Saturday, June 24, 2017

Retreat, hell! By the dawn's early light quite a few bad pennies


Sancho Panza emailed his very best regards yesterday:

Happy retreat!

I replied:


This shit is hitting the fan from lots of directions.

It may well be that there indeed is a hit contract, or contracts, out on me.

Other yummy morsels arrived today, too.

Beyond wild, even for me.

Sancho wrote:

I hope you are just paranoid! But just in case, time to hide for a while... move to Portland, not bad this time of the year! 

I replied:

If I were paranoid, I'd run to the police, sheriff, state attorney, judges, feds, like Judith Haney did.

When the fellow who reported a dream showing how Judge Bonnie Helms was going to decide Judith Haney's lawsuit against me, turn everything to sand, came out just that way when Judge Helms struck every one of the pleadings in that lawsuit, tells me he had Melchizedek, Kamael and Gabriel materialize in the flesh in his living room last night, and Melchizedek dressed the three of them down for the way they were relating to me, and then Melchizedek told Young Prophet what Joann [my father's widow] had done, and who had been her contact person in Key West for finding willing assassins for pay here, and what aliases Joann was using, and her contact here was Judith Haney's favorite person here, and one attempt had been made but the line of sight from the rifle muzzle to me was not good, so the shot was not fired, then I take that as very likely to have happened. I do not get upset about it. I fucking wish the hit had been successful. I just get matter of fact about it. Fuck the hysteria and polemics. Just the facts, please.

The point and theory of a retreat is that you come to see things in a new or new ways. With someone like me, a retreat is not likely to go the way a retreat for a member of the new age fuckawai tribe might go, nor for the way a retreat might go for an adept yogi. I'm a Melchizedek exorcist priest. If I have to go into retreat, it means there is something really big and deep and bad I am not seeing and need to see. So I get away from the ordinary humdrum, so it can break through where I can see it, or it is revealed to me. So I can respond to it better. It will not surprise me if more is not revealed before this retreat ends. Last night the "spellcasting" hoodoo witch dreamt of a cauldron with all sorts of ingredients but something important was missing, being held back. Concealed. At least part of that came through from Young Prophet this morning. Another part came through in a dream Kari had last night.

Part of what came though, which I might not broadcast outside that cauldron (crucible) mentioned above, had to do with something involving my father's estate, which if accurate, and I have every reason to believe is accurate and can be proven in a court of law, will cause considerable hysteria and polemics in my father's widow and his and her law firm, since it about something they did and never then dreamed how it might be the worse sort of boomerang karma if I ever go wind of it. I emailed that to my lawyer in Bham, and the hit effort info. He emailed back seemingly very interested in the boomerang, but did not mention the hit efforts. A bit steep for someone not used to that sort of fact digging and disclosing to accept. I don't know anyone but Kari in Key West, who could accept it. And she recoils, even as she accepts it. 

I told her to get out of here. She's very likely next on the hit list, because she is enmeshed with me and has really pissed off the person down here who located the people here who would try to kill me for pay. The same person already sent someone to jam an object into Kari's vagina. About 2 years ago. Knew right were she would be at that time of night. Easy as pie to find her. 

I have been pondering how to really disappear, though. Right now, don't know how to handle the banking and post office part. There are plenty of people around who get paid to skip trace someone, even by hacking into bank records, Social Security, etc. I bet Edward Snowden could do it with his eyes closed. You have any suggestions? 

Sancho wrote:

I don't know all the details  of your Father's Estate and how your inheritance fits in with his company internal machinations, etc.... and as far as that is concerned, I really don't want to know!

I hope you get the clarity you're looking for, my advice is to  take a break from YP and other people's dreams... they don't seem to have helped you much... also, it seems to me that every time you've tried to "do battle" to get people to do "the right thing" you wind up worse off than when you started and nobody is better for it... better to go with the flow and make the best of it. I doubt that you can do much to hide from those who might want to do you harm other than going to live with a friend and being totally dependent on such friend, financially... but, you really should consider why they might want to hurt or stop you, maybe, if  you were to write a blog post saying that you apologize for anybody you may have caused pain to and that you were going to retire as a blogger in KW and become just a colorful, inoffensive, old man... that might be as good as disappearing.........    

