Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Weasel of the Week Award Just Announced: The Winner Was Never in Doubt

The Envelope, Please

Birds of a Feather
(Boogle, Gang, Pack, or Confusion Я Us)

Trump has crossed the proverbial line so many times that it’s difficult to document at this blog… however, I’m pretty sure the big media outlets know the score and those lines he has crossed. This line however ranks as one of his lowest.

“Trump Pushes Right-Wing Media’s Nonsense Conspiracy Theory That Huma Abedin is a Threat to America”

This ranks right at the top of wild-ass theories by Trump. It is truly astonishing to say the least. Here is the sub-title from that article:

“GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump implies that Huma Abedin, a long-time aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is a security risk because of her mother’s current and her own former employment at an academic journal that writes about Muslims. Trump’s attack follows years of smears about Abedin from informal Trump adviser Roger Stone and right-wing media outlets, which have said that Abedin is disloyal to the United States and that she is a secret “Muslim Brotherhood” agent.”

I think anyone would find it hard-pressed to not say this is the lowest of the low. So, who is Trump accountable to and who will hold him accountable for all his wild statements and growing page of nasty insults of mostly innocent people?

Maybe he is not accountable now, but he will be totally accountable on Tuesday, November 8, 2010 in the General Election. That is my prediction and hopefully it will come to pass.

Continue reading at the link – it’s a good one.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Trump Says Election Will Be "Rigged.." Um ... Check Your Russian Pals, Donald

Trump Cheered for DNC Hacking
(Tells Russia to Look for More...)

Meanwhile at the FBI
 (FBI uncovers evidence of foreign hackers in state election databases) 

Background on Trump Rigging Statement from here, the highlights:

Donald Trump, trailing narrowly in presidential polls, has issued a warning to worried Republican voters: The election will be “rigged” against him — and he could lose as a result.

Trump pointed to several court cases nationwide in which restrictive laws requiring voters to show identification have been thrown out. He said those decisions open the door to fraud in November.

Trump said: “If the election is rigged, I would not be surprised. The voter ID situation has turned out to be a very unfair development. We may have people vote 10 times.”

FYI: There is little if no evidence of voter ID fraud anywhere in the country ... others errors, yes, but not voter ID fraud that the GOP pushes. 

Continue the story above link.

Now the FBI Alert to States. Seems AZ and IL state voter databases were hacked. Those highlights

The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.

The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyber intrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.

Those concerns prompted Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to convene a conference call with state election officials on Aug. 15, in which he offered his department’s help to make state voting systems more secure, including providing federal cyber security experts to scan for vulnerabilities, according to a “readout” of the call released by the department.  

That story continues at the link.  

Rigged? Um.  As I said, Mr. Trump, check you Russian pals … oops. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Trump's 3-D Movie of Outrageous Promises: Duck, Dodge, and Deceive

Trump Faces the Moment of Truth

 Repository for Trump Promises

Trump’s #1 promise among all these 75 other promises is his campaign slogan: “Make America great again.” (I note: That implies America is weak?).

