LEAKER vs LIAR

Trump Plays Defense

Now everyone must take a stand: Do you believe Jim Comey or Donald Trump? And the biggest question remaining is whether Donald Trump is fit to be the President of the United States.

People will cherry pick the things they heard in the Comey testimony that they liked and that they didn’t like, but the damage has been done. Reasonable doubt has been established here and we have to look beyond the pundits to find the real truth.

One of the fallout items of what the internet called “Comey Day” (6-8-2017) was some people saying that Trump has no experience as a politician or the knowledge of the legal boundaries associated with being President. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, said, “The president wasn’t trying to obstruct justice, but just doesn’t know enough about political protocol.” Oh, I guess Trump missed the orientation class for being President, Sad!

If you thought 24 hours of no tweeting set the new tone, all that evaporated with new tweets today and the post hearing statement from Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. In that statement, Marc Kasowitz made the following points:

1.The President was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference and there is no evidence that a single vote changed as a result of any Russian interference.

  1. The President never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election.
  2. The President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that that Mr. Comey “let Flynn go.”
  3. The President also never told Mr. Comey, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty” in form or substance.
  4. The President feels completely vindicated and is eager to continue moving forward with his agenda with this public cloud removed.

The use of the word “cloud” in Mr. Kasowitz’s statement is quite interesting. This was the word James Comey used in describing the conversation he had with Donald Trump. So we do have imprinting here, and a key to Donald Trump being the author of his own defense.

The quest ion one might ask is why, in almost every conversation, does Trump seem to be obsessed with clearing his name from some investigation that no one ever said he was under? He is doing a pre-emptive denial.

If in fact Michael Flynn talked to the Russians and took money from a Russian news service and his company was highly compensated by the Turkish government, then Michael Flynn is part of the investigation into Russian tampering. Therefore, any defense of Flynn after his firing would seem to say that, at least, Trump was offering a character testimony for his “good guy” Michael Flynn. Using the presidential podium to argue Flynn’s innocence is, in effect, attempting tom affect the outcome of charges and a mild form of obstruction.

The idea of vindication seems to be a bit premature. Assuming that things are moving forward with Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel, there is now an additional element to his investigation: obstruction.

And the next point is that Jim Comey admitted, under oath, that he leaked the facts of the memos he had written after each meeting with Trump to the New York Times through a professor “friend” at Columbia University. He also said that the reason he leaked the information was based on a tweet from Donald J. Trump, typed on May 12, 2017: James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

Kasowitz also claimed in his statement that Comey leaked before that tweet. This is a major mistake in the timeline. The New York Times never quoted the Comey memos prior to Trump’s 5/12/17 tweet and the first time the story ran was 5/16/17. That fact was from Julie Hirschfeld Davis from the New York Times.

Acting out of a sense of loyalty to his country, the FBI and, I am sure, his own reputation, he wanted to get the word out so that the Department of Justice would appointed a special prosecutor, or counsel. And like a great chess player, James Comey got just what he wanted.

The Trump machine has started to accuse Comey of being part of the deep state and they will try to sue its way out of this mess. One would think that after being in office for 4 1/2 months, they would have found the deep state already. This legal action will only make it worse. I don’t think Trump is naive about the job, I think he is just plain dumb.

The UK has now rejected the politics of Theresa May. The French rejected the dark politics of Marine LePen. And now it’s time for America to figure out how to get rid of the liars and start to listen to the leakers.

Donald Trump may be a leaker and a liar. There are web sites dedicated to his lies, but now we know that his twitter account leaks his personal inner thoughts. And if you look through 35,000 tweets, you can find all the leaks in his logic.

 

 


The Sweet Smell of Vindication

Trump Lives in Denial

Today is the big day for James Comey, former FBI Director, to testify in front of the Senate hearing. And in keeping with Comey’s style, he released his opening statement the day before the big hearing. There is much to learn from this document he plans to put on the record.

On May 18, 2017, President Trump was asked at his joint press conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos if he had ever asked James Comey to close or back down the investigation into Michael Flynn.  Trump flatly said, “No, no, next question.” Later in the conference he added, “There has been no collusion between certainly myself and the campaign — but I can always speak for myself — and the Russians: zero,” Once again Mr. Know-It-All was only interested in protecting himself.

The irony of a man who asks for loyalty, but seems to have no loyalty to anyone else is representative of, at least, a major character flaw. He seems to take no blame for anything his campaign or administration does.

