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Trump’s Suspension of Travel from Europe Sealed America’s Fate For Major Covid 19 Spread

That suspension meant that Americans in Europe needed to return home, and Trump gave them 48 hours to do so, packing them into airports like sardines for hours.

Trump has praised himself for his decision in January to restrict travel from China in order to contain the coronavirus, claiming that his decision saved millions of lives.  His response to travel from Europe however, opened the back door for Covid-19 to enter the U.S.  Many Americans did not want to be stuck in Europe and returned to the U.S. on the same weekend, bringing the virus with them.   Exposed travelers into the U.S. from Europe sealed the nation’s fate for a major spread.

On March 12, 2020, Trump suspended all travel to the United States from Europe for 30 days.  Americans had 48 hour notice to make travel arrangements back to the U.S.

We should never forget that it was Trump’s decision that caused a major spread of Covid-19 across the United States.

On March 13, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security published its outline for Americans returning from Europe.

““Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:”

Those airports were;

  • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan
  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii
  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York
  • Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California
  • Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida
  • Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington
  • Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia

On March 14, 2020, 40,000 passengers returning from Europe crowded into the 13 airports.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), on March 13, 2020, the United States had 1,896 confirmed Covid-19 virus cases.  Two weeks later, on March 27, 2020, the number of confirmed cases had risen to 103,321. Read the rest of this entry

Confederate Flag and Monuments

When I was a little girl, I only saw the confederate flag on television programs or in movies.  It caused me to think that maybe the North and the South sat down at a negotiating table and decided on conditions to end the Civil War.  Why else would there be a flag flown in addition to the stars and stripes, right?  Why else would a nation have statutes of generals that fought for the South, right?

Through grammar, high school and college, nothing was taught regarding why the United States honors people and a flag that lost America’s Civil War.

In the following video, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffrey Robinson addresses the history of the monuments that the current U.S. President does not want removed. It’s informative and a real eye-opener. 

 

Distrust — Why People Are Demonstrating

If you’re like me, since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Cop Derek Chauvin, you’ve spent hours watching demonstrators in the streets of major cities.  I was doing that yesterday when seeing signs carried by demonstrators. Some signs had names of others killed by police.  One name struck me.  That name is Jose Campos Torres.

Kare reports the following:

MINNEAPOLIS — United States Attorney Erica Macdonald says they’re conducting a “robust and meticulous” criminal investigation into the police-related death of George Floyd.In a press conference Thursday evening, Macdonald said that the Department of Justice has made the investigation into George Floyd’s death a top priority.

“We have assigned the highest of the high in my office to investigate and look at the case,” Macdonald said. “FBI, likewise, has assigned their experienced law enforcement officers to conduct the investigation.” She added that President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr are “directly and actively monitoring the investigation.”

If people did not trust that system before MacDonald spoke, they certainly did not — cannot trust it after she stated that Donald Trump and Bill Barr are “directly and actively monitoring the investigation”.  For some, the distrust was planted in 1977 when Jose Campos Torres was killed by Houston police officers, and how that system punched justice in the face.

On October 7, 2015,  I published an Open Discussion post.  In that post, I wrote about Jose Campos Torres.  Seeing his name yesterday on a sign carried by a demonstrator inspires me to share with others that the people on the streets are not only protesting the death of George Floyd.  They are also demonstrating against a system of empty promises that has often laughed in our faces because they have the authority to do so.   The following is an excerpt from that post.

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Donald Trump’s Disinfectant Cure For Covid-19

Need to laugh?

The Governor of Illinois gives a briefing around 3 p.m. CST.  About 3 times a week, that briefing is followed by one held by County and City officials.   When they have finished, I’m usually off to the kitchen to start cooking dinner.

Thursday was different.  I had left-overs so after the local briefings, I turned to MSNBC.  I was hoping it was too early for the Donald Trump liar-a-thon, but I was wrong.  When he spoke about killing coronavirus by injecting people with disinfectant, I went numb for a few seconds.  UNBELIEVABLE!

Twitter has been ablaze with comments, memes, and jokes about Trump’s cure.  Among them all, I found the following extra funny because it gave no clue that it wasn’t serious and seriously funny.  Enjoy.

 

 

Three Years In Office and Donald Trump Still Blames The Past Administration

I’m pretty sure by now that everyone who has followed the decline of America under Donald Trump’s administration is familiar with how he disbanded the Pandemic team established by former U.S. President Barack Obama.

Here’s a video clip of what Trump did with that Department.

 

Now, like in other situations, Donald Trump blames the past administration for his failure to quickly act to provide necessary medical equipment to healthcare providers and tests.  I think of it like this …

In January 2017, Donald Trump leased a house for 4 years.  Three years into the lease, he has guests who visit and, who use the washrooms.  Discovering that there is no toilet paper, the guests tell Trump.  In response, he says, the previous owner didn’t leave any.  He then sends out someone to a convenience store to purchase one roll of toilet paper.

