Today in the ‘Alternative Universe’ …

A few headlines caught my eye today …

Trump’s FEMA chief under investigation over use of official cars

I have to ask the question:  Is there anybody in this administration who is not under investigation???  A quick 10-minute search turns up …

  • David Shulkin – Former United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs – spent more than $122,000 of department money on a 10-day trip to the UK and Denmark in July 2017—which involved only three and a half days of meetings. A government investigation into the trip found he had committed several “serious derelictions,” including bringing his wife on the trip at the taxpayer’s expense and improperly accepting free Wimbledon tickets.
  • Steve Mnuchin – Secretary of the Treasury – requested a government plane to take his wife on a honeymoon to Europe, and has come under fire for spending nearly $1 million on just seven trips.
  • Scott Pruitt – Former EPA Administrator – spent $168,000 on charter, military, and first class flights in his first year in office, despite EPA guidelines saying he should travel coach. The trips often included weekend layovers in his home state of Oklahoma. Pruitt splashed around $43,000 on a sound-proof phone booth in his office (to name only a few!).
  • Ryan Zinke – Secretary of the Interior – failing to keep proper records of his travel, been criticized for booking charter flights, and taken helicopters costing thousands of dollars when he could have taken a car. He spent $139,000 on new office doors (following a slew of embarrassing headlines, he says he has cut their cost by nearly half).
  • Ben Carson – Secretary of HUD – ordered a $31,000 dining set. The inspector general of Carson’s agency is also investigating whether Carson broke ethics rules by involving his son, the owner of a private equity firm, in government activities.
  • Tom Price – Former Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) – spent more than $1 million of taxpayer funds on his own travel in private jets.
  • Wilbur Ross – Secretary of Commerce – pledged to recuse himself from any matters involving his shipping interests, but he negotiates trade deals that could benefit some of his shipping interests.
  • Betsy DeVos – Secretary of Education – despite a potential conflict of interest, increased by as much as $10.5 million her investment in Neurocore, a company that offers brain performance training to children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, autism and depression.

And then there are the ones tagged by Robert Mueller in his investigation:

  • Paul Manafort
  • Michael Cohen
  • Michael Flynn
  • Rick Gates
  • George Papadopoulos
  • Jared Kushner
  • Stephen Miller
  • Don Trump, Jr.

And the list goes on … and on … where it ends, nobody knows!

Oh … and I left out another who, in addition to being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller …

  • Donald J. Trump – continues to earn money from his businesses. The Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., has become a fundraising mecca for special interest groups, foreign governments, Republicans and GOP-aligned groups. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort doubled its initiation fee after Trump’s election. Trump has also visited his properties more than 100 times since he was elected, according to news organizations that have tracked his travels.

All of this could explain why Walter Shaub, who resigned from his position as Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) said on his way out, “I think we are pretty close to a laughingstock at this point.”

Do I recall somebody promising to “Drain the Swamp”???swamp-3

Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Puerto Rico death toll

“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000. … This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico. If a person died for any reason, like old age, just add them onto the list. Bad politics. I love Puerto Rico!”

That’s right, folks … the death toll, reported by George Washington University, was cooked up by some unnamed, evil democrats who only want to make Trump look bad.  Does anybody else feel like just slapping this man across the face … over and over again?

The hue & cry was almost immediate, with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz saying, “This is what denial following neglect looks like: Mr Pres in the real world people died on your watch. YOUR LACK OF RESPECT IS APPALLING!”.  Representative Bennie G. Thompson, the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, called on Trump to resign. “The fact that the President will not take responsibility for his Administration’s failures and will not even recognize that thousands have perished shows us, once again, that he is not fit to serve as our President.”

Even Paul Ryan, while not directly mentioning Trump’s tweet, said “This was a function of a devastating storm hitting an isolated island, and that is really no one’s fault. The casualties mounted for a long time, and I have no reason to dispute those numbers.”

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker was quick to issue Trump’s claim a ‘Four Pinocchio’ rating.

4 pinocchios

Populist Donald Trump drains swamp with fundraiser where he profits off $70,000 pictures with him

According to The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, the cheapest entry price is $35,000 per couple, which entitles an attendee to dinner. A “photo opportunity” with Trump costs $70,000, while participating in a roundtable with the president requires $100,000.

Now I ask you … who in their right mind would pay $70,000 to have their picture taken with … a slimeball???  And by the way … the purpose of the fundraiser is his 2020 campaign.  Shoot me now.swamp-2

The fun just never stops, does it?  Have a great evening, folks!

26 thoughts on “Today in the ‘Alternative Universe’ …

  1. Dear Jill,

    There are President Trump’s three big lies that will be taught to our children in history books. The first being, that he had the largest crowds ever at his inauguration; that he did an exceptional job in helping PR after its 2017 natural disaster, and the death toll of 2,975 was made up by democrats to hurt him; and that the FBI Trump-Russia probe was nothing more than a “Witch Hunt.”

    That’s quite a come-down from honest Abe, and George Washington.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • It certainly is … in fact, it’s quite a come-down from even Richard M. Nixon! But, I sincerely hope that history is more honest than to perpetuate the myths, or ‘alternative facts’ of the Trumpian reign. Maybe you and I should collaborate on our own history book, so we can be sure the true story is told!

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  2. “Drain the swamp” in Trumptopia means removing anyone or anything that disagrees with Trump and his agenda. I seriously doubt that much of the harm inflicted upon this country by him and his ilk will ever be made right, or even can be made right again. The damage is becoming more widespread and the cost of this lands squarely upon the shoulders of We the People! Accountability in this administration seems little more than a myth. History will surely judge these years harshly, but that is of little comfort while living through it. Thank-you!

