Impeachment

Posted: November 15, 2019 in News and politics
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All, I repeat all, of the U.S. intelligence agencies, have concluded that Russia was responsible for the interference in the Trump election and that it was to help Trump. Trump and Putin both are trying to put this on Ukraine, not Russia, but there is no evidence to support this.

When Biden was acting to get the Ukraine top law enforcer ousted, he was following U.S. policy as well as several other European countries and financial institutions! As this person, Victor Shokin, was a corrupt individual and not prosecuting or going after certain bad actors connected to Putin and Russia. We might also make the connection that the ouster of this top law enforcer would increase any investigation into Burisma, not protect them from more scrutiny! So none of the allegations by Trump make any sense! Plus, a President attacking his own Ambassador in a public forum, twitter, is unheard of! I might add that his last tweet about how ineffective she was in all her posts are just ludicrous. She has been in service for over thirty years with a stellar reputation, well thought of by both Democratic and Republican administrations. She was sent into places that had significant problems because of her superior skills, not the other way around! Let’s be plain-spoken here, Trump lies, and that is what all this is based!

Trump hates that he did not win the popular vote in the election or the fact that every intelligence agency in the U.S. has agreed that the influence in that election favored Trump and that Russia was responsible. So not only is he attacking the integrity of his Ambassador but of his intelligence agencies! There is no factual evidence that Ukraine is responsible for this election interference, and according to Trump, was all in favor of Hillary. I was not a Hillary fan for President, but I was not ever for Trump! But I am a comprehensive reader, and all of the fake sites that have been identified were anti-Hillary and pro-Trump! All identified sources came out of Russia; specific names of who were responsible have been uncovered down to the building where they work! Still, work out of, I might add!

So Trump wants to create a false narrative that the election interference was all in favor of Hillary, which means that he would have won the popular vote. He has to find a new source that does include Russia to make that lie stick! Biden’s part in the removal of Victor Shokin was following U.S. policy as well as several European countries and major institutions worried about the corruption of Shokin! Again, this removal of this corrupt law enforcement officer would cause an increase in an investigation of Burisma! But still, Trump is promoting a lie to hurt his most dangerous political foe, which is illegal by any definition.

Forget the phone call for a minute and this whole Ukrainian bucket of bullshite. A President that lies to the American people as Trump does, and easily proven, is an impeachable offense in my opinion! I think the count is over 13,435 over 993 days since people started keeping track. So even if you think these figures are wrong, even if you discount 50%, look at the still horrendous amount of lies you still have! The fact that Trump is blatantly using the office of the Presidency to enrich himself! His hotels where he directs diplomats to hold gatherings, selling overpriced properties to Saudi oligarchs, rerouting military flights so that they would have to stay at one of his overseas properties! Visiting his personal holdings for meetings, and of course, golf, where he charges his security exorbitant fees for services, food, and lodging above the norm!

So if you add this to the fact that Trump has damaged U.S. security by his actions, has tried to influence a country for personal gain, and has lied profusely about these and other activities! He is even now, even today, intimidating an ambassador whose life he placed in danger! He is an embarrassment the world over, ask any of our former allies!

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday attended an uncomfortable session of NATO where members harshly criticized Turkey’s incursion into Syria and apparent U.S. acquiescence. Trump essentially greenlighted the move by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“Turkey put us all in a very terrible situation, and I think the incursion’s unwarranted.”  Esper also added he thought we were “heading in the wrong direction.”
His comments contrasted with those of Trump, who a day earlier claimed the results of Turkey’s invasion — in which Turkish forces hooked up with Russia to take control of an enormous swath of Syrian territory once home to the Kurds and patrolled by the U.S. — was a victory for his administration.
Information from an article written by;
TRACY WILKINSON AND NABIH BULOS

So my point is by posting the above is to look, listen, and think about what you just read! Then compare that to what Trump is telling you. How do you call Russia taking over not only our role in the area but increasing their influence on the entire border shared by Turkey, a U.S. victory? Even the withdrawal of troops Trump is so proud of is a false flag! We are now planning to send troops and tanks back in to protect oil fields, basically our reason for being anywhere on the planet with our big stick, not people! Trump just exemplified that last sentence I just wrote by allowing Turkey and Erdogan to expand their ethnic cleansing agenda against Kurds, and not just fighters, whole families have been murdered! Even inside Turkey, if you are a citizen but align with Kurdish beliefs, you can be arrested, imprisoned, even killed with no recourse! And we are now a part of that, aren’t we just special!

