Merkley Method Sets a Fire

Another day in paradise, truly. When you are fortunate enough to live on the Oregon coast you have reached Valhalla. Thank God, there’s only a few of us here. Many advantages for a writer. Quiet, incredible beauty and very little political discussion in my little corner of the United States.

My Little Corner Of The World

The foundation and eventual opening of Calamity Politics started, even though I had no political posts, the night Donald Trump won the presidential election. I have never had such a visceral reaction to a U.S. presidential election in my life.

Nauseated, Visceral Reaction to Trump Win

I became physically sick watching the returns flow in. Devastating to any progressive person. Truly, not just the progressive but, most citizens of the United States. If you are on Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, ACA, need VA services, if you are a person of color, if you want clean drink water to drink, or want clean air to breath, President Trump’s extreme right wing agenda will most likely have a negative effect on your daily life, and the quality of that life.

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Russian Flags Over the White House

I went to bed and fell asleep with the TV on.  The station played while I slept fitfully.  Visions of red, white, and blue, twisted weirdly on a brisk breeze over the White House.   But in my confused sleep, I knew something was wrong.  Something was very wrong.

In my sleep, I couldn’t make sense of it.  What the fuck?  Why does the flag look so strange?  Where are the stars?  OMG.  The stripes aren’t the stripes of My flag, and My country.  The flag flying over this White House, is the tri-stripe red, white, and blue of Russia.

Russian Flag Was Flying Over The White House

My eyes flew open.  Joe and Mika were talking with the usual crowd at the “Morning Joe” conference table about the General Mike Flynn resignation.  I shook my head. The rest of the story centered on Trump Campaign oficials having been in “continuous” contact with Russian officials throughout the 2016 Presidential campaign.

No wonder I’m having nightmares.

I know there is a whole lot of political wrangling going on in the Congress. Democrats smell a Russian rat circling the Trump Administration and want to engage in a political conversation regarding the possible effects of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election. The Republicans, in control of House, Senate and the Executive Branch are in the middle of a election high and don’t want to see the Russian rat. It is up to the Loyal Opposition to make our Republican brothers and sisters see the Russian rat for the danger it is. The press and the political bloggers are trying to fan the flames to draw attention to the fire, but right now the Republicans are drunk with power and can’t see the fire for the smoke.

Republicans Can’t See The Fire For All The Smoke

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8 Donald Trump Mind Benders

For me, staying on track, with so many political news stories slamming me in the face, seemingly every minute is a bit hard. My number one intention with Calamity Politics, is to become a platform for the progressive political agenda, through reporting and opinion with my daily political blog posts.

Daily Report on US political Headline News

Although, I admittedly have a progressive political agenda, I try to stay relatively objective in my reporting on the daily political scene. I attempt to use a minimum of two sources for each story. I frequently make a commentary amidst the post, however, my goal is to give you news. I have an Editor section where I am much more likely to go on a screaming tirade, than on my main daily political post. If I forget that goal, I give my readers permission to remind me of my shortcomings. Mostly I just want people to become involved. Read Calamity Politics, follow me on Twitter and Facebook. U.S. Politics is a rough and tumble world of scandal, bribery, conflict of interest and self-aggrandizement. Join me for the show.

1). Trump’s Adult Children Send Security Costs Through the Roof

I was watching a political show yesterday, and the commentator did a quick piece on Eric and Donald, Jr.    It seems the Secret Service is providing protection to all the Trump children, while they gallop around the planet vacationing or doing Trump real estate deals.   Why so short a spot, I wonder?  It definitely deserves more attention.  People should be screaming.   I was.   The cost of this foolishness is, as yet, unreported, but I am alarmed.  I want to know, how much is this costing the US taxpayer?

Why, in God’s name is the Secret Service providing security for the adult children of President Trump?

Secret Service Costs For Trump Family Outrageous

 The Trumps have plenty of money, they keep telling us, so why the Hell should the United States government be paying for the security detail for his adult children.  Eighteen years of age should be the cut-off age for any president’s children.   It’s not like any of our recent presidents had money concerns.