Adios y buena suerte [good luck], amigo!

I replied:

Weenie, tu, amigo.

Of course I regret anything I did to harm someone else. Harm. Bent feelings ain't harm.

Maybe you need to buy yourself a pair of rose-colored glasses to help yourself feel better about just how fucked up you very well know this world is, and it starts at the top (Trump, Putin, etc.) and goes to the bottom, and nobody is spared, not even our own blood relatives.

However, maybe publishing what I was told yesterday about my impending demise might entertain the people involved in that enterprise.

Sancho wrote:

My wife likes to watch the news and seems to be very interested in looking at floods and really bad weather that hits other areas of the country... I think it makes her feel good that she's not there... most "news" is about some shit going wrong somewhere... we seem to be attracted to the new and/or different but you know that, since you've been playing at being a journalist for a long time now! 

I replied:

Plenty of floods to report, that's fer sure. Biblical in scope. Wars and rumors of wars, too. The Revelation-loving Christians must be excited.

Saw on Yahoo pirating of other networks including CNN and FOX that Trump now says there were no tapes of his meetings with Comey, but he only said that to keep Comey honest during htis testimony before Congress. Do you think Trump realized he just said Comey's testimony was accurate?

You were egging me on in a dream just a dawn's early light, so might be a post today. Gosh. I know that won't make everybody's day, or anybody's.

Sancho wrote:

Ditto!

I replied:

Perhaps I should lead off with incident at bus stop yesterday. Short solid Anglo with thumb out yelling at passing cars, shooting birds when didn't stop to give him ride. Yelling he's US Marine, yelling urah!, he's a badass, he's dangerous. A fellow who knew him, who worked in pizza place across the street, walked over and asked him if he thought shooting birds and yelling at passing vehicles was a way to get a ride? More noise. More badass. More urah. More dangerous. 

I said I'm dangerous, I had my cell phone out. I'm calling the sheriff (911) to send a deputy to take care of you. Marine got in my face. More urah. More dangerous. I am dialing, hoping he will kill me, which he does not imagine. He wilts, walks away from the bus stop. I had misdialed, believe it or not. Not on purpose.

Bus comes. I get on first. Tell the driver the fellow in the yellow shirt coming onto the bus was out of control at the bus stop a few minutes ago. Keep your eye on him.

The fellow gets on board and sits right next to me. Does not seem to recognize me. I had thought he was drunk or on something mind-bending. I asked him if he saw action in the Marine Corps? What? Did he see action in the Corps? He don't want to talk with me. Gets up, heads to the back of the bus. Finds another Marine-sounding fellow. Marine-sounding noises from back there. Then from a about the same size black man across from me.

The white bantam rooster alleged Marine comes back up front and he and the black bantam make Marine-sounding noises. I don't have much farther to travel. The white bantam goes back to the other alleged Marine in the rear of the buss. The bus slows for my stop. I stand up, tell the black bantam. You and the other guy are Marines? Where's your pride? Where's your discipline? If you two represent the U.S. Marine Corps, the Corps and America are fucked in deep shit. I walked off the bus.

When I shared that with my host this morning, he was US Army Special Forces, he did see combat in Central American jungles, he said he has lots of dealings with local veterans' organizations. There is a VA hospital in Key West. There are many help services for veterans. Most homeless people who claim to be veterans are not. They make it up to gain sympathy. Any combat veteran can discern that pronto. Like I can discern a real spirit worker pronto, I said. Yes, he said.

Various pirated news reports and a quite a few more bad pennies - the Trump praise reports and my trailing comments:

Congress hears sinister tale of Russia election meddling

RICHARD LARDNER and DEB RIECHMANN,
Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) —

A sinister portrait of Russia's cyberattacks on the U.S. emerged Wednesday as current and former U.S. officials told Congress Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the 2016 presidential campaign to undermine the American political process.

The Russians "used fake news and propaganda and they also used online amplifiers to spread the information to as many people as possible," Bill Priestap, the FBI's top counterintelligence official, told the Senate Intelligence committee.

