Saturday, September 30, 2017

As Puerto Rico's Citizens Die, Trump Congratulates Himself, Blames San Juan's Mayor And Then Heads For A Weekend Of Golf

"We are dying here"

This was the cry from San Juan's mayor, Carmen Yulin Cruz, as Donald Trump boarded Air Force One to jet off to his private golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey for a relaxing weekend.

Earlier Trump had sent out secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to tell reporters that she is “very satisfied” with efforts to aid Puerto Rico and Washington's response to the hurricane was...

a good news story,

That was a lie.

After Duke's performance Donald Trump misrepresented the crisis facing Puerto Rico by bragging that people “can’t believe how successful” the administration has been at saving lives following Hurricane Maria...

The loss of life, it’s always tragic. But it’s been incredible. The results that we’ve had with respect to loss of life. People can’t believe how successful that has been, relatively speaking.

San Juan Mayor Carmen YulÃn Cruz

Just minutes after Trump set off for a weekend of golf Mayor Cruz painted a very different picture of the situation at a press conference...

I am going to do what I never thought I would do. I am begging, begging anyone who can hear us to save us from dying,” Cruz added, “We are dying and you are killing us with the inefficiency.

This has been the case since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico over a week ago leaving the island, which is home to 3.5 million Americans, demolished and practically uninhabitable.

It was an entire five days before Trump even addressed the subject or even spoke of Puerto Rico as he was for the most part preoccupied with his ongoing feud with NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

Trump even fired off a stunning 80 tweets before he even deemed the island worthy of a single post on his beloved account.

When Trump finally did address the crisis, he cruelly and gutlessly blamed Puerto Rico for its own problems...

Yet for the following days when Trump was asked about the crisis he used the air time to sing his own praises...

But as the situation worsened and people have started to die from lack of clean water, food, fuel and medical supplies Mayor Cruz said of the situation from the ground in Puerto Rico that it's people are being seen...

as animals that can be disposed of,

As the situation worsens and Trump's ineffective response become more apparent he has begun to gutlessly lash out at Mayor Cruz and the people of Puerto Rico...

Can you feel the empathy?

If memory serves me correctly Trump had no such words for Texas or Florida after their cities were decimated by hurricanes earlier this month. In fact he just handed over billions of dollars in federal aid and did several photo ops in each state for his buddies on Fox & Friends.

PRICE OUT! Tom Price Resigns/Fired As Health And Human Services Secretary

Apparently the Price was wrong.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned just a week his scandal over his use of chartered and military flights that cost the American taxpayers over one million dollars.

The news was announced in a statement from the White House today that read...

"Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted.  The President intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as Acting Secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017.  Mr. Wright currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion."

The ouster comes after Politico reported that Price jetted across the country using dozens of private flights, costing more than $400,000 breaking a long-standing precedent from his predecessors who often flew commercial.

Days later the news dropped that Price had also flown to Africa, Europe and Asia this spring on military aircraft at a cost of more than $500,000. Price’s wife, Betty, traveled with him on the military plane while other people in his delegation flew commercial, according to the latest report.

Though Price tried to quash the outrage over his use of private and government aircraft by promising he would his jet setting and reimburse the government pending a formal review of his travel by the HHS inspector general.

The problem was he was only going to cut a check for $52,000 while claiming taxpayers...

won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,

This would not make the taxpayer whole as Price literally meant he would only pay for "his seat" on the dozens of flights conveniently omitting the charges for fuel, crew costs, taxes and additional fees.

After that little embarrassment Trump claimed he was “not happy” with Price’s lavish travel and said at the time that “we’ll see” when asked if he would fire the secretary.

And a day later Price is history.

You can read Price's full letter of resignation HERE.

Former congressman Price’s personal financial activity was under scrutiny even during his confirmation process in January. There were reports that he traded health industry stocks while sitting on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is a clear violation of a 2012 law banning insider trading in Congress.

