Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Lying...Make It Stop!

How do you tell when Putin Pawn Trump is lying?

When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his "legislative approvals" were off the charts. "No. 1 in the history of our country," he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.

It was 96, actually, possibly the only time in history Putin's pawn Trump has under exaggerated his claim to magnificence.  But it didn't take long for him to get to another whopper of a lie...

"Harry Truman had more legislative approvals than any other president and — a record long held," Trump said. "And we beat him on legislative approvals, for which I get no credit."
The Truman Library called Trump out:
We don't have an exact figure handy, but around 240-250. According to Statutes at Large, Congress passed 292 bills in that session. Subtracting from January-April, minus few vetoes, gets to that figure.

NPR has the entire list of Bills that Trump has signed.. Unfortunately they list them by title rather than what they actually do. Republicans are notorious for giving grandiose titles to things that destroy America's middle class.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Trump is the Russian President...Why Isn't This THE Headline Every Day on Every News Program?

Voters, those who were not turned back from the polls on election day, voted for Hillary Clinton by 3 million votes over Donald Trump.

The January intelligence assessment implied that the Russian hackers had achieved broader access than has been assumed. Without elaborating, the report said the Russians had “obtained and maintained access to multiple U.S. state and local election boards.”

Apart from the Russian influence campaign intended to undermine Mrs. Clinton and other Democratic officials, the impact of the quieter Russian hacking efforts at the state and county level has not been widely studied. Federal officials have been so tight-lipped that not even many election officials in the 21 states the hackers assaulted know whether their systems were compromised, in part because they have not been granted security clearances to examine the classified evidence.

This is a national emergency! Why are we holding back?

A call for investigation of Russian involvement in electing Donald Trump should be the first thing out of every progressive politician's mouth at every opportunity.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Is It Time to Sell Your Healthcare Stocks?

Insurance companies have ceased to be useful. They are merely gatekeepers between the working providers of healthcare services and the people who need care. It's time to destroy the health insurance model that has grown so obscenely obese more resembling a parasite than anything useful in American society. Hospitals have more people performing administrative duties and processing insurance forms than they have doctors and nurses. 

Pharmaceutical companies have become tools for capital speculators. The price of prescription drugs rises, not due to the cost of production, but relative to how much the market can pay to stay alive. Big Pharma lobbyists spend millions bribing our legislators, congressmen and senators to keep cannabis illegal, reaping billions in excess profits as a result. 

It's time for a revolution in our healthcare system. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

"We Must Not Look Away"

"Violence on many sides" actually means just one side.

This is worth the read:

Trump's America

Monday, July 17, 2017

The GOP Does It and NO, Dems DON"T Do It Too...

I admire a good thought well expressed. Leonard Pitts has lots of them in this article. I conclude that there is a shortage of "Fair Observers"...
A party that once provided a sober conservative counterweight to the Democrats’ more liberal impulses has flat out lost its mind, given itself over to rage, fear, schoolyard taunts and bizarre conspiracy theories. Which leaves me impatient with those who frame our political divide as if the issue were that left and right had equally abandoned the center. No fair observer can believe that.

We all know how they got that way: voter suppression, gerrymandering, obstruction, religious fanaticism, and the non-stop construction and maintenance of a pile of Big Lies that Jon Stewart famously called "Bullshit Mountain,"

It's All Right HERE

Friday, July 14, 2017

Chuck Flieschmann just voted to allow people who are under investigation by the FBI for Treason to keep their security clearance.

Chuck Flieschmann just voted to allow people who are under investigation by the FBI for Treason to keep their security clearance. 

"The measure would have barred the government from issuing or maintaining a security clearance for any White House individual “under a criminal investigation by a Federal law enforcement agency for aiding a foreign government.”

I can't believe I am actually typing those words. More importantly, I can;t believe I am the one bring this to you instead of every national media outlet going off in second coming type.

How low has the GOP sunk?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Good News is Trump Support in TN at 38%...But...

How in the name of sanity is this possible?
A poll conducted by the Office of Consumer Research at Middle Tennessee State University’s Jones College of Business reports that the surveyed Tennesseans trust President Donald Trump a bit more than Gov. Bill Haslam.
Could this be the answer?

 Democrats place higher trust in mainstream media outlets (ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC) than do Republicans, whereas Republicans have a relatively higher level of trust in Fox News.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Some Kind of Tipping Point Here: Is Trump Mobster or a Dictator

Clipped from The New Republic piece:

It was perhaps inevitable that Trump would run into conflict with the likes of Comey, Bharara, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates (whom Trump also fired, after she refused to defend his executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries). Trump supporters might dismiss these figures as Washington insiders—inhabitants of “the swamp”—but they are more accurately seen as representatives of the legal and administrative state. They are all experts in the law and bureaucracy; they know the rules, understand why the rules exist, and enforce them. In other words, they are the polar opposite of Trump, an anti-professional to whom laws were meant to be broken.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Note to America...Donald Trump is Dangerously Delusional, at Best...

