Saturday, September 21, 2019

Traitor Trump: Not only was there collusion, he is still colluding

Mod: The worst president, and by far the biggest traitor this country has ever produced.

DONALD TRUMP 'MUST BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE' IF INTELLIGENCE WHISTLEBLOWER'S COMPLAINT IS ABOUT UKRAINE, CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERT SAYS: 'AS SOON AS POSSIBLE' (Newsweek link): A prominent constitutional lawyer has said President Donald Trump "must be removed from office" to face a criminal investigation if reports of an intelligence whistleblower's complaint about his alleged conduct towards Ukraine are true.

Larry Tribe, a Harvard Law School professor and frequent critic of Trump, noted the president's lawyers' arguments that he cannot be investigated for any offense until he's out of office, which "leads to one conclusion only: He must be removed from office. As soon as possible."

According to The Washington Post, the as yet undisclosed nature of the complaint involves Trump communicating a "promise" to Ukraine's President Volodomyr Zelensky. The information comes from two unnamed U.S. officials.

Around a fortnight prior to the complaint, filed to the inspector general of the intelligence community by a U.S. intelligence official who worked at the White House, Trump had called Zelensky. House Democrats are investigating the call.

Giuliani admitted in a CNN interview on Thursday that he had asked them to investigate former vice president Biden, the leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination, over bribery allegations involving his businessman son, Hunter Biden.

The Trump administration recently withheld $250 million in military aid for Ukraine in its fight against Russian separatists, before eventually releasing the money.

"If this turns out to be what the whistleblower complaint is about & it's accurate, Trump must leave office immediately," tweeted Joyce White Vance, a former U.S. Attorney in Alabama. "A president can't offer US aid to a foreign country in exchange for prosecution of a political opponent. Heaven help us if we can't all agree."

Mod: Much more at the link.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Republican Group Accuses Trump, Pence Of Corruption In Fiery TV Ad

Mod: It appears that not everyone in the GOP wants to be associated with the rampant corruption of the Trump administration.

Link to 'Republicans for the Rule of Law' TV spot here.

Republican Group Accuses Trump, Pence Of Corruption In Fiery TV Ad (Huffington Post link): A Republican group that’s been highly critical of President Donald Trump is running a new TV spot on Thursday, hitting at Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for corruption and hypocrisy.

“Foreign governments cannot participate in the American political process,” Pence declares in a 2016 clip featured in the spot created by Republicans for the Rule of Law. The ad will air Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in the Washington, D.C., market.

Pence was attacking Hillary Clinton over donations foreign governments made to the Clinton Foundation when she was secretary of state. But as the spot notes, Pence has remained silent as foreign governments such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain spend big at Trump-owned hotels and resorts.

An analysis by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington identified more than 110 officials representing some 60 foreign governments who have stayed at Trump properties since the inauguration, according to The New York Times.

In addition, Trump has come under fire for government spending at his own properties. This week, it was revealed that the U.S. military had spent at least $184,000 at Turnberry, Trump’s resort in Scotland. And earlier this month, Pence and his entourage stayed at Trump’s resort in Ireland, even though it was some 180 miles from the site of his meetings in the country.

Chris Truax, legal adviser and spokesman for Republicans for the Rule of Law, said it was wrong when Clinton allowed the donations to the foundation, which was set up by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. But he added:

"It’s doubly wrong when President Trump allows foreign governments to pour money into his for-profit hotels. And when President Trump allows the U.S. government to pour money into his hotels, it crosses the line between the appearance of corruption and corruption itself."

“Not allowing politicians to line their own pockets with taxpayer money is Democracy 101,” Truax added.

The group said the ad will be the first salvo in a larger campaign aimed at attacking corruption in the Trump administration.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sierra Madre Mayor John Harabedian Endorses South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President

Mod: It isn't a bad endorsement. I mean, is there really another candidate running for president right now who isn't better than Donald "Traitor" Trump? Democrat or Republican?  

For mayors, politics isn't a blood sport: Why we need Pete Buttigieg in the White House (USA Today link): Pete Buttigieg is a role model to mayors. We proudly endorse him from heartland towns, coastal cities and suburban communities across this country.

As we face unprecedented challenges, America needs leadership in Washington that gets things done. That’s why we need a great mayor in the White House.

