Friday, August 17, 2018

Trump Sets the Nixon-era Stage: For Impeachment, Resignation, or Who Knows What Else

Trump's Enemies List revenge to silence those who criticize him
(No other reason just raw spite and abuse of power)



Trump’s “Enemies List” scoreboard for surely it is: 1 down – 9 to go…

Great rundown from WTOP (Washington’s Top News) in part):

Trump has acted on a threat to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had become an increasingly sharp critic of Trump’s. 

Trump also says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals. Some have been publicly critical of the president, while others are linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference, which Trump calls “a witch hunt.” 

The 10 individuals, their backgrounds, and notes on each:

JOHN BRENNAN: In a written statement, Trump cited “erratic conduct and behavior” by President Barack Obama’s CIA director as justification for revoking Brennan’s security clearance. Trump also accused Brennan of “lying” and “wild outbursts.” At a news conference last month in Finland, Trump stood alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and openly questioned U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Moscow tried to influence the 2016 election in his favor. Afterward, Brennan criticized Trump’s performance as “nothing short of treasonous” and accused him of being “wholly in the pocket of Putin.”

Brennan has sense tweeted his response to Trump’s decision to revoke his security clearance: “This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

Others listed at the linked site.

FYI to this story and the question raised from the Washington PostWhat does Brennan or other former officials he need a security clearance for anyway

He no longer works for the government. Why does he need access to government secrets? 

A: When senior officials leave government — on good terms there has been an informal standard of continuing to grant clearance for the rest of their careers. Those clearances go through a review process every five years. 

More examples and answers to a lot of questions people are asking at the linked story about this issue — a good read — check it out.

My 2 cents: Good for Mr. Brennan, others, and growing number of people chiming in about this latest madness from Trump – for surely it is both mad and madness as never before (except may way back with Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre.”

Recall that was when Nixon in October 1973 fired Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, and after anger from others, he accepted the resignations of AG Elliot Richardson and Deputy AG William Ruckelshaus.

Under pressure and the House impeachment proceedings, Nixon resigned, and rightly so. 

Now, here we go again today with massive abuse of power by Trump who is trying any way he can to stop free speech from critics and ultimately stop the Mueller investigation, therefore blocking the truth from prevailing. Just like Nixon attempted and failed, so will Trump fail. Why?

If Trump is innocent as he professes, then why all these steps to show guilt? Just let play out – oh, I see, he is guilty…. Oops. 

It's just like Trump's hush money: It is not used to hide a lie - it is paid to conceal the truth.

Stay tuned.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Trump Continues Harsh Actions: Against U.S. Allies, Friends, and Partners to Get His Way

Trump road trip message for U.S. allies and partners 
(Get in line with me or say bye, bye)


My introduction to the story posted below: As we all know by now Trump will use any tactic or method or threat to get his and even if he does not get his way, he will still “claim victory.” 

That is his M.O. and has been all his life. He does not hesitate to bash friendly ally, or partner, and close friend, either (e.g., threats to NATO and the EU if they don’t pay more for U.S. security; threats to greatly reduce U.S. Forces in Korea just to appease Kim, Jung-un; threat to the UK to follow him on his Iranian policy stance or to suffer trade and business repercussions; the mess with Turkey still brewing; and, now this latest Trump move against another ally, Pakistan, as seen in the story that follows:

WASHINGTON, DC (from Reuters) – The Trump administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from a coveted training and educational programs that have been a hallmark of bilateral military relations between the U.S. and our allied military for more than a decade. Highlights from the Reuters story is also seen in their video report at the first 1:15 seconds about Pakistan [click the link below to see the video]:



The move impacting Pakistan and which has not been previously reported the suspension of Pakistan from the U.S. program – the International Military Education and Training program (*IMET) — now closing off seats that had been set aside for 66 Pakistani officers this year (announcement by a State Department spokesperson to Reuters).

Why is Trump doing this? Simple: He again uses our programs to punish an ally to get them in line and on board for anything he wants them to do or agree to do. 

In this case, he wants to compel them to crack down on Islamic militants which he says they are not doing enough.

The Pentagon and the Pakistani military did not comment directly on this decision or the internal deliberations, but officials from both countries have privately criticized the move as a bad move. 

