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Exactly how close are the Trump-Putin relations? How much money does Trump owe Putin?

Washington Post suspects Trump has secret business dealings, communications with Russia

____The Post's editorial board questioned Trump's praise of Putin after the Russian leader decided not to take countermeasures against the U.S.

"The president-elect’s dismissive response only deepens unanswered questions about his ties to Russia in the past and his plans for cooperation with Vladi­mir Putin," the newspaper wrote.

"For his part, Mr. Putin seems to be eagerly anticipating the Trump presidency. On Friday, he promised to withhold retaliatory sanctions, clearly hoping the new Trump administration will nullify Mr. Obama’s acts," the Post added.

The editorial questioned Trump's proposed policy of friendly relations with Russia, observing that Trump "seems blissfully untroubled" by Kremlin's aggressive geopolitical stratagems.

"Mr. Trump has been frank about his desire to improve relations with Russia, but he seems blissfully untroubled by the reasons for the deterioration in relations, including Russia’s instigation of an armed uprising in Ukraine, its seizure of Crimea, its efforts to divide Europe and the crushing of democracy and human rights at home," the Post wrote.

"Why is Mr. Trump so dismissive of Russia’s dangerous behavior? Some say it is his lack of experience in foreign policy, or an oft-stated admiration for strongmen, or naivete about Russian intentions. But darker suspicions persist."

The editorial concluded by connecting the president-elect's "odd behavior" toward Russia with his lack of transparency when it comes to his business empire.

"Are there loans or deals with Russian businesses or the state that were concealed during the campaign? Are there hidden communications with Mr. Putin or his representatives?" The newspaper speculated.

"We would be thrilled to see all the doubts dispelled, but Mr. Trump’s odd behavior in the face of a clear threat from Russia, matched by Mr. Putin’s evident enthusiasm for the president-elect, cannot be easily explained."

Republican family values on display in South Carolina

The screaming voices of children can be heard on the 911 call.

No one is talking to the dispatcher. All that can be heard are screams of “Stop!” in the background.

“Please stop! Just stop, Daddy. Just stop.”

The call was made Monday night from the home of South Carolina state Rep. Chris Corley, a young politician who made headlines last year when he staunchly fought to keep the Confederate flag flying on the statehouse grounds. The screaming voices appear to have come from his children.

Corley hit his wife in the face and threatened to kill her in front of their children, according to an incident report from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. His wife told investigators that Corley only stopped hitting her because the children were screaming and her head was bleeding. He then went out to his vehicle, came back with a handgun and pointed it at his wife, threatened to kill himself, and then went to the bedroom, the report states.

Corley, of Graniteville, S.C., was arrested on Tuesday and charged with first-degree domestic violence and pointing a firearm at a person, according to an online docket. He told investigators that he and his wife got into a fight because she suspected him of cheating. He said his wife tried to strike him in the face, but he pushed her away, according to the report.

The 36-year-old Republican lawmaker, who has a law office in Augusta, Ga., was elected to represent South Carolina’s 84th District in 2014. He was reelected without opposition this year.

Corley’s arrest comes after a legislative session in which South Carolina lawmakers passed a sweeping reform bill that toughens punishments in domestic violence cases and bars offenders from possessing guns.

He's facing a maximum 15 years in jail.  Let's hope he is sentenced to every minute of it.

Nothing accidental about this. Stupid? Yes. But not accidental.

M.D. Harmon, a conservative columnist who frequently wrote in favor of gun ownership rights for the Portland Press Herald, died this week after being accidentally shot by a teenage boy.

As the Press Herald itself reports, the 71-year-old Harmon was showing off one of his guns to a 16-year-old boy in his home in Sanford, Maine, on Wednesday. Harmon apparently let the teenager handle the weapon, which went off while the boy was holding it.

Both the teenager and his father were visiting Harmon for undisclosed reasons, and Harmon’s wife has called the shooting an “accidental tragedy.”

Harmon was a dedicated defender of gun ownership rights and would regularly rail against attempts to regulate firearms or even make the use of firearms safer.

In a 2013 column, for instance, Harmon attacked proposed legislation in Maine that would have required gun owners to take a firearm safety course — in fact, he referred to this section of the legislation as “the worst part of the bill.”

NO, you dimwit, this was not an "accidental tragedy."  This is an example of The Stupid in action.

