Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New Genus of Mustela Found in California: Repius Devinus Nunesus (R)

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
(May have spilled classified beans as it were — oops)


Breaking news from CNN that is both startling and questionable and I ask: Why is this released now this way, um Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)? (My emphasis added):

Highlights: House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said Wednesday that Donald Trump's personal communications and those of associates may have been picked up by intelligence agencies conducting surveillance of foreign targets after the election, and hurried to the White House to brief the President.

The conversations were “incidentally” collected as part of intelligence sweeps focusing on other people, Nunes said, and implied that Trump was not the target of the surveillance operation.

Nunes said at a news conference he discovered that accounts of Trump conversations when he was reviewing intelligence reports brought to him by an unidentified person -- and said the information was not related to Russia, which is accused of interfering in the 2016 election, adding: “This is a normal, incidental collection, based on what I could collect. This appears to be all legally collected foreign intelligence under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The revelations do not, however, appear to support Trump's claims, debunked by FBI Director James Comey, that he was wiretapped by his predecessor President Barack Obama, rather, they appear to relate to conversations between Trump or associates and people who were targeted by FISA warrants.
Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) on the Sen. Intel Cmte says: “Nunes statements would appear to reveal classified information, which is a serious concern about FISA data collected.”
Trump says he feels partially vindicated … yeah, sure you do.
As for me, I am confused with mixed views: Pissed and angry. So, where is the bottom of this nasty ugly smelly cesspool, um, Mr. and Mrs. GOP?
Closely related is this from the BBC) — What we know, don't know, think we know, or don't know what we think we know? Confusing isn't it? You bet it is and I honestly believe it is and it is based on a carefully crafted and scripted Trump-Bannon Reality Show playbook... bet on it. I see that route as a sure winner.
Regardless, stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trump's View of Defense Policy and Funding: The More Nukes the Merrier

How Trump Feels Safe

How Trump Sees the World

From here >>> President Donald J. Trump loves Nukes and used to say “everyone needs one (sic)” or “why have them if you won’t use them?” Well, now he has proposed to boost federal spending on the production of nuclear weapons by more than $1 billion in 2018 while slashing or eliminating spending on many federal programs related to diplomacy, foreign aid, and social needs, in a budget proposal that reflects the first tangible expression of his defense priorities.
Trump likes being “unpredictable.”

The $1.4 billion budget increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration amounts to just a small fraction of the overall $54 billion boost he requested over the military’s roughly $639 billion 2017 budget, but it is a proportionally higher increase (11 percent) than the Defense Department itself would get (8 percent), signaling that he and his advisers feel the U.S. nuclear weapons program deserves special treatment.
The 64-page budget document released by the White House on March 16 — and entitled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” — contained only a few sentences about the proposal, which would give the NNSA a total of $14.3 billion in fiscal year 2018. But the blueprint said the new spending would support “the goals of moving toward a responsive nuclear infrastructure and advancing the existing program of record for warhead life extension programs.”
That language refers to an existing effort to modernize three types of warheads, so they can be deployed with bombers, submarine-launched missiles, and land-based missiles, some of which will themselves be modernized in years to come. That warhead work is well under way, although the budget document suggested it had been slowed by Obama-era defense spending caps. Some independent experts have cautioned, however, that the speed of the work is limited mostly by its sheer complexity, rather than by fund shortages, and expressed doubt that it could be accelerated.
Trump’s budget proposal also says the additional NNSA funds would address its “critical infrastructure maintenance” needs — which is Washington-speak for everything from laboratories and test tracks to office buildings — which NNSA director Frank Klotz has pegged in public statements at roughly $3.7 billion.
Now the rest of the story - as the late great Paul Harvey used to say:
That tally includes both nuclear weapons-related work and non-nuclear work related to the cleanup of wastes from past weapons production activities.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Self-Eval from Honest Man, Really Honest (Guffaw, Har Har Har, LMAO)

I prefer to rename his book to: “The Art of the Con.”


Background on him is all over the net. Do the research to things in his own words and statements, and those blasted tweets at 5 am.

As you read the links below, keep his quote above: “You can't con people at least not for long.” Um, well, you see that implies that short-term cons are okay and certainly that is how he operates and has for decades. 

