Friday, March 31, 2017

Gorsuch: GREAT FOR CORPORATIONS but BAD FOR THE WORKING CLASS!! He deserves a NO vote for Supreme Court Justice.

Claire McCaskill will vote no and explains why.

This is a really difficult decision for me. I am not comfortable with either choice. While I have come to the conclusion that I can’t support Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court — and will vote no on the procedural vote and his confirmation — I remain very worried about our polarized politics and what the future will bring, since I’m certain we will have a Senate rule change that will usher in more extreme judges in the future.
I cannot support Judge Gorsuch because a study of his opinions reveal a rigid ideology that always puts the little guy under the boot of corporations. He is evasive, but his body of work isn’t. Whether it is a freezing truck driver or an autistic child, he has shown a stunning lack of humanity. And he has been an activist — for example, writing a dissent on a case that had been settled, in what appears to be an attempt to audition for his current nomination.
Then there is Citizens United, the single most corrupting force in the history of politics in this nation. I cannot and will not support a nominee that allows dark and dirty anonymous money to continue to flood unchecked into our elections.
I reject this nomination because Judge Gorsuch would continue an activist position that states that corporations have the same rights as people. The men who wrote our Constitution would reject that nonsense, since they were highly suspect of corporations as the tools of royalty. Corporations don’t cry or laugh or marry or worry about sending their kids to college. Judge Gorsuch’s allegiance to corporations disqualifies him from the highest court in the land.
And finally, this judge does not reflect the promises that Donald Trump made to Missourians. The candidate Donald Trump farmed out this important decision to a right-wing group that fronts for large corporations and special interests. Donald Trump promised Missourians that he would look out for the little guy, for working people, for the forgotten. He promised he would drain the swamp of the special interests, the lobbyists, and politicians who have overlooked the working people in this country. This judicial nomination breaks those promises.
The President who promised working people he would lift them up has nominated a judge who can’t even see them.

CEO says Climate Change is real and a concern for business.

Jeff Immelt took Trump to task in an internal company blog post that POLITICO obtained, over his rollback of Obama-era climate regulations, including the Clean Power Plan. Immelt is seen as one of the United States’ most successful and foremost business leaders, acting as the CEO of General Electric (GE) since 2000.
Immelt strongly condemned Trump for his disbelief in climate science and expressed profound concerns that this administration would back out of the Paris Climate agreement. Furthermore, he is asking fellow multinational executives to ignore Trump and pick up his slack in terms of continuing forward with climate-conscious policy.
In his message, he asserted that:
‘Companies must be resilient and learn to adjust to political volatility all over the world. Companies must have their own “foreign policy” and create technology and solutions that address local needs for our customers and society.’
‘We believe climate change should be addressed on a global basis through multi-national agreements, such as the Paris Agreement. We hope that the United States continues to play a constructive role in furthering solutions to these challenges, and at GE, we will continue to lead with our technology and actions.’
Immelt previously slammed the Trump administration over the Muslim ban he enacted — before it was shot down as unconstitutional. At the time, Immelt stated:
‘I understand many of you are very concerned about the potential impacts of this order and I share your concern. [W]e will continue to make our voice heard with the new administration and Congress and reiterate the importance of this issue to GE and to the business community overall.’
He is not however, a die-hard liberal or human rights activist by any stretch of the imagination. He served under Obama as the head of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and was a near-constant thorn in the administration’s side over Obamacare because of the adverse way it affected GE’s profit margin.
He has also supported Trump publically in the past, given his commitment to regulatory reform:
‘We are stripping away years of bad regulatory and economic practices to promote competitiveness.’
What this likely indicates is that Jeff Immelt is a businessman through and through. Acknowledging climate change and adding green into their business plan has helped them make more money, so they’re all for doing the right thing when it doesn’t cost them.
All evaluations of Immelt aside, this is another piece of evidence showing that President Donald Trump doesn’t know a thing about politics, policy, or effective business/economic strategies.

CHAOS IN THE WHITE HOUSE! President Trump's Management Style has White House in disarray.

