Sunday, March 31, 2019

Grab Them By The Throat: The Internet Responds To Donald Trump's Attack On Adam Schiff's Neck

Trump's neck has now also been called into question.
Mod: The article following spells out Donald Trump's rather retarded attack on Adam Schiff's physical appearance. Apparently the mad President is rather upset that Congressman Schiff believes there was collusion in 2016, and aims to hold investigations.

Trump campaign hawks ‘Pencil-neck Adam Schiff’ T-shirts (Vox link): President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign is now hawking T-shirts that mock the latest foil to the Republican Party: the notoriously soft-spoken House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff. The T-shirt, on sale for $28, features an illustration of Schiff with a pencil as a neck and wearing a clown’s nose. The image stems from a new nickname that Trump bestowed upon Schiff at a rally in Michigan earlier this week.

Little pencil neck Adam Schiff,” Trump said on Thursday. “He’s got the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen. He is not a long ball hitter.”

Schiff came under fire from the President and his supporters earlier this week after the California Democrat maintained that “undoubtedly there is collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia. Schiff’s assertions counter the conclusions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which according to a four-page summary released by Attorney General William Barr on March 24, did not affirmatively find collusion. Now Trump’s defenders are out for blood.

Mod: Unfortunately for Trump the Internet is a two-way street, and many of his critics have responded in extremely uncomplimentary ways. Here is an example of what is now being widely referred to as the president's "Vachina."

Mod: Adam Schiff addressed the House Intelligence Committee this week on Trump's evident collusion with Russia in 2016. There is a lot to see in the following video. But I especially enjoyed watching some unhappy GOP Congressmen squirm as their collaboration was spelled out for them in no uncertain terms. Obviously they want the Mueller Report to remain suppressed.

Link here.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Faking it? InfoWars' Alex Jones says he had a "form of psychosis" when spreading Sandy Hook conspiracies

Mod: Maybe pro-Trump fake news guru Alex Jones had a mental bone spur? Whatever the cause of his hideous idiocy, I hope the Sandy Hook parents take him for all he's got.

InfoWars' Alex Jones says he had a "form of psychosis" when spreading Sandy Hook conspiracies (CBS News link): InfoWars host Alex Jones, who is being sued by several parents of Sandy Hook victims, said in a deposition released Friday that he now believes the massacre was not a hoax. In the deposition posted on YouTube, Jones said he believes 26 people were killed in the 2012 shooting, but that "a form of psychosis" made him believe it was staged.

Jones is facing several lawsuits following he repeatedly claimed massacre in Newtown, Connecticut  — which left 20 children and six adults dead — was a hoax and the victims involved were lying. For years, he has suggested the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was staged with paid "actors." He has also claimed the children who died never actually existed.

Mark Bankston represents Sandy Hook parent Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse Lewis died at Sandy Hook and is seeking damages for false accusations and targeted harassment. According to his law firm's website, "The complaint charges that the defendants took part in an ongoing campaign to mock Ms. Lewis and other parents of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, claiming the shooting was a 'false flag' conspiracy hoax and accusing them of a sinister conspiracy to lie about the circumstances of the tragedy."

During the three-hour deposition, Jones refused to apologize and attempted to minimize the damage he caused in perpetuating Sandy Hook conspiracies. He blamed his "psychosis" brought on by the stressful nature of his job, but he did not say he had been formerly diagnosed with the disorder.

"And I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I'm now learning a lot of times things aren't staged," Jones said. "So I think as a pundit, someone giving an opinion, that, you know, my opinions have been wrong, but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people."

Jones also blamed the media for his actions and said that questioning public events is an "essential part of the First Amendment in America.

"Well, I'm just saying that the trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much, then everything begins -- you don't trust anything anymore, kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again, well, pretty soon they don't know what reality is," he said. Jones told Bankson that he would no longer lie about Sandy Hook in the future, and that he would not share conspiracy theories without confirming them.

