Month: August 2017

Business community deserts Trump-Who’s next?

Industry leaders leave business advisory council

Trump says BYE BYE to business community
Trump says BYE BYE to business community

It is the corporate community that has prospered under Donald Trump, as was expected under a government owned by Republicans. The big business CEOs probably have a plan to make hay while the GOP sun shines, knowing full well the next wave from the left will be far more progressive than in the past. It should start with 2018 and culminate with the presidential election in 2020. A minimum of more seats in the House, Senate control and an honest liberal in the White House. There’s not much time so expect the worst. But wait, with the incompetency of the Oval Office lunatic, nothing has been accomplished yet, and any change in T-rump’s behavior isn’t expected any time soon.

Big business CEOs furious with Trump white nationalist sympathy

That’s why it is so crazy that he would alienate his business advisory council with the sympathetic comments he has made for racists and white nationalists by comparing them with the “alt-left in his comments over Charlottesville. As the authors indicate, the CEOs were furious over Trump putting the racist white nationalists and KKKers in the same category as the protesters. JP Morgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon wrote to his employees, “It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart.” All we have seen in this country since January 20, is divisive rhetoric designed to do just that, to defiantly divide the people of the U.S.

Campbell Soup and 3M CEOs both leaving council

Here’s what the CEO of Campbell Soup when he, along with the CEO of 3M resigned from the council…

  • “Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the president should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous on that point.”

Donald Trump at new low if possible

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post feels T-rump’s remarks over Charlottesville have brought him to a new low. I find that almost impossible. But Milbank thinks his “…canned and grudging disavowal of white supremacists, he was urged anew to say more, to be presidential, to bring the nation together. Well, late Tuesday, Trump said more and told the nation what he really thought. It was downright ugly…

  • “There, from Trump Tower in New York, was the president of the United States declaring that those protesting against Nazis were . . . the same as Nazis. ‘You had a group on one side that was bad, and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent, and nobody wants to say that,’ said Trump.
    Nobody wants to say that because there is — and there can be — no moral equivalence between Nazis and those who oppose Nazis. But Trump saw them as equal.”

U. S. industry heads won’t side with racist white nationalist

There is no doubt the U.S. heads of industry would not want to have anything to do with an individual that has sympathy for white nationalists and racists and with that thought, we have basically defined the lowlife voter population that elected this man president. But Steve Bannon, a top Trump adviser, is his closest connection with the alt-right dating from when Bannon headed up Breitbart News, the leading publication for the alt-right. The term alt-right is basically a fancy name for far-right extremists. Trump knows that Bannon has great influence on this group that helped get him elected.

Steve Bannon vs Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster

Reuters reports a major battle between Bannon and national security adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, who are apparently at each others throats. It could force another shake-up at the White House. Salon says that Trump is afraid of Steve Bannon and that is the reason he won’t fire him. But it is McMasters that keeps the kind of company represented by corporate CEOs, and if their reaction to T-rump’s Charlottesville response is any indication of an overall attitude, the White House can’t afford to make many more enemies. By the way, Bannon is joined by two more white nationalists in the White House: Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.

Barack Obama saves the day

Let me leave you on a high note. Former President Barack Obama put out a tweet on Charlottesville Saturday, August 12, quoting from South African President Nelson Mandela. It said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion … .” It was the most liked tweet ever on Twitter. You can see it on NPR here.

Racism is here to stay

Racism hasn’t really changed over the years

Trump train hits CNN
Trump train hits CNN

You can talk about the strides that have been taken since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but, in a nutshell, they haven’t worked. I said in an earlier post that since 1964, radical racism has simply gone underground, with those who practice this vile lifestyle, playing in the shadows, putting on the good-guy front. Until Donald Trump. Until the White House loaded up with racists, white nationalists, and a bigotry that isn’t disguised, rather, put right there in the open for all to see. Steve Bannon is proud of his white supremacist label, flaunting it regularly around Washington. And Donald Trump is quick to tell you, Steve Bannon is his man.