President Donald Trump may have won over support by arguing that his style of business leadership was a perfect fit for the White House, but a new report indicates his approach is leaving the real-world executive branch in chaos.
The report came a day after a former CIA chief of staff described the Trump White House as a “runaway train” in light of the possibility that former national security adviser Michael Flynn will testify about the Trump campaign’s alleged relationship with Russia. Although Trump traditionally has created fiercely competitive sub-groups within his organization and then made decisions based on their in-fighting, the advice of his family members, and his own off-the-cuff instincts, he has found that this approach has left the executive branch in chaos, according to a report by Axios.
“Trump is thinking through his frustrations. The team didn’t put the windows in right,” an anonymous source close to the Trump White House told Axios. And when the lights are turned off, the backbiting continues.
Come nightfall, Trump is often on the phone with billionaire, decades-long friends, commiserating and critiquing his own staff. His most important advisers are often working the phone themselves, trashing colleagues and either spreading or beating down rumors of turmoil and imminent changes.

The report comes as White House is dealing with a major shakeup.
Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ deputy, Katie Walsh, is leaving her position. One senior official told Axios that Trump is governing in the same way that he campaigned, in which he and his team “rode something until it didn’t work any more. We recognized it didn’t work, we changed it, we adjusted it and then we kind of got better … [T]his was much more entrepreneurial.”

Rachel Maddow: Michael Flynn ASKS FOR IMMUNITY and will testify if given. video - poor Trump is in trouble.

Over and over, Rachel Maddow has questioned how it is possible that Vice President Mike Pence couldn’t have known that Gen. Mike Flynn was lying about his Russia conversation.
In a March 9 interview with Bret Baier on Fox News, Pence swore that the story about Flynn lobbying for Turkey was news to him. “[H]earing that story — today is the first [he’s] hearing of it,” he told Baier, who asked him the question twice, just to be sure.
“That cannot be true,” Maddow remarked.
Thursday, Maddow came back to her examination of Pence, as PoliticusUSA noted. Pence was the head of the Trump transition team after Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) was booted from the job. Presumably, Flynn was vetted by that transition team, which would have brought up these concerns.
“As leader of the transition, he was notified in writing by members of Congress about Flynn’s apparent financial ties to the government of Turkey,” Maddow outlined, referring back to a letter sent by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). “The transition was also apparently notified twice by Flynn’s own lawyers about his financial relationship with the government of Turkey, but nevertheless, Vice President Mike Pence says he has no idea about any of that.”
Maddow pointed out that Pence claims he knew nothing despite being notified multiple times.
“Mike Pence’s role in the Mike Flynn scandal is flashing like a red beacon for anyone who sees him as the normal Republican in this setting,” she continued.
As the dominoes continue to fall around the Trump White House for one Russian tie after another, Pence comes out looking clean. Until, of course, the evidence of warning after warning he received about those strange Russian ties and the mounting problems caused by Flynn’s presence in Trump’s inner circle.
Watch the full video from Maddow 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump gets blasted on Bill O'Reilly's show

Click and watch the video

Lt.. Col. Ralph Peters used his entire segment to undermine any arguments supporting Trump's diverting wiretapping narrative, blasted Chairman Nunes and said that here was no question Russia tried to influence our elections, and if Putin did penetrate the Trump campaign.
Bill O'Reilly recapped the bizarre White House actions Rep. Nunes took as best he could and asked Peters, his security expert if there was a scandal here.
Peters said there is a "sort of scandal" because "the fact that this wasn't the National Security Council sourcing these documents. It was a couple of Trump appointees assigned to the National Security Council."
He continued, "It clearly another attempt to divert attention from the main issue, which is the question of whether or not Vladimir Putin's regime was able to penetrate the Trump campaign and potentially the administration?"
Yes, yes it is!
Bill O'Reilly tried to defend Trump if members of his team were unmasked while getting caught up in incidental coverage, he said, "I think that is an important story, is it not?"
Peters shot back, "I think it is a B.S. story and it is phony and nobody's released those..."
Peters worked for the intelligence community and said they take great care to mask names unless they are under investigation. "But this is another red herring, it diverts attention from the primary issue," he chided. "As for Congressman Nunes, this week -- and last weekend this week, he stepped on more banana peels and a caterpillar has feet."
Bill conceded that Chairman Nunes handled things poorly, but tried to smear the people in the intelligence community who don't like Trump.
Peters shot back, "No, I think that's absolutely untrue," reminding BillO that most of the intel world would never have voted for Clinton.
Peters is in agreement with us and said all Nunes had to do was take Rep. Adam Schiff with him to view the information and it wouldn't have caused a conflict.
As for Bill's suggestion that Nunes should have gone to a neutral location, Peters said, "Well, this all stinks. It all stinks."

