Sunday, May 21, 2017

Real men don't curtsy.

Image result for trump curtsy imageI saw some of trump's speech in Saudi Arabia today, and if some of you trumpbots were watching, I am sure that you were a bit surprised at his new tone.  You must have thought that it was the secret Muslim, Obama, speaking out there. I mean he even did a curtsy  in front of King Salman for good measure. Nice.

There was no mention of the words "radical Islamic terrorism", something that he said so much during his campaign to fire up his base, that it became one of his calling card.  Let's face it, the man won because he promised to build a wall to keep out the Mexicans, and to ban all Muslims from traveling to our country. And yet, there he was today, sucking up and doing a little curtsy for the King. (Remember when right-winguts went hysterical because Obama "bowed"?)

Anyway, we are all well aware of trump's hypocrisy by now. He ripped Michelle Obama for not wearing a head scarf to the Kingdom, and yet, there was his own wife going on her Saudi trip without one.  You gotta love the Grifter In Chief.  

Now it's off to Israel and the Vatican for team trump. The Holy Father better get his bullshit shovel out. 

Finally, there is an interesting story circulating about an African American Judge in Alabama.

"An Alabama judge who once complained on Facebook of being racially profiled by the police refused on Thursday to recuse himself in a case involving a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a black man.
 
Defense lawyers had argued that two posts by the judge, Greg Griffin of the Montgomery County Circuit Court, created the appearance of a conflict, one of the lawyers, Roianne Conner, said in a phone interview.
 
But Judge Griffin denied the defense’s motion during a hearing on Thursday morning, Ms. Conner said.
 
“He took it very personally,” she said. “He told me he could take off his black robe, but he couldn’t take off his black skin.”
 
Thursday’s ruling was the latest twist in an emotionally charged case that has resonated deeply in the predominantly black city of Montgomery, a place with a history of distrust between the local authorities and residents.
 
Ms. Conner estimated that six judges had already recused themselves from the closely watched case for various reasons. And her team has asked to move the trial to another county because, it contends, its client has been the victim of “racial prejudice” since his arrest.
 
Neither Judge Griffin nor his court reporter responded Thursday to phone calls and an email seeking comment. A call to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office also was not returned.
 
 
 
   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.

Example: "Hey boss, what year is this? I got in this funny thing called a time machine and here I am." 

Pic from twitter.com

Go to this guy's twitter feed and read his first hand account of what is going on in "da boot" right now. Fascinating stuff!

https://twitter.com/samswey

Friday, May 19, 2017

This mess is way past the drip stage.

Image result for trump images    Imagine, if you will, former president Barack Obama, telling the leaders from a foreign power that the well respected leader of the FBI is a "nut job" and that he is "crazy", and that the pressure being put on him by the man would relieve him of "real pressure."

I know it's hard to imagine, because the former president would not be that nefarious or dumb. Mr. trump seems to be both.

The world, I am sure, would end as we know it. Right-wingnuts would be marching to Pennsylvania Avenue demanding that the brown fella inside comes out and face the masses. 

Anyway, there is no need to imagine, because the current president did say to the Russians in the oval office that Jim Comey is a nut job.

"Two more bombshell reports published Friday afternoon delivered a one-two punch to the Trump White House regarding the investigation into its potential ties to Russia, capping off a week where each day dealt a fresh blockbuster blow to the administration.

In one story, the Washington Post reported that a law enforcement Russia probe has identified a current adviser to the president as a “person of interest,” while a New York Times story reported that the commander in chief told visiting Russian officials that the firing of “nut job” FBI Director James Comey had taken a weight off his shoulders.

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” President Trump said in a meeting with Russian officials last week, according to the Times report on a document summarizing the meeting. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Trump reportedly added that he wasn’t under investigation, which is potentially untrue, since the president may not know the extent or specifics of the probe. The White House did not dispute the Times reporting on Trump’s quote."

