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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!

 

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!

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!

 

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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!