What Does Series of Scandals Mean?

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   So what is a series of scandals?  Rumors of misbehavior or actual damage to the US by behavior?  Did Trump leak anything to Russia, via Sergey Lavrov and is he a spy? Come on people..follow the  the money.  Ive even read that Ivanka was hanging out with Putin's Girlfriend, Wendi Deng as of 2016.  However Ivanka knew her before Putin if that matters.  How about Ivanka making private money while serving the public as well as the President, just for being IDK..associated?  Meanwhile, a there is a company in South Carolina that applies to the state on illegal grounds for a very expensive clean-up (using taxpayer dollars) of dumped toxic sludge by the prior owner. The current owner Donald J Trump, bailing out the former owner Eric Trump.  The help was declined by the state of South Carolina as the transfer or sale cannot be between  known associates for the fees to be paid by the state, they caught it and I actually spoke to some members of Congress about this, who had no idea it happened.  With Trump,  its all about the money..not the scandal.  Which by the way generates press and even bad press is better than no press.  This is just a few of the older stories...you know last week or month?

 

Do we have another scandal with Comey or just one continued non-stop government scandal?  Did Trump really admit to something illegal or is he just boldly going where no one except the likes of Warren Harding with the morality of a Reagan choose to go?  (You know the guy who sold arms to Iran in spite of the arms embargo?)  I think Trump is more of a Harding myself, but that is my opinion.  What has he done aside from upset Democrats (liberals for anti-thinkers) by doing whatever he wants and be very blunt without thinking? Dont get me wrong, I dont like Trump, he has issues, but the question, is he really less presidential than many prior to him or do we just see it more openly?

         

  With this weeks newest or latest distraction going on, AGAIN, about the possible actions of the President as opposed to things that will actually affect us, Im going to ask people to put this into perspective.   Step back, and look at this no matter what you think, from another perspective.  Is it time to impeach a President of the US? Really? Yes he has issues but think about it...You would have Pence as a President. I honestly dont feel he is any more ethical than Trump, in fact he might just be worse.

I have to say, as unethical as I personally feel Trump may be,  at times border lining on the fringes of criminal both now and in his past definitely crossing that line on more than one occasion, that it will be very difficult no matter what he says or does, to prosecute him. No not because of his base support who really believe he is “there for them”, and not Congress who will put him in his place in short order. But Trump has been dodging both the press and Federal authorities for most of his life as did his father before him.   He is skilled in doing what he wants and acting like an “orange buffoon”. You know, the innocent guy who has no idea what he was doing while all his partners (and some VP’s) did multiple illegal acts under federal law.

 

Trump is skilled in his business, and he is an excellent marketer (marketing and ethics dont usually mix). He has a variety of long associations that are far more domestically dangerous to US Citizens and money, than Putin.  Although his association with Putin doesn’t surprise me, since he has been drawn to people that get him what he wants, in any way possible, all his life. It is my personal opinion that what makes Putin dangerous, is his lack of want of anything other than total control for his country and personal assets. 

 

I could go back to the 1973-75 a DOJ suit brought on by the government for housing discrimination on 39 sites, in direct violation of the 1968 Civil Rights Act and also NYC legislation, which was settled out of court.  The official DOJ data research has disappeared from the site or rather citizens are unable to access it without a FOIA request.

 

The Department of Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey and the FBI in New Jersey were hesitant about Trumps business partners, once fining Trump and he almost lost his license. The property for his NJ casino was purchased from Salvatore Testa  ( a mob boss for the Scarfo crime family) at twice its value. The property construction, even though both Trump and his father owned construction companies, was awarded to members of the Genevese crime family (Salerno).

 

His tie to these people was allegedly set up by long time friend, Roy Cohen and also associates Kenneth Shapiro and Danny Sullivan who were linked to Tony Salerno (mentioned above).  Apparently gambling regulators were so concerned about the partnership between the three of them, they told Trump he needed to end the partnership and buy out their shares on his initial proposal for the Taj Mahal.  (this comes from his books)  He both admired and was fearful of Sullivan who he used to brag killed Jimmy Hoffa.  But they were associates and friends for years, Trump and Sullivan doing many business deals in and Around Chase bank.   In this article is the New Jersey Commissions embedded report. (https://www.fastcompany.com/3057495/state-investigative-report-on-trump-shows-complexity-of-alleged-mob-ties ) .

 

There is SOOOO much data on this stuff its not funny..its why I refused to vote for him. The idea being a person that relies on those stronger to accomplish their goals is at their mercy.  This has been proven repeatedly in Trumps back ground. From the labor suit in 1979 he lost in federal court that he felt he was “protected” by the Genovese Family” and ignored legal advice to fire illegal polish immigrants.  He persisted and at the time it cost him 325,000.00.  Again, Trump refused to pay some contractors working on finishing the Taj Mahal, NJ in 1990,  to the tune of 60 million.  He forced the Contractors (with help) to take around $.20 per dollar owed in a committee agreement only to file the first of his bankruptcies months later.  I have looked at information from several sources as to why Trump was forced into his first bankruptcy, from his mafia ties within his own organization stealing from him, a bad debt unpaid along with a mafia murder, to the high debt and his mismanagement.  I personally think there is some true to all of it, after all this time, it would be hard to believe just one source. Repeatedly he has gotten in his own way or others have gotten in his way intentionally.

