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Quoting an American President, "I want to make this perfectly clear".
Posted:Feb 17, 2018 8:52 am
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2018 7:55 pm
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The White House and the President have taken the new 37 page indictment to mean there was no collusion and the Russian intervention in our voting had no effect on the outcome of the election. Since it came from the White House and the President, the 30% are even more emboldened to believe President Trump and his campaign are free from charges of obstructing justice and "collusion" with the Russians. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the indictment which would give rise to such a belief.

Agent Rosenstein made some statements in the indictment and asnswered some questions after his statement. The following is a transcript of portions of both.

" Now, there is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election."

"QUESTION: Jack, is there concern that this -- the (ph) indictment undermines the outcome of the election?

ROSENSTEIN: Well, haven't I (ph) identified for you the allegations in the indictment? There's no allegation in the indictment of any effect on the outcome of the election."

Jessica.

"QUESTION: On page 4 of the indictment, paragraph 6, it specifically talks about the Trump campaign, saying that defendants communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

My question is, later in the indictment, campaign officials are referenced, not by their name; by "campaign official 1" or "2" or "3." Were campaign officials cooperative, or were they duped? What is their relationship with this?

ROSENSTEIN: Again, there's no allegation in this indictment that any American had any knowledge. And the nature of the scheme was the defendants took extraordinary steps to make it appear that they were ordinary American political activists, even going so far as to base their activities on a virtual private network here in the United States so, if anybody traced it back to that first jump, they appeared to be Americans."

Please note, in his answers and in his statement, Mr. Rosenstein's statements refer specifically to the indictment. His statement and his answer begin with, "...no allegation in this indictment..." He deliberately does not refer to the investigation itself. just the indictment. Statements such as these are very carefully worded for very specific reasons. Robert Mueller has not revealed a single tidbit of information about this investigation until it was absolutely necessary. He still hasn't. Nothing in either the statement by Mr. Rosenstein or his answers to questions referred to the investigation, the information was limited to just the indictment. There is no reason to believe the statements made at this announcement had anything to do with the ongoing investigation. Don't confuse the lack of evidence in this announcement with a lack of evidence in the investigation.
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Florida shooting
Posted:Feb 14, 2018 2:10 pm
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2018 9:21 am
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Parkland, Florida was the scene of yet another school shooting, and at this time of this writing there are 20 injured and one dead. I'm just wondering when Congress will..................oh, hell, nevermind no one gives a rat's ass anyway.......................
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It's beginning to get clearer
Posted:Feb 9, 2018 10:59 am
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2018 10:15 am
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Roy Moore was accused of leading under aged females astray but consistently denied the claims. Rob Porter was accused by former wives of physical abuse and substantiated their claims with photographs, but Mr. Porter has consistently denied the claims. Hillary Clinton has been, and continues to be, accused of all sorts of nefarious deeds by the far right and continues to deny them with substantiation by millions of dollars of federal investigations. President Obama has been continually criticized for practiy everything he's d from being born in the wrong place to initiating legislation which provided health care for millions of Americans to taking too many vacations. All of the support for the abusers of women and for the criticism of President Obama has come from Donald J. Trump. Neither the support for the women abusers nor the criticism of President Obama have any substantive proof, but all of it has a very strong basis in bigotry.

This bigotry forms the basis for a very large percentage of the direction the Trump Administration has taken. The news media, a group notorious for demanding multiple sources for the purpose of accuracy, makes their reports which become labeled "fake news" by the Trump Administration for no other reason then the report is contrary to the Administration's best interests. The intelligence gathering community of the government, long admired for its tenacity and accuracy, becomes the target of Trump Administration ire because they report circumstances contrary to the best interests of the Administration.

It is almost understandable these thoughts and feelings exist in the United States, but the astounding fact is about 30% of the population are in full agreement with this bigotry. They actually believe there is "fake news", they actually believe the intelligence community is anti-American, they believe Roy Moore and Rob Porter are telling the truth and the complainants are merely vindictive individuals with a plan, they believe the Obama health are plan was not beneficial and they believed President Obama took too many and too long vacations. It's really the only manner in which they can justify support for an illiterate, incompetent and failing president.
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Deep states, secret societies, treason, governments and policies
Posted:Feb 8, 2018 12:19 pm
Last Updated:Feb 9, 2018 10:17 am
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At the risk of irritating the evangelical contingent, everything evolves. Currently there are 2.9 million federal employees compared with the entire population in 1790 of 3.5 million. Of the 2.9 million employees, 537 are elected. 435 House members, 100 Senators , a president and a vice president. Every of the remaining 2.9 million employees are either hired, appointed or enlisted. If, for a single moment you believe those 537 elected employees are the real government you are in desperate need of a large dose of reality.