A few hours later, that one roll of toilet paper is used up, but Trump responds by saying that he acted very quickly to get toilet paper so no one should complain.

He creates and leaves a stinky situation.

 

No Donald Trump. The Cure Is Not Worse Than The Problem.

Regarding the coronavirus sweeping across the United States, on March 22, 2020, U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet;

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAS WE WANT TO GO!”

 

During his briefing on March 23, 2020, Trump made it clear that his perception of a highly contagious virus with potential to kill is a “problem” rather than a public health issue. Rather than avoid the spread of the virus, he wants people to return to work.  He wants the stock market to go up.

According to Politico, the prospect of resuming typical business has horrified public health leaders.

“At a White House briefing Monday night, Trump seemed adamant that the economy would come back to life “very soon,” insisting that the government can fight the viral spread while also going to work — ‘we can do them both at the same time’.”

Let’s be clear about something.  The White House recommended “social distancing” but Trump, neither anyone in his administration, gave stay-at-home orders. He can’t rescind nor change orders that he didn’t issue.

As of March 24, 2020, Governors of 16 states have issued stay-at-home orders. The mayor of Atlanta issued a stay-at-home order for that city.

Donald Trump lacks jurisdiction to order Governors and Mayors to cancel their orders. Read the rest of this entry

Trump on the coronavirus

Yesterday when asked about mask shortages for medical personnel, Trump responded about “past administrations”. SMH

Abagond

Here is some of what President Trump in the US has been saying about the coronavirus disease (covid-19) for the past two months:

22 Jan 2020 (1 confirmed US case): “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

02 Feb 2020 (11 cases): “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China. It’s going to be fine.”

10 Feb 2020 (12 cases): “Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape, though. We have 12 cases, 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”

24 Feb 2020 (14 cases): “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA … Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

26 Feb 2020 (15 cases): “We’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we…

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Bernie Sander’s Promises of Minimum Wage and Expungement of Marijuana Convictions Are Misleading

Included in his misleading is demonizing billionaires and criticizing Joe Biden for voting for the 2005 bankruptcy bill.

In the 2016 primary, I voted for Bernie Sanders.  This time around I hear a Bernie Sanders who sounds envious, angry, and who is misleading.

This is America where citizens have the right to follow their American dream.  If that means becoming a billionaire, then it should not be demonized.  Yes, billionaires should pay their fair share of taxes, but complaining about billionaires and corporate America buying Congress is not the real problem.  The real problem are those in Congress who allow themselves to be bought.

Bernie Sanders’ Criticism of BAPCPA

Bernie Sanders complains about the bankruptcy bill that Joe Biden voted for.  The Bill passed in 2005.  Sanders’ complaint is that it makes it more difficult for people to discharge debts, and he blames creditors for wanting the 2005 Bill.  Sanders omits how that law provides protection for consumers who use attorneys to file for bankruptcy.

Creditors had a right to complain about bankruptcy law leading to the 2005 Bill.  What Congress gave to creditors and debtors is requirements that lawyers who file bankruptcy petitions for clients must personally vouch for the accuracy of all the information their clients provide.  That was the root problem, and it harmed creditors and debtors.

A reason given in the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Report 109-031 for the need for The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, (BAPCPA) was;

“A civil enforcement initiative undertaken in 2002 by the United States Trustee Program (a component of the Justice Department charged with administrative oversight of bankruptcy cases) has consistently identified such problems as debtor misconduct and abuse, misconduct by attorneys and other professionals, … “

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Donald Trump and Constitutional Separation of Powers

Politico reports

“President Donald Trump insisted in a tweet Friday that he has a “legal right” to demand that Attorney General William Barr intervene in a federal criminal case — just hours after the Justice Department chief asserted that the president’s social media posts “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

“‘The President has never asked me to do anything in a criminal case.’ A.G. Barr,” Trump wrote, paraphrasing the attorney general’s remarks in an interview with ABC News that aired Thursday.”

In my first college semester Political Science class, we learned and discussed constitutional separation of powers.  Forty of the 50 states have constitutions of the same.   Elected officials cannot intervene in court cases.

I remember many years ago organizations of citizens who saw corruption in federal courts wrote their U.S. Reps and Senators.  They all received letters that stated about the separation of powers and advised that they obtain private legal counsel.

It is a slap in the face of the U.S. Constitution and separation of powers for Donald Trump to assume that he has a legal right to demand the U.S. Attorney General to intervene in a federal criminal case or any other case.  He appears to be a man whose only motivation to be president of the U.S. is to use the power of the position to benefit his friends and pay retribution to those he cannot exploit.

