I’d Call That Annoying

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Calamity Politics is a Progressive political blog where I try to go with the facts, not just my feelings. The news is looking really bad right now for Jared Kushner, but we will wait and see exactly how this whole story plays out.

There is a component of risk in real estate. An edgy excitement. I can see why Kushner might be one of those guys that just likes to push the envelope as far as possible, getting away with as much as possible, without having to pay the piper. I wonder, if this time will be his turn to pay the piper?

They Gave So Much


It is Sunday afternoon, of Memorial week-end. Deb and Dan are here with her brother and two very cute grand children, 3 and 5 years, I believe I was told. The company makes Lily very happy. Lily is a very social dog and sometimes becomes quite angry with her introverted owner.

So, Lily is happy, the kids are happy and I am relieved that I have a dog that knows how to distract attention from anyone, but herself. While everyone is distracted, planning beach walks and evening movie adventures. I want to address a few things that I find a bit annoying. Check them out and see if any of the following items mentioned, irritate you, just a little bit. So, here goes, 35 Things That Are Just Mildly Annoying:

1.) Hotels that have no room #13
2.) Being on a first date when the characters in the movie suddenly slip into nude love making for no attributable reason, other than to make the surprised audience uncomfortable.
3.) When the cabbie looks down, smiles and says “thanks a million”. As he pulls away I realize I just gave him a $20 buck tip, instead of a $5 buck tip.
4.) I realize pre-school is just a dress rehearsal for the school bully.
5.) When my host’s dog chews up my new high heels that I slipped off under the kitchen table, and doesn’t even offer to buy me another pair.
6.) People who flick cigarette butts off my deck into the yard below.
7.) Knowing that Russia’s major Black sea port is at Sebastopol, yet I am unable to state where my great grand parents were born.
8.) Picking up the pizza, and seeing little puddles of grease forming in the centers of the pepperoni pieces.
9.) Having a pile of old decorating magazines gathering dust, but unable to muster the force of will to throw them out, because there are articles in each one of them that I want to read, but I know I never will.
10.) The armrest warfare that takes place between me and my grand son at the movie theater.
11.) Realizing I need to have my glasses on, or I will try to repeatedly push a three prong plug into a two hole outlet.
12.) Friends who text or email me IN ALL CAPS!
13.) Forgetting to set my alarm, or setting it for 6:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 a.m.
14.) Sitting in a restaurant booth and the guy in the booth behind me has no clue how loud he is talking about last night’s date.
15.) When the dog sits barking at the foot of the bed when I’m having sex with my boyfriend.
16.) Wondering if it is only my county that still uses microfiche.
17.) The smell of burnt hair when I bend over to light a doobie
18.) When almost total strangers on a plane tell me way too much about their personal lives.
19.) Accidentally emailing “All” when I meant to reply only to “Sender”.
20.) Having to look at my bunions in sandals.
21.) When the sub titles of a foreign film blend into the background.
22.) Having to keep my clock set 15 minutes ahead of time, so as not to be late.
23.) Child proof lighters and Tylenol bottles with child safety caps.
24.) The perverse pleasure of watching those home videos of skateboarders crashing into, and over the family car.
25.) Lily (my dog) moving back and forth behind me, forcing me to keep changing the leash from one hand to the other.
26.) Trying to not think about something I can’t stop thinking about.
27.) When my 12 year old grand daughter shows me how important the ‘input’ button on my TV remote can be.
28.) People who wave their hands in front of my face, when I am trying to mentally slip into oblivion.
29.) Knowing that if I lose my cell phone, the only number I will remember is 911.
30.) Those stupid subscription cards that fall out of the magazines as I flip through them at the grocery check out.
31.) People who refuse to use their microwave because it “might be” harmful.
32.) Being the only person to sing along.
33.) Lacking a life outside of cable news.
34.) Finding a girl who cuts my hair ‘just right’ and the next time I call for an appointment I am told she has moved to San Diego.
35.) Listening to old ’60’s rock hits and remembering every word, but being unable to remember the password to my NetFlix account.

I think I am being called to dinner. Have a great holiday and don’t think about politics for at least the next 12 hours.

Dar

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Who is Robert Swan Mueller III ?

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New Special Counsel To Investigate Russia and Trump Connections

Robert Swan Mueller III was just appointed by the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as Special Counsel to investigate the Russian interference in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. Mr. Mueller is a well known and high profile attorney who has served the United States many times. His known integrity throughout the government has made his appointment welcomed by most observers, inside the government and out.

Mr. Mueller is an American lawyer and civil servant who was the sixth Director of FBI. Mr. Mueller served longer than any Director, outside the J. Edgar Hoover, from 9/4/2001 to 9/4/2013.

I support his appointment, however, I believe we need an independent commission, and will continue to speak out for that end.

Dar

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Trump Wants to Keep Ethic Waivers Secret

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Calamity Politics, a West Coast based progressive political blog, attempts to shine a light into the murky world of U.S. political dog fighting

    The U.S. Political Landscape Looks Like A Dog Fight

    I have been silent for a day or two while I did some archive updates and computer housekeeping. I added lots of new pictures. If you haven’t taken a look at the site for a while, I welcome you back and hope you take a few minutes to look at some of the old stories. As I was adding pictures I was surprised to note that most of the same issues that were shocking me six months ago are still shocking me, today.

    Now that the house cleaning is complete I am back. My storytelling fingers have been itching to get back to covering the hot button current events of our day. This White House has dropped a shield around itself. There is not even a pretense of transparency. Dozens of former lobbyists and industry lawyers have been hired by the Trump administration. In late January President Trump signed an executive order that “barred lobbyists and lawyers” hired as political appointees from participating in “particular” policy issues that involved former clients for two years. Trump of course, like previous presidents, reserved the right to “issue a waiver” to anyone he wanted to hire. This action is not new. What is new is that the Trump White House has been steadfastly refusing to release evidence of any such waivers, or acknowledgement of who waivers were granted to, or disclosure of any accompanying documents.

