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Omarosa – What Trump Thinks About His Chosen “Liaison” To Black Americans

I did not watch the Apprentice.  In fact, until campaigning in 2016, I barely ever heard the name Donald Trump.  I saw him on television touting the “Birther” claims and thought of it as a circus.  Barack Obama could have been born in a plane flying over Germany.  His mom was still a natural born U.S. Citizen which according to federal law, makes him a United States citizen.  In other words, I paid little attention to that nonsense.

Yes, I heard that he owned some casinos and hotels.  Not being a New Yorker, I had not heard of Trump Tower until 2016.  Back around1998, I knew that Trump attempted to team with Jessie Ventura who was then governor of the State of Minnesota, and that he was considering a run for the presidency.  I didn’t pay that much attention.

With the recent news about Omarosa, I didn’t pay it much attention at first.  I can’t keep up with the names of the people who have gone through the revolving door of Trump’s administration.  What did peek my interest however, were Trump’s recent tweets about Omarosa.

Yes, I find his arrogant and condescending name-calling as signs of immaturity, insecurity, inadequacy, and completely unprofessional.  There are people who find Trump’s name calling of Omarosa as an offense to all women.  I don’t disagree.  What I do see however, is something that goes much deeper.  It goes into Trump’s attitude about citizens.  Here’s an analogy …

Let’s imagine that parents did not support Trump for president.  Their interests in parenting, whether it be custody issues, education, health, nutrition, capture and prosecution of child sex abusers, are all packed under the one category of “parental rights”.   Trump wants to try to win parents over to support him. Read the rest of this entry

Russian Infiltration Of Word Press Blogs

In spite of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warning Russia to “quit messing around in our elections,” Russians have not stopped.  They continue their influence and propaganda.  With social media such as Facebook and Twitter taking note and making changes, Russian propagandists have turned to Word Press blogs.

Earlier this year, I received notifications from Word Press for email followers.  I didn’t pay much attention to the first one because there are people who follow this blog via email who do not have Word Press accounts to comment.   When I received two more notifications on the same day, and they too had Outlook email addresses, I knew that was not usual.  I checked a Word Press forum and found that others were experiencing the same and were concerned about it.

A thread in one Word Press forum began in January 2018.   Also in January, a blogger named Ray wrote what he was experiencing with these strange email followers.

Another thread began in March, and still another was started in April.   A staff person posted in April;

“My guess is it’s an attempt to overload our (WordPress.com’s) mail servers by making us send out more subscription emails than our system can handle. The other option is that they’re hoping bloggers will email them at that address to thank them for following, which will give them access to active email addresses which they can then attempt to spam or hack directly.”

“The follows in themselves are not an actual threat, though – our system can handle many times more emails than these additional subscriptions are making us send, and there’s no way receiving these follows can compromise your site or account, so really all they’re achieving is to annoy people.”

I only access Word Press through computer, and I use the old way of assessing the Admin side of the blog.  What I learned earlier this year is that if I go to the Word Press ribbon that appears at the top of the blog when I’m signed in and click “My Sites,” that I can scroll down to where it says “People”.  Clicking that takes me to a screen with three tabs, one of which is labeled “Email Followers”.  By clicking there, I can not only see who is following my blog via email, but I can also remove them.  Read the rest of this entry

House moves to impeach Rosenstein, Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

Two important but very strange developments occurred today regarding President Trump.

Two members of the House of Representatives’ far-right Freedom Caucus (a.k.a. Tea Party members) and nine other members introduced articles of impeachment against U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (who oversees the Mueller investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election), but did so immediately before the House adjourned for its summer recess.  Apparently, either the vote threshold to impeach Mr. Rosenstein do not yet exist or this is simply a political move to appease Trump supporters ahead of the midterm elections.  See:  Sessions defends deputy Rosenstein after impeachment move

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is now examining President Trump’s statements made on social media (i.e. Twitter) in order to determine if it constitutes a general obstruction of justice pattern intended to intimidate DOJ officials and potential witnesses (i.e. witness tampering) related to…

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White House delays Putin visit to 2019 after Republican backlash — Daily Republic

The logic here is that after 9/11, George W. Bush should have invited Osama Bin Laden to the White House for tea to discuss peace.