While he said the Russians had conducted covert operations targeting past American elections, the internet "has allowed Russia to do so much more" than before. But, he added, the "scale and aggressiveness" was different this time, with the primary goal being to sow discord and aid the candidacy of Republican Donald Trump, the eventual winner.

Russia's actions did not change the final election count, they said, but warned that Moscow's efforts will likely continue.
"I believe the Russians will absolutely try to continue to conduct influence operations in the U.S.," which will include cyberattacks, Priestap said.

Jeanette Manfra, Homeland Security undersecretary for cybersecurity, said there is evidence that 21 state election systems were targeted, but she told the Senate intelligence committee she couldn't disclose the identities of the states because that was up to the states. Last September, DHS told The Associated Press that hackers believed to be Russian agents had targeted voter registration systems in more than 20 states.

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson from the Obama administration told the House Intelligence committee that Moscow's high-tech intrusion did not change ballots, the final count or the reporting of election results.

Johnson described the steps he took once he learned of the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, his fears about an attack on the election itself and his rationale for designating U.S. election systems, including polling places and voter registration databases, as critical infrastructure in early January, two weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration.

"In 2016 the Russian government, at the direction of (President) Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple," Johnson said.

Johnson described his discussions with state election officials about ensuring the integrity of the voting process. He said 33 states and 36 cities and counties used his department's tools to scan for potential vulnerabilities.

He also said he contacted The Associated Press, which counts votes, and its CEO, Gary Pruitt.

"Prior to Election Day, I also personally reviewed with the CEO of The Associated Press its long-standing election-day reporting process, including the redundancies and safeguards in its systems," Johnson said.

And while Johnson said Russia did not "through any cyber intrusion alter ballots, ballot counts or reporting of election results," he said he was "not in a position to know whether the successful Russian government-directed hacks of the DNC and elsewhere did in fact alter public opinion and thereby alter the outcome of the presidential election."

Johnson also said he was not happy that he learned well after the fact that the DNC's computer systems had been hacked. He said he became aware of the compromise "sometime in 2016," and that when he pressed his staff on whether the DHS had been sufficiently proactive to help identify the intruders and patch vulnerabilities, the answer wasn't reassuring.

"The FBI and the DNC had been in contact with each other months before about the intrusion, and the DNC did not feel it needed" Homeland Security's assistance at that time.

He also said he wasn't aware that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. But he said former FBI Director James Comey would not have undertaken such a probe lightly and without a basis for doing so.

Johnson was homeland security chief for the Democratic president from December 2013 to January 2017.

The Senate committee was hearing from officials at DHS and the FBI's counterintelligence division. Special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting an inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Trump has decried the investigations as witch hunts and has rejected the assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia's hacking and disinformation campaign was intended to aid his candidacy.

Johnson's designation of U.S. election systems as critical infrastructure was aimed at providing more federal cybersecurity assistance to state and local governments.

Johnson announced the shift on the same day as the release of a declassified U.S. intelligence report that said Putin "ordered" an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election. That report said Russian intelligence services had "obtained and maintained access to elements of multiple U.S. state or local electoral boards."

None of the systems targeted or compromised was involved in vote tallying, the report said, and there was no indication Russia's prying changed vote counts in key states.

But Johnson's decision triggered an outcry from state and federal election organization officials. They complained that Johnson's department failed to respond to questions and concerns they had about the designation before the change was made.

American elections are highly decentralized. Voters cast ballots in roughly 185,000 precincts spread over 9,000 jurisdictions during the 2016 presidential election. Elections are also subject to rigorous and elaborate rules that govern how and what equipment is used.
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Contact Richard Lardner on Twitter: http://twitter.com/rplardner
Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

My bad pennies:

If the Russians did hack and leak as alleged, and what they leaked was true, it needed to be disclosed to the American people. 

I myself watched Donald Trump last year say on TV that the election was rigged.

Leaking the truth does not rig an election. Keeping the truth hidden rigs an election.

Keeping the truth hidden is human nature. It is American humans' nature.