However, during an InfoWars broadcast Monday, Jones argued that Jeremy Richman, a Sandy Hook father who died by apparent suicide and had been a plaintiff in a defamation suit against Jones, had potentially been murdered to further build a case against Jones.

Friday, March 29, 2019

GOP Healthcare Plan: McConnellcare Isn't Quite Ready

Mod: So Donald is saying the Republicans are going to have a whole new health care plan, far better than Obamacare. The only problem is nobody in the GOP knows what he is talking about. 

McConnell to Trump: Health care's all yours (Politico link): Mitch McConnell has no intention of leading President Donald Trump’s campaign to transform the GOP into the "party of health care."

“I look forward to seeing what the president is proposing and what he can work out with the speaker,” McConnell said in a brief interview Thursday, adding, “I am focusing on stopping the ‘Democrats Medicare for none’ scheme.”

The Senate majority leader spent untold weeks and months on the party’s health care quagmire in 2017, back when the GOP controlled both the House and Senate and still failed to repeal Obamacare. The episode caused endless headaches for Republicans as their replacement plan fell apart first, followed by the so-called “skinny” plan they slapped together at the last minute.

Now in divided government, with the Senate majority up for grabs next year and McConnell himself running for reelection, another divisive debate over health care is the last thing McConnell needs. But that’s exactly where Trump is taking Republicans after his administration endorsed a wholesale obliteration of the law in the courts earlier this week.

So the Kentucky Republican and his members are putting the onus on the president to figure out the next steps.

Mod: Good luck with that.

Trump, GOP clash over who’s supposed to lead on health care (MSNBC link): As of this week, Donald Trump has a new health care strategy: the president wants federal courts to tear down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act and take health care coverage from tens of millions of Americans. This raises a series of fairly obvious questions, but near the top of the list is, “What exactly does he plan to do if this strategy succeeds?”

Yesterday, the president suggested the public has nothing to worry about. “I understand health care now, especially, very well,” Trump said, despite not knowing anything about health care. “A lot of people don’t understand it.”

The president added soon after, “We’re coming up with plans…. And if the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we will have a plan that’s far better than Obamacare.”

Oh, good. It may appear that Trump is playing a life-or-death game with the health security of millions of families out of partisan spite, but we’re not supposed to worry because Republicans “will have a plan.”

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Shocked Vladimir Putin Slowly Realizing He Didn’t Conspire With Trump Campaign

‘Who the Hell was I working with then?’ sobbed Vladimir.
Mod: Just when you think you know your man, something like this happens. Then your heart breaks.

Shocked Vladimir Putin Slowly Realizing He Didn’t Conspire With Trump Campaign (The Onion link): MOSCOW—Saying that he had been “totally blindsided” by the revelations from the recently released findings of the Mueller investigation, a shocked Vladimir Putin reportedly came to the realization Tuesday that he didn’t conspire with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign after all.

No more?
“What the hell? I worked so hard on this—if I wasn’t colluding with the Trump campaign, who the hell was I colluding with?” said the dumbfounded Russian president, growing increasingly angry as he scrolled through his email inbox and recounted his numerous efforts at covert communication with individuals who he had thought were high-ranking Trump officials, but now he suspected were bots or anonymous internet trolls.

“Man, it seemed so legit. I can’t believe I let myself get conned like this. I spent so much time emailing back and forth with about compromising the democratic voting process, and now it turns out it was all fake? And we spent so much time gathering all that kompromat on the wrong people.

Goddammit, I feel like I’ve wasted my life.” At press time, Putin was frantically double-checking that Russia had assisted in propping up a dictator in Syria and not some other country.

CNN poll: 56% say Trump not exonerated by Mueller summary (CNN link): Though President Donald Trump has claimed "complete and total exoneration" based on Attorney General William Barr's summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, the American public disagrees, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.

A majority (56%) says the President and his campaign have not been exonerated of collusion, but that what they've heard or read about the report shows collusion could not be proven. Fewer, 43%, say Trump and his team have been exonerated of collusion.

Although Mueller could not establish Trump or his campaign "conspired or coordinated with" the Russian government, according to Barr's letter, the poll finds the American people continue to view the issue through partisan lenses.