 

Now, these are substantial questions not only about mob ties but more so his ties to the investigators. Under his current status, this would be the major concern for those around him.. because he is the master of the deal.  He has worked with and around the FBI for years also alongside his father, Fred. He has been under RICO investigation several times and two times partners of his were indicted and jailed. Trump however, escaped even a traffic ticket.  It has been suggested that Trump for many years worked both sides of the fence.  Now based on the crime partners he was close with and they were ALL in the same deal and only Trump walked, including a Gambini family member, Im inclined to believe this data.

 

I believe that is what makes him dangerous to the people in government and any associates that he is not ingratiated to, this is a pattern of behavior he was taught and has protected him.  The only difference I see, is that his current associate is not a Russian American (as in the Russian Mafia), he is actually much more intelligent and manipulative than Trump.  But here is an FBI memo from 1981, about Trump, the teamsters and mafia  https://archive.org/stream/DonaldTrumpTeamstersMemoFBI/Donald%20Trump%20-%20Teamsters%20memo%20FBI#page/n3/mode/2up 

He has been dealing with both sides for years and years…so its going to take more than just a memo to bring this guy down, he has a stacked deck, much more than he has had prior to this.  If Comey had something beyond what we now know about Flynn, and it reached Trump personally somehow, then he fired him for investigating, I can see possible charges.  But that has not been proven and everyone should calm down except to reach out to your representatives for an independent investigation of this.  This needs to be done, just to end all suspicion and satisfy all sides.

 

In the end though, he actually has to break a law in order for Congress to do something, being borderline doesn’t count.  You have to prove allegations and the bar for any criminal charges is very high in a Republican Congress.  However, I did see a nice warning from McConnell which was cool.  Its a beginning.  The media and I assure you, constituents are pressuring Congress now. It will take more than what is currently known, even though I have seen (in both letters and in interviews) a change in some Congressmen I speak with.

Step back and take a look..this is a long way from done.

 

 

 

Comments

wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 11:19am
Dont pay attention to news media for this..its a long way from decided and there is a much drama about nothing at this point.  Its going to be a long summer.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 17, 2017 - 12:20pm
Did Trump leak anything to Russia, via Sergey Lavrov
 
When he did, it's GOOD. Improving relations between nuclear powers, as it's called. Getting together instead of nuking each other. When someone doesn't understand that he better puts himself a bullet in his head. And I don't talk of the MIC but of some nosewise headline people who don't think further than their doorstep and probably prefer to get nuked for their false beliefs.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 17, 2017 - 12:23pm
BTW: Where was the big noise when Reagan and Gorbachev used detente ? A big hooray. When Trump tries the same, he gets booed. Do some try to create a new Dallas ?
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 12:56pm
SEF..I think there was a big noise here with Gorbachev, mostly because Reagan was waaayyy to suspicious of his motives.
You did not read my entire article. I am talking about much ado about nothing (so far) and while these things are going on..are they really worse than before or what could come next? 
Trumps popularity is also way down, I have not been paying attention to the polls of late.  Ive been really busy but I was told his approval numbers dropped down to around 30%.  He is going to get noise from all sides with numbers like that, I also know the State representatives are getting slammed with low numbers themselves.  
You will see (for now) support for him diminish. I said this a long time ago, his greatest foe is Pence. I would rather have Trump in office at least I know what he is..
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 17, 2017 - 12:59pm
Jeanne
 
I'm guilty - I didn't read it in full concentration. But I agree that Pence would be even worse - maybe more predictable, but he would follow Clinton's path (although another "party") to get the Russians to a frist strike.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 17, 2017 - 1:00pm
First - not frist. Sorry ;-)
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 1:09pm
I think Trump (if you follow his history) is very predictable and if you are smart, you will remain a more powerful asset than a liability.  Being an ally is not enough, you are always subject to being the next news story.
Pence is a much larger problem than Trump could or will ever be.  Trump wants money and to look like a winner in all this mess.  Pence is old school governance, its a problem in getting legislation passed, etc.  He could never have been elected on his own.  The powers that be that we have talked about pulling the strings..need him in there as the uber conservative just to get the agenda fixed.
Jeffry Gilbert Added May 17, 2017 - 1:10pm
It's clear the owners of DUHmerica have abandoned all pretense of by the people for the people and are determined to rule by fiat. Stuff what we the people want. 
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 1:23pm
Expat..try a calmer head, its all I asked. Most of the stuff, isnt fake (like most people rant about) its just completely repetitive and blown WAAAYYY out of proportion.
When McConnell gets on tv and makes comments its bad...and he made a comment yesterday about the "drama" and settling down.  Ryan has distanced himself, with those two starting to move away from Trump, and they support Pence, it is not looking good.
However, the article is about Trump surviving years and years of this kind of stuff. Depends on what he has in place and if there are any loyalists. Hard to find in DC.
Dino Manalis Added May 17, 2017 - 1:37pm
It's all a result of Trump's inexperience, he doesn't think he's done anything wrong, but he has to be alerted to take intelligence sharing seriously.  Because a Russian passenger plane has already been attacked by ISIS, Trump felt he had to warn the Russians about the intelligence that terrorists may sneak laptops with bombs onto planes.  Trump also has to be briefed about the need for respect of other government institutions, he's not a dictator, they should all work together.  Trump may need a new communications team, but it's not just that, he has to think before he speaks or tweets, because the president has to be consistent.   Without consistency, there's lack of credibility.
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 2:04pm
My article does not hurt Trump in any way. What are you talking about?  A series of scandals is just that a bunch of things that have happened, some of which I use the the story and show that its first of all not illegal, YET.  Secondly, that it could be much much worse.
I like dark humor, but not the self deprecating kind..so if you like watching your government (which has been happening for many mny years) implode, then you get off on that.  Its not my thing.
 
