Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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"I am proud to shut down the government for border security ... I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it." –Donald Trump


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

TRUMPUTIN EXPLAINED FOR YOU





Billboard in Colorado





"We don't know Russia." 

"We know Russia, but we never talked to them." 

"We talked to Russia, but we never asked them for dirt." 

"We did ask them for dirt, but they never gave it to us." 

"They gave it to us, but we didn't use it." 

"We used it, but didn't collude." 

"We colluded, but that's not a crime."

--h/t Water Tiger

REMEMBER THIS?







Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer - sleep well tonight!




The rest of America and the world know that trump is a mendacious charlatan and that his photo-op with Kim Jong Un was nothing more than a stunt to keep his deplorable base feeling dreamy about #45's incompetence.

Anyone with a functioning brain knew this, and here's why:



US spy agencies: 

North Korea is working on new missiles (Washington Post, 7/30/18): 

 U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence. 

 Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence. 

 The findings are the latest to show ongoing activity inside North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities at a time when the country’s leaders are engaged in arms talks with the United States."





The charlatan who calls himself a great deal maker and negotiater got played like a cheap violin by KJU.


North Korea reportedly developing new missiles after pledging denuclearization

ONLY THE LOONIES IN WHAT'S LEFT OF THE GOP LIKE #45, AND TRUMP'S NUMBERS SHOW IT




via VOX:


Trump is well-liked by his base. But by historical standards, he's an incredibly *unpopular president* overall, and his party is suffering the consequences.




DONALD TRUMP IS HISTORICALLY UNPOPULAR

"Donald Trump is actually a very unpopular president Yes, his base likes him, but his overall numbers are terrible."



"...Trump is an unpopular president by historical standards, and his party appears to be suffering predictable consequences. 

A useful corrective to these niche polls showing Trump’s appeal to select segments of the electorate is to use FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker to compare his overall popularity to that of other presidents. 

 As you can see, at this point in their presidencies, every president going back 60 years — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower — was more popular than Trump is."

In other news -- don't believe what the Liar-in-Chief brags about:

From Forbes:

Trump Ranks Sixth In Stock Market Performance Behind Obama And Clinton



The b.s. #45 Tweets daily is to feed his base and to give him the false feeling that he's popular with the American people. He's not. He's the most disliked president in modern American history. Only the loonies in his base support him.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Back from a lovely week in Montreal and Quebec City. Sigh.



The best part of being in Montreal and Quebec City is that I did not hear the word "trump" the entire time we were there. No news, no newspapers, no media. Alan and I were so happy to leave the U.S. for a brief period of time and enjoy the beauty and pleasures of two gorgeous cities.

Vive la Canada! What a beautiful country. The people are polite, helpful, and charming.

Back to the U.S. and the plague of trumpism. Ugh!


But here are the highlights of where we visited:


Vieux Montreal:


Old Montreal



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We stayed here on this street in Quebec City.



This is where we had my birthday dinner on Friday in Quebec City:

Le Saint-Amour


Le Saint-Amour





Photo of Le Saint-Amour - Québec, QC, Canada. Interior shot


The finicular to the Hotel Frontenec.


Old world charm!


Almost like being in France!




Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday Night Music



AFRICA:


In a Saturday morning Tweet Trump tells America and the world that President Obama did nothing wrong!



Why President Spanky felt compelled to reassure America and the world of this obvious fact, we don't know. But we're glad he assured everyone that our "favorite president" did nothing wrong!


Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) - almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
Thanks for supporting our favorite president!

This is why we call trump supporters "cultists."



This is shocking, but not surprising. The once great Party of Lincoln is now a cult whose members' allegiance is to a personality, not to the United States of America. I don't look on trump's supporters as American citizens any longer, since they've shown themselves to be apologists for a man who believed a foreign ex-Commie KGB dictator over his own intelligence agencies, and who continues to play the part of a tyrant by denigrating America's free press and other media while supporting a foreign leader who's known for murdering his opponents, invading countries, and stifling freedom of the press in his own country.

Trump's supporters are a disgrace to America, and the following illustrates why:



Poll: Majority of Trump voters would support him even if he colluded with Russia 


Only 14 per cent believe president should resign if found he connived with Moscow

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Dishonorable Thuggish Trump-Putin Administration


#45's jealousy of President Obama is epic. In his efforts to sink lower into the abyss of pettiness and spitefulness, #45 showed the world once more what a despicable little worm he truly is:



From "The Citizen:"

"Instructions by Washington’ were that no assistance other than security be given to the former US president – a break from diplomatic tradition.

The Mandela 100 commemoration became a mini battlefield in the ongoing US political war this week, as the Trump administration ordered that Barack Obama not be given any assistance other than security arrangements by the American embassy in South Africa.

