Love Affair


From CNN Politics

“Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done — whether you like him or don’t like him — he’s doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”

“It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond. 

“I have no relationship with him other than he called me a genius.”

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From The Daily Beast: Olga Skabeeva, the host of 60 Minutes, the most popular news talk show in Russia, predicted:

“A Republican majority in the Senate won’t allow the president whom we elected, wonderful Donald Trump, to be sent off. It’s impossible. He has 90 percent support in the Republican Party.”

From AlterNetKaren Shakhnazarov, another prominent Russian media figure, said:

“They say Trump is making Russia great. That’s basically accurate. The chaos brought by Trump into the American system of government is weakening the United States. America is getting weaker, and now, Russia is taking its place in the Middle East…. So when they say that Trump is weakening the United States — yes, he is. And that’s why we love him…. The more problems they have, the better it is for us.”

And from the same source — Dmitry Kiselyov, Russian television host, recently voiced his support for Trump, describing Biden as the U.S. president’s …

“most dangerous rival” and urging him to “keep digging in Ukraine for the sweetest kompromat of all: proving that Ukraine — not Russia — interfered in the U.S. elections.”

Ain’t love grand?

Four Pinocchios

I subscribe to the Washington Post “Fact Checker,” an email newsletter that usually arrives about once a week and includes brief articles rated by “Pinocchios” as to accuracy — with four of the characters indicating pretty much an untruth.

The following was in the issue I received today.

Eric and Don Jr. each get Four Pinocchios

President Trump left his sons, Eric and Don Jr., in charge of his global business empire upon taking office.

Like their father, the sons have been criticizing former vice president Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for his business dealings in China and Ukraine during the Obama administration. It was all very unseemly and wrong, they charge.

But, wait a second, Eric and Don Jr. run a business that profits from foreign deals while their father sits in the Oval Office. Trump’s ethics filings show his foreign assets have generated more than $100 million in income since he became president. So what’s the big idea?

“When my father became commander in chief of this country, we got out of all international business,” Eric Trump claimed on Fox News. “The media said, ‘Oh, you’re enriching yourselves.’ We’re like, ‘We literally stopped,’” Don Jr. said on the same network.

Wow. That’s a Four Pinocchio claim. Trump properties in Ireland and Scotland are gearing up for large expansions. The Trump Organization sold land in the Dominican Republic for a reported $3.2 million. A Beverly Hills mansion was sold for $13.5 million to an Indonesian billionaire. The list goes on and on. (The Trump Organization says all its foreign business merely builds on deals that were inked before Trump took office. )

Here’s a link to sign up for the Fact Checker.

“Today Was A Good Day”

Yes, today was a good day. A man described as the “most-wanted human rights criminal in the world, responsible for the murder, torture, rape and oppression of tens – even hundreds – of thousands of people” was eliminated.

HOWEVER, it was not, as President Trump asserts, by the action of U.S. Forces. Rather, it was by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s own hand as he detonated the suicide vest he was wearing. While there is little doubt he was forced into this action as the result of a raid on his compound, it was not a direct kill.

No, this man ran for safety. And when he knew he was cornered, he took his own life. Sadly, there were children with him … and they also died.

Yet, as always, Trump has reveled in his own self-praise as he’s told the world how HE directed the kill of a major terrorist. (Although in true Trump style, he did direct a word of thanks to his buddy, Vladimir Putin.)

Undoubtedly, Trump and his sycophants will now claim the world to be a safer place without this man, but we must ask … is it?

As this article proclaims:

The Islamists are not going to disappear or give up just because Baghdadi is gone. Indeed the very same vainglorious Donald Trump who took obscene personal credit for his death has put Isis back in business by his withdrawal of American forces from Syria and giving Erdogan the green light to beat the hell out of America’s Kurdish allies. Now hundreds of hardened, trained, ruthless and cruel Isis fighters have been let loose in the region, at liberty to attack US forces and their allies wherever they find them, and to take fresh terror campaigns into Europe.

There’s little doubt that Trump believes the action he took to eliminate Baghdadi was a far bigger and more prestigious deal than that which was carried out by President Obama when he terminated Osama Bin Laden. However, what he fails to realize is that neither he nor former presidents have eliminated the hydra of militant Islamist terror and aggression.” Just because Baghdadi is gone does not mean the Islamists are going to disappear or give up. Another leader will soon arise. To think otherwise is foolish and misguided.

The referenced article concludes:

Depressingly, we also know that Trump will milk the death of Baghdadi for all it is worth, all the way to polling day: A great day for his country, Trump said, though he meant a great day for Trump. The war on terror is not over – let alone won.

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Trump Supporter

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I happened to read this post as a result of the author’s comment on another blog. Although her remarks about Trump and his latest rally were difficult to get through, I decided to reply and offer a couple of my own thoughts just to see what would happen. I made a point of NOT attacking her OR Trump and to keep my input relatively neutral (as much as I could).

I appreciated that the blogger did the same in her response to me. Even though she held firm in her opinion of Trump, she expressed herself without getting down and dirty as so many Trump supporters tend to do.

I’m sharing this with you because I think it’s sometimes good to get an idea of why his supporters continue to see him as their golden boy.

If you decide to comment on her post, I hope you will keep your remarks civil. To attack him or her opinion of him accomplishes nothing and the discussion eventually ends up in the gutter. Besides, you can always come back here and let off steam. 😄

Reblog: And in other news…..

Do NOT miss reading this entire post! Superb analysis of the current political scene.

Ends and Beginnings

The Senate Intelligence Committee today released volume two of its Russia investigation, which concludes that Russians sought “to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton’s chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin.” Keep in mind that the Senate Intelligence Committee is run by, wait for it, the Republicans.

Now, Trump, his talking heads and his base will continue to say “so what?” This doesn’t prove that Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians. It doesn’t even, in their tiny brains, justify the two and a half year “Witch Hunt”. But it does kill one of Trump’s many, many, many, fairy-tales that the Russians didn’t want him to win because he is so TOUGH on them, a fairy tale he disproves without any help from anyone every single day.

Look, the vast majority of intelligent, stable, sober, non-delusional Americans know that…

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