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Posted: January 4, 2020 in News and politics
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ARE WE AT WAR?

 

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Do you think if Trump had stayed in the Iran nuclear deal, extended an olive branch instead of his middle finger, this would be happening now! Yes, Iran is dangerous, but we made them even more so, and we gave them the ammunition to cause even more hatred. All the other signatories to the Iran deal stayed on board and tried to mitigate what Trump had done, but the nail was already in the coffin! If we had stayed the course instead of automatically reversing everything a black President ever did, we would have had an Iran more interested in appeasing us and making diplomatic inroads. Now they more full of hatred and animosity, which puts all of us in danger! And if you try and tell me that everyone in the European Union and others was all wrong, and Trump was the lone mastermind here, then you are part of the damn problem!

No one trusts Trump. Not our allies, and especially not our foes. Members of NATO are forging alliances without U.S. involvement. They are patiently waiting for someone of intelligence to become President. Our foes, well they do not trust Trump to honor any deals he might make. In spite of Trump’s penchant for lying, the United States has close partners, especially in Europe, that might still be willing to believe U.S. accusations toward Iran if presented with compelling evidence. Instead, the Trump administration did just the opposite. Within hours following the Sept. 14 attack, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared Iran the perpetrator on Twitter, before briefing Congress or consulting with partners. In all fairness it probably was Iran, or Iran backed militants, but the point is the Trump administration did not consult with its international partners or coordinate any kind of intelligence seeking before making such an announcement!

My point, you ask? Trump is a poor statesman, a bully, he wants to appear strong, he cannot see beyond his own ambitions, his own preconceived notions! He has gotten rid of any intelligent people around him who would not bow down and give him automatic allegiance. Instead, he has surrounded himself with people who are less qualified, who are willing to lie for him, and this is dangerous. Trump wants a war, anything to distract from impeachment, and to make him look good to his base who like the bully in him. It will eventually get a whole lot of American’s killed, I am afraid!

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Fox News on Sunday: “If you pause for one moment and you read this IG (inspector general) report, here’s the FBI; they broke into President Trump — at the time candidate Trump’s — campaign, spied on him, and then they covered it up. It is a modern-day Watergate.” He added, “They broke into his campaign by bringing people into it. They have been trying to cover it up for the whole time.”

Now here is the problem! He is lying, not mistaken, flat out lying. Here is why. Justice Department Inspector General found no evidence the FBI “broke into” the Trump campaign while investigating the campaign’s relationship with Russia. The investigation found zero evidence that any member of the FBI investigation ever even suggested inserting informants into the Trump campaign! The FBI did not try to recruit members of the Trump campaign as CHSs (confidential human sources), did not send CHSs to collect information in Trump campaign headquarters or Trump campaign spaces, and did not ask CHSs to join the Trump campaign or otherwise attend campaign-related events as part of the investigation. This information is right out of the very report Kevin McCarthy said he got his facts! So he can read, I assume, so he intentionally lied! It seems like Trump’s contempt for the truth has somehow infected the GOP! This report is available to the public, so you do not have to take my word for anything! It says exactly what I just said it does!

McCarthy said this on Fox News, who made no effort to inform you of what information was actually in the report, which they knew, but made no attempt to inform you! This is why I warn against them. They do not report the news; they are just like those magazines at the check out counter at the grocery store! They are only interested in how to sensationalize so their audience will return for more!  McCarthy repeated the lies that Trump told about this subject, a man who never bothers with facts!

In his Christmas message, Trump called for a Christ-like “respect”. This from a man who has set the record for the number of insulting nicknames he has called his political foes, including “Sleazebag” for FBI Director James Comey, “Shifty” Rep. Adam Schiff, “Low IQ” Rep. Maxine Waters, “Crooked Hillary”, “Little Rocket Man”, “Lyin’” Sen. Ted Cruz, “Dumbo” Randolph Alles, “Fat Jerry” Rep. Jerrold Nadler, “Head Clown” Rep. Chuck Schumer, “Mr. MagooJeff Sessions, and “Dummy” Rep. Beto O’Rourke — to name just a few. Is this the government representation you deserve?

Well, if grade school name-calling does not bother you, or you have not actually read the actual report McCarthy is using as his reference to see for yourself that he and Trump told you lies about what it says, then I guess you do deserve what you get!