Donald Trump afraid to offend white nationalist supporters

After days of not repudiating white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan after the murder in the Charlottesville demonstration, T-rump finally denounced the KKK and neo-nazis. This was his statement

  • “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups.”

The media made me do it

Daily Progress reports that the only reason Trump changed his tone–it is widely known that he does not adhere to political correctness–is that the media made him do it. What a pathetic moment in history when it takes outcry from the media to make the President of the United States do a duty that should have been his top priority the moment that woman was killed by James Alex Fields’ car. But that would have insulted Donald Trump’s base of double-digit IQ bigots. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “From the beginning, President Trump has sheltered and encouraged the forces of bigotry and discrimination.” Why would we expect more just because of a death?

Sports personalities criticize Trump

LeBron James, basketball star, said, “Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again!” Steve Nash, another basketball great said…

  • “To defend white supremacists and then slang his [crappy] a— grape juice pretty much sums the man up.” Nash was referring to Trump’s remark that he knows “a lot about Charlottesville” because he owns “one of the largest wineries in the United States,” located there.

Seth Meyers on Trump Charlottesville news conference…

Even the Jews were included in Charlottesville protest

Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally was universal in its appeal with anti-Semitic lines like “Jews will not replace us”? Also heard, “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal niggers,” one demonstrator told Vice News’ Elspeth Reeve during their march. The Atlantic reported, “As Jews prayed at a local synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, men dressed in fatigues carrying semi-automatic rifles stood across the street.” There was more, “In the minds of white supremacists like David Duke, there is a straight line from anti-blackness to anti-Judaism.” I learned from the deep South, when you learn to hate like these people do, there are no bounds.

T-rump again reverts to bad taste

Donald Trump created an analogy between his re-tweet that was eventually pulled, where the Trump train collides with a person from CNN News (logo across face) obviously killing them. He did this just three days after the white nationalist drove into the Charlottesville woman killing her. Trump literally sanctions violence; remember when he wanted to punch the Black Lives Matter protester in the face? He also recently told a group of Long Island police that they shouldn’t be too nice with criminal suspects. That drew fire from people all across the country, including police departments. There is no end to the Oval Office lunatic’s lunacy.

Why are people still racist? A terrifying answer

The Washington Post recently asked, “Why are people still racist?” They go on to answer using a scientific point of view. The answer…

  • “In some ways, it’s super simple. People learn to be whatever their society and culture teaches them. We often assume that it takes parents actively teaching their kids, for them to be racist. The truth is that unless parents actively teach kids not to be racists, they will be.”

That is scary as hell, especially when you consider the fact that Donald Trump is President of the United States, espousing his rhetoric of bigotry.

 

Is Alt-Right the new Ku Klux Klan?

Charlottesville brought out Trump’s alt-right

Charlottesville killer car
Charlottesville killer car

The Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists protest rally has clearly brought the alt-right gang to the forefront of the recent movement of domestic violence in this country. You might remember when newly elected Donald Trump named Steve Bannon as his top adviser in the White House. Bannon hails from heading up Breitbart News saying that it was “the platform for the alt-right.” He brought that ideology along to include in Trump’s agenda that coincides with T-rumps attacks on Mexicans, Muslims and blacks. So it is no surprise that white nationalists have seen the green light for demonstrations like Charlottesville.

There are 100 white nationalists groups in the U.S.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that there are 100 white nationalists groups in the U.S., just 30 short of the number of KKK klans. In Portland, Oregon, following the killing of two people protecting a Muslim teen, the Mayor asked the alt-right to back off in their rallys back in June. Richard Spencer, one of the Charlottesville organizers is taking his show on the road again to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The Law Center has also reported that white nationalists are working to make inroads at U.S. colleges by none other than the man who coined the word alt-right, Richard Spencer, again, joined by his buddy David duke, who helped him ram-rod Charlottesville.

Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos top alt-righters

Slate has a great piece on how Donald Trump has cultivated white supremacists over the years, and how his efforts led up to the killing at the Charlottesville rally. Ben Mathis-Lilley illustrates his point by naming names like Steve Bannon, Trump White House adviser and also known racist and white nationalist; Milo Yiannopoulos, whose work Bannon says was valuable for launching his career, and whom Michael Flynn called “brave” and said he was a “phenomenal individual;” and Sebastian Gorka, dubbed Trump’s official Fox News assistant purveyor of misinformation. There are more you might want to check.