Republicans and Democrats are on opposite sides of this question: 77% of Republicans say the President has been exonerated, 80% of Democrats say he has not. Independents break against exoneration -- 58% say the President and his campaign were not exonerated.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

84% Of All U.S. Voters Want To See Mueller Report, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds

Mod: It looks like the American people are calling BS on the fake Bob Barr/Trump Collusion cover-up. Proving that in the US folks are smarter than these two lying losers.

84% Of U.S. Voters Want To See Mueller Report, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds (Quinnipiac Poll link): Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report should be made public, American voters say 84 - 9 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Republicans say 75 - 17 percent the report should be made public and every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group supports making the report public by even wider margins.

Mueller conducted a "fair" investigation, 55 percent of voters say, as 26 percent say it was not fair, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. The survey was conducted March 21 through March 25.

But voters are divided on another question, as 49 percent say the investigation was "legitimate" and 43 percent say it was a "witch hunt."

There is a wide gender gap as men say 50 - 43 percent the investigation was a "witch hunt," and women say 55 - 37 percent it was "legitimate."

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Lock Him Up: Lindsey Graham encouraged McCain to turn Trump-Russia 'Steele Dossier' over to the FBI

Mod: The ultra rightwing nut-jobs of the so-called Congressional Freedom Caucus (along with the very butt hurt Donald Trump himself link), deeply desire to investigate whoever was responsible for turning the Steele Dossier over to the FBI, thus initiating what they are now calling the Mueller investigation "coup attempt." So who was in on this dirty deed? Turns out one fellow was Donald's most pliant cheerleader, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

Lindsey Graham encouraged McCain to turn Trump-Russia dossier over to FBI (CNN link): GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that he told the late Sen. John McCain to turn over the dossier of Trump-Russia allegations to the FBI, pushing back against President Donald Trump's assertions that the Arizona Republican helped fan the flames of the Russia investigation.

Graham told CNN after a news conference that he told Trump in Florida this weekend that "Sen. McCain deserves better" than the way the President has been publicly disparaging the late senator and war hero in the last week. And Graham publicly acknowledged he had advanced knowledge of the dossier, the existence of which has enraged the President.

Graham defended McCain's role and said that he told Trump that his close friend's involvement was limited. Graham said that he "was very direct" with Trump, and if Trump believes it was the McCain people who spread this,"he's right. There were some McCain people that took a piece of garbage and tried to go after Trump after the election."

Graham added: "I told the President it was not John McCain. I know because John McCain showed me the dossier. And I told him the only thing I knew to do with it, it could be a bunch of garbage, it could be true, who knows? Turn it over to somebody who's job it is to find these things out and John McCain acted appropriately."

Asked more about the matter later, Graham said he put the dossier in "a safe" the day he got it and turned it over to the FBI the next day. "And I understand that, clearly people are in the McCain world that did some things inappropriate but it was not John McCain. John McCain did not give it to anybody in the press, he talked to me just as soon as he got it, and he turned it over to the FBI and that's exactly what he should have done.

Former McCain aide David Kramer approached the Arizona senator after the 2016 elections with former British spy Christopher Steele's dossier of Trump-Russia connections, and then McCain said he delivered the documents to the FBI, saying that was the extent of his involvement.

Mod: The hypocrisy is piling up. Graham now wants to investigate how the 'Steele Dossier' got handed over to the FBI. All he needs to do is look in his favorite mirror.

Graham Wants A New Special Counsel To Probe DOJ Handling Of Dossier (CNN link)Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Monday that, now that the special counsel’s Russia investigation had wrapped up, his committee would be going full speed ahead in investigating the Justice Department for how it handled the Clinton email probe as well as for the warrants it obtained to surveil a former Trump campaign advisor in 2016.

At a press conference on Capitol Hill, Graham said he was satisfied with Attorney General Bill Barr’s assessment that there was not sufficient evidence to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice, and that his committee would not be relitigating that question based on what further information Congress receives from the Mueller report.