I am sure that all of you trump supporters wishes that was fake news. Sadly for you, it is not. 

Finally, while we have all been distracted the trump clown show, we should not turn away from some of the things that have been (and continue) to happen in America.

 Image result for connecticut man dies shot 20 minutes["This photo provided by lawyer, Peter Finch shows Julian Fyffe at his home in Bridgeport, Conn., Thursday, May 18, 2017. Fyffe, shot by Bridgeport police during an encounter on May 9, that left his 15-year-old friend dead says he was left bleeding in the street for nearly 20 minutes before being brought to an ambulance. Fyffe told The Associated Press on Thursday that he and Jayson Negron were handcuffed and left on the street after being shot by a police officer. Negron was pronounced dead at the scene. (Peter Finch via AP) The Associated Press "] 

"Julian Fyffe says he and a friend were left bleeding and handcuffed in a Connecticut street for nearly 20 minutes without medical attention after being shot by a police officer.

His 15-year-old friend, Jayson Negron, was still breathing. But he would learn later at a hospital that Negron died at the scene following the May 9 shooting in Bridgeport.
 
"They didn't do anything. They just kept walking by us," Fyffe told The Associated Press in a phone interview Thursday. "It took forever to get me in the ambulance. I'm on the floor coughing up blood, bleeding out."
 
Fyffe questioned why police and other first responders did not immediately provide medical care. All cadets at the Bridgeport police academy receive 60 hours of training in emergency medical care, including initial treatment of gunshot wounds, said city spokeswoman Rowena White. White declined to comment Friday on Fyffe's statements." [Source]

*Pic of trump from cnn.com



 



   

                                                          
                                                                                  



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Closing in.

Image result for time magazine cover russia trump images     If you are a trump supporter on May 18, 2017 and you need a  therapist, please holla at your boy. I might know a guy.

The trump train is heading for a crash at warp speed, and the cable news outlets are having a hard time keeping up with all the BREAKING NEWS headlines.

The donald, as he has been known to do in the past, seems to be jumping ship and looking out for himself while throwing his people under the bus.  (When the going gets tough the cowards get going.)

Anyway, check out  E.J. Dionne Jr's article.

It seems that he, like the rest of us, just wants this nightmare to end.

"There is really only one issue in American politics at this moment: Will we accelerate our way to the end of the Trump story, or will our government remain mired in scandal, misdirection, and paralysis for many more months — or even years?
There is a large irony in the politics behind this question. The Democrats’ narrow interest lies in having President Trump hang around as close to the 2018 midterm elections as possible. Yet they are urging steps that could get this resolved sooner rather than later. Republicans would likely be better off if Trump were pushed off the stage. Yet up to now, they have been dragging their feet.
The reports that Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn may finally be concentrating Republican minds.
 
They certainly focused the decision-making of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who announced late Wednesday afternoon that he was naming former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian interference in the election.

Speaker Paul Ryan signaled the changed mood earlier in the day not by what he said but by what he didn’t.

Ryan has been embarrassingly eager to defend Trump, but he did not rush to his support this time. Instead, Ryan called for a “sober” and “dispassionate” response, warned against “rushing to judgment,” and insisted that “our job is to get the facts.” When word got out (probably from Comey or his sympathizers) of what Trump had said to the FBI director about Flynn, Republicans (such as Rosenstein) were left with no choice but to pursue the matter further.

The speaker expressed faith in Trump only when prompted by a shouted question at the end of his news conference. After some thought, he replied with a soft “I do” when asked if he had “full confidence” in the president.

