Saturday, May 19, 2018

MORE COLLU$ION! Trump Campaign Met With Gulf Emissary And Israeli Media Specialist Offering A$$istance

It sure looks like the Trump campaign was taking on all comers who offered goods and services to them regardless of what country they came from.

The New York Times reported today that Donald Trump Jr. met with a small group of people at Trump Tower in New York which included both an emissary for two Arab princes and an Israeli social media specialist, both of whom offered assistance to the Trump campaign three months before the 2016 presidential election.

Citing several people with knowledge of the encounters The Times identified the Gulf emissary as George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman who reportedly informed Trump Jr....

"that the crown princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president,"

Nader, who was stopped and questioned by FBI agents at Washington Dulles International Airport in January, is at this time fully cooperating with the special counsel Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign.

The newspaper additionally reported that the Israeli social media expert, Joel Zamel, offered his company assistance in helping the Trump campaign gain an advantage over Hillary Clinton. According to the Times, the company had by then put together...

"a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump,"

The meeting was organized by prominent Trump supporter Erik Prince the former CEO of the murderous private security firm Blackwater and brother of Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

That job for Betsy sure looks like a little quid pro quo there for Erik's hard work.

The report maintains that it is unclear whether a proposal was ever agreed to or acted upon.

What is clear is that Trump was ready to accept goods and services rendered by foreign actors for his campaign which has clearly been illegal since 1974 when the United States barred foreign nationals from giving money to political campaigns and it later barred them from donating to political parties.

In addition to that campaign financing laws also prohibit foreign nationals from coordinating with a campaign and from buying an ad that explicitly calls for the election or defeat of a candidate.

These meetings combined with the other Trump Tower get together between Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who offered them incriminating information about Hillary Clinton definitively puts to rest the idea that the Trump campaign didn't collude with... umm... EVERYONE WHO OFFERED.

Lyin' Trump Claims The FBI And President Obama Put A "Spy" In His Campaign to "Frame" Him... So The FBI Crushed His Lie

Over the last few days Donald Trump has been alleging that the Department of Justice put a "spy" inside his 2016 presidential campaign in an effort to frame him for crimes he claims he "didn’t commit."

This specious claim seems to directly coincide with the reports that three of Trump's advisors Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis had been meeting with foreign intelligence agents to relay their insights into Trump and his highly unethical campaign.

On Thursday Trump tweeted that President Barack Obama had "spied" on his campaign after watching former federal prosecutor and assistant U.S. attorney Andrew McCarthy drop that pile on Fox News...

Then on Friday Trump tweeted a second time in as many days that the government put a "spy" inside his campaign apparently quoting Fox Business Network anchor David Asman's regurgitation of a National Review article...

Not quite squeezing this turd dry Trump three hours later tweeted that if the reports are true, it would be the "all time biggest political scandal!,"...

After Trump's tweetgasm, in what can only be perceived as a reply to the unhinged conspiratorial rantings of the right wing which are then absorbed by the spongy mass contained in Trump's head and then vomited up on the internet, sources close to the F.B.I. shot down this claims through an article in The New York Times last night.

In a headline that read: "F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims" the agency reveals the truth that they in fact dispatched a confidential informant to meet with Page and Papadopouloss as the investigation into possible links between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Citing individuals familiar with the matter the Times' article goes on to state...

"The informant, an American academic who teaches in Britain, made contact late that summer with one campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, according to people familiar with the matter. He also met repeatedly in the ensuing months with the other aide, Carter Page, who was also under F.B.I. scrutiny for his ties to Russia,"

Additionally The Washington Post reported that in addition to Page and Papadopoulos the informant also had contacts with Trump's campaign's co-chairman, Sam Clovis, to talk about relations with China.

So it seems to be just another case of projection by Trump as it appears that it was in fact he who hired the spies that dwelled within his own campaign.

Friday, May 18, 2018

SCHOOL SHOOTING: Student Opens Fire At Texas High School Leaving 10 Dead, 10 Wounded (22 PICTURES)

On Friday morning a gunman opened fire in a Santa Fe, Texas high school killing ten and wounding 10 others.

Eyewitnesses told reporters that the gunman went from classroom to classroom and opening fire as he did so.

An official confirmed explosive devices were also found in the school and the “surrounding areas adjacent to the high school,” and urged nearby residents to keep an eye out for other devices.

Police are still investigating two residences near the school and had found explosive devices, including a Molotov cocktail, at a home and in a vehicle.

A Harris County Sheriff has confirmed that one police officer was injured in the attack.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Several news outlets reported that the police had taken one male suspect into custody who was later identified as 17-year old Dimitrios Pagourtzis.