It seems Mr. Price has been on the grift for some time now and didn't let his position in the White House stop his game.

Perhaps it was seeing Trump getting away with bilking the taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of millions for his vacations to his private resorts and golf courses every weekend that gave Price the impression anything goes?

Price’s departure comes as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin are under fire and/or investigation for their use of private aircraft at taxpayer’s expense as well.

Friday, September 29, 2017

PIGS AT THE TROUGH Tom Price Blows A Million Dollars Of Taxpayer's Money On Private Jets. Zinke, Mnuchin And Pruitt Follow Suit!

According to a series of reports Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken at least two dozen trips on private planes and countless others on military aircraft since May, costing taxpayers more than one million dollars.

Price used military planes during trips to Europe, Asia and Africa earlier this year with his wife while other people in his delegation flew commercial.

After news of the insane waste of taxpayer money Price offered a statement on Thursday claiming that he plans to reimburse the government for the cost associated with all his chartered flights and take no more of them while on the job...

Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” 

But notice that Price referring to costs associated with “my travel,” and “my seat,” only suggesting Price only intended to reimburse taxpayers for the total cost of all the flights excluding charges for fuel, crew costs, taxes and additional fees.

This theory was borne out when Price said in a later statement that the check he would cut to repay the government would total exactly $51,887.31.

That would come out to less that 5.2 percent of the total cost of his excursions.

When reporters asked Price whether he believed he was still in the good graces of his boss Donald Trump he replied...

we’ve still got the confidence of the president,

Price's trips are now under investigation by the HHS inspector general.

Price's grifty jet setting comes as three other of Trump's cabinet picks have been committing a little tax payer gouging of their own.

First on the list is Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke who took several flights on private or military planes that cost $12,375 in taxpayer money. The department also chartered two flights for Zinke and his staff from St. Croix to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands to attend an event with the Danish government. Zinke also used a military plane to travel to Norway with his wife, Lolita, before flying to Alaska for events organized by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Next comes Trump's Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin who drew fire for flying his wife a on a government plane to Kentucky, where they attended a luncheon and visited the gold vault at Ft. Knox and then viewed the solar eclipse. Treasury officials defended the visit as official travel. Mnuchin also requested an Air Force jet for his honeymoon to Scotland, France and Italy. His office said he needed access to secure communications during the trip. The couple withdrew the request after finding another option.

Rounding out the trifecta is Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt who used taxpayer money for private flights with his around the clock 18-member security detail. Since his February swearing-in, Pruitt on top of opting to travel by private jet also spent almost $25,000 on a secure phone booth inside his headquarters office.

And let's not forget Donald Trump setting the standard by spending just about one third of his time in office on vacation at either a Trump branded property or one of his private golf courses.

Draining the swamp... More like big time grifting on the taxpayer's dime.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Trump Now Claims There Were Enough Votes To Repeal Obamacare But They Had To Wait Because One Senator Was Hospitalized. Yeah... He Was Lying.

Yesterday, after Republicans pulled out of their vote to repeal Obamacare because they didn't have the necessary votes to pass the bill, Donald Trump responded by saying that their were in fact enough votes to get the bill through the Senate but the measure would have fallen one vote short due to the hospitalization of one unnamed Senator.

Trump first tweeted...

Later, while speaking to reporters before departing Washington, DC, for Indiana, Trump repeated many times that one unnamed senator was "in the hospital" and as a result the healthcare legislation would have to wait...

"He can't vote because he's in the hospital. We have two other votes that are coming and we will have them, but the problem is we can't have them by Friday because reconciliation ends on Friday. So we'll have to do it in January or February."

When asked by the reporters which Senator he was referring to Trump would not answer and instead just repeated that "he" was in the hospital.

Reports later said that Trump was referencing Senator Thad Cochran which came as a surprise to Senator Thad Cochran who was, in fact, not in the hospital.

Say whaaaaa?

