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Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: Sw corner of Ala. for the rest of my life
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Happily retired and now enjoy being the "Queen of Everything" in our house in the woods. (Mr. Dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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What's in Gorsuch's wallet, Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick

Financial disclosure reveals investment portfolio worth millions.

And just like the majority of his potential colleagues already on the nation’s highest court, his holdings indicate he’s a millionaire with an investment portfolio worth at least $3.1 million. (Judges report their investments in ranges so it could have been worth as much as $7.2 million.)

As of 2015, he did not own direct stock in any companies but had a diverse portfolio including mutual funds, municipal bonds and 529 college tuition savings accounts. The 49-year-old also has owned what he lists as a “mountain property” he estimated is worth up to $500,000 that is held as a limited liability corporation called Walden Group LLC.

He has supplemented his judicial salary, which is currently $217,600, by teaching. In 2015, he earned $26,000 from the University of Colorado Law School. And he received $5,300 in book royalties that year, in part for his book, The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.
https://www.publicintegrity.org/2017/01/31/20644/whats-gorsuchs-wallet-trumps-us-supreme-court-pick?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=publici-ifttt

EU chair: Donald Trump has joined Russia, China and radical Islam as a threat to the European Union



Donald Trump has joined Russia, China and radical Islam as a threat to the European Union, EU leaders were told on Tuesday by the man chairing a summit where they will debate relations with the United States.

European Council President Donald Tusk, a conservative former premier of Poland, wrote to EU national leaders to lay out themes for discussion when they meet in Malta on Friday to discuss the future of their Union as Britain prepares to leave.

In vivid language that reflects deep concern in Europe at the new U.S. president's support for Brexit, as well as his ban on refugees and people from several Muslim countries, Tusk called on Europeans to rally against eurosceptic nationalists at home and take "spectacular steps" to deepen the continent's integration.
Saying the EU faced the biggest challenges of its 60-year history, Tusk named an "assertive China", "Russia's aggressive policy" toward its neighbors and "radical Islam" fuelling anarchy in the Middle East and Africa as key external threats.

These, "as well as worrying declarations by the new American administration, all make our future highly unpredictable," he said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-eu-idUSKBN15F2DN

A present for you all.......share it far and wide....


After meeting with pharma lobbyists, Trump drops promise to negotiate drug prices

The new plan is tax cuts and deregulation.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/31/14453740/trump-medicare-prescription-drugs

This is really really too much.
Means none of his promises can be trusted ( we did kinda know that), not even to protect Soc.Sec. and Medicare.

I cannot say aloud what I am thinking right now.....

Over 1,600,000 sign UK petition against Trumpthen House of Commons jumps in and pummels him

Nicola Slawson with The Guardian reports an online petition calling for Donald Trump to be uninvited and disallowed the official state visit. She writes the petition, that has now garnered over 1,6000 signatures, at one point was being signed by more than a thousand people per minute.
Much like America’s We The People White House petitions, the UK petition requires 100,000 signatures in order to be considered for a debate in Parliament. That number was far exceeded and an emergency debate in Parliament was called, which began on Monday.
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/30/1627599/-Over-1-000-000-sign-petition-to-ban-Trump-from-UK-visit-HOC-unanimously-votes-for-ban-repeal?_=2017-01-30T16:53:27.071-08:00?Salzillo

Lots more at link. I was watching that petition page yesterday, the signatures were really pouring that fast.

here's a guy who thinks a coup is in progress, and has compelling facts

Would you please read this in all seriousness and share your considered reaction?
It is giving me pause..
and explaining a series of events in context.
Read the part in the linked article about Russia selling oil shares to an unnamed untraceable person....

Trial Balloon for a Coup?
Analyzing the news of the past 24 hours

News Reports
(1) Priebus made two public statements today. One is that the ban on Muslims will no longer be applied to green card holders. Notably absent from his statement was anything about people with other types of visa (including long-term ones), or anything about the DHS’ power to unilaterally revoke green cards in bulk.
The other was that the omission of Jews from the statement for Holocaust Remembrance Day was deliberate and is not regretted.
A point of note here is that Priebus is the one making these statements, which is not normally the Chief of Staff’s job. I’ll come back to that below.
(2) Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that the intent of yesterday’s order was very much a ban on Muslims, described in those words, and he was among the people Trump asked how they could find a way to do this legally.

(3) CNN has a detailed story (heavily sourced) about the process by which this ban was created and announced. Notable in this is that the DHS’ lawyers objected to the order, specifically its exclusion of green card holders, as illegal, and also pressed for there to be a grace period so that people currently out of the country wouldn’t be stranded — and they were personally overruled by Bannon and Stephen Miller. Also notable is that career DHS staff, up to and including the head of Customs & Border Patrol, were kept entirely out of the loop until the order was signed.

(4) The Guardian is reporting (heavily sourced) that the “mass resignations” of nearly all senior staff at the State Department on Thursday were not, in fact, resignations, but a purge ordered by the White House. As the diagram
below (by Emily Roslin v Praze) shows, this leaves almost nobody in the entire senior staff of the State Department at this point.
( PIcture can be found at link, shows ALL top positions unfilled)

As the Guardian points out, this has an important and likely not accidental effect: it leaves the State Department entirely unstaffed during these critical first weeks, when orders like the Muslim ban (which they would normally resist) are coming down.
The article points out another point worth highlighting: “In the past, the state department has been asked to set up early foreign contacts for an incoming has been asked to set up early foreign contacts for an incoming administration. This time however it has been bypassed, and Trump’s immediate circle of Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Reince Priebus are making their own calls.”

