Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wake Up America, Revolution May Be Ahead


Perhaps  the worst thing officials and pundits can say, thinking they are blowing it off, is that the shooter in Washington, D.C. was mentally ill.
One of the fathers of psychiatry, Carl Jung, back before mobile phones and the Internet, estimated one in ten people were psychotic.
Thursday’s attack was a 66-year-old man, a home inspector and construction worker, traveled 700 miles from Illinois to Washington.
He is being called a hero on some Facebook pages. He had been a strong opponent of President Trump.
The most important single national issue of late is health care. Was he angry that health care is likely to be denied to the poor, disabled and mentally ill.
This is an issue that is heating up.
And where that was the reason for James T. Hodgkinson to attack a field of baseball players made up of Republicans and their staffs may never be known,
Under the laws he would have just gone on security. Was he afraid President Trump might cut that off. He may have had pensions also.
Whether than argue on whether this is the start of more violence we should consider something that is quite likely.
Events like this, I remember Columbine very well, lead to copycats.
Efforts to repeal Obamacare may leave millions dying, with no health care.
Millions of Americans are armed. If one is dying because he or she cannot get decent health care what might they do?
Of course they should simply use their political rights but what if they will be dead before anything can be done.




Saturday, June 10, 2017



Lawyers learn at the beginning of law school that a rule that came from ancient Rome is still true.
“Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.”
President Donald Trump hasn’t caught on to this, and many cable news providers don’t seem to understand it either.
Republican House Leader Paul Ryan prefers to view obvious law violations as simply part of the learning curve.
CNN asks; “Would the President's ignorance of the complex obstruction laws be a defense? Could Trump, a president with no prior government experience, argue in his defense that he didn't think what he did violated any law?
“It's all up to Congress to decide.
“The general, well-known rule is that ignorance of the law is not a defense to a crime. So ingrained is this maxim that most lay people can recite it.”
But CNN says Congress can always override this rule.
The Supreme Court has already overridden the rule in a case that involved police. No should be expected to know the law better than police, it would seem.
ThinkProgress reports: “In a splintered 8–1 ruling, the court found that cops who pulled over Nicholas Heien for a broken taillight were justified in a subsequent search of Heien’s car, even though North Carolina law says that having just one broken taillight is not a violation of the law.
“The ruling means that police did not violate Heien’s rights when they later searched his car and found cocaine, and that the cocaine evidence can’t be suppressed at a later trial. But it also means that the U.S. Supreme “The Court declined the opportunity to draw a line limiting the scope of police stops, at a time when they are as rampant and racially disproportionate as ever. Instead, police may have considerably more leeway to stop passengers on the road, even in a number of jurisdictions that had previously said cops are not justified in mistakes of law.”
Using that kind of reasoning it is possible to see how the court would excuse Trump, the leader of the land. How could he be expected to know all laws. Of course some would say he has plenty of staff who should help him stay within the law, if he will listen to them.
While legal opinions are divided on whether Trump committed  obstruction of justice, and whether he could be prosecuted if he did.
One thing is clear.
No one with any credibility, this side of Russia doubts that they intervened in our last election to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House.
Even Nixon did not consort with Russia.
Many are saying Trump should removed from office from not stopping the Russian. Indeed, by most accounts, he is friends with Vladimir Putin. Our foreign allies have disowned Trump, even Canada. Ex-FBI Director James Comey spelled it all out.






Thursday, June 1, 2017

Putin Throws Trump Under Atvo




Given Trump's lack of language skills let us warn him. It is a Russian word for bus.
The Russian president scored a major victory with President Trump showing once more that he couldn't care less about the environment. Even Russia and China support the Paris environmental agreement.
Of course Putin praised Trump just like a dog at the dog show.
Trump announced he was pulling out of the world-wide environmental agreement. European leaders refused the American's call for renegotiation of the agreement.
Leading CEOs of companies from Apple to HP to Tesla condemned the decision. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, whose state is a leader in clean energy, said: “It is a serious mistake to back out of the Paris Accord. This is a historic global agreement between almost every nation on earth to address the single most pressing issue facing humanity. Abandoning this climate deal is like ripping off your parachute when you should be pulling the ripcord."  
Trump, the nation’s "truthnayer" in topics from climate change, to Russia, Obama’s birthplace and lately #covefe, may have run out of luck.
Millennials strongly support the government, 
as do most college-educated voters. The brown clouds and haze over major cities, dramatically reduced by environment controls, will be back.
Even Russian President Putin admits Russians hacked the U.S. presidential election, though he says the government was not involved, according to the New York Times.
The Times reported: “Raising the possibility of attacks by what he portrayed as free-spirited Russian patriots, Putin said that hackers “are like artists” who choose their targets depending how they feel “when they wake up in the morning.”
If you believe that there is a bridge for you on sale in Arizona you may open your mouth to put the hook inside. Anyone who tries to get on the Internet without permission in Russian risks arrest, or worse.
Europeans, including our NATO allies, want nothing to do with him. They would be just as happy if he left the Paris Climate Accord so he cannot destroy it.
Our military allies want him to stop telling Russia, ISIS and our other enemies our military secrets.
And they may have foxes in their own chicken coops. Brexit leader Nigel Farage is now
under investigation, the Guardian reports. He was a big Trump supporters.
Israel, which had already had its intelligence betrayed by the orange-now-white-haired buffoon, now has seen him break another campaign pledge. He will not support moving the U.S. Embasst to Jerusalem.
Trump also faces a threat from Putin, who now considers him a liability.
The FBI director he fired will testify before Congress.
Writer James Patterson could probably do a dozen books on this. One key question is did the Russians, at Trump’s behest, trick James Comey into pushing a major investigation of Hillary Clinton over alleged emails.
Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner is accused of setting a secret communications channel with Russia during the election campaign.
Comey is scheduled to speak to Congress on June 8.
Democrats want Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions investigated for his alleged meetings with Russians.
It is all so sad coming at Memorial Day when many our parents who fought the Soviets for more than half a century are buried.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Russia Continues Attacks on U.S. Politics