Cochran tweeted Wednesday that he was not hospitalized but did however thank his supporters for the well-wishes...

Cochran is reportedly recovering from treatment for a urological issue.

DEA Chief Steps Down After Growing Convinced That "Trump Had Little Respect For The Law"

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will resign at the end of this week after growing disillusioned with Donald Trump.

According to reports Chuck Rosenberg, a holdover from President Barack Obama’s administration from 2015, announced that he would be stepping down from the DEA and leaving the Department of Justice because he had become...

convinced that President Trump had little respect for the law,

A spokesperson for the DEA confirmed Rosenberg's resignation but wouldn't comment on the statements attributed to him.

This is not the first time Rosenberg made waves in the Trump administration. He notably spoke out after Trump called for law enforcement to be rough with suspects they handed which led him to sent out an agencywide email saying...

We have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong,"

Rosenberg, who interestingly had previously served as chief of staff to former FBI Director James Comey, was considered an outstanding administrator by his colleagues, was well respected by the DEA agent population.

It is not immediately clear who will replace Rosenberg but Trump’s selection of a successor would likely set up a contentious confirmation battle.

Newsweek Rips Trump And The Republican Party With This Weeks Cover And It's Corresponding Article


With it's cover and the article it advertises Newsweek scorched Donald Trump and the Republican party who have accepted him as their leader.

You can read the article written by Charlie Sykes, a political commentator and  conservative talk show host, HERE.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BANNON BEATS TRUMP IN ALABAMA! Trump Backed Candidate Loses To Bannon Backed Candidate. A Humiliated Trump Deletes Endorsment Tweets 😢

It was a case of the master showing the student who still holds the reigns of power.

In a highly anticipated Alabama Republican Senate race the Steve Bannon backed former judge Roy Moore won the nomination over the Donald Trump backed incumbent Luther Strange in what is being called a major setback for Trump and the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The matchup came after Donald Trump appointed Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to the office of Attorney General of the United States, then-Governor Robert J. Bentley appointed Strange to fill out the vacancy. Moore decided to challenge Strange in the subsequent special election runoff and that is how we got here.

But despite the backing of Trump, who just traveled to Alabama last Friday to headline a rally supporting Strange, who is a McConnell-backed candidate staked to millions of dollars from his super PAC, he still could pull his man across the finish line.

Strange even had the luxury of Vice President Mike Pence campaigning for him at a closing rally Monday night in Birmingham, the state’s largest city.

All this firepower was nothing when faced with the backing of's executive chairman Steve Bannon's endorsement! Oh, and lest we forget, Moore also enjoyed the backing of half Governor Sarah Palin as well.

Strange was seen by McConnell and other GOP Senate leaders as a reliable member of their caucus and had obviously convinced Trump of the as well.

So convinced was Trump that Strange was the man for him he endorsed, tweeted, and rallied his base to back the Senator as his man.

Moore, on the other hand, cast himself as an outsider turning the nomination race into a referendum on McConnell while casting himself as pro-Trump, despite not having his backing.

But with this loss doubt has been cast on Trump's influence just eight months into his term which could signal troubles ahead for Republicans in next year’s midterm elections.

Moore, 70, is a staunch conservative who has made a litany of contentious statements over the years and became known nationally for his refusal to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building. A stance that led to him losing his job as chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court in 2003.

Moore won election to that office again in 2012, but was suspended from it last year after ordering state judges not to grant same-sex marriage licenses despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s nationwide legalization of such unions.

To prove that he hadn't lost his edge during the campaign the Alabama theocrat informed his supporters that there were “transistor troops in our bathrooms”, warned that "abortion, sodomy, sexual perversion sweep our land" and most recently pulled a gun out at campaign rally!

But despite these backward stances and social faux pas this is Alabama after all and Moore led in every public poll preceding Tuesday’s vote.

Having been bested in the runoff campaign by Bannon, who left his White House job as Trump’s chief strategist in mid-August, Trump quickly took to his Twitter account to delete any and all traces of his endorsements to Luther Strange lest he be seen as a looser.

