Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The "cover up".

Image result for trump images"     I don't do cover-ups". 

That's what Mr. trump told a room full of politicians who were meeting with him to map out a plan to fix America's serious infrastructure problem.

In what has to be one of the dumbest political moves in history, Mr. trump threw a fit in front of a room full of democrats who wanted to find some common ground with him and get some things done. He walked out to a carefully choreographed press conference to declare that he is sick of being investigated, and that the only way he will come together with the democrats for the common good of the country is if congress gives up their oversight of the executive branch.

Clearly the president has very thin skin, and if he is going to be a true leader he has to put on his big boy pants and get over the fact that he is being investigated (and rightfully so) for all of his alleged misdeeds.

Throw in the fact that another court ruled against him today, and you can see why he probably feels like the walls (pun intended) are closing in.

"I don't do cover-ups". 

Actually, you do Mr. trump. Or did you forget about the money you paid to your side chick/porn star to silence her and cover up your sexcapades?

If you did, I am here to remind: you.Covering up (and lying) is your thing. 






  

Monday, May 20, 2019

What we all should be talking about.

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Dear America, please ease up off the Game Of Thrones water cooler talk for just a minute and start talking about stories like the following: 

"Financial transactions by legal entities controlled by Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner in 2016 and 2017 were flagged as suspicious by anti-money laundering specialists inside Deutsche Bank. But bank executives repeatedly discouraged the staffers from raising the concerns and filing a formal report with the Treasury Department, according to the New York Times.

The Times talked to five current and former bank employees who said transactions involving Trump’s and Kushner’s firms set off alerts in the computer system that detects potentially suspicious activity. Staff members then prepared what are known as suspicious activity reports but executives at the bank put a stop to them and they were never submitted to the Treasury Department. 
  
Deutsche Bank has been in the spotlight because it has lent billions to the Trump and Kushner companies even as other financial institutions refused to do business with them. Although it isn’t clear what the transactions were about, at least some of them had to do with money going from Kushner’s firms to Russian individuals. Concerns were also raised regarding Trump’s firms and at least one transaction was related to the now-dissolved Donald Trump Foundation.

The Times makes clear that suspicious activity reports by themselves don’t prove any wrongdoing. And regular transactions involving real estate can raise red flags because they can involve all-cash deals. The bank, the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies all denied wrongdoing. But the Times’ sources say the failure to report the transactions is part of a wider culture inside Deutsche Bank in which executives reject reports in order to protect their relationship with wealthy clients.

Congressional investigators have been looking into the long relationship between Deutsche Bank and Trump as well as his family members. Two House committees have filed subpoenas for documents relating to suspicious activities involving Trump’s accounts since 2010 but the president and his family have sued Deutsche Bank to try to block it from complying." [Source]

All these subpoenas being filed by democrats don't mean a thing. Mr. trump and his pals will continue blocking and obstructing until the clock runs out. 

Sadly, Americans don't seem to care. We are all too busy waiting for the next hot HBO series.  

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Caption Saturday.

I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic from yardbarker.com

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Give me your most educated and wealthiest of the masses yearning to be free.

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I don't have much to say tonight, although I would like your feedback on this new trump immigration proposal.

Your president has laid out his "merit based immigration plan", and yes, it's as bad as it sounds.

"Under the new plan, 57% of green cards would be awarded on merit as opposed to the current 12%. Immigrants would be expected to be financially self-sufficient, learn English and pass a civics exam. The diversity visa lottery, which offers green cards to citizens of countries with historically low rates of immigration to the US, would be terminated.

“If adopted, our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” 

This is rich coming from a man who hires undocumented workers, and who could not meet the standard he set for others himself.

Let's see now, he can't speak English, we know that he would flunk the civics exam, and he damn sure isn't  "financially self-sufficient". --How could he be when he lost over a billion dollars?--  And he was still trying to borrow millions of dollars since being elected president. Heck two of his three wives couldn't meet the standard he set for other immigrants who want to come to this country. I am quite sure that Mr. trump's current in- laws would not have been granted green card status under this plan. I guess they got in just in time.     

