Breaking News: WH Is Not Cooperating With U.S. Oversight Committee (Mike Flynn)

Never before, even during Watergate, even during Iran-contra, has there been as much blatant disregard for the law, as much blatant conflict-of-interest, as in the current administration. Blogger-friend Gronda has done an excellent job in recapping the latest in a long series of conflicts and ethics violations in the Trump administration. Please take a few minutes to read this synopsis, as I believe this has the potential to turn into a scandal of epic proportions in the coming days. Thank you, Gronda, for your excellent work and for permission to share!

Gronda Morin

Image result for images of elijah cummings Cummings/ Chaffetz

On 4/25/17, both the republican chair Jason Chafftez from Utah and the democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings from Georgia held a press conference to announce that the White House is refusing to cooperate with their investigation into the president’s former National Security Adviser ret. Lt. General Mike Flynn. The U.S, House Intelligence Committee members were requesting documents regarding what information the general disclosed as he was being vetted for this top post but the White House has refused to comply.

As per the 4/25/17 NCRM report by David Badash, “You Simply Cannot Take Money From Russia, Turkey, or Anybody Else’ Chaffetz Says

“House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings say it appears former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn took payments from Russia and Turkey and did not follow the law by asking for and receiving permission to do so. Chairman Chaffetz says if Flynn…

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Visit to a dying and ignorant planet

A fellow-blogger I recently discovered, GC, writing as Your Nibbled News, frequently makes some very astute observations. His post today is about our Earth vs Trump, and is well worth the read. The post needs no further introduction, as it speaks for itself. Thank you, GC, for this post and for permission to re-blog!

Your Nibbled News - 2017 YNN

Save the earth

“Facts which at first seem improbable will, even on scant explanation, drop the cloak which has hidden them and stand forth in naked and simple beauty.”   —   Galileo Galilei

T H E   D I S H A R M O N Y  O F   I G N O R A N C E 

Galileo Galilei was an Italian polymath: astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician. He played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century.

Donald J. Trump is the 45th  president of the United States: a billionaire, bully , egotist, tycoon who with a simple signature on a piece of White House foolscap has disavowed scientific evidence and caused the world to slip back into the dark ages where the world is once again flat and a  company’s profit sheet healthy and viable.

Of course his own planetary provincial…

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Buyers’ Remorse Is Setting In For Some In PA Who Voted For The President

As we approach the 3-month anniversary of Trump in the Oval Office, I find nothing for which to congratulate him. He has blundered far more than he has succeeded in virtually any area, leaving many of us who were not his fans to begin with wondering if those who voted for him understand the magnitude of his mistakes, if they are beginning to have regrets. Fellow-blogger Gronda takes her research to swing-state Pennsylvania to see what people there think. Turns out, some are regretting their choice, others are still supportive and still sporting their yard signs and bumper stickers. But I am encouraged that at least some are beginning to ‘see the light’, to realize that Trump made many promises, most of which he either cannot keep or never intended to keep. Please take a few moments to read Gronda’s excellent post and think about her concluding paragraph, for it should have meaning for each and every one of us, regardless of party affiliation, socio-economic level, gender or race. Thank you, Gronda, for your work on this piece and for permission to re-blog!

Gronda Morin

Image result for jon ossoff gayThere is a recent Pennsylvania poll demonstrating that buyers remorse is beginning to felt by some who voted for the republican President Donald Trump. He will always have his hard core supporters but outside of this group, those who voted for him are having second thoughts. There is a recent poll which supports this premise as well as a first hand account by a reporter who returned to the scene of a county which delivered a narrow victory for our president.

Let’s hope that this state of voters’ regrets is a true mirror of how Americans are feeling across the country. Today, 4/18/17, there is a Georgia special election taking place to fill the republican seat previously held by the current HHS Secretary Tom Price. The president won in this district by about 1%. If the highly qualified democratic contender Jon Ossoff prevails in this race, this will be a positive sign for…

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What If Mrs. Clinton And Mr. Trump Swapped Households?