Trump has no credibility currently, but the point is, he has always done things a certain way and it worked for the most part to keep his ass out of trouble no matter who he was associated or aligned with.
He does not have that luxury in his current position. This is not going to stop until he is proved innocent or gone.  I think its going too far since calmer heads need to prevail.  But everyone here is SO completely divided that its like a war zone.
 
Jeffry Gilbert Added May 17, 2017 - 2:11pm
I can watch the show on TV or read stupid commentary on WB without being affected.
 
Too close to both Laem Chabang and Sattahip not to be effected when the fur flies Expat. Just sayin'. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added May 17, 2017 - 2:13pm
everyone here is SO completely divided that its like a war zone.
 
Good to hear. One expects it to increase in intensity too. Looks as though my greatest wish will soon be answered. Thanks Jeanne.
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 2:16pm
Dino..inexperience is what people are saying and politically I can go on that train for a dime, but Trump is a smart man and alluding to  the "im doing stupid stuff because I dont know any better" stuff does not fly with me.
When he tries to tell people no I did this for this specific reason and you can see he means it,  I am simply saying that he is not a stupid man, he has been through more lawsuits, press scandals,  and investigations both federal and state than anyone I can think of offhand.  He is very well versed in how to handle himself, perhaps not politically, but he otherwise, knows what he is doing.  That does not mean it aligns with the interests of the people.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 17, 2017 - 2:42pm
Question:
 
Is Trump a billionaire ? And if yes, how much is virtual and how much has real value ? Is Trump a blender supported by the Russians ? Was Clinton a blender paid by the MIC ?
 
Or - WHICH person which has such a status and fortune in the US (or elsewhere) is NOT being bribed/used ?
 
We live in a GLOBAL era. So the question is obsolete. The ones I stated are all in the same club. They're not pulling the strings but are actors in that reality soap.
 
Merkel, Macron, Trump. I'm not sure about Putin, but I wouldn't be surprised. Geostrategy, people. Not media blather brings us MAYBE a bit closer to the "truth".
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 2:44pm
Expat..neither you nor anyone else knows his true net worth. In fact he has lost a few court cases over his estimation of his own wealth with no substantive proof of same. People that have thoroughly investigated his finances since he was young..have said he is not a billionaire at all.
He doesnt own any of the property you are talking about, the deeds are in Corp names.  One of the largest disputes right now is how these things are financed.  This would make those properties liabilities as well as assets.   His empire was built not by him though and when he had though, he fell back on family many times, the mafia, the feds..etc.
Expat...if you cant be rational, dont comment.  Im not insulting you, Im not insulting you or Trump. Take a break.
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 3:16pm
SEF.
I think people of great wealth, including Trump, have shields for this type of thing.  I have researched my self a couple of his multiple properties and the deeds dont belong to Donald J Trump.  He had a good bit of trouble financially and borrowed quite a bit of money to fund ongoing building and processes.  (Some larger  sources unknown), his personal favorites used to be Chase and several of the larger international banks. For example Deutsche bank, Bank of China, Goldman Sachs (yes he did), etc.
 
ONE, just one office building in NYC on the Walk of Americas in which Trump is PART owner (not controlling)has a lien on it for 950 million. Bldg-40 Wall Street in Mahattan has over 160 million in debt, although he claimed just over 50m on his paperwork.   In his properties over half that were researched have liens.  Im sure there is a tone more by now on this...
 
SEF..no one knows his actual wealth...it is part of the problem here.  Everyone is trying to find out how much money he is making off the American people.  I really think if he would have just answered this and not been so proud people would have left him alone.  But it is what started the digging by investigators.  They are tearing through his stuff, stateside and internationally now.  It just needs to be substantiated for the most part.
If you follow his money and loans..this is what is hidden...the rest is the gravy on the top, nothing special.
 
Trump admires Putin..and I understand why.  Trump has always sought great wealth and power, something Putin has.  I have been told Putin and his crew are the wealthiest men in the world.  These is some fertilizer guy that is connected to Trump somehow that is one of those guys.  Also one of Trumps cabinet, Ross I think his name is, that did some financial stuff for both Trump and the Russian fertilizer guy was also made very wealthy.   Putins stuff is way more interesting.
 
Expat..why do you think they are going after his financials?  Too many conflicting stories.  Ive done the footwork on other stuff and had people talk to me about all of the money.  Trump is arrogant and he is into his image.  If you dont understand that about him, you have lost this debate.   This IS THE TRAIL TO FOLLOW TO GET HIS ASS.
It will be his own fault and if he had just cooperated and shut his mouth he would have made his money like the rest of them and left office. 
 
