Saturday, May 13, 2017
Breaking from the WSJ: Former Trump Adviser Paul Manafort’s Bank Records Sought in Trump / Russia Probe - New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. are both pursuing Manafort’s real estate deals in the city. LINK
Breaking from the WSJ: Trump's finances revealed to Senate Intel Committee by the Financial Crimes Enforcement division of the US Treasury. LINK
The lawyers who wrote a letter saying President Trump had no significant business ties to Russia work for a law firm that has extensive ties to Russia and received a “Russia Law Firm of the Year” award in 2016. LINK
Dutch documentary on Trump's contacts with Russia and other corrupt business dealings. LINK
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Someone who calls himself a pastor, conservative blogger John D. Smithson of "Midknight Review", now a huge Trump supporter, went through a hypocritical transformation that was pretty amazing.
During the GOP primaries, John D. Smithson wrote the following about Trump:
He published a list of reasons why to reject Trump. Now he kisses Trump's ass. Smithson is in LOVE with Trump. The guy who says about himself
- "The Confederate Right Wing of the GOP, aka Trump supporters"
- "If Trump thinks Putin is anything but a thugish killer, I will not vote for him."
- "Trump is no Conservative. Proof? This Sunday's morning shows"
- " Reasons for rejecting Donald Trump as a pretend conservative: I can't imagine that he will make it through the GOP primaries and I know absolutely no one who likes the man . . . . . too full of himself and his mouth, it reminds me of a fish out of water, trying to get oxygen. "
- "His four bankruptcies indicate, in part, poor personal judgement (Politifact, here) . I believe they also indicated a personal disregard for the trust of those who trusted in your promise to pay." (link here)
- " Lets talk about who is the real moron, here. You support a man who is already backing off his pledge to deport the masses. Read his immigration paper and see if you can find a hint of his pledge to deport 11 million illegals. He ain't going to do it. Gun control: he will nominate someone like his sister to the High Court. He has already made that clear . . . . and she is a gun ownership hater. Apparently he is in love with the KKK and David Duke. He thinks the confederate flag (note the small "c") is a righteous symbol of some kind. He and Putin are going to get along "just fine." Wow, we should all be happy for Putin. He can't spell, but that probably doesn't bother you. He uses bankruptcies to balance his expenses, making him a first class cheat. But maybe you don't know how bankruptcy works for a con man. What the con artist does is promise and promise and promise to pay for goods and services received, knowing all along that he has no intentions of paying for those goods and services. One bankruptcy? You got yourself in a bind. Four bankruptcies costing 20,000 jobs and millions and millions of dollars to folks/investors/subcontractors/vendors who believed his crap lies . . . . . he did it on purpose with the intent of defrauding. Defense of that crap is what I call moronic." (link here) -- J.D. Smithson
"I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things." ... "I have a very very high aptitude"... "I have the best words."
-- D.J TrumpSmithson defends the Russian interference in our election, oblivious to the fact that Trump is playing right into Putin's hands, and he calls himself and Trump, "Patriots."
Smithson says: "So what. The Russians have been hacking into our elections for 30 years."
I pointed out:
"The framers of the Constitution intended that the Electoral College guard against the possibility that a foreign power influences the outcome of a presidential election. In Federalist No. 68, Alexander Hamilton wrote that a major purpose of the Electoral College was to stop 'foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.' He said that the College would Guard against all danger of this sort … with the most provident and judicious attention from the electors.”
Friday, December 9, 2016
This blog reopens in light of the new threat to America: Donald TrumpIs it mandate?
1) Consider the fact, we have a new President elect that is now losing the popular vote by 2,676,670 votes, who won by a mere 106,000 votes in 3 key states. The less-than-500 counties that Clinton won nationwide combined to generate 64% of America's economic activity in 2015. The more-than-2,600 counties that Trump won combined to generate only 36% of the country's economic activity last year. Clinton, in other words, carried nearly two-thirds of the American economy.
2) Also, consider the fact that since 1992, Democratic White House winners have won the popular vote by an average of 7.1 million votes while Republican White House winners have won the popular vote by an average of 84,000 votes.
