Trump: I’m gonna come after you!

Politico.com:

President Donald Trump didn’t have to issue his threat seriously — “I’m gonna come after you,” he said jokingly to a ringleader of House GOP hardliners opposing his health care bill — to be taken seriously by the 200 Republicans gathered in the Capitol basement.

For a president with a penchant for vengeance – who named “an eye for an eye” as his favorite biblical passage, who banned media outlets from campaign events when he didn’t approve of their coverage, who ousted a GOP state chairman after the election whom he viewed as disloyal, who reminded a GOP governor just last week who didn’t endorse him that “I never forget” – the roll call vote on the Republican health care plan, expected Thursday, will be the first accounting of who’s with him and who’s against him on Capitol Hill.

Those close to Trump describe his largely binary world view: you’re either on Team Trump or against Team Trump. “Get even with people,” Trump outlined his philosophy in a 2011 speech. “If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it.”

The president may be ideologically flexible, even to the point of disinterest, on the particulars of the health care legislation. But Trump’s been clear and consistent about one message: He wants it done.

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David Leonhart: All the president’s lies

 

The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn’t use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday. Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all. But his meaning was clear as could be. Trump has repeatedly accused Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, and Comey explained there is “no information that supports” the claim.

I’ve previously argued that not every untruth deserves to be branded with the L-word, because it implies intent and somebody can state an untruth without doing so knowingly. George W. Bush didn’t lie when he said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, and Obama didn’t lie when he said people who liked their current health insurance could keep it. They made careless statements that proved false (and they deserved much of the criticism they got).

But the current president of the United States lies. He lies in ways that no American politician ever has before. He has lied about — among many other things — Obama’s birthplace, John F. Kennedy’s assassinationSept. 11, the Iraq WarISISNATO, military veterans, Mexican immigrants, Muslim immigrants, anti-Semitic attacks, the unemployment rate, the murder rate, the Electoral Collegevoter fraud and his groping of women.

He tells so many untruths that it’s time to leave behind the textual parsing over which are unwitting and which are deliberate — as well as the condescending notion that most of Trump’s supporters enjoy his lies.

Trump sets out to deceive people. As he has put it, “I play to people’s fantasies.”

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Open Thread…………January/February/March 2017

Winter is a good time to be outside.  If you are in the woods, you can really see woods!  If you are at the Battlefield, you can really see some gorgeous sunsets.  Some are great, some not so much but it gets me out of the house and moving about.

I am hanging out in a different place now, at least every other day.  I am hanging out at the Vint Hill Dog Park.

What a great place it is.  It is privately owned and supported for the public.  It beats PWC’s dog parks all to hell.  There aren’t any public ones on this end of the county.  I like it better than Fairfax County dog parks also.  It is a huge park and there are always lots of dogs there.  They provide water, bowls, toys, blast horns (in the event of dog fights), pet waste bags, and of course, the big and the little pen.

I have truly gone to the dogs, at least a couple days a week.   If you want to give your dog a little exercise and socialization, try a dog park!

Meanwhile, let’s hear it for sunsets!

 

 

Is Big Bird out of a job?

How many kids grew up on Sesame Street and all its characters? How many of us watched Downton Abbey religiously? How many of us record American Experience and learn about our past?

Cutting funding for PBS could very well eliminate those programs. Good grief, many kids have learned to read and count because of children’s programing. Public television is particularly important in rural areas were there is no internet. Those families don’t get HBO, Netflix or Amazon Prime. They do get public television though because it can go right to an antenna.

Then there is the Meals-on-Wheels Scandal. The federal government kicks in 35% of the funding for MoW. MoW feeds many elderly and disabled people who otherwise might go hungry. A spokesman said that this administration saw no visible signs that the program worked. What are they talking about? What measurable signs are there?

This administration is a national disgrace on so many levels. Meals-on-Wheels and Big Bird are just a few examples.

Gillespie trumps Stewart handily

From Corey Stewart’s Twitter account:

 

 

Corey Stewart  
✔@CoreyStewartVA
I won in PWC 4 elections in a row – hundreds of thousands of votes. #EstablishmentEd has never won an election. Easy to buy a straw poll.

10:03 PM – 4 Mar 2017 · Virginia, USA

AND

 bused in his high dollar Fairfax supporters for the PWC Lincoln Dinner. Tickets were $85 a piece. 

 

 

 

A president with no self-control….

Is this the only way that the boy president can control himself? Donald Trump is making this country a laughing stock.