 

The impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump

This is a great summary. Thanks.

Abagond

US President Donald Trump on February 6th 2020.

The impeachment trial of US President Trump (January 16th to February 5th 2020) ended yesterday. The Senate, controlled by his own party, the Republicans, found him not guilty. He remains the president.

The two charges:

  1. Abuse of power – for asking a foreign power, Ukraine, to help him win the 2020 election.
  2. Obstruction of Congress – for refusing requests for witnesses and evidence.

Acquittal: Only 48% of the Senate found him guilty of the first charge, 47% of the second. Well short of the 67% required by the constitution.

No witnesses called: All but two Republicans voted to allow no witnesses to be called. What kind of trial is that?

The Republican arguments during the trial showed that the facts were not on their side.

  • Some said Democrats had not proved their case – yet refused to allow any eyewitnesses to…

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GAO Decision –It is a Violation of Law to Withhold Funds Appropriated By Congress

Subtitle: The Jury in Trump’s Impeachment Trial is Rigged By Republican Senators Who Hold The Majority.

Donald Trump made it publicly known that he disregards all reports by U.S. Intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential Election.  It is more disturbing that currently, U. S. Congressional Republican Senators are disregarding the findings and conclusion of the GAO.  Sticking to Trump’s talking points, and in spite of the GAO’s report, Republican Senators declare that Trump did no wrong when withholding funds from the Ukraine.  Those funds were to assist the Ukraine in defending themselves against Russia’s aggression.

The United States Government Accountability Office, (formerly, General Accounting Office), is an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress. GAO is the federal government’s audit institution.  It is part of the Legislative Branch of government under the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921.   Its history is at this link.

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, GAO released its report on the withholding of funds of vital military aid to the Ukraine.  It found that President Trump broke the law when he withheld those funds.

Representative Adam Schiff, (D-CA) made the following statement regarding GAO’s findings. Read the rest of this entry

Dropping the Bomb: Lev Parnas’ interview with Rachel Maddow complicates Trump’s impeachment trial

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Well, now we know why Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate required to start President Trump’s trial.  She needed time to acquire additional evidence from Rudy Giuliani‘s indicted associate Lev Parnas after a federal court ruled that it was admissible.  That mass of evidence was released this week ahead of interviews Parnas had with The New York Times and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow who aired part-one of a two-hour video discussion last night (part-two airs tonight).

What Parnas revealed was a bombshell, to say the least.  Not only did he corroborate consistent witness testimony from the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry regarding Trump’s criminal scheme to coerce the Ukrainian government for personal political gain, he also implicated Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, current and former Republican congressmen, GOP operatives and financiers, a…

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Blame It On Nancy — claytoonz

I agree with the Canadian. 

 

Yesterday, A Canadian CEO blamed Donald Trump for the lives lost by Iran shooting down the Ukrainian airliner. Iran was responding to the United States killing its top general while he was on his way to the airport in Baghdad. The general was killed after Donald Trump ordered his assassination. The CEO, Michael McCain, chief […]

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An Act of War: Trump Has Iranian General Assassinated — The Inglorius Padre Steve’s World

Friends of Padre Steve’s World, The great Prussian military strategist Carl Von Clausewitz wrote: “No one starts a war–or rather, no one in his sense ought to do so–without first being clear in his mind what he intends to achieve by the war and how he intends to conduct it.” Late Thursday night I saw […]

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U.S. President Donald J. Trump Impeached

December 18, 2019 is a day that goes down in history.  U.S. President Donald J. Trump was impeached by a majority vote in the U.S. House of Representatives.

House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, has not yet given the passed Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, which is led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Senators are to be impartial jurors at impeachment trials. McConnell has made public statements that he is not impartial and is working with White House personnel on how to conduct Trump’s trial.

During the debate in the House,  Republicans representatives presented their defense of Trump by accusing Democrats of wanting Trump impeached before he was sworn into office.  They made redundant and spurious arguments that Trump did not abuse his power when he made an Ukrainian investigation into Crowdsource and Joe and Hunter Biden conditional on releasing defense aid to Ukraine that Congress had already approved. Read the rest of this entry

Public Hearings On Impeachment of Donald Trump

December 17, 2019 UPDATE

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.  The matter has been moved to the full House of Representatives for a vote.  A vote is expected for this coming Wednesday.  If passed, Trump is impeached, and the matter then moves to the Senate to decide whether or not to remove Trump from office.

According to the Daily Beast,  the Senate is suppose to act as a “fair and impartial jury,” but both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham,  “have said explicitly their only goal is to end the trial as quickly as possible, call zero witnesses, and take their marching orders directly from the president himself.  They’re supposed to be the jury and they’re literally going on TV admitting they’re not going to be impartial and they’re going to take their orders from the president.”

