Tuesday, October 17, 2017

John McCain speaks out against Donald Trump without ever actually mentioning his name.

Courtesy of The Hill:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted “half-baked, spurious nationalism” in the United States in an emotional speech Monday night after receiving the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal. 

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain 'the last best hope of earth' for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” McCain said in the speech. 

The Arizona senator said “we live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil” and said Americans “are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad.” 

“We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did,” McCain said. 

“We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent.”

As you all know I am loathe to give John McCain too much credit.

After all it was his decision to pluck Sarah Palin out of the worlds of Wasilla and plop her onto the national stage that led to much of what is happening to our country today. 

However having said that it should be noted that McCain seems to be determined to repair at least some of the damage caused by his unfortunate choices.

Maye its the brain cancer, and his impending mortality, but he is finally starting to sound like the guy everybody loved during his days on the Straight Talk Express.

Trump campaign has paid over one million dollars in legal fees in response to Russia investigations.

Have you seen these legal bills?
Courtesy of Politico:  

President Donald Trump’s campaign paid more than $1 million in legal bills in the last three months as investigations continue into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, new disclosures made public on Sunday show. 

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have now disclosed a total of more than $2 million this year in payments to law firms and to lawyers with a company owned by the president's family. 

The campaign reported spending almost twice as much on legal bills over the last three months as it did during the second quarter of this year.The campaign and the RNC have acknowledged that they are helping to pay legal bills for Trump family members who are facing scrutiny as part of investigations by congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. It’s legal for the president to spend the funds on legal bills so long as the expenses incurred are from aspects of the investigation related to the Trump campaign.

Yes apparently a good chunk of this money was spent to defend Junior.

Courtesy of Bloomberg:

President Donald Trump’s re-election committee paid almost $238,000 in the third quarter to the law firm representing Donald Trump Jr. in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to campaign finance disclosures. 

Trump’s campaign made two payments -- one in mid July, the other in early August -- to the law firm of Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer for the president’s son, who is facing scrutiny over a 2016 meeting he had with a Russian lawyer while seeking damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton. The third-quarter disclosures with the Federal Election Commission didn’t specify what the legal expenses were for. 

Yeah but we know what they were for.

And that could be problematic since Junior was not officially with the campaign I think it is somewhat illegal for the campaign to pay his legal bills. 

And let's not forget that the RNC has also chipped in at leat $400,000 dollars as well.

Boy who knew that colluding with the Russians to undermine our democracy could end up being so damn expensive?

Florida congressional candidate claims that she has been on a space ship. Oookay then.

Courtesy of the Miami Herald:

Three blond, big-bodied beings — two females, one male — visited her when she was 7 years old and have communicated telepathically with her several times in her life, she says.

Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, a Republican who is running to replace retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recounted her experience with the ETs during a 2009 television interview.

She described “going up” inside the spaceship — though whether it went into space or just hovered around town was left unclear. 

“I went in. There were some round seats that were there, and some quartz rocks that controlled the ship — not like airplanes,” Rodriguez Aguilera said.

Rodriguez also claims that she learned some stuff from the blond aliens, such as that there are 30,000 skulls — “different from humans” — in a cave in the Mediterranean island of Malta, the world’s “energy center” is in Africa, the Coral Castle, a limestone tourist attraction South Miami-Dade, is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid, and that God is universal energy.

Believe it or not when reached for comment Rodriguez did not deny any of this, and in fact doubled on down.

The Miami Herald asked Rodriguez Aguilera about her experiences Friday. She responded with a statement that waxed astronomical but failed to mention close encounters of any kind. 

“For years people, including Presidents like Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter and astronauts have publicly claimed to have seen unidentified flying objects and scientists like Stephen Hawking and institutions like the Vatican have stated that there are billions of galaxies in the universe and we are probably not alone,” she said. “I personally am a Christian and have a strong belief in God, I join the majority of Americans who believe that there must be intelligent life in the billions of planets and galaxies in the universe.”

Well you know I also am open to the idea of extraterrestrial life and the possibility of intelligent life beyond the stars, but my mind kind of slams shut hard when anybody talks about joyriding around with ET.

I wonder if this lady is any relation to the one on the SNL skit?

Seems just as plausible to me.

The "Trump Slump" continues.