If Trump sent his people to Russia to cut a deal, that's something on top of the above. 

If the deal was, if the Russians will leak info on Hillary to help get Trump elected, that's not okay. It would have been okay if the leaks had been on Trump, too.

If the deal was, if the Russians will leak info on Hillary to help get Trump elected, and if Trump gets elected, he will try to get the Magnitsky Act repealed, and other sanctions against Russia lifted, then that, I think, is treason.

In all events, Congress and the special counsel and the US Department of Justice and the FBI, NSA and CIA really do need to try to find out what actually happen and report it to the American people verbatim. 

Any attempt by Trump to prevent that happening is obstruction of justice, since he and his friends are targets of that investigation.

But don't take my word. Run all of that by a psychiatrist or two, see how that goes. 

Just joking. If you can't see what has happened, then no psychiatrist can help you see it, or help you with anything else. What can help you with that psychiatry does not even recognize exists.

Donald Trump: There's 'more than enough evidence' to impeach US president, says former Secretary of Labor

Robert Reich served in the administrations of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, and brought some left wing intellectual muscle to the post of Secretary of Labour for Bill Clinton.
Since the election of Donald Trump, Mr Reich, Professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, has turned his focus to the actions of the President, and concluded the New York tycoon could well be impeached.
In his latest comments, Mr Reich has said he believes Mr Trump has already done enough to warrant impeachment.
“Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton,” he wrote on his website.
“The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation.”
He added: “Two weeks after Trump told Comey privately, ‘I need loyalty. I expect loyalty’, he had another private meeting with Comey in the Oval Office. After shooing out his advisers – all of whom had top security clearance – Trump said to Comey, according to Comey’s memo written shortly after the meeting, ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go’.”
Mr Trump has rejected claims that he has done anything wrong and described the ongoing investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia to alter the election, as a “witch hunt”. He has repeatedly cited Mr Comey, his former FBI Director’s testimony before congress, that he is not personally under investigation.
His legal team has also dismissed reports, which first appeared in the Washington Post, that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice by Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor heading the federal probe since Mr Comey was fired.
Many observers have pointed out that the chances of Mr Trump being impeached are modest, especially before the midterm elections, unless there were to be some staggering revelation from the Russia probe. Impeachment can only happen if Republicans decide to ditch Mr Trump and there has been no sign they have decided to do that yet, despite whatever concerns officials may express about him in private.
But Mr Reich believes there is already enough to convict the President.
“The federal crime of obstruction of justice applies to “[w]hoever corruptly, or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication influences, obstructs, or impedes or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede the due and proper administration of the law,” wrote Mr Reich.
“There’s already more than enough evidence of probable cause to begin that impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump.”
My bad pennies: 
Looks to me Trump pretty near impeaches himself every time he opens his mouth or pulls out his smartphone and twitters. 
In ordinary court proceedings:
In the law of evidence, the testimony of a witness is impeached by earlier statements that the witness has made if they are inconsistent with the statements to which the witness testifies.

You’d Be Scared if You Were Donald Trump, Too

The president is obsessed with the investigation into his relationship with Russia. He should be.

·       CATEGORIES: VOICE Max boot
·       Donald Trump has been having a meltdown about former FBI Director Robert Mueller pretty much ever since the special counsel was appointed on May 17. On Twitter he has been fulminating that he is a victim of “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!” Behind the scenes, the Associated Press reports, he is “yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit — and potentially end — his presidency.” So irate has Trump become that he reportedly gave serious thought to firing Mueller when his investigation has hardly begun — and may still do so despite all of the advice he is receiving to the contrary.

It’s not hard to see why Trump would be so terrified: Mueller is universally respected for his integrity and doggedness, and he has been assembling a hunter-killer team of crack investigators and lawyers to help him. Together they have over a century of experience at the Justice Department unraveling complex, white-collar conspiracies. One of them even speaks Russian. Trump’s attack dogs have been desperately trying to discredit the rebooted Untouchables, but the best they could come up with is that three of Mueller’s hires contributed to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. If that’s disqualifying for government service, then Trump himself should resign; he has donated at least $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, far more than any of Mueller’s staff gave to her campaign.

