Posted by: maboulette | October 10, 2018

Bring Sanity Back to Our Government

For all of you who do not believe in climate change – turn on your TV’s and see this new hurricane category almost 5, flatten all the homes built near the beaches and for blocks away.


How did this hurricane just develop out of almost nowhere?  CLIMATE CHANGE for those of you who won’t admit what all the scientists are telling us.   The ice melt on the North Pole has caused water to rise in the Atlantic, and especially the Gulf of Mexico.  The more water especially during the hot summer we have had, causes the Gulf of Mexico to become warmer – and warm water is what causes tropical rain storms to become cat 4-5 hurricanes.


And yet, the Trump administration has made certain to delete all the laws that were on the books from the Obama administration for companies to stop polluting the atmosphere which is causing the earth to become hotter.  These laws add to the cost of doing business and hurt company profits.  Well, isn’t that just too bad.


These scientists have predicted that within 10 years it will be too late to safe our planet.  So, we need to vote for those who will do something about this situation and it is not being done by the Trump Administration who don’t believe in climate change (Its all a hoax).   It is more important to have companies and large corporations that support the Trump Administration continue to reap high profits.


Remember all of this when you go to vote in November and everyone must vote to bring sanity back to our government.


Posted by: maboulette | October 7, 2018

Why It Is So Important To Vote and Help Others


The results of this year’s midterm elections will be enormously important — not just in shaping the future of Donald Trump’s presidency, but in shaping the American political landscape for a great many years to come.


A extensive series of contests for a plethora of offices in different states will be on the ballot in November. There’s the whole House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, 36 governorships, and many state legislature seats. That’s so many races that only the most obsessive political observers could possible keep track of them all.


Naturally, there will be a whole lot of horse race coverage this year, over whether Democrats or Republicans are expected to do well or poorly. That’s all well and good.


But to understand why the question of who wins is so important — really, to understand why the midterms matter so much — it’s worth taking a step back and looking at the big picture of what’s at stake.


Depending on how well Democrats do, the party could kill the Republican legislative agenda in Congress, gain new powers to investigate the Trump administration, get the ability to block Trump’s nominees from being confirmed, pass new liberal state laws in many parts of the country, and win many offices with power over the 2021 redistricting process.  But if Democrats do poorly, they could feel the consequences of their failure for a generation.


First off, if Republicans lose control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate in 2018, they’ll lose their ability to send new bills to President Donald Trump’s desk with their party’s votes alone.   That means, basically, that the conservative legislative agenda would be dead.


Practically, the Senate filibuster rule already means 60 votes are required to advance most bills. And since the GOP only controlled 52 Senate seats, the party was far away from that threshold. So for the vast majority of votes on legislation (say, on funding the government), some Democratic support is already necessary.


So if the GOP holds on to both chambers of Congress in 2018, the party could very well make another attempt at repealing Obamacare through reconciliation. (They were only one vote short of passing something through the Senate last time.) Some conservatives have discussed trying to tackle cuts to welfare, food stamps,Medicare, or Social Security with reconciliation as well. And more tax cuts are always a possibility with a Republican Congress.


Conversely, a Democratic takeover of either the House or the Senate would kill all those ambitions. The practical consequences would probably be: no Obamacare repeal; no major cuts to Medicare, Social Security, food stamps, or welfare; and no more big tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.


As to whether these investigations might lead to Trump’s impeachment, of course no one can say now. But the impeachment process starts in the House, so it’s certainly more likely to kick off if that chamber is controlled by the president’s enemies. (Still, it takes a two-thirds vote in the Senate to actually remove a president from office, so some Republicans would have to go along here too — meaning it would only happen if there were some genuinely remarkable revelations.)

So vote, register to vote – help those that need it

So if you are the age to vote – you need to register no matter what state you live in.  If you live need any elderly people – check to make sure they are registered to vote – and if not help them register and then order a ballot sent to their home and then mail it for them.  Texas is a state that have the laws – I am 70 so my ballot was sent to me and I just send it back.  If your neighbours are all registered but don’t have transportation, help them get a ballot or take them to the polls.  We need every person who is eligible to vote – to vote.

Posted by: maboulette | September 15, 2018

Stresses of the Presidency

trump meeting

Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have agreed to a plea deal yesterday. This is playing out even as it’s been revealed that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault, and that the FBI is taking the matter seriously. And of course, a potentially devastating hurricane has hit the east coast in the last several days. So, how is Donald Trump handling it all?