(5) On Inauguration Day, Trump apparently filed his candidacy for 2020. Beyond being unusual, this opens up the ability for him to start accepting “campaign contributions” right away. Given that a sizable fraction of the campaign funds from the previous cycle were paid directly to the Trump organization in exchange for building leases, etc., at inflated rates, you can assume that those campaign coffers are a mechanism by which US nationals can easily give cash bribes directly to Trump. Non-US nationals can, of course, continue to use Trump’s hotels and other businesses as a way to funnel money to him.

(6) Finally, I want to highlight a story that many people haven’t noticed.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported (in great detail) how 19.5% of Rosneft, Russia’s state oil company, has been sold to parties unknown. This was done through a dizzying array of shell companies, so that the most that can be said with certainty now is that the money “paying” for it was originally loaned out to the shell layers by VTB (the government’s official bank), even though it’s highly unclear who, if anyone, would be paying that loan back; and the recipients have been traced as far as some Cayman Islands shell companies.
Why is this interesting? Because the much-maligned Steele Dossier (the one with the golden showers in it) included the statement that Putin had offered Trump 19% of Rosneft if he became president and removed sanctions. The reason this is so interesting is that the dossier said this in July, and the sale didn’t happen until early December. And 19.5% sounds an awful lot like “19% plus a brokerage commission.”

Note also the most frightening escalation last night was that the DHS made it fairly clear that they did not feel bound to obey any court orders. CBP continued to deny all access to counsel, detain people, and deport them in direct contravention to the court’s order, citing “upper management,” and the DHS made a formal (but confusing) statement that they would continue to follow the President’s orders. (See my updates from yesterday, and the various links there, for details) Significant in today’s updates is any lack of suggestion that the courts’ authority played a role in the decision.
That is to say, the administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments
about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored.

Yesterday was the trial balloon for a coup d’état against the United States. It gave them useful information.

A second major theme is watching the set of people involved. There appears to be a very tight “inner circle,” containing at least Trump, Bannon, Miller, Priebus, Kushner, and possibly Flynn, which is making all of the decisions.

Other departments and appointees have been deliberately hobbled, with key orders announced to them only after the fact, staff gutted, and so on. Yesterday’s reorganization of the National Security Council mirrors this: Bannon and Priebus now have permanent seats on the Principals’ Committee; the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have both been demoted to only attending meetings where they are told that their expertise is relevant; the Secretary of Energy and the US representative to the UN were kicked off the committee altogether (in defiance of the authorizing statute, incidentally).

I am reminded of Trump’s continued operation of a private personal security force, and his deep rift with the intelligence community.
Last Sunday, Kellyanne Conway (likely another member of the inner circle) said that “It’s really time for to put in his own security and intelligence community,” and this seems likely to be the case.
As per my analysis yesterday, Trump is likely to want his own intelligence service disjoint from existing ones and reporting directly to him; given the current staffing and roles of his inner circle, Bannon is the natural choice for them to report through. (Having neither a large existing staff, nor any Congressional or Constitutional restrictions on his role as most other Cabinet-level appointees do) Keith Schiller would continue to run the personal security force, which would take over an increasing fraction of the Secret Service’s job.
Especially if combined with the DHS and the FBI, which appear to have remained loyal to the President throughout the recent transition, this creates the armature of a shadow government: intelligence and police services which are not accountable through any of the normal means, answerable only to the President.

(Note, incidentally, that the DHS already has police authority within 100 miles of any border of the US; since that includes coastlines, this area includes over 60% of Americans, and eleven entire states. They also have a standing force of over 45,000 officers, and just received authorization to hire 15,000 more on Wednesday.)

The third theme is money. Trump’s decision to keep all his businesses (not bothering with any blind trusts or the like), and his fairly open diversion of campaign funds, made it fairly clear from the beginning that he was seeing this as a way to become rich in the way that only dedicated kleptocrats can, and this week’s updates definitely tally with that. Kushner looks increasingly likely to be the money-man, acting as the liaison between piles of cash and the president.

https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/trial-balloon-for-a-coup-e024990891d5#.sh7qwupko



The attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia have united against Trump


Democratic attorneys general across the United States on Sunday condemned President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country and are discussing whether to challenge the administration in court.

The attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia said in a joint statement they would work together to fight to ensure the federal government respected the Constitution.

The officials that signed the statement represent California, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Virginia, Vermont, Oregon, Connecticut, New Mexico, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Illinois and the District of Columbia.

"Religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country and no president can change that truth," the attorneys general said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-attorneygenerals-idUSKBN15D0XZ

I am in favor of a wall.....


Important steps for immigrants who get stopped ( share this far and wide)


https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/825731047723778050

Sen. Jeff Merkley .(D-Ore.) Pledges To Filibuster Any Trump Nominee to the Supreme Court

"This is a stolen seat," Merkley told Politico. "This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat… We will use every lever in our power to stop this."

Merkley and his Oregon Senate colleague, Ron Wyden, have thus far voted together on Trump's cabinet nominees—sometimes in favor, sometimes not.

Wyden and Merkley supported the confirmation of James Mattis as Secretary of Defense and of Nikki Haley as United Nations Ambassador. They opposed the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and of John Kelley as Secretary of Homeland Security.

http://www.wweek.com/news/2017/01/30/sen-jeff-merkley-pledges-to-filibuster-any-trump-nominee-to-the-supreme-court/

You can thank him via Twitter if you like:

https://twitter.com/SenJeffMerkley
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