21 Reasons to Smile, in Spite of Donald Trump

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21 Reasons to Smile, in Spite of Donald Trump

By D. S. Mitchell

I sat down with computer in lap and began writing my 441 www.calamitypolitics.com post

Another Post

I sat down with computer in my lap and began writing my 445th post to www.calamitypolitics.com.  Before I started this blog, I worried that I wouldn’t have enough to write about. I mean, it even occurred to me that I might exhaust all my grievances against the Mango Menace within a couple of weeks. I was so innocent. So naive.

TV Has-been

Who would have thought that a TV reality show has-been, would be elected to run the White House like a New York slumlord. How could any of us; with our limited historical perspective, ever imagined the extent of perversion, fraud and corruption that this grifter president could bring to Washington. My God, reporters have an average of a scandal, or two, a day, to choose from. In fact the scandals and corruption news is coming so fast and furious that we have to literally bob and weave to stay clear of flying falsehoods and denials.

Breaking News Feed

In fact, on a really good Friday afternoon two or three of the juiciest scandals in American history will explode on the CNN Breaking News feed.  Yes, every Friday. Like clockwork. I just said American history. It is the most mind-spinning administration of graft and compromise in U.S. history. What other administrations in memory could, in one week, produce more scandals than the Obama, Bush, and Reagan administrations combined.

Hold On

I recommend you hold on to that safety strap. I expect the tempo of the legal battles are about to pick up speed. Subpoenas will be flying out of the House. My “trouble coming” antennae are quivering. We are on a perilous ride, created by the megalomania of Donald Trump.

Choice of Vices

Now it’s time to open a bottle of wine, roll a doobie, or grab a box of chocolates, whichever be your particular vice. Then find a comfortable chair sit back and just breathe. While savoring your wine I am going to share with you some positive and uplifting energy.

Here are 21 Reasons to Smile: In Spite of Donald Trump

  • Astronauts
  • Sunsets over water
  • Wraparound sunglasses
  • The Science Channel
  • Getting the perfect selfie
  • The Muppets
  • Touching toes under the covers
  • Blowing the wrapper off the straw
  • Winning at Monopoly
  • A dog’s cold nose
  • Warm apple cake
  • Winning at Monopoly
  • Old jeans that fit just right
  • The clatter of skis being loaded
  • Drawing a Royal Flush
  • The rumble of a train as it passes
  • The imagination of a six-year-old
  • Your lover’s voice
  • A friend’s hug
  • Daddy’s wisdom
  • Lady Gaga
  • Old yellowed family photographs
  • Denim and plaid

Have another glass of wine. We’ll connect again.

Darlene

The Deepening Swamp

As a political junkie, my ears perk up when I’m told that the White House visitor log will no longer be publicly available. It’s a gene. Journalists and nosy neighbor’s are similar in some respects, we want to know what’s goin’ on, and we will dig around until we find our answer.

Why? Why what?

It makes no sense to me. For an administration that is already embroiled in multiple scandals, on multiple fronts, why hide the visitor log information? It just drives us bird dogs, tail chasin’ crazy.

The Trump administration wants to keep secret which corporate executives, lobbyists and other individuals of interest visit the West Wing of the White House. The more the President and his associates try to run a secret government, the more us nasty, disgusting, journalists will try to uncover the “who,” “what,” “where,” “when,” and “how,” of it. And, that process all starts with the basic, “why’?

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Flynn Facts

Department of Defense’s Defense Intelligence Agency Director, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Lt. General Michael Flynn (Retired) was born in 1958, in Middletown, R.I. and served in the U.S. Army for 33 years before being forced out of his intelligence position at the joint operations command due to clashes with superiors over his chaotic management style and vision for the agency. Insiders state, “Flynn got fired because he was abusive to staff, refused to listen, worked against policy and was a poor manager,” per the Huffington Post. Furthermore, Flynn had a reputation for playing fast and loose with the facts. Subordinates referred to his dubious assertions as, “Flynn facts.”

Flynn believes the Muslim religion is the root cause of “Islamist terrorism.” He has famously proclaimed Islam “is a political ideology and a cancer.” He tweeted, “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL,” with the tweet he included a link to a video that claimed Islam intends to enslave or exterminate 80% of the world population. He supports return of Fethulla Gulen to Turkey to face charges of instigating a failed coup against Turkish President Erdogan. Erdogan’s government has moved closer to Russia over the last several years and Flynn has stated he wants to see the United States, “begin to work constructively with Russia.”

