Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I wasn't planning on publishing another one so soon but holy fucking cow!


In another move to undo everything the Obamas did, Trump has moved to rescind the school lunch nutrition guidelines loosening the restrictions and allowing the funding to be cut even though for some kids their school lunch is the only real meal they get every day. But hey, the vendors will be able to make more money serving sugar and fat disguised as food bereft of nutrition.

Trump signed an EO revoking another of Obama's EO, the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience, giving local Alaskans and Tribes who use those waters every day a say in how the federal government managed those waters so that private interests can't use and abuse the Bering Sea without input from the people who depend on it for their lives and livelihoods.

Reince Priebus, Trump's chief-of-staff, admitted in an interview with ABC that Trump wants to restrict the freedom of the press (that he considers unfair towards him), wants to restrict the 1st Amendment and has considered a constitutional amendment as a way to achieve it.

Trump, who swore to uphold the constitution, has been calling it 'archaic. Out of date, and not good for the US' and thinks something needs to be done about it to get rid of the checks and balances to make it easier to get things done ie let him act by decree, as in being an authoritarian as in dictator.

Trump has invited Philippine president Duterte, another authoritarian he admires, a man who has authorized the extra-judicial murders of 4,000 – 8,000 (depending on who you talk to) people in his country under the guise of ridding the country of drug dealers (and anyone who opposes him is labeled a drug dealer), to visit the White House.

Besides being completely unqualified for being president, Trump is also ignorant of our country's history asking in an interview, “people don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War?” and thought Andrew Jackson, who had died 16 years previous, was “really angry” about it.

In another act of childish revenge, this time against President Jimmy Carter who has been a vocal critic of Trump and who the Argentine government announced they were awarding that country's highest honor, the Order of the Liberator General San Martin for his tireless humanitarian work, Trump's administration contacted the Argentine government directly and pressured them to withhold the award.

Trump has announced he is ending Michelle Obama's girl's education program Let Girls Learn that aimed to increase the educational opportunities for young girls in developing nations because, you know, Obamas.

Once again, because Trump can't immediately get his way, frustrated at the slow pace of the legislative process and the need to compromise, he wants to shut down the government in September because the bi-partisan budget deal did not include any of the cuts he wanted or money for the wall (though he did get his military increase) and change the legislative rules to 51 votes as opposed to the 60 votes the Senate now requires.

And related to that, Trump is threatening, again, to shut down the government if Democrats don't stop being happy about the budget deal and stop hurting his feelings (I kid you not).

Trump walks out of an interview when pressed for proof of his claim of the Obama ordered wiretapping.

A woman who was present during AG Jeff Sessions confirmation hearings who gave an involuntary burst of laughter when a Senator described Sessions as fair to all people regardless of race or orientation, an outright lie which can be proven by looking at his record, was arrested, prosecuted, and convicted for...laughing during the hearing. So, head's up people, laughing at or about Jeff Sessions is a criminal offense.

On order from Trump, all TV monitors will be tuned to Fox News (where before they tuned into a variety of stations). Only Fox News will be allowed on the White Oak Campus of the FDA. The station on the monitors is unable to be changed. Pay attention, this is Trump tightening his control over what people see and hear and if it isn't complimentary, it will be censored.

The Republican House passed their version of a health care bill, TrumpcareII, which will cause millions of people to lose their health insurance, got rid of the pre-existing conditions protection which will cause rate hikes and crappy coverage for millions more (excluding themselves, of course, who would continue to get that protection), slashed funding for Medicaid and gleefully celebrated with high fives all around for doing it. Edit: Due to the uproar, they passed a bill excluding their exclusion.

Trump has added 25 more National Parks and National Monuments to his list to their status reviewed.

The Republican held N Carolina House just voted to let people drive through protestors if they are blocking the road...state sanctioned assault with the intent to harm and possibly murder.

If Trump gets his way there will be no funding for libraries continuing his and the Republican party's effort to uneducate the American public.

In their continuing drive to undermine workers, the Republican House just voted on and passed legislation to end time-and-a-half overtime pay even for union workers, allowing employers to give workers time off instead.

Trump continues to be in the same place at the same time as Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, this time in New Jersey where Trump is playing golf this weekend to 'save us money'.

Trump signed a religious liberty EO allowing discrimination based on religious grounds and gave churches the right to politicize without losing their tax free status.

With the noose getting tighter re Trump/Russia, Trump and his White House, who did not vet Flynn before giving him the position of National Security Advisor, continue to blame Obama for Michael Flynn, a man Obama fired in 2014 and, along with then AG Sally Yates, warned Trump against during the transition.

In an attempt to discredit Sally Yates and smear her reputation hours before her testimony to the Senate re Trump's and his administrations ties to Russia, Trump may have broken the law regarding intimidation of witnesses.

Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick to head the EPA, has declined to renew the terms of 5 scientists on the review board and plans to replace them with businessmen whose industries are affected by the EPA regulations.

A reporter was arrested, after receiving zero warnings that he was in danger of arrest, for repeatedly asking HHS Tom Price questions about Trumpcare. Alarmed yet?

Trump fired Sally Yates as AG for refusing to support his unconstitutional Muslim ban and appointed butt-kisser Jeff Sessions. Trump fired US Attorney Preet Bharara for refusing to resign along with 45 other US Attorneys without having any replacements confirmed thereby interrupting ongoing cases and investigations including Bharara's investigation into HHS Secretay Tom Price. Now Trump has fired FBI director James Comey after demanding that Comey end the Trump/Russia ties investigations and grand juries and Comey refused. Are you noticing a pattern here?

The day after Trump fired FBI director Comey, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a closed door meeting, no American reporters allowed.

Once again, party before country Republicans refuse to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Trump/Russia ties.



17 comments:

  1. Anonymous just announced Americans to prepare for WWIII and I for one, am listening to them. The government is in free fall.

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    1. hopefully if it comes to that congress will finally put country before party.

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  2. Two things we note from our distant observation post across the Atlantic:

    1 - Sally Yates is a clever, educated, impressive woman (not one of the ditzy barbie dolls with fake lashes this orange geezer prefers) so obviously, he is scared shitless.

    2 - Taking my cue from Gil Scott Heron: The revolution, my dear friends in the US, must be live, it looks like you will need to get ready. There will be the day when talking about how horrible things are will not be enough.

    You can count on support, though.

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    1. he is definitely scared shitless if the reports out of the White House are any indication. I think some of the Republicans congress people may be waking up. maybe. let's all hope they can reign him in enough to prevent WWIII which I have no doubt is his fall back if he finds himself in a corner. his national security advisor is standing against him somewhat so he will probably be fired soon.

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  3. Maybe it's time to stage a march where every single person just laughs at the government. Just laughs and laughs - let's really piss them off, can you see them arresting a million people?

    But seriously, and I hope you get this Ellen...so what? If he hasn't been arrested and slammed in jail for all the crimes, devastating crimes he has already committed, what's the limit? Is there a limit? Like he said, he could literally get away with murder. He could direct the militia to shoot at protesters he deems "violent fanatics". I think it's within his realm of maniacal insanity and I think he could get away with it. Like Hitler, is there a way to stop this? Look at these goons who blindly follow him, prisoners themselves, on his coat tails to infamy. They are pumping him and he is rewarding them.

    We continue to resist, and although many of us will be exhausted to bone soon, we cannot stop. They say it's early in his reign, he may settle down. No, that's not true, he's just getting his bearings, and it looks like he's out of reach compared to what Congress has been able to do to curtail this.

    Sorry for the long rant, but the stinking reality of the above, causes so many questions in me. I'm afraid I'm looking at total control, even in the face of all our efforts, and it shakes me to my core. If war is inevitable, assignation looms on his horizon. Is that the answer to the "so what"? (I'm just thinking it about it, evil powers that be, I'm not suggesting it..let's make that clear.)

    Again, I'm sorry, but great thanks to you for your efforts, Ellen

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    1. i'm just trying to keep people informed about what's going on as most of this is not reported by the mainstream news. one day I feel hopeful, the next despairing.

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    2. I haven't found anybody who does it better than you.

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  4. Its amazing that impeachment proceedings haven't started. I also read that Sessions is going to implement Reagan's strict drug laws,again. Maybe those first time drug offenders really need to do 20,years in a for profit prison.... I can see WWIII coming.I don't understand Americans who voted for this POS.....

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    1. supposedly there are already quite a few sealed indictments. but, yeah, that Sessions is one mean spirited asshole.

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  5. One day, people will look back at these times and say, "How did they let that happen?"

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    1. most people don't even know it is happening.

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  6. I have been scared since the day he announced his intent to run for office. I am not a religious scholar, but I have read Revelations. I am not so sure this man is not the anti-Christ spoken of in those pages. He is a poor excuse for a human being, a husband, a parent and a business man. I am appalled at his ability to fool so many. The people who voted for this monster still defend him blindly, even though it is right there to see. Yes, he will make history, but not in a good way.

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  7. I moved a stack of papers recently and found my postcards.Missing in action for six weeks means a lot of catch-up. Or, ketchup, as I like to say.

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  8. I'm not debating Republic v Democrat values but it does seem frighteningly to be way beyond that. From this side of the Atlantic we are worried for you. I have not met a single Brit that thinks this is not a real concern. Even today's news re the former FBI chief has Mr Him and I discussing your leadership before breakfast.

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  9. This nightmare will eventually end, but at great cost to the country.

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