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Showing posts with label Donald Trump. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Donald Trump. Show all posts

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trump's Mentors and Their Ideology

Image result for trump the stoogeWe offer a side-by-side comparison: Trump's Charlottesville comments came straight from Fox News. Donald Trump has the mental capacity of a grade school kid who spends more time covering his lack of knowledge and preparation seeking information from those the kid feels are smarter. Or, from those, the kid wishes to affiliate.

The real danger Trump is those who feed him information and hard right ideology know he is of simple intellect.  

Watch the side-by-side comparison and then watch as the #resistance reacts to a "free-speech" demonstration in Boston MA. 

BOSTON (AUGUST 19, 2017) 🐸: 20 🇺🇸: 20,000+
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After the Charlottesville horror and after tacit approval of the hate/Nazi rally via Trump, thousands in Charlottesville visited the University of Virginia Campus and this is what ensued.
And, a few hours ago in Dallas, we find photo evidence of the fallacy of Trump and the twisted propaganda of the Neo-GOP.

And, then there are those who frequent such gatherings with one intent: purveyors of lies and turmoil.

"Stop White Genocide" shirt...?


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Beaches Are Closed

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Republicanism from a state governor with a 15% approval rating. Why does this rotund man remind of Donald Trump?

And, his open mic appearance was laced with lies just as his lies about Bridegate.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Trump Not A Liar" (Arguable)

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We appreciate the life of the "presstittue." We know they are handsomely paid and will say anything to ensure that check is direct deposited. They do not care one iota about the outcome of their messages, just how well they offer up their deliverables.
Trump has a cadre of presstitutes which rivals any administration in my lifetime'
Sean (crowd size) Spicer
KellyAnne (alternative facts) Conway
And now.....

We beg to differ!  Image result for goebbels quotes

Politifact. Link

Trump's Lies vs. Your Brain - POLITICO Magazine

Millions across American know Donald Trump as a showman, and carnival barker. He also has a reputation of a businessman and for many a reputation as a pathological serial liar. The fact that he employs willing liars ( presstitutes) to carry his messages isn't a surprise. The fact that he so often sends his hired lairs out to feed Americans such unfathomable and ridiculous lies is a bit surprising.

Life is such that living with an insulting aura simply does not bode well for one's quality of life. When the insulting aura is so prominent in our daily lives the low quality of life exudes into our lives.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quick Hit: The Irascible And Manipulative Trump

The man is an utter three ring circus act who lies virtually all the time and a bully who is far too close to Putin's Russia (and other dictators).  Why wouldn't the media report on his failed existence?


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trump Operatives and Russian Operatives Certainly Met

Trump associates and their Russian contacts

There are quite a few more

Whenever we consider posting a re-run of the previous night's Rachel Maddow show segment, we realize the core liberal (progressive if you prefer) probably watched the segment. Nonetheless, we post certain segments as we are aware some of our readers do not share our social or political views and may not actually watch the TRMS.

As is frequently the case the following segment is a long view. However, you know our motto, being highly informed far exceeds what is available via 140 characters. 

Maddow continues her point on revelations of Trump officials or surrogate appointee operatives who met with Russian officials during the 2016 election campaign. 

First a reminder:


Imagine a world in which so many millions across the nation have no interest in Russian intervention in a presidential election. We have no need to imagine, the reality is upon us. Americans in the millions also don't seem to have any concern with the growing number of Trump operatives who met with Russian officials.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Russian Hacker Arrested In Spain (VIDEO)

After Trump's remarks and now we know well before his remarks, US INTEL was monitoring and investigating potential Russian interference in the 2016 General Election. Donald Trump as the eventual winner over Hillary Clinton would again assist in raising Russia from the doldrums of a regional power to possible influence in Washington DC at the highest level. If we only knew as Trump exhorted Putin to enact levels of espionage against the US election process, what we now know. Better yet, if we could possibly have known what will eventually come from the possible Russian/Trump campaign collusion. 

As the weeks and months have passed since the first Trump official (Manafort) left his campaign through the firing of former Army General Mike Flynn (Trump's questionable National Security Council Head chose). We all watched as Director of the FBI Comey admitted at a Senate Hearing, his counter INTEL agents and teams have been investigating possible cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russia operatives since early 2016.