1. Build a wall along the southern border and it will be “the greatest wall that you've ever seen.”
2. Make Mexico pay for the wall and if Mexico refuses, then the United States will impound all remittance payments taken from the wages of illegal immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards, and port use.
3. If I become president, we're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again.
4. Get rid of Common Core because it's “a disaster and a very bad thing.” Trump says he wants to give local school districts more control and might even eliminate the Department of Education.
5. The Environmental Protection Agency might also disappear.
6. Get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something “terrific and so much better, so much better, so much better.”
7. Knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance making plans available nationally instead of regionally.
8. Rebuild the country's aging infrastructure – especially bridges and airports that look like they belong in a third-world country.
9. Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cutting benefits.
10. Defund Planned Parenthood.
11. I will take care of women, and I have great respect for women. I do cherish women, and I will take care of women.
12. Frequently uses the term radical Islamic terrorism.
13. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “…until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have proven themselves. (Update abandons that and now adopts the JEB Bush “path to being here legally…etc. paperwork.)
4. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here. Trump says wealthy Persian Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia should pay to set up a heavily guarded “safe zone in Syria.”
15. Heavily surveil mosques in the United States. Trump has said he's open to the idea of closing some mosques.
16. Create a database of Syrian refugees. Trump hasn't ruled out creating a database of Muslims in the country.
17. Never take a vacation while serving as president.
18. Prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state.
9. Make medical marijuana widely available to patients and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not.
20. Stop spending money on space exploration until the United States can fix its potholes. Encourage private space-exploration companies to expand.
21. Pick Supreme Court justices who are “really great legal scholars.”
22. Ensure that Iowa continues to host the nation's first presidential nominating contest.
23. Strengthen the military so that it's “so big and so strong and so great that nobody's going to mess with us.”
24. Be unpredictable no one is going to touch us, because I'm so unpredictable.
25. Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to wipe out shared enemies.
26. Bomb the sh*t out of ISIS and also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.
27. Target and kill the relatives of terrorists.
28. Shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.
29. Bring back water boarding which is torture. He's willing to use it and go even further than water boarding he says.
30. Leave troops in Afghanistan because it's such a mess and protect Israel. And increase U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas.
31. Find an “out clause” in the Iran nuclear deal and then totally renegotiate the whole thing.
32. I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you. (This promise is connected to criticism of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who was injured while riding a bicycle amid the Iran negotiations.)
33. Refuse to call Iran's leader by his preferred title saying I guarantee you I will be never calling him the Supreme Leader ... I'll say, “Hey baby, how ya doing?” But I will never call him the Supreme Leader.”
34. Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran before taking office. (Five hostages were recently released, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Trump has taken some credit for this.)
35. Oppose the killing of journalists I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them.” 
36. Find great generals like Patton or MacArthur -- do not allow them to go onto television news shows to explain their military strategy: I don't want my generals being interviewed, I want my generals kicking ass.” Trump likes generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops.
37. Drop that “dirty, rotten traitor” Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute.
38. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent leaders of the VA and dramatically reform the agency. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and under served areas, and ensure than every VA hospital is permanently staffed with Ob-Gyn doctors.
39. Invest more heavily in programs that help Vets transition back to civilian life, including job training and placement services. Also increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores.
40. Bring back jobs from China and Mexico, Japan, and elsewhere.
41. I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.
42. Students at Wofford College in South Carolina, where Trump attended a town hall, will all have jobs at graduation.
43. Aggressively challenge China's power in the world declaring the country a currency manipulator, adopting a zero tolerance policy on intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer, and cracking down on China's lax labor and environmental standards.
44. Rather than throw the Chinese president a state dinner, buy him a McDonald's hamburger and say we've got to get down to work.
45. Replace free trade with fair trade. Gather together the smartest negotiators in the world, assign them each a country and renegotiate all foreign trade deals.
46. Put billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn in charge of trade negotiations with China and Japan pick an ambassador to Japan who is a killer, unlike the current ambassador, Caroline Kennedy.
47. Tell Ford Motor president that unless he cancels plans to build a massive plant in Mexico, the company will face a 35 percent tax on cars imported back into the United States. 
48. Force Nabisco to once again make Oreos in the United States and bully Apple into making its “damn computers and other products” here.
49. Impose new taxes on many imports into the country. Numbers thrown around have included 32 percent, 34 percent and 35 percent.
50. Grow the nation's economy by at least 6 percent.
51. Reduce the $18 trillion national debt by vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, ending redundant government programs and growing the economy to increase tax revenues.
52. Cut the budget by 20 percent by simply renegotiating.
53. Get rid of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
54. Simplify the U.S. tax code and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four. The highest earners would pay a 25-percent tax. The corporate tax rate would fall to 15 percent. Eliminate the marriage penalty for taxpayers and get rid of the alternate minimum tax.
55. No longer charge income tax to single individuals earning less than $25,000 per year or couples earning less than $50,000. These people will, however, be required to file a one-page form with the Internal Revenue Service that states: I win.
56. Ensure that Americans can still afford to golf.
57. Allow corporations a one-time window to transfer money being held overseas, charging a much-reduced 10 percent tax.
58. Get rid of most corporate tax loopholes or incentives, but continue to allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations from their taxes.
59. On his first day in office, Trump would get rid of gun-free zones at military bases and in schools.
60. Use common sense to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings. Find ways to arm more of the “good guys like him who can take out the “sickos.” Get rid of bans on certain types of guns and magazines so that “good, honest people” can own the guns of their choice.
61. Impose a minimum sentence of five years in federal prison for any violent felon who commits a crime using a gun, with no chance for parole or early release.
62. Fix the background check system used when purchasing guns to ensure states are properly uploading criminal and health records.
63. Allow concealed-carry permits to be recognized in all 50 states.
64. Sign an executive order calling for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing a police officer.
65. Provide more funding for police training.
66. And provide more funding for drug treatment, especially for heroin addicts.
67. On the first day in office, terminate President Obama's executive orders related to immigration. This includes getting rid of sanctuary cities that Trump says have become refuges for criminals.
68. Deport the almost 11 million immigrants illegally living in the United States.
69. Triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
70. Continue to allow lowly paid foreign workers to come to the United States on temporary works visas because Trump says they are the only ones who want to pick grapes.
71. End birthright citizenship (repeal the 14th Amendment).
72. Say things that are politically incorrect, because the country does not have time to waste with political correctness.
73. Be a cheerleader for America and bring the country's spirit back. “Take the brand of the United States and make it great again.”
74. Bring back the American Dream.
75. Start winning again. “We're going to win so much – win after win after win – that you're going to be begging me: Please, Mr. President, let us lose once or twice. We can't stand it anymore. And I'm going to say: No way. We're going to keep winning. We're never going to lose. We're never, ever going to lose.”