If you guessed “Randomly accusing John Kerry of conspiring with a foreign enemy to commit crimes,” you win the prize. No, really. Donald Trump has decided that the former Secretary of State is a puppet of the government of Iran. Based on what? Nothing, of course, but that doesn’t matter. This is simply how Trump’s mind works. Manafort is preparing to plead guilty on charges relating to his status as a puppet of the Russian government, which helps expose Trump as a puppet of Russia, so Trump is now projecting this onto someone on the other side.


Here’s what Trump tweeted: “John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people. He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!” The tweet itself is appalling, but it’s the “BAD!” at the end that makes it art.


Then Donald Trump decided to randomly plug a new book written by one of his own cronies. We’ve reached the point where Trump can’t figure out if he’s just caught an American diplomat committing the crime of the century, or if he’s a late-night pitch man for his friends’ ginsu knives. This tells you everything you need to know about how Trump is handling the Manafort and Kavanaugh news: he isn’t handling it.  Unless something have happened since this was written yesterday. 

Hillary Clinton

Somehow, almost two years after the 2016 election, President Donald Trump and the right wing are still obsessed with Hillary Clinton’s personal email server.  On Tuesday night, Trump tweeted about a report from the conservative site the Daily Caller that purported to reveal new developments in the overhyped controversy surrounding the server.


“Report just out: ‘China hacked Hillary Clinton’s private Email Server,'” Trump wrote. “Are they sure it wasn’t Russia (just kidding!)? What are the odds that the FBI and DOJ are right on top of this? Actually, a very big story. Much classified information!”


That article, published Monday, claimed that a Chinese-owned company had hacked Clinton’s servers and obtained copies of nearly every email, citing two “sources briefed on the matter.” Of course, such a scandal in the Trump administration would barely make a splash in the frantic news cycle, but conservative news outlets have covered the issue ferociously for years.


And even this supposedly new development has contradicted former FBI Director James Comey’s previous claim that there was no evidence that Clinton’s server was penetrated. On Wednesday, officials speaking on behalf of the bureau told NBC News that this was still the case.  “The FBI has not found any evidence the (Clinton) servers were compromised,” an official told the outlet. The recently released Justice Department Inspector General report examining the handling of the Clinton email investigation likewise presented no further evidence about any hacking of the server.


Further adding to the bizarre spectacle, Trump tweeted Wednesday morning: “When you see ‘anonymous source,’ stop reading the story, it is fiction!”  But the Daily Caller story he had cited the night before referenced anonymous sources.


The White House did not respond to a request for comment on these discrepancies or why the president is relying on information from news outlets rather than the DOJ itself.

new trump

Hours after he launched yet another “direct attack” on workers by cancelling a modest pay raise for around two million federal employees, President Donald Trump told Bloomberg on Thursday that he is considering a regressive and possibly illegal plan to use his executive power to hand the rich another $100 billion in tax cuts by indexing capital gains to inflation.


“There are a lot of people that love it and some people that don’t,” Trump said of the plan, which would disproportionately reward the top 0.01 percent of Americans. “But I’m thinking about it very strongly.”


Trump’s Oval Office interview with Bloomberg came shortly after the president announced in a letter to congressional leaders that he is freezing a planned 2.1 percent pay increase for federal workers just ahead of Labor Day, claiming that “federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases.”


But for Trump and the Republican Party, concerns for “fiscal sustainability” are quickly dropped when it comes time to deliver major gifts to the richWall Street, and the Pentagon.


Donald Trump’s long-time fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight felonies today, including making illegal payments to two of Trump’s mistresses. In the process Cohen confessed that Trump had instructed him to make those payments, thus making Trump an unindicted co-conspirator. This evening Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis appeared on the Rachel Maddow show. While he was predictably a bit cagey, he strongly hinted that Trump was in on the Russian hacking of the election – and that Cohen is going to testify about it.


Lanny Davis refused to confirm whether Michael Cohen has been coordinating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but he did clearly state that Cohen is more than happy to give Mueller anything he wants. Davis then went on to say that Cohen has “knowledge about hacking, what Trump knew, and whether he cheered it on,” and “whether or not Trump knew about that crime ahead of time.”


There would be no reason for a straight-shooting attorney like Davis to publicly tease something like this unless Donald Trump really was in on the Russian election hacking, and Michael Cohen either witnessed it or has evidence of it. Davis’ words are going to cause Mueller to come calling, if he hasn’t already. If Cohen doesn’t have the goods, prosecutors will end up looking upon it unfavourably when it comes to his eventual sentencing recommendation.


So, it’s now fair to assume that Michael Cohen is going to give Robert Mueller evidence or testimony that Donald Trump is on the Russian hacking plot while it was going on, and even before it occurred. Today we saw Trump formally accused in court of criminally conspiring to violate federal election law. Now we’re looking at the prospect of Trump being formally accused of treasonously conspiring with Russia against the United States to alter the outcome of the election.

