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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #375 on: May 13, 2017, 02:43:30 pm »

In an effort to clarify the ongoing debate about Trumpty-Dumpty's possible/alleged collusion with the Ruskies and possible TREASON, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at a few issues specifically, from the Diner Eye View.  I may expand this into a blog article at a later date, although for the most part I leave the Geopolitics to Surly and stick to Economics when I am not writing fiction, history or food articles. lol.  I will however at least contribute my current thoughts on this situation here inside the Diner.

Breaking it down, what do we know FOR SURE? ???   

1- The Donald DEFINITELY sold Real Estate to Ruskie Oligarchs
2- Those purchases were DEFINITELY financed by Ruskie Banks
3- The Donald REFUSES to release his Tax Returns for the last few years
4- His companies have gone through innumerable Bankruptcies
5- His "organization", such as it is, is completely DISORGANIZED. The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing on any given day.
6- He can't STFU and Tweets out stupidity on a daily basis, digging himself a bigger hole all the time.
7- He's a Narcissist, Misogynist, Racist and Control Freak.  Actually, you probably could throw the whole DSM-V Book at him. lol.
8- He comes from a background in NYC Real Estate in Brooklyn & Queens, which is a total Mafia operation
9- He was a Reality TV Star, who made his fame by Firing people on TV
10-  He's OLD.  Age 70 now.  The brain starts to stiffen by this time, even without outright Alzheimers

Now, none of these things are necessarily "impeachable" offenses.  After all, Ronnie Rayguns ran the country with Alzheimer's for years! lol.  Ronnie however did surround himself with some competent, if unethical people.  His Trumpness however surrounds himself with syncophants and yes-men who themselves are incompetent and unethical.  So not only are they in a constant state of bickering with the press, they also are always bickering with each other.  I sure would love to be a fly on the wall in one of their meetings! lol.

At this point, His Donaldson is relegated to his "trusted advisors" of his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner to hand him advice on WTF to DO here to get his **** Popularity back out of the sewer?  Neither of these people seem particularly conversant with anything.  Everybody else in this disorganzation is simply trying to cover his own ass at the moment and trying to stay out of the way of the shrapnel coming off The Donald's smartphone on Twitter every morning.

Regardless of whether there was election tampering or not, El Trumpo is clearly incompetent, which I think even many of his former supporters are starting to realize, besides of course complete ideologues like Michael Snyder.  Is incompetence enough to get you impeached though?  ???   
The issue here of course is that it's CONgress that has to do the impeaching, and it's currently ruled by Repugnants.  It would not be helpful for their electoral chances in 2018 if their own POTUS was in the midst of an Impeachment proceeding.  On the other hand, not too helpful either to be seen as backing an incompetent POTUS who is evicerating what little health care Amerikans can get these days without bankrupting themselves to get it.  So the rank and file Repugnants are stuck between a rock and a hard place here.

The MSM is another Wild Card here.  Generally, it is in the Pocket of the Deep State, but The Donald has made terrific ENEMIES of tradtional MSM reporters and organs like WaPo.  WaPo is owned by Jeff Bezos, a Silicon Valley Billionaire who blows The Donald away in his Bank Account.  You think Jeff Bezos will stand down to The Donald?  Highly unlikely.

The whole issue remains up in the air at the moment, but I sincerely doubt it will go away.  I also think at some point in the timeline somebody will LEAK a really BIG ONE, and I am also sure there is such a big one out there to be leaked.  Trumpsky is, like all Pigmen are, a CROOK.  It will come out in the end.  Of course, by the time it does come out, we will look like the WTC at the end of the day on 9-11.  ::)

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« Reply #376 on: May 13, 2017, 02:49:28 pm »

I do believe Trump has been the beneficiary of Russian money laundering. And if that means some Russian mafia guys have their hooks in him, then he certainly should not be POTUS, and we should get him out ASAP.

But then.....he shouldn't be President anyway. He's a complete train wreck as a President, and the Koch brothers obviously got to him and told him who to put in the cabinet, and they aren't any better than the Russian oligarchs.