Donald J. Trump – candidate of promises and Talk Radio sound bites lacking any substance whatsoever.

Historical note: Trump is just like this former GOP presidential candidate who won on a series of promises. To wit:

During the presidential campaign of 1928, the GOP issued a circular claiming that if Herbert Hoover were to win there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”

Despite Hoover’s landslide victory over Alfred E. Smith, the Republican Party's promise of prosperity was derailed seven months after Hoover took the oath of office with the stock market crash of 1929 which plunged the country into the Great Depression and people eventually lost confidence in Hoover thereby laying the groundwork for “The New Deal” presidency under FDR that began in 1932.

What we see now is history repeating itself. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weasels Don't Stink, Skunks Stink, and Trump Fragrances Are Awful

Even “Rosy” the Skunk is Offended

Better as Trump Fragrance Logo

Something is fishy in Denmark and in Trump la-la perfume land, too. To wit:

With questionable beauty product ingredients and practices in the public eye so much lately, Yahoo Beauty decided to see how the vanity fragrance products of a certain presidential candidate would fare regarding safety — and the results were grim.

The Trump Organization’s two fragrance lines — Empire by Trump and Success by Trump — include products containing ingredients linked to hormone disruption, skin and lung irritation, organ system changes, and cancer. That’s according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, which catalogues the ingredients and safety risks of more than 62,000 personal care products and rates them on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst.

Three Trump products — (1) Success by Trump Eau De Toilette Spray, (2) Empire by Trump Shower Gel, and (3) Donald Trump the Fragrance Eau de Toiletteearned high numbers on the danger scale, rating 10, 9, and 8, respectively.

Summary: One word – ouch. 

Related and more from the Trump Empire world-wide – enlightening.

Trump loves to bash others – whomever they are. But, seldom is he held accountable, rather he dances around the truth even when faced with his own words while in deep denial.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

POP QUIZ: Who Handles the Economy Better — DEMS or GOPers (HINT: Not GOP)

Dramatic Poll Results

Here is another good reference (

Contrary to what Republicans would have us believe, “a robust safety net can exist alongside a vibrant economy.” (And only they can deliver that they sell in every campaign).

This Salon article is a great site with hard data that is not easy to dispute once the facts – data are examined closely – which I have to say in all honesty, GOPers have a hard time grasping.

Enjoy link – good stuff for sure and as always, thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Twist on Old Cliche He Said, He Said; I Didn’t Say, He Did; No, He Did,Not Me

Simple Fact

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told Donald Trump in a phone call last week that if he doesn’t turn his flailing campaign around, the national party may shift its focus from his candidacy to down-ballot races, according to two GOP officials briefed on the exchange.

The officials said Priebus described to Trump internal party polls that show his campaign headed in the wrong direction.

Priebus told Trump that he would have been better off had he spent the days since the Republican convention at his Mar-a-Lago Club, officials said. Trump denied the officials’ account of the exchange.

Then in true SOP Trump-fashion, he denied the account of exchange between the two, adding: “Reince Priebus is a terrific guy. He never said that.”

Trump also said that the Republican Party should be grateful for his recent fundraising saying: “Why would they state that when I am raising millions of dollars for them?”

Chairman Priebus could not be reached for comment.

Trump recently also said: “If I lose I’ll take a long vacation (sic).” I suggest he start now.

BTW: Down-ballot loses for the GOP this cycle seems very likely and could be massive. Why?

First, due to the head of the ticket: Trump. Second, the voters I believe are sick and tired of this divided, stalemated, and “do nothing” GOP-run congress. We shall see for sure, this is an historical election.