For example, some U.S. officials speaking to Reuters on the condition of anonymity, said they were worried the decision could undermine a key trust-building measure, e.g., Dan Feldman, former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, called the move “very short-sighted and myopic (shortsighted),” adding: “This will have lasting negative impacts limiting the bilateral relationship well into the future.” 

Some Pakistani officials warned it could push their military to further look to China or Russia for leadership training.

My 2 cents: That possible aspect of Pakistan looking to China or Russia for their military officer’s leadership training is very worrisome – why?

What would they teach? Obviously anti-American tactics and approaches to dealing with us from the Chinese or Russian playbook. That outcome is not pretty since now up to this point, we and our allies have all shared the same unity playbook while dealing with both China and Russia or other adversaries around the globe. 

Thus, this is indeed a very crappy move by Trump. And, worse, Trump apparently does not take advice from senior military officers and DOD or State officials about stopping this program for Pakistan – it is not a good move, period.

*IMET (International Military Education and Training) is the title of a U.S. security assistance program – foreign officer student exchange program.

Congress established the IMET program in the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976. The policies are directed by the State Department and the constituent projects are administered by DOD.

Projects include, but are not limited to:

1. Invitations for officers from foreign countries to attend various military schools in the United States: the Army War College, or the National Defense University.

2. Also, it provides funding for U.S. trainers to travel to foreign countries to provide specific and localized training such as English language classes, training with human rights concepts, and the law of war.

A complete list of topics varies by year, and may encompass several hundred distinct courses [click here to see the list].

Trump in a word has no idea how to be president – only how to be a strong-arm thug and bully to get his way via his so-called “Art of the Deal” or more apt that I call it: “Art of the Con.”

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Trump to the World: "I am the best and greatest deal and policy maker ever, believe me"

No one, I mean no one has ever topped me, never ever, believe me
(Would you honestly buy a used car from him)

My introduction for today is based that which follows: It reinforces and proves more so again much of the entire world already knows about Donald J. Trump, and that is this:

He is one huge gigantic liar and he has been all his life and that technique has been his strategy in life and now since he's been in the White House. That strategy is to lie, and worse, to know it’s a lie. All the while, he expects his base or anyone else listening to fall for his lies; to believe them, and run with them for him and in many cases, along side of him.

If anyone shows or tries to show his lies, he calls them out with a nasty new name, and if it’s reported, he calls it: “Fake news, a Hoax, or a Witch Hunt.” 

Then he moves on to the next whopper; each one it seems gets bigger or reinforces the last one. He will do, say, try, lie, imply, or deny anything to benefit himself and his global-sized ego and name brand.

The story today is from WASHINGTON (The AP via U.S.NEWS) —  
President Trump is distorting the truth on U.S. economic growth and jobs, pointing to record-breaking figures that don't exist and not telling the full story on black unemployment.

He cites the highest-ever gross domestic product for the U.S. that's not there and predicts a spectacular 5 percent annual growth rate in the current quarter that hardly any economist sees. On black joblessness, he boasts of a “new record low,” but the numbers in fact have recently ticked upward, with greater declines seen during the Obama administration.

The statements marked a week of fiction in which Trump also made erroneous claims about the California wildfires and the Russia investigation and falsely declared that his tariffs on foreign goods will help erase $21 trillion in national debt. A look at the Trump claims (Note: My emphasis highlighted):

ECONOMY AND JOBS

TRUMP: “One new and great FACT — African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in the history of our Country. So honored by this.” — Trump tweeted on Friday, August 10, 2018.

TRUMP: “I am proud to have fought for and secured the LOWEST African American and Hispanic unemployment rates in history.” — Trump tweeted on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

THE FACTS: Not exactly. He omits important caveats like:

1.  Black unemployment did reach a record low, 5.9 percent, in May. That rate has since risen to 6.6 percent in July.

2.  Despite some recent progress, the black unemployment rate is now nearly double that of whites, which is 3.4 percent. The most dramatic drop in black unemployment came under President Barack Obama, when it fell from a recession high of 16.8 percent in March 2010 to 7.8 percent in January 2017.

TRUMP: “Economic growth, last quarter, hit the 4.1. We anticipate this next quarter to be — this is just an estimate, but already they're saying it could be in the fives ... I think we're going to be very shortly in the fives.” — Trump remarks Tuesday, August 7, 2018, before a group of business executives.

TRUMP: “As you know, we're doing record and close-to-record GDP.” — Trump more remarks that same Tuesday.