Trump Still Telling Lies

Posted: October 23, 2019 in News and politics
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Syria and the Kurdish crisis, according to Trump, is a huge success, which he says he should be congratulated for! He is talking about the cease-fire between Turkey and the Kurdish region of Syria! Trump is taking credit for a crisis he created and then had nothing to do with anything that came after! Sure, Pence and Pompeo went to talk to Erdogan for a pullback from Syria. But Erdogan was not much impressed, the real force in the region now in the border region between Turkey and Syria are Russian forces! So now the Kurds, abandoned by the U.S., are looking to the Russian controlled Syrian government for help and protection. It is like jumping from the fire into the frying pan if you ask me, but what choice do they have? Turkey, if left unchecked, will exterminate the Kurds in an ethnic cleansing campaign they have waged on and off for centuries. The happiest person on the planet right now concerning this current scenario is Putin. Things could not have gone better for Russian influence in the area! All handed to them on a silver platter by Trump!

Recent events are reinforcing my earlier opinions that Trump is working for Putin’s interests. Take a look at current testimony about what Trump wanted in Ukraine. My take away was not primarily the Biden connection, that was a political ploy by Trump, and it fits with how he operates! The other Trump demand was to get Ukraine to admit to the political campaign interference that has happened in our elections, thereby proving the Russians had nothing to do with it! So, again, Trump working for Putin’s interests again! All of our security agencies have unanimously agreed to Russian interference in elections. The Mueller investigation found this same evidence to be true, even indicted specific Russian operatives involved. So Trump was trying to use his influence and money to bribe a foreign government to not only help him win an election but to disprove both our intelligence agency findings as well as Robert Mueller’s report! Which helps whom, well Trump and Putin both, tying them together once again!

Finally, a diplomat appointed by Pompeo, Bill Taylor, claims that the money intended for Ukraine was withheld unless they agreed to announce that they were investigating the company that Biden’s son had been employed! And admit that they, not Russia, were responsible for election fraud in the U.S. during the Trump campaign! The Republicans stormed the inquiry trying to interrupt Laura Cooper’s testimony who is the Pentagons top official on Ukraine! . Bringing cell phones into a SCIF, which GOP members did, is highly illegal for starters, plus the GOP members demanding to participate are not members of any committees, which would not allow them to be involved under any circumstances! But back on point, Taylor is a former Ambassador to Ukraine appointed by Bush, and recently brought out of retirement by Pompeo! So he is not a democratic plant, by any means you care to imagine! So why is he testifying to Trump’s bullying of Ukraine? Could it be because he felt he needed to tell the truth, not what he had been told to say?

 

To the educated in science, I am not going to be talking about anything that has not been common knowledge for decades. But I have friends who think science is not essential, that education makes sinners, and asking questions that do not get answered in religious text is evil! So this is for you!

We will be talking about sciences like paleontology, molecular biology, evolutionary biologists, and general biology, you know, the birds and the bees!

Let’s start with Molecular biology, as it is there we find one of the most significant discoveries in modern times, DNA! Because DNA is universal to all life, its presence strongly suggests that all creatures on Earth evolved from a common ancestor! It also explains how the proliferation of genetic mutations (copy errors), combined with the processes of natural selection, enables evolution to happen. Ultimately, DNA is the engine that drives evolution. So every time you make a copy of yourself by procreation, no matter if you are a frog, a gnat, or a human being, sometimes there is an error in the copy, or DNA! So this is when natural selection kicks in! If that copy or DNA error makes you better able to cope with your environment, then it lives on. If it doesn’t, it becomes fertilizer! It is a brutal process that takes eons, but, it does not need a guiding hand! By that I mean no guy in the sky looking down and thinking I didn’t create that, I think I’ll drop a boulder on it!

So let’s move on to the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, as they are both significant here as I bring up the very massive and prolific fossil record! Let point out that no, the fossil record is not some gigantic scam by millions of scientists that planted fake bones, skeletons, and fossilized plant-matter over every continent, and sub-continent of the globe to put one over on you.