3) This makes the Democratic party the winner of the popular vote for president in 6 of the last 7 elections.
Looking at the big picture... this is clearly, NOT a mandate. It is more like 'America held hostage' by an electoral system that is undemocratic and by a dangerously incompetent and regressive party whose president elect is a proven liar, a pathological narcissist, a racist, and by all accounts a non-reader and shallow thinker.
The American public is in grave danger with this regressive regime. It is clearly 'white identity politics' driving this regime, with a little help of Russian hackers and a huge level of gullibility to fake news among the American populace. It is not unlike Germany in the 1930s when a forceful speaker and demigod named Adolph took the nation with promises of making it great again. Joseph Goebbels would be having a field day with social media in today's America.
The resistance will be strong and hopefully, a more fact based society will emerge, probably only after the Trump regime begins to fail. And... they will fail.
Friday, April 19, 2013
“Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
“In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Conservative economic policies are killing the middle class. It is class warfare and the average American is clearly losing.
Republican economic policies are based on proven fallacies like 'trickle-down', and 'higher taxes kill jobs,' 'taxes hurt the economy,' ... etc. Bush cut taxes and had the worst job creation record of any modern president. The Bush tax cuts were not supposed to last forever. Alan Greenspan, whose endorsement was perhaps the single most decisive event in their passage, made it very clear that they were a temporary solution to a temporary surplus, a surplus thanks to the Clinton administration.
66% of all income growth during the Bush years has been enjoyed by the top 1%. That is who the GOP is fighting for, against every poll that shows Americans feel the rich are not taxed enough.
For 6 of his 8 years as president, Reagan taxed the top 1% far MORE than Obama has proposed. But Mr. Black President is a ‘socialist’. The effective tax rate vs GDP was 18% under Reagan compared to 14.8% today. The GOP has piled on to the crazy wagon. They are invested in the failure of America. Their only objective is to bring Obama down, even if it means crippling the American economy.
Conservative economic policies are killing the heart of America – the middle class. Yes, it is class warfare and the average American is clearly losing.
66% of the income growth between 2001 and 2007 went to the top 1% of all Americans.
Only the top 5 percent of U.S. households have earned enough additional income to match the rise in housing costs since 1975.
n 1950, the ratio of the average executive’s paycheck to the average worker’s paycheck was about 30 to 1. Since the year 2000, that ratio has exploded to between 300 to 500 to one.
The bottom 50 percent of income earners in the United States now collectively own less than 1 percent of the nation’s wealth.
The top 1% of U.S. households own nearly twice as much of America’s corporate wealth as they did just 15 years ago.
Despite the financial crisis, the number of millionaires in the United States rose a whopping 16 percent to 7.8 million in 2009.
83 percent of all U.S. stocks are in the hands of 1 percent of the people.
61 percent of Americans “always or usually” live paycheck to paycheck, up from 43 percent in 2007.
Approximately 21 percent of all children in the United States are living below the poverty line in 2010 – the highest rate in 20 years
43 percent of Americans have less than $10,000 saved up for retirement
Friday, May 27, 2011
A Democratic legislative leader said Thursday Republicans made Tennessee look to the rest of the country like a “barefoot and bucktoothed” state with their social conservative agenda in the just-finished session.
“A bunch of the radical extreme stuff passed,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Old Hickory said.
“It hurts business. It’s embarrassing for me to talk to people in other parts of the country. It hurts our image down here. We had an image of everybody being barefoot and bucktoothed with cow licks on the sides of their head. [In the past], we came a long way to try to diminish some of that. We might have stepped back in the pack in the South.”
Turner named two Republican proposals: the “don’t say gay” bill by Sen. Stacey Campfield of Knoxville to ban any mention of homosexuality in schools, and the bill by Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, to overturn Nashville’s anti-gay bias ordinance. Campfield’s bill passed the Senate in a watered-down form but did not advance in the House. Casada’s bill became law when Gov. Bill Haslam signed it on Monday.
“On the social issues, the John Birch Society issues, Tennessee maybe led the way in that,” Turner told reporters. “We stood out. We made the paper a whole lot more. A lot of people around the country might think Sen. Campfield is a typical legislator here in Tennessee, which is unfortunate.