Nothing could be worse than slow-walking the Trump inquiries. The evidence is already overwhelming that he is temperamentally and intellectually incapable of doing the job he holds. He is indifferent to acquiring the knowledge the presidency demands and apparently of the belief that he can improvise hour to hour. He will violate norms whenever it suits him and cross ethical lines whenever he feels like it.
He also lies a lot, and has been perfectly happy to burn the credibility of anyone who works for him. White House statements are about as believable as those issued regularly by the Kremlin.
And Trump’s friend Vladimir Putin could not resist interfering yet again in our politics. Putin offered to provide Congress with a record of our president’s meeting with top Russian diplomats to shed light on exactly what highly classified intelligence information Trump shared with them. Adding to the insult, the Russian leader spoke of a “political schizophrenia” taking hold in the United States that was “eliciting concern” in his country.
Perhaps Putin’s taunt will elicit increasing concern among Republicans that our nation cannot endure much more of this.
The surest sign that the bottom is falling out from under Trump was a Wall Street Journal editorial that declared flatly: “Presidencies can withstand only so much turbulence before they come apart.” The Journal warned that Trump was on the verge of betraying his supporters, “as his Presidency sinks before his eyes.”

Any GOP leader losing the support of the semi-official organ of Republican conservatism should know that his partisans are headed to the exits.

But how can we speed our nation’s escape from the catastrophe Trump has created? The Senate Intelligence Committee took an important step by announcing a bipartisan invitation to Comey to testify. The sooner he tells his story, the better.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York proposed that both parties demand that Congress get any memos, tapes and transcripts shedding light on Trump’s meetings with the Russian diplomats and with Comey.

The naming of an independent counsel cannot become an excuse to pull back on congressional fact-finding. The country needs to know if there was collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia whether or not a crime was committed. And Democrats should ask Republicans to join them in pledging opposition to any appointee to head the FBI who is not universally seen as immune to Trump’s influence.

It shows how far along we are that fears are already being voiced of a political backlash from his supporters if Trump is railroaded out of office. But delaying the process of getting to the truth will harm our country far more. And Republicans who throw up roadblocks will be hurt most of all." [Source]

I found the number to that therapist. And he says that he does do house calls.







Wednesday, May 17, 2017

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERS It's open thread Wednesday field hands, and I need your thoughts on a couple of things:

What do you think about the DOJ putting a special prosecutor over the trump Russia probe?

And do you believe republicans when they say that they were just joking about trump owing the Russians money?

They first said that there was no such talk, but when they realized that there was an audio tape of the little get together, and so they changed their tune.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The obsructor in chief?

Image result for trump images“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” 
Edward R. Murrow ~

I wouldn't say that all of us in the nation are sheep, but there is certainly a large segment of the population that is willing to make the wolves in government have their way.

Everyone is wondering when the republican lawmakers will speak out against trump. (Don't hold your collective breaths.)

I know it's hard to keep up, but once again today there was more bombshell news about the actions of this president.

"The New York Times is reporting that fired FBI Director James Comey claimed in a memo that President Donald Trump directly told him to close an investigation into Trump’s former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn.

'I hope you can let this go,” Comey said Trump told him. The President reportedly added, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”' [Source]

Hmmm, let's see now.

~The crime of obstruction of justice, in United States jurisdictions, refers to the crime of obstructing prosecutors or other (usually government) officials. Common law jurisdictions other than the United States tend to use the wider offense of perverting the course of justice.~

So there you have it. If what James Comey is alleging is true, our president might have some explaining to do.

We have yet to see a tweet from the president about these latest stunning revelations. But stay tuned, it's early.




Monday, May 15, 2017

Secrets and lies.

"I was in the room, it didn't happen"

That was H.R. McMaster denying that president trump revealed classified sources and methods to the Russians when they visited the White House, recently.

It would be easier to believe him if the American, and not just the Russian press was allowed access to the meetings that took place between trump and his Russian pals.

In case you have not been following the train wreck that is president trump, the Washington Post came out with a devastating story today about our president possibly sharing sensitive and classified information with the Russians:

"President Donald Trump shared highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador to the US in a White House meeting last week, according to The Washington Post.

The White House scrambled to respond to the report Monday night, issuing several statements before sending H.R. McMaster, Trump's national security adviser who participated in the meeting, out to speak with White House reporters.
 
