Sarah Smile… (Apologies to Hall & Oates)

“If you feel like leaving you know you can go”

Baby hair with a woman’s eyes
I can feel you watching in the night
All alone with me and we’re waiting for the sunlight

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When I feel cold, you warm me
And when I feel I can’t go on, you come and hold me
It’s you and me forever

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Sarah, smile
Oh, won’t you smile awhile for me, Sarah?

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If you feel like leaving you know you can go
But why don’t you stay until tomorrow?
And if you want to be free
You know all you got to do is say so

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When you feel cold, I’ll warm you
And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you
It’s you and me forever

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Sarah, smile
Oh,…

FBI Exposes White House Lies: The Empire Strikes Back

The FBI has been under attack from the Trump White House, its surrogates, and Fox News, in an ongoing attempt to discredit and/or end the Mueller investigation bearing down on the President. In the last year, Director James Comey was fired and several other officials have been fired, forced out, or resigned because of what they knew, or failure to pledge loyalty to the wannabe Emperor Trump.

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In the last couple weeks, the FBI’s pleas to not disclose the Nunes memo which they indicated posed “grave concerns” was ignored by the White House. Then they were used as the excuse for why the Democratic response could not be released, because of “concerns from the FBI.”

More recently, when it came out that Staff Secretary Rob Porter had physically abused his two ex-wives and then a picture was released forcing his resignation. Sarah Huckabee Sanders the White House spokesperson, basically blamed the FBI for not wrapping up their investigation and providing timely information to the White House.

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Today, in a Select Senate Committee discussing World Threats. Senators got to directly ask the leaders of the FBI, CIA, DNI, and NSA among others. FBI Director Chris Wray blew up Sanders version of what happened when. He indicated they provided a preliminary report in March (something that usually only happens when disturbing information is uncovered and usually leads to a dismissal) and then provided a final report in July 2017. After requests from the White House filed two follow-up reports and finally closed out the file administratively in January 2018. The White House has been referring to “new allegations” and suggesting they never saw the pictures that the FBI had for over a year.

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Tired of being used as a scapegoat, lied about and mischaracterized by the White House and Republicans in Congress. Wray took the opportunity to strike back with this big fuck you to the White House. He could have not answered the question, preferring to discuss it in the afternoon closed session conducted in secret. Instead, he called out the White House, leaving them with a whole lot of explaining to do. The FBI has been taking blows steadily from the Trump administration, today they issued a beat down.

The President Can’t Read!

There are three minimum requirements to become President of the United States:

  1. One must be at least 35 years of age.
  2. One shall have resided within the United States for 14 years.
  3. One must be a “natural born Citizen.”

There should be a fourth; 4. One should be able to read with comprehension. We have a President that cannot read.

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While he reads well enough to realize that Spot is running and can differentiate between Dick and Jane. He is basically semi-literate, and the world knows.

When left alone with the four-page Republican memo, he had to be interrupted three hours later because he hadn’t finished. His recent State of The Union speech was the longest ever. Not because of its great length or amount of applause. He was reading as best he could from the teleprompter, remembering what he could from “Hooked on Phonics,” to plod his way through.

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We recently learned he’s the first President in modern history that doesn’t read his daily briefing about what’s going on in the world. He likes pictures and graphs. He said himself, “I like bullets or I like as little as possible. I don’t need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page. That I can tell you!” Think about that.

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He gets his information from, “Fox & Friends,” “Hannity,” his rich friends, and several of those he had to let go from the Administration because of their misconduct but still remains close to anyway.

Donald Trump is what happens when a perfect storm of social promotion in schools, rich parent donors, and a willfully obtuse political party allows this dunce to become, and remain, President of the United States.

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While there is a mechanism grinding along to rid us of this menace (the Mueller investigation). We still need to act in a responsible manner to make sure our next Presidents have the basic capacity to read with comprehension, putting some minimum standard in place in order to attain the highest office in the land. Let’s Make America Read Again, starting with the President.

Trump Said, “He Say’s He’s Innocent, And I Think You Have To Remember That.”

In his first public statement about Rob Porter after his resignation when reports of physical violence against his two ex-wives and a third unnamed person who reported an incident to the White House Counsel. Trump said, “He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent.”

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In November he said about accused pedophile Roy Moore, “He totally denies it!” When asked by a reporter whether electing a “child molester” was better than electing a Democrat? Trump insisted Moore denied the charges against him.

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When then Campaign Chairman was accused of violently assaulting a female reporter at a campaign event. Trump said, “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?” After being confronted by photos.

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In August of 2016, reports of Steve Bannon’s assault of his ex-wife became public including police reports. Trump made no statement about it and Bannon stayed on with the campaign/administration for another year before being fired for unrelated reasons.

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As for Trump himself, he’s been accused by his ex-wife Ivana of sexual abuse and rape. And of course, there are the other 18 women that have come forward alleging a variety of sex-related charges including harassment, violence, and rape. Trump claims he’s innocent and the women are all liars.

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Starting to see a pattern?

Raj Shah: Welcome To The Donald Trump Jungle

Sarah Huckabee Sanders had the day off (allegedly planned well in advance) and the daily press giving was given for the first time by Raj Shah, the Principal Deputy Press Secretary. The bulk of questions were about recently resigned Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who despite strong initial support from Chief-of-Staff John Kelly, quit under fire after allegations of physical abuse of his two ex-wives came out.