President Trump may be considering resigning.

Now that Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser is offering to testify in Trump’s Russia scandal in exchange for immunity, it significantly narrows the path for Trump managing to survive the scandal himself. Flynn is essentially admitting he’s guilty just by asking for immunity, and such a deal will only be granted if Flynn can take down a bigger fish; that fish would be Trump. So it doesn’t come as a total shock to see a credible report tonight that Donald Trump is considering resigning.
Claude Taylor, who worked on three presidential campaigns and served on President Bill Clinton’s White House staff, tweeted the following this evening: “An ind journalist I have worked with-who has been reliable-says they have 2 sources that say Trump is considering options-incl resignation.” Here’s the tweet in its proper formatting:
Although retweets aren’t automatically endorsements, Claude Taylor’s tweet was retweeted by Harvard Law Professor and constitutional expert Laurence Tribe, who added his own thoughts:
So what does this really mean? We have a former White House staffer, with a solid track record of his own, revealing that a journalist he trusts has multiple inside sources that say Donald Trump is considering resigning from the presidency. You’ll have to take that for whatever you think it’s worth. But it’s remarkable that we’re even at the point where credible reports like this are now surfacing. It’s difficult to imagine Trump resigning without an immunity deal of his own in place, so don’t expect immediacy. But this does suggest inevitability. Contribute to Palmer Report
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The House of Representatives investigation of the Trump - Russia is talking about it but getting bogged down in details. video

The leaders of the House intelligence committee are trying to get their Russia investigation back on the rails, according to the panel's top Democrat.
California Reps. Devin Nunes and Adam Schiff met Thursday after a week's worth of canceled hearings and bickering between the committee leaders, as their investigation turned partisan following a decision by Nunes, a Republican, to go to the press and White House with intelligence before alerting the committee.
    "We're doing our best to try and get the investigation back on track," Schiff said following the meeting. "We're in the process of exchanging witness lists and are going to see if by the end of the day we can agree on at least a common set of initial witnesses."
    CNN has reached out to Nunes for response and have not yet immediately gotten a response.
    Schiff said he and Nunes have agreed to go forward with a closed hearing with FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers. He also requested that Nunes agree to hold the public hearing with former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, though he said the chairman has yet to commit to do so.
    Schiff said Nunes has still not revealed the intelligence he said he shared with President Donald Trump and has pledged to share with the committee, or who Nunes met with at the White House.
    "It certainly was a part of our discussion, but beyond what we agreed to do, or hope to achieve to do by the end of the day, I really don't want to get into specifics," Schiff said.

    President Trump used Russia's Active Measures against his opponents to win the Presidency - video

    Watch the video.

    WATTS: The answer is very simple and it’s what nobody is really saying in this room. Which is, part of the reason active measures have worked in this U.S. election is because the Commander-in-Chief has used Russian active measures at time, against his opponents. On 14 August 2016, his campaign chairman, after a debunked –
    LANKFORD: When you say his, who’s his?
    WATTS: Paul Manafort —
    LANKFORD: Okay.
    WATTS: — cited the fake Incirlik story as a terrorist attack on CNN, and he used it as a talking point. On 11 October, President Trump stood on a stage and cited a – what appears to be a fake news story from Sputnik News that disappeared from the Internet. He denies the intel from the United States about Russia. He claims that the election could be rigged. That was the number one theme pushed by RT, Sputnik News, white outlets, all the way up until the election. He’s made claims of voter fraud, that President Obama’s not a citizen, that, you know, Congressman Cruz is not a citizen.
    So, part of the reason active measures works, and it does today in terms of Trump Tower being wiretapped is because they parrot the same line.
    The investigation is proceeding despite Republican attempts at sabotage, and the evidence of Russian meddling, while also in contact with the Trump team continues to pile up. It is vital for Americans to know what happened to their election, and what Donald Trump’s role in Vladimir Putin’s attack was.