Tidbits from various sources for a laugh-a-minute ending to this posting:
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Listen Up GOP Weasel-Run States: DEMS Get Things Done While You Mope Around

Newly-elected LA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) 

Great story here from the Boston Globe: Medicaid Expansion under the ACA (Obama-care). It is a success story anyway it is measured – except by GOP standards. 

Bobby Jindal (R) whom Edwards replaced in January had rejected the expansion on the grounds  that expanding access would “jeopardize the care of the most vulnerable in our society.” (Yes, we are all still laughing about that crazy-ass statement).

Introduction and Some Facts:  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 3 million more Americans would receive access to care if Medicaid expansion occurred in every state.

But to date right now, 19 GOP-controlled states continue to refuse Medicaid expansion, a different choice is being made – they are not willing to help people in dire need in millions of cases for health care and the GOP illogic is simple: They continue to refuse to put political preservation and hatred of President Obama above the needs of their citizens. In short, wait Mr. Obama out until the GOP wins back the W/H and then “repeal it.” Okay, repeal and replace it with what? Oh, the same old “Back to the Future” that brought us to seek and get reform in the first place?  – Folks that ain’t gonna work or happen.  

Not surprisingly, these same 19 states, mostly RED states, are among the unhealthiest in the nation, with some of the highest rates of illnesses and deaths from diseases that are often easily preventable.

Just imagine 3 million Americans who right now can’t see a doctor or a dentist, can’t fill prescriptions, and can’t get the drug or alcohol treatment that could turn their lives around. They are put in the impossible position of having to choose between their health — and the health of their family — and putting food on the table.

As newly-elected Gov. Edwards (the only one in the South) said last January when he took office about the impact of broadening access to care for LA: “This will not only afford them peace of mind, but also to help prevent them from slipping further into poverty and give them a fighting chance for a better life.” He is 100% correct. Preventive care in the long run saves money – why can’t GOPer’s see that… just like maintenance of anything: your car, home, plane, other equipment in your garage – keep it up to date and working is the same thing – prevent longer term cost. Only with health care we are talking about lives.

The results speak for themselves: Take this one expansion study in Arkansas and Kentucky (plus the non-expansion in Texas at the time). 

“Poor adults who started getting access to more care and who had been skipping medications because of cost and trouble paying medical bills declined significantly and the share of individuals with chronic conditions who obtained regular care increased, plus the percentage of residents who were able to simply have a medical checkup jumped by 7 points.” However, in Texas (the state that often talks of secession) and where expansion has not taken place, there’s been little success in reducing uninsured rates or improving health care outcomes – more on Texas part here (Texas Tribune).

LA is a great public policy story — one that shows how a targeted effort using government resources for the most vulnerable can produce positive, even life-changing results. But the political part of the story is less great in those 19 states that have continued to reject calls for expansion and again, not coincidentally, all 19 of them have either a Republican governor or a Republican state legislature in charge. While many of these states have argued that the costs will be prohibitive, it’s long past time to discard this dishonest talking point. The evidence simply is not there.

For example, where the BS is deep, in VA, the GOP-controlled legislature has long resisted a push from the state’s governor, Terry McAuliffe (D) to expand Medicaid for more than 400,000 Virginians, with their bogus claims that it would cost the state $1 billion. The actual cost as estimated by the fact-checking sites, like Politi Fact, found it would be only around $3 million.

This story of political change reinforces an old cliché that says:The GOP creates and ducks problems while DEMS get things done.”  I wonder, why are GOPers serving in public office? 

So, a big Kudos to the voters of Louisiana for putting Gov. Edwards in while saying bye-bye to former Gov. Jindal. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

TRUMP: Top of Heap (Landfill); King of the Road (Potholes); Top Dog (Rabid)

How Many See the Trump Campaign

  • Donald J. Trump is elected and becomes CINC of the Armed Forces.
  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's General Court martial is scheduled for early 2017. 
  • Bergdahl was no doubt AWOL and possibly also charged with desertion (more serious than AWOL).
  • He was then captured and was held and suffered at the hands of the Taliban for 5 years.
  • He was released for 5 Taliban fighters who had been in U.S. custody.

Based on CINC Trump's prejudgments while running for the office about Sgt. Bergdahl including his public statements and various other remarks wherein Trump has said, among other things: “He should have been executed.”

More recently called him a “dirty rotten traitor” and previously had called him “a no-good traitor.”

How in the world can Sgt. Bergdahl be expected to get a fair and unbiased trial? 

Trump is like a Wild West Saloon judge holding court who says: “Bring in the guilty bastard, give him a fair trial, then hang him.”