 
Jeff Michka Added May 17, 2017 - 3:16pm
The article's premise is a current open discussion.  I think Trumps series of "difficulties" are all of his own making, with his ego and "real estate" personae thrown in.  Perhaps the orange spray he gets plastered with daily has caught up with him.  This vaunted image people throw around ("He's such a successful businessman!") is graveyard whistling or ignorance of at very best the White House and Nation are in the tiny hands of the ultimate Amateur Hour/Lack-of-Reality Show "star."  The American people decided they wanted him to run the country.  Now see the distractions while everyone gets screwed on healthcare and the rich get richer at everyone elses' expense.  Remember. if that wall gets built it will be to keep you in.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 17, 2017 - 3:19pm
Jeanne
 
Excellent. No further comment. I think that's the key element:
 
Trump admires Putin..and I understand why.  Trump has always sought great wealth and power, something Putin has
 
No more comment needed. People are not really complicated....
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 3:22pm
Jeffry..if this keeps up it will be global. But as far as the US is concerned, I dont think you have long to wait. 
Some things will be resolved but it will get far worse before better.
Jeff Michka Added May 17, 2017 - 3:26pm
wsucram15 sez: Some things will be resolved but it will get far worse before better.- Yup.  We've not plumbed the depths in any way yet, but we shall.  And, in the end, "Better days" may be more like "Bitter days."
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 3:33pm
yes Jeff I dont think we have hit bottom yet.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 17, 2017 - 3:36pm
Hey, I got to live for 59 years :-) Am I an egoist ? ;-)
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 3:41pm
No..we all got to live for a time.  SEF, we arent going to blow up tomorrow. These ppl want to spend our money...
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 5:39pm
ok Expat get some rest..the question is not one you need answer, it serves each individual. You know like what does this mean to you?
ITs not an accusation unless you read it to be so.
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 5:48pm
Hey on another note has anyone talked to George Romey?
Jeff Michka Added May 17, 2017 - 6:57pm
Geo hasn't called me a troll for a few days. Perhaps he's not gotten enough pats on the back or tears and sympathy, so has gone elsewhere.  Has he posted on Mifume, or whatever that place was called?
wsucram15 Added May 17, 2017 - 7:01pm
no..I looked. 
George N Romey Added May 17, 2017 - 8:16pm
Hi Jeanne thanks for asking.  I've recent gone back to work at least contract (possible perm) which is keeping me working 11 hours a day.  I'm just so tired of all the outrageous games.  Nothing is going to get done. Trump is finished. Then Pence will take over and the neocons and corporatists will have their true wish.  From there will be war and then mass poverty. 
 
The US is done for.  In some ways I will enjoy watching the fall. 
Jeff Michka Added May 17, 2017 - 9:14pm
Well, well....must be Trump IS putting Geo back to work, next week will be all the coal miners, and now Geo has less time on his hands.  An all around good thing, but seems unlikely Geo has the fortitude to stand up to an attack by Michael B., John M or any of that crowd by commenting where he might not get instant pats on the back and "Atta, boys."  They'd stop approving of him, and Geo can't risk that here. As GEO SAYS: In some ways I will enjoy watching the fall.  - His "you'll all suffer," rubbing hands in delight posts have indicted he wants people to "suffer like the Geo."  Bah!
John G Added May 18, 2017 - 3:46am
Autumn Cote. Please retire the Dino Minalis sock puppet.
You're just ridiculous.
wsucram15 Added May 18, 2017 - 7:28am
George..Congratulations!!!!!!   I was hoping you were working.  I was concerned, but am not anymore.  All you needed was something to occupy your mind.
But George, if the US falls, we will all fall and as we have discussed it will be ugly.  They have Trump now, I just dont see him resigning. Mueller is career FBI, he is going to end this...one way or the other.  Thats all I care about.  Maybe you will get lucky and they will expose Pence for his knowledge as he knew about all of this during the transition and he actually did participate in covering this up. Then we get Ryan (his dreams will be fulfilled).  I just want this to be over with.
 
I have been telling people for awhile now, be careful what you wish for...
 
 Dont be so negative, we, as in the rest of the world have survived quite a bit. This is just a bit of drama for the history books.  Now on to the next thing, turn the page.

Just say hi from time to time...K?
wsucram15 Added May 18, 2017 - 7:49am
Expat..I cannot believe you do not understand narcissism and being from NYC, you dont know anything about Trump.  Most of what Im talking about is from stuff I remember as a young person hanging out with my Cousin who lived in Manhattan, during the 70s, and 80s and 90s.  I was there every summer until I was in my 20s, I went to shows there and visited often.  My cousin (who was older than me) was out and around with the social set...  Yeah I know about Trump.
Plus the NY papers at that time (archived with photos) have him hooked up with some pretty illegal stuff, but it was the business he was in during those times.   He liked dealing with the mafia and specifically Sullivan. HE wrote about that, not me.
 
The stuff you are talking about is the myth he built, self made guy turned billionaire...yeah I know the story.  I will say he is smart and manipulative, he figured out early on how to protect himself.
 
The 10B figure of net worth, I told you he actually lost court cases over...it was something he "calculated on his own" and people picked up on that. His real net worth is far far less than that, and he owes enormous amounts due to his lavish lifestyle which we are paying for now. But you might find that out soon enough.  I really believe if he would have been more honest about that to begin with, Americans would have left him alone.  I really do..
 