His lawyer issued a statement after the opening remarks were released that said, “The President is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not under investigation in any Russian probe. The President feels completely and totally vindicated.”

The use of the word “vindicated” is quite interesting. The meaning: Clear (someone) of blame or suspicion may be wishful thinking on the part of the Trump camp, but the head of the FBI is not a court of law. And if Trump asked the man to do something after asking Comey if he wants to stay, Trump connected the request to back off the investigation with the possibility of Comey staying on as FBI Director. Then Trump fired Comey when he didn’t back off the investigation.

If justice has been harmed in firing Comey, then Trump’s words and actions were a clear indication of obstruction of justice. The President of the United States is not above the law.

We shall see what is unveiled during the hearings and investigations but, for any thinking American, we have seen the man behind the curtain and he is a wicked con artist who just may think he is above the law. This drama should be canceled, not for lack of ratings and audience, but because our whole country is being put at risk.

Let it be said that June 8, 2017 was the day we learned what kind of man Donald J. Trump really is.


Twitter, Terrorism and Timing

Trump Shows His Trigger Finger

Imagine if the President of the United States was addicted to crack cocaine. All the responsible parties would be meeting to work on an intervention before he would either hurt himself, or hurt other people.

In this case, the social media platform Twitter has given Donald Trump the love that he maybe hasn’t been able to get in real life. The instantaneous high from his tweet “fans” is the drug he needs every day. The first thing those who care would attempt is separating the addicted from their drug.

To date, Donald Trump has tweeted more than 35,000 messages to his 31.8 million followers. To put that in perspective, if we assume they are all truly “fans,” that is only 10.2% of the population of the country. And we now know that besides the thousands of bots that have electronically attached themselves to the Donald wagon, people who actually hate him also follow him to see what the great one will tweet next. Just numbers.

Social media platforms are designed for a generation of people who are seeking instant gratification and the reward of believing that people like them. These narcissistic platforms reinforce viewpoints by showing a member only those things the service’s algorithm thinks are compatible with their likes, dislikes and responses. So, Trump only sees what he wants to see, just like a twelve-year-old middle schooler.

If the President used Twitter strategically to dispense his views on issues and to help explain the why behind some of his policies, one could argue that it wasn’t an addiction, but rather a tool in his multi-media box. At 35,000 tweets, however, we have a problem.

And we saw what happened when his reading comprehension didn’t sync up with the power of the presidential tweet when he attacked the Mayor of London. And we see him declare an incident as a terror attack, even before the smoke clears. His irresponsible actions move our country closer to the brink of a possible disaster.

His addiction, as he rightly says, doesn’t have the mainstream media filter and, in fact, has no filter whatsoever. The account @RealDonaldTrump has no official connection to the government and is a direct link to the brain of the President. And his tweeting late at night and early in the morning just might be downfall of this “great” man.

We saw the #Covfefe moment and his quick to the trigger to take credit for the Arab states declaration of Qatar blockade, when some believe the whole affair was motivated by a Russian hack of their news service; a fact that Mr. Know-It-All could have learned from his own intelligence services. By the way, the United States of America has a very important Air Force base in Qatar, a good reason to do your research before you broadcast your thoughts on the matter.

And then there is the matter of Trump’s “TRAVEL BAN” that the Supreme Court is considering. Why would the central figure in the case be on social media putting down his Justice Department and the ban itself? This lack of maturity is something we would reference to a person fifty-years younger.

The only way to deal with this kind of addiction is to take the phone away and send the boy to his room. If there was a legal way to take Trump’s Twitter account away, I would surely sign on to that law suit. As I have stated on these pages previously, a tweet is a legal document. A legal document with all the weight of something the President has signed or decreed.

Someone has to act on this issue, or we should remove the man from office.


“It’s a Travel Ban!”

Trump’s War with Words 

This morning before 7 a.m., Donald Trump tripled down on his desire for the first executive order travel ban to be the law of the land. His tweet on June 5th, 2017 has legally connected both orders and once again reinforced his real intent. His fiery surrogates got it wrong, the commander has decreed, it’s a TRAVEL BAN dummies.

Any judicial mind can clearly see that the order has its roots in keeping a certain religion out of the US. It’s not a temporary pause for us to figure out how people are vetted elsewhere, it’s simply a goal on a list that was created by Team Trump. A list of campaign promises that have been given a free pass outside of constitutional clearance or citizen mandate.

