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Did you watch Trump’s speech today, where he told you not to believe what you see and hear, only believe his alternate facts! What a load! I mean there was no truth in anything he said, not one damn word!

The following are excerpts from an article by Cody Fenwick a writer for AlterNet. “Since President Donald Trump’s legacy in office is filled with broken promises and dismal failures, he and his defenders are working to create an alternative reality for his supporters to believe in where administration policy is a resounding success! It’s all working out. Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening. It was a startling admission: Trump doesn’t want people to believe the very things they’re seeing!  Why would he say such a thing? Tariffs, of course, are just a form of taxes. So after Republicans ballooned future deficits by slashing the corporate tax rate at the end of last year, Trump is now unilaterally imposing taxes that will hurt American consumers and workers.

This is bad policy and even worse politically. So Trump has to tell his fans not to believe what they see or read. He has often employed this tactic, by denying obvious facts and labeling the media “fake news” even when the reports reveal facts that are undeniable. With his rate of dishonesty increasing, it’s Trump who his supporters should doubt, not the basic facts about the world.

But with his Helsinki summit and unmitigated disaster, the Mueller probe zeroing in on his allies, his tax cuts failing to benefit the American people, the immigration family separation crisis ongoing, and health insurance prices rising, Trump’s policy efforts give him nothing to brag about. Denying the noses on his supporters’ faces is the only thing left to do.”

The only question left is: Who’s buying it? Do you get it now?

 

 

 

 

Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from NATO, nearly broke apart the G7 alliance at the recent Quebec summit, has effectively surrendered economic leadership across the Pacific region to China by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has withdrawn from both the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement. All of our partners in trade and NATO are telling us this is a major blunder for both global endangerments from climate change, global trade, and a swift shift in power away from the U.S.!

Donald Trump’s administration has also shown a clear and obvious disdain for human rights. To that end, he has gone so far as to withdraw the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Set off by the fact that the United Nations has accused the United States of human rights violations! Now let that sink in. According to my research, and others, our country, led by many states who are leading the race in human rights violations, on the rise since Trump became president! We are actually going back in time, and no, that is not a good thing! Trump is trying to take us globally back to a white supremacy we have been trying to abolish for decades. All you have to do is watch speeches he gives overseas to see that!
He announces his disdain for all news except Fox, refusing to take questions from CNN at an international press conference calling them fake news. This is dangerous for many reasons. One, Fox is definitely not the news outlet you want to hold up to the world as an example of great or even good press. Fox’s record for telling the whole truth is only 10%, totally false 29% of the time, even partly true only comes out to around 21%. Now, this is Pundit Fact or Politifact, and Snopes! My own research, which I spend way too much time doing, I admit, also suggests to me that these percentages are close to the actual facts of the matter.
Think this through; what kind of world would we live in if we only got news Trump liked? Especially when his pick of true news has the worst record for truth in America, maybe even the planet, excluding government-run news agencies like Pravda! This kind of antics on the international stage, ranting about fake news and refusing to call on those he does not like gives dictators and other strongman leadership entities who want to stifle or exterminate free press a green light from the U.S. leadership! Especially when the GOP refuse to lead, and Sara is willing to prostitute herself to a world of lies and misdirection!
Trump’s own truth meter has a definite sway towards outright lies and half-truths at best. Trump tells the whole truth a measly 5% of the time. Mostly false 22% of the time, totally false 33% of the time, so it is no wonder Fox is his news network of choice. Trumps lies are so easy to find, that when my friends ask what lies, I cannot help but start laughing! This question tells me they have no clue, none, of what actually happens on a national or international level. Even if you only watch Fox, even they have to admit that Trump is a liar at times. All anyone has to do is tune in when a news anchor for Fox, Shepard Smith, is reporting on Trump to know something is dreadfully amiss with Trump and his leadership. I am surprised they have not found an excuse to fire the man. However he is someone they can point to on the Fox network who does tell the truth and actually reports the news instead of making it up, so maybe they feel this somehow legitimizes them!
In conclusion, you cannot keep hiding from facts. Please at least watch some PBS news programs to glean at least a semblance of what is really going on. They report news as it really happens; they do not try and spin it. Watch some C-Span, now that does take some patience, as you have to wade through a lot of really boring stuff to witness actual policy or law being enacted. Look at the congressional record. It belies most of what Trump tells you! Whatever you do, do not just watch Fox and people like Hannity because you will not actually know the truth. You cannot keep imagining that everyone else on the planet is wrong, and they have it right. And quit listening to people like that idiot from  Info Wars. You shouldn’t have to fact check to know that you are looking at a deranged serial liar, common sense will tell you that, even though Trump has reported stuff directly from his show! That alone should scare you half to death!

