Thursday, September 21, 2017

Trump’s “Art of the Con” – He Hates Iran and Nuclear Deal Thus He Threatens Cancellation

Kim, Jong-un; Donald J. Trump; Kaboom; and Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei
(World Focus: The Two in the Middle)


Trump told reporters this week he had made a decision on what to do about the Iran nuclear agreement, approved by the U.S. (under Obama) along with Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany, but he would not say what he had decided.

Trump does not like the deal but that does not mean Washington would withdraw from the pact, or if so how Iran and other 5 nations would react.

Background: The prospect of us reneging on the deal has worried some allies that helped negotiate it, especially as the world grapples with another nuclear crisis in North Korea.  

Further: If Trump does not certify next month that Iran is complying with the accord, Congress would have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions waived under the deal or not.

Trump called Iran (during his recent U.N. speech): “A corrupt dictatorship that supports terrorism and is destabilizing the Middle East (sic).”

Iran’s Reaction: “Trump made big mistakes in this speech. “There were baseless and unfounded accusations. It wasn’t worthy of the United Nations or an individual who sees himself as the president of a country,” said Iranian President Rouhani.

The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (the highest authority in the Islamic Republic picture above) also criticized Trump during a meeting with the Iranian Assembly of Experts, a body tasked with choosing the next Supreme Leader saying in part:  “This [Trump’s] speech was not a sign of power but rather a sign of anger, frustration and stupidity.”

Related: 




4.     Obama's Remarks on the Agreement” July 14, 2015

5.     $1.4 Million Ad Targets the Agreement” June 23, 2015 

Critical Note (that Trump ignores): U.N. inspectors have verified Iranian compliance with the terms.

I strongly ask: WTF is wrong with Trump, and what is he up to? Oh yeah, since Obama was behind the deal and Trump has a mission to erase any and everything vis-à-vis Mr. Obama – Trump is bent on that approach of erasing everything about Obama.

In short: Donald J. Trump is one sick man and he is a serious threat to world sanity and peace. Trump comes across as wanting to become world spokesman on all issues he dislikes, or worse, dictator for Earth – his way, or no way. This is sad for global stability and any rational sanity and takes away any stature for us.

Trump must be removed from office before he can do any more harm. Let people know if you agree or not in peaceful, logical, and rational – we must stop this madness from Trump.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trump’s Maiden U.N. Speech: “The Day After the Day Before When the WWIII Clock Started”

Trump's Own Reaction to Wiping North Korea off the Map

A Message We All Should Remember

Since the Korean War ended in an armistice (only a Cease Fire) in July 1953 (not a formal Peace Treaty), the same Kim family regime has portrayed the United States as an “imperialist aggressor” pursuing “hostile policy” to invade and crush North Korea — again. The same Kim family regime has kept alive the memories of the Korean War when the U.S. along with some 16 other UN nation armies destroyed 80 percent of all the buildings in the North and killed as many as 20 percent of its people. That is the North's motivation.

Today, North Korea’s streets as well as TV (only one Kim-controlled channel) and radio station (also only one Kim-controlled channel) blast the airwaves with calls to resist the American imperialists. All the while we see them hold massive parades as Kim makes appearances like a rock-star with people clinging to him while weeping tears of joy for his leadership. Even from a young age through cradle North Koreans start by watching government cartoons showing squirrels and hedgehogs (North Koreans) fighting off evil wolves (the United States).

The radio and TV has one theme: “The threat from the United States is the whole reason why we need to be strong and defensive and now our nuclear weapons will protect us more than ever.” The Kim regime tells the people, while denying them access to the Internet or any other outside information just what the Kim regime wants them to hear – not what they need to know.

Further, the Kim regime argues that only it via its military might is capable of protecting the country from the existential threat and invasion by “hostile foreign forces led by the United States.” Now after the latest from Trump, following his “fire and fury” sound bite, the Kim regime words ring more in his favor and as some North Korean experts say: “All of the depravity and the denial of rights is all justified by this (the Trump words) as the entire world watched and heard.”