THE FACTS: No.
1.  These are the latest in a string of exaggerated claims that Trump has made about the U.S. economy.
2.  While economists are generally optimistic about growth, very few anticipate the economy will expand at a 5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter the president referred to. Macroeconomic Advisers, a consulting firm in St. Louis, forecasts 3.2 percent growth in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase economists have penciled in 3.5 percent. The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta pegs it at 4.3 percent
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More background on that: 

FACT: Trump loyalists are locked lips-to-äss with him 100% ... and all across GOP la-la land – he simply can’t do anything that they do not like, trust, or take for granted just because he says so. Trump loyalists refuse to believe and trust anything or anyone except him – why is that?

1.  Trump himself has at times been a purveyor of conspiracy theories, most notably in refusing for years to back down from his false claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States. 
2.  He also asserted without evidence that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.
3.  He peddled the debunked idea that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote.
4.  He associated the father of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with the assassin who shot John F. Kennedy.
Methodology: Trump thrives on causing chaos as part of his "deal-making skills" (either chaos created and implemented by him or by someone else), then he milks it while blaming all others for the chaos while ducking responsibility - and all the while he reaps the benefits and claims victory.

Eventually, reality will kick in and those loyalists will have to acknowledge that they have hung all their hopes and dreams on an erratic, wannabe-elitist, con-man who sees the presidency as another opportunity to advance Trump Empire, Inc. – the name brand on more towers and into more shady profits for himself. 

In reality, Trump's strategy is actually very clever, very shrewd in fact, and very brilliant in style and delivery, or at least some aspects. It follows a well-established pattern that he has practiced and mastered for some 40 years. It goes something like this:
1.  Generate and spread wild BS and crappy deals. 
2.  Sit back and watch it stick and spread to the target audience, or in this case, not business investors or others who are gullible – now it’s the entire GOP base and most of the all GOP-run Congress (who apparently are all scared to death about his wrath): 
3.  Stay on the message no matter what the facts show otherwise.
4.  Generate more, and uglier insults, nasty name-calling, and lies on top lies at huge rallies.
5.  Point out the awful DEM reaction and that from the media as they close in with the truth and facts.
6.  Then Trump starts saying, like daily or so it seems like now when he or his legal team and W/H spokespersons say (in unison): “See we told you so. All this time with the “Fake News, Hoaxes, a Witch Hunt” just more Hillary Clinton and left lies about losing.” And now we have turmoil, chaos, and disruption aimed at the president out their hatred for him, his agenda for the American people with his great policy initiatives. They are to blame, not him or us.”
My 2 cents: More at the AP-U.S.NEWS link. Trump, sadly believes what he says no matter the truth or facts otherwise – that my friends is a very serious character flaw not even discounting a more serious mental issue.

But, I’ll leave that to the Fact Checkers – or, to the mental experts great example of that from them is here (written by a Forensic Psychiatrist at the Yale School of Medicine writing for 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health experts).

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Trump's Loyalist Base Expands or Shrinks: This New One Arrives and Grows Apparently

QAnon right up front where Trump likes it (in Florida)

Folks, get a life and hit the fact-checking sources, too, jeez

Biggest conspiracy racist fool of all time - in Dec 2015 Trump
Told him: Your reputation is amazing. I won't let you down.

My introduction to the following RawStory.com analysis of Trump and his followers – first my thoughts:

Trump's strategy is actually clever, shrewd in fact, and brilliant in style and delivery - at least some aspects. It follows this well-established pattern that he has practiced for 40 years: 

1.  Generate and spread wild BS in a crappy deal (or more). 
2.  Sit back and watch it stick and spread to the target audience - in this case: The gullible GOP base. 
3.  Stay on the message no matter what the facts show otherwise.
4.  Generate more, and uglier insults, nasty name-calling, and lies on top lies at huge rallies.
5.  Point out the awful DEM reaction and that from the media as they close in with the truth and facts.

Then he starts saying (like right now): “See I told you so. All this time with the “Fake News, Hoaxes, and Left lies” and now we have turmoil, chaos, and disruption to both me and to my agenda for the American people with my great policy initiatives - they are to blame - not me”
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The RawStory.com story: It is quite good and points the new so-called “QAnon” movement (pro-Trump conspiracy batch of loyalists). From the article this part which I like:

(I insert: Does Trump support QAnon? Probably yes, why? Trump himself has at times been a purveyor of conspiracy theories, most notably in refusing for years to back down from his false claim that former president Obama was not born in the United States. He also asserted without evidence that Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower. He peddled the debunked idea that millions of illegal votes cost him the popular vote. He also associated the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with the assassin about who shot JFK in Dallas).

