Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trump's Third Attempt At A Muslim Ban Is Blocked By A Federal Judge Just Hours Before It Goes Into Effect!

Alas Donald Trump's third attempt at his Muslim ban met the same fate Tuesday as the first two.

It was shot down by a federal judge.

The ban, which was set to go into effect in mere hours, was blocked nationwide by Judge Derrick Watson from Hawaii.

Judge Derrick Watson

According to the 40-page ruling Watson the ban was "simultaneously overbroad and underinclusive" because it targets entire countries rather than dangerous individuals, yet leaves out even potentially dangerous individuals from most countries.

Watson's brief went on to state that the ban...

"suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor. It lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries would be 'detrimental to the interests of the United States,'" and it "plainly discriminates based on nationality."

Trump's latest Muslim ban blocks specific travelers from five of the original nations — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen but this time Trump has added Chad, North Korea and Venezuela while Iraq and Sudan were subtracted from the list.

The reasoning behind why some countries were added and some were left of was never fully explained by the Trump administration.

Tuesday's ruling by Judge Watson affected only the six majority-Muslim countries and does not include North Korea and Venezuela. But few people are affected by the ban in those countries

The White House called Watson's ruling "dangerously flawed" and a threat to national security has made it clear that the Justice Department will be appealing the decision.

Trump's earlier bans, from January and March, were struck down by several federal courts before the Supreme Court allowed part of the second ban to take effect in late June. That ban expired last month, to be replaced by an indefinite prohibition against some travelers from an expanded group of countries.

The latest travel ban also has been challenged in federal court in Maryland, where oral arguments were held Monday.

Trump's freeze on all Syrian refugee for 120-days will expire next week.

If you were keeping score U.S. District Judge James Robart blocked Trump's first attempt at a Muslim ban and the aforementioned Judge Watson struck down Trump's second ban in March.

Trump Exploits Gen. Kelly’s Son, Who Died In Afghanistan, As Cover For Not Calling The Families Of Four Soldiers Killed By ISIS

If plumbing the depths of depravity were a sport Donald Trump would hold records at every position.

Today Trump outdid himself when he used a dead soldier to defend himself from criticism about his handling of the death of four soldiers.

What mades the incident even more grotesque is that he used his Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly’s Dead Son, Lt. Robert M. Kelly, to do so.

This all began when, at an impromptu press conference on Monday, Trump was asked to respond to criticism that he had not addressed the fact that he hadn't spoken of or about the four American soldiers who were killed by ISIS in Niger over 13 day ago.

In response Trump falsely insinuated that President Barack Obama did not call families who had children killed in action.

Trump was soundly rebuked for the lie as it was widely known that President Obama took great pains to show gold star families his grief, sympathy and the nation's gratefulness for their sacrifice.

Yet the very next day Trump again tried to defend his claim that President Barack Obama didn't call the loved ones of fallen soldiers, floated the idea Tuesday that reporters should ask his chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, whether or not Obama called him after his son died in Afghanistan in 2010 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

The comment came during an interview on Fox News Radio with Brian Kilmeade...


"One of the questions was about writing the Green Beret soldiers and it ends up being a bigger story. Can I ask you what you thought about... what you thought about when you brought up past presidents and what they’ve done, do you want to clarify anything there?"


"Well there’s nothing to clarify. Because if you look at my whole – this is again fake news CNN, I mean they’re just a bunch of fakers, so they ask me that question, and for the most part, to the best of my knowledge, I think I’ve called every family of somebody that’s died, and it’s the hardest call to make and I said it very loud and clear yesterday, the hardest thing for me to do is do that.Now, as far as other representatives, I don’t know, I mean you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? You could ask other people, I don’t know what Obama’s policy was, I write letters, and I also call."

After the interview, which was also widely panned for it's ugly divisiveness, Trump doubled down when he had the White House release an official press release stating that President Obama hadn't’t called General John Kelly after his son was killed.

Plumb those depths Donny!

First of all as 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly was married and protocol would have dictated that President Obama would have called his wife not his father.

