Their talk, however, was the talk of sordid buccaneers: it was reckless without hardihood, greedy without audacity, and cruel without courage; there was not an atom of foresight or of serious intention in the whole batch of them, and they did not seem aware these things are wanted for the work of the world. To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire, with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe.

-- Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness. 1899

20 July, 2017 - Trump's accomplishments at the 6 month mark
  • Approval ratings in the 30s
  • Under federal criminal investigation
  • National security adviser fired amid scandal
  • Press Secretary fired amid incompetence
  • Fills cabinet with swamp dwellers
  • No Mexican wall (that Mexico won't pay for anyway)
  • Appointed Supreme Court justice "Scalia on Steroids"
  • 100-day promises broken
  • Spewed 414 outright lies
  • No ACA repeal or replacement
  • Trade deal with China collapses
  • NAFTA deal not renegotiated
  • Coal jobs not coming back
  • Carrier jobs "saved" now outsourced
  • North Korea emboldened
  • 37 rounds of golf
  • 0 town hall meetings
  • Hundreds of administration positions still unfilled
  • Failed to unveil "beautiful and quick" plan to defeat ISIS
  • Muslim travel ban in tatters, thanks to the courts
  • Same with his attempt to roll back Obama's rules on methane emissions
  • The world now hates us (except Russia and Saudi Arabia)
  • Exhibiting signs of dementia, paranoia, unsteadiness
  • Staff lawyering up left and right as Mueller investigation proceeds
  • Declared war on his own attorney general
  • Still #1 among Nazis, KKK, and religious grifters
  • Already looking into pardoning himself & his family

10 May, 2017

Days Before He Was Fired, Comey Asked For Money For Russia Investigation

What was he finding? Have you ever heard the saying "Follow the money"? This is my best guess as to what's going down. But I found this information on the internet, and we know all that stuff is 100% accurate.

  • Putin controls the largest oil company in Russia. He made a 500 Billion dollar deal with the CEO of Exxon Mobil. Obama put sanctions in place which stopped that deal. Russia then manipulate d the election in order to get Trump elected.
  • When the CIA told Congress this in September (James Comey was also in that meeting), Mitch McConnell refused to tell the American people, blackmailing Obama saying he would frame it as playing partisan politics during the election.
  • Comey released the infamous no-information letter.
  • Mitch McConnell's wife was picked for Trump's cabinet. The CEO of Exxon is now the Secretary of State. Wonder why our President has been so quick to dismiss the CIA's findings? gets better..

    1. Trump apparently owes Blackstone/Bayrock group a lot of money ($560 million dollars according to one source), one of his largest debtors and the primary reason he won't reveal his tax returns.
    2. Blackstone is owned wholly by Russian billionaires, who owe their position to Putin and have made billions from their work with the Russian government.
    3. Other companies that have borrowed from Blackstone have claimed that owing money to them is like owing to the Russian mob and while you owe them, they own you for many favors.
    4. The Russian economy is badly faltering under the weight of its over-dependence on raw materials which as you know have plummeted in the last 2 years leaving the Russian economy scrambling to pay its debts.
    5. Russia has an impetus to influence our election to ensure the per barrel oil prices are above $65 (they are currently hovering around $50)
    6. Russia can't affordably get at 80% of its oil reserves and reduce its per barrel cost to compete with America at $45 or Saudi Arabia at $39. With Iranian sanctions being lifted Russia will find another inexpensive competitor increasing production and pushing Russia further down the list of suppliers.
    7. As for Iranian sanctions, the 6 countries lifting them allowing Iran to collect on the billions it is owed for pumping oil but not being paid for it. These billions Iran can only get if the Iranian nuclear deal is signed. Trump spoke of ending the deals which would cause oil sales sanctions to be reimposed, which would make Russian oil more competitive.
    8. Rex Tillerson (Trump's pick for Secretary of State) is the head of ExxonMobil, which is in possession of patented technology that could help Putin extract 45% more oil at a significant cost savings to Russia, helping Putin put money in the Russian coffers to help reconstitute its military and finally afford to mass produce the new and improved systems that it had invented before the Russian economy had slowed so much.
    9. Putin cannot get access to these new cost saving technologies OR outside oil field development money, due to US sanctions on Russia, because of its involvement in Ukrainian civil war.
    10. Look for Trump to end sanctions on Russia and to back out of the Iranian nuclear deal, to help Russia rebuild its economy, strengthen Putin and make Tillerson and Trump even richer, thus allowing Trump to satisfy his creditors at Blackstone.
    11. With Trump's fabricated hatred of NATO and the U.N., the Russian military reconstituted, the threat to the Baltic states is real. Russia retaking their access to the Baltic Sea from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and threatening the shipping of millions of cubic feet of natural gas to lower Europe from Scandinavia, allowing Russia to make a good case for its oil.