Read through the following excerpts from a piece just published.
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Authorities in Spain have arrested a Russian computer programmer thought to be one of the world’s most notorious spam kingpins. 
Spanish police arrested Pyotr Levashov under an international warrant executed in the city of Barcelona, according to Reuters. Russian state-run television station RT (formerly Russia Today) reported that Levashov was arrested while vacationing in Spain with his family.
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“A U.S. Department of Justice official said it was a criminal matter without an apparent national security connection,” Reuters added in an update to an earlier version of its story. 
The New York Times reports that Russian news media did not say if Levashov was suspected of being involved in that activity. However, The Times piece observes that the Kelihos botnet does have a historic association with election meddling, noting the botnet was used during the Russian election in 2012 to send political messages to email accounts on computers with Russian Internet addresses. According to The Times, those emails linked to fake news stories saying that Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a businessman who was running for president against Vladimir V. Putin, had come out as gay.
If you didn't follow the link to the Krebs on Security piece, view the "A" Block piece from last night's Rachel Maddow show.  Suffice it to say, the FBI Web is closing in on Russian interference in the 2016 General Election.

Maddow: the apprehended Russian Hacker

Lawrence O'Donnell also offered a two-minute segment with guest Malcolm Nance. Security and INTEL expert. 
We remind:  StumbleUpon

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Manafort (Trump's Former Campaign Manager) Putin Facilitator?

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Trump when asked about members of his inner circle who may have been or are too close to Russia for comfort regarding national security. The first reference relates to his National Security Adviser (later fired), Mike Flynn, who was on the dole with the Turkish Government. As you read through the NPR excerpts which follow, think about how such an individual could become a deep inner circle trump adviser.  He was the tip of a sebaceous cyst which also included and even more dire (and sinister) international operative and Russian sympathizer strategically placed in Trump's inner circle. We will address Trump's brief campaign manager after reminding of a couple of Trump statements which without question sheds revealing light on his character, his judgment, and his veracity.   

"I fired him because of what he said to Mike Pence," Trump said of Flynn misleading the then-vice president-elect about the true nature of Flynn's conversation with the Russian ambassador. But, he added, "Mike [Flynn] was doing his job. He was calling countries and his counterparts. So, it certainly would have been OK with me if he did it. I would have directed him to do it if I thought he wasn't doing it. I didn't direct him, but I would have directed him because that's his job."
Asked at the news conference about reports that members of the Trump staff were in contact with Russia during the campaign, Trump said, "Nobody that I know of." The source has told Carrie that authorities continue to investigate those alleged connections. 
"Russia is a ruse," Trump said. "I know you have to get up and ask a question. It's so important." He reiterated, "Russia is a ruse. I have nothing to do with Russia. Haven't made a phone call to Russia in years. Don't speak to people from Russia. Not that I wouldn't. I just have nobody to speak to. I spoke to Putin twice. He called me on the election. I told you this. And he called me on the inauguration, a few days ago."
The AP published a piece this morning which moves us much closer to Tump's former Campaign Manager as a Russian tool (operative).
 Before signing up with Donald Trump, former campaign manager Paul Manafort secretly worked for a Russian billionaire with a plan to "greatly benefit the Putin Government," The Associated Press has learned. The White House attempted to brush the report aside Wednesday, but it quickly raised fresh alarms in Congress about Russian links to Trump associates. 
Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit President Vladimir Putin's government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse.

Read more, here


Monday, March 13, 2017

The Daily GOP Ignominious Part Deux: Steven Arnold "Steve" King, Racism And Iowa's (4th District) since 2013

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Apparently, over the weekend a past racist Dutch politician commented about her hatred of Islam, blossomed again from the racist psyche of Republican Congressman King (IA). 

"I don't hate Muslims, I hate Islam." Geert Wilders,  far-right Dutch politician. 

White King is no stranger to racist remarks and an affinity for white supremacy, his latest remark is despicable enough a couple of members of the US Congress have commented with disapproval.

Today, a cable media except Fox News are reporting on King's latest racist exhibition.

Huffington post reported on King's comments as follows (includes minor criticism of King and his remarks).
U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has made no secret of how he views people who aren’t white, Christian or American-born.

An example of King's racism was so glaring the MSNBC host Chris Hayes, later quasi-apologized or re-directed himself for not allowing one member of this election night panel to respond.

How about another well-documented case of overt racism?

In 2014 Trump shared an Iowa state stage with the effusing racist. Notice Trump's utter glee and noodling as King showed why millions across America find the GOP abhorrent. 
I have read King is a seven-term representative from Iowa. Therein lies the ultimate a question. Are the constituents in King's district so oblivious and uncaring regarding his racism they will continue to hand the keys to a $175,000 per year seat in the US Congress along with all unnamed and unpublished perks?