Species come and go, but life does go on! This is the essential lesson of the fossil record that dates back 3.8 billion years! Oh yeah, not 6000, as some have tried to tell me! I think a few of us must have felt the Flintstones was a documentary! Hell, gators, whales, and sharks have been around for just a tad longer! In the case of the shark, about 450 million years. The alligator developed into what we see today about 85 million years ago, but has relatives that date back 200 million years! The whale was once a land animal, and they still have vestigial evidence of the legs they used to use to move around! They evolved into whales about 50 million years ago. The hippo is their nearest relative! The fossil record is considered to be anything found that is over 10,000 years old. We can date fossils using another scientific method called carbon dating. We are all carbon-based creatures! So by measuring the carbon-12 and carbon-14 that it contains, we can determine the age. What they do is to measure the difference between the two as the radioactive carbon-14 decays at a constant and measurable rate, so we can date the fossils we find!

So, evolution is real, with real science behind it! You cannot solve our problems if you do not understand the planet you live on and how it came to be! You also cannot understand how to nurture it, heal it, without this knowledge. All scientific knowledge is crucial if we are going to continue to live in this world without destroying it and ourselves. Science is the most critical survival tool in your arsenal, not your damn gun! Ok, get off your high horse, I am not advocating getting rid of your weapons, I can see that argument going off the rails already!

I wrote this blog because I just saw another article where schools in our country are refusing to teach evolution. Case in point, the new Florida Education Chair just stated that he would not support evolution being taught in that state as factual, making the old argument that it is just a theory! He does not understand that in the realm of science, a theory is generally accepted as true! Now a hypothesis would be accurate for his argument, but again, he does not understand or know his words! A person who has sway over education should know his words and their meaning! But you have to be adequately educated! You cannot understand the world you live in if you are not educated in how it came to be! This is not some off the wall new deal; evolution has been an accepted fact for a very long time by 97% of scientists the world over. There is just too much evidence to back it up!

My other pet peeve is history. Again, you cannot know why the world is the way it is without knowing the history that shaped it! Some politician said recently that history is not important, because it was in the past. He and the Florida guy must get their education from the same source! Illegitimate U.

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Trump is a pirate; he has always been a pirate! He used to only have a few ships and not much of a pirate crew. The ocean he traveled was limited to some extent! But then we gave him a whole fleet of pirate ships, a whole world to roam, and an almost unlimited crew! Yes, we did that, you and me! Even if we did not cast a vote for the piracy, we did not do enough, we did not resist enough!

Two things you need to look at when you consider Trump. I know people get all incensed when you compare him to Hitler, but I have read up on Hitler and his entire life, not just as the leader of Germany, but how he got there. Germany had lost WWI, and there were a lot of dispossessed people, a lot of them were middle-aged men who fought and lost a war and had some anger about that! There were only 21 years between the end of WWI and the start of WWII. Hitler was gathering gangs of these men long before the advent of WWII. He created gangs of these men, using them to intimate, yes, and even kill to get what he wanted! As Hitler rose in power and influence, he then proceeded to give the German people someone to hate, the Jews mainly. Now he told the German people that Jews were an inferior race, even comparing them to diseased rats! But the truth of the matter is they controlled a lot of wealth that he needed and wanted! If you read about his early life, he had several failures in business, art, and life in general, which he blamed on the Jews around him at the time, and others, he was an equal opportunity racist! He thought blacks were animals, and he didn’t much like Italians either, go figure! Then he proceeded to hold all kinds of rallies! Telling the people who to hate, who to fear, and who was taking all the wealth and jobs rightfully theirs! He also said to them that all news outlets were fake news and the enemy of the people! Sound familiar?