GOP (FL) Sen. Marco Rubio once called Trump a “con-artist” during the GOP primary campaign season, and he never backed down. 

Then recall this from former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking at the 2016 DEM CONVENTION, in part:

I’m a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one! Trump says he’ll punish manufacturers that move to Mexico or China, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the US visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. He says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in hiring them. What’d I miss here?”

And then further this analysis and a darn good read – check it out and then see how apropos it is today.


Folks, we have been had.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

No Official Duty or Role or Title or Responsbility, Just a Daughter

Along Side the German Chancellor
(Most-Recent)

Along Side the PM of Canada
(Earlier)

Across from the Japanese PM
(Even Earlier)

Ivanka Trump gatecrashed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's ill-fated summit with Donald Trump which was her the latest in a line of questionable appearances at gatherings where she probably doesn't really belong.
Trump is a reality TV star, businesswoman, and jewelry vendor who now sits next to the German chancellor and with other world leaders in the past – again, why?
So, yes, why is the daughter of the president at these high-level meetings? She has no official role, no title, and certainly no purpose to be there except one: Photo Ops to be used in her next commercial for goods shipped in for sale from China.
She could meet them at perhaps a dinner or lunch, but not during any official meetings and such.
This is totally unheard of, but with the Trump’s, well, they stretch protocol to the limits that they want. 
I guess we'll have to wait and see how this latest appears in Ivanka’s fashion Ads… 
So, never mind. Ho hum.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

No Honor, No Scruples, No Dignity, Uncouth, Shallow, and Unfit for Office

 It started with this whopper and has gone South since


I have a 100% rational and logical question regarding this scenario:

A classified report from the Justice Department reportedly does not confirm President Trump's accusations that President Obama ordered a spying operation against him during the 2016 election, as CNN reported (citing two government officials familiar with the DOJ document).

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member have both indicated to CNN that they do not believe the DOJ report backs up Trump's wiretapping allegations, adding: “There's really no question about this. The president's statements before, and his tweets since leading right until now, have no basis in fact.”

Also, the congressional bipartisan committee issued a statement earlier this week to that same effect saying it sees “no indications that Trump was wiretapped by Obama.”

So, my simple question is this: If Trump can accuse a former President of a crime and keep sticking to the story despite all odds and proof otherwise, and this all GOP-run Congress does nothing, then what prevents Trump from going after any innocent American for any crime he dreams up and without proof or evidence about any actual crime by them?

Trump has to pay a price for this utter nonsense and blatant craziness. He has to pay a very heavy price, and that is simple as well. In sort, he has to give up the office and if not, then he must be removed – and, the sooner the better.

In a word: He is unfit to continue as President.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trump Budget Proposal: Proverb Analyst Ho Lee Chit Calls WTF Moment

Trump's 1st Federal Budget Proposal
(“America First” but “Most Americans Last”)

Troika, Trio, Triplets, Un-Tired Un-True Threesome
(OMB Dir. Mulvaney, Bannon “The Designer” and “The Decider”)


Original Post Follows This Update: 


WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) — President Trump’s first budget provides more than $4.5 billion in new spending to fight illegal immigration — not just by building a wall along the southern border but by adding more than 1,700 border officers, prosecutors and judges.
Beginning work on the wall comes with the biggest outlay — $2.6 billion — followed by $1.5 billion for expanded detention, transportation and removal of illegal immigrants. Note: The DHS estimates the wall will cost $21 billion with Congress providing the money and guess what? Taxpayers to foot the bill.


Ryan, McConnell, Trump here: Okay, build it - bill taxpayers NOT Mexico.
(You follow up on reimbursement with Mexico after done. Okee dokee)


I note: This wall is nothing more than another huge pie-in-the-sky Trump pet project just like his “Trump Tower” or some Casino that failed, or like Trump University – how and why do Republicans fail to see that?

Specifics:
1.  The largest staffing increases would be 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel and 500 new Border Patrol agents — all at a cost of $314 million. (Note: In executive orders issued five days after his inauguration, Trump called for adding 10,000 immigration officers and 5,000 border agents).
2.  Overall, the Department of Homeland Security would receive a $2.8 billion, or 7%, increase compared to the current year budget.