We are more than 50 mayors across the country — from Santa Monica, California, to Topeka, Kansas, to Hartford, Connecticut — who know that an executive with vision and proven ability to get results is the key to a bright future for our nation. We see exactly that in Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

South Bend is a quintessential American city, with big challenges and ever bigger opportunities. It remains close-knit — people stop Pete on the street, give him ideas and feedback, and hold him accountable for everything from potholes to racial justice.

We have watched Mayor Pete over the past eight years, as his steady and inspired leadership has revitalized his city. It was no surprise to us when his constituents reelected him with 80% of the vote. Pete has transformed South Bend, and now he is showing what American leadership can and should be in the years ahead.

First, Mayor Pete puts practical solutions over partisan ideology. For mayors, politics isn’t a blood sport. While inaction and gridlock are the norm in Washington, mayors don’t have the option to kick the can down the road. Our residents expect electricity when they flip the switch, clean water from their taps and trash picked up regularly. It would be unthinkable for a mayor like Pete to shut down the government because of a petty ideological disagreement.

Mod: The rest of this endorsement is available at the link. Here is the list of Mayors who signed on. Sierra Madre's mayor can be found on line 12.


Mod: What are the Trumpers hiding now?

Whistleblower Complaint Involves ‘Promise’ Between Trump and Foreign Leader: Report (Daily Beast link): A whistleblower complaint that has caused a standoff between Congress and the U.S. intelligence community reportedly involves President Trump and a foreign leader, The Washington Post reports. The communications also reportedly involve a “promise” that an intelligence official found concerning enough to file a formal whistleblower complaint with intel’s inspector general. It’s reportedly not clear who the foreign leader involved in the interaction was.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined the complaint to be credible and troubling enough to alert the congressional oversight committees. However, Acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire did not transmit the complaint to Congress within seven days—as required by law—after reportedly seeking legal guidance from Justice Department officials. Atkinson notified the House and Senate intelligence committees about the complaint instead, without revealing its substance.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) has since demanded the full complaint be disclosed, but Maguire reportedly argued the complaint was outside of his jurisdiction. Recent communications between the offices of the DNI and House Intel reportedly pointed to the White House without directly implicating Trump and disclosed the complaint “involves confidential and potentially privileged communications.” Atkinson is scheduled to appear before House Intel on Thursday in a closed session, and Maguire agreed to testify before the committee next week. The White House, the Office of the DNI, and a lawyer representing the whistleblower have not commented on the matter.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

So what's up with all those Trumpski ads at Democratic Underground?

Mod: Don't get me wrong, I read DU (link) all of the time. Yes, they do have a million rules, and you practically need an attorney to participate in some of the conversations, but I still find it to be a useful site to read. However, what troubles me somewhat are all of the rightwing ads found there. Are they just taking the money and don't care? Do they even know what's happening on their own site? Here are some of the most recent ones.












Mod: Nobody who comments at DU would be allowed to post things like that. Does money speak louder? And if no-one is watching the store, let them know what's up.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

‘Saudi Arabia pays cash’: Trump admits ‘unlike other presidents’ he’ll be renting out US troops for military action

Mod: It fits the mold. There is little Trump does with our government that doesn't profit him personally.

‘Saudi Arabia pays cash’: Trump admits ‘unlike other presidents’ he’ll be renting out US troops for military action (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump has been banging the drums of war in recent days, pointing the finger at Iran for a massive drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil fields that caused the price of oil worldwide to spike.

But on Sunday, President Trump admitted – even bragged – that U.S military forces are “locked and loaded.” Trump also made clear he would be more than happy to order a strike on whatever country the Saudis tell him to hit.

That’s not how the U.S. Military has ever been used. They are not soldiers of fortune, they are not mercenary forces.

We, Trump said, “are waiting to hear from the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

Those words stunned many, with some – like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes – effectively translating the realities of Trump’s remarks: That the allegedly murderous Saudi Prince known as “MBS” is their new leader.

On Monday, Trump continued his march toward war, stunningly – again – bragging that the U.S. military is for sale, or, at least, for rent, and the Saudis are his favorite customer.

Saudi Arabia pays cash,” Trump boasted in the Oval Office during a press gaggle.

“We would certainly help them,” Trump said, noting that “they’ve been a great ally, they spend $400 billion in our country over the last number of years. $400 billion, that’s a million-and-a-half jobs.”