So, be honest, who is currently doing these very things right now? Who holds rally after rally, telling you who it is taking your jobs, who to hate for your predicament in life, telling you that almost all news is fake and a danger to the U.S. and our way of life? Who has compared non-whites as murderers, rapists, drug kingpins, and enemy combatants? He has compared their neighborhoods to rat-infested diseased areas! Because of where they are from or their heritage? Who makes wild accusations anytime any of his actions are called into question? Who has never given an uplifting speech? His speeches always have one theme. I am the greatest, I know more about everything than anyone ever! He is still playing the blame game! Since day one of his campaign and even in his private life, he has never failed at anything, it was always someone else, usually someone not like him, or at least who he imagines he is! He claims he knows more about everything, understands it all better, and is our savior! And his claim that he is a very stable genius and the most successful businessman ever! Well, he is not hiding his grades and his taxes for no reason. He never did well in school. He did not have the grades as a young man, so he could not get into the best private academies. So he went to one that needed Dad’s money. But even they kicked him out because of his behavior, and that is the real reason he wound up in a military academy. His grades did not allow him into Wharton initially; he finally got in because of his brother’s friendship with the admission officer. He only went for two years and only got a Bachelor’s degree, he never got his Masters! I have no idea what his taxes will reveal if we ever see them, but if he is as successful and on the level, why not be proud and let the world see just how great he is, and smart. Like I said, the fact that he threatened to sue any school that released his grades, and takes anyone to court who tries to access his taxes tells a story!

How about the lying! Now even if you discredit the news as all fake, even if you think that there is a conspiracy by the Democrats and atheists to take down our savior, you cannot miss all of the lies, they are blatant and so abundant you cannot miss them. Trump has made around 10,000 misleading claims or lies since he started out as a politician. So no matter how many you decide to subtract, the count is still going to be, can I use the slang term, humungous?

Do you want to talk about the morality of this man? A man who cheated on wife number one with wife number two, and then cheated on wife number three with at least one porn star. Who has been accused by at least 17 women of improper sexual advances, one for rape when she was a minor! We all know of the tape where he admitted to chasing married women to have sex, and that they let him grab them by the, well, you know the story as well as I! So it has been proven that he paid off women to shut them up, one just before the election! So no matter how you parse it out, no matter how many excuses you make, when there is this much rain falling all around you, even with your evangelical robe wrapped around you and your holier than thou umbrella, you are going to get wet!

 

If Truth Matters

Posted: October 4, 2019 in News and politics, Uncategorized
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Two top U.S. officials in Ukraine drafted a statement for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in August to conduct investigations for President Donald Trump into his political opponents. (N.Y. Times)

Kurt Volker drafted the statement, then the U.S.’s special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, and a central figure in the Ukraine controversy was aware of the statement, as was a top aide to Zelensky.

Volker resigned from his position last week after his name was mentioned in an explosive whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election. (Business Insider)
The whistleblower complaint alleges that the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, was fired because Rudy Giuliani claimed she was hostile to President Trump and his goal of investigating Joe Biden. But the report had to connect some dots. Now there is evidence. It comes from, of all people, Giuliani himself. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Giuliani admits he reminded the president of complaints that she had displayed anti-Trump bias! She did not want to push Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden and his son Hunter.” (Intelligencer)

I post this as my investigations corroborate these statements based on CNN, PBS, NPR, ABC, NBC, Times, Politico, Pravda, Trud, Argumenti, even Fox News, and friends overseas, Australia, Russia, Israel. Of course, if you believe Trump, all news sources are evil, lying, and worthless enemies of Democracy. He has even been including Fox lately! I think that all news is biased, but some are more truthful than others. Fox is not one of them. They are Trump state T.V., although they do have a couple of truth sayers in their midst. Pravda is another state-run news agency, but to derive the truth, I also have to read the lies!

Offered by John Love.

 

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During the planning for the inauguration, Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s eldest daughter, and a senior executive with the Trump Organization, was involved in negotiating the price the hotel charged the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee. A planner emailed Ivanka, and others at the company to “express my concern” that the hotel was overcharging for its event spaces, worrying of what would happen, “when this is audited.”

The Trumps raised money for the inauguration and then funneled those funds through the Trump Organization and back into their own pockets. Ivanka Trump was both a Trump executive and also in charge of the organizing committee. She overcharged for space at the Trump Hotel in violation of tax laws and then pocketed the profits!

It also looks like donors gave money in exchange for favors from the Trump administration! The inauguration committee is currently under investigation.
Then there is Daddy
• The presidency is benefiting Trump’s business in several ways. Government officials stay in Trump hotels at inflated prices while some foreign government officials take steps to gain favor by giving Trump breaks on his properties in their countries!