The following CNN afternoon segment is worth your time in viewing.  If you are at work, ask your boss if she/he will allow you to get a bit of perspective on how one GOP surrogate feels about King's racism.  Also, not the other GOP talking head who seems to find King's remarks not so bad.

Iowa Values?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Obama Wiretap Lie (Part 2)

As we present Part 2 of our perspective on Trump's weekend effort to shape the Sunday morning news shows, let's start with a good Fortune synopsis of Trump's subterfuge. Before we explore various Sunday reports regarding Trump's lie you may want to review an audio segment from noted Right Wing conspiracy host Mark Levin. We are reading Breitbart News picked up on Levin's claims and feed it to right-wing tin-heads who place value in all things, Breitbart.

Six minutes of far Right tin-head feeding. (audio only)

The previously mentioned Fortune piece included this 1:10-minute video segment (just in case you did not click the link above. 

NBC's Meet The Press

A one minute long flat out denial by one who would have been involved in such a wiretap.

It is now time to consider how Trump's presstitutes went about weekend news show backing their boss. Trump's media faces and voices were handed an impossible task: defend Trump's totally insane behavior while he sought to deflect from Jeff Sessions's recusal. It should be noted Bannon and Priebus must have decided to shelter Kelly Anne Conway and White House Press Secretary Spicer from the weekend cameras and interviewers. Mike Huckabee's daughter, as a second level White House presstitute, was assigned the difficult task.


The New Work Times
WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.
Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim
MSNBC's Morning Joe producers offered extended segments on Trump's Weekend Twitter subterfuge. Yes, without question Trump used Twitter in the wee hours of this past Saturday morning to deploy a strategy to deflection towards weekend news potential focus away from his oozing and crumbling problems with Russia and his friend  "V" Putin. 

While not a source of information or false information we commonly refer to on this page, we are compelled to link to a Breitbart segment this past Sunday. Levin sat for an interview on the network long known for publishing stories without basis,  an absence of merit, and in many cases, stories based on flat out lies from the likes of Right-wing video operative James O'Keefe.

Ultimately, you are the victims of Trump;s lack of normal behavior. He and his team have created a terrible mess of governance, their unadmirable past is catching up and Trump has aggravated both media and the Intelligence community. But, ultimately you are the victim in so very many ways.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Daily KOS: Trump And The Financial Times