What worries Trump is not that Mueller may be a Democratic partisan — the very idea is ludicrous, given that he was appointed to run by the FBI by President George W. Bush — but that the Marine combat veteran cannot be bought off or intimidated. This has always been Trump’s M.O. — witness his attempts to win pledges of “loyalty” from James Comey in return for allowing him to stay on as FBI director. Comey wouldn’t play ball, and neither will Mueller. So that right there is enough reason for Trump to be scared now that he is being investigated by Mueller for obstruction of justice — a crime which he essentially admitted on national television when he said that he fired Comey to shut down the investigation into the “Russia thing.”
Actually, Trump has even more cause for concern because, like previous investigations, this one won’t be narrowly limited. Recall that the Whitewater independent counsel began by probing an Arkansas land deal and wound up nailing Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his sex life. To get the truth about Kremlingate, Mueller will need to investigate any possible financial ties between Trump, his associates, and Russia — and that, in turn, will lead Mueller to probe just about every financial transaction in which Trump and his cronies have been involved.
The Washington Post reported that investigators are “looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates,” while the New York Times wrote: “A former senior official said Mr. Mueller’s investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates. The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payments, probably by routing them through offshore banking centers.”
Did someone say money laundering? For some strange reason that reminded me of this NBC News report that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, “was associated with at least 15 bank accounts and 10 companies on Cyprus, dating back to 2007,” and that “At least one of those companies was used to receive millions of dollars from a billionaire Putin ally.”
Of course Trump would be exceedingly lucky if the investigation were limited only to the finances of Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Carter Page, and other former aides from whom he will try to distance himself. He will have a harder time disowning Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and White House aide, who is undoubtedly being probed for his meeting with Sergey Gorkov, a former Russian intelligence officer and Putin associate who runs Russia’s bank for development and foreign economic affairs. Vnesheconombank has been sanctioned by the Treasury Department on several occasions since 2014.
Worst of all for Trump, the investigation is likely to shine a spotlight on his own dubious business practices. In March, for example, USA Today wrote that “the president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.”
It appears that Trump and his associates have been trying to cover their tracks because a more recent USA Today scoop reported that “Since President Trump won the Republican nomination, the majority of his companies’ real estate sales are to secretive shell companies that obscure the buyers’ identities.” But, despite these attempts at concealment, Reuters reported “at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida.” Eric Trump reportedly bragged in  2014 that Russian investors were funding Trump’s golf courses.
Such reports, partial and incomplete as they are, make a mockery of Trump’s carefully worded non-denial: “I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia. I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.”
One person with whom Trump undoubtedly did have deals was Felix Sater, a Russian-American businessman who has been convicted of assault for stabbing a man in the face with a broken glass and for racketeering because of his involvement in a mafia-linked stock fraud scheme. A criminal turned government informant, Sater was one of the principals of the Bayrock Group, a real estate firm located in Trump Tower that partnered with the Trump Organization to build the Trump SoHo hotel and other properties. According to Bloomberg’s Timothy O’Brien, a veteran Trump chronicler, “a former Bayrock insider, Jody Kriss, claims that he eventually departed from the firm because he became convinced that Bayrock was actually a front for money laundering.”
O’Brien quotes another former insider, Abe Wallach, “who was the future president’s right-hand man at the Trump Organization from 1990 to about 2002,” as saying: “It’s not very hard to get connected to Donald if you make it known that you have a lot of money and you want to do deals and you want to put his name on it. Donald doesn’t do due diligence. He relies on his gut and whether he thinks you have good genes.”
If this were your business background, would you want Bob Mueller and his untouchables investigating you? The only wonder is that Trump hasn’t already tried to fire Mueller before he starts turning over more Bayrocks.
My bad pennies:
Maybe if Trump fires Mueller, the Republicans will be so called out, so embarrassed, so mortified, so contrite, so humbled, that they will initiate impeachment proceedings. Maybe pigs will be seeing flying over the Washington Monument, too.