    Trump's next scandal is coming to the surface FAST!

     Yesterday I wrote in a DIARY that whatever happened to the Trump campaign-Russia scandal, Trump was not off of the hook, people would most likely already be looking into his past life for other acts of possible criminal or professional skullduggery. Turns out that they are, and Mein Furor’s next public nightmare may already be out there simmering, and just waiting to boil over.
         For a guy who probably has a little shrine to Putin, complete with votive candles in a private room at the White House, Trump sure is cagey about whether he has ever even had a conversation with any other Russians, I’m not sure he’d even admit that he knows who Elena Sharparova is. But Russian businessmen? Nope, never heard of ‘em.
         Well, maybe not so much. There is a new REPORT in USA Today that chronicles Trump’s longstanding business ties with quite possibly shady Russian “businessmen”. And the best part of the report is that it is not based on “anonymous sources” and unquoted documents. The reporting is based on good old fashioned digging, it’s based on court records, government and legal documents, and an interview with a former federal prosecutor.
         Back in February the petulant man child told reporters that he “had no dealings in Russia. No deals that could happen in Russia because we’ve stayed away. I have no loans in Russia”. That is not disputed in the article, independent research in Russia about oligarchs and rich Americans can’t be easy, or usually satisfying. The article went at the problem in the other direction with transactions in the US, where documents and information can be found.
         Which were. Quite a few of them in fact, and they create a fascinating picture. Trump and his companies have been associated with at least 10 wealthy Russians that have alleged ties to criminal activities and money laundering, they include;
    • A member of the firm that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York is a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man and later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.
    •  An investor in the SoHo project was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.
    • Three owners of Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia.
    •  A former mayor from Kazakhstan was accused in a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2014 of hiding millions of dollars looted from his city, some of which was spent on three Trump SoHo units.
    •  A Ukrainian owner of two Trump condos in Florida was indicted in a money-laundering scheme involving a former prime minister of Ukraine.
         Notice the heavy interest in the Trump Soho property? Now, there is certainly no crime in a real estate developer having investors and in selling units in his property, that’s how they make a living. But the catch here is the investors and buyers themselves. Buying foreign real estate is a well known practice for money laundering and protecting illegal or ill gotten gains from seizure back home. Trump has never even been accused of any wrongdoing in these deals, much less charged. But the subject of money laundering is an uncomfortable one for Das Donald, since he’s already admitted to it and paid a fine in the past for it. To quote the report;
    Money laundering was an issue for Trump's Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, which was fined $10 million in 2015 for failing to report suspicious transactions. Federal rules are designed to protect the U.S. financial system from being used as a safe haven for dirty money and transnational crimes, Jennifer Shasky Calvery, then-director of the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen), said at the time. It was the largest penalty the agency ever levied against a casino since reporting requirements began in 2003, according to The Wall Street Journal.
         Hmmmm. This is by no means any kind of indictment, but it is an interesting starting point for an investigation. And considering the fact that Trump tried to build in plausible deniability by operating through third parties and shell companies, this investigation is likely going to have to come from either the FBI or the Justice Department, in order to use subpoena powers to obtain documents and testimony. But at least a bit of that has already leaked out, and is in the article.
         A New York real estate agent told USA Today that she had sold 65 units in Trump World in Manhattan to rich Russian businessmen. She was lucky enough to have contacts in Moscow with rich people wanting to invest in the US. And guess what? According to the real estate agent, they all wanted to meet Trump, and you’d never guess what comes next. They mostly got their way, the agent stated that many of these meetings took place in Trump’s office in Trump Tower, and some were at sales events. Make of it what you will. A Trump representative denied the story entirely, claiming that all of the units were owned and sold by third parties, not The Orange Julius. Notice the lack of a statement on the cozy little fireside chats with the buyers in his office. Why would buyers obtaining a property from a third party ask for a personal meeting with Trump? Inquiring minds want to know. Pity we’re never going to see his taxes. Not unless this gets messy, and a committee in congress subpoenas them to view. Certainly not this year, but if we git ‘er done in 2018, who knows.
         There is a reason for this to be a front and center issue, and it is provided by a former prosecutor who spent years researching Trump’s business dealings, and the possibility that the foundation of his company may rest on millions of Russian dollars. The big concern is this;
    “The FBI is always concerned if public officials can be blackmailed,” McCallion said. “It’s Russian-laundered money from people who operate under the good graces of President Putin. If these people pull the plug on the Trump Organization, it would go down pretty quickly.”
         Gee, maybe it’s more than the fact that Putin has flatter abs than the Tiny Thumbs Diktator that turns him on so much? already did a story of their own referencing the information and linking to the USA Today report, just like I’m doing now. This is going to attract more and more eyes, from some people who may well have contacts, and won’t mind digging. If anybody is actually able to come up with some solid financial skinny, this will become serious, especially if the investigations start to provide direct evidence or testimony about collusion between the campaign and the Russians, the threat of Trump being a tool, witting or unwitting of the Russian government becomes a grave concern. Senators like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Marco Rubio have already directly criticized Trump for his stance on Russia, what will they think of this? The article is long, but it is richly detailed and even has some comprehensive profiles of some of the major Russian players. It is well worth the read. But whatever you do, don’t touch that dial.  