But, if you’re a normal person who’s followed Trump’s sleazy career, you’ve probably been shocked but not surprised by his conduct in office.  

To wit:

He turned his father’s modest slum empire into an international brand through relentless self-promotion and an unending supply of his BS.

He never passed up an opportunity to cut corners, recruiting undocumented workers to build his buildings with cut-rate Chinese steel.

He pocketed big profits from projects that turned to crap by stiffing investors and contractors.

He ran blatant scams like Trump University and sold cheesy crap made in overseas sweatshops.

He has always been a hypocritical, narcissistic grifter of the worst kind, and his America-First shtick on the campaign trail probably seemed like a ridiculous joke to you until the moment those early returns from the Midwest started coming in on Election Night 2016.

Think for a moment how the past 19 months have played out for Trump’s core supporters: they are angry, disaffected white guys who are freaked out by the country’s shifting demographics and they blame those people for the fact that their incomes have been stagnant or declining for a generation or two and their kids are hooked on opioids.

Now yourself in the shoes of a Trump loyalist for the sake of argument:

You’d pinned all your hopes on Trump.

He was going to drain the swamp and revitalize coal mining and bring his brilliant negotiating skills to bear on all the foreigners who are screwing us.

He was going to be a true “jobs president.”

He was going to stick it to the libs, people of color, immigrants — everyone you hate.

But, always a but right; but since his first day in office, he’s run an embattled regime that’s been mired in scandals and under the clouds of multiple investigations.

He’s delivered on the bigotry, but in a way that was a bit too obvious and made people call you out as a racist wingnut just for supporting him.

On the policy front, he’s really only delivered a big tax cut for himself, his noxious spawn, his rich BFF’s, and people just like them.

The economy is strong, but his loyalists haven’t seen it since inflation outpaced income growth over the past year.

He’s embraced a former geopolitical rival that you probably spent most of your adult life fearing and despising.

You may think his tweets are awesome, but on some level you also know they’re kind of embarrassing.

When you factor in how his base has been conditioned for so many years to believe that reality is often obscured by the corrupt Lügenpresse (FYI: a Nazi-era German word that means: “Lying Press”). 

Does that sound familiar in use by anyone you know who speaks it almost daily? Hint: Donald J. Trump. So, it is now also easy to see how this crackpot latest bunch of “QAnon” supporters and their stuff is taking hold (and guess what: Trump loves it).

Why is this you might ask – part of the answer comes from here and about the author here: His base, mostly radical hardcore GOP conservatives tend to be more sensitive to cognitive dissonance than liberals. Holding two contradictory thoughts in their heads causes them pain and anxiety.

When will reality kick and those loyalists acknowledge that that hung all their hopes and dreams on an erratic, wannabe-elitist doofus who sees the presidency as another opportunity to advance his Trump Empire, Inc. brand into more shady profits?

Continue this fine article here – it is long, but very comprehensive and a great bookmark reminder of what we are enduring under Trump.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Trump's Lingo vis-à-vis Rep. Devin Nunes: "You're fired or get the SØB outta here, outta here"

Plan to save Trump: Keep GOP in control - no other way works

Get Kavanaugh confirmed and then impeach Rosenstein

This is post is all built around the video barn-burner report on Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) sponsoring a closed door-GOP donors only (no invited media) for Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) who just barely won her recent primary and now is in trouble for reelection in November to save her seat … the video below speaks for itself – enjoy: 

As expected and of course via FOX is the Nunes camp rebuttal — weak and I guess the best they could come up with such short notice ... in part below:


Nunes spokesman Jack Langer, in a statement to FOX News, suggested the response to those remarks has been overblown. 

“It’s unsurprising to see the left-wing media spin Chairman Nunes’ routine observations as some nefarious plot, since these same media outlets spent the last year and a half touting a non-existent Russia collusion conspiracy,” Langer said

Indeed, House Democrats indeed seized on the “secret tape” this way:

“Under our Constitution, the duty of Congress is not to clear the President. The duty of Congress is to be a check and balance on the Executive Branch, and to pursue the facts wherever they may lead. Devin Nunes should resign for perverting the oath he took,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) in a tweet.