United States intelligence agencies have said that Russia interfered in America’s presidential election.  Trump now wants to wait until next year before deciding to re-invite a thief into our house.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has postponed his invitation for Russian President Vladimir Putin to come to Washington until next year, after Republican congressional leaders registered their opposition about a visit initially planned for this fall, around the time of the midterm elections.

Putin never responded to the administration’s announcement last week that, at Trump’s direction, “plans were underway” for a fall welcome; a Russian official pointed to the controversy in the United States to explain the hesitance. On Wednesday, the president’s national security adviser, John Bolton, issued a statement about the change of plans, citing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s ongoing Russia probe — not political concerns — as the reason.

The statement came just hours after Trump had met with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both of whom had told reporters Tuesday at the Capitol that Putin would not be welcome in Congress because Russia is not an ally.

 

Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

Mueller’s Timeline: How the Russian Hacks Unfolded

From Politico;

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment Friday of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee and other liberal targets establishes a vivid timeline of how Moscow used a range of digital intrusion techniques to interfere in the 2016 election.

The indictment spells out not only who the hackers were, but what techniques they used to breach and maintain a foothold in the computer systems of the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It also details precisely how Russia used cryptocurrencies to fund its operations — underscoring how deeply the U.S. intelligence community has managed to delve after the fact into the 2016 meddling operation.

The charges also lay out the hackers’ interactions with an array of Americans, including journalists, an unnamed congressional candidate and “a person who was in regular contact with senior members” of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Read the full article: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/13/mueller-russia-hacks-timeline-686521

Jeopardy – The Correct Question Is, Who Is Michael Flynn?

The Jeopardy game show is my favorite trivia game program.   There are some categories that I’m good at.   Sports is not one of them.  Others include painters and chemistry. However, I’ve watched Jeopardy for so long that I’m getting pretty familiar with Shakespeare plays.

If you watch Jeopardy, then you know that the host, Alex Trebek, gives answers and three contestants compete to see who rings in first with the correct question.

There are contestants who know about Italian painters from the 1700’s; authors from Poland; what land locked country sits beside another land locked country.   There are contestants who can practically recite all the lines in Shakespeare plays; know all classical composers; the names of rivers throughout the world and all of the kings and queens of England.

My son occasionally watches, and when Jeopardy has Black History or Bible categories, we take bets on whether those will be the last categories selected.  Well, we used to bet.  I got tired of losing. My son always bets that those categories will be chosen last, while I gave contestants the benefit of the doubt.  (Should I add here that Jeopardy seldom has any Black or Latinx contestants?)

Last week, the three contestants worried me.   The answer was not about Black History or the Bible, but about Russia.  Read the rest of this entry

North Korea slams ‘gangster-like’ U.S. demands after satisfied Pompeo leaves

Donald Trump Betrays A Promise Made By President G.W. Bush To Give Expedited Citizenship To Legal Immigrants Joining The U.S. Army

A special recruitment program by the U.S. Army promising legal immigrants a path to citizenship turns out to be a pipe dream.

The program offers naturalization with an honorable service designation that can be given after a few days of boot camp.  Enlistment contracts were signed, and the Army oath taken.  Now, Army reservist are being discharged or not sent to boot camp. Those legally in the United States might be deported when their VISA expires.

In 2002, President George W. Bush expedited the naturalization process for immigrant soldiers.  In 2007, the program known as MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) became an official recruiting program.  President Barack Obama added DACA recipients to the eligibility list.  That is when an official introduced extensive background checks, creating a severe backlog.

Paul Chelimo, a Kenyan-born American athlete who won Silver in the 5,000 meters at the 2016 Rio Olympics, secured US citizenship in 2014 after entering the US Army through the MAVNI progam.

In June 2017, an internal memo sent to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis cited that 1,000 recruits were awaiting active-duty training and were at risk for deportation.   Although the special program was by Executive Order of President G.W. Bush, the Trump Administration suspended MAVNI in September 2017 saying it was not properly authorized by Congress.

This is not exactly factual.  While Trump believes his cancellation of MAVNI is right because Congress passed no Bill approving it, an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was proposed to continue MAVNI. Read the rest of this entry

Trump lawyer Cohen vows to defend himself, puts family first: ABC News

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his hotel in New York FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrives at his hotel in New York City, U.S., June 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen vowed to defend himself and protect his family and country first if Trump or the president’s legal team tried to discredit him, ABC News reported on Monday.