    The Senate Is now checking into the Trump - Russia connection and they sound serious. Video

    Click the above link and watch listen to Sen Mark Warner talk about the Trump - Russia taking of the US Presidential Election.  This sounds like it might be a real investigation.  CLICK THE LINK!!

    Wednesday, March 29, 2017

    COAL JOBS ARE NOT COMING BACK!! Gas, Solar and wind are cheaper!! Pres Trump Lied - same old, same old.

    When President Trump signed a series of executive orders at the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday aimed at dismantling his predecessor's attempt to counter climate change, he touted them as fulfilling a campaign promise to bring back lost coal jobs. Few people think that will happen, including Robert Murray, the CEO of America's largest privately held coal-mining company, Murray Energy, and a big supporter of Trump and his energy policy. "I would not say it's a good time in the coal industry — it's a better time," he told The Guardian.
    There were 98,505 U.S. coal-mining jobs in 2015, versus 127,745 in 2008, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration, but most of those job losses are due to technology and cheaper and cleaner energy sources like natural gas and renewables, not regulation. When he spoke with Trump about coal and jobs, "I suggested that he temper his expectations — those are my exact words," Murray said. "He can't bring them back." 

    On the other hand, clean-energy jobs outnumber coal and oil jobs in the U.S. by a 5-1 margin, according to a new Sierra Club analysis of Energy Department jobs data, and there are more jobs in solar, wind, energy efficiency, battery storage, and smart energy grid technology than oil, gas, and coal jobs in 41 states. And Trump's attempt to reverse the "war on coal" will not just contribute to climate change but could harm those growth industries and the jobs they create. "These facts make it clear that Donald Trump is attacking clean energy jobs purely in order to boost the profits of fossil fuel billionaires," said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune.
    Thomas Friedman is more searing, arguing in Wednesday's New York Times that Trump's energy policy suggests he's "a Chinese agent" who's "clearly out to make China great again." China's "new five-year plan is a rush to electric cars, batteries, nuclear, wind, solar, and energy efficiency — and a cap-and-trade system for carbon," he wrote. "Trump’s plan? More coal and oil. Hello? How can America be great if we don’t dominate the next great global industry — clean power?" California alone, he notes, "has far more advanced energy jobs than there are coal miners in America, and the pay is better and the work is healthier," but by "doubling down on coal," Trump is "squandering our lead in technology." Read the rest at The New York TimesPeter Weber