I figured you as more of a realist, but everyone has a hero I guess.
Bill H. Added May 18, 2017 - 11:18am
I knew how this guy would "roll" even back when he became a candidate. He only ventured as a candidate for the exposure and attention, and really had no intention whatsoever of being elected, but loved and became addicted to the publicity.
As I stated during the campaign, he won't be around for long. Even some of his earliest supporters in his own party have had enough. 
wsucram15 Added May 18, 2017 - 12:12pm
BillH..he has betrayed and turned his back on his most staunch supporters and long time friends and even loyal staff.  Its sad really.  He will need them now.
Trump got elected identifying with "people". and showing them he could do things for them. (this amazed me about his supporters) Trump lived in a tower and flew back home every night of the campaign just to sleep in his own bed.  He is not regular people, he lives in a world of his own creation.
His supporters keep saying "he just needs to adjust" or "he needs some time" or whatever...  
He has had time to adjust..he is trying to reorganize the government like he ran his business, from one corner office in his tower with a few trusted people.
Now that he has made this difficult on himself, and he did do this to himself..he will go through what others before him will go through for misconduct...a independent investigation.
Jeff Michka Added May 18, 2017 - 3:13pm
SEFa sez: Hey, I got to live for 59 years :-) Am I an egoist ? ;-)- No, you're lucky.
Billy Roper Added May 18, 2017 - 3:59pm
John G., do you really think that Dino is Autumn's sock puppet?
Jenifer Frost Added May 18, 2017 - 4:02pm
This is the best breakdown of the whole Trump-Lavorv situation I've read yet http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/18/fast-and-furious-now-theyre-really-gunning-for-trump/
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 18, 2017 - 4:24pm
Jenifer
 
The Bitch never gives up. Trump reminds me of a clumsy leader like Duterte or Morales who really try but they just lack that little bit of unscrupulous behavior and can't see that their enemy is stronger as they are.
 
Why does Donnie not stand up and say:
 
Do you want war with Russia and get us nuked = If yes, impeach me !
 
Trump needs to be clear and honest about his plans. He has to point out that it's not bad to have good relations with other nations.
 
Geez, how stupid can people get ?!?! They follow that shit media not questioning anything. McDonalds seems to have an anti-intelligence gene in its food.
Jenifer Frost Added May 18, 2017 - 4:57pm
It's a good thing for me then that I've never eaten McDonald's in my life. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 18, 2017 - 5:06pm
The two most hypocritical things about this all of course is 1) the NYT and WaPo revealed the supposedly critical information to the world, not Trump, and 2) Russia has been the country most steadfast at fighting ISIL not the United States (which has instead need aiding ISIL in Syria), if anyone would disrupt efforts to stop ISIL in Syria it would be the United States not Russia. Their hypocrisy and assumptions of the public's stupidity to buy the outrageous garbage they are trying to sell apparently knows no bounds. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 18, 2017 - 5:21pm
As a side note, I found this from the article upsetting "What has he done aside from upset Democrats (liberals for anti-thinkers)" 
I don't think one is an "anti-thinker" to recognize the fact that most Democrats today are neoliberals not true liberals. And many liberals, especially Progressives like myself, want nothing to do with the Democratic Party. 
Bill H. Added May 18, 2017 - 10:32pm
 
Trumps only focus at the moment is how to milk out the remaining time that he has in office to get the system more towards his benefit. He will continue to deflect, deny, detour, and defend until which time he either bails out (highly unlikely) or gets forced out of office by his own party.
George N Romey Added May 18, 2017 - 11:20pm
This is all about getting Pence into the job. That's been the plan since Trump was elected.
Micahel Dolan Added May 18, 2017 - 11:33pm
President Trump-keep doing  what you are doing. You know the corrupt politicians from both party's want you gone. The crooked politicians fear you because you are not a politician and you want change. Trump a 70 year old business man gets himself elected president- and the wackos are ready to jump out a window.
 
The Democrats have a great leader in the wings to replace Trump---Yes the Liberals want Bernie Sanders-Communist Bernie to lead America. The Bern Honeymoon after his wedding was going to Russia-The Bern-Loves Putin.
Jenifer Frost Added May 18, 2017 - 11:38pm
Wow, a Russophobic Trump supporter, seriously? What's next a antisemitic Israeli? 
Jenifer Frost Added May 18, 2017 - 11:41pm
Also Putin is a capitalist, Russia a democratic constitutional republic today. The communists were overthrown over 25 years ago. Maybe check some current events, just a suggestion. 
Micahel Dolan Added May 18, 2017 - 11:57pm
The Bern next in line.Russia loves the Bern-Hillary loves those Russian's. Do you remember the wind up toy she gave as a gift to a Russian leader.
Jenifer Frost Added May 19, 2017 - 12:15am
There is nothing wrong with Russia, it's people or it's leader. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just an ignorant Russophobic bigot but probably has a future with the Russian hating neoliberal corporate mainstream media like MSNBC. Trump has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to normalize relations with Russia and admires Putin their leader. But Micahel Dolan is so out of touch he probably thinks Ronald Reagan is currently the president! Dumb as a ball of hair. 
Jenifer Frost Added May 19, 2017 - 12:17am
Go back to the Matrix Micahel. Oh wait, looks like you never left! Blue pills all around. 
John G Added May 19, 2017 - 2:21am
Micahel was so careless a troll that he couldn't spell Michael correctly.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 7:09am
Mihacel ;-)
 
Yes the Liberals want Bernie Sanders-Communist Bernie to lead America
 
You have that problem most Americans have with definitions. Sanders is not communist but a social democrat. Not a democratic socialist or a socialist either.
 