 The high-profile visit by the former president was mainly arranged and coordinated by the Nelson Mandela and Obama foundations, with no assistance from the US embassy in Pretoria – a break from the diplomatic tradition of offering support to any visiting American leader.

 None of the US embassy staff had to play any role due to “instructions by Washington” that Obama should not be provided any assistance, according to a highly placed source.

 In the past, the US embassy has always provided full support to any visiting American leader regardless of party affiliation.

 Asked for comment, respected Wits University international relations visiting professor John Stremlau said US President Donald Trump had “a penchant for pettiness and strange fixation with denigrating and dismissing virtually all actions by his predecessor”. He added: “Trump rose to prominence on the lie that Obama was born in Kenya and hence was not legitimate. One should never underestimate how low he can go."


Now that we know who #45 is answerable to, we can expect him and his deplorables to sink ever lower.



#45 Honors Putin by Inviting the Ruthless, Murderous Dictator to the People's White House


Trump is a treasonous president, who supported an ex-Commie KGB agent over our American intelligence agencies.

The GOP is now associated with supporting Russia over America.

The GOP's president has invited the interntional criminal to the White House with all the honors that comes with that sort of invitation.


From Russia's media:


"Russian media has enjoyed President Trump’s love affair with Vladimir Putin, with one host saying on the country’s’ state-controlled television network that Trump appeared to be an operative for their country. 

 “When Trump says our relations are bad because of American foolishness and stupidity, he really smells like an agent of the Kremlin,” said Olga Skabeeva, a host of the Russian program '60 Minutes.' ”



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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Russians and Russian Spy in Trump's Oval Office. ("No puppet! No puppet! You're the puppet!" Part the Infinity.)





Maria Butina, explained: The accused Russian spy tried to sway US politics through the NRA, used sexual favors to get what she wanted, met with Donald Trump Jr., and lived with a Republican consultant.

And then is invited to the Oval Office!

MAGA!









"The federal indictment also notes that Butina and the official believed to be Torshin had plans to “meet with a U.S. Congressman during a Congressional Delegation trip to Moscow in August 2015." That congressman is widely believed to be Rohrabacher. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy infamously remarked on an open mic in 2016, according to the Washington Post. For his part, Rohrabacher admits to having dinner with Butina and a visiting delegation from Russia back in 2015."  --Lee Arnold


New York Times:


WASHINGTON — For four years, a Russian accused of being a covert agent pursued a brazen effort to infiltrate conservative circles and influence powerful Republicans while she secretly was in contact with Russian intelligence operatives, a senior Russian official and a billionaire oligarch close to the Kremlin whom she called her “funder,” federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. 

 The woman, Maria Butina, carried out her campaign through a series of deceptions that began in 2014, if not earlier, prosecutors said. She lied to obtain a student visa to pursue graduate work at American University in 2016. Apparently hoping for a work visa that would grant her a longer stay, she offered one American sex in exchange for a job. She moved in with a Republican political operative nearly twice her age, describing him as her boyfriend. But she privately expressed “disdain” for him and had him do her homework, prosecutors said.


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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Putin's Asset


Trump discussed the possibility of allowing the Russians to question Americans, including former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, for what they call "crimes" by Bill Browder."





MAGA!



European press mocks Trump as 'weak,' 'Putin's poodle' after summit




"Weak," a "poodle," and a "stooge:" these were some of the ways European newspapers described President Donald Trump following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week. 

 On Tuesday, headlines and op-eds in major papers across Europe slammed Trump's decision to side with Putin over his own intelligence agencies on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Many outlets said the summit had made Trump appear craven and outmaneuvered by a more experienced Russian leader whom he was all too eager to befriend. 

 Spanish newspaper El Mundo ran with the headline "Trump surrenders to Putin after humiliating Europe." 

 British paper The Mirror branded Trump "Putin’s Poodle." 

France’s paper-of-record, Le Monde, opened its editorial on the summit with a single word: "Weak." 

The overwhelmingly negative coverage in part reflected a sense in Europe that Trump had spent his week-long trip insulting America’s traditional allies before embracing Russia's authoritarian leader, who is accused even now of running a hostile campaign to undermine stability in European countries and the U.S. Coupled with concerns that the U.S. was turning away from Europe was a certain schadenfreude that a man who has touted himself as a strongman had found himself pandering to Putin in the eyes of many Europeans.



Are you tired of all that winning yet?



EU and Japan sign trade deal covering a third of the world's economy




 "The European Union and Japan signed a huge free trade deal on Tuesday that cuts or eliminates tariffs on nearly all goods. 