On its face this doesn't even look like a serious proposal around policy. Sadly, it looks just like another one of his cheap political stunts to fire up his base.

Thoughts?
 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A killing in Texas.

Image result for texas images   This past Monday night a police officer in Texas shot and killed a black woman (who screamed that she was pregnant) in her apartment complex.

I am posting this tonight because I don't ever want this type of story to become just another dog bites man news item. 

 "A woman was shot and killed during an altercation with a police officer Monday night in Baytown, Texas, after she resisted arrest and grabbed the officer’s taser, police said.
An officer in the city east of Houston was patrolling an apartment complex when he recognized a woman who lived there who he knew had prior warrants, police said.

When police tried to arrest the woman, 45, whose name they are not releasing at this time, she resisted arrest, said Steve Dorris, a Baytown police lieutenant and public information officer.
The officer was “forced to deploy his taser” on the woman, but it wasn’t “effective,” Dorris said. The woman grabbed the taser and used it on the officer who was trying to arrest her.

The woman’s actions “forced the officer to draw his duty weapon and fire multiple rounds at the suspect who was struck at least one time," Dorris said.

The woman was declared dead at the scene and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is now assisting in the investigation, police said.
The fatal incident was recorded on social media and went viral, with some commentators questioning why the incident ended in the woman's death.

In a Snapchat video of the incident, the woman told the officer she was pregnant. Police and family members were not able to confirm whether the woman was pregnant, but her family told NBC’s Houston affiliate KPRC-TV that she had two children, both in their 20s.

Witnesses at the apartment complex told KPRC that the woman was "not a bad person," and that she would “just walk around, smoke her cigarettes and walk her dogs.”

Another neighbor, Taylin Inniss, said she heard the shots, and when she learned that someone had been killed at her apartment complex, she didn't believe it.

"They must’ve had a couple of words. Things went a whole different way, and he shot her, and I really feel for the family and I hope they get some type of justice," Inniss said. "I just pray for them honestly because life is short nowadays."

Baytown police are not naming the officer who shot the woman, but said he has worked as an officer for 11 years." [Source]

Incredibly, the police department issued a statement saying that they do not believe that the woman was pregnant as she screamed before being killed. As if it's alright to shoot and kill an unarmed woman. 

Also, the police want the person who video taped the killing to come forward. They were not pleased with a citizen exposing their behavior for all the world to see. 

 "It’s unfortunate that somebody take a tragic incident like this and start posting it on social media. That’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved,” 

No chief, what's "unfortunate" is that one of your officers is so poorly trained that they have to take the life of a woman in this manner. I will take being alive over being disrespected all day long. 

Had that been a dog, Fido would be alive tonight. Because sadly the lives of some people are not worth as much as our pets. 

It's clearly a sad state of affairs here in America, and it seems that more and more of these types of incidents are happening every day.   

The police officer involved has now been placed on a paid administrative leave, and it will be interesting to see what becomes of his career.

 Personally, I have some strong feelings about how this will all turn out, and I can assure you that they are not good.  








Sunday, May 12, 2019

The midnight train to Georgia might have to leave without me.

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Most black folks in America consider Atlanta to be the place to be because of its level of hippness, culture, and educational and job opportunities. Most connected and upwardly mobile black folks would rather send their children to Spelman and Morehouse than to Harvard and Yale. Atlanta bills itself as "the city too busy to hate", and if you visit The A you will see why.

Atlanta has a problem, though, it is located in the state of Georgia. And while they might be too busy to hate in the city of Martin Luther King, their neighbors in the state of Georgia do not have the best record when it comes to tolerance and being progressive on issues.

The latest stain on the state's legacy comes courtesy of a bunch of old white men who want to create a type of Handmaid's Tale dystopian society.  They have decided that a  woman's body should be controlled by the state, and if she tries to take control of it, it's punishable by imprisonment.

Georgia's draconian anti-choice law punishes women for trying to take control of their bodies six weeks after their last menstrual period ("Before many women even realize that they are pregnant.") It also criminalizes doctors and other professionals who might help to induce abortions.