White House concedes Russia meddled in campaign, but denies it changed the result

AP, Twitter
WASHINGTON — 

The White House Thursday addressed the joint intelligence report that found Russia had attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, more than five months after the report’s conclusions were made public. First, on Twitter, President Trump dismissed the concerns about Russia as a “big Dem HOAX” and suggested that his predecessor, President Barack Obama, did little to confront the problem. White House aides then clarified Trump’s remarks and said he believes there was Russian meddling but is certain it did not affect the outcome of the race.
Trump had previously suggested that the questions about Russia’s involvement in the election were overblown and “fake news.” As recently as Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer a question at the White House briefing about whether Trump believes Russia interfered in the presidential race. Spicer said he and Trump had “not sat down and talked … about that specific thing.” Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, frequently deflect questions about contentious issues by saying they haven’t spoken to the president about them.
The public version of the intelligence community’s election assessment, which was released in January and was compiled by all 17 of America’s intelligence agencies, concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the campaign interference. According to the report, the Russian effort included email hacks on the campaign of Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee. The agencies said information from those hacks was released to hurt the Democrats and boost Trump, but the report specified that it “did not make an assessment of the impact that Russian activities had on the outcome of the 2016 election.”
On Thursday, shortly before Sanders was scheduled to hold a briefing, Trump sent out a series of tweets about Russian intervention where he described it as “a big Dem HOAX!” and a “big Dem scam and excuse for losing the election!” Trump pointed to the fact the DNC did not turn over its computer servers to the FBI to look at for evidence. The bureau has said it was able to get the information it needed from computer security firms that analyzed those servers. Trump also alluded to former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee where Johnson said he was not aware of evidence Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
In the Thursday briefing, Sanders was asked whether Trump’s tweets were meant to dispute the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the election. She referred to prior statements from Trump and said he was clear it “probably was Russia.”

“I believe that the president said even back in January and I’ll read the statement from then, that he thinks it’s a disgrace, thinks its an absolute disgrace. ‘As far as hacking, I think it was Russia, but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people,’” Sanders said. “I think he’s made it clear and been consistent that, while everyone agrees the result of the election wasn’t influenced, he thinks that it probably was Russia.”
The intelligence community report did not include any assessment of whether Russian hacking actually influenced the election result.
Sanders went on to say Trump is very concerned about protecting “the integrity of the electoral system” and pointed to his support for voter identification laws and a commission on “voter integrity.”
Yahoo News asked Sanders if in dismissing the hacking issue as a “big Dem HOAX!” Trump was implying that members of the intelligence community who compiled the report had colluded with the Democrats. Sanders clarified that Trump was not referring to the “hack itself” as a hoax, and that his tweets were directed at insinuations that the Russian intervention called his election victory into question.
“I think that the reference in the hoax is about the fact that they’re trying to delegitimize his win in the election process and less about the hack itself. I think he’s said several times now that he believes that Russia was part of it,” Sanders said. “Some of those same members have said that they don’t think it influenced the election, and I think that’s what a lot of this process is about. It’s about trying to make excuses for why Democrats lost and the president … has been pretty clear on where he stands with that.”
My bad pennies:
Anyone who believes the outcome of the 2016 election was not influenced by lightseeking leaks against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party is a liar, brain dead, or joking.