I'm 72 and have been handling firearms since age 6 when my granddaddy gave me a single-shot .22 rifle.  Never had an accident with a firearm and don't know anyone who has.  Of course, I don't associate with stupid people with guns.

Let's lay waste to a Republican lie . . . Democrats are the party of the Klan and slavery

One of the common lies told by Republicans is this:  Democrats are the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and the KKK.  The facts do not support this nonsense claim.  Facts lay waste to this claim.  Yes, it's true the Democrats controlled th slavery and Jim Crow South.  Then things changed and now it's the GOP that's the Klan.

Here's an excellent article that speaks the truth much better than I can.

Republicans love reminding liberals that their party “freed the slaves.” Some know enough history to remind Democrats that their party, in fact, defended slavery. While true, they cherry pick their parts of US History—a 150-year old part, at that.
While watching cable “news,” during a Thanksgiving visit to my Mom, this tired argument again reared its head. In so doing, the selective nature of historical knowledge, regarding race and politics, smacked me in the face. One Republican politician (guess this person’s race and sex), lamented that blacks vote for the party of slaveholders rather than the party of Lincoln. Blacks, he implied, have forgotten history and only voted for Clinton because Democrats give black people “handouts.”
I flashed back to Donald Trump discussing “the Blacks” before all-white audiences in which he bashed the Democrats on race matters. Being a historian, I recalled a Baltimore Afro-American headline from the 1936 presidential election: “Abraham Lincoln Is Not A Candidate in the Present Campaign.”
There were logical reasons why roughly 99% of African Americans voted the straight Republican ticket for three generations, roughly 1870 through the 1920s. Yet, it makes equal sense why they began voting heavily Democratic in 1936 and increasingly so in the 1960s.
Here’s the background. Slaveholders led the Democratic Party—the nation’s first—from its inception. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, James Madison, and many other “founding fathers,” who wrote so boldly about equality and natural rights, owned slaves. Andrew Jackson, the most important president during the Age of the Common (white) Man, in which property qualifications to vote (for white men) ceased, was also a slaveholder and Democrat. The ideological father of secession to protect white people’s “right” to own black slaves, John C. Calhoun, was a Democrat. Modern-day Republicans, like Dinesh D’Souza, take great joy in highlighting this portion of US history, now nearly two centuries old.
Similarly, contemporary Republicans love highlighting that their party was established by people who opposed slavery though—importantly—not because they all believed in black equality. Rather, many, arguably most, whites opposed slavery because the institution hurt white farmers and workers who could not compete with the low labor costs of Southern slaveholders.
In the 1860 election, Abraham Lincoln did not even appear on southern states’ ballots. Lincoln, of course, won and eleven slave states quickly seceded, seven before Lincoln even took office. South Carolina hastily issued a “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” It noted, “an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery” and complained that Northern states refused to “fulfill their constitutional obligations” by interfering with the return of fugitive slaves. White Democrats’ commitment to slavery—not states’ rights—provoked secession.
D’Souza and that Republican congressman who noted that slaveholders dominated the Democratic Party was spot on. Here is Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens delivering his legendary “Cornerstone” speech:
“The new [Confederate] constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution—African slavery as it exists amongst us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution…Our new government is founded upon exactly the opposite idea; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests upon the great truth, that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery—subordination to the superior race—is his natural and normal condition.”
We know what happens next: war, the bloodiest in US History. In 1863 Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation (which did not free a single black person from slavery as it applied only to slaves under the control of the Confederacy). He also supported passing the Thirteenth Amendment, which actually abolished slavery, in 1865, albeit months after his tragic assassination.
To its credit, the Grand Old Party did not stop there. “Radical Republicans,” a term not intended as a compliment, kept promoting black equality after abolition. Pushed by and with mighty support from black people, congressional radicals successfully passed 2 key amendments: the Fourteenth, which ensured equal protection under the law for all citizens and empowered the federal government to ensure it, and the Fifteenth, which granted black men the right to vote.
This era immediately following the Civil War, Reconstruction, proved the high water mark of Republican efforts to ensure black equality. Black men when enfranchised, in turn, voted Republican with great passion. Not coincidentally, Reconstruction was despised by both racists (for granting African Americans their equal rights) and libertarians (for increasing the power of the federal government to do so).
Reconstruction’s collapse, alas, marked the end of the Republican Party’s commitment to black equality. Nevertheless, black men and, when they achieved the vote in 1920, black women, loyally voted GOP when they could. However, after Reconstruction, Southern whites—Democrats, mostly—systematically obliterated black political power through a combination of massive violence and legal maneuverings upheld by the Supreme Court, to its great shame, in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Williams v. Mississippi (1898). The Republican Party, no longer led by lions like Lincoln or radicals like William Sumner or Thaddeus Stevens, assented to the systematic disenfrachisement of African Americans.
Subsequently, neither party considered black equality important, though some white Republicans joined blacks in condemning the ongoing horror of lynching and introduced congressional bills to empower the federal government to protect blacks from it. Democrats from Southern states, predictably, ensured such bills never became laws. The GOP remained “the party that freed the slaves” and, truthfully, voting for it made more sense than for the party of racism and Jim Crow. That started changing in the 1930s.
In 1932, about 70% of blacks voted for Republican Herbert Hoover but by 1936 a historic realignment began. Most Blacks were poor before the Great Depression and they continued suffering, even more than whites, during it; black poverty and unemployment rates were about twice as high than for whites. Though Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal policies did not target black poverty—and Southern Democrats managed to carve out huge, racist exceptions that severely disadvantaged blacks—millions of blacks benefited. FDR’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, also pushed him toward black equality, earning her the enmity of sexists and racists alike.
As a result of tangible gains, African Americans started voting Democratic. In 1936 71% voted for FDR, perhaps the single most dramatic shift of any group of American voters in a four-year period.
Roosevelt’s successor, Harry S. Truman, followed up by ordering the integration of the armed forces in 1947, a major civil rights issue. He did not need congressional approval where Southern (read: white) opposition would have stopped it cold. Though huge majorities of blacks voted Democratic, 23-39% still voted Republican between 1936 and 1960.
The 1960s sealed black loyalty to the Democratic Party. Lyndon Baines Johnson (from Texas, never forget) successfully pushed Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which, once and for all, ended legal segregation) and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (which empowered the federal government to protect black voters from state efforts to disenfranchise them).
In 1964, the main parties made fateful choices on race politics that continue defining them to this day. The Republicans nominated Barry Goldwater, an archconservative who voted against the Civil Rights Act. He won his home state of Arizona and only five others—all former Confederate ones. Johnson won in a tremendous landslide, nowhere more so than among blacks, 94% of whom voted for the white Texan.
Subsequent presidential races, essentially, repeated 1964. In 1968 and 1972, Richard Nixon adopted a “Southern (white) strategy” that peeled away more such voters from the Democrats. In 1981 Republican strategist Lee Atwater explained how:
“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.’ ”