By Mark Sumner 

In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that 

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that 

As it turns out, that may have been an understatement. Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, whose work in the region goes back to defending Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, has gone through a series of studies by the Financial Times to show how funds from Russian crime lords bailed Trump out after yet anther bankruptcy. The conclusions are stark.
Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. ...The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources.He was their man.
Yes, even that much seems fantastic, and the details include business agencies acting as a front for the GRU, billionaire mobsters, a vast network of propaganda sources, and an American candidate completely under the thumb of the Kremlin.
It reads like a B-grade spy novel, a plot both too convoluted—and too bluntly obvious—for John le Carré. The problem is it may not be a conspiracy theory. It may be a conspiracy.
Horton’s analysis comes from piecing together information in three Financial Times “deep reports.” One of these focused on Sergei Millianthe head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce in the US at the time of Trump Jr.’s “money pouring in from Russia” claim.
Mr Millian insists his Russian American Chamber of Commerce (RACC) has nothing to do with the Russian government. He says it is funded by payments from its commercial members alone.
Most of the board members are obscure entities and nearly half of their telephone numbers went unanswered when called by the Financial Times. An FT reporter found no trace of the Chamber of Commerce at the Wall Street address listed on its website. 
Why was RACC’s background filled with so many holes? The Financial Times quotes former Russian MP Konstantin Borovoi in tagging the chamber as a front for intelligence operations that dates back to Soviet times.
“The chamber of commerce institutions are the visible part of the agent network . . . Russia has spent huge amounts of money on this.”
Millian helped arrange for Trump to visit Moscow in 2007, and had other outings with Trump in the states, including a visit to horse races in Miami. Millian claims that he had the right to market Trump properties in Russia.
“You could say I was their exclusive broker,” he told Ria. “Then, in 2007-2008, dozens of Russians bought apartments in Trump properties in the US.” He later told ABC television that the Trump Organisation had received “hundreds of millions of dollars” through deals with Russian businessmen.
Despite documents and photos showing Trump with Millian, Trump denied their association during the campaign.
Hope Hicks, Mr Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, said Mr Trump had “met and spoke” with Mr Millian only “on one occasion almost a decade ago at a hotel opening”.
The second Financial Times article puts Trump at the middle of a money laundering scheme, in which his real estate deals were used to hide not just an infusion of capital from Russia and former Soviet states, but to launder hundreds of millions looted by oligarchs. All Trump had to do was close his eyes to the source of the money, and suddenly empty apartments were going for top dollar.
Among the dozens of companies the Almaty lawyers say the Khrapunov laundering network used were three called Soho 3310, Soho 3311 and Soho 3203. Each was a limited liability company, meaning their ownership could easily be concealed.
The companies were created in April 2013 in New York. A week later, property records show, they paid a total of $3.1m to buy the apartments that corresponded with their names in the Trump Soho, a 46-storey luxury hotel-condominium completed in 2010 in a chic corner of Manhattan.
Why would Trump’s organization make such a good means of laundering funds? Because real estate has an arbitrary value. Is that apartment worth $1 million? Two million? Why not $3 million for a buyer who really wants it? When the whole transaction is just one LLC with undisclosed ownership paying another LLC with undisclosed ownership, it’s even neater than hiding the money in an offshore account. And while some businesses require due diligence in looking at the source of funds, real estate is a bit more … flexible.
The laws regulating US real estate deals are scant, experts say. Provisions against terrorism financing in the Patriot Act, passed in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks, obliged mortgage lenders to conduct “know your customer” research. But money launderers pay in cash. Sales such as those of the Trump Soho apartments have passed through this loophole, which was partially closed only this year.
Converting funds stolen overseas into property in the US and cash in the account of an LLC represented a win for both the oligarchs and Trump. Best of all, Trump’s sole requirement was that he pay scant attention to the deal—something at which he was already a proven master. For example, the actual owners of the Trump Soho were another limited liability company, Bayrock. Trump was a partner in the LLC and Bayrock cut the checks Trump received when those apartments were sold. And yet ...
In a 2011 deposition, given in a dispute over the Fort Lauderdale project, Mr Trump said he had “never really understood who owned Bayrock”. Jody Kriss, a former Bayrock finance director, has claimed in racketeering lawsuits against his former employer that Bayrock’s backers included “hidden interests in Russia and Kazakhstan”. Bayrock has denied Mr Kriss’s allegations but declined to answer questions about the source of its funds and its relationship with the Khrapunovs.
The third article digs more deeply into the origins of Bayrock and its connection with Trump. That connection … was very close.
The Republican presidential nominee and Bayrock were both based in Trump Tower and they joined forces to pursue deals around the world — from New York, Florida, Arizona and Colorado in the US to Turkey, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. Their best-known collaboration — Trump SoHo, a 46-storey hotel-condominium completed in 2010 — was featured in Mr Trump’s NBC television show The Apprentice.
This is the same group about which Trump said he “never really understood” the ownership.
“I don’t know who owns Bayrock,” Mr Trump said. “I never really understood who owned Bayrock. I know they’re a developer that’s done quite a bit of work. But I don’t know how they have their ownership broken down.”
At the very least, Trump confessed to partnering with, taking money from, and acting as a representative for a corporation whose ownership he didn’t know, in deals that totaled hundreds of millions in countries around the world. However, it seems far more likely that Trump knowingly worked with oligarchs, groups associated with the Russian government, and plain old mobsters. Why? Because he was desperate.
By the 2000s, the property developer and casino owner with ready access to the capital markets and the biggest New York banks was no more. A series of corporate bankruptcies had limited his financing options. Mr Trump had become an entertainer who portrayed a tycoon on television and licensed his name to businesses looking for a brand, leading to fee-making opportunities as disparate as Trump University and Trump Vodka.
The Trump Organization was a hollow shell and Trump was bankrupt, but Donald Trump the public figure was a “successful businessman,” a screen behind which criminal activity could be carried out on a massive scale. Throwing his name at every scheme in existence wasn’t a strategy, it was a fire sale on Trump’s respectability. Steaks? Water? Vodka? Fake real estate school? You pony up the cash, and Trump will slap his name on it. Because by the early 2000s, Trump wasn’t just broke, he had nothing left to pawn. He wasn’t a successful businessman, but he still played one on TV. His image had more value than his real estate portfolio.
But the apartments and buildings where Trump held some degree of ownership could be turned into value again. All it took was partnering with foreign crime bosses looking for a place to stash their cash. To inflate the value of his portfolio, Trump had to do nothing other than look away as the dirty money poured in from one LLC to the next. Citizens in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other former Soviet states lost hundreds of millions, but Trump got a cut as looted funds flowed through offices and apartments in buildings that carried those critical gold letters. 
Horton’s evaluation of this material in coordination with the declassified DNI report is that Trump actively worked with and for Russian interests.
What these exposes showed, is that Trump pursued the projects hand in glove with Russian mobsters who worked closely with Putin’s Kremlin ...
But based on the information in the Financial Times report, it appears that there are actually two possible answers. Trump may have been actively involved with and working for Russian sources. He might also have simply played the role of useful idiot, displaying his readiness to feign ignorance about any deal … so long as it generated some funds to float his sinking boat.
In the end, there’s not a lot of difference in the outcome. Trump got money. Oligarchs cleaned their cash. Russia got their man.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