Related References:

Stay tuned — we still have 90 plus days to go. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

GOP Stuck With Trump Warts and All: Cannot Reverse Course or Turn Back Time

Clint Eastwood: Empty Chair Speech 
(August 2012)
Donald J. Trump: Empty Suit Candidate

Short and sweet: 
  1.  Clint Eastwood spoke to an empty chair has a prop in his 2012 speech at the  RNC convention.
  2.  The RNC convention in 2016 nominated Donald J. Trump, who now carries their  label and banner and by extension has become their leader.

On March 22, 2003, the world saw the “Shock and Awe” bombing of Baghdad on live TV.

On July 21, 2016, the world saw Donald J. Trump accept the nomination of the GOP for president on live TV. That has become the GOP’s new version: Call it their “Shock and Awe Shït” moment.

Sorry, folks, but a Rick Perry “oops” won’t cut it.

Here is a very excellent review and rundown about Trump and his racial antics ... it is worth reading and remembering. At least I think so.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Trump: If I Don't Win in November There Will Be Hell to Pay About Rigged Outcome

Faith in the System: Not for Donald J. Trump - nope, no way Jose....

The basic story with my caption: Trump is one very sick, paranoid man.

… In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, Trump said:  “I’m telling you, November 8th, we’d better be careful because that election is going to be rigged. And I hope the Republicans are watching closely or it’s going to be taken away from us.” 

This story coverage from multiple sources: here, here, here, here, and here.

This man is unfit, insecure, and 100% not ready for the job as president by any measurement device – a spoiled rich man who has win his way or else.

If any election or anything else in life is going to be rigged, then may I suggest we turn the spotlight on Mr. Flim-flam himself: Donald J. Trump and what I perceive as his technique anytime, anywhere, or at any cost:
 Stay tuned – it’s going to get real ugly real fast. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Hey Vlad: "Can you hear me now?" — You are cleared to hack all you want

Зеленый свет , чтобы шпионить за нами . Нет проблем.
(Green light to spy on us. No problem.)

Related to the latest Trump flap – but guess what? He doesn’t give a damn – he gets caught with more stupidity, changes the story, or blames the media, or routinely, walks it back.

I’ll post it and leave their words speak for themselves – whether it matters or not we will have to wait until Election Day, November 8, 2016. Then sound off loud and clear:


  1.  Horror After Trump Calls for Russian Hacking: “A Child Playing With Matches” 
  2.  Former CIA Director Slams Trump's Encouragement of Russian Espionage 
  3.  Right-Wing Media Claim Trump Was “Joking” 
  4.  Fact Check: Trump’s Claim Earns “Four Pinocchios” 
  5.  Trump Criticized for Connections to Russia and “Downright Frightening” NATO Statements

 Thanks for stopping by …

Monday, July 25, 2016

Porous DNC Email Leaks — Put a Stopper in Them — Um, Plug in Which End

Enemy #1 to Decent People and Society at Large 

Possible Culprit and Beneficiary 

Hold down the cheering and yelling and premature celebrating.

The big question in the news: Is Russia behind this DNC email WikiLeaks of some 20,000 stolen emails from DNC computer servers. Discussion about the role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign is now back in the limelight based their previous track record of such hacks.

Proving anything this early is difficult, but researchers and cyber experts have concluded that the DNC was breached by two Russian intelligence agencies, which happen to be the same attackers behind previous Russian cyber operations at the White House, the State Department, and in the JCS just last year. Plus, this theft would be among the most important state-sponsored hacks yet of an American organization rivaled by the attacks on OPM by state-sponsored Chinese hackers, or the attack on Sony Pictures blamed on North Korea.

In those cases, too, embarrassing emails were released, but they had no political significance. This WikiLeaks release, however, has more of a tinge of Russian-style information war, in which the intent of the revelations is to alter political events – but exactly how, is still bit of a mystery, apart from embarrassing Democrats and further alienating Bernie Sanders supporters.

Evidence thus far suggests that the attack was the work of at least two separate agencies, each apparently working without the knowledge that the other that was inside the DNC computers. And it is also unclear how WikiLeaks obtained the emails but with the presumption is that the intelligence agencies turned it over, either directly or through an intermediary for this release – the timing of which between the end of the GOP convention and start of the DEM one seems to be too well-planned to be coincidental.

Metadata from the released emails suggests that the documents passed through Russian computers with at least one hacker claiming responsibility for giving the emails to WikiLeaks. Whether the thefts were ordered by Putin, or merely carried out by apparatchiks (Russian word for operatives) who thought they might please Putin is a big question, too.