Trump tirades through 2016 election bigotry

Slate continues with Trump’s bigoted rantings; “attacked a federal judge who had prosecuted drug traffickers in a previous job by calling him “Mexican” (he was born in Indiana) and suggesting that he was sympathetic to Mexican cartels; asserted that Mexican immigrants are disproportionately likely to commit rapes; defended the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII; retweeted a hoax graphic that wildly overstated the rates at which black Americans commit crimes against whites; suggested that bereaved military father Khizr Khan supports Islamic terrorism; and claimed incorrectly that Oakland is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.”

8 million Trump voters want vote back

Whew! It is hard to believe that we are talking about the President of the United States, but it is even harder to believe that there are enough uninformed lowlife voters to elect this man. Trump received a total vote of 62,979,879, in 2016 and as of this last July one-in-eight wish they had their vote back. That’s almost 8 million votes.

So. Poverty Law Center names The Daily Stormer top hate site in America

In the spring issue of So. Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, they published the article, “Eye of the Stormer,” a story of Andrew Anglin, the neo-Nazi who started the website, The Daily Stormer, in 2013. Anglin “took its name from Der Stürmer, an astoundingly vile and pornographic Nazi newspaper started by Julius Streicher and specializing in attacking Jews.” Interestingly, GoDaddy dropped The Daily Stormer after the site posted an article mocking Heather Heyer, the woman killed by James Alex Fields Jr., the guy who drove into the crowd at the Charlottesville white nationalists rally. Here’s what the Law Center said about The Daily Stormer…

  • “Propelled by the Trump campaign and a new focus on the ‘alt-right,’ The Daily Stormer is now the top hate site in America.”

There’s more…

  • And in July, four months before Trump’s win, The Daily Stormer had become the most popular English-language website of the radical right, eclipsing the Stormfront site that had held that position since the early days of the Internet.

    “We won, brothers,” Anglin wrote a few hours after Hillary Clinton conceded. “Our Glorious Leader has ascended to God Emperor. Make no mistake about it: we did this. If it were not for us, it wouldn’t have been possible.”

Anglin’s remark, above, that, “we did this” just confirms my earlier description of Trump voters as lowlife. And it is reasonable to believe that Donald Trump agrees with his crowning as the “God Emperor.”  The question is, how do we destroy the throne?

Does Donald Trump actually condone white nationalists?

Charlottesville, Virginia latest white nationalist violence

Richard Spencer-David Duke Charlottesville rally organizers
Richard Spencer-David Duke Charlottesville rally organizers

 

Here’s the way Michael Gerson of the Washington Post describes Donald Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville: “alternately trite;” “infantile;” and “meaningless,” pretty shabby for the President of the United States in yet another case of white supremacy domestic violence. Trump does condemn the violence but not once does he point the finger at white nationalists. His usual reaction is to respond quickly to violence but on Saturday morning after the violence, quiet from the White House. You have to wonder what the difference s between Charlottesville and the shooting  at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, where Trump made a statement immediately.

Why won’t Donald Trump criticize white nationalists?

Michael Gerson wonders whether or not Donald Trump is really “…convinced of the moral equivalence of the sides in Charlottesville? Calling it all something of an ethical sickness with no cure, he laments…

  • “There is no denying that Trump has used dehumanization — refugees are “animals, ‘Mexican migrants are “rapists,’ ‘Muslims are threats’ — as a political tool. And there is no denying that hateful political rhetoric can give permission for prejudice.” “It acts as a psychological lubricant,” says David Livingstone Smith, “dissolving our inhibitions and inflaming destructive passions. As such, it empowers us to perform acts that would, under normal circumstances, be unthinkable.”