In short, Trump’s words feed right into Kim's narrative almost verbatim.

Jung-Hee Pak, chairwoman of Korea studies at the Brookings Institution says: “This (Trump’s threat) will reinforce the [Kim regime] leadership’s position that the United States is hostile to North Korea. This is exactly what North Korea is talking about, and (Trump) said it right there on TV in front of the whole world. She concluded: Trump’s “demonizing of Kim personally will without doubt inflame the situation more.

At the UN, Trump referred to the 33-year-old Kim as “Rocket Man,” a moniker Trump used on Twitter two days earlier.

Directing criticism at the Kim’s is heretical for a regime that has created an all-encompassing personality cult around its past two leaders (Kim, Jong-Un’s father, Kim, Jong-il and his grandfather, founder of North Korea after WW II, Kim, Il-sung) and turned them into deities wherein everyone in North Korea wears a small lapel button with those “leaders” faces.

Previous attacks on Kim Jong-Un personally have elicited an out sized response:
e.g., when a UN commission of inquiry recommended that Kim be indicted in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, North Korea’s usually recalcitrant representatives at the UN strongly protested and even attended conferences to defend their leader.

“This (Trump) slander against their “Supreme Leader” in front of an international audience that is going to cause the Foreign Ministry to have to leap to the defense of Kim, whether or not Kim orders it,” said Robert Carlin, a former CIA analyst on North Korea who remains a close reader of North Korean statements.

Source for some of the above from the Washington Post, in part:

My 2-cents: What Trump has done is act like Kim with his belligerent rhetoric and inflammatory words – this will not help in any regards to cool the situation – is that what Trump wants? Is this what Kim needs? We are about to see and folks, it’s going to be as I have said for years – damn ugly.

Let’s face it, we in the West call our leaders nasty names and blast them in public and over the airwaves and it’s our right of free speech. North Korea uses that tactic as a propaganda tool, a reason to do the things they do and have done carefully documented since 1953 as a method to stay in power by controlling everything said and done in North Korea that fits the Kim agenda and nothing else.

Now we have picked up on the tune and who benefits? North Korea does as they blast over the airwaves more so: – “See we said so: America is ugly and nasty and aggressive and wants to wipe us out. We must stay ever more strong and ready to stop their invasion — ”

To be continued – for how long? Who knows?

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

One Despot and One in the Making: On the Brink of Total All-Out Nuclear War

Self-Evident: Generalissimo in the Making 

Past NK Despots: Grandfather, Father, and Son
(Kim, Il-sung (김일성); Kim, Jong-il (김정일), Kim, Jong-un (김정은)


Kim Jung-Un wants: (1) An official end of the Korean War – not this sustained cease fire; (2) Removal of all American forces (some 28,500) from Korea; and (3) World recognition equal to other countries.

Note: Kim presupposes, I think, that since he has nukes and Japan and the South do not, that he can intimidate the South into submission under rule for a totally new and one Korea based on his talk about “final victory” – his reference to taking over the South.

Overconfident despots like Kim can and do miscalculate and begin a chain of events spiraling into war that would be a world disaster. One man is not worth that cost.
Although Americans are confident in their “overwhelming” capabilities, as Trump’s comments at Joint Base Andrews on Friday indicate, the North Koreans probably do not view it that way.

NK has a long memory:

In 1968: They grabbed the USS Pueblo, an unarmed U.S. Navy reconnaissance vessel, from international water and held the crew for almost a year, killing one sailor and even getting an apology from the Johnson administration.

In 1969:  They killed 31 Americans when they shot down a Navy EC-121 Reconnaissance plane and the U.S. did not react.

In 1976:  They hacked to death two U.S. Army officers in the DMZ: the so-called tree cutting incident) and the U.S. did not react.

In each case, NK did not pay any price per se for those incidents.