Moments earlier Trump admitted that if the U.S. engages in military action against the country of Saudi Arabia’s choosing, Saudi Arabia would “be very much involved in paying for that.”

“This is something that’s much different than other presidents would mention,” Trump said, repeatedly saying the Saudi’s “would be very much involved,” and “that includes payment.” Trump is literally renting out the U.S. Armed Forces, and admitting it. No mention what happens if and when any U.S. service members die as a result of his freelancing out our troops.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Steven Mnuchin’s Mysterious Link to Creepy Epstein Model Scout Jean-Luc Brunel

Mod: Let's face it, Steve Munchkin is creepy enough already. Anyone who wants to steal Social Security and Medicare from America's seniors is entirely guilty of elder abuse. But he also has an Epstein connection? Who in the Trump administration doesn't?

Steven Mnuchin’s Mysterious Link to Creepy Epstein Model Scout (The Daily Beast link): In the late 1980s—before he was a member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet, or even a high rolling hedge fund manager—Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin served in an official capacity for a business run by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s most infamous associates.

In official records, Mnuchin is listed as the official state point of contact for Next Management Corporation, a company formed in 1988 by modeling-industry insiders Jean-Luc Brunel and Arnaud Brunel. At the time, Jean-Luc Brunel had just been the subject of a 60 Minutes documentary accusing him of drugging and raping at least three models. Later, he would be accused by two women of supplying girls to Epstein to be sexually abused. (Brunel has denied the allegations.)

Records accessed by The Daily Beast list Mnuchin as the New York Department of State process for Next Management Corporation. According to department officials, the DOS process is the person who files a company’s registration papers and receives lawsuits and other official documents on their behalf—usually a lawyer or some other legal representative.

A Treasury Department official said Mnuchin did not know he was listed as the DOS process for Next Management Corp. before The Daily Beast’s inquiry. He said it was “not clear” how Mnuchin wound up serving in that role and added that the secretary did not recall ever meeting either Brunel brother and has never done business with either of them.

Mnuchin’s office did confirm that he was longtime friends with Faith Kates, the owner of Next modeling agency. The Brunel brothers co-founded the Next agency with Kates in 1989, and their company, Next Management Corp., owned a 25 percent stake in the agency for several years. The address listed under Mnuchin’s name in State Department records is the first address for Kates’ company, Next Management Company.

Mod: More at the link.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Stormy Daniels offers to speak before Congress: ‘Sh*t is about to hit the fan again’

Mod: Will Spankygate lead to the political demise the Cheeto Man? And you do know that Pelosi is dragging her heels on impeachment now is so the hearings happen during the presidential election, right?

Stormy Daniels offers to speak before Congress: ‘Sh*t is about to hit the fan again’ (Raw Story link): In an interview with the Daily Beast, adult film actress Stormy Daniels says she is waiting to hear from Congressional investigators taking a look at payments made to her through Donald Trump’s lawyer to keep quiet about their reported affair.

With lawmakers indicating they may not call the actress to speak before a congressional committee, Daniels confessed she is waiting for them.

Speaking with the Beast, Daniels explained she has been watching how the case against the president has been playing out.

“Things are in a lull, but shit is about to hit the fan again,” Daniels explained. “It comes in waves. A whole bunch of stuff happens, and then they schedule court dates and stuff is kind of quiet, but none of the cases are done. We’re just waiting for our next appearance.”

According to the Beast, “An appearance by Daniels before that [House Judiciary Committee] panel would undoubtedly supercharge public interest in Democrats’ oversight efforts, which are flagging after Robert Mueller’s investigation came to a conclusion and amid mixed messaging from the party on whether to start impeachment proceedings. But testimony from this particular witness—who is unique in combining a Mueller-level public profile with some inherently salacious subject matter—would also create a spectacle that Democrats fear could easily become an out-of-control circus.”

NYT Reporters Say They Uncovered New Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Kavanaugh (Yahoo link): Two New York Times reporters say they’ve uncovered a previously unreported account of sexual misconduct allegedly carried out by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was at Yale.

In an op-ed for the Times, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly said they learned of the alleged misconduct during a 10-month investigation of Kavanaugh’s life at prep school and Yale, including the assault accusations, for their upcoming book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.”