"V Puitn?"; "Move-on"; Russian Hackers On FBI Most Wanted List

While the Keystone Cop president-elect goes about his pre-inauguration reign of silliness and child-like addiction to Twitter, he exposes the nation to the most evil of empires after Kim Jong Un's North Korea. 

Trump's response to CIA and FBI reports of Putin personally directing cyber attacks and information releases (to Wiki Leaks) is abominable. Trump's goes here in response to Obama Administration sanctions and Intel operative expulsions (35 Russian hacker spies).

Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!

"V. Putin?" Seriously. 

Democracy Now is reporting on an interview in which trump was asked a related question:

Reporter: "What do you think, generally, about sanctions against Russia?"
President-elect Donald Trump: "I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole, you know, age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind of security that we need. But I have not spoken with the senators, and I certainly will be over a period of time."

 "Get on with our lives......" unimaginable!

Trump is also reported to have commented when asked about possible Obama Administration sanctions against Russia:
"....move on to "bigger and better things."
"....Bigger and better things?"  Total incompetence and a chronic lack of seriousness in the face of grave danger from a geopolitical adversary and veritable dictator (Putin). The self-gratification and reality show psyche of the president-elect if stupefying.  

Even Fox News's Shepard smith took professional exception to Trump's meandering silliness and lack of mental qualifications for the White House.

Yesterday we published a piece regarding Obama's sanctions (full-text pdf) and other dangerous responses to the hacking threat from Putin's hackers. Yes, a CBS affiliate also broadcast a video segment full to the brim with inane and silly efforts to downplay the CIA INTEL on Putin's hacking (for those who didn't visit the link to yesterday's post).

Operation Grizzly Steppe led to the expulsion of 35 operatives plus the shuttering of two Russian compounds near Washington DC, was a necessary or national security and the sanctions validate the necessity of treating any interaction with "V. Putin" As carefully are ordering responses to his Eastern European land and nation grabs. Trump's responses supposedly in the realm of wanting to get along with Russia is both irresponsible and a direct threat to national security. 

Apparently, two of the 35 operatives (INTEL Agents) were on the FBI's Most Wanted List.
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The CBS affiliate mentioned above and Trump should pay close attention to the FBI report as it includes countermeasures to Russia's growing Internet (cyber) war on the US. Check out a list of code names used by the 35 operatives.
BlackEnergy V3
APT CakeDuke
Energetic Bear
Fancy Bear
Havex MiniDionis
Operation Pawn Storm
Powershell backdoor
Quedagh Sandworm
SYNful Knock
Tiny Baron
Team twain_64.dll (64-bit X-Agent implant)
VmUpgradeHelper.exe (X-Tunnel implant)
Wonder if the CBS affiliate considers the list (and the comprehensive report) enough "evidence" of Russian hacking to help elect Trump? 

While CBS should issue a statement regarding its "Five problems with the CIA Report", Trump should pay close attention to a story that broke overnight.

AOL News (Reuters)
Code associated with Russia hacking found on Vermont utility computer
Any Russian code found anyplace near a US electrical grid should signal the full extent of Putin's espionage. It shouldn't take an IQ of over 100 to realize any military action against the US will start with taking down the nationals electrical grid.  

No...we cannot simply move on to bigger and better things. Yet, when you are the president-elect and planning a News Eve party with invitations to guest with a cover charge, I suppose there are money grabbing "better things" on his mind.

Did I mention "self-gratifying" above:

 5 hours ago5 hours ago5 hours ago Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!
Oh, and while I am closing with a bit of Trump Twitter ignorance, take this one as you move away:
20 hours ago20 hours agoRussians are playing and for such fools - funny to watch, they don't have a clue! totally gets it!
 YOUR GOP, and YOUR 2016 vote or non-vote.