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Trump made 99 false claims over the last two weeks! He is now averaging 63 false claims per week, 1,450 total false claims since July 8! I did not look all these up myself; I got figures from more than one fact-checking entity: Duke University, Snopes, PolitiFact, and FactCheck. Org, to name a few!

A few examples of the lies I am referencing. At Trump’s December 10 campaign rally in Pennsylvania, he alleged that either Strzok or Page had obtained a restraining order against the other. These are the two FBI agents who texted inappropriately about Trump. So he had ammunition against them, but not satisfied, he made up the restraining order because he likes to lie to try and hurt people as much as he can! There was no rhyme or reason for it other than that!

There was a recent Maryland case during which a man allegedly strangled and raped a woman who was trying to enter her apartment! Trump, not satisfied with the facts of the story, said, “She was raped and killed, strangled to death.” The victim was not killed; she survived! Now think if you were a relative or friend and you were watching this rally, you would think she must have had complications and died!

Last year he was reading out a text about an accurate claim that the MS-13 gang on Long Island, New York had called for the murder of a police officer, then decided to turn it into a false claim that MS-13 did murder the police officer!

Trump claimed that there has been fighting over the Turkey-Syria border for 2,000 years, and he did not want to be involved in patrolling it for another 2000 years! Modern-day Turkey and Syria were both part of the Ottoman Empire and was only dissolved after World War I, and the border between them is less than 100 years old. The border where we had been involved between Syria and Turkey was only established in 1923, so 96 years! Of course, Trump does not know where most countries are, or any world history whatsoever!

Trump claimed that he got NATO to increase the spending by $400 billion! He did not. They are trying to reach 2% of their GDP but agreed to this after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, and they are trying to achieve that by 2024! Had nothing to do with Trump, he was still a TV show host at the time! Just another whopper told by him to try and make himself look like a bigshot!

I could go on for page after page after page, I mean there are almost 1500 lies from which to choose. Then we could go after all the immoral things he has done and lied about also! But let’s end this with this thought. These are not mistakes; these are outright lies that Trump knows are lies. His accusers of sexual assault have been numbered at 26 so far! So let’s suppose some of them are looking for fame or money, although most have not asked for anything other than he is held responsible! But if even one is accurate, that is one too many! And one is not the damn number, you and I both know that!

So a lot of my friends, since I hail from Idaho in my teen years until I joined the Marine Corps, are conservative and say that I am wrong about Trump. How can I be? Anyone who watches him with any common sense and a rational mind can fact check him themselves. Now they might not come up with 1500 prevarications, but the ones I listed above are easily fact-checked, so feel free. You find I am wrong, well, by all means, let me know. But have your facts at the ready, do not come to me quoting an opinion by someone. Look at history, look at what Trump said, because I listed things I knew you could look up, and they will be just as I said they were! I will be looking forward to hearing from you!

You want to silence me; it is straightforward. Hold Trump accountable! I am not talking about the fact that he was impeached. The trial in the senate will be a rubber stamp in Trump’s favor, and so I was never was in favor of it because that was always a foregone conclusion! It will only muddy up the 2020 election! I am talking about when he degrades women by name-calling or describing them as fat, ugly, or things I will not discuss here! When he just plain lies and degrades anyone who does not worship the ground he walks on! Demand he shows us tax returns and his grades. If he is honest and the genius he claims to be, why not prove it? These are the things I want you to do, hold the man to a fair, honest, and moral standard; if you do, I will gladly fade away!

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One thing that is clear, the practice of American politics and criminal justice is changing. Trump, through his facts-be-damned statements and take-no-prisoners tweets, has led the way. And his approach to politics is catching—rapidly and rampantly among Republicans and even, more gradually, among Democrats. Democrats, arguably, are cutting corners as they push ahead with their plans for a House impeachment vote! Republicans are demonstrating that they will dismiss any finding, evidence, or fact, that does not fit the President’s political narrative.

 

The truth means nothing anymore. Our FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, Ambassadors abroad have all come under fire in the Trump administration because they either did not crumble to his unethical if not illegal demands or disagreed with statements about investigations that have been carried out. This has eroded the public trust to the lowest level in my memory, and probably an all-time low in the history of this country!