Max Stier, Kavanaugh’s classmate at Yale, told the reporters that he once saw Kavanaugh with his pants down while his friends pushed his penis into the hands of a female student during a dorm party.

According to Pogrebin and Kelly, Stier reported his account to senators and the FBI, though the FBI didn’t investigate it. Pogrebin and Kelly said they “corroborated the story with two officials who have communicated with” Stier.

What Stier said he witnessed is similar to an allegation lodged against Kavanaugh by his former classmate Deborah Ramirez, which was first reported by the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow last September.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Air Force says Trump's border wall money grab will endanger national security

Mod: Why would Russia's #1 asset in America give a hoot about US national security? 

Air Force says Trump's border wall money grab will endanger national security (Daily Kos link): Donald Trump’s border wall money grab from military construction projects is endangering schools on military bases, a power substation in Puerto Rico, and national security. NBC News has obtained an Air Force report on the risks coming from delaying 51 projects around the world, and the details are scary.

Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska could be rendered completely unusable by a boiler failure that would force an evacuation and leave the base frozen and damaged.

Guam was supposed to get a facility to store more than $1 billion in munitions. Now those munitions won’t get their storage facility, which is … one way to disarm the U.S. military, I guess?

“If not funded,” the main gate at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, which indeed will not be funded thanks to Trump’s wall, “remains vulnerable to hostile penetration in the midst of contingency operations and an increased terrorist threat.”

This part is interesting, too: “One of the major areas affected were military construction projects supporting the European Defense Initiative (EDI), a program intended to increase U.S. military presence in Europe to deter Russian aggression. In some cases, without the construction projects, the bases identified as part of EDI cannot support the deployment of US airmen or assets.”

So if you want to know where Trump’s priorities are, the answer is extremely simple: border wall. Border wall over educating military kids, border wall over power in Puerto Rico, border wall over safely storing munitions, border wall over keeping an Air Force base in Alaska from freezing, border wall over deterring Russian aggression.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

The man Trump called 'My African American' is leaving the GOP

Mod: Apparently Trump supporters are now a fully segregated community.

The man Trump called 'my African American' is leaving the GOP (CNN Politics link): The man then-candidate Donald Trump called "my African American" at a 2016 rally is leaving the Republican Party and no longer supports the PresidentGregory Cheadle, of California, told "PBS NewsHour" he believes the Republican Party is pursuing a "pro-white" agenda and using black people like him as "political pawns."

"I'm just sick and tired of the way blacks and other people of color have been treated by this administration and by the GOP," Cheadle told CNN's Erin Burnett on Thursday on "Erin Burnett OutFront." He said he has been frustrated with Trump's rhetoric on race and the lack of diversity in his administration and judicial appointments.  Cheadle told Burnett he wouldn't use the term "racist" to describe the President, but said Trump has a "white superiority complex."

Trump singled out Cheadle at a rally in 2016 in an attempt to tout his support among African Americans. Exit polls of the 2016 election found that Trump received 8% of votes cast by African Americans, with 89% of them choosing Democrat Hillary Clinton. Opinion polls in the subsequent two-and-a-half years have found that he remains highly unpopular among African Americans. Moreover, a July Quinnipiac University poll showed a majority (51%) of voters believed that Trump is a racist. Forty-five percent said that he is not.

Cheadle told Burnett he is now more critical of the 2016 moment when Trump said, "Look at my African American over here," at a California rally. At the time, Cheadle told CNN he was not offended by Trump's comment. Now, he said he questions Trump's intent.

Cheadle pointed to the recent attacks by Trump on four congresswomen of color, when he told them to "go back" to where they came from, and on Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, when the President called Baltimore "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."

"President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme," Cheadle told PBS. "Republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves."

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

How Much of a P**** A** B**** Is Donald Trump? An Investigation

Mod: This all makes perfectly good sense. With or without the asterisks.

How Much of a Pussy Ass Bitch Is Donald Trump? An Investigation (The Rude Pundit link): You don't really need to know why model and TV host Chrissy Teigen called President Donald Trump a "pussy ass bitch." I mean, you can probably think of a dozen reasons right off the top of your head and nod, saying, "Yeah, that makes sense." Because, obviously, Donald Trump is a pussy ass bitch. He's always been a pussy ass bitch. He'll always be a pussy ass bitch with his pussy ass bitch sons and his pussy ass bitch business.