5 in critical condition, 4 serious, 6 fair 4 good/Total of 19 injured

The Unite the Right rally was organized to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. There were protesters and counter-protesters, but some questioned the police handling of the whole situation. They stood back, observed, but didn’t get involved until later. A 32-year-old woman was killed as a car accelerated into crowds on a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying, then reversing at a high speed, hitting more people. The crash is being investigated as a criminal homicide. The driver was  James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio. White nationalist Richard Spencer whined over having his rally determined an “unlawful assembly.”

The South still full of racism and bigotry

I was born in the South where white nationalism still rages despite the advancement of the human rights movement that simply went underground after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I graduated from high school and college in Tennessee, worked there for a few years and then was transferred by my company to California. I was never happier in my life than when I got off a plane in Los Angeles; I had read of the state with a generally liberal agenda and people of all races were basically free to do as they please. Within reason, of course. I went through the Watts riots and the back window of my company car was hit with a stray bullet on the Harbor freeway.

California not without its racists and white nationalists

I was there for the Rodney King incident, which, I believe, paralyzed the city even worse than Watts. It certainly lasted longer with the trial. I guess what I am saying is, I never really got away from white nationalism nor racial bias, which indicates in truth that it is alive and strong everywhere in this country. Although somewhat dormant for a while, the new Oval Office lunatic has again brought it to the forefront and the result is a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in a death and several critical injuries. I cannot say what part Steve Bannon had in Charlottesville, but Richard Spencer and David Duke are allies.

Charlottesville progressivism brought in the white nationalists

The Southern Poverty Law Center said the white nationalist rally could be the “largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.” Charlottesville Mayor, Michael Signer said the rally was a “…”cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance march down the lawns of the architect of our Bill of Rights.” Charlottesville is a Progressive city voting heavily for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but when they attempted to remove all traces of the Confederacy, something considered by most as pure racist, the white supremacists had it in their sights. We see what resulted, showing that racism and bigotry still reign free in this country.

NOTE: Donald Trump, after countless criticisms, has finally spoken out against racists.

 

 

Phoenix woman mercilessly murders 10-year-old cousin

State of Arizona children die violent deaths

Regular summer Arizona event
Regular summer Arizona event

Arizona is known for killing its children; by drowning them, shooting them, and through violent abuse in the home. A Republican Governor and legislature doesn’t give a shit about the children of this state as evidenced in how they treat their education. Arizona is ranked 43rd in education in the U.S. and as a resident I know the conservative government focuses on two factions: One, protecting the wealthy, and there is plenty of this; Two, passing out tax breaks to large corporations. When all is said and done, the legislature along with Gov. Doug Ducey get that idiotic grin on their faces and say, looks like we’re going to have to cut education.

Arizona parents are also at fault

I am not placing all the blame on lawmakers; believe me, we have some of the stupidist parents in this state, it is no doubt we have so many child deaths. Twenty-four kids drowned in Arizona swimming pools in 2016, and the 2017 season is already well on its way with at least five I have heard of already. The state of Arizona is famous for the fact that its child drowning rate is twice the rest of the nation. Here are the lame excuses: thought someone else was watching them; only out of my sight for two minutes; drinking and lost track; big party and no one paying any attention. This is your child, you dumb ass, what the hell were you thinking?

Punished because they are minority or disabled

The above includes all children, no matter their race. A new report out proves “…some Phoenix-area parents have suspected for years: Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates. Latino students are six times more likely to be suspended than white students in charter high schools. In district schools, K-12 students with disabilities are twice as likely to be suspended than their peers without disabilities,” the report says. There are even more startling facts…

  • “Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.
    Black students are eight times more likely to be suspended from charter high schools than their white counterparts, according to the report.

One black mother’s experience

We get rid of Russell Pearce, who ramrodded the SB-1070 Immigration bill and who is known as Arizona’s top bigot, then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who singled out Hispanics to arrest because…they were Hispanic. The ACLU is investigating the circumstances, but in one case a black, middle-income mother from Peoria found that the Great Hearts charter school was an environment where some wealthy, white students didn’t think a black, middle-income kid belonged. The head master followed the same scenario that the above report cited in disciplining minorities. And the state agency charged with looking after children has been a dismal failure…for years.