    White House Resists Walter Shaub’s Requests For Waiver Publication

    Eisen Calls For Transparent White House


    Walter M. Shaub Jr., head of the Office Of Government Ethics has asked every federal agency for copies of all waivers and accompanying documentation issued by Trump be returned to his office no later than June 1, 2017. In response the White House challenged Shaub’s “legal authority” to demand such information. Mick Mulvaney, chief of the Office of Management and Budget requested more time to review “the scope of OGE authorities”, without specifying what those questions were.

    In a statement provided to the NY Times, Mulvaney switched tactics, and accused Shaub of “playing politics” and attacked the “expansive scope and breathless timetable, demanded that we seek further guidance”. The reason for the “expansive” scope is because Trump has hired innumerable former lobbyists and industry lawyers for the administration, many of whom the administration has attempted to conceal from public scrutiny. For every minute the waivers are kept secret the Trump appointees are able to potentially advance their own financial interests.

    Mulvaney Leads Attempt To Side Track OGE Waiver Disclosure

    A week after attempting to further stonewall the requests by the OGE, the White House announced it will comply with the OGE request and will publicly disclose all waivers that the White House has quietly given out since January that allow these former lobbyists to work in the administration. The White House position was drawing heavy fire from ethics watchdogs. These waivers are given on a case-by-case basis, and in effect, allow appointees to work on policies that may overlap with issues they worked on with former employers.

    A white House spokesperson called the shift “a clarification” rather than a “reversal”. Mr. Shaub expressed appreciation for the stated change in attitude by the White House, but added, “there should have been no need for a confrontation on the matter. This is really routine stuff”. Ethics lawyers said that such waivers must be made public “so that the limits on what topics a federal government employee can or cannot take up are not secret.”

    There has been belief outside the administration, that the Trump administration, while promising to “drain the swamp” had “instead looked for ways to fill the federal government with former lobbyists and industry lawyers, putting them into jobs from which they could help former clients get special favors, be it in the energy industry or Wall Street,” said Norman Eisen. Ambassador Eisen, a former ethics advisor for the Obama administration continued, “It’s a victory for checks and balances, the rule of law and the independent oversight of the Office of Government Ethics, and the news media.”

    Senior officials with the OGE, state that in the near 40 year history of the department, there has never been another administration that attempted to block access, or discourage the collection of ethics compliance data. There are approximately 4,000 political appointees who would be subject to ethics rules. It must be noted, however, many of the 4,000 jobs have not been filled.

    This seems like a small story when compared to the glaring headlines of the day, but in so many ways it is a really big story. The Trump administration wants to hide its activities. Trump is trying to run the U.S. government as if he was Mafia Don. We don’t need more secrets, we need more transparency, which is something that this administration will attempt to thwart at every opportunity.

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Trump On Tour

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I Am So Angry I Could Take Off Someone’s Head

I am screaming at the top of my lungs. It’s a damn good thing this is not a pod cast commentary, because someone would be ordering psych restraints for this old girl.

I started writing for Calamity Politics because I saw Trump as a demented, narcissistic, irrational, terrifying, irresponsible, backward thinking, corrupt and dangerous individual. I was concerned that the country had just elected a gross misogynist clown as President of the United States.

I wanted to speak out against what I expected to be an immediate attack on the environment, entitlement programs and Roe v Wade. I knew the Republicans, heavily financed by the Koch Brothers, and other right extremist Superpacs, would launch an all out attack against anything progressive as soon as the inaugural partying was over.

My Worst Fears Are Becoming Reality

Because of my intense concern, I felt the pressure to get on line with Calamity Politics as soon as possible. If you as a reader, wonder who I am, and what I stand for, I suggest you take a few minutes and read ‘About Me’ and ‘Mission Statement’ which are located on buttons at the top of this page.

I thought I might be alone in my outrage. Had I “lost” my mind, as was suggested by two family members, or was I one of many?

I found out soon that I was just one of an army of individuals who were truly fearful that the election of Donald Trump was a step back in time. None of us wanted to take 21st century America back to the segregated, air polluted and garbage littered mid 20th century America romanticized by Donald Trump. So fearful in fact were we, that we began organically to call ourselves the “resistance”. I embraced the label as a personal commitment to fight trump, and everything he represents. I am a soldier in the fight against authoritarianism. I am one of the ‘resistance”.

As days have slid painfully into weeks and now into months my worries have expanded from domestic policy worries to international concerns. These growing concerns have been fueled by calls and visits from some of the world’s most conspicuous dictators and thugs. Trump has spared no effort in welcoming the most evil men in the world into the Oval Office, while lecturing and disparaging our international allies and our closest trading partners.

Trump’s first overseas trip has been a nauseating affair from the start. The Trump crowd left Washington D.C. under a cloud of suspicion and allegations of Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election and the firing of FBI Director, James Comey, who was leading the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign. Every day of this foreign trip there has been a daily drip of unsavory revelations and an ever spreading scandal at home in the United States. Newspaper headlines and cable news shows have been screaming every salacious detail.

Trump and his entourage were welcomed like royalty in Saudi Arabia by King Salman. Salman has one of the most repressive governments on earth, and here is the American President promising billions of dollars in armament to the leader of the Sunni Muslim world.

From where I’m sitting, it looks as if the United States, under the leadership of President Trump, has just taken sides in the Shiite and Sunni conflict. Why, why, why, would Trump believe this part of the world needed another gun, bullet, or missile? Trump’s threat’s to tear up the Iran nuclear deal has also increased tensions between Sunni and Shiite. I think what we need is a lot more diplomacy and a lot less weaponry.

Does The Middle East Really Need More Weapons?