Aside from that, what Trump's self serving release fails to mention is, the White House visitor records show that Gen. Kelly attended a breakfast President Obama hosted for Gold Star families after his son died at which Kelly and his family sat at First Lady Michelle Obama’s table.

That's what a real commander-in chief does.

Gen. Kelly, who is a notoriously private man, has tried to keep his son's death private as evidenced in a 2011 Washington Post profile of Kelly that reported that the general asked a Marine Corps officer not to mention his son's death when he was introduced at a St. Louis event only days after his son was killed.

Trump's Net Worth Drops $600 Million As He Falls 92 Spots From Last Year's Forbes Richest Person List

No wonder Donny's pushing tax cuts for the rich!

The Forbes list of 400 richest Americans shows that the "so called" billionaire Donald Trump's fortune fell by $600 million to $3.1 billion.

As a result he dropped to #248 on the list, after coming in at #156 last year.

Forbes attributed Trump's precipitous drop in wealth to...

"a tough New York real estate market, particularly for retail locations; a costly lawsuit and an expensive presidential campaign."

Then there is the $25 million payoff he doled out to settle with the Trump University real estate seminars defrauded students.

These, by the way, are the exact same excuses given for the loss of wealth Trump experienced in last years list.

Sadly for Trump the magazine reports that overall the richest Americans are richer than they were a year ago.

But what do you expect from a guy who went bankrupt running a casino?

Bill Gates tops the list for the 24th straight year with a net worth estimated at $89 billion. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, worth $81.5 billion, held on to the No. 2 spot he first claimed in 2016. Warren Buffett, remains No. 3 with a fortune worth $78 billion.

Interestingly Trump fared better in Forbes' ranking than he did on Bloomberg's worldwide billionaires list, which puts his net worth at $2.86 billion. That's incidentally is not enough to make him on of the 500 richest people in the world.

Trump has in the past bragged that his "empire" was worth $11 billion... In his estimation.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

After 12 Days Of Silence Trump Is Finally Called Out For Ignoring 4 Soldiers Killed By ISIS... His Response Is Sickening (VIDEO)

After an especially rocky week Donald Trump decided to do an impromptu press conference with Senator Mitch McConnell on Monday to, as they say, "regain the narrative".

It was predictably off the rails, full of self congratulations and blame for everyone else who he perceived had wronged or failed him in some way or another.

But it was when a reporter decided to ask him why he hadn't knowledge the four dead special forces soldiers killed in an ISIS ambush almost two week ago that the presser turned ugly and grotesque.

When the reporter inquired as to why he hadn't addressed the deceased soldiers, the deadliest U.S. combat operation of his term thus far, Trump immediately remarked on how rough it had been for him and then tried to convince reporters that President Obama didn't contact the families of fallen soldiers.

It went exactly like this.

CNN White House Correspondent Sara Murray asked Trump...

"Mr President why haven’t we heard anything from you so far about the soldiers that were killed in Niger? And what do you have to say about that?"

Trump responded with this pile of garbage...

"Uh, I’ve written them personal letters. Uh, they’ve been sent, or they’re going out tonight, but they were written during the weekend (It's been 12 days!). I will at some point during the period of time call the parents and the families. Because I have done that, traditionally. Uh, I felt very, very badly about that. I always feel badly. It’s the toughest, the toughest calls I have to make are the calls where, uh, this happens, soldiers are killed. It’s a very difficult thing. Now, it gets to a point where, you know, you make four or five of them in one day, it’s a very, very tough day. For me, that’s by far the toughest. So, the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of ’em didn’t make calls, a lot of ’em didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it. Uh, they have made the ultimate sacrifice. So, generally, I would say that I like to call. I’m going to be calling them. I want a little time to pass, I’m going to be calling them. I have, as you know, since I’ve been president, I have. But in addition, I actually wrote letters individually to the, uh, soldiers we’re talking about, and they’re going to be going out either today or tomorrow.

Here that is...

It's like a child explaining to his teacher that he had done his homework but didn't actually have it on him... but "believe me" he did it!

Later in the press conference, a reporter pressed Trump on his claims about Obama not calling the parents of soldiers who had died while he was President.

Knowing he had been caught in a lie Trump started backtracking...