Samantha Allen sentenced to death

Amy deal lived and died a horrible violent life and death

Ame Deal
Ame Deal

So it doesn’t come as a surprise that 10-year-old Ame Deal met such a violent death at the hands of members of her family when she was locked in a small plastic storage bin as punishment for taking a Popsicle without permission. Amy was simply trying to cool off from…

  • “…frequently getting locked in the footlocker, being forced to eat dog feces, getting beaten with a wooden paddle her family referred to as a “butt buster,” being forced to sleep in a shower stall with no pillow or blankets, getting forced to do “back bends” for hours, and having hot sauce shoved in her mouth.”

Samantha Allen gets death penalty-Husband next

Samantha Allen
Samantha Allen

Ame Deal was living in a filthy house in Phoenix under the guardianship of her grandmother, 62-year-old Judith Deal, her aunt, Cynthia Stolzmann, and her cousin and her husband, John and Samantha Allen, each 23. The Allens have been charged with first-degree murder because they admittedly locked Deal in the footlocker the night she died; Samantha Allen was convicted and is facing the death sentence, her husband will be tried next. In the Phoenix New Times, when Phoenix Sergeant Trent Crump was asked if he had ever seen anything more “horrific.” His reply, “simply put, no. It makes you sick to your stomach.”

Read the article if you have the stomach.

 

Sunday Political Roundup

Republicans still dumbest voters

Aren't Republicans the dumbest?
Aren’t Republicans the dumbest?

In a 2011 PublicMind poll conducted by New Jersey’s Farleigh Dickinson University, not only do Fox News viewers score lower on current events than viewers  of other new channels when tested. This group actually knows “less correct information about current events than people who watch no television news at all.” That’s from one of my posts in May 2015. And everyone knows only Republicans watch Fox News so it would make sense that “GOP-inclined voters surveyed June 5-20 believe millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 election, and 73 percent believe voter fraud occurs somewhat or very often.” And that is what’s wrong with our electorate.

Trump continues to play the innocent

The old saying goes, ‘the best defense is a good offense,’ and Donald Trump is playing that tune down to the bitter end. The Washington Post says Paul Manafort “…has been a subject of a longstanding FBI kleptocracy investigation focused on Ukraine.” Suspicion arose when he didn’t file as a foreign agent until June 2017. The Associated Press says Manafort came up with a plan in 2005 “…to influence U.S. politics, business dealings and the media in order to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.” He became T-rump’s campaign chairman briefly and resigned when he admitted to receiving $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from Yanukovych’s pro-Russian party.

Donald Trump still undermining Obamacare

Yes we know that the Oval Office lunatic has bad-mouthed Obamacare to the point where neither insurers nor the people they serve know if the program will last out the year. Even with Congress’ repeal failure, T-rump still threatens to somehow get rid of the Affordable Care Act and Anthem insurance has decided to help his cause. They’re leaving the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Virginia because it “…has been destabilized by uncertainty about the future and dark pronouncements by President Trump that it is about to fail.” Even with much better-than-expected profit and revenue, they’re dumping the program along several other insurers. What happened to dedication?

Just what you’d expect from a Republican…“Sieg Heil!”

Jeffrey Lord, the CNN commentator from way over on the right and a fervent supporter of Donald Trump was fired “…after he tweeted the Nazi salutation “Sieg Heil!” in response to a feud with a liberal activist.” I’ve never cared for the guy because his excuses for T-rump stupidity make about as much sense as Kellyanne Conway, and that’s bad. Lord labeled one of his critics “Media Matters Fascists,” and when its president, Angelo Carusone, called his hand, Lord responded with the tweet, “Sieg Heil!” Now, as a matter of reference, this phrase is so associated with Adolph Hitler, that it is banned in Germany. However, very appropriate for a Republican misguided muckraker.

 

Saturday Political Roundup

Trump v. McConnell-Who will win?