In 1980, Ronald Reagan built upon these racist codes. For instance, he campaigned near a small town in Mississippi where three civil rights activists had been murdered sixteen years prior and declared his support for “states rights.”
Meanwhile in the 1980s, North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms became the most outspoken Republican on Capitol Hill on race matters. In leading the opposition to the campaign to declare Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, Helms denigrated King and other civil rights activists’ “proven records of communism, socialism and sex perversion.” Similarly, Reagan and his party attacked affirmative action as a (modest) effort to address 350 years of slavery and segregation. In 1984 while whites overwhelmingly voted for Reagan’s re-election, just 9% of black voters did.
The saga continued into the 1990s and 2000s. Trent Lott, Republican Senate Majority Leader, lamented that racist and ardent segregationist Strom Thurmond had not won the presidency in 1948. Mississippi Governor and Republican leader Haley Barbour, when asked about racial segregation, insisted, “I just don’t remember it as being that bad.” Just Just 10% blacks voted for Republican presidential candidates.
In 2008, lest someone forgot, Democrats nominated Barack Obama, a black man. Many white Americans were apoplectic and went full racist, going so far as to assert that Obama was not even an American! 55% of whites voted for McCain in 2008 and 59% for Romney in 2012. In 2008 and 2012, about 95% of black voters chose Obama. We can guess that the other 5% think Clarence Thomas is a great Supreme Court justice.
And so we arrive in 2016. Donald Trump declared he would help “the blacks” before nearly all-white audiences and criticized black people for protesting racist police brutality like when a white police officer gunned down Walter Scott while running away.
Meanwhile, some white conservatives assert blacks only vote Democrat because of welfare checks, as one Fox News commentator described: “a client relationship between protected classes of voters and politicians who promise ever greater handouts and state-coerced preferential treatment, and a decadent cycle that keeps African-Americans pinned down in poverty.”
While Hillary Clinton’s policy legacy and statements reveal a complicated relationship with African Americans, at least she, occasionally, names institutional racism and has long demonstrated an interest in African American rights.
In short, for nearly 150 years black voters have demonstrated rational behavior as well as loyalty to the party that treats them even half-decently. So, while that Republican politician was quite right that the Democrats were the party of slavery (and Jim Crow), black people demonstrate they are far more likely to consider recent, not antebellum, history when voting. Abraham Lincoln remains dead as does, it seems, the commitment of contemporary Republicans to black equality.