Cohen, in an interview with ABC, indicated he would be cooperative with prosecutors investigating his business dealings and probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

“I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” ABC quoted Cohen as saying in the interview on Saturday and published on Monday. “I am not a villain of this story and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.”

Cohen, who has not been charged with any crimes, and his…

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Judge Orders Trump Administration To Reunite Migrant Families

“A federal judge has ordered the federal government to reunite migrant parents with children taken from them under the Trump  administration’s family separation policy.”

“U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw, based in San Diego, issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday night requiring that nearly all children younger than 5 be returned to their parents within 14 days and that older children be returned within 30 days.”

The Order can be read at this link.

 

via Judge orders Trump administration to reunite migrant families — Politics, Policy, Political News Top Stories

 

 

 

What’s the Deal with Family Separation?

Thanks for your excellent, well-informed post.

“Kids who are separated from their parents at a young age – those Romanian kids, the Aboriginal kids in Australia – have lower IQs, suffer the long term effects of PTSD, and their fight or flight response can be permanently broken.”

In other words, the Trump administration is setting up a generation of Brown people for failure, to add to arguments made by White Supremacists that having a lower IQ makes them inferior. It will be yet another people running from law enforcement who are shot and killed, while some ask why they ran rather than comply.

Practical Parenting Blog

Why Pediatricians Worry about Family Separation:IMMIGRANT-CHILD-CRIES-06-18

Sadly, we have lots of data about the damage done to children when they are separated from their families.

  • In Romania during his tenure as communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu felt that the Romanian economy would improve if there were simply more Romanians, and so he pushed people to have children that they did not have the resources to care for. As a result, there were many Romanian children who grew up in orphanages.
  • In Australia, about 1 in 10 Aboriginal children were removed from their families to be raised by white Christians between 1910 and 1970.
  • In China right now many children, known as “the left behind,” live in outlying villages while their parents move away to work.

When children are separated from their families, their bodies suffer a stress response and secrete cortisol and adrenaline. These molecules initially damage and in the end can…

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Trump’s Executive Order on Separation of Migrant Families

In my opinion, an Executive Order was unnecessary.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions initiated the policy to separate migrant children from parents, and that policy could have been revoked without an Executive Order.  The Executive Order, titled “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation”,  gave Trump opportunity to place blame and point fingers.  There is verbiage in it that still allows for the separation of families.  It says;

“It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.”

It sounds almost like a restaurant’s seating policy.  Some in media are already saying that available resources will be exhausted in a week.

Here’s the full text, or you can read it at Whitehouse.govRead the rest of this entry

Donald Trump and the G7 Summit

This photo speaks volumes.

 

How Oppression Shows Its Face In The Business Of Hair Braiding

Peaches, before Bo Derek

When I watched the video below, it reminded me of when I was a little girl.  In the summer, people sat on their front porches.  One of the pastimes that girls did was braid hair. It ranged from hanging braided styles to corn rows.

Back then before hair relaxers, I suspect that almost any Black woman or girl will tell us that after their hair was washed, it was braided, in small portions, to allow it to dry and not tangle.   After it dried, it could be combed out into another braided style, or straightened with a “straightening comb.”

In 1979, the movie “10” was released, and suddenly Caucasians who were unfamiliar with African cultur, thought that Bo Derek’s cornrows was an original style.  At least a year before Bo Derek appeared on screen with cornrows, Linda Greene appeared as “Peaches” of the duo, Peaches and Herb, with decorated cornrows.

Bo Derek

Hair braiding has been practiced for centuries in African communities, and by African-Americans. It doesn’t require any chemicals, hair dyes or cutting.

Along with American Blacks, some sisters from Africa came to America and started home businesses cornrowing.  They also braid with extensions.  Depending on the style, (and if the customer brought their own “ponytails” with them to use for extensions), the price could range anywhere from $50 to a $150.00 dollars – at least, in my neck of the woods.  It’s a style that lasts 2 to 3 months, depending on how fast the customer’s hair grows.