Pagourtzis reportedly had two weapons, a shotgun and .38 caliber pistol he took from his father who had likely purchased them legally.

Information has already been retrieved from Pagourtzis' computer and journals saying that he wanted to commit the shooting and commit suicide, but “didn’t have the courage” to kill himself.

As of this afternoon three patients with gunshot wounds are at the University of Texas Medical Branch while one middle-aged adult male patient is in critical condition in the operating room and two other patients, including one adult woman and one person under 18, suffered gunshot wounds in the leg.

Pagourtzis has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

Friday’s shooting was the 16th school shooting so far this year and the 10th since the February massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 dead.

One of the student survivors in Santa Fe, Paige Curry, was reported saying that she was not surprised by Friday’s shooting...

It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too,

Following the news of the mass shooting in the Texas high school Donald Trump weighed in on the situation via Twitter...

Welcome to the new normal...

WATCH: Video Surfaces Of Bill Gates Explaining Just How Ignorant And Pompous Donald Trump Is (VIDEO)

Last night MSNBC's Chris Hayes aired an exclusive clip of billionaire founder of Microsoft Bill Gates talking to his foundation’s staff about how utterly ignorant and pompous Donald Trump is.

In the clip Gates explains that on two separate occasions when the two met Trump didn’t know the difference between the sexually transmitted diseases HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, and HPV, an infection that can cause genital warts and cancer.

The clip shows Gates telling the attendees that at both meetings, specifically recalling a March 2017 meeting, where Trump asked him about the difference between the two viruses...

He wanted to know if there was a difference between HPV and HIV. So I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other,

The reason Gates would know is that The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated millions to public health and development initiatives including a $140 million donation to help develop an implantable drug pump to prevent the spread of HIV.

Gates also said that at both meetings Trump asked him about the negative effects of vaccines inquiring "if vaccines weren’t a bad thing" because he was considering a commission to look into their ill effects.

Gates simply replied...

I said, ‘no, that’s a dead end. That would be a bad thing, don’t do that.’

Gates says Trump even arrived at one of the events but was driven to an awaiting helicopter only to return 20 minuets later so he could "make a grand entrance."

You can watch the full clip here...

Later, in a segment not included in this clip, Gates said Trump referred to himself in the third person telling him that...

Trump hears that you don’t like what Trump is doing,

After the campaign it was reported that Trump had asked Gates to be a science adviser in his administration but Gates refused citing that he could be of more help outside of politics.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trump Says Immigrants "Are Not People" Are "Animals" As Congress Pushes For Severe Anti-Immigration Bill

Donald Trump referred to some people deported from the United States as “animals” during a roundtable discussion about California’s “sanctuary” law on Wednesday.

Trump uttered the slurs after a California sheriff at the roundtable began a tirade against MS-13 gang members, the right wings most recent in a long line of latino boogeyman.

When the sheriff was finished lamenting her inability to notify ICE on gang members who had not been charged or convicted of serious crimes Trump, seemingly triggered by the mere mention of MS-13, followed not by speaking about the gang but instead by painting all hispanics into one group of invaders...

"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy."

It’s the latest in Trump's series of statements stretching from his announcement to run in 2016 to present day that purposefully conflate immigration, criminality, and violence.

Trump's comments come as House Republican leadership committed on Thursday to hold a vote on a hardline anti-immigration bill demanded by the Freedom Caucus, a group of far right leaning congress members.

The hyper-conservative group has also been holding the "farm bill" hostage because it sets a path forward for DACA recipients, protected young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, unless they get a vote on their immigration bill first that would in turn block the previous bill's effort.

The sudden push comes as they perhaps realize that the midterm elections may wipe out the Republican's majority status in the House rendering it improbable that they could ever pass such an anti-immigration bill.

Trump Admits To Lie About Porn Star Mistress' Hush Money Payoff Triggering Justice Department Probe

Remember that porn star that Donald Trump didn't have an affair with and most defiantly didn't have his lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pay $130,000 to to be quiet about the affair they didn't have one week before the 2016 presidential election.

Yeah, about that.

Turns out Trump was forced to admit in a federally required financial disclosure that he actually did reimburse Cohen between $100,000 and $250,000 for a payment he made to a "third party" according to the documents released Wednesday.

The required ethics form, called the “Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure Report”, must include a list of all of Trump's personal liabilities in excess of $10,000 in 2017.

While no reason was given for the payment to Trump's lawyer in the documents, which were released by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), Cohen has admitted to having paid the $130,000 in 2016 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Even Trump’s newest attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, earlier this month told Fox News that Trump reimbursed Cohen $130,000 for the payment to Clifford before the 2016 presidential election.