We have knowledge that the original order was to keep Muslims out of American; the man said it. And in his tweets today he said what he really wants. We have to take the man at his word. The first ban is his real intent. The president legally married the two orders this morning. His tweets are legal documents because he is the President. He cannot have two personalities, one on paper and one on social media.

The other problem with the order is the clear proof that the order will do nothing to stop terror. One could say that if the order was so necessary to prevent terror, we would have had a terror attack already. There has been no logical evaluation of a situation with new facts. We are doomed as a nation if mistakes occur by involuntary actions by this neophyte president.

We never said Donald Trump was smart, but anyone can see that all his words and actions are a reward for those who voted for him, not for the whole America. It’s so repulsive that the majority of those who didn’t vote for him have to put up with his self-serving narcissism. The more he caters to “his “base” the less he’s America’s president.

Donald, you are right, the other counties are laughing. They are laughing at you.

The travel ban is a bad idea. The real test of any immigration system is how it’s administered. If 700,000 people over stay their visas, what are you doing about that? Are we monitoring people who have been radicalized here and then travel to countries of risk? That seems to be a connection to terrorism. Do we know when they come back in? Who are you trying to catch with this travel ban, poor refugees or real terrorists?

Why not add more state department people so we can really study what “the hell” is really going on? Are you really interested in what is really going on? Using your faulty logic in the last three weeks, surely the U.K. would be put on your list. Your whole administration seems to be talking around the truth and trying to figure out what you meant. Why don’t you figure out how to talk so that everyone gets it?

STOP TWEETING and start communicating. Your language is poor and unclear. And you obviously have a very low reading comprehension. The Mayor of London was talking to his people and being very clear. Londoners are not used to seeing people walking around with guns like we are. He was saying, no need to be alarmed by seeing lots of people with guns. Observational awareness is not your strong suit.

You misread Sadiq Khan’s statement and you decided that when an ally is attacked you insult them. Now we know why you didn’t reinforce our commitment to NATO’s Article 5, you really don’t believe it. See more here. And by the way Donald, Sadiq is not a terrorist.

Rather than making things worse, why don’t you figure out why Russia has increased trade to North Korea by 73%. Wouldn’t that be something you should care about? Before you tweet about your stupid travel ban and how everyone got it wrong except you, why not slow down and THINK.

Surely you have the intelligence at your fingertips to understand that this country was attacked during the election. Why aren’t YOU leading the charge to get to the bottom of this mess. Or, is that just how you roll? Making nice with Russia is your priority above all else.

Trump is off the tracks and must be stopped. We may find out that he broke the law, but what is for sure, he’s a bad administrator, a poor communicator and a malicious president.

NOTE FROM CNN 6-5-2017: Executive Order 13769 is headed to the Supreme Court; the President’s lawyers are arguing it does not constitute a “travel ban,” so the President immediately undermined his own team by labeling it just that on Twitter. (Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeated the phrase “travel ban” at a news conference Monday afternoon.) 


DYSFUNCTIONAL DISTRUST

Trump’s Family Flaw

Did it ever dawn on anyone that the reason Donald Trump ran for President was because he doesn’t trust anyone? Because he distrusts government and holds a penchant for conspiracy theories, like the government cooked up the case against the Trump Organization about housing discrimination in 1973, he lives in a world where everyone is out to get him.

His thin skin and quick to the defense behavior is linked to some kind of disorder that he has to be the bully in order to feel good. Without a fight, without controversy, without tons of press, he is a frightened little boy making sure there is nothing under the bed.

Perhaps this was how his father viewed the world but most likely the silver spoon that has been in his mouth since birth has leached just enough metal in his brain to deliver permanent damage.

With the theme of distrust here, I might advance some of my own theories of how things work in our government and Washington. Let’s start with a basic truth: the power structure of our nation is powered by tons of lawyers. Being an attorney is a valid and important profession, but when things get tough they will be quick to tell their clients to shut up and stay away from cavalier statements.

Next, we have the history of Nixon, who kept saying he was not a crook then ended up being the kingpin in a cover-up and conspiracy to obstruct justice. We had Bill Clinton saying on TV, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” when indeed he did. So, who can we trust? I’m sure the reason Bill Clinton told Hillary to have a private server is because he knew how much the NSA stores in their servers.