It gets worse. If the woman goes to another sate where these laws do not apply, it could apply to her because she is a resident of the state.

If some of these fanatics have their way we will soon find ourselves going back to the days of coat hangers and back room abortions. These right-wingnuts are emboldened because Mr. grab em by the pussy has stacked the courts with conservative Justices who have a very negative view of the female body.

Now, predictably, the backlash has begun  And for that I am thankful. Movie production companies are threatening to pull out of the state.

 "Georgia has been the location for the filming of multiple television shows and blockbuster films, including one of Such films and the production of wildly popular TV series including "The Walking Dead" and "Stranger Things" have resulted in an estimated $2.7 billion pouring into the Southern state from direct spending via 455 productions, the governor's office announced last year.

Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele released a joint statement Friday stating they'd stand "shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia" as their new show "Lovecraft Country" begins shooting in the state. They promised to donate 100% of their episodic fees to the ACLU of Georgia and Fair Fight Georgia, an election reform organization.

"Governor Kemp's 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Law is an unconstitutional effort to further restrict women and their health providers from making private medical decisions on their terms. Make no mistake, this is an attack aimed squarely and purposely at women," the joint statement read. "We encourage those who are able to funnel any and all resources to these organizations."

On Thursday, Vachon, whose company has been behind such films as "Carol" and "Vox Lux," made her stand known on Twitter.

'Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned,' she said. '''  

Good for these companies. Maybe if Georgia feels the monetary pressure that comes with a boycott they will come to their senses. 

Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike against men, but that might be a step too far. I mean why punish all of us men for the acts of a bunch of zealots? Plus, women like sex as well. This type of protest assumes that only men enjoy sex. 

Still, I dig her passion. And this is the kind of passion that will be needed to vote out the people who are making these types of laws and taking our country back to some very dark days. 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Caption Saturday.

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I need a caption for this pic.

*Pic from atlanticbb.net

Friday, May 10, 2019

Rudy goes on a mission.

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OK, the following story is just nuts.

"President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani dismissed suggestions he is encouraging a foreign government to impact the upcoming US election with his trip to Ukraine, telling CNN on Friday that it is not meddling because the 2020 general election is a year and a half away.

Giuliani tells CNN he intends to travel soon to Ukraine to meet with President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky in an effort to push the country to investigate matters connected to the release of negative information about Paul Manafort, the then campaign chairman for Trump's 2016 campaign. The former New York mayor also said he will continue to pursue questions about Vice President Joe Biden's call in 2016 to remove the top Ukrainian prosecutor, who at one point had been investigating a Ukrainian natural gas company connected to Biden's son.

 That prosecutor's ouster was called for by many Western governments and donors who criticized him for failing to tackle the country's problems with corruption. There's never been any evidence that Biden acted improperly.

"I don't want any favors, I just want this investigated," Giuliani said in a phone interview.
    A week ago, Giuliani told CNN that he was done looking into the Ukraine matters regarding Biden, but in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday he first said he was going to travel to Kiev to press the matter. Giuliani told the Times in defense of the effort.
    Giuliani said he's meeting in his capacity as the President's personal lawyer and helping to defend his client. He has called on the US Justice Department to investigate both his questions about a supposed conflict for Biden as well as what Giuliani claims may be the corrupt beginnings of the FBI investigation into Trump.

    Giuliani had previously told CNN that a "well-regarded investigator" he's known for years put him in touch last November with current and former Ukrainian officials, who he says he's interviewed over Skype and in person. (In 2017, both the Democratic National Committee and a contractor denied working with Ukrainians.)

    While searching for evidence, Giuliani says he also stumbled on what he claims is a damaging story about Biden.

    In 2016, while then-Vice President Biden was pressuring the Ukrainian government to oust its top prosecutor as part of a broad anti-corruption push by the US, his son Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian company under investigation by that same prosecutor.