Of a personal opinion, I question if Republican Representatives and Senators do not want to impeach Trump and remove him from office because they do not want V.P. Pence taking over the role of President.  I wonder why?

 

 

December 10, 2019 UPDATE

The House Judiciary Committee’s two proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday.  The first article charges him with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to assist him in his re-election campaign by damaging Democratic rivals. The second article charges him with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

You can read the full Articles of Impeachment here.

DECEMBER 3, 2019 UPDATE

CNN says of the 300 page House Intelligence Committee report, that it contains witness testimonies, timelines and phone records that accuse “Trump of perpetrating one of the most serious political crimes in the history of the United States. ”

Rather than add it to comment section, I am embedding a link to the full report here.   The Finding of Facts portion begins on page 39 as;

Based on witness testimony and evidence collected during the impeachment inquiry, the Intelligence Committee has found that:

I.  Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States—acting personally and through his agents within and outside of the U.S. government—solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In so doing, the President placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangeredU.S. national security.

The impeachment inquiry starts on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

 

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, public hearings begin on the impeachment of Donald Trump.  My intent is to keep this post as a discussion and update thread until those hearings are completed.  Updates, including any available videos of the hearings, will be posted in the comment section below.  Feel free to add to them.

The public hearings will be live streamed on most major media networks and on USA Today online.

For a breakdown of Committee Members and schedule, see NBC News.

According to MSNBC:

“On the eve of the historic impeachment hearing, the top impeachment investigator, Rep. Adam Schiff tells NPR there is enough evidence to impeach Trump for bribery, for abusing “official” powers of the presidency and because Trump was “offering official acts for some personal or political reason.”

Below is a list with links to transcripts of depositions that have been released to the public. Click on the words that appear in blue to open the links, which will open in another window.  Transcripts of testimonies are in pdf. Read the rest of this entry

Rep. Elijah Cummings Provided Strength and Calm for Urban Baltimore — BCNN1 WP

He stood up for the poor and the disadvantaged throughout urban America — but Elijah Cummings was principally the strong voice and political advocate for Baltimore, where he was revered as his hometown’s champion. The Democratic congressman lived at the doorstep of some of the city’s worst rioting, including violent 2015 protests following the death […]

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Day-3 of Impeachment Inquiry: Whistleblower complaint released ahead of congressional testimony

I’ve been tied to the news about this.  Here is the Whistleblower’s Complaint at this link.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

This is day-3 of Donald Trump’s impeachment process.  Events are moving at light-speed, and it appears that the president – who had escaped accountability in the Mueller investigation and countless other transgressions – has finally gone too far even for Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill.  Yesterday, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for the release of the whistleblower complaint detailing Trump’s corrupt interactions with the Ukrainian government.  That the demand was quickly complied with is very telling.  It indicates that Trump has lost control over this situation, and that Congress’ tolerance for continued obstruction by his administration has come to an end.

A redacted copy of the formal whistleblower complaint filed by Inspector General Michael Atkinson has been submitted to Congress ahead of today’s testimony by acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Joseph Maguire.  The still unnamed whistleblower has also agreed to testify…

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U.S. tourism drops, GOP to cancel primaries, Trump coerces NOAA, Dem controversy, and health concerns

Thanks for the updates.

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Tourism to the U.S. is declining due to international concerns over mass shootings, xenophobia, trade wars, and foreigners’ dislike of President Trump.  The loss of revenue to American businesses is estimated to be in the tens of billions from 2018-2020.  GOP officials in several states are planning to cancel their presidential primary elections in order to protect Trump from challengers to his reelection campaign.  Embarrassed by his contrived, inaccurate, and illegal publicized “weather forecast” for Hurricane Dorian, Trump apparently coerced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into rebuking its own National Weather Service (NWS) agency for having the temerity to tell the truth.  NOAA’s statement was suspiciously authorless and the timing of its release suggest that the White House ordered it as an act of retribution and to protect Trump’s prodigious yet fragile ego.  The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is involved in another internal party…

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Dare Call it What it Is: Race Hatred Blessed By the President — Padre Steve’s World: Official Home of the Anti-Chaps

 

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

Another day, another race based mass killing, another fake message of support from the President.

This time it was El Paso, Texas. A young white man from Dallas, an admitted White Supremacist went to a Walmart at a mall. Using an AK-47 he went on a killing spree. When police confronted him he offered no resistance.  The latest casualty count is 20 dead and 26 wounded, but the count is still fluctuating.  In his manifesto retrieved from the 8Chan site preferred by violent White Supremacists, he wrote:

“This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.” 

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