Hopefully some of you all who voted for him will figure out how to make him stop lying and start governing.  Donald J. Trump needs to be impeached and removed from office.

Sorry for so few posts.  There really is just nothing to say.

 

Corey, this isn’t the image you really want to project

Corey Stewart and the Confederate battle flag

Our BOCS chairman, Corey Stewart, has taken up a cause that really doesn’t concern him.  He isn’t a native Virginian and he isn’t from Charlottesville.  I doubt if he has even ever lived there.

Corey has embedded himself in the cause to save the statue of Robert E. Lee from being removed from Lee Park in Charlottesville.  While I actually agree with Corey (or I should probably say Corey agrees with me), it is a local matter and a matter for the people of Charlottesville to decide, and ultimately the courts.

I was born and raised in Charlottesville.  My mother’s family has been there since the 1700’s.  In fact, Lee Park was dedicated to my great-great-great aunt and her husband, parents of Paul Goodloe McIntire.   When this entire Lee Park kerfuffle came to a head, I thought seriously about getting involved because of family.  Then I came to the conclusion that I had been gone from the city way too long and I should keep my mouth shut publicly.

Corey should do the same.  He has less standing  on the matter than I do.  He is only trying to beef up his conservative credentials.  That isn’t going to work in this case.  He has cast it as a liberal/conservative issue.  Not really.  We Virginians, even we liberal Virginians, still love our Virginia history, warts and all.  We despise Taliban mentality–you know, those thought-police ideas demand we tear down anything that might expose a less than shining past.  Virginians try to preserve our history and if nothing else, learn from it.  No, it really isn’t along liberal/conservative lines.

The courts will decide the fate of the Robert E. Lee Statue.  The City needs to look carefully at the deed giving Charlottesville the land that is known as Lee Park.  They might not want to take that tiger by the tail.  Statues and other public memorabilia  tell a story of the place where they are located, as a rule.  They commemorate history.  The statues commissioned by Mr. McIntire in the early part of the 20th century are part of the ethos of the City.

Corey needs to stay away from crowds that wave Confederate battle flags.  That kind of image will paint him in a corner from which he cannot extricate himself.  Unfortunately, in modern times, that flag has been misused–it has been misused as an object and symbol of hate.

McCain defends the free press

NBCnews.com:

Sen. John McCain is taking a veiled swipe at President Donald Trump’s ongoing attack on the fourth estate, cautioning that “how dictators get started” is by shutting down the press.

The Republican Arizona senator, in an exclusive interview on Meet the Press airing Sunday, admitted that the relationship between the media and elected officials can sometimes be tense — highlighted by the Trump administration’s repeated sparring with reporters and the president calling news organizations “fake news.”

Half-jokingly, McCain said, “a fundamental part of that new world order was a free press. I hate the press. I hate you especially. But the fact is we need you.”

His defense of the media came in response to a Friday tweet from President Donald Trump in which he called certain news outlets “the enemy of the American People.”

What educated, informed people exist in an echo chamber, only hearing one side of an issue?  Perhaps that is the root of Trump’s problem–his problem with inaccuracy and ignorance.  He only listens to one side of an issue.   How can the media be “the enemy of the American people?”  This current time isn’t the only time in American history where the press brought down candidates, or elected officials.

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Senior policy advisor says powers of the president will not be questioned

telegraph.co.uk:

The court ruling against Donald Trump’s travel ban is “a judicial usurpation of power,” the White House said on Sunday, as one of the president’s closest advisers strongly defended his troubled policy.

“Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned,” said Stephen Miller, Mr Trump’s senior policy director.

The 31-year-old, who began his rapid rise to power with attacks on multiculturalism, criticism of women’s protests against pay inequality, and urging against political correctness, was dispatched on Sunday to hammer home the president’s point of view on television chat shows.

On ABC News, he argued that the Judge James Robart, the Washington state judge who blocked the travel ban on February 3, had made his ruling for political reasons.

Apparently Mr. Miller, the chief policy director of Donald J. Trump needs a civics lesson. Any president can be questioned and overruled by the courts.   It appears that not a week goes by that there isn’t some Constitutional crisis brought on by this administration.

What if a policy advisor of Obama had said the same thing?  I can only imagine the uproar.  This administration holds the greatest amount of cry-babies and authoritarian personalities I have ever seen.  Trump needs a reset with personnel.  Stephen Miller needs to be fired immediately, rather than getting an “atta boy.”

