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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.
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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?

 

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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!

 

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Republicans point to video games, Trump blames fake news but does admit that white supremacy is to blame! Trump does not admit, however, that he stokes the fires of said white supremacy! News media, just because it disagrees with Trump is not fake news! But is responsible in one sense, they cover his rallies and hate speech giving him a world platform to spread his hate, fear, and blame game! So in that way, they contribute to the incitement of those who are ready to hate into actions that cause death and destruction! I played a lot of video games, and yes I played shooting games that included combat. I also played cowboys and Indians as a kid because the movies at the time screwed with history and I did not know any better! But I have never entertained a desire to do another harm! In adulthood, I became an avid supporter of Native American rights and programs to help improve their lives! That is because unlike some politicians, I became educated by reading and studying about what is really going in the world, you know actual history! Columbus did not discover America, never even saw it. His main gift to his Queen upon his return was, in his opinion, a native population that could easily be enslaved and stripped of any wealth! And no, Africans did not migrate to America, they were stacked asshole to bellybutton in the hold of a ship and brought here to be sold like cattle to the highest bidder. One last rant, we are all one race, we all came out of Africa at one point or another in our past, and climate and the local environment caused us to adapt and is responsible for our differences in appearance. But we all have common ancestors, there is no superior race, only inferior thinkers. We have one of those inferior thinkers in the current White House, backed by some of the most backward-thinking people in our history! Do you get it now!

There is a lot more to Gallagher than just this case! He was the subject of an investigation for the shooting of a young girl in Afghanistan in 2010! He also allegedly tried to run over a Navy police officer with his car in 2014 after being detained at a traffic stop. By 2015, Gallagher had acquired a reputation as someone more interested in fighting terrorists and less interested in compliance with rules!

Another accusation was that Gallagher’s sniper work during his 2017 deployment became indiscriminate, reckless, and bloodthirsty. He fired his rifle far more frequently than other snipers who also did not consider him to be a competent sniper! He also took “random shots” into buildings. Other snipers said they witnessed Gallagher killing an unarmed older man and a young girl walking with other girls. Gallagher allegedly boasted about the large number of people he had killed, claiming he averaged three kills a day over 80 days, including four women. Gallagher also was reportedly known for indiscriminately spraying neighborhoods with rockets and machine-gun fire with no known enemy force in the region.

The case was difficult due to the Navy’s slow response to the reports of misconduct. No investigation began for nearly a year after the reports had been filed and by then much of the physical evidence was not recoverable. The prosecution’s case relied on eyewitness testimony, which the defense sought to discredit as merely that of malcontents who disliked Gallagher’s leadership style. The defense also said that Gallagher’s text messages only reflected dark comedy in a stressful situation and that his more outrageous boasts were impossible (such as killing twenty people a day).

A charge of obstruction of justice was brought against Gallagher for alleged witness intimidation. According to the claim, Gallagher threatened to kill fellow SEALs if they reported his actions. The Navy cited his text messages as attempting to undermine the investigation! This resulted in confinement with heavy restrictions on his ability to communicate, later lifted by Trump with no regard for why he was so restricted!

So I am a former two-tour Vietnam vet, a Marine Sgt. and proud of my service. So I am not a basher of the Navy or Marines. But I am going to point out what I think is going on here. As I stated, it took almost a year for the Navy to start investigating. That alone says something. The other problem as I have already pointed out is that he had all kinds of indicators that command should have picked up on but did not! Reread paragraph two! So if he had been found guilty, there would have been questions! Why people who were responsible for him did not know or react to his attitude and the many horrible infractions that were coming up on a regular basis! I hate to believe the following, but I do! The medic who finally came forward and confessed to the killing of the combatant, I believe, was pressured by his superiors to do so and guaranteed immunity if he did! This was done so that questions about why command did not react to multiple reports and charges that would asked if found guilty! So this man was only convicted for posing with a dead man when he had ten charges filed against him. Even two drug charges! According to the original Navy prosecutor, “Chief Gallagher decided to act like the monster the terrorists accuse us of being. He handed ISIS propaganda manna from heaven. His actions are everything ISIS says we are.”

The Navy is thinking about charging the medic with perjury who claims he actually killed this combatant! However, for reasons I just gave, I doubt that will happen, the chain of command up the line will not support this! Trump thinks that this man should have never been prosecuted regardless of his guilt. He was just killing the enemy, and he does not see that honor and integrity were destroyed here! Just the man’s tweets and emails alone prove his guilt by his own admission!

Now Trump wants any medals given to Navy prosecutors, in this case, to be stripped from them! These Navy officers do not get to select who they prosecute. They receive orders then they follow them based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice! So Trump is, as per usual, wrong-minded here! If he understood how all this works as the Commander in Chief, he would never make such a request. But of course, he knows more than anyone in the Navy, the Pentagon, more than all the Generals and Admirals, according to his own words anyway!