White House wants more ‘outrage’ over Johnny Depp comments

Yahoo News Olivier Knox 

WASHINGTON — 
The White House on Friday complained about a “lack of outrage” towards violent language aimed at President Trump — even as it hosted a Trump campaign adviser who said last year that Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason.”
Press secretary Sean Spicer had been asked about a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in which the assassinated Roman emperor is dressed and made up to look like Trump.
“I think it’s troubling, whether it’s that or Johnny Depp’s comments,” Spicer told reporters. “It is, frankly, my belief, real troubling the lack of outrage that we’ve seen in some of these instances where people have said what they have said with respect to the president and the actions that should be taken.”
Earlier, Depp apologized for controversial remarks he made Thursday at England’s Glastonbury Festival, during which he asked the audience, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” The “21 Jump Street” actor described it as a “bad joke.”
Spicer continued, “The president’s made it clear we should denounce violence in all of its forms. And I think if we’re going to hold to that standard, then we should all agree that that standard should be universally called out.”
The spokesman also said, “It’s concerning when you see a pattern that these comments get made, these actions get depicted, and the lack of attention that they get when it’s on our side.”
Spicer’s comments came after Trump signed a bill designed to help fix the Department of Veterans Affairs. In the East Room to witness the event was former Trump campaign adviser Al Baldasaro, who declared in July 2016 that Clinton should be “shot for treason” over her handling of Benghazi. Baldasaro’s presence was noted by pool reporter Maggie Haberman of the New York Times.
Asked about the apparent disconnect, Spicer said it was important to “condemn” all calls to political violence but said he was “not aware” of Baldasaro’s comments.
“But again, I’ll say right now that I don’t think that we should be resorting to that kind of language with respect to anybody in our country,” Spicer said.
The Secret Service is “aware” of Depp’s comments, according to spokesperson Mason Brayman. But Brayman declined to say whether the remarks would rate a visit from agency officers. “For operational security reasons, we do not discuss specifically or in general terms the means and methods of how we conduct our protective responsibilities,” Brayman said.
My bad pennies:
When poetic and artistic satire are made a crime, lean over and kiss your let freedom ring ass adios.

39 Corporate Executives Were Asked to Describe President Trump's Management Style, and Their Answers Were Pretty Brutal

Donald Trump ran for president based on his success as a leader in the business world. So what do the chief financial officers of some of the world’s largest companies think about President Trump’s management style?
Roughly six months into Trump’s presidency, CNBC posed just this question to its Global CFO Council, which includes executives from companies such as AT&T, BNP Paribas, CiscoCloroxDuPontFacebookFord, Levi Strauss, Marriott, MasterCard, Unilever, and United Airlines.
Thirty-nine CFOs completed the anonymous survey, and of the 35 that answered the question asking them to describe Trump’s management style in a single word, only four responses could be construed as positive. They were “Business-style,” “Directive,” “Fluid,” and “Unconventional.” (Yes, the latter two aren’t necessarily positive, but we’re giving him the benefit of the doubt.)
The rest of the responses trash Trump as a manager. The most popular answer, mentioned by four CFOs, was “Chaotic,” and “Chaos” was named once separately as well. Three other words got two responses apiece: “Erratic,” “Reckless,” and “Unpredictable.”
Among the other terms used to describe Trump’s management as president:
"Arrogant"
"Authoritarian” 
“Clueless” 
“Confusing” 
“Dictatorial” 
“Hubristic” 
“Incompetent” 
“Narcissistic” 
“Self-absorbed”
 “Terrible” 
“There are no words”
The executives who participated in the survey are also growing less optimistic that Trump can follow through on the promises he made as a presidential candidate. The CFOs’ confidence fell significantly between February and June when asked about Trump’s ability to repeal and replace Obamacare, begin building a wall along the Mexican border, launch a large infrastructure plan, and enact corporate and personal tax reform by the end of 2017.
For example, in February, when a similar survey was conducted, the CFOs were 59% confident that corporate tax reform would be law by the end of the year. By June, the CFOs’ confidence level fell to 44% on the issue.
Many organization and management experts have been unimpressed with Trump’s leadership style from the beginning. After the New York Times consulted several such experts a few weeks into Trump’s presidency, this was the consensus opinion:
Thus far, the Trump administration is a textbook case of how not to run a complex organization like the executive branch.
On the other hand, 100 days into the Trump presidency, BusinessInsider.com asked four management experts to weigh in on how he was doing as a leader, and they had some good things to say. They characterized President Trump as an aggressive negotiator who has lots of energy and projects confidence.
Yet one of the experts, Columbia Business School professor Adam Galinsky, offered this caveat on how confidence translates to leadership: “I think we are attracted to confidence, but I think eventually that confidence has to be connected to actual performance.”

My bad pennies:
To all of the adjectives used to describe Trump, I would add violence and untruthful. The adjectives collectively sum up what Trump mirrors back to America about itself. Trump is America, America is Trump. Happy Days!

sloanbashinsky@outlook.com

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