Now go and read. Enter google.com and search for the keyword "social democrat". Then read Bernie's agenda and compare. Good luck LOL
George N Romey Added May 19, 2017 - 8:08am
Newsflash is not the Bernie people pushing out Trump, its the Pence led neocons.  War is not good for Trump's business interests.  However, Pence would go off to war in a New York second.
 
There is nothing wrong with Russia.  Its all a bogeyman made up by the deep state.
 
On Sanders.  Let me see.  How has neoliberal, corporatism worked for the country?  Question asked and answered.
Bill Kamps Added May 19, 2017 - 9:28am
Trump behaves like a CEO, not a President.  A CEO can say what he wants, when he wants.  If a company has trade secrets and the CEO selectively reveals them, its ok.  If a President does it, it is less ok, because he has to follow the law about secrets.
 
Similarly, a CEO can fire who he wants  when he wants, and doesnt need to worry about the political fallout, especially if it is a private company and his name is on the  company.  My opinion is that Obama should have fired Comey after how he handled HRC during the campaign.  So firing him wasnt the problem, how he went about it wasnt very politically adept.
 
Trump doesnt have a lot of political support.  None from the Democrats, and not a lot from the  GOP.  We will see how this plays out, but generally that means he wont get done much of what he wants.  Plus there will be a lot of screaming and yelling from the sidelines, because the other politicians are not on board with his plans.  This usually is a distraction for getting things done.  Again, different from being a CEO, because the support of others matters.
 
I dont think there are more scandals now than before.  Certainly Trump cant come close to what LBJ did in the 60s.  However, things are more out in the open now than before, so things look messier.  Also Trump just doesnt care.  He doesnt care about his tax returns, or that he didnt divest his companies, he doesnt care what people think about conflict of interest, etc.  Again, more of that CEO mentality vs President mentality.
Jeffry Gilbert Added May 19, 2017 - 9:38am
Not being a supporter of either candidate I will venture to say I don't blame him for not giving a fuck because he's going to get reamed whether he does or not. Gives him a freedom others in his position weren't able to enjoy.
Bill Kamps Added May 19, 2017 - 10:14am
Jeffry, it is an interesting experiment.  Trump is breaking the rules, and that may well work, or it may not.  It worked to get elected.  Certainly the public is not demanding to see his tax returns, and is not demanding he divest his corporate interests.  They have a wait and see attitude which is more healthy than the screaming media, and politicians in Washington.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 11:08am
George
 
Fully agree.
Even A Broken Clock Added May 19, 2017 - 11:21am
Jeanne - new writer here. In your piece you say:  You would have Pence as a President. I honestly dont feel he is any more ethical than Trump, in fact he might just be worse. 
 
I agree totally. With Trump you have the moral stability of a ping pong ball, and seeming incompetence at governing. With Pence you have a proven record of being a successful administrator, and a moral ideologue to boot. The demonstrated incompetence to date of Trump is more dangerous, because the ideology issues can be fought openly. Incompetence in the Presidency is an existential issue.
Bill Kamps Added May 19, 2017 - 11:42am
Clock, I agree.  We should not assume that ANY politician or the system in general is particularly ethical.  I agree Trump's problems are not those of less honesty than the average politician, just less politically adept and competent.  Honesty and political acumen are not the same thing.
 
The clumsiness of Trump is dangerous because friends and foes cannot predict his actions.  Sometimes this is a good thing, at least domestically.  On the international scene, the US being less predictable is not a good thing, because most foes know they would have to act first to gain any advantage with the US, and so making them more fearful may cause them to act first out of fear.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 11:59am
Bill
 
Imagine an open discussion between Trump and Putin LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 19, 2017 - 12:00pm
IQ meets QI (questionable intelligence) ;-)
George N Romey Added May 19, 2017 - 1:22pm
I agree that Trump is no sleazier than anyone in Washington.  However, he lacks political moxie (something that got him elected) and has very few friends.  Trump thought he was going to take Washington by storm.  No such way.  Washington will never change unless forced by the citizens and that seems unlikely at least in the near term.  Long term is more uncertain.
Bill Kamps Added May 19, 2017 - 4:43pm
Stone, it would be an interesting conversation to watch.  Putin no doubt thinks more strategically, but Trump is more emotional.  Both have their own way of defining the "facts".   I would have liked to heard the conversation with the Chinese leader, and how much did they really discuss ? or did they just make nice in general ?
wsucram15 Added May 19, 2017 - 5:14pm
Expat
Thank you for asking, it is a rare bearded Iris, I also have a Cesar's brothers Iris,  you might have them there they are Asian (Russia, Korea, japan, etc..). I have posted a picture of that Iris before on here, I won an award for the photograph of that flower. 
Those plants do not grow in the states and is very difficult to grow them here.   I do have some orchids also not common here.   I have a nice garden but I dont believe in cutting plants I grow them and take pictures of them.  I have a friend who paints my gardens as its in 3 sections.   Much like Monet did..I dont have the bridge yet though..just a pond, some trees and gardens and a bench.
wsucram15 Added May 19, 2017 - 5:54pm
SEF..lol...QI...too much.
George..I told you Washington would eat him alive, they did the same with Obama.  The same person told me it would happen also.  If he had stuck to the party lines and shut his mouth, he might have been alright.  But Trump was never a Republican and they knew that.  The problem is he tried to accomplish some of the things his base wanted and it differed from the far right base.  (you know the ones with all the money)...When they turn on him and they will, he will be alone in DC with no cabinet to speak of, and no credibility.
Now, I am sure he was advised to follow the rules and just play along but he really felt he could run the United States like he ran his private business.  He showed his weaknesses too often and if you think this was one side or the other pushing him down...you have all lost your minds.   Unfortunately, he was in a place very unlike NYC and pitted against some pretty ruthless people with a lot of money. In NYC he played in the sandbox with the ruthless people, but he got proper introductions..the Republicans never did that for him...I promise.  He made very bad decisions early on..like Romney and other things, not too swift. 
 