It's more a question of degrees than a discussion of whether or not it's true. We know it's true. We just need to figure out how much. And Trump's actions in the last few days give us ample opportunity to examine the amount of pussy ass bitch he's been.

So let's take a look at the evidence of pussy ass bitchery.

1. Trump fired National Security Adviser John Bolton by tweet because he's always been too much of a pussy ass bitch to fire anyone in person unless they are fake employees on his old game show. (Note: John Bolton is dangerously batshit insane and should be sprayed with a fire hose if he comes anywhere near a government position, but he's not a pussy ass bitch.)

2. He had Commerce Secretary Wilbur "Hey, Can You Check to See If Wilbur's Dead" Ross threaten to fire people at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This was after some NOAA employee in Birmingham, Alabama, did the responsible thing last week and informed the public that Donald Trump was totally wrong when he said that their state was in the path of Hurricane Dorian. We had a week-long fit from Trump because he was too much of a pussy ass bitch to admit he fucked up.

3. Trump dismissed the idea of allowing some of the tens of thousands of people whose cities were wiped out by Dorian in the Bahamas to come to the United States, saying that other areas of the Bahamas that weren't hit should take them. And he did it in the most dickish way possible, by accusing victims of possibly being "some very bad people and some very bad gang members and some very, very bad drug dealers." So he's such a racist pussy ass bitch that he won't allow people who've lost everything to recover here in the United States.

4. When it was revealed that the Air Force had been using the Trump resort in Scotland for its crews to stay during long flights (and play golf there), as well as using the airport right near the resort to refuel at a higher price than a relatively nearby airbase, Trump claimed he had "nothing to do with" it, which, of course, turned out to be a lie, as it often does. He's such a pussy ass bitch that he can't even cop to something that he personally signed off on.

5. Trump gave the Public Safety Medal of Valor to six police officers from Dayton, Ohio, in honor of them doing their duty in taking down a mass shooter there. However, he did not invite the mayor of Dayton, Nan Whaley, because she's a Democrat and she's been critical of Trump. Instead, he had Republican political leaders from Ohio present. When you can't handle having anyone around you who doesn't kiss your ring, that's some pussy ass bitch behavior right there.

In sum, Trump is a total pussy ass bitch. Everything he does stems from him being a pussy ass bitch. His entire immigration policy is about turning us into a nation of pussy ass bitches. Every time he says something about reforming gun laws, the NRA shows him their pimp hand and he cowers back into his natural state of being a pussy ass bitch. And let's not even get into how much of a pussy ass bitch he is when it comes to the dictators in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Russia.

Oh, sure, he's the tough guy at his rallies. But then, well, he's surrounded by all the pussy ass bitches who support him.

Let's thank Chrissy Teigen for giving us a shorthand way to define Trump. It's especially sweet that it takes the words he used to talk about assaulting women and turns them against him.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) Cracks Down On Scofflaw Chandler/Harbicht Campaign Front Organization

Link to entire document here.
Mod: Wherever Chandler and Harbicht go, can the FPPC be very far behind them? Apparently not.

California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has made a judgement on the fraudulent activities that the Arcadia Rights Protection Association (committee) performed for Roger Chandler and Bob Harbicht in Arcadia's 2018 election. The committee paid almost $9,000 for a series of mailers supporting Chandler and Harbicht without showing any connection to them. There were other serious violations and the Commission has fined the committee $10,000. This is a significant penalty! Our complaints were heard and kudos to the FPPC.

This judgement is for only one of the many fraudulent activities that occurred in the 2018 election. There are several more FPPC complaints yet to be resolved. (By the way, the same committee was fined $800 for similar illegal activities in Arcadia's 2016 election. That's partially the reason why this most recent fine is so hefty.) So it's obvious that this committee did not learn its lesson and continued to flaunt the rules in 2020.

Voter fraud is a serious issue in Arcadia and it must be stopped. I want my vote to count. I'm sure you do too. I don't want groups and candidates breaking the law and getting away with it. I don't want someone getting elected because of fraud and illegal activities. It's time we stand up at the September 17 City Council meeting and demand that the City and County fulfill their responsibilities to supervise fair, legitimate elections and take action to penalize those who break the law.

Voter Fraud In Roger Chandler's Arcadia District 5?