These are few excerpts from an article in the LA Times, with a few comments of my own thrown in! It was long so I am going to try and shorten it so some of you might read it. Actually nothing I have not said before, but here goes again!
President Trump stood before a crowd of small-business owners at a hotel last week and said that his administration’s economic policy could “be summed up in three very beautiful words … jobs, jobs, jobs.” But when it comes to jobs, Trump is like the wealthy heir who, as the saying goes, was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.
Unemployment rates for blacks, Latinos and all Americans began a steady decline in late 2009 that has continued since Trump took office. The same is true with the plunge in first-time claims for unemployment benefits.
And the 3.4 million jobs created in the 18 months from December 2016 through May of this year isn’t such an unbelievable number. The U.S. economy added 3.7 million net new jobs in the 18 months immediately before that.
It was Obama administration policies plus Federal Reserve policies that engineered a recovery from the depths of the Great Recession and that continues. The tax break given to the rich has kept it going, but that will not last as the break for the middle class disappears. Also, inflation has been on the rise since Trump took office and wages have not increased even though there are more jobs, so the average worker makes less, not more!
So, Trump needs to also thank Obama for the current economy, but that is never going to happen! However, we the people need to look at the figures, figures that are easily accessed if you actually care to know the facts, and realize that you have to dig out the truth for yourself! If you have not figured it out, Trump is a liar, plain and simple! To be fair, he has kept the momentum Obama created going, but we have created more debt in the last year than any time in history and we are still creating more, and that will bite us in the ass!

 

I am glad that women and even a man or two are finally coming forward and saying enough is enough! I am a man, a man who thinks women are the dominant species on this planet. Sure, we have bigger muscles in most cases, we are testosterone driven, which in certain instances makes us heroic, or mistaken for heroic! But in modern society, we pale in comparison to womenfolk in almost every other capacity as humans! Women can compete in almost any intellectual quest where a man and a woman have equal opportunities to succeed. Woman are less likely, in this authors opinion, to think war is an answer unless we are being directly attacked or threatened in some way that precludes negotiation or arbitration! A woman will not see everything as a competition, but more as an opportunity to learn and succeed! Forget the movie version of any competitive woman as a shrew!
So, having said that, women exist in a world where men control how successful they will be by an alarming percentile! This control is what, in my humble opinion, is why powerful men have gotten away with sexual harassment, or worse, with very little consequence. If a woman, say in the world of business, was to make it known that a man was being inappropriate or even sexually dangerous, steps would be taken to satisfy any regulations in place, but nothing of consequence to the man involved in most cases! The woman, in a disturbing amount of cases, are punished with job stagnation or outright dismissal after a period of time has passed where her job performance evaluations have gone from superlative to unacceptable after such an incident is reported.  So much so that she had to be let go! In the military, if you are a career-minded woman, making any charge of sexual harassment, even rape, is a career-ending decision in most cases!
So the fact that woman are finally coming forward, even though in most cases these are a woman who have waited until their careers were either secure or at their end, is heartening. That they are coming forward in numbers is also about damn time. So maybe I should clarify a few things here. All harassment is disgusting and uncalled for. But when it involves underage women I cannot tell you how enraged I become. So I welcome any and all exposure to any individuals who are suspect. Sure, some of it will be spurious, but when the sexual misconduct is brought to bear by multiple women about the same man, well that needs some serious and immediate consideration!
So now we come to a question I would like to put to you. Do you think these men, regardless of who they are, should be held accountable? Should these claims at least be investigated? And one last question, why is not Trump, who has at least a dozen accusers not under scrutiny. He has even been accused of rape. Now when you have a lot of money as Trump is reported to have, you can get away with a lot! So these women were up against it from the start! But the fact that so many came forward, well no matter how cynical you are, some have to have merit. And then there are the words of Trump himself bragging about his sexual misconduct! So where is the quid pro quo here since Trump is ignoring the Moore case but had no problem tweeting about Al Franken. So should he not be hoisted on his own petard!