When our idiot, demented President got to Israel (“after leaving the Middle East”) Trump doubled down on his stupidity. After the mind boggling disclosure that Trump had discussed classified secrets with Russian government officials, during an Oval Office meeting, a week before going overseas Trump decided to have an impromptu press chat with the Israeli press, at which time he said, “I never specified the sources of the intel came from Israeli.” Of course, no one had said the intel had come from Israel, except him. OMG.

Just a couple of Trump’s Middle East and European fuck ups include, 1.) While discussing his visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump inadvertently called King Salman of Saudi Arabia, “King Soloman” (an ancient Jewish king), 2.) Trump confirmed to the press that his disclosure of classified information originated in Israel, 3.) Trump also told the world that he was so stupid he did not realize that Israel was in the Middle East, 4.) The President’s view of climate change is “evolving” and he may, or may not, pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which is an agreement within the U.N. framework, setting out a global action plan to put the world on track to stabilize temperatures. 5.) Trump calling the Germans “very bad” because of all the German cars sold in the United States, unwittingly condemning BMW for producing more cars in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. 6.) Angela Merkel was so disturbed by her meeting with President Trump that she issued a statement saying that Europe needed to “fight for our destiny” and indicated that neither the UK or the United States could be counted on as “reliable partners” in the future.

Stories are circulating that NSA General McMaster attempted to fully brief Trump on the world situation daily before the trip, but was greeted by Trump with boredom, disinterest, disregard, and dismissiveness. This is a president that seems to have no interest in real news, but apparently wants to catch up with breaking news on Breitbart or Russia Television. It reportedly, became so bad that McMaster would submit a single page of bullet points to Trump so as not to lose the president’s attention. Trumpie likes to fly by the seat of his pants. unfortunately his behavior scares me to death.

In Europe he was so offensive at the NATO summit I literally cringed. OMG, when will this demented fool shut up? I guess he won’t, until we exert enough pressure on Congress to uncover what really is going on with Trump and remove him from office. Can it be done before he does irreparable damage to our standing in the world? I don’t know. I hope so. Because, we are beginning to look like a joke, with a puppet under the direction of Vladimir Putin.

By the time the Trump train got to Brussels the train was slipping off the rails. It was obvious to observers that Trump was poorly prepared for the world stage. It was shown world wide when Trump, anxious to get in front of the television cameras, physically shoved the Prime Minister of Montenegro out of his way. Later, making a speech at the 9/11 monument Trump went on a “pay up” campaign speech. An appalling image of an ignorant unprepared president.

Pathetic Image Of United States By An Ignorant Unprepared President

With Russia’s sword rattling in eastern Europe, the NATO partners were looking for Trump to verbally re-commit to the Article 5 section of the mutual defense compact, but Trump chose not to. I’m sure that Putin was doing the Cossack Hopak all around the Kremlin when he saw Trump’s performance in front of the NATO partners. Trump seems to say all the right things if he were working for Russian interests, but not so correct if he is working for accepted American interests. You would almost think that Trump owes Putin a pile of money. Hmmm.

On Thursday, news broke that Jared Kushner, was under “FBI scrutiny” in the Russian collusion case. Hmmm.

On Friday, news broke that Jared Kushner was believed to have attempted to set up a “back channel” from the Trump transition team to the Kremlin. What the fuck? If this deeply classified leaked tale is true, I suggest we immediately get these folks as far from the White House as we possibly can. Right now, I’m thinking a cold cell on Riker’s Island, or maybe one of those huts in the Russian “archipelago” would be great temporary quarters until we get to the bottom of all this. I guarantee these “tough guys” would start talking after “a couple nights in the hole”. In fact, I can imagine them pushing each other aside, just to get to the microphones

Since when do American citizens want “back channel” communications with known adversaries of the United States, effectively creating “secret (covert)” conversations between themselves and a hostile government? Why, I keep asking myself? What motive? Is it just terrible judgement, considering the climate of the circumstances. These activities allegedly took place on Dec 1 or Dec 2 of 2016. If nothing else, these behaviors would serve to undermine the Obama administration. The Obama administration was, at the time, still our duly elected president.

Kushner also, reportedly, had a meeting with a state owned bank official; meaning a meeting with a Russian agent. The banker Kushner met with is a graduate of FSB (modern KGB) spy school. Remember this is nearly two months before Trump was to assume office.

Back Channel To The Kremlin. Really? Sounds Like Espionage, Or Treason. Time will tell.

I am absolutely convinced my first discomfort with Trump’s election was correct. There is serious mischief afoot. I hear pundits say, “There’s plenty of smoke, but there doesn’t seem to be any fire.” Fires can remain hidden within walls for long periods of time before they erupt into a holocaust of destruction. I believe that it is entirely possible that the American people have installed a team of Russian spies along with a complete network of Kremlin sympathizers in the White House.

Beyond appointing a Special Counsel to look into the Russian interference in the 2016 election I believe we will need an Independent Commission to examine this matter. I don’t know about you, but I know I am not ready to hop in bed with the likes of Rodrigo Duterte, Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan, and if we don’t put a stop to it Trump and Kushner will have us whoring for these murdering thugs.

I believe in the end, it will all boil down to money. How much money do Trump and Kushner owe and who do they owe it to? ?
We need to get a look at Trump and Kushner’s taxes to find out how much they thought our democracy was worth. I bet they valued it at less than a billion bucks. If I wasn’t so angry, I would be crying. What a sad tale. We have a whole movie series here.

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Trump Silliness

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I know that yesterday, Calamity Politics veered off course when I did my ‘Sunday thing’. Today I should be settling down and writing my usual intuitive and imaginative political blog comment, but I am still reeling from mounting disclosures leaking from every government orifice, as the terrified bureaucracy, and White House staffers, spill their guts ‘off record’ in an effort to save our democracy and our cherished institutions.