George W. Bush told us Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction,” and then we found out that was a trumped-up charge which ended up costing America thousands of lives, wounding one million soldiers and wasting a trillion dollars; much more damaging than sex with an intern.

When America welcomes back President Donald Trump from his 9-day trip to the Middle East and Europe, he will be greeted with the weight of the Russian controversy and the ego trip of being on the world stage will melt away quickly.

Trump focuses on leaks, while the free American press is focused on Russian intervention in our election. Would it surprise anyone that the source of the leaks might be the White House itself? One conspiracy theory is that Steve Bannon is the leaker, using his back-channel press connections. Leaks keep Trump angry and pliable by a world-class manipulator like Bannon. If his main goal is disruption, he would be able to do more disruption and keep the base angry, as well but making it seem like the world is against Trump.

Clearly Bannon is smarter than Trump and has so many allies in the administration that he has surrounded the President with more enablers than thinkers. The latest leak about son-in-law Jared Kushner makes him radioactive and this is just what Bannon wants. Jared has been forcing Bannon into a lesser level in the Trump circle. This leak might be the payback.

Okay, those are all just theories but do they make sense? That is what you are supposed to say right after you utter such outrageous claims. It starts the elevation of a rumor on the journey to plausibility, and the most gullible don’t have to chew too much before they swallow it.

Maybe the attack on Kushner is coming from the Russians in retaliation for the floated comment that sanctions against Russia might get worse. That is how they have been playing Trump through this whole election cycle. Again, that is just a theory.

You shouldn’t have your family work for you when you are President. You shouldn’t own things that would suggest you are in violation of the Emoluments Clause, which states you may not take money from foreign governments for your personal benefit.

Clearly, when people in power don’t admit that something happened until the press points it out, how are we possibly going to trust these liars and deceivers? They are all part of a debilitating, dysfunctional family we elected. Well, we didn’t elect the rest of the family, we just get them for free. And as they say, there is a good reason something is free. They will take their profit on the back end and you will be no better off. You cannot trust someone who Donald Trump can’t fire. Think about it.

 

 


POOR DONALD TRUMP

“Believe me, there was no collusion!”

We have to feel sorry for Donald Trump because he has been treated so unfairly by the media, the press, Democrats, zoning boards, Congress, the legal system, interest groups, lobbyists, women, Billy Bush, the intelligence community, the Justice Department and now the Special Counsel. The whole world is against him.

When Richard Nixon uttered the words, “I am not a crook” most of America knew that this was one of the great examples of what I have always called the “implication of the opposite.” When people use defensive terminologies and then repeat them too often, the listener slowly flips the meaning. The more Nixon said that he was not a crook, the more we believed he was. Nixon also called Watergate a “witch hunt,” and when he obstructed justice he was forced out of the office by Congress.

When Trump says the appointment of Special Counsel is “respectable” but in the same sentence calls the whole investigation a “witch hunt” he combines opposite propositions.

Trump uses words “believe me” a lot when he speaks. Some would say that is the mark of a very insecure speaker, but it just might be a tell. The tell being, I am lying so I have to ask for belief before my words are spoken, like a hypnotic suggestion.

Another behavior occurred after one of his unbelievable tweets. We heard Trump and his surrogates say, “the tweet speaks for itself” which is almost like blaming the tweet for what was said. The next level was the question from Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro about whether conversations are being recorded in the White House. Trump answered, “That I can’t talk about. I won’t talk about that.” Why not explain yourself and the tweet?

This is what Trump does when he cannot back up his opinions with facts or truth. It is quite clear that our president is not a student of history. If he would have studied what happened to Richard Nixon, he would have known what not to do. But he is more interested in being known for someone who did it his way. Where is Frank Sinatra when we need him?

I would like to remind all those evangelical power brokers about the ninth of the Ten Commandments, bearing false witness against thy neighbor. Scholars make a distinction between lying in general and bearing false witness (perjury). Funny how there wasn’t a specific commandment regarding every day lying. I guess if Trump perjures himself in future cases, the Bible crowd will have to leave him.

This pattern of lying is disturbing. The quick darting from one story to the next hurts America. The stock market, allies and the citizens need to have a consistent and well- thought-out plan. We are not getting that from this administration.

Trump will learn that having only 39% of the public behind him and constantly playing to his base will earn no value abroad. They don’t care how popular you think you are.

But what we should really be concerned about is a sign that our President is losing his grasp of putting words together in a meaningful way. When asked about the investigation, he actually said these words:

 “…there certainly is no collusion between myself and my campaign, but I can always speak for myself and the Russians, zero.”