Here is a link to a detailed report on the twelve women that have accused Trump of sexual misconduct or actual assault!  Click here for link

This blog is courtesy of part of an article by Joshua Holland and Rolling Stone magazine. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-opposing-trump-isnt-like-the-gop-obstructing-obama-w476367

Trump is the first president in history to lack any experience in government, and he frequently makes that clear. His closest advisers include family members, who similarly lack relevant experience and are also running the business he supposedly has nothing to do with; several people who have registered as foreign agents; Sebastion Gorka, whose association with a Hungarian group with Nazi ties is even more alarming than his dubious credentials; and former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon.

So both President Obama and Trump have serious detractors! It’s also true that Democrats and the left express real fear over Trump’s policies, just as Republicans and the right were terrified of Obama’s agenda. But any similarity ends right there.

The “Tea” in “Tea Party” stood for “Taxed Enough Already,” and almost two-thirds of Tea Partiers said that Obama had raised taxes on “most Americans” at a time when he had in fact cut them, repeatedly, for Americans at all income levels. Their top complaint was that government had grown too large, at a time when federal revenues were at their lowest point, as a share of the economy, than at any time since 1950. When asked how much the government collected in tax revenues, their answers averaged 40 percent, when in fact that is double the highest level of taxation since 1970.

More than nine out of 10 Tea Partiers told pollsters that they feared Obama’s policies were “moving the country toward socialism.” Many believed that Obama had kicked off his presidency by going on a “global apology tour,” a claim Politifact called “a persistent and false Republican talking point that we have debunked a number of times.” Many received subsidized health insurance, but hated Obamacare for its “death panels” (Politifact’s 2009 Lie of the Year) and a “government takeover of health care” (2010’s Lie of the Year). Polls found a sharp spike in the number of gun owners who thought the government was going to do away with the right to bear arms with Obama in the White House. Now they are all sobbing in their stock rooms as gun sales have fallen off dramatically. It turns out President Obama was the greatest gun salesman in history!

So far, Trump hasn’t made any effort to work across the aisle or attract moderate Democratic support for his agenda. Congressional Republicans accused Obama of the same thing. They said he’d “rammed” the Affordable Care Act “down their throats.” They claimed, repeatedly, that nobody knew what was in the bill until they voted for it. “We’ve offered to work with the president all year,” said then-House Minority Leader John Boehner in 2010. “We’ve been shut out, shut out and shut out.” But 160 Republican amendments were included in the Senate bill that would eventually become law. Multiple committees held months of hearings, and then the upper chamber debated the measure for 25 hours before passage. Plus the bill was originally written by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and hailed by Republicans. It the main reason President Obama chose it, thinking he would not get as much flack as he was using their plan. But he underestimated the GOP hatred of his presidency.

I could go on: Jade Helm, the claim that Obama was sworn in on the Koran, the conspiracy theory that Bill Ayres ghost-wrote his memoir (a favorite of Donald Trump), etc. The point is that the circumstances around these two presidencies couldn’t possibly be more different, and while both men faced fierce opposition, the resistance to Trump is to a much greater extent grounded in reality, or at least information from credible sources, rather than crackpot Internet rumors.

Yet the political press elides these differences in story after story, instinctively framing the opposition to Trump as just more partisan wrangling, rather than a principled response to an authoritarian demagogue elected by 27 percent of the eligible voting population. It’s bad journalism, and it needs to be called out! These are points I have preached on, if you will allow the phrase, countless times in the past! The original article by Mr. Holland had a whole other section on the downfalls of our current President. I have also ‘preached” on those. But I decided my main point is to try and convince you that the Internet is not a factual place! You need to learn how to fish the waters otherwise all you catch are Carp and Suckerfish! I also know, since my friends, the ones I really want to read this, will say, damn, it is just John again, and will probably not even look at it. But I go to a lot of work to fact check before I present my work to you. Yes I have a different perspective, but a lie is a lie in any language or format, and I try really hard not to lie to you! I can guarantee you your current President has no such aspirations!