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): Turns to Russia for American National Security Assistance Talks

Way outside his duty and obligations to the United States
(He should be removed from office ASAP)

Major Update from here - Paul proves that I was right and the W/H confirms it too - case closed???  Just like a good poker hand, sometimes 3-of-a-kind wins, um?


Whom to trust – Left Liar, Right Thug, or their Middle Man?

Original post from here:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says a delegation of Russian lawmakers will visit Washington, DC after he extended the invitation during a visit to Moscow.

Paul said in a statement that he met with Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Foreign Relations and added: “Engagement is vital to our national security and peace around the world. Today, I met with Chairman Kosachev, and we agreed on the importance of continued dialogue. I invited the Russian Federation to send a delegation to the Capitol, and they have agreed to take this important next step.”

Paul pointed out that Russian lawmakers have not visited the U.S. Capitol in three years. Meanwhile, Trump continues his call for Mueller to be fired to end his investigation into Russian interference in 2016 with his string of labels: “Witch Hunt and a Hoax.”

Paul has in the past agreed with Trump's characterization of the investigation the same way.

My 2 cents is a message to KY citizens: Get rid of Rand Paul – get him out of office based on his comments and this awful misguided one-man decision.
Paul said above: “Engagement (with the Russians) is vital to our national security and peace around the world.”

Ho Lee Sheet and I both say: “Are you insane with that statement not to mention that their election meddling IS ALSO a national security concern and vital to our existence as a free and democratic state – that is our right to vote without any foreign interference whatsoever.”

Paul’s assessment borders on treason in my view – it plays right into the Russian hands and Putin must be delighted – his plan is working to a “Trump Tower T…”

So, how will KY react to this garbage from their Senator? Well they have in addition to Paul as a senator, they have Mitch McConnell – Ergo: Case closed on them being decent rational people.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

NY TIMES Columnist Dealt Threat: Trump Anti-Press Anger Grows and Heads for Portland, OR

Scene from Charlottesville, VA — now heading for Portland, OR
(For peaceful demonstration or violence???)

Big unknown factor this time around
(Concealed guns allowed and encouraged)

More helpon the way to Portland well-dressed and armed
(Note the message on his back and helmet)


Quick update on the following article as noted in the third photo above and story from The AP here (more police on the way armed and ready).

NY TIMES Op-Ed Columnist, Bret L. Stephens, recently received this voice mail in his office – below is his description of that call and previous ones, too – Stephens writes in this NY Times piece – startling and shocking at the same time.

“The voice, if I had to guess, belongs to that of a white American male in late middle age. The accent is faintly Southern, the manner taunting but relaxed. It’s also familiar: I’m pretty sure he’s left a message on my office number before. But the last voice mail left almost no impression. Not this time:”

“Hey Bret, what do you think? Do you think the pen is mightier than the sword, or that the AR is mightier than the pen? I don’t carry an AR but once we start shooting you f--kers you aren’t going to pop off like you do now. You’re worthless, the press is the enemy of the United States people and, you know what, rather than me shoot you, I hope a Mexican and, even better yet, I hope a n— shoots you in the head, dead.”

“He then repeats the racial slur 10 times in a staccato rhythm, concluding with the sendoff: “Have a nice day, n— lover.” He doesn’t give his name. His number is blocked.

Stephens raises excellent points and conclusion his article:

The call dates from the end of May, right after I had published a column defending ABC’s firing of Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet. I wrote: “Perhaps the reason Trump voters are so frequently the subject of caricature, is that they so frequently conform to type.”

Four weeks later, a gunman storms into a newsroom in Annapolis, MD and murders five employees of the Capital Gazette. The alleged killer in the Annapolis shooting does not appear to have acted from a political motive.

But the message I got in May was the third time I’ve been expressly or implicitly threatened with violence by someone whose views clearly align with Donald Trump’s. Otherwise, the only equivalent threat I’ve dealt with in my career involved a Staten Island man who later went to prison for his ties to Hezbollah. 

By now, it almost passes without comment that the president of the United States not only violates the ground rules of his own 
meetings with the press, but also misrepresents the substance of the conversation.

(I note: The key part that helps to explain who Trump truly is):

Stephens continues re: the July 20 meeting between Trump and two senior leaders of The Times, publisher A.G. Sulzberger and editorial page editor James Bennet. As Sulzberger later described the encounter, he warned the president that “[…] his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous, and that characterizations of the news media as ‘the enemy of the people’ are contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.” Sulzberger’s warning had no effect. 