Blogger Id

We need every leaker and whistle blower we can find to stop Trump and Pence. Usually I don’t mention Pence, however if we are going to push for impeachment of Trump we must also ensnare Pence. Pence has been ‘protected’ so far, but I’m sure that he is seriously involved in the collusion aspect of the campaign. We must never forget, he was brought on board by Manafort. He was there, in the inner circle, surrounded by Trump, Flynn, Sessions and all those Russians. The last thing we want in the White House is that smooth talking, MC looking troll of the right.

Because the media, the bureaucracy and the Democrats are running point for me I am going to, once again, in two days straight, try to use my political voice to lighten the mood for a moment. So, here’s a few comments overheard at the Fort George Brewery, Astoria, OR.

Good humor goes with good beer


1.)The counter guy was telling a joke, the end of which went something like this: “So, Kellyanne Conway was trying to push her way on to a New York subway car. As she tries to force her way forward, before the exiting passengers got a chance to get out the door; Kellyanne starts screaming, “Don’t you know who I am? I am helping “Make America Great Again”! Get out of my way. Let me on first, then you can get off! That’s no alternative fact. I’m first.” **I missed the beginning of the story, but it got some laughs, and it tells me people here are talking about this White House crowd and it’s not necessarily in a complimentary way. All the more entertaining for me.

2.) I overheard a rugged looking fella, dressed in denims and plaid, with broad suspenders say to the bartender: “Yeah. The way I see it, Washington, D.C. is all stuck in a loop of bullshit and piss.” **Well said.

3.) A nice looking college type in 501’s and blazer was talking to another guy at the table next to me: “My friends are single-cell organisms, undergoing mitosis as I speak. They all voted for Trump and now spend most days coming up with excuses for the reason they voted for him.” His companion asked: “Why do you keep talking to them?” The college looking guy responded, “They’re the only ones who call me. I never told anyone I voted for Hillary Clinton.”

4.) Advice on removing Trump from office came from two women sitting at a table: “Trump’s from NY, all they need to do is go over to the White House, and then Chuck Schumer needs to say, ‘This is me. This is you. And this is the door’, simple as that.

I’m gonna show you the door

Simple instructions, and a .38 caliber to the ribs. That’s how they do things in New York. Straight forward. Like I said, Trump’s dumb, but New Yorker’s know when to move on. It’s kind of an instinctive thing. Inbred, you might say,” the older of the two said with a smile.

5.) A pretty long haired Millennial was sipping her brew when her male companion said, “Okay, okay.
“Homeless man: Yo, man, you got a dollar?
Suit #1: Do you take credit cards?
Homeless man: Yo, man, you got a dollar?
Suit #2: Sure do. Glad to help.
Homeless man: Yo, man, you got a dollar?
Trump: No.
Homeless man: You go to hell, you SOB. What goes around comes around! Some day you’ll need something and nobody won’t give you shit!
Trump: Hey! Hey! Easy, you’re right. I’ll help you out.
Homeless man, quietly: Damn straight.
Trump: So, sir, where can I mail you a check?”

Friends sharing political news and great beer


6.) Two guys at the bar, and the cute blonde guy says: “Putin is on his cell phone talking to someone: Who wouldn’t want to fuck me? I’m tall, handsome, talkative, intelligent. I’m the fuckin’ richest man in the world. Hell, I want to fuck me!”

Okay, I’ve had my fun at Trump’s expense. Hope you got a laugh, or at least a smile.

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Dar

55 Things To Make You Smile On A Rainy Day

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I know I’ve mentioned it, but this has been an incredibly cold and rainy spring. At Calamity Politics I usually do the ‘smile’ thing on Sundays. Due to factors beyond my control I got caught up writing another story, which you can read on this blog.

I am confident enough to believe that my little political blog will help shape a few ideas and sway a few opinions. As a political activist I hope my topics are interesting and helpful in developing voter awareness, citizen participation and policy implementation, but today I think we need to take a break from this holocaust erupting in front of our eyes.

So, please join me as I do my Sunday thing, on Tuesday. Here are 55 Things to smile about.
1.) The roll of thunder and the flash of lightening

Thunder and Lightening Over Young’s Bay


2.) The sound of crows calling
3.) Mom’s 1940 aluminum cake carrier
4.) Having a flower budget
5.) Toddlers in sandboxes
6.) Homemade tamales
7.) Fresh baked apple pie
8.) Big Sur
9.) Fire trucks
10.) Liquor in decanters

Crystal decanters sparkle


11.) Walking the dunes
12.) Tillamook cheddar cheese
13.) Sails in the wind
14.) Saving my change in a piggy bank
15.) Making church steeples with my hands
16.) Finding a parking space at the front door
17.) Making Cannabis truffles
18.) Eating Cannabis truffles
19.) A garden cottage
20.) Waltzing in the Pittock Mansion ballroom
21.) Scrabble on a rainy Sunday

Scrabble on rainy Sundays


22.) My Alma Mater, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
23.) Daddy’s cherished gray ‘Bogie’ Fedora
24.) Snowmobile races
25.) 501’s and a leather jacket
26.) The art section at Goodwill
27.) Knowing God is never early, and he’s never late, he’s always on time
28.) World class Ping Pong championships

Ping Pong Championships


29.) Making floral bouquets from flowers collected from the yard
30.) High school football games
31.) White cotton shorts
32.) Being nice when someone calls you vulgar names on Twitter
33.) Astoria Sunday Market, on a sunny day
34.) A drive up mailbox
35.) Hand thrown pottery

Wet and Squishy What Fun


36.) Hand feeding horses
37.) Daily routines
38.) First day of school
39.) Last day of school
40.) Wainscotting
41.) Cheese fondue with little bread squares
42.) Having read every book on the shelf
43.) Shiny oak floors
44.) First ski week-end of the Fall
45.) A Blue Heron in the marsh

Nature on Display


46.) Walking hand in hand with a child
47.) Wrapped peppermints in a glass dish
48.) Making pictures out of clouds
49.) Old photo albums
50.) Peanuts and popcorn at the ball game
51.) Oversize reckless, passionate modern art pieces
52.) Never feeling older than 17
53.) Powell’s Books, Pearl District, Portland, Oregon
54.) Spring wildflowers

Wildflowers spark a smile


55.) White curtains, blowing gently on a summer breeze

Thanks for joining me in a few minutes of nostalgic memories. Memories that always bring a smile to my face, I hope some of them made you smile.
Tomorrow Calamity Politics will be back covering the Washington, D.C. hotplate.