I dont like him, but I feel bad for him.  The thing is, he hasnt been charged with anything and there has been no proof shown yet.  If he had not screwed with Clinton so much, they would help him walk through this legal stuff.  They are after all the pros at being accused and going free.  But he has insulted and pushed everyone away.  He needs to stop screwing with his good ol boys and get a real Federal attorney, one with experience in Congressional matters.  This is where you will see what he is made of though.
Maureen Foster Added May 20, 2017 - 11:17am
There’s not a series of scandals involving Trump, there are a series of accusations of scandals.  With roughly half the country taking to the streets in protest or identifying themselves as part of some resistance, it should come as no surprise that every little thing is escalated to “scandal” level.   Take the Comey firing, up until the day it happened, most liberals accused him as being a Republican operative and being the major reason Hillary lost.  Now that he’s fired, they think it’s a scandal.  The whole episode is hypocrisy at its ugliest.  To identify real scandal, take the Benghazi killings.  Hillary and Obama told the country why it happened, meanwhile privately they knew that not to be true.  They perpetuated the lie to help Obama’s campaign.  Now that’s a scandal that has been proven to be accurate. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 20, 2017 - 2:39pm
Bill
 
I guess they played nice. Or Trump is practizing understatement, which I doubt ;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 20, 2017 - 2:40pm
BTW: I guess the agenda is to get Pence in. Since when is the question. And Pence is about the same as Clinton. Get some safe shelter ;-)
Micahel Dolan Added May 20, 2017 - 3:24pm
Maureen
I am going to start writing a post called--My Sources Told Me--------That.
Barak Obama was not born in America-
Huma Abedin, wife of the child molester The Weiner that their marriage was a marriage of covering her romance with a person running for president.
Maxine Waters is a crooked liar who has over 2 million dollars hidden in a country -not America.
Squaw Warren is buying a $million  T-PEE as her place to inform us as she runs for president.
My Sources are keeping busy- Time to Fight back.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 20, 2017 - 3:48pm
Is being born in America a qualification for something ? Well....
Bill H. Added May 20, 2017 - 5:28pm
 
Trump is too involved with himself to spend any time acting like a President. I am also detecting that he has some serious marital problems based on how he and Melania interact lately. This will further detract from his duties.
Jenifer Frost Added May 20, 2017 - 5:39pm
Maureen writes "There’s not a series of scandals involving Trump, there are a series of accusations of scandals." 
That about sums it up. They appointed a special prosecuter to investigate Trump Russian connections. Think about that for a moment. They (Democrats, neoliberals, radicals) want to impeach Trump for enjoying his American right of freedom of association! We're supposed to believe it's because if Trump associated with the Russians they may have colluded in "hacking the election" but that's based on the assumption that the DNC was hacked. And the assumption that IF the DNC was hacked Russia had something to do with it. Neither of those things have been proven! Until and unless both of those assumptions are first proven this is truly just a Witch Hunt. 
 
Further more it seems many people are under the false assumption that Russia "hacked the election" in the literal sense, voting machines, tabulation computers, etc. I know this because I overheard a conversation on a bus yesterday and that's what was being discussed. When I intervened and tried to tell them that the only thing that Russia is even accused of doing (and again, only via unproven assumptions) is hacking the DNC computers and revealing to the American public the fact that the DNC rigged the primarys for Hillary Clinton, they wouldn't believe it! They said that was ridiculous, it must have been the actual election that was hacked not just information about Hillary’s corruption revealed to the public! No one could ever imagine this level of hysteria over something so minor and something that should have been done to start with!
 