Now, there are 13 states that have laws forbidding the braiding of hair for money without a cosmetology license.  There are hefty fines if anyone is caught charging money for braiding hair without a cosmetology license. Read the rest of this entry

Vanessa Williams and Melania Trump. Why The Comparison?

Vanessa Williams, 1983

It’s not a comparison between Vanessa Williams and Melania Trump as persons but rather, that they did the same things but were treated differently.

In 1983, Vanessa Williams was crowned Miss America 1984.  She was the first Black woman to receive the title.  In July 1984, directors of the Miss America pageant asked Vanessa to relinquish her title and crown. Vanessa resigned. Here is why.

A free-lance photographer named Tom Chiapel remembered taking nude photos of Vanessa in 1982.  He pitched them to Playboy, who refused his offer.  Eventually, he sold the photos to Penthouse magazine.  Vanity Fair reports that Penthouse paid more for Vanessa’s photos than they had ever previously paid for a spread.

The Washington Post archived a 1984 article about the story, stating

“For 10 months Vanessa Williams has served the pageant and the title of Miss America well,” said the statement released by pageant directors, “but we must make it clear that we cannot and do not condone her actions either in posing for the photographs or in failing to reveal the facts at the appropriate time in the selection process that led to her being awarded the crown.”

“The pageant celebrates the whole woman and its spirit is intrinsically inconsistent with calculated sexual exploitation,” the pageant’s statement said.”

Vanessa called the experience her “rock bottom.”  She was 21-years old when she resigned her Miss America crown and title. Read the rest of this entry

Brevard County Judge Removed From Bench. What Happens When Those In Authority Taint An Entire System

Character makes the difference between those who will not abuse their authority, and those who act like street fighters, bullies, or are criminally minded. The way one behaves in a negative situation, with self-control, is a quality of a good person and a good leader.

People have problems.  They have bad days.  They go through stressful situations.  When they hold positions of power, they cannot allow problems or stress to cause them to do the wrong things.  They cannot abuse their authority because of personal problems or stress.  They must be above reproach.

Super humans?  In a way, yes.  When people are placed in positions of authority to do super things, the public expects them to always be professional and have the interests of the people they serve as priority.

Just imagine someone who lacks self-control telling others what they should or must do and having the authority to punish or retaliate when people don’t obey them.

There must be millions of people who have completed their educational goals and did everything just right, but they don’t have what it takes to handle authority.   When I say authority, I’m thinking about those positions where the lives of others can be ruined by a stroke of the pen, or the pulling of a trigger, or when signing Executive Orders.

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Arizona’s Black Legislators Chastised After Race Talk

PHOENIX — The only two black members of the Arizona Legislature were formally chastised for speaking out against a Republican lawmaker’s published column, which included a racial slur and they say derided black activists while attempting to discredit leaders of a teacher group protesting for better pay.

Rep. Maria Syms wrote in a column published in the Arizona Republic that the two best-known leaders of the #RedforEd movement are “political operatives” who are radicalizing Arizona youth. She called Noah Karvelis’ classroom “exotic” and said he prides himself on teaching students music from the hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. Syms included a lyric from the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist that included a derogatory term for African-Americans.

Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding, who is black, said he was offended by the language she used.

via Arizona’s only black legislators chastised after race talk — Chicago Sun-Times

Man Killed In Fire At Trump Tower Was Trying To Sell Unit

He couldn’t give it away.

Todd Brassner

On Saturday, Todd Brassner died in the fire at Trump Tower in New York City. He had more than $3 million in artwork and other collectibles, including a portrait of himself painted by Andy Warhol. Todd was 67 years old.  He lived alone and his collections included about 100 vintage electric guitars, 40 guitar amplifiers dating to the 1930s, and 150 ukuleles.

His friends said that Todd had been trying to sell his apartment since Donald Trump was elected president.  The election brought increased security and activity that a friend described as “untenable”.

“It was like living in an armed camp. But when people heard it was a Trump building, he couldn’t give it away”, said Stephen Dwire, a close and long-time friend.

At least 6 firemen were injured in the blaze.  There is no sprinkler system in the apartments. New York City fire marshals are still investigating but their preliminary finding is that the fire was accidental and not criminal in nature.

Our condolences to Todd’s family and friends.

 

March For Our Lives 2018.

This is a powerful video.

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