Has dear olde Saint Obama engaged in wiretapping other times — before Trump?
“It’s important because there are people who are saying about President Trump’s claim, ‘Oh, it could never happen.’ Well, frankly, it happened to me,” Kucinich told Fox News on Friday. Also on Friday, the former congressman penned an article on Fox News describing the incident — a phone call in his congressional office from a foreign leader had been tapped in 2011, and he listened to a recording of it in 2015.
“Members of Congress ought to be aware that my experience was that my phone wasn’t safe in a congressional office,” Kucinich, who served in the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2013, said. “Now, if they can do that to a member of Congress, they can certainly do it to a presidential candidate, and they can do it to private citizens as well.”
The former congressman learned that he had been wiretapped two years after leaving office, when he was approached by The Washington Times. “The newspaper’s investigative reporters called me, saying they had obtained a tape of a sensitive telephone conversation that they wanted me to verify,” Kucinich wrote. “When I met them at a Chinese restaurant in Washington, they played back audio of a call I had taken in my D.C. congressional office four years earlier.”Kucinich recalled that the call had been from Saif el-Islam Qaddafi, a high-ranking official in Libya’s government and a son of the country’s ruler, Moammar Qaddafi. “At the time I was leading efforts in the House to challenge the Obama administration’s war against Libya,” the former congressman recalled. “The Qaddafi government reached out to me because its appeals to the White House and the State Department to forestall the escalating aggression had gone unanswered.”
Firenze Sage: Well so much for the most transparent govt in history.
Lost in most of the coverage of President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama administration’s transgender mandates is a fundamental legal reality: The Trump administration just relinquished authority over gender-identity policy in the nation’s federally funded schools and colleges.
In other words, Trump was less authoritarian than Obama. And that’s not the only case.
- Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a man known not just for his intellect and integrity but also for his powerful legal argument against executive-branch overreach. Based on his previous legal writings, if Gorsuch had his way, the federal bureaucracy could well face the most dramatic check on its authority since the early days of the New Deal.
- Trump nominated H. R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his national-security adviser. McMaster made his name on battlefields in the Gulf War and the Iraq War, but he made his name as a scholar by writing a book, “Dereliction of Duty,” that strongly condemned Vietnam-era generals for simply rolling over in the face of Johnson-administration blunders and excesses.
In his view, military leaders owe their civilian commander in chief honest and courageous counsel — even when a president may not want to hear their words.
- When the Ninth Circuit blocked Trump’s immigration executive order (which was certainly an aggressive assertion of presidential power), he responded differently from the Obama administration when it faced similar judicial setbacks.
Rather than race to the Supreme Court in the attempt to expand presidential authority, it told the Ninth Circuit that it intends to rewrite the order to address the most serious judicial concerns and roll back its scope.
Authoritarianism is defined by how a president exercises power, not by the rightness of his goals.
The above is from the National Review.
Monterey Bay Forum: So far, Trump’s bark is much louder than his bite. He certainly controls the news narrative of the day. What will come tomorrow?
Controlling “exactly what people think” is the job of the media, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski boldly declared Wednesday morning.
While discussing President Trump’s entreaties to the American people to remain skeptical of the press, Bzezinski worried that if the economy turns south, Americans may end up trusting him over the media.
“And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he [Trump] could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think,” Brzezinski said. “And that, that is our job.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters.
They [Trump supporters] go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”
BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he [Trump] can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”
Firenze Sage; These totalitarians think this is what freedom of the press is all about. Journalism school or indoctrination camps?
Trump’s name will not be mentioned in The Prayers of the People at All Saints episcopal church in Pasadena, CA.
Parishioners at All Saints episcopal will no longer pray by name for the president over fears that the name “Donald Trump” might cause trauma for those in the congregation who disagree with Trump’s views.
“If you come to All Saints this Sunday, you’ll notice that we have removed the proper names from our prayers for those in authority. Whereas before we prayed for ‘Barack, our president,’ we are now praying for “our president, our president-elect, and all others in authority.”
“This practice — not praying for President Trump — will continue for at least the near future,” Rector Kinman wrote.
Rector Kinman went on to say the safety of the congregation could be jeopardized by the mere nation of the president-elect’s name.
Kinman stated that — should issues arise — that they have a priest trained as a therapist who specializes in trauma. The Rector then added that he believes the church should be a “safe space.”
“We are in a unique situation in my lifetime where we have a president elect whose name is literally a trauma trigger to some people – particularly women and people who, because of his words and actions, he represents an active danger to health and safety,” he wrote.
“As I have said before, for some it could be as if we demanded a battered woman pray for her abuser by name. It’s not that the abuser doesn’t need prayer – certainly the opposite – but prayer should never be a trauma-causing act,” he wrote.
Firenze Sage: “but prayer should never be a trauma-causing act…”
Imagine all the martyrs who would never have prayed in this church.
Try Muslim countries for prayer and trauma. Never stand up for your faith.
Listen to Trump’s Inaugural address — it may be bye bye time for Departments of Commerce and Energy
— so says The Hill.com
And it’s time to save $10 TRILLION dollars over the next ten years. Now that’s a campaign promise worth keeping.
Since 1995 there have been attempts to eliminate the Department of Commerce.
According to Hill.com Trump’s plan is to save 10 TRILLION over the next ten years.
Vought and Gray, who both worked for the Heritage Foundation, are laying the groundwork for Trump’s so-called skinny budget — a 175- to 200-page document that will spell out the main priorities of the incoming Trump administration, along with summary tables. That document is expected to come out within 45 days of Trump taking office.
The administration’s full budget, including appropriations language, supplementary materials and long-term analysis, is expected to be released toward the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, or by mid- to late April.