Peter Cole is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, South Africa and comparative labor history. Dr. Cole is Professor of History at Western Illinois University. He is the author of Wobblies on the Waterfront: Interracial Unionism in Progressive Era Philadelphia (University of Illinois Press, 2013) and currently at work on a book entitled Dockworker Power: Race, Technology & Unions in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @ProfPeterCole.
This article was originally published at History News Network

Someone needs to be taught a lesson and taught a lesson quickly

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus sent the following message as a Christmas greeting:

 "Over two millennia ago, a new hope was born into the world, a Savior who would offer the promise of salvation to all mankind. Just as the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King."

 WHATTHEFUCK?!?!?!?!?  ". . . this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new King.Donald Trump is NOT a king, no matter what he may think of himself.

And let's point out that last year's Christmas message from Priebus made no reference to a "King."

Thank you, Barack and Michelle Obama, for eight years of grace, style, and sincerity

On January 20, 2017, our nation will enter a very long, very dark tunnel with no sign of a light at the end.  Before we go into that darkness, I want to thank Barack and Michelle Obama for giving us eight years of grace, style, love, and sincerity.

Trump believed he could fool some of the people all the time. He was right.

Donald Trump bet on stupid, and he won.

A long line of voters regretting their votes for Donald Trump seem to be coming from two camps:

  • those who actually took Donald Trump at his word, and
  •  those who believe he was play-acting to get elected. 
His true believers seem to be shocked that he really doesn't plan to build the wall or that he really doesn't plan to put Hillary Clinton in jail. Those who believed he was playing a part to get elected are terrified that he might really be the evil creature he presented on the campaign trail.
Some panic is starting to set in as Trump voters are beginning to realize they have voted to cut their own social security, Medicare, and Obamacare.
  • The top enrollment numbers for Obamacare this cycle all are in Trump states,
  • Medicare and Medicaid are in House Speaker Paul Ryan's crosshairs, and,
  • Trump's team is promising to turn the banks loose to pursue scams that caused the Great Recession.

If Donald Trump is successful in repealing Obamacare tax subsidies in the exchanges, it will result in one of the largest tax increases on the middle class along with leaving tens of millions of Americans - in "red" states - suddenly without health insurance. 

If Trump and Republicans are successful in dismantling Medicaid - which Obamacare strengthens and reforms - millions of poor white people who Trump successfully conned won't be able to take their sick children to he doctor.

If Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are successful in privatizing and dismantling Medicare, the effects will be disastrous across the country, but particularly calamitous on red states. Three in four Medicare recipients are white, and they make up over 80% of the population in states Donald Trump won.

Trump voters voted for the most unqualified candidate for president in history because they somehow believed that a man who lives in a golden tower, who sits for his interviews on gold chairs, and who poops in a gold toilet really gives a damn about the middle class. 

They voted to ignore his racism, sexism, and every other form of bigotry because they believe that a man who made a career by swindling unsuspecting people of modest means out of their money was going to change his stripes and care about them. 

They were so disgusted at the New York elite that they willingly voted in one of them president.

The hell of it is, while Trump's policies will destroy the "white working class," the rest of us will go down with these fools.

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I'll bet the Republicans are so-o-o-o-o proud of their new 
"First Lady."

Let's all welcome our new First Lady, Melania Trump

This is what your future first lady is really like

Putin lays a trap, Trump leaps into it

President-elect Trump received this letter from Vladimir Putin:

Trump says in return: "A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts."