Accuracy of voter rolls is vital to a fair and credible election, especially now in this time of district elections when vote counts will be close and every vote will count. It is vitally important that only residents who truly live in Arcadia vote and that they understand the penalties associated with voter fraud. In the 2018 election, several voters were identified as registered and casting votes in District 5 while owning property in another City or County and recording that property as their primary residence. The vote was extremely close with Roger Chandler coming out ahead. The matter was brought to the City's attention and no further action has been taken.

For example, Jennifer, the daughter of disgraced former Mayor John Wuo, voted in District 5 in 2018. She registered to vote using Mr. Wuo's home address even though she was on title to a primary residence in Gardena as far back as 2010. Five votes in total were cast from John Wuo's house. His son, Jeffrey, also voted in the 2018 election for District 5 even though he had purchased a home with his wife in Northridge in 2013 and recorded the deed as his primary residence.

Recording property as your primary residence is done for tax purposes and must be signed under penalty of perjury. Either Jennifer and Jeffrey both perjured themselves when recording deeds to property outside of Arcadia or they committed perjury when they signed their ballot attesting, under penalty of perjury, they were residents at the address in Arcadia. What message are we sending if these types of crimes go unpunished? How can we trust our elections and have full confidence that those who are elected are truly representative of what the residents of Arcadia want? Voter integrity is critical to a Republic and the legitimacy of our democracy.

We need to get the issue on record and in front of the City Council before the 2020 election campaigns get started. I urge you to attend the September 17 council meeting and voice your concerns about voter fraud and demand that the 2020 election be well supervised, fair and legitimate. 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Blabbermouth Gate: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017 over Trump intelligence mishandling

Mod: According to CNN, the CIA extracted its top spy from Russia in 2017 over fears that Trump was about to expose him. 

US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017 (CNN Politics link): In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.

A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.

The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

The disclosure to the Russians by the President, though not about the Russian spy specifically, prompted intelligence officials to renew earlier discussions about the potential risk of exposure, according to the source directly involved in the matter.

At the time, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo told other senior Trump administration officials that too much information was coming out regarding the covert source, known as an asset. An extraction, or "exfiltration" as such an operation is referred to by intelligence officials, is an extraordinary remedy when US intelligence believes an asset is in immediate danger.

Mod: The rest can be found at the link.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Trump’s Pupils Are Often Very Dilated and a Doctor Explains What This Could Mean

Mod: Would you be surprised if it was proven that Trump is on drugs?

Trump’s Pupils Are Often Very Dilated and a Doctor Explains What This Could Mean (Political Flare link): Donald Trump is one weird dude, we know this. One thing you may not have noticed though, is that Trump often has abnormally large pupils. And according to ophthalmologist Dr. Jack Brown, this is incredibly worrisome. Or as Dr. Brown says, it’s “glaring. Sirens Blaring. Red flashing lights.”

Brown uses this photo of Trump to illustrate his concerns:

According to Brown, in that image Trump’s pupils are approximately 8.0 mm. The dark-adapted eyes of a healthy 12-year-old may have 8.0 mm pupils — but in an unmedicated 70-year-old with healthy eyes, in a well-lit room — the statistical odds of such large pupil size approaches zero.

Why is this significant? Dilated pupils, to this degree, would not occur in a 70-year-old, in a well-lit room unless there is either disease, injury or a pharmacologic cause present. Trump’s pupils are frequently but intermittently this large (sometimes they are indeed within normal size limits).

Trump’s enlarged pupils are much less likely a sign of a significant undiagnosed or undisclosed medical condition — and much more likely, a side effect of a drug/medication (one of a relatively small group of drugs). Brown states that Trump’s large pupils are most likely due to a medication. Some of those medications include:

Amphetamines
Barbiturates
Cocaine
MDMA (Ecstasy)

Brown sums it up by stating:

"President Donald Trump’s pupils are intermittently and significantly dilated — from a medical standpoint, this is NOT normal. The ambient light conditions cannot account for such changes. At other times they are within normal limits. This intermittent pattern is NOT due to trauma, complications from surgery, or disease. I have not examined Donald Trump and I have no firsthand knowledge of him — however, the myriad of photographic evidence available online seems to point strongly to the remaining possible etiology — Donald Trump’s Intermittently Dilated Pupils are due to the side effects of drugs/medications."

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