    Within a year of the prosecutor's removal, Ukraine's new prosecutor general dismissed the case against the company, Burisma Holdings, a natural gas company controlled by one of Ukraine's top oligarchs.

    Giuliani's story is littered with holes. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Ukrainian government's case against Burisma had been "dormant" since 2014, two years before Biden successfully pushed to remove the prosecutor general. Biden was also joined in his anti-corruption push against the prosecutor by numerous leaders in Europe as well as the International Monetary Fund -- none of whom had any family ties to Burisma.
    Giuliani has been shopping the story to journalists around Washington. The story floated around right-wing circles for a few weeks until May 1, when the Times reported that State Department officials at the time were concerned "that the connection could complicate" Biden's diplomacy.
      The Biden campaign declined to comment further and referred CNN to a statement a spokeswoman provided to the Times claiming Biden acted on Ukraine "without any regard for how it would or would not impact" Hunter's business interests." [Source]
       
      This is taking muddying the waters and gas lighting to a whole different level. 

      Of course he is taking orders from a guy (Mr trump) who has no problem ordering the top law enforcement official in the country to go after his political opponent. 

      President Donald Trump told POLITICO on Friday that it would be “appropriate” for him to speak to Attorney General Bill Barr about launching an investigation into his potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden, or his son, Hunter.

      The question of whether Trump could pressure Barr to probe Biden is coming under scrutiny after Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, said he would be traveling to Ukraine to urge the incoming government there to look at Hunter Biden’s involvement with a Ukrainian energy company that has reportedly been in prosecutors’ crosshairs. The efforts appear to be part of a broader campaign by Trump’s allies to damage the former Democratic vice president’s White House campaign and have raised questions about whether Trump’s team is trying to enlist a foreign government to aid the president’s re-election bid.

      “Certainly it would be an appropriate thing to speak to him about, but I have not done that as of yet. … It could be a very big situation,” Trump said in a 15-minute telephone interview on Friday afternoon, which stemmed from POLITICO’s inquiries for a separate story." [Source]

      "Appropriate" to use the power of the presidency to go after a political rival?

      That is never alright. Unless, of course, you live in Russia. 

      *Pic from huffingtonpost.com




      Wednesday, May 08, 2019

      How to lose a billion dollars.

      *I am trying to figure out what I would do with a billion dollars. I am not a greedy man, and I do not consider myself ostentatious by nature. I am closer to Buffett than a Qatar bigwig.

      Still, there are some things that I would splurge on: A fully loaded Audi R8 coupe, a lovely ten thousand square foot log home somewhere. (I am guessing in the Shenandoah Valley.) Complete with an indoor tennis court and putting greens. A Navetta yacht to dock on the South Coast of Jamaica in the wintertime so that I can work on my tan. (That was a joke.) I would buy the Philadelphia Union from that cheap ass owner of theirs and fire every person associated with the organization. A G7 always fueled up and ready to go. A legacy endowment at the school of my choice, and a kick ass foundation to fight world poverty and hunger.

       I promise you my friends, that after all of that, I would still have enough money saved up and invested to take care of my entire family for a very long time.

       Donald trump had a billion dollars in the nineties. It was not money he earned, but money he had handed to him from his dad. Guess what he did with it? He lost it all. Turns out that Mr. "Art Of The Deal" himself was making one bad deal after another, and it was reflected in his tax filings. Mr. trump lost more money than any other person in America during that ten year time period, and if it was not for some shady bailouts from his Russian friends ,and a television show on NBC, he would be just as broke as some of his gullible followers.

      For the record, those losses were not just based on write- offs for depreciations on his properties, they were based on real money flying out the gold plated doors. Mr. trump was running his businesses in the red for a long time. Now we know why he has been so terrified of having his taxes made public to the American people. He does not want us to know that his billionaire persona is just a front.

      Imagine being born on third base and finding yourself back on first because of your own incompetence. This is what Mr. trump did. And it is looking more and more like he did some very bad things to get back on third.

      But that's all water under the bridge at this point. We elected the con man so we are stuck with him.