How do you explain this statement from Donald Trump?

“Dems are taking forever to approve my people,” the president said in a statement he released on Twitter Monday morning. “They are nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS! Want approvals.”

When Trump took office, about half of all Federal Prosecutors resigned. Attorney General Sessions fired the rest of them when he was approved by Congress. That was several months ago. To date, not one Federal Prosecutor position has been filled. Trump blames democrats for obstructing his nominees. 

The New York Times:

The problem is, the Democrats couldn’t obstruct any United States attorney nominations if they wanted to because Mr. Trump has not made any.

Face it....We have a seriously messed up man in the Oval Office!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Secret" Documents Prove Trump Lied When He Claimed There Was "NO Evidence" of Russia Helping Him Win Election

I think we, as Americans, have to fave up to the fact that this is a threat to the very idea of America as a Democracy:

In addition to being the strongest indication so far that Russia interfered in the U.S. election, the document also indicates that Russian hackers may have "penetrated further into U.S. voting systems than was previously understood," The Intercept, which first published the document, reported.

The intelligence community determined in 2016 that there was ample evidence of Russian interference in the election, and that Russian president Vladimir Putin was directly involved. The intelligence community also concluded that Putin specifically chose to help candidate Trump at the cost of Hillary Clinton and to cast her in an unfavorable light.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Woman Who Leaked Information on Russians Hacking Presidential Election Arrested

I'll ask the question everybody else is tip toeing around..."What happens if we get incontrovertible proof that Russia threw the election to Trump?"
"Though the report does not draw any conclusions on whether the cyberattack influenced the outcome of the election, it is the first piece of evidence that has come to light that not only did Russian hackers meddle in the 2016 election by stealing and distribute damaging campaign communications, but also went after America’s election infrastructure itself. The document also undermines Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent assertion that allegations his government interfered in the U.S. political process are a “fiction.”"

Then THIS 

Dammit...I am going to have to send some money to Josh Marshall for his efforts at New American Journalism!

FOX News Insider Confirms What Thoughtful People Always Believed About Fox


It's even worse than we thought. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Let's Face It...We Have a President Gone Rogue!

If Republicans didn't control all three houses of United States government, several Trump administration players would already be under indictment.

Here's a rundown of the Russian connections, which tread dangerously close to acts of treason from what we know already. Who knows what we'll uncover as we go forward...

Hacker, Banker, Soldier, Spy: A Guide to the Key Players in the Trump-Russia Scandal

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Quote of the Day: "This is a very dark and perilous moment."

From Josh Marshall at TPM:
There is only one reasonable conclusion that can be drawn from the decision to fire Comey: that there is grave wrongdoing at the center of the Russia scandal and that it implicates the President. As I write this, I have a difficult time believing that last sentence myself. But sometimes you have to step back from your assumptions and simply look at what the available evidence is telling you. It’s speaking clearly: the only reasonable explanation is that the President has something immense to hide and needs someone in charge of the FBI who he believes is loyal. Like Jeff Sessions. Like Rod Rosenstein.
This is a very dark and perilous moment.

Read the whole piece for clarity

So Comey was Fired for Being Mean to Hillary? Not Because He's Investigating Trump Ties to Russia? Really?

Fired or Not Hired

Mother Jones

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bits and pieces

FBI Director Richard Comey appears to have perjured himself:     Much of what Comey said about this was inaccurate. Now the FBI is trying to figure out what to do about it.

There is little expectation that Congress or the Trump administration will bring Hatch Act charges against Comey, since his actions directly defeated Clinton and installed Trump, who owes Russians money, in the presidency.

Trump says him being Putin's c**k holster is old news.

So now two things are evident:
President Trump appointed Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor despite being told he was "compromised" by Russia.
President Trump fired Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates for informing him that Flynn was an unregistered foreign agent in order to cover that fact up.
One more thing that is evident after yesterday's Congressional hearings on the Trump Administration's involvement with Russia...Sally Yates has more courage and credibility in her little finger than Donald Trump and his entire entourage.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Trump Tells Absolute Lie About Muslim Ban

“My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” —President Trump, statement on executive order, Jan. 29, 2017 Obama did not ban Muslims from Iraq....ever! He did institute additional reviews which slowed the processing of applications. Obama was acting responsibly based on an actual threat. Who knows why Trump is acting. The Washington Post says Trumps bull hockey deserves "at least two Pinochios"!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Quote of the Day

Donald Trump is mentally ill, and Sean Spicer is covering for him by lying to all of America. This is lunacy. Forget asking questions, the reporters in the room should be summoning doctors and mental health experts.
Mark Sumner

Saturday, January 21, 2017

From "Our Post Truth in America" Dept.: How Dare a Park Service Tweet Contradict the President

Interior Department officials have been ordered to shut down the organization's official Twitter accounts indefinitely after the National Park Service shared tweets comparing attendance at President Donald Trump's inauguration against former President Barack Obama's. Apparently when Trump makes an outrageous claim we are not to be allowed to see photos proving he's lying.
Interior Department officials were then given an "urgent directive" to close their official accounts “until further directed." An investigation into whether the tweets were intentional, accidental or part of a hack, is underway, according to the report.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

OK, I admit it...I Laughed!