I don’t know if he did. I was told that he didn’t often. And a lot of presidents don’t. President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes. Maybe sometimes he didn’t. I don’t know. That’s what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. Some presidents didn’t do anything. But I like the combination. When I can, I like the combination of a call and also a letter.


Funny fact. Before he was elected one of Trump's fun hobbies was circulating conspiracy theories about Obama supposedly failing to personally reach out to the families of fallen troops.

In August 2012, he tweeted an accusation that Obama didn’t actually sign some condolence letters himself because he was “too busy playing golf”...

What is so nauseating about this is that Trump WAS actually too busy playing golf when the bodies of Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39; Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, of Lyons; and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25 were retuned home.

In fact, during the twelve days he observed complete radio silence about the four dead servicemen, Trump went golfing five times, actively defended his war on kneeling football players by claiming “I have plenty of time on my hands.”, attacked "Liddle'"Bob Corker on Twitter and bragged about how he’s defeating ISIS at the Value Voters Summit.

Trump is a grotesquery.

Here are a few pictures of President Obama comforting the families of soldiers that died while he was the commander-in-chief...

The President and First Lady console Paul and Janet, parents of Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti
The President and First Lady walk through Arlington National Cemetery after greeting family members of fallen service members on Veteran's Day 2012
President Obama speaks to a mourner whose shirt is emblazoned in the memory of fallen soldier Staff Sgt. Brett Petriken in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery
President Obama greets visitors during a walk through section 60, the burial sites of the war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan
President Obama comforts families of fallen soldiers during Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery 2013

President Obama salutes with Maj. Gen. Daniel Wright as service members carry a coffin containing the remains of Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trump Played Golf As Four American Soldiers’ Bodies Returned Home From Fatal ISIS Ambush

Eleven days after the murder of four American soldiers at the hands of ISIS in Niger, South Africa Donald Trump has yet to even mention the incident let alone the names of the soldiers he claims he has such respect for.

Trump couldn't even muster a single solitary tweet for the fallen special forces members in the week and a half since a deadly ambush took their lives.

And as the bodies of Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Washington state, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Ohio, Sgt. La David Johnson of Florida and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright of Georgia returned home in flag draped coffins Trump was still too busy golfing with Sen. Lindsey Graham to say a word publicly about them.

Trump had plenty of time to tweet about “fake news” and to call the media "disgusting”, brag about the stock market, lash out at late night talk show hosts, attack the NFL anthem kneelers and "Liddle'" Bob Corker.

But nothing for four American soldiers murdered by terrorists overseas.

This as he addressed the “Values Voters Summit” Friday, insisting that his administration had...

made great strides against ISIS, tremendous strides.

Yet even at that venue the four dead soldiers still didn't merit a mention.

Anyone remember the four Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi?

Trump surly does as he tweeted sixty-six times about that attack.

He even used one of the dead men's mother to attack Hillary Clinton over Benghazi during the 2016 presidential campaign and went so far as to have her speak at the Republican National Convention.

So why the radio silence over Niger?

Perhaps Trump's silence has something to do with the new information that's come to light which describes details of the chaos and confusion which led to the 12 man team being left on the ground for nearly an hour before help could get to the remote area of southwestern Niger where they were operating.

Perhaps it's because in the end no American helicopters came to their rescue as they had to rely on the French military to rescue the remaining troops.

Perhaps it was the fact that it took an additional 48 hour to find the body of one of the fallen soldiers that was left behind in the confusion.

One thing you can be sure that if this incited had occurred under Preside Obama's watch Trump and the Republicans would be calling for his head.

The silence is deafening.

Military officials claim the incident is under investigation but it remains to be seen if Trump will ever mention the failings that led to the deadliest combat incident since beginning his term.

Larry Flynt Offers $10 Million For The "Smoking Gun" That Leads To Trump's Impeachment CALL: 1-800-251-2714

Larry Flynt, the adult media tycoon and publisher of "Hustler" magazine has posted a $10 million bounty for any dirt on Donald Trump If it leads to his "impeachment and removal from office."

Flynt wrote in a brief post on Twitter...

Flynt also published the bounty in a full-page ad in the Washington Post in am all bold, all-caps text that filled the top third of the page...