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Trump Scandal Report and More

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As Calamity Politics’ chief spokesperson, I want readers to know that I am a progressive that attempts to be relevant, topical and hopefully engaging in my coverage of the U.S. political scene. The television screen has erupted, like I have never seen, at least not since the last days of Nixon. I went to bed with the kerfuffle screaming from every channel except FoxNews, (Hannity) which was still talking about Comey. I couldn’t watch that show very long, before I said to myself, bedtime.

This morning, I woke up early, so at 0400 I hit the remote and flipped through a couple of channels, before joining Joe and Mika. Everyone was talking over one another and there was an obvious level of excitement.

Political News Erupting Headlines Over Trump


The excitement was over President Trump’s inappropriate discussions with who else, but the Russians. OMG, couldn’t he have at least had the decency to divulge classified information to anybody, but Russians. No matter how hard I try to get off the Russian topic and just wait for the investigations to prove the allegations of collusion with Russians during the 2016 election, this president keeps slapping me in the face; once, twice, how many insults do I, as a country have to take from this reckless, narcissist.

Trump Shares Secrets
With Russians

I am going to let the cable news channels rant while I reprint a poem that was sent to me. It is long, but it is satirically funny, keep reading it will help you focus.

With many apologies to Dr. Seuss
By John Pavlovitz

In a land where the states are united,
they claim,
in a sky-scraping tower adorned with
his name,
lived a terrible, horrible, devious
chump,
the bright orange miscreant known as
the Trump.

This Trump he was mean, such a
mean little man,
with the tiniest heart and two tinier
hands,
and a thin set of lips etched in
permanent curl,
and a sneer and a scowl and
contempt for the world.

Trump With A Sneer And A Scowl Told Lie After LIe


He looked down from his perch and
he grinned ear to ear,
and he thought, could steal the
election this year!
I’d be rather simple, it’s so easily won,
I’ll just make them believe that their
best days are done!
Yes, I’ll make them believe that it’s all
gone to Hell,
and I’ll be Jerk Messiah and their
souls they will sell.

And I’ll use lots of words
disconnected from truth,
but I’ll say them with style so they
won’t ask for proof.
I’ll toss out random platitudes,
phrases, and such,
They’re so raised on fake news that it
won’t matter much!

Misinformation Dumped Daily By Kremlin Trolls


They won’t question the how to, the
what, why, or when,
I will make their America great once
again!
The Trump told them to fear, they
should fear he would say,
They’ve all come for your jobs, they’ll
all take them away.
You should fear every Muslim and
Mexican too,
every brown, black, and tan one,
everyone who votes blue.

And he fooled all the Christians, he
fooled them indeed.
He just trotted out Jesus, that’s all
Jesus folk need.
And celebrity preachers they all
crowned him as king,
Tripping over themselves just to kiss
the Trump’s ring.

And he spoke only lies just as if they
were true,
Until they believed all of those lies
were true too
He repeated and Tweeted and he
blustered and spit,
And he mislead and fibbed and he
just made up shit.

And the media laughed but they
printed each line,

And The Media Reported Every Lie


thinking he never will win, in the end
we’ll be fine
So they chased every headline, bold
typed every claim,
Till the fake news and real news they
looked just the same.

And the scared folk who listened,
they devoured each word,
Yes, they ate it all up every word that
they heard,
petrified that their freedom was under
attack,
trusting Trump he would take their
America back.
From the gays and from ISIS, he’d
take it all back,
Take it back from the Democrats, fat
cats, and blacks.
And so hook, line and sinker they all
took the bait,
all his lies about making America
great.

Now the Pant-suited One she was
smart and prepared,
she was brilliant and steady but none
of them cared,
no they cared not to see all the work
that she’d done,
or the fact that the Trump had not yet
done thing one.

Pant Suited One Was Prepared and Ready


They could only shout Emails!, yes
Emails! They’d shout,
because Fox News had told them and
Fox News had clout.
And the Pant-suited One she was
slandered no end,
and a lie became truth she could
never defend.
And the Trump watched it all go
according to plan
a strong woman eclipsed by an
insecure man.

And November the 8th arrived, finally
it came,
like a slow-moving storm but it came
just the same.
And Tuesday became Wednesday as
those days will do,
And the night turned to morning and
the nightmare came true,
With millions of non-voters still in their
beds,
Yes, the Trump he had done it, just
like he had said.

The Trumpers Came Out To Cheer & Squeal


And the Trumpers they trumped, how
they trumped when he won,
All the racists and bigots, deplorable
ones,
they crawled out from the woodwork,
came out to raise Hell,
they came out to be hateful and
hurtful as well.
With slurs and with road signs, with
spray paint and Tweets,
with death threats to neighbors and
taunts on the street.
And the grossest of grossness they
hurled on their peers,
while the Trump he said zilch for the
first time in years.

But he Tweeted at Hamilton, he
Tweeted the Times,
And he trolled Alec Baldwin a few
hundred times,
and he pouted a pout like a petulant
kid,
thinking this is what Presidents
actually did,
thinking he could still be a perpetual
jerk,
terrified to learn he had to actually
work,
work for every American, not just for a
few,
not just for the white ones there was
much more to do.
He now worked for the Muslims and
Mexicans too,
for the brown, black, and tan ones,
and the ones who vote blue.
They were all now his bosses, now
they all had a say,
and those nasty pant-suited
ones
were here to stay.
And the Trump he soon realized that
he didn’t win,
He had gotten the thing and the thing
now had him.