You can brush off this as more hamburger helper or you can take this sentence for the way it was constructed. Is this a soundbite for a courtroom drama? The man said there was no collusion between him and his campaign. Was that a way to plant the seed that he didn’t control what his campaign and transition team did? Is he that smart?

And you could also say, perhaps a little Freudian slip there, that he was confessing that he can speak for the Russians. Really? Who made him the Russian ambassador?

Adding the word “zero” at the end doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence. When the leader of the free word has a major problem with syntax, this is a real problem. When people translate these words into other languages, he might be very surprised how misunderstood he is.

When Trump peppers his speech with “everybody thinks so,” or bragging about the “fantastic job” he is doing, he doesn’t cloud the negative moments that can appear in the same paragraph, even in the same sentence. He’s elevated George W. Bush to valedictorian status.

The pressure is getting to poor Donald. Everybody is treating him so unfairly. Why? He should be analyzing why so many people are against him.

 

 


WITCH HUNTS AND SMOKING GUNS

Trump Leaves America in Denial

Donald J. Trump, ready to embark on his long trip to meet with leaders of the world, sends his first tweet in 24-hours (5-18-2017). He lives in denial. We can only hope that he can endure the extreme vetting that an immigrant would suffer coming through customs.

We are seeing things melt away fast. Between the Comey memos, creating the possibility that Trump asked the FBI Director to let go the investigation of Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia, we also get the news that Trump was warned about Flynn by Susan Rice, Sally Yates and President Obama.  Nonetheless Trump, named him National Security Advisor. So much for extreme vetting.

Trump uses short little phrases, he probably writes on his little hands, to deflect truth and promote his agenda of lies. He claims this is the biggest “witch hunt” in American history, well he did use the word “politician.” I didn’t think Donald Trump was a politician, I thought he was different; a real swamp drainer.

But as far as witch hunts, the Salem witch trials between February 1692 and May 1693 resulted in the executions of twenty people, fourteen of them women, and all but one by hanging. Not sure you want to dredge up that piece of history with your rhetoric, Mr. Know-It-All. Witch hunts don’t usually end well for the witches.

There are many smoking guns here, but most of the people who voted for Agent Orange cannot see the smoke from the witches. They think the Media are lying and they are the witches and bitches; when, in fact, the press is being played by the leakers who have this righteous viewpoint that democracy is better when people know what is going on. The operative word here is “righteous.”

The Department of Justice has appointed a special counsel to review what happened and possibly bring charges against those who abused their power, Donald Trump is on the defense with a large smear of denial. One day Trump will wake up to the reality that the United States of America is bigger than him and his fragile ego. His self-esteem is so delicate that when the slightest breeze of truth hits it spins uncontrollably round and round.

Robert Swan Mueller III, may have a beautiful middle name, but he will be Donald Trump’s biggest problem in his life. Male swans of all species will ferociously guard their nests and in this case, the nest is our country. While the President runs around the country trying to impress other leaders, Mueller will be hard at work finding the facts.

We deserve to know the facts and get to the bottom of this ridiculous charade that this administration has perpetrated on America. If Trump did nothing wrong, then he can be managed better when both parties know the extent to which his incompetence and unethical actions have damaged the presidency and our country.

If he did something wrong, he needs to be removed from office. He cannot make money on his short stay in the White House, which means he will have to divest many properties to pay for lawsuits that will fall from the sky.

It is sad that, as great as our country is, it could have been hijacked by a con man. Is there really any difference between Bernie Madoff and Donald Trump? Maybe that’s going too far, but hey, you never know.


WHOLLY APPROPRIATE – HOLY CRAP!

Trump Recorded in the Oval by the Russians?

Wake up America, Trump and Putin are having a love affair. We have to ask the question, when do Republicans step up and do something about it? Let’s just walk through seven days of presidential disgrace.

The Donald decided to fire the Director of the FBI on May 9, 2017 because of the investigation into Russia’s tampering with the US election. Then, he had the Russians in the White House the next day, where he unknowingly gave them intel that was provided by Israel.

Let’s rewind the clock now.  On Valentine’s Day 2017 the New York Times told us that Trump asked the FBI’s to “let go” the investigation into Michael Flynn.  Incredibly, this happened just one day after Agent Orange fired Flynn.  Now we have half-baked experts discussing if this was obstruction of justice.