Graham said he was planning on speaking to Barr at noon Monday, and that he would ask Barr to appoint a second special counsel. 

Graham wants a special counsel to investigate how the FBI obtained surveillance warrants for ex-Trump advisor Carter Page and whether it made inappropriate political decisions based on a dossier indirectly financed by the Clinton campaign. “What makes no sense to me is all of the abuse by the Department of Justice and the FBI — the unprofessional conduct, the shady behavior — nobody seems to thinks that’s much important,” Graham “Well, that’s going to change I hope.”

Monday, March 25, 2019

Mueller report ‘does not exonerate’ Trump: Attorney General Bill Barr

Mod: The criminality of Trump and his associates is now rapidly approaching Nixonian levels of venality. And while some with decidedly low standards for ethical behavior may believe Trump's crimes don't quite reach the level of treason, it might not matter. The investigations have just begun, and Mueller left some interesting clues.

Mueller report ‘does not exonerate’ Trump: Attorney General Bill Barr (Raw Story link): President Donald Trump has not been exonerated with regards to the Russia investigation, U.S. Attorney General William Barr is said to have concluded. Barr reportedly made his remarks in a four-page summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The summary was provided as a letter to Congress.

“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,'” one line the Mueller report is said to state, according to House Oversight Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

Here’s how Barr avoided charging Trump — which wasn’t Mueller’s decision: National security reporter (RawStory link): Attorney General William Barr released special counsel Robert Mueller’s report about Russia interference into the 2016 elections.

Barr released about four pages of the report and Democrats are demanding the release of the full report. The report “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” per CBS News. Even though Trump was not charged, National security reporter Marcy Wheeler explained how Barr dodged charging Trump.

1) "Treated the underlying crime as the 2 RU interference operations, not other potential crimes (like quid pro quo there’s tons of evidence for)” she tweeted.

2) “Having defined the underlying crime as JUST the hack-and-leak and trolling, and not quid pro quo, but also having Mueller submit a legit case for obstruction, they said, “if not hack-and-leak, then not obstruction,” she tweeted.

“They only considered whether Trump was covering up his involvement in the hack-and-leak operation. It doesn’t consider whether Trump was covering up a quid pro quo, which is what there is abundant evidence of,” she wrote on her website.“

Adding, “They didn’t consider whether Trump obstructed the crime that he appears to have obstructed. They considered whether he obstructed a different crime. And having considered whether Trump obstructed the crime he didn’t commit, rather than considering whether he obstructed the crime he did commit, they decided not to charge him with a crime.”

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Pat Robertson: God Told Me There Will Be Trump Towers in Heaven

Mod: It appears that Donald Trump's fervent hopes for immediate exoneration on those nagging treason accusations might not be as cut and dried as he'd hoped, and several hot investigations will continue. But he need not fear because, at least according to legendary Evangelical guy Pat Robertson, those above feel his pain and will soon be building Trump Towers in Heaven. Say hallelujah, amen.

Robertson: God Told Me There’ll Be Trump Towers in Heaven (The Business Standard News link): Like many fundamentalist Christians, televangelist Pat Robertson is a big fan of President Donald Trump. “Trump has been a fantastic president for the faith community,” said Robertson on “The 700 Club.”

“In fact God told me last night that Donald Trump’s name has been written in the Book of Life. He’s guaranteed a place in heaven. In fact, he’ll also be a real estate mogul in heaven and have his own Trump Towers.”

Robertson also recently said the presence of gay people may cause God to give up on America.

“If you read the book of Romans, you find a time when the Bible says ‘God gave them up.’ And he gave them up to unclean passions,” said Robertson on “The 700 Club.”

“Women lusting for women and men lusting for men like women. And this was the end of the decline against God. It was wherefore God gave them up to unnatural passions, the Bible says. And that’s what’s happening now.”

Robertson also said Christians were happy about Trump’s decisions on Israel such as moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. Many fundies have compared Trump to King Cyrus, a biblical figure who played a role in saving the Jews.

This view is also shared by Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, according to a recent Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) interview.