Likely we will find that Cambridge Analytica did some really nefarious stuff to target undecided voters in "Blue Wall" states. Have heard/read some stuff that this was effective. You don't have to steal/turn them all. Just enough. Although voter suppression may well have been even more effective (Wisconsin: Trump's margin=20,000, Dem votes suppressed=200,000.)

And you have uncovered a salient truth: if there is not a dime's worth of difference between the Koch Brothers and Putin in terms of taking a wrecking ball to the US government, then both are equally treasonous.
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #377 on: May 13, 2017, 04:10:49 pm »
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Is Everyone Aware of "Explosive" Dutch Documentary?


By According to Fish   

Saturday May 13, 2017 · 11:42 AM EDT

I’ve seen the documentary work of Zembla TV mentioned earlier this week and now Raw Story is reporting on it as well.

www.rawstory.com/

and here’s the documentary link (thanks ExpatGirl! for link)



No wonder whenever the name “Felix Sater” is ever mentioned near him that Trump is scared p i s s less.

Our faux orange leader is going down bigly, it is just a matter of time.

Here’s part 2 (thanks CorpFlunky!)



http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/13/1661979/-Is-Everyone-Aware-of-Explosive-Dutch-Documentary
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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #378 on: May 15, 2017, 06:24:43 pm »
Morning Joe: FBI contacts say it's a criminal issue with Russia and Trump knows it (VIDEO) 

By Egberto Willies   

Monday May 15, 2017 · 11:57 AM EDT

I promised not to spend an inordinate amount of time on Russia by ensuring I write about middle-class, working-class, and poor economic, health care, and other dinner table issues. This excerpted video from Morning Joe this morning I believe is important enough to add to today's narrative.

Morning Joe says FBI pulling the string on Trump

There was an interesting panel discussion on Morning Joe that is worth noting. John Heilemann pointed out that Trump had a calculated reason for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"He knew he was going to take a lot of heat for this," Heilemann said. "But he clearly decided that the heat he is taking now is less than what would happen if there is a full bore independent investigation with James Comey asking for more resources, asking for more prosecutors trying to get to the bottom of what this Russia connection is. And that's the one place where we can't dismiss Trump as being wholly irrational. He is making calculated decisions right now."

After another guest had made an uninformed assessment initially disputing Heilemann, Joe added to Heilmann's point.

"I agree with John," Joe Scarborough said. "I don't think that was an irrational decision. Everybody's asking, 'Why did he do it? ' He said he did it because he understood that Comey was on to something. ... The FBI was onto something. The FBI has started pulling that string. And they are still pulling that string. And where it leads is not just an election issue. It is a criminal issue, and Trump knows that."

"The reason he did this is not because, he is out of his mind," Heilemann added. "He did this because as you said, Joe, I think he recognized, he looked over at the FBI and said, 'This guy James Comey who came to the White House, I asked him,' if you believe the story, 'I asked him for his loyalty. He wouldn't give me his loyalty. Now he is investigating me. He has been since last July. He is now taking daily briefings on this matter rather than weekly. He is now asking for more prosecutors.' Donald Trump knows what's at the heart of this. I don't know what that is. But he does. And he is saying, 'This guy knows it too.'"

Morning Joe then came in with what I believe is the most dangerous statement for Donald Trump.

"Here is the rub," Morning Joe said. "They already found the string. And they are pulling on it based on my contacts within the FBI. And they are starting to tug on that string. And they are going to keep going. And it has accelerated because of the way he fired Comey. He knows it."

Yes, the investigation continues, and Donald Trump will likely have serious legal problems. Progressives must go beyond just Russia and have economic, health care (push for Single-payer Medicare for all), criminal justice, and social justice answers for the 2018  elections as an option for aggrieved Americans whose problems leave them ambivalent to the Russia issue.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/15/1662443/-Morning-Joe-FBI-contacts-say-it-s-a-criminal-issue-with-Russia-and-Trump-knows-it-VIDEO

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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #379 on: May 15, 2017, 08:20:30 pm »
Check the "Tapes" - Trump May Have Committed Obstruction of Justice


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… On tonight’s Big Picture, Sam talks to Bryan Pruitt of Red State and Valerie Ervin of the Working Families Party about recently removed FBI director James Comey and whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, and Mike Pence’s comments on the clash of civilizations. Then, Sam discusses the nuclear disaster at Hanford Nuclear Site and consequences of nuclear power
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« Reply #380 on: May 15, 2017, 08:49:51 pm »
Here’s How Trump Could Already Be Prosecuted