Here are the now vanished tweets saved for all eternity by ProPublica’s Politwoops, which tracks deleted tweets from politicians, preserved the messages...

Click to enlarge

Roy Moore will now face Democratic nominee Doug Jones, a 63-year-old former U.S. attorney who in 1997 led the successful prosecution of two of the Ku Klux Klan members responsible for bombing Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church on Sept. 15, 1963, in which four girls were killed. Though in Alabama that may be seen as an impediment to success.

OBAMACARE LIVES! Republican's Attempt To Repeal And Replace The Affordable Care Act Bites The Dust... Again!

Today Republican leaders decided to pull a vote on their most recent Obamacare repeal legislation effectively ending the party’s latest effort to wipe away President Obama's 2010 health care law.

The decision to shelve repeal legislation came during a weekly caucus meeting on Capitol Hill, as leaders acknowledged that the the latest proposal, from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), lacked the votes it needed to pass.

This became evident after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced they would be voting "no" if the bill were ever brought to the floor of the Senate.

This left Republicans with just 49 votes, one short of the 50 they needed.

Collins decision came after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) partially scored the Graham/Cassidy bill revealing it would have severely cut Medicaid and left millions of people without health insurance.

For the record this attempt marks the third time in six months the GOP has tried to deep six the Affordable Care Act.

This latest failed effort lays bare the fact that the seven-year crusade to undo the Obamacare is in shambles and it has become clear that Republicans still do not agree among themselves on how to replace the ACA, and have no policy in place that shows they have any clue on how to deliver better, cheaper health care to more people.

This will likely mark the last time the Republicans will be bringing any Obamacare repeal bills in the near future as the special legislative authority allowing Republicans to pass repeal with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes it takes to overcome a filibuster, ends on Sept. 30.

Despite the failed effort the bills co-sponsor Sens. Lindsey Grham said...

There’s plenty of fight left in us,

He's a plucky litte fella.

Perhaps this defeat will knock some sense into the Republican's and lead them to sit down with Democrats to craft a bill that would fix the problems the Affordable Care Act faces?

This would not be difficult as the Dems have been working on a bipartisan fix the whole time.

Over the last several weeks a bipartisan effort to shore up the markets by guaranteeing those insurer payments and giving states some extra flexibility over management of the program were happening in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) until it's chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) called them odd to prepare for the Graham/Cassidy vote.

FACT CHECK: The Affordable Care Act has helped millions to get health coverage, bringing the number of people without insurance to historic lows and improving both access to care and financial security.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

North Korea Accuses Donald Trump Of Declaring "War" With His Latest Statements Says An Attack Is "Inevitable"

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has accused Donald Trump of declaring war on his country when he tweeted over the weekend that North Korea "won't be around much longer."

Here is that tweet...

Ri said, according to an official translation of his remarks to reporters outside of the United Nations...

"Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make all self-defensive counter measures, including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers at any time even when they are not yet inside the aerospace border of our country,"

Earlier in the day when Ri was addressing the UN General Assembly he stated that Trump had made a missile attack on the US mainland "inevitable" by insulting the dignity of North Korea...

"None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission. In case innocent lives of the US are harmed because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible."

Trump later tweeted this in response...

Kim responded to the Trump's taunts in a rare televised statement in which he said Trump would "pay dearly" for the threats and accused him of being "mentally deranged."

Shortly after Kim's televised address, North Korea's foreign minister said his country could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to Trump's threats of military action.

Then, as if solely to escalate the situation, Trump signed off on the order to send B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea

According to the Pentagon this the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that US fighters or bomber aircraft have ever flown this century.

So how close to an actual confrontation with North Korea is the US?

According to a recent study experts have now put the probability of the U.S. engaging in full scale war with North Korea in the next 3 to 6 months at 20 percent.