And people sometimes actually have the nerve to ask me why I oppose the Democratic Party! 
Jenifer Frost Added May 20, 2017 - 5:45pm
So what is all the ridiculous hysteria really about? This is a good explanation:
Are We Witnessing a Coup Operation Against the Trump White House? | The Nation - https://www.thenation.com/article/are-we-witnessing-a-coup-operation-against-the-trump-white-house/
Stone-Eater Friedli Added May 20, 2017 - 6:34pm
I hope I still have time till November to leave Europe. I often think: Why the fuck did I make 3 kids in that stupid, fucked up world ? Was I selfish or was I just following animal genes ....
Jeff Michka Added May 20, 2017 - 8:39pm
SEFa asks: Do some try to create a new Dallas ?  - No open limo rides through Dallas, as he already got a book suppository from one of the hookers that peed on him...
Jeff Michka Added May 20, 2017 - 8:41pm
Why the fuck did I make 3 kids in that stupid, fucked up world ? Was I selfish or was I just following animal genes ....- Face it, you were being an optimist at the time.  For however screwed up this world might be, and what may come, I never regret my kids, regardless.
wsucram15 Added May 22, 2017 - 1:34pm
Maureen;
You are being very naive in some of your post, but you are correct in stating the "some" of the issues are merely unsubstantiated leaks.  It wont stay that way and it there is ANY evidence at all on even one or two of those issues, unfortunately I believe at this point to save face, Trump will go through the process of impeachment.  I do doubt he will be found guilty in the Senate and he will be brought into line with these actions.
But thats my guess.  My larger concern is Congress, no one seems to be paying attention to them.
Trump is a diversion for agenda being passed, Pence is as guilty of anything if not more so than Trump along with the people around him. Trump isnt stupid but he has not taken these things seriously, I dont think "intent" was to harm until he collided with Comey. That might be an issue for him.
wsucram15 Added May 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
Michael..good luck on that piece.  Its hard to find sources that are reliable.  Ive worked in and around DC for years in political campaigns.  IT helps.
Some of your comments range from the silly to outright insane.  But I agree if you feel you have the ability, you should fight for what you believe in..  I always do.
Jenifer Frost Added May 22, 2017 - 2:41pm
" I believe at this point to save face, Trump will go through the process of impeachment" 
Is it really possible to try to formally impeach a president for freedom of association or evidence-free assumptions? 
Micahel Dolan Added May 22, 2017 - 3:49pm
President Trump-Thank you for sending the Democrat Party members into a mental break-down. President Trump your visit to Saudi-Arabia and your intelligent speech was perfect.
Your visit with Bibi and your words for the Jewish people was an up lifting speech. Imam Obama went to Israel and gave it the middle finger as he bows to Iranian terrorist. Stock Market at an all time high-Illegal border crosses down 60%. Ignore the leftist losers-Chuck U Schumer-SMUCK.
Jeff Michka Added May 22, 2017 - 5:08pm
Duhlan the headless Trumpist sez: President Trump your visit to Saudi-Arabia and your intelligent speech was perfect.
Your visit with Bibi and your words for the Jewish people was an up lifting speech. Imam Obama went to Israel and gave it the middle finger as he bows to Iranian terrorist.-All glory to the Orange Douche bag for his "stellar" performance unseen since the height of "The Apprentice."  Stock market won't stay there,if for no other reason than Trump's lies will eventually catch up to reality.  But thanks for proving and writing like the mindless true believer you are.
Micahel Dolan Added May 23, 2017 - 9:59am
UM,Like I care what your opinion of me is- DAH! Jeff, keep it coming and keep supporting Imam Obama a man???who despised my America. But,Jeff do not sink into depression you still have Crooked Benghazi Hillary to run again. Mindless me,um-Jeff grow up.
Jeff Michka Added May 23, 2017 - 12:43pm
dUHLAN"i Don't read" sez like a Trumpist fool: But,Jeff do not sink into depression you still have Crooked Benghazi Hillary to run again. Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.  AND you all-anal fool, where or when did I ever support Clinton?  And consider my opinion universal on your "status, " Duhlan.  I notice all your supporters joining in...and yeah, you've tried to invite them...
wsucram15 Added May 24, 2017 - 12:31pm
Guys..what Trump did or did not do on his latest trip is irrelevant. The latest obstruction, not by him btw, is continuing and will eventually lead to an external investigation AND the special investigator.  I dont know how this will turn out, but it wont be pleasant.
I never supported Clinton but did find her a better option to Trump as far as experience in politics. I didnt vote for her however.
Clinton will not get the support to run again Micahel, she is working on it, but if the Dems dont get FAR more progressive than her, they are done in the next two cycles. 
Micahel Dolan Added May 24, 2017 - 3:25pm
Get far more progressive-I pray they do try that. Far more progressive is the way to go. Run Bernie and Maxine Waters-please-I will even send a donation to that anti America team.
wsucram15 Added May 24, 2017 - 7:23pm
No they need to head in another direction, I am hoping they do actually.  With Bernie involved, but not as front runner or policy maker because even he is losing steam.   The front runners are strong just not stepping up yet. We will have to see.
I can always just not vote for the first time..I will not vote for Trump or Pence. So the Dems either come up with a good candidate or hopefully another independent comes along I can tolerate.  The dems cannot stay as they are right now as a party. They just cannot.
Jenifer Frost Added May 24, 2017 - 7:34pm
Sanders had possibilities but he sold out to the Deep State and blew it. Just listen to some of his recent Russophobic warmongering statements, he's done being at all progressive. Time for him to move on and move aside and retire. Read more about it here: “The Deep State Has Digested Both Trump And Sanders. Fight The Deep State.” https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/the-deep-state-has-digested-both-trump-and-sanders-fight-the-deep-state-b5bd53332288
wsucram15 Added May 24, 2017 - 9:06pm
Jenifer, I have been fighting this for almost 4 years, not on here but actionable. Its a fight that you should check out.
Jeff Michka Added Jun 1, 2017 - 5:16pm
wsucram15 sez: Jenifer, I have been fighting this for almost 4 years, not on here but actionable. Its a fight that you should check out. - JenJn, the perfect got nasty and bent out of shape when I question the "conspiracy" nature of the supposed Deep state, which I'D SAY IS MOST LIKELY AGENCY-LIKE behavior from agencies acting as agencies act when power changes around the agencies, and since nobody can tell me where/who/when the Deep State players MET and plotted the demise of the world as we know it, it make the conspiracy stuff a bit thin at very best. But ol Jenjen went off the deep end having someone actually question a pet belief of hers.  How WB of her.  JenJen will talk alot, do some online stuff, but I'D PRESUME THAT'S IT.

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