At this point Trump was the only one still keeping the "secret" having said that he had no knowledge about any payment made to Clifford through Cohen when asked on Air Force One late last month.

In any event the reverberations of Trump’s financial disclosure did not end there as immediately after it's release David J. Apol, the acting director of The Office of Government Ethics (OGE), sent a letter to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein saying that Trump’s payment to Cohen...

should have been reported as a liability on his public financial disclosure report”... "for the calendar year 2016,"

Here is a full copy of that letter...

You will notice that the letter cites a previously requested investigation by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) into whether...

the failure to report it was knowing and willful,

Additionally Noah Bookbinder, CREW’s executive director, questioned how many other “similar payments” Trump has not disclosed.

Time will tell or Trump will do time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Trump Double-Crosses America! Saves Sanctioned Chinese Phone-Maker After China Drops A Billion On Trump Project

The company ZTE, a cellphone maker owned 33 percent by Chinese-government-owned enterprises, was fined $1.2 billion last year after it had been found to have violate U.S. sanctions by doing business with Iran and North Korea.

As a result the U.S. government's Commerce Department, only last month, enacted crushing sanctions on ZTE preventing them from purchasing U.S. components for seven years which essentially shuttered the company.

In addition ZTE phones have been described as a security risk by the U.S. military and intelligence community who only two weeks ago banned their use on bases for fear they could be used to track the locations of service members.

But despite the infractions, warnings and severe punishments levied on the company Trump on Sunday decided to pull a 180 on all that when he out of the blue announced, via tweet, that he was going to make China great again as today he ordered a bailout for a Chinese-government-owned cellphone producer...

Oddly enough this would be the same Commerce Department that imposed the seven year long sections on the company only a month ago.

As it turns out that on the very same day Trump honked out that tweet the Chinese government agreed to put a billion dollars into a Trump owned Indonesian project.

It all became clear when it was reported today that a developer of a Indonesian resort outside of Jakarta, whom as luck would have it retained an exclusive deal to license the Trump name for it's golf courses and hotels, had signed a deal to receive $500 million in Chinese government loans, as well as another $500 million from Chinese banks.

What uncanny timing!

And as we all know Trump, despite his campaign promises, has never divested himself of his businesses and continues to profit quite handsomely from them.

Therefore this is what we call a classic Quid pro quo in yet another long line of violations of the emoluments clause and the Constitution by Donald Trump and the Trump Organization.

The White House has, as of this posting, not even bothered to acknowledge the connection between the “MNC Lido City” project and Trump’s directive regarding ZTE despite the Trump Organization's Monday acknowledgement that it was involvement in the resort.

Many of you will remember when on the 2016 presidential campaign trail Trump repeatedly accused China of “raping our country lamenting that ...

"We can't continue to allow China to rape our country, and that's what they're doing,"

It's different now because Trump is helping them do it and he gets a yuge finders fee to boot.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Trump Celebrates New US Embassy In Jerusalem As 56 Killed And 2,700 Injured In Nearby Gaza Protests

During the 2016 presidential campaign then-candidate Donald Trump promised to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Trump's pledge was a pandering wet kiss to lock up the votes of his evangelical Christian supporters who believe the move is necessary to induce the second coming of Christ and the Rapture in which all true believers go to heaven.

On Monday that campaign promise was delivered to the born again voters who cast their ballot for Trump.

But instead of bringing about the return of Jesus and a one way ticket to heaven the embassy opening instead turned into a major diplomatic fiasco when Israeli forces killed more than 50 protesters and injured over 2,700 Palestinians along the Gaza Strip.

Those in attendance at the opening ceremony didn't let that little fact dampen the festivities though.

Instead the 250-person U.S. delegation, consisting of presidential advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and some evangelical pastors and Republican politicians carried on without a care.

While Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the so called architect of Trump's Middle East policy, proclaimed from the lecture that it was a "great day" for Israel mere miles away more than 40,000 protesters at the Israel-Gaza border clashed with the Israeli military.

While Trump, who did not attend the ceremony but instead sent a pre-recorded video message, congratulating Israel while the region observed it's single deadliest day since the 2014 war with Israel.

As if the embassy's relocation wasn't enough to further inflame tensions across the middle east Trump chose to hold the controversial opening on the day Palestinians mark "Nakba Day", a day of mourning and anger for the more than 700,000 Arabs who fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1947-49 war.

In addition he also timed it to coincide with the first day of Ramadan, one of the most important holidays observed by Muslims worldwide.