“Could it be, that President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time like this just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from an Iranian menace?” asked a CBN reporter.

“As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible,” said Pompeo, who was previously CIA director. Pompeo also talked about touring Israel’s historical sites.

“It was remarkable — so we were down in the tunnels where we could see 3,000 years ago, and 2,000 years ago — if I have the history just right — to see the remarkable history of the faith in this place and the work that our administration’s done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state remains,” he said.

Mod: There is just so much going on right now.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Robert Mueller, American Patriot -- Thank You For Your Service To Our Country!

Mod: As the usual fanatical Tea Nuts endlessly babble their fever dream fantasies about a report they haven't read yet (or, given their literacy challenges, ever will), this is as good a time as any to review what is already out there in plain site. The now concluded Mueller investigation has obviously been a disaster for Donald Trump, as most people know. It will now likely get worse. This from the website Democratic Underground.

Robert Mueller, American Patriot -- Thank You For Your Service To Our Country! (Democratic Underground link): I've learned so much about the FBI, American civics, law, history, prosecutorial practices, Congress, good government, foreign cyber-warfare, intelligence services, campaign finance, the Southern District of New York, great lawyers in our government, that I can't even begin to feel disappointed in what this country will still learn from Mueller in the months ahead!

How can I not be amazed at all the impeccable work this man has done?!

192 = overall criminal counts brought through the Mueller team;

37 = people and entities charged;

6 = people who pleaded guilty to crimes; 

5 = people sentenced to jail; 

Mueller's full report probably contains new information, classified information, material evidence, grand jury information, investigation conclusions. The classified and unclassified versions of the two-year criminal inquiry report by the Special Counsel will come out in congressional hearings, and the classified one will likely be, according to Malcolm Nance, the impeachment document.

As Seth Abrams has explained, Mueller's work intersects with the counterintelligence investigation. SDNY, FBI and Congress -- all three of these investigative bodies will continue with evidence gleaned from Robert Mueller's report.

Here's other cool as hell things I look forward to:

-- FBI attorneys prosecute Roger Stone in November, eight months from now.

-- The FBI's cooperating witness Rick Gates will participate in "multiple" ongoing federal criminal investigations.

-- Mike Flynn, Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Rick Gates, Maria Buttina, Bijan Kian courts will produce the evidence that adds up to evidence of Chump's knowledge and intent. 

-- The House Judiciary, other House and Senate committees will probably call on Robert Mueller, if needed, to understand his declinations which, along with so much else, will help them uphold their oversight duties to inform the nation. 

Everything points to indictments of Chump and family as conspirators in what can still be concluded as anti-American abuses of power, counts of laundering, tax fraud, aiding and abetting a foreign hostile power.

Even Malcolm Nance says, "The report itself is likely THE CRIMINAL INDICTMENT YOU’RE WAITING FOR." There is still redacted classified evidence! There are still numerous sealed indictments!

Heading toward 2020, I'm not just feeling relief over our revived democracy, but because of Robert Mueller, I'm having a more hopeful, back to normal life.

Thank you, Robert Mueller, for your invaluable service to our country.

Mod: This was sent to me by a kind person with a great Facebook page. Damn fine list.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggests that God sent President Donald Trump to Earth to save Israel

Mod: The most powerful nation in the history of mankind is now in the hands of crazy people.

Pompeo suggests God sent Trump to save Israel (NBC News link): Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested in a televised interview Thursday that God may have sent President Donald Trump to Earth to protect Israel.

Pompeo made the remarks in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network, or CBN, in Jerusalem, where he visited the Western Wall with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

When the interview turned to Iranian aggression in the Middle East, Pompeo was asked whether he thought "President Trump right now has been sort of raised for such a time as this, just like Queen Esther, to help save the Jewish people from the Iranian menace."

"As a Christian, I certainly believe that's possible," Pompeo responded.

Remarking on "the work that our administration's done to make sure that this democracy in the Middle East, that this Jewish state, remains," the secretary of state added: "I am confident that the Lord is at work here."