Obstruction consists of any attempt to hinder the discovery, apprehension, conviction or punishment of anyone who has committed a crime. The acts by which justice is obstructed may include bribery, murder, intimidation, and the use of physical force against witnesses, law enforcement officers or court officials.

When I heard Congressman Adam Schiff say we have to look at “intent” I almost laughed. Trump, in his own style, asked Comey to end the investigation into Flynn and then later he fired him. That should be a giant period at the end of the sentence and as much intent as any logical person would need.

Just when we thought that all the shoes have dropped, Putin announced that he can provided a transcript of the discussion that took place with the President on May 10, 2017 in the Oval Office. Trump not only got played by the Russians with photographs of them yucking it up, but Putin says he knows every word that was said there. This begs the question, what is secure?

If this seems to have gone too far, then you are being logical and a loyal American. If you see all this as some conspiracy to get Donald Trump, then you obviously are a member of the cult of unawareness; God bless you.

What are we going to do? We have already gone through this before, it was called Watergate. There is a moment in time when we realize that absolute power corrupts absolutely. It’s time for people like McMaster, Tillerson and Mattis to stop their attempts to bail out the loser. They are losing whatever credibility they had.

Yes, we aren’t winning because we have a loser in the White House and he has to go. President Pence will be inadequate at best, but we must stabilize the Republic and get this government back on solid American Sovereignty. There are times when people want change. Wanting something different is okay, but we also have to be open to that comprehension that our choice might not have been what is best.

Why wait four years to fix this mistake? It’s time for thinking Americans to decide what they want their country to be. We are either going to permit this perverse vision of our country or go back to a standard operating procedure that has worked for more than 240 years.

Donald J. Trump has just proved that he is unfit to be President of the United States. Is that clear enough?

 

 


Trump’s “Absolute Rights”

 Mother F**king Laptops on these Mother F**king Planes

There are two things happening at the same time and if you open your eyes wide enough you will see that America has a problem. Let’s simplify all this into grains of truth.

First, we have a President in Trump who actually is being told by lawyers and over-zealous advisors how to leap over his latest lie. Is this democracy or is it something kingdoms had to do when the teenager became King because his old man died. In this case, lots of people who voted for Trump’s big mouth made a huge mistake. Donald Trump has some abnormal affection and bizarre loyalty to Russia. We have to find out what that’s all about.

He may have the right and power to declassify at will, but once he does the intelligence is no longer a secret and then can be circulated to anyone –  SIS and newspapers for example. That’s dumb on his part.

Next, he made a threat, now unveiled, to his fired FBI Director and made a cryptic tweet about “tapes” in the White House.  He then proceeded to claim he didn’t leak anything to the Russians about a threat of ISIS laptop bombs. He next used the phrase “humanitarian reasons” as a justification for leaking information about the plot to the Russians in the Oval Office. Does he realize that if there are any “tapes” they can be subpoenaed by Congress?

Agent Orange has painted himself into a legal corner which he cannot escape without laying down some heavy footprints. But that is not the biggest part of this intrigue. The story within the story is the insane idea of making people check their computers on all flights. There are very good reasons that this would put more people in danger.

Laptops generally run on nickel cadmium (NiCad), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), or lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries, with Li-ion being the most common in newer laptops. There’s a reason why the airlines currently ask you to take any device that has a lithium battery out of luggage you plan to check.

In February of 2016 The Department of Transportation, which oversees the FAA, banned the use of lithium batteries on planes. Due to the risk of fire, lithium-ion batteries cannot be shipped as cargo on passenger planes.

Now we are hearing this call to make people check their laptops in baggage. Is Homeland Security this stupid? Someone will close their laptop and forget to turn it off. They will then place it in the middle of their clothes to protect it and create an overheating situation that could create a luggage hold fire. Who’s your terrorist now?

Let’s get back to those “absolute rights” the Donald claims. It’s about time for the Congress to read Article 1, Section 1 of the Constitution:  All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. The President cannot make law.

And Agent Orange should read the last paragraph in Article 1, Section 3: Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.

The President is not above the law, be it in the office or out of the office. What he told the Russians may or may not destroy a relationship we have with another government’s security services, or it might get someone killed, but Trump doesn’t care. He’s focused only on how he looks to whomever is in the room, friend or foe.