      Mr. trump is now trampling all over the Constitution. He is treating the other co-equal branches of government as if they all work for him.

      Now he is invoking  executive privilege to try and prevent the American people--- and the people they elected ---from seeing the full Mueller report. Throw in the fact that his attorney general is acting like he is his personal attorney, and it's easy to see why America is in a crisis right now.

      Congress voted to hold William Barr in contempt today for refusing to testify before them, but it all means nothing because trump and the republicans who protect him have just as much power as the democrats do. Can you say Constitutional Crisis boys and girls?

      Honestly,  I don't understand Mr. trump. If the Mueller report exonerates him as he claims, why is he so afraid to have it released?   

      "[T]he Committee needs to review the unredacted report, the underlying evidence, and associated documents so that it can ascertain the facts and consider our next steps," the report reads. It also says about Congress' Article I powers set out in the Constitution: "That includes whether to approve articles of impeachment with respect to the President or any other Administration official, as well as the consideration of other steps such as censure or issuing criminal, civil or administrative referrals."

      There is that I word again. Your move Madam Speaker. Stop with all the "self-impeachment" talk and being a slave to the polls. You and your party have a constitutional duty to protect the rule of law. If you allow this to go on there will be no election to win or lose in the future. Mr. trump---or someone else like him--- will come along and make it all go away. 

      *Pic from Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection, via Getty Images

      Monday, May 06, 2019

      Christians and a president for life.

      TWEET METoday my racism chase takes me to Georgia, in a little town just some 50 miles from the "city too busy to hate", Atlanta.

       "Bible Belt Racism: A Georgia city councilman defends his mayor’s decision to discriminate against a black man by citing his sincerely held Christian beliefs and his opposition to interracial marriage.
      Recently Mayor Theresa Kenerly of Hoschton, Georgia confessed to rejecting a candidate for city administrator because he’s black. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mayor Kenerly told a member of the City Council she pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four finalists “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”

      The fact that Mayor Kenerly rejected a job applicant because he is black is simply despicable. And to their credit, several city council members spoke out against the blatant racism. But some on the city council defended the mayor’s open racism.

      For example, Hoschton City Councilman Jim Cleveland defended Mayor Kenerly, saying “she might have been right” to discriminate against the black applicant. Cleveland said:
      I don’t know how they would take it if we selected a black administrator. She might have been right.
      Councilman Cleveland then went on to explain that he is a Christian, and as a Christian, he has a problem with “race mixing.” Cleveland said:
      I’m a Christian and my Christian beliefs are you don’t do interracial marriage. That’s the way I was brought up and that’s the way I believe.
      Cleveland added:
      I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live. "[Source]
      You gotta love some of these "Christians". They just don't tolerate all this race mixing stuff. You can't get to heaven if you have a tan. I guess they are going to have to start marrying more of their cousins and sisters now, these non-Christians out here are putting this race mixing thing into overdrive.

      But enough of racism. At the end of the day we will survive the goober brigade.  It has been with us forever, and I suspect that it will not be going away any time soon.

      What we really need to worry about is where we are as a country, as well as the Constitution and the rule of law that we are supposed to be following.

      Apparently we have a president who might not go peacefully when his term is up. He has been retweeting people who want him to stay past his term, and one of the leaders of the opposition (who knows him more than all of us) has declared that the orange one might not go peacefully into the night.

      If you think about it this all might make sense, because the only thing preventing Mr. trump from being criminally prosecuted is the fact that he is the sitting president. 

      When 400 hundred former federal prosecutors declare that Mr. trump should have been prosecuted for obstruction it kind of puts things all in perspective, and it makes us realize just what kind of man we have leading the country.

      No wonder he doesn't want to leave, he might end up like his former lawyer who reported to federal prison today. 

      He had some parting words for Mr. trump. "There still remains much to be told, and I look forward to the day that I can share the truth." 

      It might be too late, Mr. Cohen. By then we might have a president for life leading a country where truth no longer matters. 
       




      Saturday, May 04, 2019

      Caption Saturday.

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      I need a caption for this pic.