The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

Published on May 15, 2017

A case can now be made based on what Donald Trump did last week.
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« Reply #381 on: May 16, 2017, 06:12:08 pm »
Donald Trump's business links to the mob - BBC


Newsnight

Published on Mar 4, 2016

Donald Trump now looks like the front-runner to be the Republican candidate for the US presidency. One of his big appeals is his business success - and his claim that his wealth means he can't be bought and sold. But there's evidence which not only casts doubt on Trump's wealth claims - but also reveals his history of business relationships with figures connected to organised crime. John Sweeney reports.

Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.
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« Reply #382 on: May 17, 2017, 10:13:34 pm »
Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign (IS A YES MAN!   )


 May 17, 2017

Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State


Former FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower Coleen Rowley  says former FBI head Robert Mueller, now appointed to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, participated in covering up the pre 9/11 role of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Bush Administration, helped create the post 9/11 national security/surveillance state, and helped facilitate the pre-Iraq war propaganda machine.
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« Reply #383 on: May 18, 2017, 07:19:38 pm »
Right Wing Media Mendacious Propaganda (IS NOT AN ACCIDENT, it's a PLAN!)





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« Reply #384 on: May 21, 2017, 08:41:04 pm »
Protesting Notre Dame students walk out of Pences   commencement speech 

May 21, 2017
 
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Some graduating seniors at the University of Notre Dame walked out of their own graduation ceremony to protest Vice President Pence when he began to deliver the commencement speech on Sunday morning.

Pence was chosen to give the commencement address at the nation’s most prominent Catholic university — even though the school ordinarily invites newly inaugurated presidents to give the address in their first year of office. Thousands of students and faculty members signed a petition asking Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John Jenkins, not to invite President Trump, and the university chose instead to invite Pence, a former Indiana governor.

A coalition of student activist groups at Notre Dame called We StaND For planned a walkout to protest policies Pence pursued as governor that they say targeted the most vulnerable. Pence was planning to seek reelection as governor when Trump selected him to be his vice presidential running mate in the summer of 2016, but Pence was unpopular at the time in his own state and many thought he would lose his reelection bid.

School officials knew of the student walkout plans and did not try to stop them. The students — more than 100 — walked quietly out, and there were some cheers and boos sounded, though only briefly. Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said Notre Dame has been the site of protests of presidents and vice presidents in the past, and as long as the students did not disrupt the ceremony, it would be allowed to take place.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/05/21/protesting-notre-dame-students-walk-out-of-mike-pences-commencement-speech/?utm_term=.f631ebc3f2b9
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« Reply #385 on: May 21, 2017, 10:39:28 pm »
What Happening in Trump's Head?
 


Agelbert NOTE: An interesting turn of events mentioned in the above video is that the Trump tower residents are trying to get the Trump name off of the property because it is causing their property values to TANK!  The Trump brand is TOAST! 

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« Reply #386 on: May 23, 2017, 02:00:03 pm »
Dear Anthony,

This isn’t a ‘worst-case scenario’ anymore: Trump has made his proposed budget public.1 As expected, the cuts are reckless.

Trump wants to cut a whopping $57 billion from critical domestic programs — starving communities of resources needed to thrive and slashing critical environmental protections — all in order to spend even more on defense contractors and military buildup abroad.

The good news: Trump's proposal is far from final. It's up to Congress to pass a final budget — and that's still months away. We MUST react quickly to show how outrageous Trump's plan really is: Tell your members of Congress to reject Trump's anti-American agenda.

Trump's proposed budget is hundreds of pages long, and there's a lot of bad stuff in there. Here are five of the very worst components:

1 - Trump wants to gut the EPA protections. The Environmental Protection Agency was created to enforce laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Air Act that save countless lives every year — but Trump is doing everything he can to cripple the agency's ability to do its job. He wants to cut staff (including career scientists), dismantle key programs like the Environmental Justice enforcement program, end grants to states for issues like lead poisoning, eliminate regional water cleanup efforts and slash funding for enforcement activities.