"At no time were intelligence sources or methods discussed and the President did not disclose any military operations that weren't already publicly known," he said. "I was in the room. It didn't happen."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement earlier Monday that Trump discussed a "broad range of subjects" with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak.
 
"During President Trump's meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov a broad range of subjects were discussed among which were common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism. During that exchange the nature of specific threats were discussed, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations," Tillerson, who was in the meeting, said in a statement provided by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
 
Dina Powell, White House deputy national security adviser for strategy, who also attended the meeting, said: "This story is false. The President only discussed the common threats that both countries faced," in a statement provided by Spicer.
 
According to the Post, Trump described details to Lavrov and Kislyak about how ISIS hopes to use laptop computers as bombs on planes.
 
"I get great intel. I have people brief me on great intel every day," one official with knowledge told the Post described Trump as saying, before the President reportedly relayed specific intelligence.
CNN has yet to confirm the details of The Washington Post report.
 
H.R. McMaster had told the Post that Trump and the Russian officials discussed "common threats."
"The President and the foreign minister reviewed common threats from terrorist organizations to include threats to aviation," McMaster told The Washington Post. "At no time were any intelligence sources or methods discussed and no military operations were disclosed that were not already known publicly." [Source]
 
After last week's events, how can we possibly believe anything coming out of this White House?
 
I have been trying to tell everyone that this man is dangerous. But, as is always the case, the usual suspects will circle the wagons and make this a political issue. 
 
It is not. We are way beyond that now. 
 
Our very survival might be at stake.


*Pic from dailymail.com
 
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Jeff is in charge, and we should all be worried.

Image result for jeff sessions images    All this talk about trump's firing of the FBI director has caused us to overlook another very important and troubling story: The actions of Beauregard Sessions throughout this sad saga.

The Attorney General was to recuse himself from anything having to do with the Russia investigation of team trump, and yet we are learning that he participated in  trump's decision to remove Comey and will be helping trump search for his replacement.

This is the same Attorney General, mind you, who has been moving at warp speed since taking office to remove gains made in Civil Rights over the past 50 years.

I don't always like to quote the good Reverend but he is right when he says the following:

"Sessions has set out with a vengeance to transform the Department of Justice into a Department of Injustice. He’s been hindered by the incompetence that characterizes this administration. He’s home alone in his department, with no nominations offered for the heads of top DOJ units – the civil rights, criminal or national security divisions. His deputies – Nos. 2 and 3 in the DOJ – have been nominated but not confirmed.

That has slowed but not stopped Sessions’ efforts to rollback basic rights. He’s reversed the Justice Department’s position of challenging voter identification laws; he deems the Voting Rights Act too “intrusive.” Now the DOJ will intervene in favor of states that pass discriminatory measures to restrict access to the ballot. The right to vote – the fundamental right of a democracy – will now depend on the willingness of judges to stand up for the truth, as U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos did in ignoring the DOJ intervention and ruling that the Texas ID law was “passed, at least in part, with a discriminatory purpose.”

Sessions has issued orders to revive the old, failed war on drugs. The promising bipartisan efforts to reform sentencing provisions to end the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders are to be abandoned. Sessions wants to revive private prisons and insure them a steady stream of prisoners. People of color, particularly young African American men, will be the greatest victims of this injustice." [Source] 

And let's not forget why Sessions had to recuse himself in the first place. He lied to congress under oath about his contacts with the Russians. Think about that for a minute. The chief law enforcement officer in our country lied to congress under oath!

Sadly, I am afraid it's only going to get worse from here, because racists and those meaning to roll back gains in civil rights are becoming more emboldened, and they are acting in ways that hark back to a time when people of color were second class citizens. This is not the time to have an attorney general in office who sympathizes with those of that ilk.

Yes, we have to pay attention to trump and all that he is doing, but remember, it's just as important to watch the man he put in charge of deciding what is just and what isn't as well.

*Pic from slate.com