Meanwhile, back in the states, the White House laid down suppressing fire by not only shrugging off the horrific loss of life but also laying blame for the violence at the feet of Hamas, the fundamentalist Islamic group democratically elected to run the Gaza strip.

At today's press briefing White House spokesman Raj Shah exclaimed...

"I don't think it hurts the peace plan. The peace plan will be introduced at the appropriate time, but what today is about is following through on what the President promised and believes," Shaw then added that the loss of life was "a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt"

The international community, on the other hand, placed the blame squarely on Trump's decision to relocate the embassy as the true reason for the violence.

As for Trump he did not mention the violence in any of his morning tweets but instead chose to plug the coverage of the embassy opening by his friends over at the Fox News network...

On Fox & Friends the hosts turned their noses up at the deaths of the 56 protestors citing...

The Palestinians were warned they could get hurt"

A great day indeed.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Trump To Open Controversial US Embassy In Jerusalem Amid Worldwide Disapproval And Mass Protests

Donald Trump's controversial campaign promise to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem will happen this Monday.

Trump's plan will formally break from decades of established American policy and international practice in a move that Trump administration officials claim will create greater regional stability.

It will not.

Instead the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will only serve to make a region already struggling with four ongoing conflicts all the more destabilized.

The Embassy move is contentious for Palestinians, who had hoped to claim part of the city as their future capital, and for many in the Arab world, as it is home to some of the holiest sites in Islam.

The city is also home to deeply holy sites for Jews and Christians. The issue has been so thorny that international negotiators had always left the question of Jerusalem until the final stages of any peace deal.

Trump is not interested in brokering a peace deal so he wasn't particularly interested in how the process worked.

The controversial move is taking place the day after Israelis celebrate Jerusalem Day, marking the reuniting of the capital under Israeli sovereignty 51 years ago.

Palestinians on the other hand mark this as Nakba Day (Nakba is the Arabic word for catastrophe), a day of mourning and anger, lamenting the more than 700,000 Arabs who fled or were expelled from their homes during the 1947-49 war.

So what could go wrong?

In addition the event celebrating the opening of the embassy was timed to coincide with the first day of Ramadan, one of the important holidays observed by Muslims worldwide.

So Trump even managed to get another slap in the face of Muslims.

Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now directs the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institution says Donald Trump is...

"only a few days away from throwing another can of gasoline on the fire by moving the embassy to Jerusalem. It's very dangerous."

Critics also argue the moving of the embassy marks the end of the US role as an "honest broker" in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

They are correct as this is purely a troll move by Trump meant to anger those hoping to broker peace between the the Israelis and the Palestinians. This is solely to please his born again Christian base who believe the embassy move is necessary to usher in the second coming of Christ and the The Rapture where all Christian believers—living and dead— will rise into the sky and join Christ in heaven as non believers and animals are left behind.

Despite the claim of the importance of the US embassy move Trump will not be attending the festivities but will instead send his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner to oversee the opening ceremony.

Trump also scheduled Robert Jeffress, a rabidly bigoted preacher, to speak at the event who has stated both that "All Jews will go to hell," and that Islam is "A heresy from the pit of hell,".


There are already reports of deaths as thousands of protestors march toward the Israeli border to challenge the embassy opening.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

MR. 3000! Trump Has Now Made Over 3,000 False Or Misleading Statements Since Taking Office

The Washington Post has been tracking, analyzing and categorizes all of Trump's untruthful statements since he took office.

Since Trump took the oath of office 1 year, 112 days ago, as of today, he has made over 3,000 false or misleading claims, according to the Post’s database.

That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day.

When the Post originally started the project for Trump’s first 100 days he averaged 4.9 claims a day.

Slowly though Trump's average number of false claims has been creeping up to the point where he has achieved an average of 6.5 things that aren't true EVERY SINGLE DAY.

The numbers bear this out as Trump has averaged nine untruths or misleading statements a day over the past two months, according to the Post's count.

Since we had no need count of how many lies Barack Obama or George W. Bush told per day we have nothing to contextualize Trump's lies to.

If we were to only base Trump's penchant for lies on say ourselves or people we know in our everyday lives it is more than apparent the Trump's rate of lying is unprecedented and unsettling.

Hell I don't know that I make that many declarative statements in a day let alone ones that could be fact checked as a lie!

And Trump shows no sign of ever stopping.

The worrying aspect of this is that those who voted for and/or still support Trump believe 100% that he is telling the truth. In fact, the more the media fact-checks Trump, the more his supporters believe him thanks to right wing outlets like Fox News whom cover for his every untruth.

All of us outside the bubble can do is not become desensitized by it and call out every time Trump lies lest we accept it as a new reality allowing it to become the new normal.