And it turned out the Trump was a
little too late,
for America was already more than
quite great,
not because of the sameness, the
opposite’s true,
It’s greatness far more than just red,
white, and blue,

Trump Now Had To Deal With Every Brown, Black And Tan One


It’s straight, gay, and female, it’s
Gentile and Jew,
It’s Transgender and Christian and
Atheist too.
It’s Asians, Caucasians of every kind,
The disabled and abled, the deaf and
the blind,
It’s immigrants, Muslims, and brave
refugees,
It’s Liberals with bleeding hearts fixed
on their sleeves.
And we are all staying, we’re staying
right here,
and we’ll be the great bane of the
Trump for four years.
And we’ll be twice as loud as the
loudness of hate,
be the greatness that makes our
America great.
And the Trump’s loudest boasts they
won’t ever obscure,
over two million more of us voted for
her.

Thank you again, John Pavlovitz for your rhyme on the 2016 election.

I wonder if the Trump voters ever imagined what a “train wreck” Donald Trump would bring to the White House when they elected a man who had never held political office, had no understanding of the role of government in our lives, or the discipline and temperament to serve as the top executive of the wold. I’m sorry, saying you are “fired” on a long running reality television show does not qualify a person to be the president of the country.
As George Wills said, “the office of the Presidency is not an entry level position” and as such, hopefully the American people will never again, elect a man who has no experience in governmental office or even served in the military. What on earth would any observer expect from a 70 years old man, that appears to be, at least in Trump’s case, “too old” to learn.

King of the Toads

As we hang on the brink, I am confident that if action is taken soon enough, we as a people and our democracy will survive Trump. My hope is that when this is over, the Congress will begin to flex their flaccid muscles, and put limits on the phenomenal powers of the presidency.

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We must adjust the presidential role to one in which executive branch is returned to its original position of being one of three essential elements of our government. If we eliminate the trappings of a kingship, perhaps governing will not appear so attractive to the next uninformed TV personality.

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“Follow The Trail Of Russian Bodies”

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Calamity Politics is a progressive political blog that attempts everyday to provide interesting and topical articles, focused primarily on the U.S. national political scene.  Topics of analysis and commentary are determined by me.  Sometimes I discuss the headlines of the day, sometimes I veer off and talk about things that make me smile and others that make me mad. Today, I am going to reach back in to recent history.  The news of the day, again involves the Russians and possible disclosure by President Trump of highly classified information.  So, I thought it might be good to have a refresher course on Russia’s war against our democratic institutions.  Sources for this article are Del Quentin Wilker, the LA Times, Melissa Ryan Extra Newsfeed, and AP correspondents, Deb Reichmann and Eileen Sullivan, and finally CtrlAltRightDelete.

On March 30, 2017 Clint Watts, terrorism and espionage expert, Robert A. Fox Fellow, Program on the Middle East and Senior Fellow, Program on National Security, appeared before the Senate Intel Committee to discuss the Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election.  Watts gave the committee and the American public a history lesson into the activities of the Russians, tracing the Kremlin’s efforts to influence our elections as a decades long effort using misinformation to undermine our democracy.

Wilker in his LA Times article declared, “Watts provided a road map to better understand” the shady practices by Moscow. To understand the activities, he urged the Senate and the U.S. government to “follow the money” to figure out “how misinformation websites and social media outlets are being funded.”

Furthermore, “while the Russians conducted their hacking in the Internet’s shadows, their efforts to influence the election was hardly a secret. You can hack stuff and be covert, but you can’t influence and be covert, you have to ultimately show your hand, and that’s why we have been able to discover it online.”

Russian Misinformation

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) questioned Watts on how the Intel Committee “can track this fuzzy line between the Russian oligarchs, Russian organized crime, and the Russian government”?

Watts responded that the attack had been a two prong attack, there was “the virtual or the Internet component and an actual physical real world component”. Watts indicated the virtual assault came from a disproportionate number of conspiratorial or fake news outlets in Eastern Europe, websites funded directly by Russian government sources, or the very least, pro-Russian funding sources.

Russia allegedly used state funded propaganda and paid trolls to make unpleasant comments on social media services.  Watts said the Russians have been explicitly linked to the Hillary Clinton and John Podesta emails, calling those efforts “the boldest yet” to interfere in the U.S. election process. According to U.S. intelligence agencies, Russia provided emails to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder disputes origin of emails and argues he is not an arm of the Russian espionage web. While Trump rejects Russian intervention in the 2016 election and in fact expresses improving relations with Putin.

Trump Used Kremlin Hacks Against Clinton

During testimony Watts outlined how candidate Trump used disinformation in his speeches, tweets and talking points.  The hair raising moment came when Watts offered,  “I think the answer is very simple and is what no one is really saying in this room. The reason active measures have worked in the U.S. election is because the Commander-in-Chief has used Russian active measures at times against his opponent.”

The second part of the attack that needs to be reviewed, Watts claims, is “follow the trail of dead Russians.  There’s more dead Russians in the past three months that are tied to this investigation who have assets all over the world. They are dropping dead, all over the world, even in Western countries.” Seven Russian diplomats have died suddenly since November 2016, including UN Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who dropped dead at his desk.

Follow The Bodies of the Russian Dead

What emerged from the Watts testimony was Russia’s intent to promote western candidates that are sympathetic to their world view and foreign policy end goals.  Winning a single election is not their goal, but through active measures Putin hopes to topple democracies through the pursuit of five intersecting objectives:

  1. ) “Undermine citizen confidence in democratic governance.
  2. ) Foment and exacerbate divisive political fractures with the targeted government.
  3. ) Erode trust between citizens and elected officials and democratic institutions.
  4. ) Create general distrust or confusion over information sources by blurring the lines between fact and fiction.
  5. ) From these objectives, the Kremlin can crumble democracies from the inside out, creating political divisions, with the subsequent result, first the dissolution of European Union and break up of NATO.”