    Best guess is that money laundering will be actually how they are going to bust this whole thing. It'll come down as RICO warrants (racketeering - the same charge that got Al Capone). We better have Mad Dog Mattis on our side when it comes down or it'll be really nasty!

    Crazy Times!

Data Patterns Reveal Trump Tower/Spectrum Health Ran a “Stealth Data Machine” With Russia

A comment from Whoa. Former DNI chief Clapper:
Intel community cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2016 election

Paul Manafort did Trump’s campaign using the same formula that worked for Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine's 2010 presidential election campaign.

The European Parliament was watching because Ukraine’s application for EU membership was pending a list of reforms and the election was dirty. It has detailed records and an archive of Russian propaganda. Manafort was hired in 2005 to set everything in motion.

Russia interfered with relentless propaganda, cyber-attacks and hacking that ultimately affected the voter rolls on election day, which caused mass confusion at a number of polling locations. Numerous media outlets reported that international observers gave the election a thumbs up which certainly wasn’t true from the EU perspective. Observers were prevented from getting near the polling locations and couldn’t say what was going on.

Tymoshenko refused to concede and in a year she was locked up in jail as Yanukovych promised during the campaign.

By 2016, Yanukovych was in Russia, and, of course Manafort had a connection directly to Putin and a deal to duplicate the process in the US.

It’s why Trump hired him. He was already connected to Russia, too.

from AP Exclusive:
Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned. The work appears to contradict assertions by the Trump administration and Manafort himself that he never worked for Russian interests.

Manafort proposed in a confidential strategy plan as early as June 2005 that he would influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and the former Soviet republics to benefit the Putin government, even as U.S.-Russia relations under Republican President George W. Bush grew worse. Manafort pitched the plans to Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006, according to interviews with several people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009, according to one person familiar with the work.

From my Facebook feed 16 Sept '17

How Ludicrous! The USA is a rudderless ship
Those are not only conflicting stories from a single day, those are Trump's positions over the last few months.

In addition to over 4 feet of rain flooding Houstan, Texas this week we have the following:

An absolutely incomplete look at AMERICA UNDER TRUMP - Week 29

  • "That White House is a Real Dump."
  • dTrump begins a 17 day vacation.
  • "Fire and Furry."
  • dTrump attacks Mitch McConnell.
  • dTrump thanks Vladimir Putin for expelling 725 US diplomats.
  • "Locked and Loaded."
  • Charlottesville!

This week didn’t just see musical chairs at the White House.
  • It included the news that Trump had threatened to fire the generals in Afghanistan after giving them a lecture in which he compared the war to remodeling his favorite New York City lunch spot.
  • It included Trump whining about Russian sanctions that passed the Senate 98-2, but finally signing them after he realized the Senate intended to run out the clock on the possibility of a pocket veto.
  • It included at least two ill-conceived, and DOA notions, on how to “explode” Obamacare.
  • It included the DOJ searching for volunteers to turn the Civil Rights division into a means to defend white privilege.
  • It included not just the news that Trump had indeed drafted up Don Junior’s “adoption” excuse, he had done so on Air Force One, just a few hours after telling everyone that the main subject of his meeting with Vladimir Putin was … adoption.
  • Plus a grand jury has been established a few hundred yards from the White House, to pursue evidence of collusion with the Kremlin.

An absolutely incomplete look at AMERICA UNDER TRUMP - Week 27
    Trump went after “beleaguered” Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
    Jared Kushner made a public statement on his meetings with Russian officials.
    Trump gave a politically charged speech to 40,000 Boy Scouts.
    John McCain returned to the Senate, giving the GOP enough votes to move forward with debate on repeal.
    Rex Tillerson said he’s taking “a little time off.”
    Trump attacked Sessions again — this time in a newspaper interview.
    Trump tweeted his plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military.
    Trump continued criticizing Sessions publicly.
    The Justice Department, under Sessions, argued a landmark civil rights law doesn’t protect gay people.
    Voting began on Obamacare repeal efforts.
    Scaramucci suggested White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is leaking information to the press.
    Scaramucci also attacked other Trump officials in a remarkably crass tirade to The New Yorker.
    Sessions said he’s not going anywhere.
    Senators weighed voting for a bill they didn’t want to pass.
    In the wee hours, John McCain joined Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins in voting down the GOP’s “skinny” repeal bill.
    North Korea launches missile into the sea off Japan.
    Trump criticizes GOP senators for failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
    Trump endorsed police brutality in a speech to law enforcement officials.
    Priebus ousted as chief of staff.

These are in addition to eliminating Meals on Wheels and the end of both PBS and NPR.

The above graphics come from The Sunday Abbreviated Pundit Round-up at DailyKos.
It's a good thing Hitler did not win WWII. Otherwise we might be ruled today by a temperamental demagogue fueled by hatred and delusions of grandeur, requiring constant praise and adulation lest anyone incur his wrath. Major Kong

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