Posted by: maboulette | August 19, 2018

Mitch McConnell Must Stop Covering For Trump

Mitch McConnell


Donald Trump has crossed a line that even Republicans can’t ignore.


After Trump sided with Vladimir Putin over U.S. intelligence in Helsinki, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was forced to say, “The Russians are not our friends… I have complete confidence in our intelligence community and the findings that they have announced.”





But for months, McConnell has been trying to kill the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, the bipartisan bill that would stop Trump from sabotaging Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s Russia ties.




 Now, just a day after Trump tried to mitigate the damage of his disastrous Putin presser, he once again sided with Putin over U.S. intelligence. It’s completely unacceptable, and Republicans must defend our democracy by passing legislation to protect the Mueller investigation.





McConnell says he will not allow a Senate vote on this bipartisan legislation because he doesn’t think Trump will try to fire Mueller. But Trump already tried fire to Mueller last summer and only backed down when White House staff threatened to quit.





Since then, Mueller’s investigation has yielded multiple indictments of high-level Trump associates. It has produced five guilty pleas. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort is sitting in jail awaiting trial. Last Friday, the DOJ released new indictments accusing 12 Russians of hacking the DNC in July of 2016.




 The vast majority of Americans think Mueller should conduct his investigation without White House interference. That fact isn’t lost on the many GOP senators, who’ve said they agree with the American people that Trump would be crossing a red line by disrupting the investigation now. A vote on this bill would send a strong message to Trump that the Senate will no longer be complicit in his attempts to undermine the investigation, especially after his disastrous Putin press-conference. 






With an illegitimate autocrat occupying the White House, our system of laws needs the strongest possible defense – no White House is above the law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Senate must put a check on Trump and protect the integrity of the Mueller investigation.




Tell Mitch McConnell: Bring the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to the Senate floor for a fair up or down vote.



Thanks for speaking out.




Trump meltdown

Yesterday evening Special Counsel Robert Mueller formally endorsed that Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos be sent to prison for up to six months, which is on the harsh end of the sentencing guidelines for someone who has cut a plea deal, and who only pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. With yet another one of Trump’s co-conspirators now on his way to prison, it becomes increasingly clear that everyone is doing down, including Trump himself – and serves to say that he didn’t take the news particularly well.


Not only did Trump have to deal with the outlook of inching closer to a prison cell, he also had to deal with former CIA Director John Brennan appearing on MSNBC last night and ripping him a new one. So much for the notion that Trump’s decision to revoke Brennan’s security clearance might frighten him into shutting up. So naturally, Trump had a rather bizarre meltdown.

Trump began ranting about DOJ official Bruce Ohr, the newest target of his rage and phony conspiracy theories: “Bruce Ohr of DOJ is in legal jeopardy, it’s astonishing that he’s still employed.“ Trump went on to spell the name of his wife Nellie Ohr incorrectly; he’s been ranting about her all week, yet he still can’t get her name right. He then progressed to accusing them both of a number of fictional crimes, while somehow combining the words “astonishing” and “that” into one big word, before deleting it and trying again.


Donald Trump then went on to attack “BLANK Jeff Sessions“ – whatever that might mean. Trump then ended with this weird sentence: “So when does Mueller do what must be done? Probably never!” He didn’t bother to specify what he wants Mueller to do. Trump is waving in all directions, as everything closes in on him more tightly than ever.


As for Omarosa, Trump wants Sessions to arrest her.  Trump filed for arbitration this week to try to force Omarosa to stop releasing tapes. But in a matter of rather interesting timing, a judge handed down a ruling today in a separate case which just happens to directly impact the Trump-Omarosa battle.


Former Trump staffer Jessica Denson has been engaged in a legal battle since last year about whether she had the right to go public about the alleged sexual harassment she was subjected to during the campaign, without having to go through arbitration. The judge ruled today that the arbitration clause is very narrow in definition, and applies to almost no situations. This instantly undermines Donald Trump’s current effort at trying to force Omarosa into arbitration.


It’s not that this effort was likely to succeed to begin with. White House employees like Omarosa work for the federal government and not for Donald Trump, meaning that the nondisclosure contract was eventually going to be ruled unenforceable anyway. But today’s ruling gives Omarosa the immediate upper hand in her legal battle with Trump. The bottom line: when it comes to trying to stop Omarosa from releasing more tapes, Trump is now out of ammo.





Posted by: maboulette | August 12, 2018

Donald Trump Goes Berserk About Omarosa

omarosa and trump

In the latest instance of Donald Trump hiring an unethical and unqualified person to do his dirty work, only for that person to betray him, former Apprentice star Omarosa has published a book which accuses Trump of being everything from racist to senile. Trump took a moment out of his latest vacation to go berserk about Omarosa, raising questions about what’s really been going on all this time.