 

 

 

Diane Ravich writes;

I posted this article a few days ago with the warning that I could not vouch for the source. I have since checked out the website–WhoWhatWhy–and conclude that it is a highly reputable source for honest investigative journalism. I think if you scan the website, see who writes for it, who edits it, who is on the board of directors, you will agree this is not fake news. Why the FBI Can’t Tell All About Trump — Diane Ravitch’s blog

 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation cannot tell us what we need to know about Donald Trump’s contacts with Russia. Why? Because doing so would jeopardize a long-running, ultra-sensitive operation targeting mobsters tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin — and to Trump.

But the Feds’ stonewalling risks something far more dangerous: Failing to resolve a crisis of trust in America’s president. WhoWhatWhy provides the details of a two-month investigation in this 6,500-word exposé.

The FBI apparently knew, directly or indirectly, based upon available facts, that prior to Election Day, Trump and his campaign had personal and business dealings with certain individuals and entities linked to criminal elements — including reputed Russian gangsters — connected to Putin.

The same facts suggest that the FBI knew or should have known enough prior to the election to justify informing the public about its ongoing investigation of potentially compromising relationships between Trump, Putin, and Russian mobsters — even if it meant losing or exposing a valued informant.

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It will take an agency independent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to expose Donald Trump’s true relationship with Moscow and the role Russia may have played in getting him elected.

Director James Comey recently revealed in a congressional hearing for the first time that the FBI “is investigating … the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

However, a two-month WhoWhatWhy investigation has revealed an important reason the Bureau may be facing undisclosed obstacles to revealing what it knows to the public or to lawmakers.

Our investigation also may explain why the FBI, which was very public about its probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails, never disclosed its investigation of the Trump campaign prior to the election, even though we now know that it commenced last July.

The President, current or past, cannot just order a wiretap. You have to go to a federal judge for starters, who would not take such an order from an individual. Not even the President! So the Justice Department would have to get involved, probably the FBI, and then provide the judge with damning evidence of why the wiretap is needed and legal! Even if you were trying to do an end run by claiming espionage or foreign entity lawbreakers, I am talking about Russians and Trump here, you still have to go through the CIA and them a FISA judge to get the warrant. So there would be a trail as wide as the Mississippi river and almost as long! So it did not happen! You ask Trump where his evidence is; he will not answer the question. You ask his staffers and they have all kinds of answers that are not actually answers. We heard, the papers reported, certain sources known only to the President, etc, so forth, and so on! Now even the President just said last week that he believes a source should be named. Ok Mr. President, lets hear them!

Ok, where did it start, well we actually do know how the story started! Breitbart wrote a story and it got circulated in the West Wing of the White House. So of course Trump saw it, got incensed then tweeted his rage! Now his buddy Bannon, probably sitting on his right shoulder like any good demon would, encouraged him! Not withstanding that this was the very publication he probably still controls! So now they have named it DeepStateGate! Fox news is calling it ObamaGate, and of course Hannity is asking what did Obama know and when did he know it, just like something actually did happen, which the FBI and Justice has already said did not happen. Of course Trump says he does not believe any reports by the FBI or any investigating authority, I mean what the hell, he has a magazine article! Trump is calling for an investigation. So when I claim fake news, this is exactly my point!

Now ask yourself why? Because Trump and gang do not want you spending your time on what he and the Russians might have been up to, or why he will not let us take a look at his taxes? Well no shit! Just invent something to take you eye off the ball, and then kick that ball as far into the muddied pond as you can and hope we forget about it. This was his go to formula during the campaign, and it worked. He basically used his “Foundation” as a personal piggy bank. He and his crew use non-government computers and electronic devices with impunity, yes, the same stuff they were yelling Hillary should be jailed for. When the media finally started reporting real news and not letting him off the hook, he labeled them false news, fake news, and crooked is a word he likes. So consider this. A crook always thinks everyone is trying to steal from him, a liar thinks everyone is a liar, and the list goes on. Why is this so, because people always think other people are just like them. So when someone calls everyone around them that they do not like a liar or a crook, it has always been common knowledge that you are listening to one or the other, or both!

Statement: This is not in bold to make a point, it is because I am old, a lot of my audience has been around for a while, and bold print makes it easier to read! So get off your Huffy Horse and walk along with me!