If you thought Putin’s attempts to destroy the United States had ended think again.
Or do you really believe U.S. Sen. John McCain, a war hero, would call Vice President Mike Pence “an asshole.”
Here is one fake news piece that originates from Russian TV that states just that. But you won’t find his voice saying it, in this url or others.
YouTube
The Republican Party, often more anti-Russian than liberal Democrats, have given up their heritage.
But there were plenty of regular Republicans, members of Congress, including Benghazi hoaxster Trey Gowdy, pushing the pro-Russian line. He told the Senate that Russians have been doing it for decades and it was nothing new.
Earlier this year he pooh-poohed warnings from U.S. intelligence. Now, there has been so much evidence that Donald Trump is a Russian plant that the U.S., for the first time ever, needs to restage a presidential election.
The Republicans have lost their right to participate in this vote. It should be between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Even with all the Russian intervention Clinton got 3 million more votes. Perhaps more, if there had not been so much voter suppression, particularly in the states that gave Trump a lead in the electoral college.
The Washington Post reported: “As Russian hackers and propagandists tried to manipulate the American election last year, the C.I.A. noticed a series of suspicious contacts between Russian government officials and associates of Donald J. Trump’s campaign, John O. Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, said Tuesday.
“In testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Brennan described a nerve-fraying few months as American authorities realized that the election was under attack and worried that Mr. Trump’s campaign might be aiding that fight. His remarks were the fullest public account to date of the origins of an F.B.I. investigation that continues to shadow the Trump administration.
“I know what the Russians try to do. They try to suborn individual and try to get individuals, including U.S. individuals, to act on their behalf, wittingly or unwittingly,” Mr. Brennan said. When he left office in January, he said, “I had unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting U.S. persons involved in the campaign or not to work on their behalf.”
Washington Post




Sunday, May 7, 2017

Is Donald Trump a populist?


More and more writers are declaring him one.
There are so many definitions it is difficult to say whether Trump qualifies.
In America’s political history a populist was someone who worked to help the poor. Democrat William Jennings Bryan ran three times for the presidency, losing each time.
“In his three presidential bids, he promoted Free Silver in 1896, anti-imperialism in 1900, and trust-busting in 1908, calling on Democrats to fight the trusts (big corporations) and big banks, and embrace anti-elitist ideals of republicanism,” said Wikipedia.
He was called “the Great Commoner.”
The one thing Trump does have in common with him is an opposition to the theory of evolution.
After Bryan came Robert M. La Follette.
“Robert M. La Follette was an American Republican and politician who is best known as a proponent of progressivism and a fierce opponent to corporate power. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Governor of Wisconsin and a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin during his career. He also ran for President of the United States in 1924,” according to Wikipedia.
There were many others who sought to fight for the poor.
It would seem that other descriptions might be more appropriate for Trump. His America First makes it clear he is a nationalist, although he has not avoided using the White House to add to his billions.
He got help from Russian President Putin in defeating favorite Hillary Clinton, though she got 3 million more votes than he did.
It cannot be ruled out yet that he arranged to win three states, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, which gave him a victory in the the electoral college. The race in all three, traditionally Democrat states, was extremely close.





French Crush Putin-Trump Fascist Hack Campaign


Despite a massive hack with four minutes to go in the French elections, Emmanuel Macron won with two-thirds of the vote.
Marine Le Pen, the candidate supported by Putin and Trump, barely got one-third of the vote.
“Jack Posobiec, a sympathizer of the American extreme right, accustomed to spreading false information, was one of the first very follow-up accounts to relay the pirated documents on Twitter,” Le Monde reported.
It said
“… Posobiec, the man who gave all their visibility to the documents emanating from the pirates of the messaging of members of the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, is not an unknown. In Washington, he works for the militant site The Rebel, resolutely in favor of Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen , who regularly takes false information,” Le Monde said.
The Washington Post reported: “France on Sunday shrugged off the siren call of right-wing populism that enchanted voters in the United States and United Kingdom, rejecting anti-E.U. firebrand Marine Le Pen and choosing as its next president Emmanuel Macron, a centrist political neophyte who has pledged to revive both his struggling country and the flailing continent.”
The Post added: “The outcome will come as a major relief to Europe’s political establishment…”
The Trump-Putin duo had appeared unbeatable, partly because of their effective use of cyberhacking. Critics say they stole the U.S. presidential election and persuaded British voters to leave the EU.

Their agents were active in several other European nations, but it became tougher after investigators pointed out their work.