However, the Russians might have good reason to support Trump since he has indicated in an interview with The New York Times last week that he might not back NATO nations if they came under attack from Russia — unless he was first convinced that the counties had made sufficient contributions to the Atlantic alliance.

That was a remarkable moment since even at the height of the Cold War, it was hard to find a presidential campaign willing to charge that its rival was essentially secretly doing the bidding of a political adversary.

Mr. Trump not only as an isolationist, but also as one who would go soft on confronting Russia as it threatens nations that have shown too much independence from Moscow or, in the case of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, joined NATO. Plus Trump has also said he would like to “get along with Russia” if he is elected, and complimented Putin, saying he is more of a leader than President Obama. Putin in turn praised Trump.

The Trump camp just on Sunday strongly rejected any connections between their candidate and efforts to undermine the Democrats via Putin or Russia.

George Stephanopoulos (ABC This Week) asked Paul Manafort (Trump’s campaign manager): “Are there any ties between Mr. Trump, you or your campaign and Putin and his regime?” He shot back: “No, there are not. That’s absurd. You know there’s no basis to it.”  TIMING & RELEASE CLEVER PLAN OR NOT? THAT IS THE KEY QUESTION.

In my View and related: What Assange said to the media in relation to this story is OLD NEWS and he knows it, too.

He is remarks highlighted a summary of what the public already has seen and heard and witnessed via tons of GOP-run hearings and such. Nothing new there.

Maybe Assange will skillfully manufacture (like cut and paste) some old stuff to make it look like new stuff? You think? It is possible for any seasoned hacker or leak expert – of which Assange has proven to be and able to sponsor.

Plus, all this attention keeps Assange in the limelight, well-paid, and out of handcuffs, just like Snowden.

Stay tuned. So, will this impact the DNC convention? I don't think so, but we'll have to wait and see.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GOP Looking for Zebras in the Forest — HINT: Zebras Don’t Live There

The Clinton's (as usual) focus of GOP mostly bogus probes
(Now: The Clinton Foundation)

What follows comes mostly from here and the other sites linked below related to this bogus story the GOP via FOX mostly is chasing with only one goal – taint the Hillary Clinton run anyway they can – facts don’t matter, only allegations and hype and the dirtiest of the dirty politics seen in years.

First, this backdrop about the Clinton Foundation – clearly stated for anyone to read.

Now the Republican BS game about the foundation – their wish and hope for full scale investigation based on opinions, and “as they say “unresolved media reports” and these highlights:

1.  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is that charge of GOP lawmakers by issuing a letter calling for the FBI, IRS, and FTC to resolve allegations into alleged “Pay for Play” operation at the Clinton Foundation. The letter asked those Federal organizations to investigate the foundation because of “unresolved media reports that suggest the foundation is a lawless pay to play enterprise,” despite the rumors or investigation and allegations been debunked by multiple fact-checkers. [Politico: 7/15/16]

2.  FOX News has been twisting words and confusing facts to without basis allege the Clinton Foundation was under investigation for months – which have all been debunked and proven false.

Now the truth based on the facts:

3.  Bloomberg Reports: Claims that the Clinton Foundation is under investigation “Have Never Been Confirmed” (published on July 18 via the Bloomberg primer about the Clinton Foundation, which it said in part has become a “target for Republicans”).

That report also noted those claims of illegal activity at the Clinton Foundation originated from the now-discredited anti-Clinton author Peter Schweizer in his debunked opposition research book “Clinton Cash.”

4.  Related: The FBI director, James Comey, declined to say whether the agency reviewed the foundation as part of its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system while secretary of state.

5.  Bloomberg also reported that Schweizer has stated that there is no direct evidence of wrongdoing, and when directly asked this question: “Are these activities illegal?” He wrote: “That’s not for me to say."  [Bloomberg, 7/18/16]

1.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) when asked about the Clinton email probe said in part:  “I specifically asked FBI Director Comey about the other people – what about the IT guy, what about the inner circle, what about the other things. And he quickly said, I can't tell you about that yet.” [Chaffetz explained on FOX’s Special Reportin this video clip].

2.  FOX News reported in January that the FBI expanded its investigation into Clinton's emails to include the possible intersection of State Department business and the Clinton Foundation and whether public corruption laws were violated (as chronicled in Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash).

Conclusion: Here we are stuck today, unfounded allegations and raw political BS with nothing official and simply innuendo to help the GOP garnish support and money to stay in power – will it work? Time will tell.

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