Other immigration-related additions in the budget proposal include:

1.  About $80 million to hire 75 new immigration judges to handle removal proceedings.
2.  Hiring 60 additional border enforcement prosecutors and 40 deputy U.S. marshals to catch and transport criminal aliens.
3.  Hiring 20 new attorneys to obtain land needed to secure the southwest border and another 20 attorneys and staff to handle immigration litigation.
7.  Another $15 million to begin implementation of mandatory nationwide use of the E-verify Program, which allows businesses to determine the legal status of new workers.
Related story from the Washington Post (March 7 news): Wall funding to cut U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA, and TSA (airport and border screeners).

The original post begins here:

Trump's 1st Proposed Budget = 4 Word Summary: Hurts people, not helps…

This budget proposal (Reuters) and here (NY Times) and here (LA Times) appears to mirror Stephen Bannon’s philosophy as expressed in his own words mentioned here (Politico): “I want to tear down and deconstruct the administrative state” and build “economic nationalism.”

Note: I call that another far-right/Alt-right Breitbart asinine view of America but not one for most Americans. Ergo: Those three above are the most-dangerous trio on Earth - that is: Trump is managed by Bannon (former Breitbart CEO; and with both heavy influence from the likes of an Alex Jones, and that includes Roger Stone (both conspiracy nuts whom Trump seeks support and advice from).

Quick Down and Dirty: Twelve of the government's 15 Cabinet agencies would absorb cuts under the president's proposal with the biggest losers being: AG; Labor; State; and the EPA. The big winners are DOD and DHS

This is more Flim-Flam Con-artist Carnival Hawker talk like that from a P.J. Barnum sales pitch as part of his “Art of the Deal” style: Borrow other people’s money, lose it, excuse it, borrow from someone else, lose it, write it off as “tax loss and start the same process all over again” –

This is classic TRUMP-A-NOMICS. Hold a lot of serious debt on broken promises while smiling and hiding it by whipping up more debt with more broken promises and never admitting failure.

The biggest scam in budget history re: Trump’s Wall:

Trump wants Congress to shell out $1.5 billion for the border wall with Mexico in the current fiscal year- that is enough for pilot projects to determine the best way to build it – and then $2.6 billion more in FY-18.

The estimate of the full cost of the wall will be included in the full budget, expected in mid-May, and will also project spending and revenues over 10 years.

Recall that Trump vowed a million times that “Mexico will pay for the wall.” Mexico for their part has flatly said it will not. Trump then went on to say he’s sent them the bill for reimbursement – even a bigger joke. FYI: The White House keeps saying the funding would be kick-started in the United States.

The spending plan seeks to shrink numerous federal programs:

1.  EPA would see massive layoffs (some 3,000 job losses) by eliminating more than 50 programs due to a 31 percent cut.
2.  Department of Labor would be slashed by 21 percent.
3.  HHS overall is reduced by 18 percent.
4.  National Institutes of Health would be even deeper.

Totally eliminate: 

1.  Amtrak's long-distance routes.
2.  National Endowment for the Arts.
3.  United States Institute of Peace.
4.  Chemical Safety Board.
5.  PBS, includes NPR.
6.  Climate change initiatives.
7.  The $250 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Global Climate Change Initiative.
8.  Clean Power Plan program and 3,000 EPA workers would lose jobs.
9.  Rules on emissions from power plants (seen as contributing to global warming).
10. Subsidies for airlines serving rural airports in Trump strongholds. 

Other Cuts:

1.  National Institutes of Health $5.8 billion cut (despite Trump's talk in a recent address to Congress of finding “cures to the illnesses that have always plagued us.”)
2.  Subsidies for the federal flood insurance program (a linchpin for the real estate market, especially in coastal southern states and the Northeast).

Noteworthy: 

1.  It doesn't address taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or any deficits.
2.  It has an increase in user fee of airline ticket tax by $1 per one-way trip.
3.  No mention of many sensitive programs such as community health centers, national parks, and payments for rural schools.
4.  Some sensitive domestic programs may be spared:  WIC, housing “vouchers” for the poor, Special Education, poor school districts, and support to historically black colleges and universities.