2).  MAR-A-LAGO Shenanigans

This is a Member’s Only Club, OWNED BY TRUMP.  OMG!  OMG!!  OMG!!!  The initiation fee is $200,000.  Additionally, there is an annual membership dues of $14,000.  Trump and the crew admit to meeting secretly with donors, according to today’s headlines, while at Mar-a-Lago this weekend.  The citizens of this country are paying for these mini-vacations, at an estimated cost of 3 million dollars a weekend.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Trips Cost over 3M per weekend

Where is the House Ethics Committee?  Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), shame, shame, shame, on you.  “Get off your ass, and do your job”, as your constituents told you at your televised Town Hall.  Who’s paying to have dinner with President Trump?  Who’s paying President Trump fees, and favors?  We don’t have the answer to that question, but we do know, that for a mere $200,000, you have a good chance of getting a word, or two, or, possibly more, with President Trump.

3).  Open Your Wallets

The Trump Organization is renting to the Secret Service “a floor, or two,” at the Trump Tower, in NYC for 1.5 million dollars a year, per floor. 

Trump Tower Could Present Conflict of Interest

So, whether it is 1.5 million or 3 million, it’s a fuckin’ lot of money.   It looks bad.  The question of conflict of interest, cannot be ignored.

Why isn’t the Secret Service renting across the street?  I don’t know how other people feel, but I don’t like the government paying Trump, to guard him at Trump Tower.  The President should be providing the space free of charge.

4). Trump Pockets $55,000 Against FEC Regulations

The Daily Beast reports that the Trump campaign, at Donald J. Trump’s direction, in 2016 paid $55,000 to buy a bunch of his unsold books.  Apparently, the rag was re-named for the campaign, Great Again-How to Fix Our Crippled America.  So that you understand this, Trump used donor money given to his campaign to further enrich himself. 

Trump Illegally Sells His Book To His Campaign

  His campaign bought the book to give to Republican National Convention delegates.  So far, so good.  HOWEVER, Trump then had the campaign send the cash back to him.  FEC regulations prohibit candidates from putting donor money in their pockets.

Furthermore, Huffington Post reported Trump jacked up rents once the RNC started picking up expenses.  So the size of the rip off isn’t important, getting the better or someone, anyone, seems to be the number one rule.

The sitting President of the United States and his crew seem to have a limitless capacity for scamming anyone within their line of sight, in this case his donors.   It doesn’t matter, $5, $10, $1,000, or, as in this case, $55,000. Trump and his associates just run one cheap ass scam after another.  Disgusting.  Yeah, disgusting.

5). Putin Orders Psych Report on Trump

I heard someone say, “Putin is having buyer’s remorse.”  LOL.

I want to know why.  Why are the Russians leaking this information?

6).  Trump’s Executive Order, “The Muslim Ban”

No one seems to be talking about it, but the travel ban affected over 15,000 medical doctors.  Most of these physicians serve rural access hospitals. 

Trump Blames Obama For His Own Poor Performance
“I inherited a mess!”

I haven’t seen any numbers, on how many nurse’s and other adjunct medical personnel were affected, but I can imagine 10,000 individuals, or 30,000.  I’ll update if I see any more statistics.

The negative effect on these small vulnerable communities is hard to communicate.  I would like to see more thought and less bluster from this administration.   And a lot more heart.

7).  “A Fine-Tuned Machine,” Trump Tells American People

The President of the United States, looks puffy eyed into the camera lens, and lies and lies.  He lies when he doesn’t need to.  He lies, just to keep in practice. “I inherited a mess, a mess,” he says, and I have replaced it with, “a fine-tuned machine.” .

A Finely Fucked Machine

From my West Coast bunker, I’d call it, “a finely fucked machine”.

I have a message for our newly elected president.  President Trump, I am watching and listening.  Some of us, according to the polls approximately 60%, recognize a lie when they hear it.  Gallup Poll showed a 39% Favorability rating for Trump.

Sad, but not surprising.  When you are a jerk from Queens, you remain a jerk from Queens.  “If you’re born round, you won’t die square,” I’ve heard said.

8).  We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia, Trump Jr said in 2008

In a contentious press conference on February 16, 2017, President Trump lashed out at reporters who dared question him about his Russian ties.  Trump denied associations to Russia. “I own nothing in Russia.  I have no loans in Russia.  I don’t have any deals in Russia.”