And it begins. Trump has fallen into Putin’s trap, and is well on his way to becoming Putin’s useful idiot. Whatever Putin says, Trump’s going to agree with, even if it means starting another nuclear arms race, something that actually could be quite handy for Putin. An arms-escalating United States would give Putin all the excuse he needs to further consolidate power, and even perhaps move to retake those former Soviet states. All in the name of defending against the American madman.

Just what Trump wants:

Here's a manger scene with no Jews, Arabs, Africans, refugees, or unwed mothers.

Oh, this is good!!!

The DC Metro system (the subway) has issued an Inaugural Day fare card for use on Trump's inaugural day -- $10, ride all day.  Here's a photo of the card.

Here's the card DC Metro issued for President Obama's inauguration in January 2013.

Notice any difference????


Do these people take stupid pills every day??

A South Carolina legislator has introduced a bill that will require all computers sold in SC to have software installed that will block access to porn sites.

People buying computers in South Carolina would be limited in their access to porn online under newly proposed legislation. 

A bill pre-filed this month by state Rep. Bill Chumley would require sellers to install digital blocking capabilities on computers and other devices that access the internet to prevent the viewing of obscene content. 
The proposal also would prohibit access to any online hub that facilities prostitution and would require manufacturers or sellers to block any websites that facilitate trafficking. 

Both sellers and buyers could get around the limitation, for a fee. The bill would fine manufacturers that sell a device without the blocking system, but they could opt out by paying $20 per device sold. Buyers could also verify their age and pay $20 to remove the filter. 
It's nice to know that for $20, you can watch all the porn you want.

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Conservatism is dead

"Conservatives" sold out to the segregationists with the Southern strategy, then to the religious right and their hatred of anyone "other," then to the supply-siders and their voodoo economics, then to the NRA with all guns all the time, then to the corporatists with Citizens United, and finally to the birthers.

It seems that the only "moral order" the conservatives subscribe to is what will win this election this year.


Inauguration Day -- January 20, 2016 -- should be a national day of mourning.  On that day I will:
  1. Fly my American flag at half-staff
  2. Wear a black crepe armband
  3. Drape my front door in black

Final vote tally

Clinton:  65,844,594
Trump:  62,979,616
Others:  7,804,203

Trump voters are a burden on the national economy

Here's an amazing fact:  The counties that voted for Hillary Clinton contribute FAR MORE to the national economy than do the counties won by Trump.

The less-than-500 counties that Hillary Clinton carried nationwide encompassed a massive 64 percent of America’s economic activity as measured by total output in 2015.  By contrast, the more-than-2,600 counties that Donald Trump won generated just 36 percent of the country’s output—just a little more than one-third of the nation’s economic activity.
Talk about makers and takers . . . 

I guess the Republicans just don't care about four dead Americans

The special congressional investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi is officially over now that the panel filed its final report the day before the House adjourned for the year.

The Select Committee on Benghazi initially released its findings in June but remained in place for months afterward so, if Hillary Clinton were elected President, they could drag her in front of the committee again . . . and again . . . and again.  However, she didn't win so now the Republicans make it clear they don't give a damn about four dead Americans.

The final report, not including dissenting views from committee Democrats, clocks in at more than 322,000 words. It was added to the official House record without fanfare on Dec. 7 by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the panel’s chairman.

The panel, which spent more than $7.8 million over two and a half years, disbanded at the end of the 114th Congress, before a new Congress begins in January.

Donald Trump is proving again and again that he's a worthless piece of shit

Today Donald Trump almost single-handedly destroyed Lockheed-Martin.
Stock in aerospace giant Lockheed Martin (LMT) fell Monday after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted criticism of U.S. defense spending for the Maryland-based firm's F-35 stealth jets.

The shares closed down  2.5% at $253.11, recovering slightly from steeper intraday lows.

The drop came after Trump characterized the cost of the jet development program for the U.S. Department of Defense as "out of control."

"Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th," Trump tweeted without offering details.
 Immediately after Trump's tweet, Lockheed stock dropped over 4%, causing the company's value to plunge by over ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

Donald Trump is unsuited to be president.  He is a raving, loud-mouthed, narcissistic psychopath who is affected with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  He does not read because his attention span is no more than 60 seconds.  He viciously attacks anyone who does not agree with him.

What in God's name will Trump do when a foreign leader says something he does not agree with?