 

John McCain’s smack-down on Sean Spicer

 

Washingtonpost.com:

Donald Trump took on Sen. John McCain’s status as a war hero and won the GOP nomination anyway.

Sean Spicer took on John McCain’s expertise on military matters and got this:

The White House press secretary took an extraordinary position Wednesday, saying anyone who questioned the success of the raid in Yemen that led to the death of a Navy SEAL was doing a disservice to the SEAL’s memory. The target was McCain.

Then NBC News tracked down McCain (R-Ariz.) to get his response to Spicer. And it was something.

“Many years ago when I was imprisoned in North Vietnam, there was an attempt to rescue the POWs,” McCain began, mentioning details of his biography that everyone knows but McCain included for emphasis.

He continued: “Unfortunately, the prison had been evacuated. But the brave men who took on that mission and risked their lives in an effort to rescue us prisoners of war were genuine American heroes. Because the mission failed did not in any way diminish their courage and willingness to help their fellow Americans who were held captive. Mr. Spicer should know that story.”

McCain then walked away, punctuating the comment.

Senator McCain–you go, guy!  Despite what Trump says, John McCain is a war hero.  Unlike Trump, he does know quite a bit about war and military raids.  He is certainly not someone that either Trump or Spicer should blow off.

The arrogance and stupidity are simply amazing.

Shep Smith calls out Sean Spicer and Trump for not telling the truth

Rawstory.com:

Fox News host Shepard Smith slammed President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday for his assertion that the media was ignoring terror attacks.

He said Trump appeared to be echoing “fringe media” like the publications InfoWars and Breitbart.

“In short, the president’s assertion is false,” Smith said. “The White House knows that it was false or could have learned that it was false with a quick Google check, but either did not do so or decided not to tell the truth.”

The Trump administration published a list of 78 terrorist attacks it claimed were under-reported by the media. But the Fox News host said that his network had covered every major terror attack.

“What they’re saying is not true, again,” he quipped, while introducing his guest. “Why bother?”

 

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KellyAnne Conway: lies and more lies

Washingtonpost.com:

Kellyanne Conway has taken “alternative facts” to a new level.

During a Thursday interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the counselor to the president defended President Trump’s travel ban related to seven majority-Muslim countries. At one point, Conway made a reference to two Iraqi refugees whom she described as the masterminds behind “the Bowling Green massacre.”

“Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered,” Conway said.

The Bowling Green massacre didn’t get covered because it didn’t happen. There has never been a terrorist attack in Bowling Green, Ky., carried out by Iraqi refugees or anyone else.

At what point is KellyAnne Conway going to stop lying?  I knew Trump was a serial liar but it seems that KellyAnne is now proving that he has surrounded himself with people of the lie.

There was never a Bowling Green Massacre.  Conway, Spicer and others who speak for the president just seem to continually spew crap to justify their boss’s incompetence and screw ups.

Is Bannon the Wizard of Oz?  Is he the Rasputin behind the man who knows nothing?

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Trump threatens to cut off federal funding @Berkley

Washingtonpost.com:

President Trump raised the threat of pulling federal funds from the University of California at Berkeley on Thursday after the institution canceled a talk by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and put the campus on lockdown after intense protests against the planned speech.

While Trump framed his early morning tweet around free speech and opposition to violent demonstrations, his critics are likely to interpret the message as indirect support for Yiannopoulos, a deeply polarizing figure who portrays himself as a champion of open expression but whose detractors view as a hatemonger.

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” wrote Trump.

Since when does any president control federal funding to institutes of higher learning?  I thought that was the job of Congress.  More threats out of Trump.

U. C. Berkeley is not practicing violence on innocent people with a different point of view.  Individuals are practicing violence.  They should be arrested.

What I find odd is that Milo Yiannopoulos pretty much is a hate monger.  The student body at Berkley feels he is repugnant and they don’t want him at their school.  For certain there is a fee associated with his speech.   Don’t they have a right to express their displeasure?  Those who break the law should be arrested.  Setting fires and rioting is illegal.

The scofflaws don’t represent the entire student body.  Why should everyone be threatened with loss of funding?  I wouldn’t want this speaker being paid to speak at my college either.  Milo Yiannopoulos is not just a different point of view, any more than the KKK is a different point of view.  He is an extremist and supports ideas that most of us feel are unAmerican.

Shame on Trump for threatening the entire student body at Berkeley.