It is well known however, that for the last 30 years, Trump, or surrogates, have made frequent business trips to Russia, participated in multiple deals in Russia, and has engaged in financial dealings with wealthy Russians in the US and around the world.

Trump Claims No Russian Money Connections

Keep moving folks, nothing to see here.  Keep moving.  Nothing to see here.

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What Was the Value of Your 2016 Vote?

My head just keeps spinning, trying to keep up with this political blogging at Calamity Politics. In case no one has noticed the political discussion in the United States has become so heated between opposing factions that I am hearing of divorces and office fights over the 2016 election results. Really? So, just for fun, I played with some numbers and I thought I might light a political fire under my readers. It’s seat of the pants mathematics but, it seems that more than one person is operating by the seat of their pants. American politics at it’s most outrageous.

You probably already figured out, not much; if you voted, for Hillary Clinton.

Stronger Together
Hillary Clinton

Hillary WON the popular vote by 2,865,075.  Everyone knows that, right?

Trump WON the Electoral College with 304 electoral votes.  That’s old news, right?

Looking behind those numbers we discover that:  112,155 votes, cast in three states (Michigan 13,104, Wisconsin 27,257, and Pennsylvania 71,794) turned my world, and maybe yours, upside down.

WHEN IS 112,155 EQUAL TO 2,865,075?    

They are equal if you are using Electoral College math.  Every single one of those 112,155 “rust belt” votes, equaled 25.55 votes, cast elsewhere.   In other words, 1 vote in Pennsylvania is equal to 25.55 votes in Oregon.  Absolute insanity.

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14 Emerging Trump Scandals

Calamity Politics is a progressive political blog. Our intention here at Calamity Politics is to shed light on the events of the day. We will look at the U.S. political hot button issues, and see if our behind the scenes investigations can offer insight, relevance and engaging conversation.

I was planning on talking about media overload today.  I have been wondering if the American public would tire of having the orange gorilla in their living room every single minute of every single day.  As of this morning, I am convinced that I need not worry about such an event.

Trump Train Wreck Coming

Instead, I believe we are going to see a growing crowd assemble.  You know how it is, the train is approaching the collapsed bridge, and you just can’t take your eyes away.  Some of us will be cheering and some will be crying.  That’s politics for you.  I’m just praying, the Republic can survive.

The Scandals

  1. Resignation of retired General Mike Flynn, as National Security Advisor due to his association with Russian government.
  2. Trump’s link to election interventions by Russia.
  3. Putin Believe to be Behind 2016 U.S. Election Hacking

  4. Resignation of Manafort and his Russian association.
  5. Trump’s bungled Executive Order: “Muslim” Travel Ban.
  6. Kellyanne Conway selling/promoting Ivanka’s fashion line on TV from the White House Briefing Room.
  7. Trump’s refusal to divulge his income taxes.
  8. Trump’s illegal use of his foundation.
  9. Melania Trump’s immigration file.  Possible, felonies and misdemeanors.  Some people are saying she was a call girl?
  10. Trump is an “Unreviewable” President, states White House counselor, Stephen Miller.
  11. Lawsuits against Trump University continue in several states.
  12. President Trump’s lease/contract on the Washington, D.C. Trump hotel.
  13. Trump loading the White House Cabinet with billionaires.
  14. FBI Director Comey and New York FBI office associates of Rudi Giuliani and the  revelation of Clinton emails on Anthony Weiner’s PC.
  15. President Trump’s refusal to divest himself of his worldwide business interests.
  16. Trump Refuses To Divest Of His Business Interests

So, there you are folks, the down and dirty on the boiling scandals miring this new administration. So, because of Trump’s ridiculous conspiracy theories and his outright lies regarding 3,000,000 illegal voters swinging the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, along with preposterous statements as to the size of his Inaugural crowd size, his vicious and near constant attacks on the press, have convinced me, that we are in for a very bumpy ride. Journalists, bloggers, media outlets I believe President Trump he will do, and say anything, because he knows that the 24/7 news cycle is amenable to short term attention by the audience. So, here we go on the political ride of our lives. I think it will get damn dirty.

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