 

Look at all the hate crimes and shootings by violent citizens of these United States since Trump started spouting who to hate and who to blame! Even spreading to the military bases and personnel as witnessed in the last couple of weeks along with other school shootings and threats. These types of acts always grow more frequent after one of his rallies! It cannot be just circumstance when it happens every time, usually, in the area the rally took place in.

 

The trial for impeachment will be a farce in the Senate! It stands no chance. Trump will just tell whatever lie he thinks will explain away his actions, repeat it often and loudly! His lapdogs will pick it up and repeat the lies at every opportunity! Trump will decimate our security agencies, our ability to investigate, as he must destroy them to disprove his own plethora of crimes! We might as well buy popcorn and settle in for the US Senate Three Stooges marathon!

 

A DO NOTHING PRESIDENT

Posted: December 7, 2019 in News and politics
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Volodymyr Zelensky has one job as far as the people who voted for him are concerned is to end the war going on with Russia in the Donbas area of Ukraine! So he cannot demean Putin as he will be meeting with him on this issue shortly. On the other side of the coin, he needs the U.S. President to be his partner, his support system, and needs his backing with the might and support he needs to make a case to Putin that he, Zelensky, has the resources to negotiate from strength! 

Now, regardless of how you feel about hearings on impeachment going on, two things stand out! Trump is not interested in helping Ukraine. He is playing them as the bad guys in our last election instead of Russia despite all the reports from his intelligence agencies telling him just the opposite. Trump held up support, which Ukraine needed to supply the strongholds in the Donbas area who are attempting to fight off the Russian aggression in their country. Why he did, that seems evident to me, but I do not want to debate that right now. My point is that Ukraine is key to our influence in Eastern Europe. Not supporting Zelensky in his efforts to resist Putin is a direct attack on our security in the region as well as our NATO allies! In an interview with Time and three European outlets, Zelensky went the farthest he has gone in stating his disappointment with Trump. “We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us,” he said, referring to the three hundred and twenty million dollars in aid that Trump ordered frozen in July. “I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying.”

But Trump continues to bad-mouth NATO, Ukraine, and individual leaders of NATO countries. Instead of making NATO even more effective, he is threatening to pull support from that organization. 

Trump repeatedly sides with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies. He rejects U.S. intelligence he finds inconvenient! This happens all the time according to people that work or have worked for Trump. One prime example is he cannot except that he won the Presidential election with the help of Russia and did not win the popular vote. So even though all of the U.S. intelligence agencies assured Trump that Russia did influence the election in a very robust campaign that favored him, he rejected their assessment. So now, even though there is absolutely no evidence to support the claim, he is saying that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that is responsible for the election interference and that it favored Hillary, not him. He further claims that the Ukraine intervention and millions of illegal aliens voting was why he did not win the popular vote. Which an investigation he asked for found no such evidence existed. So he is a do-nothing President when it comes to our security, even to the point of saying out loud in public that Putin told him what was true and real, and that is what he believes over U.S. agency reports! His answer to our security is touting a nuclear build up and how much power he has! He admires the totalitarian stereotype and wants them to know he is the top strongman! 

Leaders in the world are now mocking Trump in public, and they are not waiting on America to move forward with NATO, Climate Change, and any world problems that take cooperation between nations!

One last point! Trump is adamant that he did not ask for help or use his influence to get dirt on Vice President Biden or his son! But right now, as I write this, Rudy Giuliani is back in Ukraine actively still trying to do just that! The very thing that Trump has already been accused of! But Trump knows he will never be held accountable by a GOP controlled Senate! So he does not care to curtail anything he thinks will help him win! He is and always has been corrupt in his personal life before and after his political career started! The facts about this are not even in being denied! His career should have been over with the P—- tape. Or when he impersonated a physically disabled individual! Or when it became clear he paid off porn stars! Or when a minimum of 17 women came forward to accused Trump of sexual assault! That should have ended any bid for the office of President! I usually end my blogs and other offerings with this question, “Do you get it now!” But I must admit, I don’t get it! I cannot fathom how anyone thinks this man should be the representative of our country to the world! He made a big deal out of the fact that he would be to busy to play golf and that he would donate his salary. So far, Trump has spent 115 million of our dollars on golf, which amounts to 287 years of his salary, you add it up! 

By John Love

The Love Chronicles

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?