I have often had the thought, “what if President Obama had done what Trump is doing???”, but until now had not considered … what if Hillary Clinton had been inaugurated on January 20th and followed a course similar to that which Trump is following? Well, blogger-friend Gronda thought about it and asks the question, “what would the Republicans do if …”. It is an interesting concept, and I think we all know the answer, but I promise you will enjoy this post, so please take a moment to read it. Thank you, Gronda, for this ‘alternative’ scenario … and for permission to re-blog, albeit permission is implicit. 🙂

Gronda Morin

Can you imagine what the republicans would be saying and doing if Hillary Clinton had won the presidency, where she was doing only a fraction of what the republican President Donald Trump has done?

Here’s the rest of the story…

On 4/6/17, Micah L. Sifry of Civic Hall penned the following scenario, “Imagine The Alternatives.”

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - June 20, 2016“President Hillary Clinton quietly sent her son-in-law, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, to Iraq on Monday, adding “winning the war against ISIS” to his growing list of responsibilities, which also include “solving Middle East peace,” “heading the new White House Office of American Innovation,” “managing the U.S.-China summit,” and “ending the opioid crisis.”

“The Chinese government, convinced of Mezvinsky’s importance in the Clinton White House, not only has established a “back channel” to him through its ambassador in Washington, it has also quietly encouraged a Chinese state bank to invest in his troubled hedge fund.”

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United Airlines Needs To Get Back To Planet Earth

Last Sunday, United Airlines, in a move destined to go viral, forcibly evicted a passenger, a doctor returning home to Louisville Kentucky, from his seat in order to make room for four of its own employees. A number of passengers made video recordings of the violent episode on their cell phones and the public hue and cry has begun. I was considering writing a post about this poor example of customer service, but fellow-blogger Gronda has done such an excellent job, that I am sharing her post. This incident may well lead United Airlines down the same path previously taken by Eastern, Pan Am, Frontier, TWA and others. Thank you, Gronda, for this post and for (implied) permission to share!

Gronda Morin

Image result for photos of man being dragged off planeThis story is about businesses facing up to the reality that developing a healthy positive work/ business culture where the consumers and the employees are treated with respect and dignity have to be part of its risk management plans. Making this a priority should be as important as improving revenues, market shares and profits. This pro-active practice would be an insurance policy towards corporations avoiding real damage done to its branding with all the negative associated consequences like bad publicity going viral, dramatic loss of reputation, customers, market share and revenues. In short, businesses which forget the importance of providing its customers with an outstanding positive experience and at the expense of valuing its employees, will eventually lose its lucrative branding and possibly could place its very existence in peril.

Image result for pictures of disney world magic kingdomRemember the story about a family vacationing at a famous hotel on Disney property where a child was dragged into nearby waters by an alligator. The news…

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The Problem Of Americans Lacking Trust In The US President (Syrian Attack)

The chemical weapon attacks on the Province of Idlib on Tuesday, followed by the U.S. attacks on Shayrat air base in Syria on Thursday night, have stirred many theories, much controversy, and have sent those of us who demand answers scurrying to find answers to the many questions that are yet unanswered. My friend Gronda has positied her own thoughts, as well as others whose theories may be slightly different. What and why do we question? As Gronda says in her opening sentence, “It is sad when too many Americans don’t trust the republican President Donald Trump and the government he has created.” It is sad, indeed, but almost nobody other than his die-hard supporters believe what we are told by the Trump regime. Please read Gronda’s astute comments, thoughts, and reflections, and think about what this may mean for the future of U.S. foreign policy. Thank you, Gronda, for a very thought-provoking post!

Gronda Morin

Related imageIt is sad when too many Americans don’t trust the republican President Donald Trump and the government he has created.

If he does something right, it is assumed that it was by accident or that someone was playing him or that he is up to no good. There has to be an ulterior motive, somewhere. And any or all of the above could be true.

In this case, I simply do not want to believe the “wag the dog” theories because I genuinely am convinced that our president took the right tact in ordering a swift and limited military response to the Syrian military’s recent sarin gas attack on its own citizenry. But unfortunately there are these nagging doubts which keep seeping into my consciousness.  I am truly conflicted over all of these events having to do with the past week’s events in Syria.