Thursday is Purim, the holiday that commemorates the rescue of the Jewish people from genocide on the orders of Haman, a minister under the Persian King Xerxes I. The Old Testament Book of Esther relates that Esther, Xerxes' queen, persuaded the king to revoke the order, saving the Jews of the kingdom. Pompeo made it clear in the CBN interview that his actions and remarks were significantly shaped by his Christian faith, saying that from his service in the Army through his tenure as secretary of state, "the task that I have is informed by my understanding of my faith, my belief in Jesus Christ as the savior."

In a joint news conference with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Pompeo said, "Israel has no better friend than the United States," adding: "These are not just words. This is what we do on a daily basis for the benefit of us both."

Pompeo didn't address Trump's tweet on Thursday that "it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights," the disputed territory that Israel captured from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Netanyahu, who is facing a tough battle for re-election next month, said Trump "has just made history," calling the president's statement "a Purim miracle."

Thursday, March 21, 2019

‘Show us your bone spurs!’: Ex-Nebraska Senator demands Trump’s x-rays — ‘you don’t grow out of them’

Mod: Trump's big stupid mouth keeps causing him no end of trouble. Just another day of chaos in the life of the president who can't seem to stop saying awful things about anyone in his sight that day. Alive, or dead.

‘Show us your bone spurs!’: Ex-Nebraska Senator demands Trump’s x-rays — ‘you don’t grow out of them’ (Raw Story link): In an indignant rant, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) railed against President Donald Trump for calling soldiers “suckers” for going to Vietnam when Trump managed to avoid it. Kerrey was a SEAL officer in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam and was ultimately put on SEAL Team One. While in combat, Kerrey was seriously injured and lost the lower part of his right leg, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. His comments came after Trump railed against late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Twitter and during an Ohio rally.

“This is the guy that showed up and said, ‘I don’t want to go to Vietnam, like [McCain] did,'” Kerrey explained. “He said, ‘I wasn’t eligible to go to Vietnam because I had bone spurs.’ You don’t grow out of bone spurs. I call on the president, get your feet x-rayed. Let’s see those x-rays. I want to see. While John McCain was flying combat operations in Vietnam, you were, I think, falsifying that you had bone spurs in order not to go to Vietnam. Now, I know lots of people who avoided the draft, but this isn’t what he’s saying. He said I physically couldn’t go. Well, Mr. President, get your feet x-rayed and let’s see those bone spurs. I don’t think he has them.”

Kerrey noted that Trump would still have them today if he truly had bone spurs.

“Everything he’s saying is bad enough, but when he says, ‘He’s not my kind of guy because he went to Vietnam, because he was flying combat missions and got shot down, was held as a prisoner.’ That’s not your kind of guy?” Kerrey went on. “Who is your kind of guy? Your friends who falsified their records so they didn’t have to go? I think that’s the answer. I mean, I think he sees all of us who went to Vietnam as fools. We were the suckers. We were the stupid ones. We were the ones that didn’t have the resources to be able to get out of the draft.”

Republican senator calls Trump's McCain insults 'deplorable' (CNN link): Sen. Johnny Isakson said President Donald Trump's criticism of the late Sen. John McCain is "deplorable," and the Georgia Republican promised to continue speaking out against Trump if he continues to speak ill of the deceased war hero and former GOP presidential nominee. "It's deplorable what he said," Isakson told Georgia Public Broadcasting on Wednesday afternoon when asked about a series of critical comments Trump has made about McCain.

"That's what I said on the floor of the Senate seven months ago. It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says it again and I will continue to speak out."

Isakson continued "There aren't Democratic causalities and Republican casualties on the battlefield, there are American casualties. And we should never reduce the service that people give to this country including the offering of their own lives to any political fodder in Washington, DC, or anywhere else for that matter."

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Fox News Finally Has Last Straw With Trump, Gangs Up Against Him In Stunning Segment

Mod: Don't get me wrong, obviously Fox News has a long ways to go. But some of the talking heads there did lay a significant butt whipping on the Marmalade Madman yesterday.