2 - Trump wants to cut renewable energy.
Jobs in renewable energy are outpacing fossil fuels by nearly 4 to 1 — yet Trump wants to cut renewable energy and energy efficiency by 70% in the federal budget.2 Investing in renewable energy is not just cost effective, it will create jobs, improve public health and help us prevent the unpredictable and dangerous impacts of climate change. We absolutely cannot let Trump grant the fossil fuel industry their number one wish. Our planet is out of time — we must move America OFF fossil fuels immediately.

3 - Trump wants to put Wall Street in charge of our nation's water systems. While infrastructure investment is desperately needed in our country, Trump’s budget would rely on private financing, which has a nasty track record of costing taxpayers more money than publicly run infrastructure. What we actually need is dedicated, national funding for our infrastructure – like the WATER Act.

4 - Trump wants to cut food stamps by $193 billion and cut food safety staff. Almost 44 million people received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) assistance in 2016, meaning that cuts to this program would affect tens of millions of people and make it harder for them to get the food they need.3 Trump's budget would also cut funding for the Food and Drug Administration's food safety program, including reducing staff levels, and would cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control, which tracks and responds to foodborne illness outbreaks.

5 - Trump wants to end reporting on carbon emissions and cut climate programs. In doing so, Trump would devastate progress we’ve made on limiting climate change pollution. And his plans to end programs designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions is a nod to the oil and gas industry — an industry to which his cabinet has disturbingly close ties.4

It's up to us — people across the country with a direct line to our members of Congress — to demand they REJECT Trump's plans.

We still have time, but you need to act now: Send a strong message today to oppose Trump's dangerous budget!

Thanks for taking action,

Miranda Carter
 Online Organizing Director
 Food & Water Watch
 act@fwwatch.org


1. Trump proposes dramatic changes to federal government, slashing safety net programs that affect up to a fifth of Americans, Washington Post, May 23, 2017.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/05/23/trump-proposes-dramatic-changes-to-federal-government-slashing-safety-net-programs-that-affect-up-to-a-fifth-of-americans/

2. Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined
, Forbes, January 25, 2017.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2017/01/25/u-s-solar-energy-employs-more-people-than-oil-coal-and-gas-combined-infographic/#32d7ba5a2800

3. Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits, Washington Post, May 21, 2017.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-to-propose-big-cuts-to-safety-net-in-new-budget-this-week/

4. Trump's Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding, NPR,
March 16, 2017.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520399205/trumps-budget-slashes-climate-change-funding
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« Reply #387 on: May 23, 2017, 05:21:48 pm »
The Secret of Donald Trump's Past Exposed By Chris Hedges and David Cay Johnston


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« Reply #388 on: May 23, 2017, 06:05:31 pm »

The Death of the Republic

Posted on May 21, 2017

By Chris Hedges

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Our constitutional rights—due process, habeas corpus, privacy, a fair trial, freedom from exploitation, fair elections and dissent—have been taken from us by judicial fiat. These rights exist only in name. The vast disconnect between the purported values of the state and reality renders political discourse absurd.

 Corporations, cannibalizing the federal budget, legally empower themselves to exploit and pillage. It is impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs or ExxonMobil.

The pharmaceutical and insurance industries can hold sick children hostage while their parents bankrupt themselves trying to save their sons or daughters. Those burdened by student loans can never wipe out the debt by declaring bankruptcy. In many states, those who attempt to publicize the conditions in the vast factory farms where diseased animals are warehoused for slaughter can be charged with a criminal offense. Corporations legally carry out tax boycotts.

Companies have orchestrated free trade deals that destroy small farmers and businesses and deindustrialize the country. Labor unions and government agencies designed to protect the public from contaminated air, water and food and from usurious creditors and lenders have been defanged.

The Supreme Court, in an inversion of rights worthy of George Orwell, defines unlimited corporate contributions to electoral campaigns as a right to petition the government or a form of free speech.

Much of the press, owned by large corporations, is an echo chamber for the elites. State and city enterprises and utilities are sold to corporations that hike rates and deny services to the poor. The educational system is being slowly privatized and turned into a species of vocational training.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_death_of_the_republic_20170521
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« Reply #389 on: May 23, 2017, 06:36:04 pm »
John Oliver asks, "WTF is going on?"

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