People who have worked their way through the maze of government employment for decades have come to be the real government and make the real decisions on how things are supposed to work. Generally speaking things work in a way easiest for them. They are the "deep state" and they have been making the government work for decades.

As "Deep Throat" said in "All the President's Men" when asked to spill his knowledge, "these aren't very bright guys." These, "guys" rely on the faith of the voting public to vault them into respect sufficient to get by with tall tales to explain curious circumstances. Every administration has been guilty of this but the current administration has taken it to a whole new level. Misogyny, lies, racism and a general disrespect for the people who elected them. Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied, yet I've not heard a single criticism from our right wing friends regarding the constant barrage of lies coming from the current White House. Instead we see blogs deribing some quirks in the Trump personality, perhaps some language to which we are not accustomed to hearing from our elected officials, but overall a wonderful president whose made great accomplishments in his first year in office. The list of accomplishments sets the bar pretty low.

So, we can blame secret societies, deep states, treason or anything else except our elected leadership, but the 2,9 million federal employees still show up at work every day and the government will still move on because of them. The difference here is not them, it's the folks we've elected to lead them.
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Sen. Duckworth Award
Posted:Feb 7, 2018 4:17 pm
Last Updated:Feb 9, 2018 12:20 pm
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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Pentagon has turned down Donald J. Trump’s request for a grand military parade in Washington, D.C., citing a sudden outbreak of b spurs that would prevent men and women in uniform from participating.

Harland Dorrinson, a Pentagon spokesman, said that, within an hour of Trump’s request, more than a hundred thousand military personnel complained that they were suffering from acute cases of b spurs that would make marching in such a parade a painful ordeal.

“In the history of the U.S. military, we have never experienced a b-spur epidemic of this magnitude,” the spokesman said. “Regrettably, however, we have no choice but to issue thousands of deferments.”

A statement from the b-spur sufferers said that they would continue to valiantly serve their country around the world in a non-marching capacity, and offered an alternative to their participation in Trump’s proposed pageant.

“President Trump is welcome to march in the parade all by himself if he would finally like to enlist,” the statement read.
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Vizzini said, "Go back to the beginning."
Posted:Feb 3, 2018 12:02 pm
Last Updated:Feb 5, 2018 12:42 pm
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Where was the starting point? Was it with Papadapoulous (sp)? Was it with Carter Page? Was it with the Russians? Was it with the Clinton Campaign? In my opinion it began June 17, 1972. The Watergate break in.

That singular act perpetrated by a group of "plumbers" started a chain of events which goes on to this very day. A couple of reporters ( oh dear not the press ) began asking questions which couldn't be answered, at least not easily. Their curiosity piqued, one question led to another. Then the FBI became involved leading to the Saturday Night Massacre. President Nixon was never impeached, but the House passed a resolution allowing the House Judiciary Committee authority to investigate whether or not impeachment was available. Before any of that could proceed further, President Nixon resigned.

This devastating blow to the GOP still lingers. By pardoning Nixon, Gerald Ford negated any chance of his re-election which led to the Carter Administration followed by Reagan and the single term of George H.W. Bush. The Clinton Administration was marred by the President's impeachment, but saved by the Senate's failure to convict. President Clinton was impeached because he lied under oath. While not under oath, the current President lies as a matter of due course. All of this created a political divide irreparable to the present and, as far as I can see, well into the future.

We now sit on the precipice of yet another possible impeachment, and who are the "bad guys"? Lo and behold it's the press and the FBI. The President continually tells is what is not at issue in the investigation, as if he is even mildly aware of what Robert Mueller knows, all the time working toward yet another Saturday Night Massacre. The same desperation exhibited in the Nixon Administration is vividly present in the Trump Administration. The most recent attempt at diversion is the now infamous Memo. A clear embarrassment to both its authors and its proponents, the Memo is touted by the White House as a get out of jail free card despite the fact the memo is neither exculpating nor relevant. Methinks the GOP protests too much.
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Ya gotta want it
Posted:Jan 26, 2018 5:56 am
Last Updated:Jan 31, 2018 2:29 pm
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Investigations are strange phenomena. It makes no difference if the investigation is a minor burglary or a complex governmental, financial, political enario, there is immutable fact. never knows where the investigation will take you. Therefore, in order to conduct a meaningful, worthwhile investigation, the investigator must understand he does not determine the course of the investigation, the facts do. Investigations are meant to get to the truth of a given matter and the idea facts garnered along the way will determine the outcome means the investigator must want to get to the truth. To conduct an investigation with a predetermined truth is a sham. Furthermore, outsiders cannot be contributing "facts" they believe may be relevant, the facts of the investigation will determine the relevancy of the information collected. We have laws which codify these principles making attempts at determining or changing the course of an official investigation a crime.