Fox News Finally Has Last Straw With Trump, Gangs Up Against Him In Stunning Segment (DC Tribune link): Earlier today, an entire panel roasted Trump for his repeated attacks on late Senator John McCain. It was a dialogue we never thought we’d see happen on Fox News, but we’re so glad it did. Addressing Trump’s recent comments that McCain was a “dead war hero,” which the president made during his press conference with Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro, everyone on the conservative network’s panel let Trump have it.

During the segment, GOP strategist Lauren Claffey pointed out Trump’s inability to stay on task with his random comment that he “never a fan of John McCain and never will be.” Claffey said that Republicans are “always a little concerned” that Trump will go off the rails during a speech.

Host Neil Cavuto also said that Trump’s “fixation” on McCain was disturbing and “in a field of its own.” RealClearPoliticsA.B. Stoddard was also on the panel, stating that “we’ve known for a while that President Trump took it very personally” when McCain opposed the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. Stoddard pointed out that Trump clearly hadn’t gotten over it.

The entire segment went on for several minutes like this, with the panel members going back and forth discussing how insane Trump’s recent behavior has been. Looks like Trump is running out of allies yet again. Fox News is looking more like CNN every day, and the president must hate it.

Cindy McCain posts stranger's hateful message about John McCain and their daughter (CNN link): Cindy McCain, the widow of Sen. John McCain, posted a hateful message she received from a stranger the same day President Donald Trump disparaged her late husband.

McCain posted a photo of the private message on Twitter and wrote, "I want to make sure all of you could see how kind and loving a stranger can be. I'm posting her note so her family and friends could see." The message said the sender was "glad" the late Arizona Republican is dead, and called him a "traitorous piece of warmongering s***." The message also attacked her daughter, Meghan McCain, criticizing her appearance and saying she hopes she "chokes to death."

More than six months after John McCain's death, Trump revived his years-long feud with the senator over the weekend. Trump said on Tuesday, "I was never a fan of John McCain and I never will be."

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Trump is a fiscal conservative? National debt tops $22 trillion for first time in U.S. history

Mod: He's spending like no president in American in history, in the process saddling America with levels of debt never before imagined. Can't we take this damn fool's credit card away?

National debt tops $22 trillion for first time in U.S. history (CBS News link): The U.S. national debt has topped $22 trillion for the first time in history, according to daily figures released by the Treasury Department on Tuesday. The debt has ballooned by more than $2 trillion in the two years since President Trump took office in January 2017, when the debt stood at $19.9 trillion. It surpassed $21 trillion for the first time in history in March 2018. Under the Obama administration, the national debt grew from $10.6 trillion to $19.9 trillion, an increase that drew sharps criticism from Republicans.

In an interview with the Washington Post in 2016, Mr. Trump vowed to eliminate the national debt "over a period of eight years." Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who joined the White House after the president said he would eliminate the debt, told CBS News last month Mr. Trump probably didn't mean he would eliminate the debt entirely.

"I don't know, you know, I wasn't there, I read about some of this — I think what he was really referring to was he would stop the upward rise as a burden on the economy," Kudlow said in January. "In other words, to me, the measure is not, what is the deficit or this or that. It's as a share of GDP. That's your burden on the economy. And I would argue that it is and will continue to come down as a burden on the economy."

But the ratio of debt-to-GDP has also increased, something that's unusual in a strong economy. In June 2018, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report that the level of debt as a share of GDP had reached its highest levels since World War II.

Federal deficit up 77 percent so far this budget year (NBC News link): The federal government recorded a budget surplus in January. But so far this budget year, the total deficit is 77 percent higher than the same period a year ago.

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the deficit for the first four months of this budget year, which began Oct. 1, totaled $310.3 billion. That's up from a deficit of $175.7 billion in the same period a year ago. The surplus in January was $8.7 billion.