Does anyone besides me see or suspect a pattern in all that BS budget, or am I paranoid just like those in the White House (according to Politico and other reports)?

Seems to be a focus on hurting, not helping the most-needy, those who seek factual information (i.e., the science community vs the deniers), rural areas (odd: he won in those areas), and big areas (e.g., East and West Coasts where he did not win the popular vote).

So, is this just one big coincidence or a carefully-crafted plan?

Time will tell, but keep in mind, this proposal is probably DOA and thus we can expect one huge fight in Congress.

Stay tuned as I'm sure you will.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

More Trump Shady Deals: Now Tied to Son-in-Law Jared Kushner, Co.

Kushner Companies-Anbang (Chinese Insurance Group) Windfall Deal
(The Basics)

No Special Deals for Future Favors, Right
(Yeah, sure)

If after you read this story you still don’t think this “deal” stinks or favors China for any future inside contacts or whatever else they want from this White House, or that it’s all on the up and up, then please allow me to enlighten you about the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus, too.

This planned $4 billion transaction includes terms that some real estate experts consider unusually favorable for the Kushner’s. 

It provides them with both a sizable cash payout ($400 million) from the Chinese Anbang Insurance Group for a property that has struggled financially and an equity stake in a new partnership (refer to chart above for the other niceties).

There is a lot of nuts and bolts to this story from Bloomberg that continues here. It is very good stuff for sure and boy does it leave a lot of room for tons of questions and answers.

So, keep on top of this story — more updates later, I am sure. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, March 13, 2017

DJT: “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”

Yay,  Wahoo: No more foreign imports
(Jobs, Jobs, and Jobs for Everyone Here at Home)

Psst: That pledge doesn’t apply to you Sweetheart


Extracted from Beijing (AFP report):

My take and emphasis re: Mr. Trump actions prior to and after his inauguration day speech and this pledge: “We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.”

1. He has defended the licensing of the Trump name for goods made in China (shoes, ties, dress shirts) as simply “smart business.”
2.  He has accused China of stealing “our jobs through unfair trade practices and currency manipulation.”
3.  He slammed American firms (e.g., Ford and Nabisco) for their off-shore business.
4.  He has kept up that kind of pressure vowing to punish domestic and foreign companies that manufacture abroad with threats of massive tariffs as much as 45 percent.
5.  His fusillades (and tons of tweets) have led some American companies to second-guess decisions to build production facilities overseas.

Now, reality and from my point of view and I’m just surmising but this is how I picture him holding a family business confabs to talk business strategy: “Okay here’s what’s going to happen. You will continue to do as much as possible and as fast as possible and make as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. We don’t know when this ride will wear thin. So stick to the plan. It’s really a great plan, a really great plan, and it can get greater. It has not failed us in the past except when they try to sidetrack us and we are Trump’s and can’t allow that to happen, so keep on track.”

Specifics about “We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” First, bullshit, Mr. Trump – that should suffice as a starting point, and then this:  Apparently, Ivanka Trump Kushner, his daughter is the exception to that rule, cite:

Even as he spoke that January 20, 2017, at least eight shipments of her “Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, bags, and clothes — more than 59 tons to be precise — were steaming towards American ports from China. That is according to U.S. Customs bills of lading examined by AFP.

As Trump uses the presidential pulpit to censure manufacturers — both domestic and foreign for using overseas labor to make goods for American consumers stuff with Ivanka’s name keep rolling in.

For example: More than 2 tons of ladies' polyester woven blouses, 1,600 cowhide leather wallets, and 25 tons of “Made-in-China” footwear were among at least 82 such shipments that passed U.S. Customs (almost one per day) since November 8 when he was elected right through February 26 (Customs records show).

The three U.S. companies holding Ivanka licenses to manufacture her products for the “Ivanka Trump fashion line” are: Garment maker G-III, Mondani Handbags, and Marc Fisher Footwear. (Note: Marc Fisher told AFP it had no comment, while the others did not respond to requests for comment).

(I note: Why should they comment. They are making tons of money with those tons of shipments – besides, it’s just “Smart business,” right Mr. President)?