Nine days after what was supposed to be an off-the-record meeting, the president tweeted that he and Sulzberger “spent much time talking about vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase ‘Enemy of the People.’ Sad!” 

(I note: With that Trump tweet, he broke the agreement about the meeting being “off-the-record” which is a routine Trump technique for the maximum impact to his base of supporters, regardless of the matter at hand or the issue or question as long as it fits Trump’s agenda for his aim and goal and no one else’s).

Stephens’ article continues: Also nearly past comment was the president’s remark, in a follow-on tweet, that the media were “very unpatriotic for revealing internal deliberations of our government that could put people’s lives at risk.” 

That’s almost funny considering that no media organ has revealed more such deliberations, with less regard for consequences, than Trump's beloved WikiLeaks

That can’t be ignored is presidential behavior that might best be described as incitement. Maybe Trump supposes that the worst he’s doing is inciting the people who come to his rallies to give reporters like CNN’s Jim Acosta the finger. And maybe he thinks that most journalists, with their relentless hostility to his personality and policies, richly deserve public scorn.

Key part and Stephens conclusion: Yet for every 1,000 or so Trump supporters whose contempt for the press rises only as far as their middle fingers, a few will be people like my caller. Of that few, how many are ready to take the next fatal step? In the age of the active shooter, the number isn’t zero. 

Should that happen — when that happens — and journalists are dead because some nut thinks he’s doing the president’s bidding against the fifth column that is the media, what will Trump’s supporters say? 

No, the president is not coyly urging his supporters to murder reporters, like Henry II trying to rid himself of a turbulent priest. 

But neither is he the child who played with a loaded gun and knew not what he did. Donald Trump’s more sophisticated defenders have long since mastered the art of pretending that the only thing that matters with his presidency is what it does, not what he says. 

But not all of the president’s defenders are quite as sophisticated. Some of them didn’t get the memo about taking Trump seriously but not literally. 

A few hear the phrase “enemy of the people” and are prepared to take the words to their logical conclusion. Is my caller one of them? I can’t say. 

But what should be clear is this: We are approaching a day when blood on the newsroom floor will be blood on the president’s hands.

My 2 cents: There is not much more I can add to this excellent article. Whether anyone agrees or not with the above assessment, it is factual and facts cannot be disputed nor can they be replaced by some narrow-minded Trump supporter’s personal views and ultra-rightwing opinion – but they keep in trying don’t they?

Finally this is directly related to the above analysis here from The AP re: “Portland, OR is bracing for what could be another round of violent clashes.

Last and critical point: Oregon supporters can carry concealed weapons as they demonstrate – here is a state-by-state law data base on concealed weapon carry (Note: there is no federal law on concealed carry).

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Facebook Says: Looks Like the Russians Are Back on Our Platform for Midterm Nastiness

Facebook notice to counter fake accounts 
(Effective or not - time will tell)

San Francisco (AFP) - Facebook said today that it had shut down more than 30 fake pages and accounts involved in what appeared to be a “coordinated effort” to stoke hot-button social issues ahead of November midterm elections, but could not definitely ID the source despite hints Russia was involved.
Facebook said the “bad actor accounts” on the world's biggest social network and its photo-sharing site Instagram could not be tied to Russian actors, who American officials say used the platform to spread disinformation ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
But, Facebook did say “some of the activity is consistent with that of the Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA)” – that is the Russian troll farm that managed many false Facebook accounts used to influence the 2016 vote, adding: “We have found evidence of connections between these accounts and previously identified IRA accounts, but we don't believe the evidence is strong enough at this time to make public attribution to the IRA,” said Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos during a conference call with reporters, he then concluded: “We can't say for sure if this is the IRA with improved capabilities or a different organization.”
This story continues at the above link.
My 2 cents: Needless to say, this is a huge development and one that many intelligence agencies and hi-tech experts have predicted since hearings and news without exception blamed Russia for the 2016 hacking and meddling and such.
This latest from Facebook more of less provides more evidence in that regard about their sustained efforts – so, we are now left to wonder: What will Trump say about this latest from intrusion into our democratic process by his newest BFF, Vladimir Putin, um?
We wait with bated breath as it were. Stay tuned.
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