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    • The thing that concerns me most is the damage to the environment being caused daily by his rollback of environmental regulations. By the time we get rid of him, it may be too late to reverse that damage. The rest … who knows. I suspect our nation will never be the same, but perhaps we can make it better if we learn the lessons we are being taught each day.


  3. Jill, there is really not much more we can say that has not been said time and time again. I continue to ask GOP senate and congressional staffers what will it take for their boss to act on admonishing the President? How much more lying, denigrating, bullying and name-calling will it take? Bob Woodward said one of the great frustrations of Mattis, Kelly, Tillerson is Trump’s disdain for our relationships and linkages that have kept the peace for seventy years. He called them BS.

    I think the GOP needs to follow John McCain’s lead. If they cannot, then maybe just do what Rick Scott’s GOP campaign official said about Trump’s Puerto Rico lies. He said, “Mr. President, shut up.” More Republicans need to join the rest of the world with this sentiment. Keith

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    • First time I’ve ever approved of Rick Scott, I think! I don’t know how much more it will take … what has already taken place is absurd, and still I hear people say that we are just bitter that Hillary lost. I even saw a political cartoon tonight that praised him to the nth! Sigh. I do hope people awaken soon!


      • Jill, people who are praising the President are not paying attention. Or, they are listening to sources who are ignoring the negative. The China and Russia planning efforts should frighten. Trump has aided an ascendant China and aided Russia in diminishing the EU and NATO. I read this morning the EU is setting up a new financing arm to do business with Iran to keep the nuclear arms deal alive. This is to avoid banks who would be punished by Trump. The US continues to diminish as a world leader, yet it goes largely uncovered. Keith

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        • I think that his followers do exactly as he tells them, which is to get their news only from him or Fox News,therefore they are oblivious to the realities of what he is doing and how it is harming this nation, especially in our relations with others. And as to that … most of his followers are not particularly savvy about global affairs and frankly don’t care, for they think it doesn’t affect them one way or another. I’ve even had people tell me “oh, that doesn’t matter to me … that’s on the other side of the world.” The word ‘stupid’ comes to mind, but I try not to use that one. Sigh.


          • I was watching Bill Maher last night. He listed all of the conservative pundits who have been critical of Trump and then summarized the list of what he has been called by his own staff. His point was America needs to call Trump what he is – a traitor. He continues to side with people against the FBI, Justice, CIA. Keith

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            • What still floors me is that he keeps getting more and more obnoxious, and yet people still love him. Though his approval rating has dropped a bit, it is minimal. I cannot imagine any other president who could have gotten by with one-tenth of what Trump does. I shake my head over this every day … there is now a strange rattle in my head. 🙄


  4. Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Hitler, Stalin,Lenin, Josef Mengele and others have all been named as personifications of evil. Trumps’s name is added to that list and will I think go down in history as such. Added t his name may be those who voted for him in 2016 and who vote for his party in the mid-terms. He’s not a dictator but is trying to act like one with the full agreement of his creatures.

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    • I fully agree that Trump is every bit as evil as those you mention, as are many in his administration. His voters, however, I would say are more ignorant than evil … most of them, anyway. If they found their news somewhere besides the Fox Box, they might see the reality, but … not likely any time soon. Sigh.

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  5. I’m wondering, did Trump order them to raid the pantry while the getting was good, or did all these thieves decide to do this on their own? Either it is a great coincidence, or DJT only knows entitled people. It’s like a free-for-all, as long as you have enough money to qualify for stealing from the public trough.
    Certainly no poor people could even think of being this wasteful.

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    • I doubt he ordered it, but they are all of that class of people who believe that everything and anything is theirs for the taking … they are ‘privileged’ and more deserving than the rest of us. And Trump doesn’t care, for he is doing the same thing. Sigh.


  6. Well, I believe I’ve run out of actual comments. I mean, holy shit, I had always hoped that some day I’d see the REAL America exposed for what it was, but this it beyond validation, it’s more like great fun to watch and read. I know there are some Americans who probably want to believe that most of the rest of the world (what? There’s a rest of the world beyond the good ol’ US of A?) cares in a positive sense but honestly, having suffered under oppression from White House Oval Office, Wall Street, CIA and Pentagon criminals and massive violators of international human rights (and carrying on behind the Trump obscene veil) the rest of the world can only be poised to cheer when the real America implodes and I can only think of my own cheering for global freedom from a bloody US oppression. When those 900 military bases are abandoned, or crushed by local freedom fighters; when Palestinians, Yemenis, Syrians, Iraqis, Lybians, pretty much all of South America and so many others once again see the light of day from under Uncle Sam’s boot; when they can once again have their own self-chosen government NOT representative of the US-global corporate agenda you will hear such a cheer as will make Americans tremble, if they have the sense to finally realize how complicit they are in the genocides their Corporations, Banks, CIA, and military have committed since WWII. The rank White House corruption didn’t just happen suddenly under Trump. Presidential criminality goes way back. American criminality goes along with it because of the pathetic claim that America is a democracy. If Iwere an American I’d cringe each time I’d be reminded I live in a democracy and I’m automatically guilty of the crimes committed by my leaders in my name. Go for it Trump, show the world the kind of country you lead, but it won’t be news at all, not for the survivors of the millions who died to make the world safe for US-based exploitation.

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