The higher deficit reflected greater spending in areas such as Social Security, defense and interest payments on the national debt. Meanwhile, the government collected lower taxes from individuals and corporations, reflecting the impact of the $1.5 trillion tax cut President Donald Trump pushed through Congress in 2017. Individual income taxes withheld from paychecks total $818 billion for the October-January period, down 3 percent from the same period last year. Corporate income taxes total $73 billion over the four-month period, down 23 percent.

Revenue, however, is up is in tariffs — border taxes collected on imports — which totaled $25 billion in the October-January period, up 91 percent from the same period a year ago. This reflects the higher tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on China and other nations in various trade disputes.

Trump trillion-dollar-plus deficits are putting America on a path to fiscal ruin (USA Today link): It became very clear this month that neither the Trump White House nor its allies on Capitol Hill want you to know that the federal budget is already in very bad shape ... and getting worse.

It happened when the Treasury, the official keeper of Washington’s financial results, issued its monthly statement for the first 10 months of fiscal 2018 about federal revenue, spending and, therefore, the budget deficit.

Treasury showed what no president ever wants to admit: The deficit is spiking. The federal government’s red ink this year is already 21 percent above what it was in 2017, and there are few prospects that the bottom line will improve anytime soon.

Except with infrequent and unsubstantiated platitudes about how the situation is going to get better, the Trump White House and Republicans in Congress have been doing everything possible not to talk about the budget this year.

To avoid tough questions and politically embarrassing votes, the House and Senate have even refused to consider a budget even though they are required by law to adopt one. But this year isn’t the real issue. Unlike the trillion dollar budget deficits that occurred during the Obama administration that were temporary and largely the result of the Great Recession, the Trump deficits that will soon reach and exceed $1 trillion are permanent and will only get worse in the years ahead.

The Trump deficits are the result of changes in federal spending and revenue that will continue to be in place until some president and Congress decide to reverse them, that is, to increase taxes and make cuts to popular programs.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Donald Trump donated $1.4 Million to the University of Pennsylvania, writing a check for $100K the year Don Jr got into the Ivy League school

Mod: There is a lot of concern these days about wealthy folks bribing elite schools in order to get their useless children admitted. Did you really think the Trumps wouldn't get in on that? And what was it Don Jr said about Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin?

Donald Trump donated at least $1.4MILLION to the University of Pennsylvania, writing a check for $100K the SAME year Don Jr got into the Ivy League school (Daily Mail link): In the midst of the college admission scandal shaming Hollywood, President Donald Trump's generous donations to the University of Pennsylvania around the time his son Don Jr attended the prestigious school have come under a microscope.

Trump donated a generous cumulative $1.4million to the esteemed Ivy League school, amping up his donations the same year Don Jr started attending the school in 1996, according to his donation records.

Trump was minimally involved with his alma mater until Don Jr enrolled as an undergrad studying economics at the Wharton Business School.

In Don Jr's freshman year in 1996 to 1997,  Trump donated more than $100,000 to the Penn Club of New York, as per an article published in the campus paper the Daily Pennsylvania in 1997. In November 2016, UPenn’s student newspaper reported that Trump Sr donated at least $1,480,500 to the university over the past three decades. 

Trump’s children - Trump Jr, who enrolled in 1996, and Ivanka, who took classes at UPenn in 2000.

The newspaper learned that the donations were made in the late 1990s, and they roughly coincided with the matriculation of two of

Trump's donations to the school were so generous he appeared on a list called 'The President's Circle' which distinguished individuals who made 'gifts of $1,000,000 to $4,999,999' between 1996 and 2003.

Although the university never disclosed exact contribution amounts, Trump's name appears five times between 1996 and 2001 in the University-wide giving reports as having donated or pledging $25,000 each of those years. The gifts were designated as unrestricted meaning Penn can use than at its own discretion.

The president's name appears most recently in reports for 2006 and 2007, when he may have donated or pledged between $100,000 and $499,999 to Wharton each year. The university records donation pledges, but not if they were followed through.

On Tuesday following the explosive report that unearthed a massive college admissions cheating scandal, Don Jr took to Twitter to gloat, roasting actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman for their alleged involvement in a scam in which they paid bribes so their children could go to well-known colleges.