Here is the full ad...

In the ad Flynt outlined numerous reasons he felt President Trump needed to be removed from office, charging him with everything from...

compromising domestic and foreign policy with his massive conflicts-of-interest global business empire” to “telling hundreds of bald-faced lies” to “gross nepotism and appointment of unqualified persons to high office

This is the second bounty Flynt has place on Trump's head but this on represents a 10-fold increase from the reward Flynt offered last October that he dropped after the now infamous “Access Hollywood” footage was released that featured Trump bragging about groping women genitals.

Then, Flynt said he was after verifiable video footage or audio recordings for use prior to the November 8 election clearly showing Donald Trump engaging in illegal activity or acting in a sexually "demeaning or derogatory manner."

Now as the situation has become more dire Flynt has upped the ante and called for "smoking gun" that will lead to Trump's impeachment.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trump Has Signed Nearly Twice As Many Executive Orders Than President Obama At This Time In His Term And More Than Any President In The Past 50 Years

On Thursday Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at destroying the affordable health insurance by crippling the Affordable Care Act.

It was the 49th executive order that Trump has signed since coming into office on January 20.

The last president to sign that many executive orders through October 13 of his first year in office was freaking Lyndon Johnson.

Trump, as you'll remember, was a fierce and outspoken critic of  President Barack Obama's use of executive orders saying he was criminally doing end-run of the legislative branch.

Here is just one of the hundreds of lines Trump trotted out while he was on the campaign trail...

"Obama goes around signing executive orders. He can't even get along with the Democrats. He goes around signing all these executive orders. It's a basic disaster. You can't do it."

Trump portrayed President Obama as an out-of-control executive, trying to push his liberal agenda on the country via executive fiat.

This makes the fact that Obama had signed roughly half of the executive orders at this point in 2009 as Trump has signed so far in 2017 painfully ironic.

Trump's hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Trump Threatens To Blow Up The Iranian Nuclear Deal

Donald Trump threatened to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement Friday, claiming the deal reached by the US, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom plus Germany in 2015 was not in the national security interest of the United States despite Iran’s longstanding compliance and prevailing arguments by intelligence officials claiming otherwise.

But being the coward he is he didn't terminate the deal outright.

Much like with health care and DACA Trump punted that decision to congress.

In a speech from the White House Trump said...

I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws, so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons. However, in the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, the agreement will be terminated.

The problem with demanding that Congress amend an existing law that changes U.S. commitments under that agreement would alone destroy the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

All this despite the fact that Iran has significantly scaled back its nuclear program and allowed broad access to international inspectors in exchange for sanctions relief from the international community.

The restrictions the six nations reached with Iran is set to expire between 10 and 15 years from when the agreement was implemented.

Trump is now demanding that Congress revise the existing U.S. law so that those restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program be made permanent

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (Yes, the same Bob Corker who said Trump was setting the US "on the path to WWIII") and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) are said to have already started drafting such legislation, working in coordination with the White House.

What seems to escape Trump and the Republicans in Congress is that the negotiating of additional terms to the Iranian nuclear deal requires the coalition of international partners that signed off on the original plan in the first place... not a unilateral congressional action sole by Republicans.

Trump’s decision and subsequent threat to Congress adds yet another nuclear crisis to the world's tab as at a moment the United States and its allies are facing an even more dire nuclear crisis with North Korea

It is widely believed that Trump's move will only further isolate us from our allies and partners who helped negotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

After Trump issued his irresponsible and dangerous demands Iran’s Foreign Ministry warned that it is considering making the nuclear agreement null and void if it stops receiving the benefits it was guaranteed under the 2015 agreement.

They then threatened to withdraw from the deal and resume its peaceful nuclear program without any restrictions if the US renege on the promises it made in the original deal.

Well, this all seems to be working out nicely does't it?

It was reported that Trump’s decision to delegate the decision to Congress was only reached after a lengthy interagency argument over his reckless determination to scrap the nuclear deal.

Evidently the only reason Trump relented on letting the Congress undertake the consequential part of the decision making about the nuclear accord’s future was that he was promised that he could deliver a speech in which he could sound very strong and tough on Iran.