Once happy-Now enemies
Once happy-Now enemies

Donald Trump has renewed his attack on Mitch McConnell saying he should just do his job and get something done on the repeal of Obamacare. His exact words in a Tweet: “Mitch, get back to work and put Repeal & Replace, Tax Reform & Cuts and a great Infrastructure Bill on my desk for signing. You can do it!” T-rump had already criticized McConnell earlier for not getting the job done. Congress has retorted that part of the problem comes from the Oval Office. I know that Republicans have a tendency to be dense, but it would seem that by now they would have realized that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, in one form or another.

Is your doctor on the take?

One in twelve is receiving money from drug companies marketing prescription opioid medications. This could explain why Donald Trump has just been forced to declare the over-indulgence of opioids a national emergency. “…from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received more than $46 million in payments from drug companies pushing powerful painkillers.” It seems that family doctors received the most payments and for some people, “It’s very common that the first opioid they’re ever exposed to is from a prescription,” [Scott] Hadland [CDC] said. Biggest push was for  fentanyl, “illicitly manufactured overseas and cut into heroin.”

Phoenix schools punish minority, disabled children at higher rates

The ACLU has recently finished a study on Phoenix area schools confirming what many parents have been saying for years…”Certain schools punish minority students and students with disabilities at disproportionately high rates.” In charter schools, black students are likely to be suspended eight times more often than whites. Hispanic students are six times more likely. Those with disabilities are twice more likely to be suspended. I live in Phoenix and know Arizona is a highly bigoted state; SB-1070, the failed Immigration bill was spawned here under the tutelage of the number one bigot Russell Pearce. Under Republicans, we never seem to learn.

Robert Mueller has organized excellent team to get Donald Trump

A Medium article says, “You can tell a lot about the direction of an investigation by the records of its lawyers.” Anthony Pannullo claims that when you expand the legal team, the scope of the investigation is also expanded. Greg Andres, is “…a former Justice Department lawyer who specialized in unlawful foreign bribery.” Andres is well known for prosecuting members of the Joe Bonanno mob family, and also specializes in targeting economic and white-collar crime. James Quarles was brought in early due to his background in high-profile cases, especially those involving Presidential administrations. Now we wait until Robert Mueller’s jury is in.

 

 

Will Republican Mueller dump Republican Trump?

Robert Mueller is on a roll

Donald Trump-Robert Mueller
Donald Trump-Robert Mueller

No president has ever gone out this way, but just keep reading and you’ll see why there is every chance it could happen. Donald Trump’s favorability rating has plummeted to the point that the Republican Congress is worried his disapproval will lose seats for those running in 2018. And the GOP is very jumpy over the fact they might lose the White House in 2020. In either case, the Republican brand as well as the Trump brand, are so heavily tarnished that the left should have a clear shot in both cases. But if there is anything that can bring Donald Trump crashing down around his Oval Office desk, it is Robert Mueller’s special investigation into T-rump’s Russian connection.

Washington Grand Jury impaneled

Rantt News says Donald Trump is “terrified” of Robert Mueller. Part of it could be Mueller’s strength in that he is the only FBI Director other than J. Edgar Hoover to lead the Bureau longer than the ten-year required term. The other, of course, is the investigation he is conducting into just how much Trump conspired with the Russians in their tampering with the 2016 election, helping him to beat Hillary Clinton. Mueller has now reached the point where he has impaneled a Washington Grand Jury to investigate Russian interference. Since this makes the investigation official, it will continue even if Mueller was fired. Remy Anne of Rantt says

  • “According to Reuters, grand jury subpoenas have been issued regarding the July 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Russian lawyers, and others.”

Mueller’s relationship with James Comey

Mueller’s relationship with James Comey goes back a long way to when George W. Bush wanted to implement a domestic surveillance program called STELLARWIND after the 9/11 terrorism that would include collecting email, telephone, and internet conversations/activity of American citizens. Helping each other, they were able to keep the program from going into effect. Comey will no doubt be a leading witness for Mueller, and quite possibly the one who could actually bring down Trump. Mueller will be taking over several federal probes already in the making over the Trump-Russia complicity. They include the…

  • “…President’s son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as former associates Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn and Carter Page.”