Remember that the pause button is your friend. Some of these can go by too fast to read everything...

Fake Book Covers

BBC Announces Additional Sources for Trump Indiscressions

I plan to give Trump the a bit more benefit of the doubt than Republicans have given Hillary and Barack Obama, just so you know. It won't take much to clear that bar.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Now We Know Why Trump Refuses CIA "Intelligence" Briefings

I find it interesting that Trump's compromising perversion was discovered and turned over to the FBI by a "Republican Donor".
In late October, Mother Jones' David Corn first reported that a former Western counterintelligence official with nearly two decades of experience on "Russian intelligence matters" had been assigned the task of looking into Trump's dealings with Russia as part of an opposition research effort initially funded by a Republican donor. This official was so alarmed by what he discovered that he passed the intelligence to the FBI. 
Now my question is, "How compromised is FBI Director Comey?" since he did not make these allegations public and instead played politics with the fake news Hillary Clinton email story.

Mother Jones Story

It's worth noting that Russia is reported to have spied on Hillary as well, but chose to go after Trump with reputed blackmail operations. That leads one to suspect that Hillary was "clean" and not a possible blackmail candidate.
Mother Jones has reviewed that report and other memos this former spy wrote. The first memo, based on the former intelligence officer's conversations with Russian sources, noted, "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance." It maintained that Trump "and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals." It claimed that Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him." It also reported that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on "bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls."

Now We Know Why Trump In Flaming Hurry to Fire Ambassadors and Replace CIA Director with Lobbyist

This is from the NewsWeek story but it is coming from several sources and from many different directions. It deserves national media attention. In my observations it neatly ties up why Director Comey (What does Russia have on Comey?) was willing to violate the Hatch Act to help Trump and Why Trump is so hellbent on getting the CIA under his personal thumb as soon as possible. Russi will certainly have video recordings of anything Trump did on his business trips. Given Trump's well known sexual aggressions we could be in for a very prurient ride for how ever long his presidency lasts.

The story began making the rounds at Washington dinner parties late last summer: Donald Trump had been caught in a compromising sexual position by Russian intelligence agents during a business trip to Moscow. According to one version, told by a high ranking Obama administration diplomat, Russian intelligence services, acting on Donald Trump’s well known obsession with sex, had arranged an evening for him with a bevy of hookers, with hidden cameras and microphones recording all the action. The jaw-dropping detail that topped the story? Trump had somehow engaged in “golden showers,” a sex act involving urine.  

Now, according to a leaked annex to the combined U.S. intelligence agencies’ report on Kremlin intrigues in the American elections, Russian security agents watched Trump engaging in “perverted sexual acts” that were “arranged/monitored by the FSB,” the Kremlin’s leading spy agency. The FSB, it said, “employed a number of  prostitutes to perform a golden showers (urination) show in front of him.” Not only that, according to the report’s anonymous Russian sources, Trump deliberately chose for his escapade “the Ritz Carlton hotel, where he knew President and Mrs. Obama (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia and defiling the bed where they had slept.”

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Senator McConnell Should Follow His Own Rules for Approving Nominations

But he won't because Republicans have become the American Fascist Party...

Friday, January 6, 2017

Republican Congresswoman Discovers Her Followers Love Obamacare

The GOP noise machine has certainly managed to create a Pavlovian response to shouting "Obamacare!", but the reality is that most people it serves would be devastated by its repeal.
...the GOP's hopes to make Obamacare magically disappear without having to offer a replacement took a serious hit on Tuesday, when the American Medical Association—the country's largest organization of doctors—wrote a letter to congressional leaders demanding that any tweaks to the health care law ensure that the 20 million people who gained insurance under Obamacare don't lose coverage. That request would be impossible to meet under the various proposals floated by Republican politicians so far.
Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

From Our "We Thought The Police State Would Take Longer" Dept.: Political Staffers Given Subpoena Power

A GOP-authored provision inserted into a House rules package will allow congressional staffers to question subjects of GOP inquiries under oath without the presence of a congressional member in some cases.
"Freely handing out the power to compel any American to appear, sit in a room, and answer staff’s invasive questions on the record -- without members even being required to be present -- is truly unprecedented, unwarranted, and offensive," she said. [...] Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said, “This rules change represents a shocking continuation and expansion of House Republicans’ abusing of congressional processes to intimidate private citizens
Welcome to never ending Congressional hearings that Congressmen don't even have to attend.