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Tentacles of the Kremlin

Good morning, Calamity Politics readers.

I’m here to tell you it is still colder than hell here at the beach. But, the U.S. political news scene is hot. Really, really hot. The political shenanigans that went on during the 2016 Presidential campaign are a constant lingering pimple on the ass of the President of the United States. We all know it is weird. I mean, have you ever heard so many Russian names in your whole frickin’ life? Well, what ever you just answered, I didn’t hear it, because I know I have never, in 70 plus years, heard so many Russian names as I’ve heard since Trump began his 2016 campaign.

The Tentacles Of The Kremlin Wrap Around The Trump Administration


The tentacles of the Kremlin are pervasive. It seems they have penetrated everywhere. They have reached out actively to affect U.S. policy.  The Russian government and Russian special interest groups, have spent millions of dollars contracting with American lobbying firms targeting several specific goals. 

The Kremlin first and foremost, wants a softening, or a total removal of Obama sanctions. The first round of sanctions came as punishment for Russia’s annexation of Crimea.  The original sanctions were then intensified secondary to Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.  The second lobbying target was aimed at reducing increased fracking in the U.S. The fracking process had produced abundant oil supplies and resulting plunging oil prices were devastating to the Russian economy.  The third major target was aimed at just the financial sanctions. Sberbank and VTB Capital were facing severe cash shortages due to plunging oil prices plus U.S. sanctions.  As far as the banks were concerned if the sanctions were lifted both banks could then legally seek funds from U.S. financial institutions.

With this bizarre background of influence and computer hacking it has been revealed that the FBI and the Justice Department are conducting an investigation into possible links between the corrupt former Ukrainian pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych and former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Manafort Has Decades Of Russian Financial Entanglements

John Sexton wrote in a Hot Air article, that also coming under investigation is the Democratic super lobbying firm, The Podesta Group, LLC. The Podesta Group is owned by Tony Podesta and his brother John, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager.  John denies recent involvement with the group he helped found.  Hmmm, it is a very tangled web.  I don’t know if anyone will ever know the full extent of this web of corruption.  It looks like it is world wide.

Big Time Lobbyists Sometimes Work For Both Sides

According to Hot Air, The Podesta Group was hired by Rick Gates, a Paul Manafort deputy, to lobby for European Centre for Modern Ukraine.  The ECMK is a group connected with questionable political figures.  The FBI is attempting to discover if any U.S. companies and financial system were used to aid illegal corruption by the party of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

By reports, The Podesta Group did not register their work as agents for a foreign government as required by law.  Buzzfeed says that PG has lawyered up.  PG was listed on lobbying disclosure forms, however.  The Podesta Group reported receiving $24 million in fees in 2016, most from foreign governments.

The Democratic super lobbyist Podesta Group, got $170,000 over 6 months from Sberbank to lobby for lifting sanctions on Russian banks. Records indicate Sberbank met with State Department officials twice accompanied by a Podesta representative. The PG did not at any time register as an agent of a foreign power during this time.

The Podesta Group represented Sberbank and its subsidiaries, Troika Dialog Group (Cayman Islands, SBGB Cyprus Ltd, in Nicosia, Cyprus and SB International in Luxembourg.  Interestingly, “Troika Dialog was related to Klein Ltd, a Cayman Island organization that once funneled tens of millions of dollars to environmental groups to oppose low-cost fracking in U.S., which was hurting Russian oil industry,” said Richard Pollock, Daily Caller.

Two other big lobby groups, best known for their Democratic ties have also become entangled with the Russians.  The Madison Group, owned by Hillary Clinton supporter, was paid $330,000 to lobby for removing the sanctions against Russian financial institutions.  Manatos & Manatos, known backers of Carter and LBJ, represented VTB Capital at the tune of $17,500 monthly to lobby for sanction lifting.

The Corruption Runs Deep And Wide

With their combined efforts, VTB and Sberbank are known to have spent at least $700,000 in 2016 to end financial sanctions.

My concern here is of course, that even without meddling in the election, the Kremlin is actively undermining many aspects of our lives.

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Dar