A video glimpse into Mueller’s investigation of Trump

Mueller digs…Trump cringes

Donald Trump still calls it the “totally made-up Russia story,” his position from the beginning, one that is typical T-rump but with signs now of cracking at the edges. The farther Mueller digs, the more vocal Trump is with the tweets. Here’s a classic example…

  • You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA   4:57 AM – Jun 15, 2017

A right now to issue subpoenas

Mueller’s latest move to impanel a grand jury gives him the right to “readily issue subpoenas, gather testimony, and compel individuals to testify regarding what they know about Russian interference in the election, the Trump campaign, and likely a host of financial matters.” It doesn’t mean that Mueller is ready to bring charges, but it is significant that the jury is impaneled in a Democratic-leaning capital where there is a more sympathetic jury pool. In other words, there is definitely method in Robert Mueller’s strategic moves. He is convinced after looking at all the evidence there is reason for concern and he is making the moves to get at the truth.

 

Does Robert Mueller need Congressional protection?

Apparently there are lawmakers that think he does, according to Peter Grier of the Christian Science Monitor. Grier says…

  • “…they’re[lawmakers] proposing to provide Mr. Mueller, the special counsel in the Russian election tampering investigation, with legislative armor meant to prevent the White House from firing him unless it has a really good reason.”

The legislation might not even pass, and knowing T-rump the way we do, it probably wouldn’t affect any bizarre decision the Oval Office lunatic made. At least, they’re on the record.

Donald Trump first 200 day report card a disaster

The wheels are coming off in the Oval Office

Republican voters should remember this
Republican voters should remember this

The wheels are coming off and Donald Trump knows it so he goes to the only people who still like him, his loyalists. Even this base is dwindling according to veteran GOP pollster Neil Newhouse who said, “There’s no question they’ve slipped just a little bit. I think you can probably argue that it’s gotten a little bit smaller.” I think it’s more than a “little bit” with a plummeting favorability rating where 56% disapprove of his presidency. With clear signs that his support with the Republican Party may be diminishing, and without his base, he has no chance in passing any legislation. And the GOP must certainly be concerned over his election prospects in 2020.

Trump brags but it’s all inherited from Obama

So far it is perfectly clear to most that Trump has done nothing to improve the economy, even though he brags about the million jobs he has added since taking office. Pretty sophomoric when compared to the average 181,000 jobs Obama averaged adding the last six months of his presidency compared to Trump’s 179,000. The key factor here is that Donald trump has made absolutely no improvement over the Obama administration. Here is an assessment by Matt O’Brien of the Washington Post

  • “This, in a lot of ways, is the archetypal Trump story: trying to take credit for something he inherited. In his business career, that was all the money and connections he got from this father. Indeed, while Trump likes to say that he turned a “small” $1 million loan from his father into a “massive empire,” the truth is that Trump’s father arranged and guaranteed all of the bank loans that made his son’s first big project possible.”

Trump’s most laughable statement since entering office

T-rump, the blow-hard, makes it sound like everything that is happening that is good is all thanks to him when, in fact, he inherited a good economy from Barack Obama, but hasn’t done a damn thing to make it better. His laughable account of his achievements, “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days,” is perhaps the most bizarre statement made in his new administration. Here’s another comparison…

  • “He brags about a “surging economy and jobs,” despite the fact that the economy and jobs are growing at exactly the same rate as before he took office.”

Interesting video on Donald Trump’s removal from office for incompetence…

Can the left take advantage of Trump incompetence?

While criticizing the way the unemployment rate was calculated during the election, he now embraces it as the real thing. O’Brien says, “In other words, Trump has done nothing and has congratulated himself for the economy Obama left behind.” And through all this haggling over facts and figures that pan Donald Trump, Democrats hope that voters will overlook their failings and outright blunders in 2018 and somehow a miracle will happen. Not likely, but what could happen is just enough of the public will be so discouraged with Trump and his shenanigans that the left will take over the Senate, maybe even the House, but at least narrow the Republican majority.