With each justification and lack of communication with Congress, the greater the number of Republican skeptics he will create. Meanwhile, we better hope that laptops in suitcases don’t start fires on those planes. Trump may be a baboon, but someone has to stand up to bad security policies. We cannot trust Trump to keep a secret or make a good decision. Sad, really, really, Sad!


TRUMP’S CABINET EXPOSED – PART ONE

“You judge a man by the companies he keeps”

When the time comes to write the history of the Trump reign in Washington, we can look to the people he picked to sit at the big table. The President’s Cabinet are the most important members of his team. These members are so powerful in the government that they have to be confirmed by the Congress.

Many articles are written as the season begins in any specific sport. The armchair coaches and managers at the magazines, web sites and TV networks tell us why one team is better than the other. It’s only been a little over 100 days since this administration has started and some of these characters weren’t confirmed right away.  However, they all are now official, so let’s take a look at each person.

One of the most important people regarding how our country deals with the many hotspots and countries in the world is the Secretary of State. Traded form the EXXON MOBIL team and playing this position is Rex Tillerson. Rex carries himself well, has the gravitas and voice that can impress you on the get go, but don’t expect to have him ever say anything that matters. You can’t see the strings coming from his arms, but Trump speak is in his speak. I love when he says what Trump wants him to say, then a minute later, actually says that Russian hacking was a bad thing. He’s no Hillary Clinton, but you knew that.

The person in charge of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, was brought in from Goldman Sachs and has a nasty curve ball. While at ESL Investments he helped Trump secure lots of money for his building projects. He gave Trump money and the Donald paid him back with a job taking care of our money? This guy was involved in the housing crisis (OneWest) and foreclosed on a lot of Americans while his company reaped rewards. Of course, this is too easy. It’s putting the wolf in charge of the hen house. We just hope that our nest eggs aren’t cracked by this inarticulate banker.

On Defense, and we mean Secretary of Defense, James N. Mattis is a lifelong military man with excellent credentials. But sadly, many critics of President Trump believe that the driving force on this decision was Mattis’ nick name, “Mad Dog Mattis” which Trump loved saying at his rallies. Mattis carries a big bat and understands global conflicts and the nuisances of specific cultures. As long as Mattis stays, we have some sanity in the ranks.

The Attorney General’s job went to longtime supporter and campaigner Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, whose law and order message was blended with Trump exaggerated views on crime and who commits them. Sessions is not a player on the team, he is the umpire who wants a certain crowd to like him (yes, that was a whisper). Under Sessions, we will fill up the prisons due to his mandated sentencing decree, which will help some of Trump’s contributors, GEO Group, the largest for-profit prison firm and the other large prison company, CoreCivic, who both gave as much as a quarter of a million dollars to support Trump’s inauguration. Sessions also had to recuse himself from any Russian election investigation because of his failing to admit under oath that he, too, met with the Russians. Rule of Law?

Ryan Zinke, appointed and confirmed as the Secretary of the Interior, may have a degree in geology and a military record but the thing that stands out here is that he served on the board of the oil pipeline company QS Energy. During the primary, Zinke said that Hillary Clinton was “the real enemy” and the “anti-Christ” due to her position on freedom of choice for women. While Zinke wants to decide what a woman does with her interior, this guy wants to destroy our land. He wants to burn more coal for electricity and has zero care about Native Lands. To the Native people of America, he is indeed an evil spirit.

Sonny Perdue, may be the Agriculture Secretary, but he is NOT related to the Perdue Chicken Company. As governor of Georgia once asked his state to pray to ask God to end a drought. This is a guy who wanted to returned to the stars and bars flag for the state of Georgia (the one that looked confederate). And ironically, he was sworn as Secretary of Agriculture by Clarence Thomas. It’s too soon to see if this guy has any real understanding of farms, but he is a “Bull Dog” and has a degree from University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. So, he knows animals.

And finally, in Part One, let’s take a quick look at the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, who is a son of judge from New Jersey. When Ross was the Senior Managing Director of Rothschild Inc., a firm that specialized in bankruptcies, good old Wilbur figured out a way for Donald Trump to keep control of his failing casinos. In settlements that came after a Securities and Exchange Commission probe into overcharging of fees by WL Ross & Co, his most recent firm, he paid more than $100 million in fines and shareholder reimbursements. Of course, he only deals with trade, so his background won’t keep him from pissing off Canada, Mexico and eventually all our trade partners.

In Part Two, we’ll take a look at the rest of the people in the clown bus.