Donald Trump hired Omarosa for a high paying yet poorly defined White House job, but eventually Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her and escorted her out of the building. She’s naturally trying to cash in by publishing a new tell-all book about her time in the White House, and she claims to have tapes which back up some of the claims she’s made. But on the whole, it’s difficult to figure out whether to believe Omarosa, who is a serial liar, or Trump, who is also a serial liar. In any case, they’re now at war with each other.


Trump came face to face with pool reporters today, and one of them asked him this question: “Do you feel betrayed by Omarosa?” His answer: “Lowlife. She’s a lowlife.” Wait, so if she’s a lowlife, why did he give her a senior adviser position in the White House? Oh right, because he prefers to hire garbage people, as they’re more likely to be willing to do his corrupt bidding.


We’ll see what Omarosa has on tape, once she finally reveals it. In the mean time, we can’t help but notice the pattern here. Donald Trump used Michael Cohen as his “lawyer” for several years, but now that Cohen is preparing to cut a plea deal against him, Trump is also accusing Cohen of being a lowlife. It appears Trump is only bothered by the moral failings of his underlings once they stop being personally loyal to him.

Posted by: maboulette | August 10, 2018

Melania Trump’s Parents Become US Citizens


Sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News first lady Melania Trump sponsored both her parents’ green card application, a move which eventually led to their gaining U.S. citizenship on Thursday through a process that the president has derisively called “chain migration”.

The first lady’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in as U.S. citizens at a federal immigration court in New York City.

“Citizenship was just awarded,” the Slovenian couple’s immigration lawyer Michael Wildes said after accompanying them to the courthouse.

When ABC News asked whether Melania Trump sponsored her parents, Wildes deflected the question and responded that “they applied on their own.”

Wildes did not elaborate on exactly through what means or program the couple became citizens.

“Everything was through a normal process. Like everybody else here you’re allowed to apply after five years of having your green card and so forth. It was all done lawfully,” Wildes told reporters.

Wildes’ response does not clarify whether the Knavses obtained citizenship through what their son-in-law President Donald Trump has derisively called “chain migration” or whether the first lady did indeed sponsor them.

“They have travailed a wonderful journey like most have – millions have – in getting citizenship and waiting the requisite period of time,” Wildes said. “The application, the process, the interview was no different than anybody else’s other than security arrangements to facilitate today.”

In February, the Knavses were confirmed as permanent residents of the United States after emigrating from Slovenia by Wildes.

“I can confirm that Mrs. Trump’s parents are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents,” Wildes said in a statement to ABC News in February. “The family, as they are not part of the administration, has asked that their privacy be respected so I will not comment further on this matter.”

At the time, Wildes would not say how the Knavses received green cards to live and work in the U.S.

(MORE: Legal status of Melania Trump’s parents raises questions about ‘chain migration’)

Immigration experts told ABC News in February that the most likely way the Knavses could have become permanent residents is through their daughter’s citizenship.

“The most obvious way that they would have become green card holders is by being the parents of a U.S. citizen – i.e. Melania Trump,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration professor at Cornell Law School.

This is a process that Trump has consistently referred to as “chain migration.” The legal status of the president’s in-laws has come under scrutiny after the Trump administration’s proposed crackdown on the process.

On this Saturday, Aug. 4, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration has shaped his administration’s agenda, after he persistently attacked the process and the broader system. As part of his administration’s proposed overhaul of the current immigration system, Trump made clear that ending chain migration is one of his key priorities — touting it as the fourth pillar of his reform plan in his first State of the Union address.

“Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives,” he said in January.

The term “chain migration” describes the process by which American citizens sponsor their relatives for immigration to the U.S.

As one of the harshest critics of the process, Trump even alleged during the State of the Union that along with the visa lottery program, chain migration was a catalyst for two terrorist attacks in New York.

“In recent weeks, two terrorist attacks in New York were made possible by the visa lottery and chain migration,” he asserted.

But in fact, despite both men who carried out the attacks entering the country legally through the two programs, they were not radicalized until after they arrived in the U.S., categorizing these incidents as homegrown.

The Knavses came to the U.S. from Sevnica, an industrial town in Slovenia.

Now Americans, the Knavses smiled for cameras, but remained silent.

“This golden experiment, these doors that are in America remain hinged open to beautiful people as they have today,” Wildes said.

He added they would appreciate their privacy and thanked everyone for “their attention to this very important dialogue that we’re having on immigration. This is an example of it going right.”

Wildes said the Knavses are “very excited.”

The first lady’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer, Katherine Faulders, and Jordyn Phelps contributed to this


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