My Input: Intimidating the last three Kim family rulers does not faze them – no one bit. They are pros at that game. Even though many Americans call Kim “irrational,” it would it be crazy for us to now think we can force rationality on Kim Jung-Un – as they say, “It ain’t gonna happen.”

I say, give Kim what he wants that is if their nuclear program is stopped and can be verified to the world. 

The negotiation table await the two maniacs of equal caliber: Kim and Trump.

Their back and forth crazy PR games is scary.

War by miscalculation and misconception looks if not probable, inevitable more than ever – if so, scratch Seoul and millions dead in hours. Nukes start flying – scratch Mother Earth, too. Nuclear war is not “limited in any sense.”

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Where is Donald J. Trump Taking the Country: The Gates of Hell Comes to Mind

Post-Trump view of America where he is taking us


The Trump White House is in serious turmoil and under massive assault by S/C Robert Mueller who I believe is building an air-tight case.

Seems that everyone in W/H and especially Trump and everyone else has a lawyer and now the lawyers have lawyers – layers of lawyers on top of lawyers.

In my view, this pretend president Trump is about ready to ensure that he totally gets his way as a one man show, or will take the country down with him.

Sadly, that how I see things right now.

Folks, we are in very dangerous waters... and the scene and circumstances are the worst I have ever seen in my lifetime and in modern American history – indeed in American history as a whole. Nothing comes close to what we see today.
God only knows what Mueller knows and will report. Could be the demise of our country … not hype – just an honest assessment based on all I have seen, heard, and know to date – what about your assessment?

What is around the corner for us?

The Gates of Hell: One possibility

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

White House Via Huckabee-Sanders Statement Stepped Over Free Speech Line

W/H Smugness on Full Display and Reflects on the Nation
(Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders)

Trump Wants an Apology and Hill Fired
(Statement by Huckabee-Sanders Makes it Official)


Story and background here re: ESPN host Jemele Hill tweet: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists.” 

Then this follow-up on Sanders and also from here.

I note key word is that Jemele Hill tweeted her blast at Trump – which was her personal view, right Mr. Trump? So, WTF: Trump tweets 24/7 and everyone says “Hey, that’s who he is.” Should we fire him? (Yes, actually we should – but that’s a post for later).

Then Bingo – the very next day from the White House press briefing podium, press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said: Jemele Hill's statements were outrageous and constituted a fireable offense.”

Whoa – wait a fricking minute Ms. Sanders. You could have just rejected Hill's characterization or, in the Trump tweet style, launched a fusillade of insults and personal attacks, but to call on ESPN to fire here – over the line, baby – bigly.

Not only that but Sanders’ “fireable offense” wording went further in her capacity as a government official speaking from the White House – that went way over the legal and constitutional lines.

1.  ESPN didn't fire Hill, but they did criticize her comments as unrepresentative of ESPN's positions. 

2.  Hill tweeted that, while her opinion reflected her private beliefs, she regretted them because they cast the network in an unfair light.

Note: Jemele Hill is 199% correct in her response. She is NOT a traditional reporter in any sense, rather she was expressing a personal opinion on Twitter (not from the anchor booth and not unlike Trump does with his official tweet – we assume since he is always the president and words from him matter). Sanders retort is more of a retaliation for her opinion while asking ESPN to fire her.

Clearly Ms. Hill is well within her First Amendment rights of free speech and further that right prohibits government interference with any free expression.

If Jemele Hill violated EPSN policy, well, that’s a different story and totally private employer-employee matter and always is has been for decades and most employees know that, too.

However, with this White House saying in essence to a private employer “fire an employee who expressed an opinion we dislike” well, that’s pretty low and quite frankly illegal by all standards. After Trump's failure to unequivocally condemn the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and the KKK, et al, a number of executives resigned from his business councils. But many didn't resign because, as reported by Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times, they were “too scared to say anything publicly that could make them or their company a target of Mr. Trump's wrath.”

My summary: Big bro “The Donald” and his mouthpiece Sanders I wonder who writes her comments for when she spouts officially from the podium in the White House? 