Finally, the Russians seem to favor the AltRight movement. The Russians seem focused on the far right candidates any place in the world, because they view such candidates as an opportunity to promote white supremacy and obstruct growing globalism.  According to Watts, “AltRight supports disruption of democratic institutions of which they don’t trust, or they simply don’t believe in democracy at all.  The AltRight interests interlock closely to Putin’s goals.

Putin Foments Distrust


The central issue for the American people is to find out if Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to become President of the United States.  This is not an attack solely on the Democrats, this is an attack on America, and “we need to know what team Trump and his associates are playing on”.

The news that has come out in the last 45 days makes me and most sensible observers, worry about the man in the White House, and the security of this nation.

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Trump Derangement Syndrome

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Right Wing Trump Joke Gains Media Credence


The first place I ever saw the term ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ was in a December 2016 LA Times Op Ed, written by Justin Raimondo, the editorial director of Antiwar.com. Justin Raimondo, a Republican, is a self described “conservative-paleo-libertarian” whatever that is supposed to mean. Wikipedia calls it a philosophy that is “in opposition to social progressivism”. I give you this little tidbit to allow you to appropriately weigh his comments.

In his Op Ed, Raimondo states the Trump Derangement Syndrome disorder developes in stages. I will briefly outline those stages of development as Raimondo describes them:

In the early stages of his described ‘disease,’ the victims “lose all sense of proportion.” In Trump’s case, “every tweet arouses a firestorm” of reaction.

At mid-level stages, Raimondo believes that the victims begin to lose control of their vocabulary. In fact, according to Raimondo’s description, “sufferers speak a distinctive language, consisting solely of hyperbole”. To quote, he says, “the liberals will over react to anything that Trump may do, evidence of the progression of the disease”.

He cites Trump’s decision to keep his own security staff, headed by Keith Schiller, a 16 year Trump employee, after he moves to the White House. Raimondo references the liberal uproar at hearing of that decision. Many calling the action, the security team a “brownshirt,” security force, an obvious reference, to Hitler’s personal security guard.

Trump Security Evokes Fear


Such “illogical leaps” of thinking are a “pathway to the next stage of Trump Derangement Syndrome,” Raimondo claims, “a state of constant hysteria”.

Raimondo theorizes that as TDS progresses, the victim loses ability “to distinguish fantasy from reality,” opinions “unmoored from facts”.

Finally, in the advanced stages of the disease the victim “will lose touch with reality,” where life “resembles a dark fairy tale in which the villain (Trump) is an amalgam of all the worst tyrants in history”, while Trump’s critics become the heroes, “akin to the Resistance fighters of World War II.”

In the final stages of the Trump Derangement Syndrome epidemic “violence against a democratically elected leader,” will result, “unless a cure for TDS is found, this is where we are headed”.

The only reason I have brought this up today is I have, since reading this article six months ago, heard the term kicked around recently by Hannity (FoxNews), Adam Gopnik (New Yorker), Fareed Zakaria (Washington Post & CNN) and David Goldman (Spengle/PJ Media).

TDS Stories Mock Resistance

The theory is that the hatred of President Trump becomes so intense that it impairs an individual’s judgement, where nothing Trump says or does can illicit anything but a negative response.

My theory in contrast, is that the usually blase American public, has been so shocked, and their personal beliefs so unpleasantly jolted by Trump’s narcissistic and virulent attacks on our institutions, by his comments, his tweets and actions, he has awakened a sleeping giant.

Pundits can point to the Internet, social media, the 24 hour news cycle, political bloggers, the “psychological torment” of the Trump presidential win, as the cause of Trump Derangement Syndrome, but I believe the reason for the stiff push back reaction is that Trump’s thinking and morality is in direct opposition to mainstream America. We on the liberal left detest this man because he is, detestable.

I don’t need to be told by right wing crack pots, in this case Justin Raimondo and Sean Hannity, that I am afflicted with a psychological disease. Screw them. What does bother me, is that some of the main stream media are actually picking up on this bullshit, and passing it on to their audience.

This TDS was dreamed up by the right, to make fun of those of us who loudly disagree with Trump. I don’t like the idea that I’m being mocked by these right wingers, accused of having a mental disorder because I am resisting the policies of this out of control kleptocrat, currently occupying the White House.

I refuse to be made out as a psychopath because of Trump’s extreme unpopularity. The reason for Trump’s unpopularity is based on Trump’s behavior and his policies, not on some “sickness” of mine, or 60% of the American public. If I am wrong because I have a mental disorder, then approximately 60% of the country has been afflicted.

Two Views of Patriotism

Jonathan Tobin in a February article for The National Review (conservative blog) stated, “the extremism and paranoia of the anti-Trump camp is matching, or exceeding the bad judgement being exhibited by the White House.”

I am neither paranoid, nor extreme.

As each day passes and the White House fills the airways with lies, and Trump pounds out Executive Order after Executive Order, assaulting the environment, and the foundation of our government, I become more and more convinced that it will be people like myself, ordinary citizens, that will eventually stop this madman.

So if you are enraged by the policies of Trump; speak up, push back, and refuse to accept their lies as truth. There is no such thing as Trump Derangement Syndrome, it is just a device to mock and joke about one of the most dangerous individuals I have ever seen assume office in this country.

I believe it will be the voices of citizens crying out for law and justice that save this democracy. If you are against Trump, you are on the right side. Don’t let some conservative joker sway your conviction. Trump is on the wrong side of history, and it is our duty to stop him. That’s called democracy.