Robert Mueller is an investigator with an impeccable record and impeccable credentials. For those interested in such matters, he is also a Republican. Mr. Mueller has not, since day of this investigation, uttered a word. He has made no public announcements, he has released only that information which could not be kept private, and even some of that information was delayed in eaping. Robert Mueller wants to get to the truth.

By the accounts of attorneys and analysts from both sides of the aisle, President Trump has already committed acts which create a prima facie case for obstruction of justice. Firing the lead investigator into Trump's affairs and then the latest revelation that he actually ordered Robert Mueller fired, but his order was never enacted because White House counsel threatened to quit if he did it. This seems sufficient to build a winning case, but there are other issues which are related, even if only tacitly. The other facet of a worthwhile investigation is completeness. Have all acts, enarios and facts been adequately accounted for?

So far, there have been (4) indictments and arrests in the Mueller investigation, n of which were for obstruction of justice. This is a clear indicator there are other issues for which the truth must be found. Robert Mueller wants to get to the truth.

Trump supporters have been active in their defense of the President to the extent they have created an atmosphere of mistrust, ineptitude, bias and prevarication in the Mueller investigation which has, somehow, soothed their anxiety over the impending fall of their erstwhile leader. Robert Mueller has remained stoic and silent throughout this barrage because he knows he wants the truth no matter where it might lead him. Trump propnts, on the other hand, have a preconceived notion of what the outcome of this investigation should be and are working tirelessly toward that end. It's a very fine line between that kind of support and obstruction of justice.
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Yeats, one of the greats
Posted:Jan 22, 2018 5:22 am
Last Updated:Jan 26, 2018 6:00 am
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The Second Coming

BY WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
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Clarification
Posted:Jan 16, 2018 1:35 am
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2018 3:23 pm
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For those of you operating under the misconception the most recent Trump faux pas is over the mere use of the word "shithole", allow me to disabuse you of that misunderstanding and try to explain the reality of the matter. Swearing is part of the language, we have invented words to prove that. I know few people who never utter the expletives we saw deleted from the Nixon tapes or the expletives employed in daily conversation. I freely admit use of the worst of the aforementioned expletives. I am not, however, nor will I ever be, the President of the United States.

To a lesser degree, we have certain expectations from our elected leaders, one being the use of a higher form of verbal communication, despite the ill conceived notion its necessity is questionable. I would not be surprised if all presidents were guilty of the use of flowery language in the privacy of intimate friends or colleagues. The now famous "Shithole" meeting was a bipartisan governmental meeting among the highest of our elected officials and I don't believe the expectation of the higher form of verbal communication is beyond the pale. Deviation from this expectation is clearly grounds for embarrassment, as evidenced by the denials from the President and two of his minions. If there was nothing wrong with using that language, why deny it? There is bipartisan support substantiating use of the language.

More importantly, however, is the duty of the president to maintain diplomatic relations with something like 205 other nations of the world beyond his bromance infatuation with Vladimir Putin. Not only would we as United States citizens be offended if we were called a "Shithole" nation, but we might even slip to "Shithole" status if our leader decides arbitrarily to use the term in regard to other nations. As much as the 30% denies it, the words and the actions of the President do escape the geophysical boundaries of the United States and, more significantly, people are listening.

So those of you who have poo pooed this serious error in judgment, keep speaking in these terms at the dinner table, but remember entire nations get a bit touchy over such language and we just might need them someday. But, that requires thinking ahead and that may be a stretch for the conservative mind.
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Shitholes
Posted:Jan 13, 2018 6:13 am
Last Updated:Jan 30, 2018 4:31 pm
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Africa is a continent rich in natural resources, perhaps the richest continent in the world. Significant percentages of chrome, platinum, tantalite (used in making capacitors ), cobalt and gold are found throughout the African continent. Additionally, the jungles, plains, river valleys and mountains of Africa contain plant and animal life from which we are deriving new and better medicines and other life easing products.

The major problem in Africa and the most significant reason these natural resources remain untouched is politics. Corruption, dictatorships, unorganized governments and a gross lack of education prevent a solidified continental policy for control of these resources. Presently, the largest contributor and peddlar of political influence on the African Continent is China. The Chinese see and recognize the importance of these resources and have anticipated the world wide control a nation would have should that nation have a say in the sale and distribution of these resources. Our President sees only shitholes. Doesn't anyone recognize this as a gross underestimation of the African largess which our leader has now taken huge steps to alienate?

I've seen arguments which characterize the poor and disorganized African political scene as something similar to welfare. Why, they ask, should we help someone who refuses to help themselves? This is merely additional evidence of the GOP habit of shortsightedness as well as a gross misunderstanding of the entire situation. All it would take is a little critical thinking to realize the huge benefits of our fingers in the African pie when it comes to the future of the world. This, I fear, is a concept lost on the GOP and the 30%. If you think education is costly, take a look at ignorance sometime. The GOP is a fine example.
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