Just what we need: A public too afraid to speak out, criticize the W/H or President worried about insults or worse from our president? Ouch ... that cuts deep.

Sanders makes firing of Jemele Hill flap a public matter when it is not a public matter and now Sanders has rightly so received an ethics complaint.

The Trump-run White House is full of bullies and that is apparent with each statement and new appointment… but more so, for the mental health of the entire country – and that part is pretty ugly and awful.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Chelsea “formerly Bradley” Manning to be Harvard “Fellow” Outrage Growing

Manning today as Chelsea Manning – not Bradley


UPDATED (one day after the original post which follows): Harvard revokes invitation for Manning and thus disinvites her as a fellow to speak there (this update from the Washington Post provides background).

ORIGINAL POST:

Chelsea “formerly Bradley” Manning is as qualified to be a Harvard “fellow” about as much as Charles Manson or anyone on the list below this story from Fox News here:

So, who is next to be a Harvard “fellow:” Edward Snowden, Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, John Walker, Jr., or similar individual of that ilk – who basically sold out the country – hence the real definition of traitor?

Those listed are all in the same league and category as Manning in my view and in the view of millions of others who feel the same way.

Harvard should be ashamed – this is NOT freedom of expression or speech or anything even remotely in that category – not by any stretch.

Let's have a necktie party, shall we? I have a low or no tolerance for traitors.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

UN Slaps More Sanctions on North Korea: World Awaits Next Kim, Jung-un Move

UN Security Council Votes 15-0 for More Sanctions 

U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Votes “Yes”


Key Points:

1.  China's foreign ministry said during the UN debate that North Korea had “ignored international opposition and once again conducted a nuclear test, severely violating UN Security Council resolutions.”

2.  China also repeated its call for a “peaceful resolution instead of a military response,” adding: “China will never allow the peninsula to descend into war and chaos.”

3.  The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie says Beijing is treading a fine line: (1) It wants sanctions tough enough to signal its displeasure to Pyongyang, and (2) to avoid American accusations of complicity, but (3) not so tough as to threaten North Korea's survival.

4.  Both Russia and China reiterated their proposal that the U.S. and South Korea freeze all military drills, which still anger North Korea.

5.  Both Russia and China ask for a halt in the deployment of the controversial U.S. anti-missile system “THAAD” in exchange for Pyongyang's cessation of its weapons programs. (Note: Beijing believes the “THAAD” (which employs a powerful radar), is a security threat to China and neighboring countries.

U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley (R-SC) earlier dismissed this THAAD proposal as “insulting.”

I conclude: Not necessarily insulting at all, Ms. Haley.

FYI: Dealing back and forth is preferred to missiles back and forth that would be far worse that any insult or nasty fiery words, and no matter how long it takes - talk never hurts.

Insults or nasty language don’t win wars; they may start one, but words never resolve anything, and neither will nukes. 

Be assured they hurt far worse that words, Ms. Haley, so please drop the tough talk and start to deal at a negotiation table. 

Besides, you are now sounding like Kim, Jung-un flexing his PR tongue for points and glitzy showmanship. 

But, wait – so does your boss – hell, never mind.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Eric Trump Goes Off the Rails (again): Like Father like Son and Same Corrupt DNA

Eric Trump on Business Trip to Uruguay at Taxpayers’ Expense 

Eric Trump: The Interrogation Expert (right – wow…)

“Hang in there, Pop. No, no, not hang yourself. Stay on point”


First this series of tidbits re: Trump sons travel on business (not government business) is costly and complicated – here from NPR, and here from CBS, and here from Newsweek.

Highlights:

From Newsweek:  Whereas Obama spent close to $12.1 million annually in travel costs, Trump may have already doubled that benchmark on trips to Mar-A-Lago alone before the close of his first 100 days. But getting the new president from point A to point B isn’t the only expenditure raising eyebrows: the price tag that comes with the new first family is quickly becoming equally concerning to Trump’s opponents and supporters alike.