Courtesy of Forbes:  

After the announcement of the first two travel bans in January and March, the number of international travelers arriving in the U.S. has dramatically dropped, according to ForwardKeys, a European travel-prediction firm. 

Looking at the number of U.S. inbound arrivals – or the number of international tourists arriving at airports around the country – the firm found that the number of visitors dropped 1.3% following the announcement of the first travel ban on January 27. On June 26, when the second ban was partially re-instated, inbound visitors dropped again by 2.4%. 

Experts expected to see falling arrivals following the first executive announcement in January, when European interest in visiting the U.S. fell 12% but to see the number of arrivals impacted so quickly is startling.

“The confusing and convoluted travel bans have done nothing but worsen the country's reputation around the world,” said Lee Abbamonte, an American travel expert who has been to every country in the world, in an email. Although he believes there should be a vetting process, he says that as it stands now, it is too stringent, and confusing for many international citizens. 

A small percentage drop in arrivals is no small potatoes when translated into a dollar amount. In 2016, the U.S. travel and tourism industry generated over $1.5 trillion in economic output, supporting 7.6 million jobs, according to SelectUSA, an international trade analyst firm. That represents 2.7% of overall GDP.

Estimates are that this slump is costing the American economy billions of dollars.

I reported on this slump back in April, but apparently it has become much worse.

I guess that Trump has made America so great again that nobody wants to visit it anymore.

Good job.

P.S. Oh and by the way, travel to other countries is actually up.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Donald Trump today accused President Obama, and other former presidents, of not calling the families of fallen soldiers.

Courtesy of TPM:

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump made the dubious claim that former President Barack Obama and other former presidents did not personally call the families of soldiers who died in combat. 

Trump quickly walked back the claim when a reporter followed up. 

The President first told reporters that he had written letters to the families of soldiers who died in the recent attack in Niger and said he would soon call the families as well. He then claimed that his approach was unique, and that not all past presidents made those calls. 

“The traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls,” he said. “I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it. They have made the ultimate sacrifice so generally I would say that I like to call. I’m going to be calling them.” 

That was more than one former Obama adviser could stand.
I absolutely do not blame her for that response.

They did not call President Obama the "Consoler-in-Chief" for nothing.

He met with the families of fallen soldiers. (Mostly in private.)

Met the caskets of soldiers who lost their lives in battle.

Attended multiple military funerals for those who lost their lives.

And visited the hospital beds of men and women who had been wounded fighting for their country.

Here was what Pete Souza the White House photographer under President Obama had to say.
We know that Donald Trump is a lying POS but this is low even for him.

Government lawyers are asking a judge to reject request by CNN and others to make Comey memos public.

 Courtesy of CNN: 

Government lawyers have asked a judge to reject CNN's requests to make public the memos of former FBI Director James Comey in which he details his meetings with President Donald Trump. 

In a late Friday evening filing, the lawyers also have asked for permission to argue in secret why they say the disclosure could compromise the investigation into Russian election-meddling and potential obstruction of justice into that probe. 

Several news outlets and government watchdogs, including CNN, have requested the documents be released under the Freedom of Information Act. Comey testified in Congress that the documents detail Trump's request that he pledge personal loyalty and what he interpreted as a request to curtail an investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. 

Despite Comey's testimony that he wrote the memos specifically to avoid including classified information, the government argued it has now classified portions of the documents.

Releasing the memos, the government said, could "reveal the scope and focus of the investigation and thereby harm the investigation" and any prosecutions.

Yeah I think that last part translates into "We think making these memos public would harm Donald Trump's ability to escape prosecution or impeachment."

Funny how things that were not classified suddenly become classified when it helps to accuse Hillary Clinton of breaking the law, or helps Donald Trump avoid facing the consequences for his actions, don't you think?

Attorneys for woman claiming Donald Trump groped her subpoenas all campaign documents pertaining to women being touched inappropriately. Update!

Courtesy of Buzzfeed:  

A high-stakes legal showdown is brewing for President Donald Trump, as a woman who said he groped her has subpoenaed all documents from his campaign pertaining to “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.” 

The subpoena — whose contents have not been previously reported — was issued in March but entered into the court file last month. The White House did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Trump’s attorney. 