This nation is entering a very long, very dark tunnel and there is no hope of a light at the end.

If anyone who voted for Trump is reading this, I hope you lose your 401k, social security, Medicare, pension, job, and income.  You sonsofbitches deserve it . . . the rest of us are innocent.

The Trumpster (rhymes with Dumpster) will not like this

Read this article.  

It's not just the CIA reporting Russian attacks on the US election.  


Well, that does it . . . I'm stocking up on AR-15 ammo before my next loud party

Source: Business Insider

If president-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once again be available to state and local U.S. police departments.

National police organizations say they'll hold Trump to that promise.

President Barack Obama issued an executive order restricting that access in 2015 amid an outcry over police use of armored vehicles and other war-fighting gear to confront protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Since then, federal officials have recalled more than 1,800 items, which have been destroyed through target practice or otherwise disposed of, officials say.

But state and local police organizations have protested, insisting that military-style vehicles and gear help protect officers' lives and public safety — for example, a privately manufactured, tracked armored vehicle played a key role in the police response to the mass shooting at a county government building in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015.

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Just what this country needs, more militarized police. Backyard party too loud? Call SWAT!!

Everywhere I look . . . I see stupid people . . . everywhere . . .

While National Football League and Major League Baseball regulations prevent fans from bringing guns into stadiums, legislators in the state of Washington reportedly proposed a bill that would permit such action.

Cindy Boren of the Washington Post reported Sunday, the proposed bill "would prevent public stadiums or the private entities that operate them from banning people with a valid concealed pistol license from entering with a firearm."

Boren noted "it's a proposal that is at odds" with the established rules in place from the NFL and MLB.

If it passed, the bill would extend to Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, even though both are privately operated.

A trio of Republican representatives from Olympia, Washington, proposed the bill.

Here it comes . . . get ready

Until two years ago General Sir Richard Shirreff was NATO deputy supreme commander. Last year he wrote a book: 2017: War With Russia as a warning of imminent peril. (A review is in the current issue of the New York Review of Books,

For the NATO second in command war is coming in weeks when Russian forces sweep in and annex eastern Ukraine which is not a NATO member and so will draw no military counter-action.

While NATO is still stunned by Putin's surprise, Putin will be following up with engineered anti-Russian atrocities in the Baltic States.  

In response to the murders of ethnic Russians by FSB snipers, Putin will invade Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, all NATO members. According to Shirreff, war games show the invasions will take a maximum of 60 hours with NATO paralyzed in confronting the face of Armageddon.

As soon as Trump questioned NATO Putin knew he had the essential element for restoration of the Russian empire, and that's why Putin's agent is going to the White House.

So this is why they are called "red states?"

With Russia identified as the agent behind DNC email break-in, the prime suspect in carrying out thefts of private emails from Democratic insiders, and actively trying to do more, President Obama put out a call for a bipartisan agreement to protect the election from Russian hacking.
In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia’s role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals.
And they made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as “the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.”
Democrats were quick to sign on.
The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously.
But there were at least two Republicans who wouldn’t agree. Chief among them, the Republican Majority Leader in the Senate.
According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.
Why would a US Senator refuse to join in an agreement to secure an American election? Because McConnell had something to gain.

Mitch McConnell followed exactly the same line as Donald Trump, proclaiming the evidence insufficient and claiming that even talking about the involvement of a foreign power that had broken into the email server of an American political party and distributed select pieces of that email for political purposes was “partisan.”

What did McConnell get for toeing the Trump line?
After the election, Trump chose McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, as his nominee for transportation secretary.
If Mitch McConnell was covering for Trump because he already had a deal in place, then the Trump campaign was not just aware of the issue, but recognized it as a problem that had to stay buried. Russia has acknowledged that all during this period, Russian agents were in contact with the Trump campaign.
The Russian government maintained contacts with members of Donald J. Trump’s “immediate entourage” during the American presidential campaign, one of Russia’s top diplomats said Thursday.
Trump may not just have been the beneficiary of the Russian involvement, he may well have played an active role.

What did Mitch McConnell know, and when was the deal struck?

Donald Trump: The "facade" president

Just like the gold gilt on the walls of his Trump Tower residence, Trump will be a “fa├žade” president. He’s not interested in the real job and doesn’t even understand it.