From CBS:  Eric Trump will have gone to four countries on Trump company business since January 1st, each with Secret Service agents in tow. In early January, it was a trip to Uruguay for a glitzy party to promote a new property, with a reported $100,000 in hotel bills for Secret Service and other U.S. government personnel.

From NPR:  In early January, Eric Trump took a trip to Uruguay to check progress on an unfinished Trump tower. About a month later, he was in the Dominican Republic, seeing whether an earlier resort project could be revived. He joined his brother, Donald Jr., a couple of weeks later at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Trump-branded golf course in Dubai. Then the two popped up earlier last week in Vancouver, Canada, for the opening of a new Trump hotel.

Since Trump became president, his sons' business travel has become much more complicated and expensive, especially when the travel is overseas, says Brendan Doherty, a U.S. Naval Academy professor who has tracked presidential travel for more than a decade. He says the president's sons are guaranteed round-the-clock Secret Service protection. Overseas trips usually involve coordination with local security forces, and often, U.S. embassies.

Now to the main story for today. Eric Trump gives us a medical assessment about his father here in this story, in part. Stunning to say the least:

Eric fought back criticism of the president's racist behavior by saying the president couldn't possibly be racist, because he hired people of color.

He also espoused the belief that the “government” of the U.S. wants Trump to fail.
The interview went further off the rails as Eric either made a cavalier suicide quip or was informing the world that suicidal ideation (a concept) is a standard response to scrutiny in his family. 

“If they weren’t talking about you, you wouldn’t be doing something right and it’s important to keep it in context. Otherwise, quite frankly, you’d probably end up killing yourself out of depression,” he concluded.

Wow – no, double wow…!!! Amazing stuff, isn’t it?

My B/L for sure: The Trump’s treat government as their personal ATM – that is patently obvious. And suicide as a concept for them due to criticism they do not like? Wow again.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scientific Medical Analysis: Dem and GOP Political Thinking Differences

American Political Division at it's Very Worse

Introduction – Ref from the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences and posted here from Mother Jones.

Extract for the open-minded: In their 2014 issue this conclusion from the medical experts:

“A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology and even traits like physiology and genetics.”

That’s a big deal. It challenges everything that we thought we knew about politics — upending the idea that we get our beliefs solely from our upbringing, from our friends and families, from our personal economic interests, and calling into question the notion that in politics, we can really change (most of us, anyway).

During the 1860s, Republicans, who dominated northern states, orchestrated an ambitious expansion of federal power, helping to fund the transcontinental railroad, the state university system and the settlement of the West by homesteaders, and instating a national currency and protective tariff.
Democrats, who dominated the South, opposed these measures. After the Civil War, Republicans passed laws that granted protections for African Americans and advanced social justice; and again, Democrats largely opposed these expansions of power.
Sound like an alternate universe of today? Yes it does.
Fast forward to 1936. Democratic president Franklin Roosevelt won reelection that year on the strength of the New Deal, a set of Depression-remedying reforms including regulation of financial institutions, founding of welfare and pension programs, infrastructure development and more. Roosevelt won in a landslide against Republican Alf Landon, who opposed these exercises of federal power.

These are five core personality traits that many psychologists use for assessment.

·        openness to experience
·        conscientiousness
·        extraversion
·        agreeableness 
·        neuroticism

Liberals and Conservatives consistently differ only on a few of those five core traits, like these differences for example: 
  •         Liberals are more open to new experiences, novelty, disruption
  •         Liberals are more tolerant of mess, ambiguity, uncertainty

  •         Conservatives prefer tidiness, clarity, certainty
  •         Conservatives prefer stability and the status quo

Yale psychologist Dan Kahan in cultural cognition divides views along two dimensions: Hierarchical vs. Egalitarian, and Individualist vs. Communitarian.