Background: Invanka’s business deals have come under scrutiny since Nordstrom announced in February it would stop carrying her products, citing poor sales, and that provoked a scathing attack from Trump and his advisers and even prompted senior counselor Kellyanne Conway to state on FOX TV during an interview that urged Americans to go out and buy Ivanka’s stuff.

Conway W/H Commercial for Ivanka Stuff (via FOX)

FYI: More than 1,200 shipments of Trump-branded products have flowed into the U.S. from China and Hong Kong over the past decade (according to an examination of U.S. import data last year by the anti-Trump PAC: Our Principles).

In February, Japanese firm Nisshinbo Holdings (a leading global maker of automobile brake parts) dropped plans to open a factory in Mexico, saying it was due to Trump's trade policies. But Trump has been notably silent on his daughter's products, which are sold in American retailers like Macy's, Lord & Taylor, and TJ Maxx. For example: G-III alone sold $29.4 million of the goods in 2015. Their sales in the first nine months of 2016 were up $13.3 million over the same period the previous year (re: The company's public filings).

The president in typical response has tweeted: “My daughter has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom.”

No, Mr. Trump: It is the public who been treated unfairly by you and your gang of greedy hypocritical con-artist slicksters. And, it’s far more than just “smart business” as you say. It’s the kind mobs associate with, called “A shakedown.”

Thanks for stopping. 




Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trump is Not In Charge: The Man at His Elbow With His Ear is in Charge

Bannon: A Vladimir Ilyich “Ulyanov” aka: Vladimir Lenin Wannabe
(His words, not mine)

We did it, Steve, we won. So, now what??
(Up to you I guess)

I don’t know Stephen K. Bannon, only what I have read and watched about him, neither do I have any desire to know him. There are things about his man we all need to know and then pay close attention to him since he is the power behind the presidency – that is a hard, harsh fact based on a lot evidence that mounts almost daily.

FYI: After reports about that quote above emerged, Bannon told journalists that he did not recall the conversation. Um … yeah, right…!!!

A few introductory facts:

1.  Donald J. Trump is president; not Stephen K. Bannon.
2.  Trump was elected to the office; not Bannon (he was appointed).
3.  Trump, like presidents before him, is expected to show good judgment in making cabinet and other key government official choices and selections; not Bannon.
4.  Trump may be our president, but he is not acting presidential; Bannon is.

So, who is in charge of our government and thus, the country? That is not a rhetorical question my friends. It needs close scrutiny. It is the most-extremely important question of the day and one based on a mere 50 days in power by the Trump administration.

Much has been written and spoken and still on-going about the missteps and faux pas of the administration – some key and critical questions still remain to be answered definitely. But the real question is: “Who is in charge?” By all accounts it is not Donald J. Trump – it is Stephen K. Bannon. That is my focus today.

Tons of information are out there on Bannon and his views and ideas and methods – some not true, or unverified, or just plain BS; most however are factual: his quotes and writings and speeches, etc. Those cannot be denied. Like the title of this post should be this from Bannon: “Darkness is good: Dick Cheney, Darth Vader, and Satan. That's power.”

Excuse me: One of those three is a person: Richard Bruce “Dark Dick” Cheney and we all kind of know his performance as Vice President for eight years, too. No need to rehash them now.

The other two Bannon cites are not people. They are either folklore, or a religious statement, and one is a movie character. But, merely stating that they are “power” as Bannon does shows a lot about the man and his thinking. A lot more follows:

Bannon for one thing absolutely — and mockingly — rejects the idea that he is a racist and here too, but says: “I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist. The globalists gutted the American working class and created a middle class in Asia. The issue now is about Americans looking to not get f**ked over. If we deliver” — and by “we” he meant the Trump White House — “we'll get 60 percent of the white vote, and 40 percent of the black and Hispanic vote, and we'll govern for 50 years. That's what the Democrats missed. They were talking to these people with companies with a $9 billion market cap employing nine people. It's not reality. They lost sight of what the world is about.”
Yeah, that Stephen K. Bannon and more:
Bannon can seem to be not just a focused voice (behind for Trump), but almost a messianic one when he says: “Like Andrew Jackson's populism, we're going to build an entirely new political movement. It's everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I'm the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it's the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Shipyards, iron works, get them all jacked up. We're just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930’s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives plus populists in an economic nationalist movement.”
Then several days after the Trump inauguration (January 20, 2017), Bannon told the NY TIMES this:  “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. I want you to quote this: “The media here is the opposition party.” They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”
At the end of January 2017, in a departure from the previous format of the National Security Council (NSC), the holder of Bannon's position, along with that of the Chief of Staff, were designated by presidential memorandum as regular attendees to the NSC's Principals Committee, a Cabinet-level senior inter-agency forum for considering national security issues. The enacted arrangement was criticized by several members of previous administrations and was called “stone cold crazy” by Susan Rice (Obama's last NSC adviser). In response, White House spokesman Sean Spicer pointed to Bannon's seven years’ experience as a Navy officer in justifying his presence on the Committee.
In February 2017, Bannon appeared on the cover of Time, on which he was labeled “The Great Manipulator” (Breitbart article). The headline used for the associated article was "Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?” alluding to Bannon's perceived influence in the White House. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in the aftermath of the 2016 election, Bannon analogized his influence to that of “Thomas Cromwell in the court of the Tudors.”
Bannon, along with Stephen Miller, was involved in the creation of Executive Order 13769, which resulted in restricted U.S. travel and immigration by individuals from seven countries, suspension of the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days, and indefinite suspension of the entry of Syrians to the United States.
The National Policy Institute, a think tank that is part of the alt-right movement that includes neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites, held a gathering at the federally owned Ronald Reagan Building. Their salute caught our attention.

Richard Spencer is an American white nationalist, known for promoting white supremacist views often through the viewpoint of mainstream punditry. He is president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think-tank, and Washington Summit Publishers, an independent publishing firm.

Well, that’s it; probably enough for this post. Good stuff to hang on to as we see Bannon lead Trump to wherever Bannon wants to lead him like in he refers to in that Lenin quote above. Yeah, that place…!!!

Stay tuned.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Either Direct or Indirect Attacks on Our Foundation: Attacks Nevertheless

Just Ask this line-up of Experts — They'll Tell You Right Up Front

Now we are today ... the inmates of the past are now in charge of the asylum (W/H, Congress, and soon the Courts).

WHAT IS UNDER ATTACK? ANTI-OPENNESS; ANTI-FIRST AMENDMENT; ANTI-FREE FLOWING INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACCESS AND DECIDE FOR OURSELVES IS NOW FULLY AND DIRECTLY UNDER TRUMP AND GOP FRONTAL ATTACK:
e.g., the TRUMP MEDIA GAG ORDER KEY for government agencies (i.e., EPA, NIH (Trump once called them and their work “terrible” in November 2016), CDC, Ag Dep’t, HHS, Interior, Energy, and NASA. All those agencies gather and work with public Science data now under serious GOP assault if they release data via government web sites – amazing turn of events.
TO DATE re: Trump Cabinet/Agency Chiefs:
1.  Scott Pruitt at EPA hates EPA (and as OK AG sued them numerous times),
2.  Rex Tillerson at State (with strong business and oil ties to Russia and oil).
3.  Ryan Zinke for Interior (hates public-owned land),
4.  Rick Perrey at Energy (who said in date: “Eliminate them” – then oops.).
5.  Mick Mulvaney at OMB (who once said publicly and on-line: “What might be the best question of all is: Do we really need government funded research at all.”).
And a host of Climate and Science Deniers around the White House.
Donald Trump himself once called the National Institutes of Health — a research facility that has saved millions of lives — terrible.
Thousands of civil servants produce critically important research on disease threats, natural disasters, climate change, and so much more. Major changes afoot, proposed, and in effect already.
Right now, or so it seems like every crackpot we hear on Talk Radio in in conspiracy sites are now in public high offices. They are ready to literally throw out both the baby and the bathwater, then keep debris for safekeeping to stop things they fear, e.g., anything to do with science and government funding for science and then reporting it openly and freely at government websites and in other form of communications and mostly re: at scientific agencies – the naturally, blame the DEMS.