Businesses are also affected by Trump’s zany behavior

In its finality, Trump’s freakish behavior and the general dysfunction he has created in the White House and all over Washington could have a negative effect on businesses. Large corporations do not like uncertainty and are now concerned that Donald Trump will not be able to deliver on any of his promises. According to the Washington Post, this includes tax cuts, health care, and a China crackdown and infrastructure. Because of this many companies have been forced to “… put important hiring and investment decisions on hold, potentially crippling an economic expansion that appears ready to accelerate.”

Maybe daddy will bail him out again

So, what it all comes down to is the fact that after inheriting a good economy on the way up, T-rump hasn’t got the skills to even keep it going, much less make improvements. The following is a poor referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency: CSX chief executive E. Hunter Harrison said, “I’ve never been through a time when this country is like it is, politically, ever. So I don’t know what’s going to happen in Washington, and the scary thing is I don’t think they’ve got a clue, either.” One other executive said, “What we need is predictability,” and in yet another case, it was stated that uncertainty “simply freezes the investment community.” Maybe Trump’s daddy can bail him out again.

Democratic Socialism and the Democratic Party

Democratic Socialists number 25,000

Democratic Socialists have just announced that they have 25,000 members, while the Democratic Party is still lamenting the loss of a ridiculous number of Governors and state legislatures to the Republicans during the tenure of Debbie Wasserman Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee. It was Bernie Sanders’ ideology that brought many of these 25,000 on board. This is all happening at a time when Donald Trump’s favorability is plummeting and the Republican Congress hasn’t produced one piece of meaningful legislation in a seven-month period where they literally have owned the U.S. government.

Some of the Progressive agenda

You have to ask the question: What could Progressives have done in that period of time? Rather than trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they would have worked on ways to improve it. They would have reached across the aisle and come up with immigration reform. Progressives would raise the debt ceiling reasonably without threatening a closure of the government. They would pass a $15.00 minimum wage. They would push republicans in their fight against income inequality and generally improve the middle class. A free college education for all and make the elimination of poverty a priority. And pass reasonable gun control. There are more, of course.

Democrats lose significantly at state and local levels

In the meantime, the West Virginia Governor switched Parties to Republican, once again reminding Democrats of their complete failure at the state and local levels. Here are the overwhelming facts…

  • “Republicans now hold 34 of the 50 governorships, tying the record for the most ever for the GOP. Democrats, who at the beginning of the Obama presidency held 28 governorships, have seen their ranks dwindle to just 15. At some point over the past decade, according to the Republican Governors Association, there has been a Republican governor in 46 of the 50 states.”

Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism…

But here come the mid-terms

It becomes even more unbalanced when you include state legislatures in the mix. “According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Republicans now hold the governor’s office and control of the legislature in 25 states.” The Dems have the total control in only six states. We can expect GOP losses during mid-terms both due to the fact Trump is a new president and also because his popularity has plummeted taking many of his supporters with it. Add to that the fact that the Republican Congress has gone nowhere, the stakes are high in 2018 and the momentum appears to be with the left.

We Progressives aren’t Democrats’ enemy

But the problem still exists where Democrats consider Progressives their enemy, there to tear down, not build up. And Salon’s Keith Spencer even said, “Peter Daou [Clinton adviser] is wrong when he says that Berniecrats are hijacking the party.” I agree and taking that further, what the Bern is really looking for is some cooperation from Democrats in order for the two factions to work out acceptable ideology that can get voter approval. Is that asking too much Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi? But hanging with what used to work seems to be their choice, which is exactly what the party did in 2016 with Hillary Clinton and lost miserably to…a Donald Trump.

Berniecrats are shaping their ideology

25,000 may not sound like much but when you consider the odds under which this membership has built, it is a giant step in the Progressive movement. Democratic Socialists are the core group from which the Berniecrats can shape their ideology, and my gut tells me that for every new Democratic Socialist there is one new Progressive. I base this on the fact that currently there is one Progressive for every Democratic voter in the U.S. There is no doubt that Bernie Sanders kicked off a revolution that has gained strong legs and is of concern to both Democrats and Republicans. Now if we can only get the Democrats on our side.