This creates a four-quadrant space which shows that conservatives are hierarchical-individualists and shows this about conservatives in general – that they:

·        Adopt and Cling to: Social conservative platform.
·        Firmly believes in: Christianity as the basis for all decisions.
·        Emphasis: On the family with strong moral value (except theirs).
·        Against: Any form of abortion and gay marriage.
·        Believe in and practice: Paleo-conservatives who are against immigration into the United States.
·        Believe: Our military should guard the boarders and not be stationed in foreign countries.
·        Believe: In only lower taxes to stimulate the economy.
·        Against: Most if not all public assistance, Unions, public employees, and public education.
·        Advocate for: Smaller government and wide reduced spending.
·        Believe in: Privatizing Social Security and turning Medicare into a voucher program.
·        Hate: ACA (Obamacare) and Want it repealed and replaced with their “plan.”
·        Love guns: And, the more the merrier – with hands off policy willy-nilly. including “open carry” like the Wild, Wild West days of “Hang ‘em High Judge Roy Bean: Bring in the guilty bastard, give him a fair trial, then hang him.   
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Summary as it were: Yeah, that brand of GOP conservative America … boy, oh, boy. Duck!!! What duck???

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Monday, August 28, 2017

The Real Values of Donald J. Trump and Joe Arpaio: Matching Bookends

Previous Routine Joe Arpaio Presser


Racial profiling vis-à-vis Joe Arpaio (the former sheriff from AZ) and his recent Trump pardon from this headlines and story from The Atlantic here:

Trump has made it clear that the limits of the law, and the powers of the courts, hold no weight in his decision-making, and indeed will be brushed aside at his convenience.

The issue in the Arpaio case was and remains the integrity of the federal judiciary.

Arpaio was not convicted of an ordinary crime, but he did deliberately disobey a federal court order and lying about that. Beyond that, during the litigation that led to his conviction for criminal contempt, he hired a private detective to investigate the wife of a federal judge hearing a case against his office. 

Any judge can understand the threat posed by law enforcement personnel who seek to strike back at judges and their families, perhaps for purposes of blackmail or revenge — and the deep arrogance of a president who regards such behavior as praiseworthy.

In fact, since even before the election, Trump has brandished his hostility to judges almost as aggressively as his disregard of racial decency. 

Examples:

When federal district Judge Gonzalo Curiel was assigned the Trump University civil fraud case, Trump attacked the Indiana-born Curiel in front of a campaign rally as “Mexican” and “a total disgrace.”

When Judge James Robart (George W. Bush appointee) of the District of Washington enjoined the first version of Trump’s “travel ban,” Trump on Twitter dismissed Robart as a “so-called judge" and told his supporters “If something happens blame him and court system.”  

When another District Judge enjoined his “sanctuary cities” defunding order, Trump publicly threatened to break up the Ninth Circuit.

When a terror cell carried out a car attack in Barcelona earlier this month, Trump immediately zeroed in on the “travel ban” case, now pending before the Supreme Court: “The courts must give us back our protective rights,” he tweeted.

Atlantic story continues here – a very worthwhile read. Also, my earlier post is here same subject.

My summary for what it’s worth:

Trump is out of control and out of his depth in the office that he has shown on so many issues. In short, is unprepared, not ready to learn, and certainly was not in the least bit remotely qualified to lead the country. I can’t say 100% for sure that he is unfit, but boy he’s close to that line, I believe and that’s based on record to date and nothing else – in short: It’s nasty and ugly from the first day (January 20, 2017).

From that date, I was willing (and have said so openly) to wait and see and actually give him a chance to serve effectively just as many of his loyalists said alongside many GOPers in office that: “He is new at this – give him a chance – he will grow into the position.”

Obviously, that has not worked. In fact, he seems to get worse each day rather than improve each day by learning.

He comes across each new day as a “Dictator-in-the-making” – at least in my view. I certainly do not know what the outcome or final solution will be – but my gut instinct tells me he needs to step down or be removed and for the country’s sake, the soon the better.

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