A child receives treatment Tuesday at an Idlib province hospital after a suspected chemical attack. I have been putting some thought to this…

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SPECIAL REPORT: Trump, Putin & Syria

I was directed to this blog by my friend, David Prosser, and here I found a post by Gringa of the Barrio, that asks many of the same questions I have been asking for the past 24 hours, regarding the strikes against a Syrian airfield, allegedly in response to the chemical weapon attack by al-Assad earlier this week. Gringa asks not only the questions that have been going round and round in my head, but poses some new ones that I had not considered. I do not know the answers to the questions, do not pretend to, but I think this post is definitely worth the time to read and ponder. Much of what she says makes a great deal of sense. Thank you, Gringa, for a well-thought post and for permission to re-blog!

Gringa of the Barrio

To understand the significance of what just happened, it is important to ask the right questions. Although the gringa would never deny the importance of humanitarian actions, we first have to determine if the American people have been told the truth of what happened in Syria or if we have been duped to support a dark operation. Please read on with an open mind. More importantly, follow the links to further your own personal research in order to draw the most informed conclusion. Even after the research the gringa has already done, she is still left with more questions. Although I am deeply moved by the suffering of the Syrian people, I cannot support Trump’s actions.

Trump had been quietly building up troops in the region of Syria’s conflict since February yet the mainstream media rarely reported these movements. Why?

Trump has always criticized publicizing intended military action as a…

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The President Has Acted In Response To Syria’s Chemical Attack

Fellow-blogger Gronda has written an excellent summation of last night’s bombing by the U.S. or Syria’s air bases, and since I couldn’t have said it any better, I shan’t try to re-invent the wheel, but shall simply share Gronda’s excellent post. I am not convinced that the move was the best course of action, but time will tell. Thank you, Gronda, for your hard work on this post and for implied permission to re-blog!

Gronda Morin

On the evening of 4/6/17, several US news outlets announced that the U.S. had already launched 59 tomahawk missiles against a Syrian airbase target. So far, this looks like a limited proportional response.

Yes, the stupidity of the current White House in advertising that the deposing of President Assad of Syria as a non-US priority, was an amateurish move.

But still, when innocents were gassed the last time (2013) allegedly by Syrian forces, it was the Russian President Putin who supposedly negotiated with President Assad to give up all his stockpiles of chemical weaponry in order to avoid US retaliatory action. In short, President Assad was given a second chance, but he couldn’t stand it. He had to demonstrate for the world his true colors (2017).

And so, how is it that the Syrian President Bashar Al Assad had this sarin gas?

It is President Putin’s support of Syria’s President Assad, that has enabled…

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On this sad day

As frequently happens, I am a day behind (I took a 4-day hiatus and am still playing catch-up), but my blogger-friend Carolyn Dennis-Willingham who writes as CD-W, Author Flawed to Perfection, wrote this post two days ago, a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. Yesterday, April 4th, was the anniversary of King’s assassination, a sad memory for those of us who remember King. Throughout the history of this nation, there has never been another who did as much for Civil Rights as Dr. King, nor has there been another who was able to speak as eloquently to make his point. Dr. King was an activist, yes, but he believed in change through non-violent means. Please take a moment to read this brief tribute to a great man whose life ended far too soon. Thank you, Carolyn, for this post and for permission to re-blog!

CD-W, Author Flawed to Perfection


Yesterday, April 3rd, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last sermons in Memphis.

“We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”

On this day, April 4th, he was assassinated.

God Bless You, Dr. King.


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Mr. President, if climate change is not real, then why are you deleting data?

Blogger-friend Keith has just asked one of the most important questions of the day … please take a moment to read this blog … it is short, but poses such a relevant, important question. Thanks, Keith, for implicit permission to re-blog.


Prominent climate scientists are concerned as research papers and supporting data are disappearing in the halls (and websites) of our US governmental agencies. It is to the point that several cited links in professional publications are no longer valid and the authors are scrambling to defend their work. As feared, there appears to be concerted efforts to delete climate change information off important government websites.

So, my question is simple, “Mr. President, if climate change is not real, then why are you deleting data that supports it exists and is man-influenced?” To me, this is a legitimate question to ask the President, Scott Pruitt, his EPA Secretary or Sean Spicer, his White House press agent. I would not let him escape without an answer. To me, this is telling. The President’s argument is so poor, it cannot stand up to scrutiny and he must destroy the evidence.

It is not dissimilar to…

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