What does he want?  The fun and the rewards of being POTUS. The adulation. He wants the elite people, who’ve been condescending and didn’t really accept him in the select clubs, to now kiss his ass.

Oh, from time to time he will do what he thinks is a “presidential” thing, like this stupid deal with Carrier (which by the way will create a precedent and inspire other companies to blackmail the administration for tax cuts).

Pence, indeed, will have a lot of power. Also will the chief of staff, the NSC, the Pentagon and the State Department. That will mean lots of turf battles and chaos.

Meanwhile, Trump will continue his demagoguery and his whipping up fear and false pride in “country."  I hope at least lots of his supporters will be able to see through the bullshit after a while. Because I don’t have any illusions about the media doing its job.

One thing for sure, I just can’t bare the idea of Trump pulling a “Reagan” with the help of a corrupted Washington and a very weak media. I mean… The Reagan administration did a lot of damage to the country, especially during the second term,  Reagan wasn’t in control. And yet, there is this myth, this aura around him because he was good at making a good portion of Americans feel “good” about a certain vision of America. A distorted and shallow vision that bares no comparison with the more realistic and complex yet optimistic and uplifting vision that President Obama presents to all of us.

Barack Obama is the epitome of a statesman.  Trump is an irresponsible moron. 

Donald Trump is NOT my president and never will be

Trump is not my president, does not represent me, does not represent the many things that are good about the nation.  Hell, he doesn't even represent what is good in a person.

Trump functions on raw ego.  He is proudly illiterate and severely learning-disabled.  

Trump voters do not realize that the disasters he will bring on this country will fall on them.  The uneducated white males who voted for Trump are the vulnerable people and they are the ones who will be destroyed by what happens under Trump.

Trump will never be my president because he doesn't read books, can't write more than a sentence at a time.  He is not loyal to anyone except himself.  There is nothing admirable or honorable about him.

Trump family tree

What will we need to survive four years of Trump?

Lawyers, guns, and money.

I have the guns.  Someone else will have to supply the lawyers and the money.

Billionaire Trump uses Scotch tape to hold his tie together

Perhaps Mr. Trump has never heard of a tie tack?  Or maybe his ties do not have a loop on the inside of the wide end of the tie that is used to secure the narrow end?

Or maybe it's the cheap Made in China ties he wears?

If being stupid were a crime, Trump supporters all would be convicted felons

If you want an example of the kind of know-nothingness, misinformation and gullibility that won this election for Donald Trump, check out this clip of CNN’s Alisyn Camerota talking to a few of his supporters.

One particularly loud and wrong woman complains that, “three million illegals voted” in California. That’s not true, no matter how much Donald Trump tweets about it, but his supporters live in the same fact-free world as their president-elect. When Camerota questions the woman about where she got her information, she cites CNN—an unwise move considering she’s talking to one of their anchors, who immediately corrects her—before claiming it was “coming all across the media.”

Moments later, the same woman matter-of-factly states that “Obama told [illegals] they could vote,” a statement that earns knowing (nothing) nods from the other Trump supporters on the panel. When Camerota asks for specifics on where this misinformation comes from, another woman sputters her response. “Google it,” she says. “You can find it on Facebook.”

Camerota does a quick search and quickly shows the panel it’s fake news, which I’m sure did little to dissuade a single one of them from repeating it many more times.

The same woman who does much of the talking in the segment goes on to say that “California allows” undocumented immigrants to vote. Take that in for a second: this woman believes California, as a stated policy, allows voter fraud. And she is willing to go on television to announce it.

That’s what we’re dealing with here: people who are so proud of their ignorance they can’t wait to get on television and declare it to millions. Check out the clip below.

Is anyone surprised by this NY Times headline?

"Trump's Economic Cabinet Picks Signal Embrace of Wall St. Elite"

Oh, really? Before the election, Hillary Clinton was attacked because she made a speech to Goldman-Sachs.  Now, Trump has put two G-S executives in charge of the nation's economy and the Republicans yawn.

Before the election I saw some of the I-Hate-Hillary crowd posting on Facebook that they would vote for Trump because Hillary would put Wall Street executives in her Cabinet while Trump would not do the same thing.

Hell, except for his kids and a few politicians,Trump doesn't KNOW anyone else, and the unemployed in "flyover country" don't care because he's gonna make America great again. Somehow. Or something.