Trump’s plans are based on Heritage Foundation ‘think tank’ ideas how to cut the debt.
Here’s 100+ ways that the Heritage Foundation says will reduce the budget.
What about the cost of illegal immigrants? When will that be addressed?
Perry, Trump’s pick for the Department of Energy, no longer thinks that the department should be eliminated. Of course, that would get rid of Perry’s new job!
What to do about the Energy Department? How about re-organize it and remove those employees who are convinced that climate changes are largely man made? Trump’s transition team has tried – unsuccessfully – to get a list of employees who have worked on climate change initiatives.
Fake news. Trump supposedly fires the guy in charge of the D.C. military presence effective while the inauguration ceremony goes on. Yeah.
The Washington Post wrote on Friday that President-elect Donald J. Trump “fired” the commanding General of the D.C. National Guard who is heading up the military presence during the coming inaugural event — in the middle of the oath of office ceremony.
A second story on Saturday did not contain the claim.
The Post’s original report set off a wave of stories across the world, causing raised eyebrows over Trump’s “extremely unusual” decision to fire a general in the middle of the presidential oath of office ceremony, especially during these dangerous times.
The paper reported that Major General Errol R. Schwartz, who has commanded the D.C. National Guard since his appointment to the position by George W. Bush, was told to vacate his office the moment Trump says his “I dos” to the oath of office. The decision was presented to readers as unfathomable, if not dangerous, by a president who doesn’t know what he is doing.
In essence, while the incoming Trump White House did accept General Schwartz’ resignation, it did not “fire him” in “the midst of the presidential ceremony,” as the Washington Post reported on Friday.
Meanwhile, on the day after its initial publication, the Post made material edits to its story. And as of press time, the paper had not added any notice that it had made the alterations.
The current version of the story now on the paper’s website added two important paragraphs that change the flavor of its earlier story.
Among other changes, one of the paragraphs added makes it clear that it is customary for such generals to submit their resignation, and in this case Trump accepted it. The paragraph also tries to cover for the paper’s poor reporting by insisting that the Trump team “provided contradictory versions” of the general’s situation — another fact not in the original story.
Despite its changes, the Washington Post story did not contain the statement — aired by Fox News on Saturday — that the transition had asked the general to stay until inauguration day was over, but it was the general who decided to quit. According to the Fox News report, “It appears the general would rather argue his case in the press.”
Firenze Sage: The press accepts at face value all anti Trump stuff. It should reject all such stuff unless double verified for accuracy. It won’t — because it is complicit in the lies.
Hundreds of illegal immigrants living in Oregon are expected to protest Trump. Illegals are expected to protest at the State Capitol against expected tighter immigration enforcement under President-Elect Donald Trump. This supposedly will occur just days before Trump’s Inaugural Address.
Over 500 Oregon residents and illegal immigrants are expected to attend the event, according to the Portland Tribune.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) will also be in attendance at the rally.
The open borders organization One Oregon asked residents to “denounce Trump’s agenda of hate and exclusion” by joining the protest.
“We must unite to stop Trump’s first 100 days of hate,” One Oregon officials wrote in a news release. “We call on Oregonians, community organizations, and our local elected leaders to join us.”
The group objects to Trump’s immigration plans, which includes building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico southern border, reducing legal immigration levels, and deporting criminal illegal immigrants.
I am an idiot and therefore object to deporting criminals. I would rather they stayed and raped and murdered. I am a tool of some white liberal.
The website DisruptJ20 seems to be the clearing house for the left’s plans and describes itself in this way:
On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States.
We call on all people of good conscience to join in disrupting the ceremonies. If Trump is to be inaugurated at all, let it happen behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over. It must be made clear to the whole world that the vast majority of people in the United States do not support his presidency or consent to his rule.
Trump stands for tyranny, greed, and misogyny. He is the champion of neo-nazis and white Nationalists, of the police who kill the Black, Brown and poor on a daily basis, of racist border agents and sadistic prison guards, of the FBI and NSA who tap your phone and read your email.
He is the harbinger of even more climate catastrophe, deportation, discrimination, and endless war. He continues to deny the existence of climate change, in spite of all the evidence, putting the future of the whole human race at stake.The KKK, Vladimir Putin, Golden Dawn, and the Islamic State all cheered his victory. If we let his inauguration go unchallenged, we are opening the door to the future they envision.
Firenze Sage: Of all the Trump horrors the greatest seems to be global warming denial. Forget murder,robbery and rapine. The temperature is rising and Trump says – buy sun block.
Well, who does know about Putin’s and the Kremlin’s crimes, murders and other odious acts? Let’s demand that the CIA open its files on various Russian murders and outrages.
It’s time to really know what Putin and the Kremlin does which affects America. The CIA knows.
What’s known aboutPutin: his Ph.D. document proves to have been plagiarized from a KGB translation of work by U.S. professors published many years earlier.
On October 1st, 1999 — Putin declares Chechen president AslanMaskhadov and his parliament illegitimate. Russian forces invade.
Ok, CIA -During Putin’s years in office, a series of Russian democrats, journalists and opposition leaders have been killed in mysterious circumstances.-
Open your files on Vladimir Putin. Let’s find out about Russian intelligence.
Trump already commits treason?
Liberals suggest that President-elect Donald Trump is guilty of treason — after President Obama announced new sanctions against Russia and Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s response to the sanctions.
The new sanctions were initiated by Obmaa on Thursday in retaliation for Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential election. Whereupon this which prompted accusations that Trump was involved in an apparent subversion of American democracy.
Remember: When you trade our national security for personal gain, whether pecuniary or political, there’s a word for that: Treason