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, accused Trump of kissing and grabbing her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization. After Zervos made the accusation last October, just weeks before the election, Trump denied her accusation and called it a lie. 

She responded by suing him for defamation. As part of that suit, her lawyers served a subpoena on his campaign, asking that it preserve all documents it had about her.

They also asked for “all documents” concerning other women who have accused Trump of groping them, including Jessica Leeds, Mindy McGillivray, Rachel Crooks, Natasha Stoynoff, Temple Taggart, Kristin Anderson, Cathy Heller, Jill Harth, and Jessica Drake. The subpoena seeks “all documents concerning any accusations that were made during Donald J. Trump’s election campaign for president, that he subjected any woman to unwanted sexual touching and/or sexually inappropriate behavior.” Last year, Trump tweeted a blanket denial, saying, “Nothing ever happened with any of these women.”

Trump lawyers of course have been trying to have this case dismissed by claiming that their client is immune from civil suit while in office, and have tried to dismiss this subpoena as overly broad and designed to dredge up dirt to use to impeach him.

So far those arguments do not appear to have worked.

And I hope that holds true, because I think we all would like to see these documents exposed in a court of law.

I would also like to see the "pussy grabber" take the stand and attempt to blame the victims for getting their naughty parts too close to his tiny little hands.

Update: By the way here are just some of the women who spoke out against Trump's sexual victimization.

Donald Trump simply cannot let things go.

Hillary Clinton is NOT going to run in 2020.

But if she did there is little doubt that she would win.

I think the question that Trump should be asking is, "Will I be around to run in 2020?"

Donald Trump called to offer his encouragement after Steve Bannon called for primary challenges to Republicans who do not support Trump's agenda.

Courtesy of The Hill:

President Trump reportedly reached out to Stephen Bannon to offer encouragement after the former White House chief strategist called for Republicans who don't support Trump's agenda to be ousted. 

Trump called to offer the encouragement after Bannon appeared on Fox News earlier this week saying he is seeking to line up challengers to GOP incumbents, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two people familiar with the call. 

White House adviser Jared Kushner also reportedly texted Bannon his praise after the interview. Bannon then celebrated the interview with friends across the street from the Fox studio. 

"There's a coalition coming together that is going to challenge every Republican incumbent except for Ted Cruz," Bannon said during the Monday night interview on "Hannity."

So essentially the leader of the Republican party is supporting the destruction of the Republicans party.

Not sure if this actually calls for popcorn or a stiff drink.

Though I am sure for some of these Republican politicians the decision is simple. 

Former GOP candidate and Right Wing blogger arrested for sending a bomb through the mail.

Courtesy of HuffPo: 

A former Republican political candidate in Indiana who authored a right-wing blog was arrested this week for allegedly mailing a pipe bomb and a threatening letter containing a bullet to two of his political opponents. The pipe bomb exploded at a post office, leaving a pregnant postal worker with “cuts, abrasions and bruises to her head, legs, and feet.” 

Eric Krieg, a 45-year-old resident of the city of Munster, was charged with knowing possession of a destructive device and transporting explosive materials. He was arrested on Thursday after the FBI executed search warrants at his residence, his work and on his vehicle. The Justice Department put out a straightforward press release about Krieg’s arrest, but a FBI agent’s affidavit offered a lot more of an interesting backstory. 

The package containing a pipe bomb that exploded at a post office in East Chicago, Indiana, on Sept. 6 had been addressed to an attorney who the feds labeled “Victim 1.” The lawyer had represented a person who filed a defamation lawsuit against Krieg that was settled for around $60,000, which led Krieg to declare bankruptcy, according to the feds. 

The feds say Krieg was a blogger who went by the nickname “buzzcut” and wrote a blog, “Blue County in a Red State,” which is no longer active. The blog’s tagline said it was about “Life in the most corrupt county in America: Lake County, Indiana.” But Krieg, who was described by a local columnist as “the unofficial mud-thrower of the Lake County Republican Party,” has run for county council and as country surveyor in Lake County.

Look at this guy trying to give bloggers a bad name. 

As for his also being a GOP candidate, well this is actually the kind of behavior I expect from that crew these days.

Going to have to start spraying this liberally around the ole IM comment section.

Russian bots, Trump trolls, Hillary haters, we have been getting them all lately.

But that's fine, that only means we are doing our job.