Eric Trump has been giving his father quarterly updates on the financial health of his businesses, despite promises that the President would have no involvement. Those businesses have also done deals with foreign governments, despite the President’s pledge that they wouldn’t.

Trump spent nearly 40 million in taxpayer money to travel to his own properties, where he outlandishly gouged the Secret Service for food, lodging, and even golf cart rentals to follow him around!

Scott Pruitt, A former Trump appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency, regularly dined with donors and lobbyists from industries his department was regulating. He also used public money to pay for a soundproof booth in his office, no one ever has done, and chartered private and military overseas flights!

Ryan Zinke, a former Trump-appointed secretary of the interior, chartered a $12,000 flight from Las Vegas to Montana at taxpayers’ expense. He also failed to disclose an investment in a Montana gun company, booked a $12,000 flight on an oil executive’s plane, spent almost $40,000 on a wildfire fund to pay for flights and paid $6,000 for a helicopter trip to visit Vice President Mike Pence!

Steve Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, tried to use a government plane to fly him to Europe for his honeymoon. He may also have availed himself of a taxpayer-funded military aircraft to view the solar eclipse in August, though he says the trip had a different purpose.

Tom Price, the former secretary of health and human services appointed by Trump, spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private planes. Trump hired Price despite Price’s history of using his position in Congress to receive sweetheart stock deals.

Trump has not spent much time in Trump Tower as President so far, but the government has spent $130,000 per month to lease space in the building for a military office that supports the White House. As far as I can find, it has not been used for anything!

Jared Kushner has reportedly used his closeness with Trump to secure foreign investment in Kushner’s family-owned business, in exchange for granting visas.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, used his position to a Russian oligarch as part of a long-running money-laundering and tax-evasion scheme, according to charges brought against him by Robert Mueller.

Michael Flynn lobbied on behalf of the Turkish government, but Trump selected him as national security adviser anyway before later firing him!

Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser, promoted Ivanka’s fashion line on television. A clear violation of her job! Not a big deal, but all part of the list of things that no other administration would be able to get away with!
Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz donated or solicited more than $50,000 on behalf of a Manhattan district attorney who later dropped a case against Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser to her father, owns a stake in a Trump-branded luxury hotel in Washington valued at between $5 million and $25 million.

K.T. McFarland, Trump’s former deputy national security adviser, violated federal law by using over $13,000 in campaign funds to boost her work as a media figure.

Rebeckah Adcock, a top Department of Agriculture deregulation official, met with pesticide lobbyists from her former employer and discussed issues related to her previous lobbying.

A charity led by Eric Trump paid over $145,000 to properties owned by his father during the election.

Brenda Fitzgerald, Trump’s former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, purchased shares in food, drug, and tobacco! This after taking charge of an agency that aims to reduce smoking. She resigned.

Despite ethics rules, Ben Carson, the HUD secretary let his son help organize an agency event and invite individuals with whom he had potential business dealings. Then Ben proceeded to spend almost $32,000 on dining furniture for his government office!

Trump has refused to release his tax returns.

Crews flying to the Mideast are now flying a new routinely! What wasn’t routine was where the crew stopped along the way: President Donald Trump’s Turnberry resort, about 50 miles outside Glasgow, Scotland. Previously all flights to the Mideast refueled at military bases which are much cheaper on fuel than public airports! The choice of the hotel so struck one crew member that he texted someone close to him and told him about the stay, sending a photo and noting that the crew’s per diem allowance wasn’t enough to cover food and drinks at the ritzy resort!

Pence stayed at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, which is on the western coast of Ireland. He traveled by Air Force One, or whatever it is called when a vice president is aboard, to Dublin on the other side of the country. He should have stayed locally, which was the original plan!

Trump has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least 22 women since 1980. Even his ex-wife Ivana said he raped her. She later changed her statement after a settlement agreement!

We are all familiar with the tape of him bragging about what he could do to women because he was rich and famous! I cannot repeat what he said, but the f and p words were used!

And of course, the call to the President of the Ukraine! When you start putting it all together, it tells the story of a dishonest, immoral man, who cares only for himself! It reveals a man that has no respect for law enforcement, woman, people of color, or anyone who does not worship the ground he walks on!