For example: At the EPA, Trump ordered them to freeze new scientific grants. The EPA grants billions every year to fund research projects throughout the country. “These grants help states pay to track air pollution, say, or restore watersheds, or support researchers studying various environmental problems.” EPA may see an $815 million in budget cut for various “environment programs and management and they are now banned from communicating via press releases or social media communications during this time to the public.
Reuters reported that the Trump Administration has ordered the EPA take down its climate change web page. The EPA climate change page contains links to emissions data and explainers on the current consensus in the field. It’s currently unclear if the climate change page removal will happen again since EPA said the Trump’s EPA team agreed to “stand down” on the order to remove the web page for now. WHY????
GOP talks of transparency, working for the public and this shut off communications with the public on things they do not like or want dealing with health and science and the food, water, and air we need to live as humans?
The GOP DNA is fixed in cement: They believe that lower taxes (except for the top); less regulation (except what they like); smaller government (just on their terms); and much, much more money and arms and equipment for DOD is and will solve all our problems, large or small - not matter what. They are dead set on sustaining the flat-lined trickle down theory no matter the costs.
Now what? Stay tuned. We are about to find out.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mr. President: Do You Still “Love WikiLeaks” After This Attack on America

Hot off the Press for next POTUS Tweet

Taliban and Others also love WikiLeaks, Mr. Trump

Before you start reading this, or story from the Washington Post site, ask yourself this question – one I put out there this way and based solely on Trump’s own words not mine:
“Is Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, a Russian-WikiLeaks lackey and staunch supporter for their efforts to undermine America?  Mr. Trump’s own words and actions support my question.”
With thought in mind, remember this clip – I emphasize on the first 1 minute 30 secondss. Yes, it's all in Trump's own words - not mine (ironically that was October 11, 2016 in PA rally, which happens to have been my birthday, too).

THE POST FOR TODAY: WikiLeaks Puts Out Trove of CIA documents:
WikiLeaks touted its document trove as exceeding in scale and significance the massive collection of NSA documents exposed by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.
A statement from WikiLeaks indicated that it planned to post nearly 9,000 files describing code developed in secret by the CIA to steal data from targets overseas and turn ordinary devices including cellphones, computers and even television sets into surveillance tools.
Such a breach of our intelligence capabilities, and the potential fallout it might cause among U.S. allies, could pose a significant challenge to President Trump, who in the past has praised WikiLeaks (see video clip above) and disparaged the CIA (on Russian hacking findings).

This breach, if proven legitimate, adds to WikiLeaks’s expanding library of sensitive U.S. government documents, after previous releases of sensitive U.S. diplomatic cables and military records.
The leak as noted above is also likely to create political ripples for the Trump administration since Trump declared “I love WikiLeaks.” Then he dismissed the CIA’s conclusion that Russia was behind the hack, but has since said he now thinks Moscow may have been responsible. (both linked above). Thus we now may have this (Salon.com angle) — food for thought for sure:


Troika (Russian: тройка) Three men and a “plan”

Significance here is to see what will be Trump’s forthcoming tweet (yes, there will a few – bet on it) about this. So, here is my entry into that guessing game supposition about what he might tweet:

“CIA oversteps bounds in efforts to gather intelligence information on and about our enemies and adversaries that help keep us safe. Good job WikiLeaks – always loved you. REMEMBER AMERICA, ONLY I CAN KEEP YOU SAFE…SAD!!!” @realDonaldTrump

BTW: While this story was hitting the world scene, here are some tweets the very same day as the story. What is amazing are Trump’s tweets listed in the site – truly amazing.


FACT: Yes, we spy on foreign governments and places, and yes, they spy on us, too. 
This is not breaking news.

CIA has precise mission to only conduct operations outside the U.S. thus WikiLeaks and whoever stole the info and provided it to them should be held to account, fair and swift in court with the maximum punishment.

Now, if WikiLeaks is indeed a supplier to Russia (as many suspect just like Snowden), then this gets real sticky real fast.

Basically, this harms our overall effort worldwide to monitor North Korea, Syria, ISIS, and al-Qaeda around the globe and others interested in inflicting harm on our homeland and Americans abroad – and work hard to do that — ergo: truly evil people.

Now this tells our enemies how we hack and access their electronics – e.g., our methods and equipment and operations. 

So, do you really want sad, Mr. Trump? Okay; this is sad…!!!

