries. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: Asking then FBI director James Comey to flat-out drop the investigation might be the most obvious attempt by Donald Trump to obstruct the Trump–Russia investigation. But it’s far from the only move he’s made to block the truth from coming out.

The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers’ oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.

At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration.

Even more obstruction of Justice. RESIST!!

From NY Times: For years, Republicans savaged Democrats for supporting the Affordable Care Act, branding the law — with some rhetorical license — as a government takeover of health care.

Now, cast out of power in Washington and most state capitals, Democrats and activist leaders seeking political redemption have embraced an unlikely-seeming cause: an actual government takeover of health care.

At rallies and in town hall meetings, and in a collection of blue-state legislatures, liberal Democrats have pressed lawmakers, with growing impatience, to support the creation of a single-payer system, in which the state or federal government would supplant private health insurance with a program of public coverage. And in California on Thursday, the Democrat-controlled State Senate approved a preliminary plan for enacting single-payer system, the first serious attempt to do so there since then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, vetoed legislation in 2006 and 2008.

With Republicans in full control of the federal government, there is no prospect that Democrats can put in place a policy of government-guaranteed medicine on the national level in the near future. And fiscal and logistical obstacles may be insurmountable even in solidly liberal states like California and New York.

Yet as Democrats regroup from their 2016 defeat, leaders say the party has plainly shifted well to the left on the issue, setting the stage for a larger battle over the health care system in next year’s congressional elections and the 2020 presidential race.

It’s about time! RESIST!!



I miss him even more than I thought I would

Jun 022017

I’d like to say yesterday went well, but my Ophthalmologist’s front office really screwed the pooch.  The doctor was waiting for me at a different office, where they have all the equipment needed for both tests.  However the only way I had been notified was in an the fine print of an online appointment reminder notice at their web portal.  That’s the wrong way to inform someone who can barely see!  So I had to reschedule the main test, and a technician performed the small test that required only partial dilation.  When I was done, I asked Tri-Met if the could move up my ride home and they got me 45 minutes sooner.  I was frustrated and exhausted from recent heat and humidity, so I just posted that I was OK, and went to bed.  Except for a meal break and Republican depository breaks, I stayed there until morning.  I’m feeling recovered, but groggy.  The poll change and Monthly Report will be a few days late.  I’ll finish ASAP.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:11 (average 5:47).  To do it. click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): Has Michael Flynn Already Flipped on Trump? | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


From Keith’s mouth to God’s ear. RESIST!!

Also from YouTube (GQ Channel): The GOP Must Take Responsibility for Trump | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann


Why don’t they? This is likely to be the last time that Republican leaders will ever have an opportunity to strip mine all the nation’s wealth, give it to billionaires,  and create a totalitarian state. If they desert Trump, their chance goes with him. May they rot in hell. RESIST!!

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Robert Reich: 7 Reasons Trump’s Corporate Tax Cuts Make No Sense


Of course the Reich in the Left, Robert Reich, is right and the Reich on the Right, the Republican Reich, is anti-American. RESIST!!

From All In: Report: From start, Trump pushed to lift Russia sanctions


In three words, quid pro quo. In one word, treason. RESIST!!



May 302017

At last we have a cool day, and I'm enjoying it thoroughly.  It was a slow morning for news.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today's took me 4:58 (average 5:41).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Fantasy Football Announcement:

Our own Fantasy Football league, Lefty Blog Friends, will be holding our live draft for next season on Saturday, August 19 at 10 AM PDT (11 AM CDT, 12 Noon MDT, 1 PM EDT).  If you played last year and are going to quit, please let me know immediately.  May the Holy Ellipsoid Orb bless your team.

Republican Diseases (at Nameless' request):

Republicitis: You're so full of shit that everyone thinks you're a Republican.  You need Dulcolax to unload the excess shit.

Republicosis: You're spraying so much shit around that everyone thinks you're a Republican.  You need Immodium to get your shit together.

Short Takes:

From The Guardian: As tensions continue in Portland following the racially charged murder of two men on Friday, the top Republican in the city said he is considering using militia groups as security for public events.

How insane! Republican militia groups would have joined the attack on the Muslim women! RESIST!!

From The Hill: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Tuesday said Russia's “aggressiveness” in interfering in last year's U.S. election was unlike anything he'd seen before.

“Across the board, the aggressiveness in this campaign was unprecedented,” Clapper told CNN’s “New Day.”

“An American citizen should be very concerned about a foreign government, particularly our primary adversary, interfering with the most important foundational process that we have in this country, which is free and fair elections.”

Clapper noted that the Russians have long tried to interfere in presidential elections, but characterized the 2016 efforts as the most aggressive and direct.

They could get away with being so aggressive only because one of the candidates was an active partner in their interference. RESIST!!

From NY Times: In the northern suburbs of Atlanta, where what is likely to be the most expensive House campaign in history is being waged, a band of conservative advocacy groups is grappling with a question that may decide whether the Republican Party keeps its House majority after 2018: Do you run with President Trump or against him?

Somehow, the groups are discovering, they will have to do both.

While this does not apply to the race between Jon Osoff and Karen Handel, former attack dog for Komen Hates Women, current Republican office holders, who want to run against Trump need to prove it NOW. Otherwise it's just BS. RESIST!!



May 272017

The drip, drip, drip of accumulating evidence just became a flood.  Jared Kushner. who is not only married to Ivanka, but also, the virtual acting President.  Was just exposed for asking Russian Ambassador/Spymaster Sergey Kislyak to set up a secret network in the Russian Embassy for communications with the Kremlin, hidden from the US government, before Trump became Resident.


Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.

The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.

The White House disclosed the meeting only in March, playing down its significance. But people familiar with the matter say the FBI now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest…

From <Washington Post>

Lawrence O’Donnell covered the story in three segments.  If you let the video keep running as the first segment ends, iy should play the second and third.

Everyone seems unable (or unwilling) to understand why Kushner would do such a thing, and I have hear people ask if Trump knew.  On the latter, I see no possibility that Trump did not know.  On the former, there is one obvious solution.  If Trump id as Siberian Candidate, as I have suggested all along, a secret network would provide a way to discuss dividing the spoils.