Here is how they see the breakdown of possible scenarios...

Click to enlarge

Well this just got terrifying.

RANK HYPOCRISY! At Least 6 White House Advisers Including Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Discovered Using Private Email Accounts. Hillary Clinton Unloads!

After Donald Trump literally ran an entire campaign against Hillary Clinton for using private emails it was reported that at least six of his closest advisers, Including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, used private email addresses to discuss White House matters.

The disclosures came a day after news surfaced that Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, used a private email account to send or receive about 100 work-related emails during the administration’s first seven months.

Then the dam broke.

In addition to Kushner it was revealed that Stephen Bannon, the former chief White House strategist, and Reince Priebus, the former chief of staff, Gary Cohn and Stephen Miller, and his own daughter Ivanka Trump used a private email accounts in the first months of the administration

The Trump administration was slammed for it's hypocrisy following the private email revelations as it is impossible to forget the repeated attacks they unleashed on Hillary Clinton for her own use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama.

After the news broke Clinton, who was speaking to SiriusXM’s Zerlina Maxwell on her book tour, was asked about the revelation of the Trump administrations top advisors use of a private accounts to which she replied...

The hypocrisy of this administration, who knew there was no real scandal, who knew that there was no basis for all their hyperventilating," She added, "No, we’re finding with the latest revelations ― they didn’t mean any of it. It’s just the height of hypocrisy. It is something that if they were sincere about I think you’d have Republican members of Congress calling for an investigation. I haven’t heard that yet.

Clinton finished with this observation...

It just goes to the rank hypocrisy that this Trump campaign and now this Trump White House is engaged in,

 To which I can only add: LOCK THEM UP!

Monday, September 25, 2017

The NFL Protests Trump And Racial Inequality In Games Across America (PHOTOS & TWEETS)

On Friday, during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama Donald Trump called for athletes who protest during sporting events to be fired.

Trump's remarks were undoubtably aimed at the primarily African-American NFL players who choose to kneel when the National Anthem is played as a form of peaceful protest against racial injustice.

During the rambling speech Trump asked his supporters...

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired’?

He even used an unmistakeable racial dogwhistle when he called the protests by the predominantly black players...

 “a total disrespect of our heritage,

After the rally ended and word had spread of Trump's remarks there was a quick and distinct backlash over social media from several players.

Here is a small taste of what was said and posted...

Trump's friend and quarterback for the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, when asked about Trump's comments said in a radio interview...

I thought it was just divisive. Like I said, I just want to support my teammates... I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me and it’s how I try to live every day.

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said Monday Donald Trump was using sports as a platform to divide Americans...

"The thing that kind of frustrated me and pissed me off a little bit is the fact that ... he used the sports platform to try to divide us. Sport and sports is so ... amazing -- what sports can do for everyone, no matter the shape, or size, or race, or ethnicity, or religion or whatever. And it brings people together like none other. I'm not going to let -- while I have this platform -- to let one individual, no matter the power, no matter the impact that he should have or she should have, ever use sport as a platform to divide us."

Alex Smith, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs said after his game...

I find that very alarming. This is the same guy who couldn’t condemn violent neo-Nazis, but he’s condemning guys that are taking a knee during the national anthem.” 

Here are some Twitter posts...

In addition Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Tennessee Titans' controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York were among many who issued condemning statements through their clubs.

After being called out by several players and owners, some of whom backed him during the 2016 election, Trump doubled down on his criticism in a series of follow-up tweets.

As a result of Trump's highly divisive statements NFL team owners, coaches and players expressed support this sunday for their teammates and against Trump by either kneeling or interlocking their arms during the Anthem.

Here are images of the display of unity against Trump's racist and divisive words...

It even crossed over to baseball was Bruce Maxwell, a catcher for the Oakland Athletics, became the first major league baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem Saturday night.

Apparently tweeting from an alternate universe Trump bleated out this bizzaro world post...

He must have seen it on Fox & Friends.