POLL: Americans Don’t Want Trump To Sabotage Obamacare... But He's Doing It Anyway

According To a new survey conducted earlier this month by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation more than 7 in 10 Americans think Donald Trump should be using his position to help fix Obamacare... not to drive it to fail...

The poll, which was taken before Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he would be crippling Obamacare by withholding subsidy payments to health insurance companies, revealed seventy-one percent of Americans believe Trump should be doing all he can to make the health insurance exchanges work opposed to the 21 percent who agreed with his tactic of making the law fail.

The survey also revealed that twice as many, 40 percent, say the actions taken by Trump and his administration are generally “hurting” the ACA marketplaces than the 19 percent that believe his actions are “helping”.

Stunningly even a majority of Republicans believe Trump should befitting Obamacare and not making moves to cause it to fail by a 43 percent to 48 percent.

Trump has undermined the Affordable Care Act throughout his term by cuting off key funds for insurers, slashing the outreach and advertising budget for the ACA, and weakening the individual mandate.

Friday, October 13, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: Trump To Cut Off Billions In Key Payments To Insurers To Sabotage Obamacare

After signing an executive order on Thursday designed to hamstring President Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA) Donald Trump has just announced plans to halt payments to health insurance companies serving the poorest customers on the Obamacare exchanges.

This move will throw millions of people off of their health coverage plans, make health care costs go up for everyone and cost two hundred billion tax-payer dollars in the process.

Trump has threatened to withhold these funds in the past, valued at $7 billion this year, since his election victory last November.

The threats alone have caused turmoil and uncertainty in the health insurance market, and if he follows through, it promises to send Obamacare into the "death spiral" he and his Republican cohorts have been salivating over for the last seven years.

Trump's end game is the destruction of the law his nemesis President Obama signed in 2010 that has brought the number of uninsured Americans to a historic low.

Despite that Trump has been undermining the ACA and its programs since he took office in January, and he has ramped up his efforts in recent weeks in the aftermath of his failure to get the Affordable Care Act repealed by Congress.

This effort of course includes the executive order Trump signed Thursday directing federal agencies to change regulations to allow insurers to sell policies that exclude people with pre-existing conditions and have offer fewer benefits for longer term than accepted by the Affordable Care Act.

The mere possibility that Trump would refuse to pay money owed to health insurance companies created additional instability in market causing them to raise policy rates exponentially. Now that he has announced that he will be doing just that it should send the markets into the tailspin he has desired.

Insurers have already raised premiums for next year to protect themselves against financial losses if Trump actually reneges on his obligations. With this announcement their fears have been borne out.

The payments Trump plans to end are related to so-called cost-sharing reductions offered to insurance exchange enrollees who earn up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $30,150 for a single person. These subsidies serve to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for low-income people by shrinking their deductibles, co-payments and the like.

As a result the almost 6 million people, or 57 percent of Obamacare enrollees, who qualified for these subsidies when they enrolled this year will be effected by the price hikes. The very people who can least afford to incur such a cost.

Under the Affordable Care Act the health insurance companies are required to reduce this cost-sharing with the federal government reimbursing them for the cost since exchange plans went live in January 2014.

Now Trump has sabotaged that.

Trump, as it turns out, has the authority to withhold the subsidies because of a lawsuit the United States House of Representatives brought against President Obama in 2014 that claimed he illegally made these payments without an explicit congressional appropriation of the funding.

A federal judge sided with House Republicans last year but allowed Obama to continue paying back insurers while the case went through the appeals process.

But when Trump succeeded President Obama his administration became the defendant and deemed the subsidies unlawful calling it ...

"a bailout of insurance companies through these unlawful payments"

Ironically, cutting off these payments to health insurance companies will actually cost taxpayers because higher premiums mean bigger subsidies and federal spending will rise by almost $200 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia announced, after Trump's move, that they will be suing him over the discontinuation of the cost-sharing reduction payments.

Congress could address the subsidy payment issue by simply authorizing the spending in legislation but has chosen not to do so.

Let's see if the House of Representatives have the guts to stand up to Trump's craven display of sabotage.