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Shah read an initial statement about the government process for doing background checks and the length and sanctity of the process. He then opened it up for questions from the press, and it all went downhill from there. It was likely only coincidental that a split-screen showed the last half-hour of the Stock Market results which were steadily dropping as he spoke. The press conference and the stock market closed at approximately the same time, with the final result being a loss of 1,032.52 points in the market and a comparable drop in White House credibility

What we can ascertain from his responses were that the allegations were known, but people are claiming not to have seen the pictures that caused the public to focus on the situation. We also found that when hired by the Trump White House, you can handle classified materials first and get your security clearance at some indefinite time later… if ever. We are to believe that the investigation was still ongoing and that the credibility of Porter’s denials was just as important as the claims of the women.

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Perhaps the lowlight of the press briefing was when asked about Omarosa, who made comments about her term at the White House on “Celebrity Big Brother,” including, “it’s sad.” Shah responded, “We fired her four times,” including three stints on “Celebrity Apprentice” as if they were the same as her role at the White House. He said, “She had limited contact with the President then… and none now.”

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When Raj Shah gets his evaluation, he’ll learn he wasn’t nasty enough to the media, took too many follow-up questions, appeared to be a pushover, and didn’t lie enough, leaving impressions embarrassing to the White House. Welcome to the jungle!

Hope Hicks Is Having A Very, Very, Very Bad Year!

Donald Trump answered, “Why? You’ve already done enough for him. You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have!”

The rough time Hope Hicks is having extends back a bit more than a year. During the Presidential campaign, when her on-again, off again, boyfriend Corey Lewandowski was being dragged thru the press after being charged with misdemeanor battery (grabbing a female reporter) and constantly making news, overshadowing his sensitive boss, Donald Trump. In a meeting with Trump and his eldest sons, Hick wondered aloud, “what she could do to help?” Donald Trump answered, “Why? You’ve already done enough for him. You’re the best piece of tail he’ll ever have!” Hicks allegedly ran from the room.

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In July of 2017, Hope Hicks, now Director of Strategic Communications for the White House, found herself on a flight back from Germany on Air Force One when news broke about a Trump Tower meeting involving Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and several Russians. She participated in the drafting of a false statement, dictated by the President, that she has had to testify about before the Mueller investigation and lawyer up at exorbitant cost.

Speed up to the present, Hope Hicks is now involved with White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, one of the few people in the Administration not publicly implicated in the Russia probe and rarer still, perceived to be doing his job well. Then a British publication comes out with allegations that he physically abused both his ex-wives along with a photo of one with a black eye. It seems that Chief-of-Staff John Kelly knew, the FBI knew and had previously reported this to White House officials, what are the odds that Hope knew before finding out in the press? Once again finding herself drafting statements supporting someone she was involved with.

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Based on her background before working with Donald Trump which was working on Ivanka’s staff. She was unprepared for the job in the first place. She’s seen two boyfriends decimated in the press and listened to widespread rumors linking her romantically to the President himself. Her previous statements about the Donald Trump, Jr. Meeting has been publicly refuted by someone about to testify before Mueller, suggesting a possible perjury charge.

Hope Hicks is having a very bad year.

 

Comrades United: How The U.S. Sold Itself To Foreign Interests

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, The House Intelligence Committee released seven hours of testimony recounting the interview with Glenn Simpson of FusionGPS. The Republican-controlled committee had shown little interest in releasing the testimony until their hand was forced by a release of ten hours of Senate Judiciary Committee testimony by Diane Feinstein, against the wishes of Republican Chairman, Chuck Grassley.

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Possibly lost in the House testimony which discussed Trump ties to both the Italian and Russian mobs and multiple inferences of money laundering, was the mention of Russia infiltrating the NRA and possibly funneling millions of dark money (donors undisclosed) to support Donald Trump’s bid for election. It’s true that the NRA spent three times as much ($30 Million) in support of Trump than it did for Mitt Romney four years earlier. What we don’t know is how much of that money came from Russia?

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This is all possible because the Supreme Court upheld Citizens United, which says that the free speech clause of the First Amendment allows for unlimited political contributions from nonprofit corporations, for-profit corporations, unions, and other associations for “independent expenditures for communications.” It is the law that equates corporations with people and allows for anonymous corporate donations.

While illegal for foreign nations to contribute to American elections, apparently the Russians didn’t care, the NRA didn’t care, and there is little reason to suggest that Congress will care, as all Republicans and many Democrats are beholden to the NRA for their own campaign financing.

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Also deep in the transcript of the interview, is that in addition to the NRA, Russia is using multiple outlets in its attempts to influence American elections. There is no solution which does not involve the United States Congress, passing a bill which replaces Citizens United and takes dark money out of politics. It would be nice if every member that received donations from the NRA and any other organization filtering Russian money, donated a like amount to a charitable cause that benefits this country, not another.

The NRA has some cleaning house to do, we’ll see how willing they are to address their infiltration and what actions if any they take? The issue is bigger than that, however. The issue is whether we as a country are willing to cede our independence to Russia, or China, the Koch brothers and I’ll throw in George Soros to make my Republican friends happy. What is the justification for having any dark money in our election process? I can think of none.