The agreement covers 600 million people and almost a third of the global economy. It's also a major endorsement of a global trading system that is under increasing threat from protectionism. It will remove tariffs on European exports such as cheese and wine. Japanese automakers and electronics firms will face fewer barriers in the European Union. 

 The dismantling of trade barriers stands in stark contrast to the approach taken by President Donald Trump, who has imposed tariffs on a range of foreign goods and is threatening more action. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, hailed the agreement as the 'largest bilateral trade deal ever.' "

I WOULD BELIEVE TRUMP'S LATEST LIE. OOPS! I MEANT "I WOULDN'T!"





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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TRUMP TRIES A DO-OVER ON HIS HELSINKI DISASTER

Don't believe the lying liar. Trump meant what he said when he said he believed Russian dictator and thug, Putin, over his own intelligence agencies.

Trump has said it before:

December 2017, Dayton Daily News:

Trump says he believes Putin’s denials over election meddling

Rather than defend America against those who would threaten it, Trump attacked his own citizens and institutions while hailing the leader of a hostile power.







New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Thomas Friedman: "Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV."











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 RIGHT-WING BLOGGERS AND NEWS SITES:


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Monday, July 16, 2018

REPUBLICAN PATRIOTS, WHERE ARE YOU?




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Trump: “They (Trump's own intelligence agencies) said, ‘I think (NO, not "think," they KNOW) it is Russia."

"I have President Putin. (No, Putin has YOU!) He just said it is not Russia,” Trump said in Helsinki after a two-hour private meeting with the Russian leader. 

“I will say this: I do not see any reason why it would be.” (No reason? Only the FBI, CIA, NSC, and the Pentagon, you idiot!)



And there it is. For the first time in my life, anyway, an American president sides with a hostile foreign government against his own American intelligence agencies. 

To quote former Vice President Joe Biden, "That's a big effing deal," a big effing treasonous deal!






TRUMP BLAMES AMERICA FOR RUSSIAN MEDDLING IN OUR 2016 ELECTION, CONTRARY TO AMERICA'S OWN INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES.

PUTIN GOT WHAT HE WANTED FROM TRUMP -- TRUMP SOLD OUT AMERICA!

I DON'T USE THIS TERM LIGHTLY, BUT IMO, TRUMP IS A TRAITOR TO AMERICA. 

SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!

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Trump Blames America for Russia's Rotten Policies and Behavior



TRUMP'S BLAME AMERICA FIRST TOUR


Trump endorses Russia’s criticism of the US ahead of Putin summit 
By Steve Benen 


Just six months into his presidency, Barack Obama sat down with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time, and as former Ambassador Michael McFaul explained, Putin went “for an entire hour without interruption” about how previous U.S. administrations were responsible for heightened tensions between the two countries. 

 Nine years later, it’s Donald Trump – who should probably at least try to side with his own country – who echoed Moscow’s line ahead of his summit with his Russian counterpart.

 “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

First, if Trump believes relations with Russia have “NEVER been worse,” he really ought to read a book or two about the Cold War. The chapters on the Cuban Missile Crisis would be especially illuminating.


Trump is an ignorant blunderbuss who knows nothing about America or her history. Who knows what concessions Putie got from the man who trashed America in front of the world.

Here's more mush from the "Stable Genius:"


"...a CBS News interview in which Trump was asked, “What’s your goal for the Putin meeting?” Trump replied, “Uh, I’ll let you know after the meeting.” 

 Maybe he didn’t understand the question."


"Stable Genius" was too dumb to answer a very easy question. And Putin knows exactly how dumb #45 is.  Just flatter the sack of bloated flesh or threaten him with the "Pee-Pee Tapes," and he'll be anyone's poodle.


TRUMP BLAMES AMERICA, CALLS THE U.S. "FOOLISH" IN FRONT OF THE RUSSIAN DICTATOR AND THE WORLD.


President Donald Trump refused to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “I hold both countries responsible,” 

Trump said during a news conference Monday when asked whether he held Russia accountable for anything in particular. 

 “I think the United States has been foolish,” he said following a bilateral summit between the two leaders in Helsinki, Finland. “I think we’ve all been foolish. I think we’re all to blame.”



#45 says America is to blame for Russian interference in our 2016 election.

Think about that. That statement fits perfectly with his outrageous line from Charlottesville "There are very nice people on both sides," referring to Nazi marchers and thugs. Now #45 says "we're all to blame" for Russia attacking our democracy.

What a putz.

The Russians couldn't have asked for a more pliant idiot than Trump -- they've hit the jackpot with a monumental Jackass!


U.S.RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY APPLAUDS TRUMP TWEET BLAMING U.S. 'STUPIDITY' AHEAD OF PUTIN SUMMIT