I predict Trump's statement of love for WikiLeaks will and rightly so haunt him forever. And, BTW: Where is the GOP outrage over this? Or, will we have to wait and see the harm this leak presents like on the death of American worldwide. 

Tic toc GOPers in office and in charge, tic toc...!!!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Lies, Truth, Facts, Opinion, Propaganda, Disinformation: What is Real


From 1917 until Today
(Same old song)

Pull up a chair
(Today's special)

Russian Goals vis-à-vis U.S. Systems (Both Political and Social).

Russian methods and strategy right now here in our homeland is without direct military intervention. Even though right now there is no provable collusion (former DNI Clapper on MTP) between the Trump team, Putin, and the Russians what follows does exist and is in full swing:

RUSSIAN METHODS TOWARDS THE U.S.

• Focus on all political and social structures.
• Harm, but without direct military intervention (only as last resort).
• Plant and Keep internal distrust intact.
• Generate and Spread chaos in all forms of media and communications.
• Cause Discontent within the state for the state as possible.
• Keep Distrust alive and vigorous.
• Ignore and Discount counter-methods to disprove our methods.
• Keep the Heat red hot.

Russian Main Strategy: Disrupt and undermine the entire democratic system and process while professing total ignorance of events while blaming the other side’s internal politics via “Fake News” while blaming “Fake News.”

Compare U.S. and Russian Sides:

¶  Trump bashes the media, hates the media, belittles the media, and yet he needs the media like a drug addict for his next fix to survive and thrive by getting supporters to hate them as much as he does as long as the media is under his control, operated on his term by his way and with his agenda – that or face more of his bashing and ridicule and wrath.

¶  Putin on the other hand already uses the media like his own personal pet e.g., it is: cite the massive world-wide RT media (TV, Radio, Internet, and Print) which is Russian state-funded and state-run and state-controlled. Putin loves the media since they are his tool and they love him too. They either do or off to Siberia or worse for them. Thus the ultimate goals of Putin and Russia without direct military intervention:

1.  Spread hate and discontent.
2.  Instill & preserve internal dissent.
3.  Spread chaos.
4.  Ensure vibrant turmoil.
5.  Maintain doubt and distrust.
6.  Deny and preserve methods.

What we seem to forget about are the goals of the Russians – recap: 

1.  Profit and again from dissent.
2.  Discontent is our tool and friend.
3.  Disinformation is major asset.
4.  Chaos is our “peacemaker.”
5.  Turmoil disrupts systems.
6.  Keep doubt alive and well.

There may not be direct hard evidence of all of the above or current Russian on-going activities right now, but that is why a careful and extensive investigation is needed.

Keep in mind that all see and hear or think we know right now is just smoke and mirrors for the Russians. They need the smoke for concealment, not necessarily cover, but as a distraction from the truth – the facts. Without facts or the truth, the Russians are free to say as they do, and as many here at home also now say while playing into Russian hands, which is precisely what the Russians want to hear:

“SEE, NOTHING BUT SMOKE, STILL NO FIRE THERE.”

The bottom line: We don’t know the full truth or as we take pride in saying: The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

With all the above, and sadly, our side has bought into the slick Russian game lock, stock and barrel. So, what is the harm or damage, if any?

Well, I’d simply say, look around and watch and listen to cable TV, Talk Radio, read Alt-Right stuff, check conspiracy sites and read theories from Alex Jones and Mark Levin and Roger Stone and yes, even Stephen Bannon and a few others now either in control of certain factions or damn close to the White House if not already inside.  

Keep in mind that the Russians are pros at this game and have been since the days of Vladimir Lenin when took over in Russia in 1917 under the slogan of “Bread, Peace and Land!” (For everyone) and he was the first USSR leader, too.

Finally: Remember that the Russians are pros at this by their careful design and their time-proven methodology.

Folks, this whole mess is not over. It could get worse. So, how did we allow this to happen and get to this stage? Are we “just too free” some ask? Perhaps, but I’d never change that for anything else; would you?

My other links to Trump Obama wire taps, Trump-Putin ties, and AG Sessions see linked below.

We can and we must do better towards national unity and flush the propaganda out of our lives. We are better than this.

And this related article from Salon.com (I put out in full here). It is a very good read.

Thanks for stopping by. A lot to read and follow — hope this helps.