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Self Inflicted Crisis

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Rain Chased Away the Sun and Fun


What a difference a day makes. Not only has it gone from sun and fun here at the Oregon coast but a big storm has blown in, sending us all here at Calamity Politics, running inside to escape the heavy rain and driving wind.

To top it off, I have managed to lose my eyeglasses. How? I do not know, but that bit of stupidity has proved expensive, and inconvenient. I went into Costco and my prescription is good until July, so they ordered me another pair of glasses. Two hundred nineteen dollars later and a delivery date sometime next week, caused me a bit of frustration and irritation.

Prescription Sunglasses


In my case, the lost glasses are a bad thing. I’m currently wearing my prescription sunglasses, trying to get enough light to my retinas to see what I’m doing. Considering the change in weather, the sunglasses look really dumb.

So, enough of my personal nonsense. As Calamity Politics’ blogger-in-chief I am frothing at the mouth to comment on the craziness of this week in U.S. political headline news.

Stories are emerging, of a raging and screaming President Trump reacting to the growing Russian collusion reports on television. The televised testimony of Yates and Comey seems to be the true cause of Trump firing the FBI Director.

After two days of lies and misrepresentations by the White House communication department, who aggressively pointed to the “recommendations” of acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and (recused Attorney General) Jefferson Sessions as the basis for firing James Comey. Many White House voices citing the firing of Comey was because he had “lost support of rank and file FBI personnel” and his poor “handling of the Clinton email controversy”.

Comey Handling of Clinton Case Costs Job

On Wednesday night, Rod Rosenstein had reportedly announced his intention to “resign” if the White House did not back off its claims that it was Rosenstein’s assessment that created the basis for the Comey firing. It is suspected that Rosenstein’s negative reaction to him being made the central figure in the firing, led Donald Trump, on Thursday, to appear with Lester Holt on national television to discuss the dismissal.

‘The Donald’ chose to immediately toss his staff, Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway and VP Pence under the bus, by declaring that the Rosenstein and Sessions recommendations had no impact on what he intended to do.

President Undercuts Communication Staff


Trump prefaces his defense of the firing with an immediate attack, calling Comey a “grand stander”, and a “showboat”. Trump told Holt in no uncertain terms that, “I was going to fire him (Comey) regardless of their recommendations. And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, you know, this ‘Russia thing’ with Trump and Russia is a made up story. It is an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election they should have won.”

Holt pressed for details about the dismissal letter Trump had sent to Comey, in which he (Trump) famously thanked Comey for telling him “three separate times that I am not under investigation.”

Holt pressed on about the Russian investigation, to which Trump responded, “I am not under investigation. I’m not talking about campaigns. I’m not talking about anything else.”

When Holt inquired when exactly had Comey volunteered the information to Trump that he was “not under investigation”, the President began recounting a bizarre story of Comey wanting to keep his job, and had asked to meet with Trump to discuss the issue over dinner.

Trump Tries to Obstruct Justice With Dinner Invite

Keep in mind, this meeting (actually requested by the President and not Comey. An insider close to Comey described the request as more of a “summons”). Furthermore, this summons to the White House came on 1/27/2017, one day after Sally Yates had gone to the White House to warn them that Mike Flynn was probably “compromised” by the Russians and was a security risk.

Holt pushed Trump for more information on the “three times”. Trump said, the dinner was the first time Comey told him, and then on two other occasions, both during “phone conversations”. “I believe I called him once, and he called me once. And he told me, both times he stated you are not under investigation”.

During that dinner, according to Trump, he told Comey he would come to a decision at a later time, if Comey was to stay on.

The Democrats and most media outlets are looking at the Presidents comments as a possible Quid Pro Quo situation. In other words, a possible offer of “bribery”. The idea that President Trump is holding out the offer of a job in exchange for loyalty, looks really bad, if not illegal, the optics are terrible, but I am not lawyer, and it is being argued loudly on every network, by real lawyers.

Follow The Money Watson


For any readers who are unfamiliar with the details of the Comey firing I refer you to the LA Times, NY Times, Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post. Each of these newspapers have done an excellent job of reporting on the circumstances of the firing.

The comments made by the U.S. President in the Holt interview have thrown this country into a state of “near” Constitutional crisis. Trump himself, admits the Comey firing was an attempt to derail the Russian probe. In addition, Trump may have admitted to attempting to obstruct justice and possibly attempted bribery of the FBI Director.

If that wasn’t disgusting enough, Trump went on Twitter and seemed to warn Comey in a series of tweets that Comey “better hope there were no tapes” of their conversations, before “leaking” stories to the press.

Trump Tweets Threats At Comey


The erratic, irrational, incompetent thug, also known as Mr. President, then went on to thumb his nose at the American people by inviting both the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador to the White House for a photo op, but refused to open the meeting to U.S. journalists.

Even more alarming, Trump has threatened to stop daily White House briefings due to all the controversy. Trump has already stopped releasing White House visitor logs. It appears that the President is becoming more and more isolated within the protective bubble of the office and going further than any president in memory to separate himself from public scrutiny.

We will now watch as Jeff Sessions interviews prospective candidates for the job of FBI Director. Trump confirms he will have a nominee within the “next week”. Interviews were taking place Saturday, from a list of eight published prospects. My question is why is Jeff Sessions, (supposedly recused from anything regarding investigations of the Trump campaign) interviewing candidates that will investigate the Russian intervention in the 2016 election?

I am outraged that most of the candidates seem to be political candidates, rather than investigative candidates. Terrible situation where the investigated gets to pick the investigator.

It is time to pick an independent prosecutor. We need an independent investigation. We need complete independence in this inquiry, otherwise the American people will never be able to trust the results of this crucial investigation.

Competency, honesty and transparency must be the ultimate goal, and unfortunately, I personally doubt from what I’m seeing on television and reading in the newspaper is now possible.

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